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First thing is first:
1. STAY HYDRATED!!!!! Yes, that is right, drink lots and lots of water before you run, while you are running (if you can) and after you run.
I used to not drink that much water and would go run, but I soon learned that you can not do that. I felt the beginning effects of a heat stroke such as dizziness, blurred vision, overheating and fatigue after I did a 3 mile run one day. It was not fun at all and I could barley make it home.
(These next few tips are some that I have read through Runners World on several different issues they have been doing lately. Some of these particular tips come from"Beat the Heat; Simple steps to make the most of summer running."in his 2009 article,
2. Get up EARLY (if possible)
One of the best times to run is in the morning before the sun comes up. It may be a little more humid, but it will still be the coolest point of the day.
3. Water Wicking Clothes
Water wicking clothes are great for summer months because they wick away the moisture that is on your body and this helps to keep you cool.
Correct running apparel: It is all water wicking, running skirt, C9 sweat wicking shirt and same thing with the bra underneath.
Half correct and half not: Shorts (any kind), and a cotton t-shirt (big no no). Most cotton material is not sweat wicking and will allow the sweat to hang on you and make you hotter vs. cooler during the hot days.
4. Wearing a Visor/hat/sunglasses
Wearing a visor or hat keeps the sun off of your face and keeps the sweat out of your eyes.
5. Cool Off
On very hot days, run for 15 minutes, then hose yourself off, run through the sprinklers or jump in a pool for three to five minutes. Repeat this as necessary.
*Today Brian and I ran for 30 minutes in a very shaded area, kept water with us and then after we ran we jumped in my brother and sister-in-laws pool for a swim. It helped keep us cool and it felt great!
We went swimming after we finished our run and it felt GREAT!!!!
We even taught my niece a little cheerleading. haha
6. Walk More
Do not try to over exert yourself. If you are feeling weak or tired, stop for 2-3 minutes and walk and then start running again. Keep doing this as long as you need to until you feel okay. It is okay to walk, especially during these hot summer months!
7. Substitute Running with other exercises
You do not have to just run. You can go out and play basketball, volleyball, swimming, biking, mountain climbing, etc. Whatever you like to do that gets you out of the house and active, then that is okay to do. Carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated as you do these activities.
|Other exercise such as Frisbee Golf|
8. HAVE FUN!!!!
Go out and have a great time. Run with friends or by yourself. It does not matter as long as you are having fun. Running shouldn't be a chore. Enjoy it and let's all Beat the Heat together this summer!
Here are a few pictures of Brian and I beating the heat today.
|Had a great day swimming after our hot run!|
Question: What do you do to Beat the Heat?
I drink plenty of water and go swimming as often as I can.
|Brian and I right after our run.|
|My niece and I hanging out in the pool!|