Summer running, having a blast
Summer running, happened so fast
Chose a race, with a fall date
Crazy me, now this is my fate
Summer running, melting away on those summer runs
Yes, I did just make up a running themed version of “Summer Nights” (and if you don’t know what “Summer Nights” is stop, do not pass go and watch Grease!). Surviving summer running can be a challenge. I write this post on a day where DC is in the middle of a heat advisory. So there’s that. The reality is that most of us who are training for fall races suffer (at least somewhat) through the summers. Here are my tips on surviving summer running.
- Water. Everywhere. All the time. I carry a bottle of water with me everywhere these days. It’s not enough to drink on your run. You have to be staying hydrated throughout the week. Also, don’t be a fool and not take water with you when you run. I know. I hate carrying water with me as well. In the winter, I can go ten miles without having to carry water. In the summer, I take water on just about every run. I made the mistake a couple of week’s ago of not taking water for my 7 mile tempo. Um. I wanted to cry but couldn’t afford to spare the liquid. Water, y’all!
- Be realistic about your expectations. I think this is actually one of the most important things. Recognize that the heat and humidity WILL affect your runs. Personally, I’ve found that if I focus, I can generally hit my paces during workouts but I am careful about allowing myself to take breaks as needed.
- Carry a phone / cash. While I’ve never had to bail on a run before, I like knowing that if it gets really bad, I can get back home with a Lyft or a cab. I do have a friend who was experiencing some stomach distress and had to take an Uber home during a long run. It’s not ideal, but with the weather, sometimes it happens and you want to be prepared.
- Don’t psyche yourself out before the run. In the summer, I have a general rule. I do not look at the weather before leaving the house to run. I know it’s going to be hot and humid and simply reading that it’s 83 degrees with 97% humidity before I even start running just puts me in a bad headspace and I don’t need that! It’s a small thing, but it helps.
- Acknowledge that the heat and humidity are hard for just about everyone to deal with. This simple acknowledgement somehow provides me with a bit more freedom to give myself grace during and after HARD runs. Sometimes that grace can make all the difference.
How do you survive summer running?