RUNNING DURING THE SUMMER – HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT

ALWAYS PLAN YOUR RUN WISELY

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME TO RUN

On hot days, early morning is the coolest time to run and air quality is best.

Another option is in the evening.

Avoid the afternoon, when the sun is highest in the sky. It’s the time when it’s hottest, most humid, and the air quality is at its lowest, the pollen count is also very highly .

Consider doing your long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts on the cooler days of the week.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROUTE

Switch to a more shady route on warm days.

Shade lowers the temperature you feel by several degrees and reduces sun exposure. Move your run from the streets to trails. You’ll get shade from trees and escape the intense heat of black tarmac

HAVE A PRE-COOLING STRATEGY

Scientists have found reducing body temperature before a workout can decrease heat stress and improve performance. Wearing an ice vest and sit in an air conditioned room. You can also try drinking an ice slushy before you head out .

Pre-cooling your body can delay the effects of heat on your body and help you run better.

STAYING COOL ON YOUR RUN 

WEAR MORE (YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT)

Stripping down on hot days seems logical , but it can actually make the heat worse.

You’re better off shielding your body from the sun with lightweight fabrics choose light coloured breathable fabrics. This helps to reflect, rather than absorb heat, and wicks away moisture from your skin. 

You can also shield the sun by wearing clothing with UPF protection , this kind of clothing provides UV protection from fabric (UPF). A UPF of 50 allows only 1/50th of the UV radiation to pass through.

You can also wear a hat to cover your head and neck, and sunglasses to protect your eyes. 

Never leave the house without sunscreen is important because sunburned skin doesn’t sweat as well, making it harder for your body to cool itself off. Sunscreen also keeps skin temperature lower. 

WATER, WATER and MORE WATER

Hydrate before, during, and after runs.

This improves performance and makes running feel easier. On hot runs, try to drink at least eight ounces of water or sports drink 30 minutes before a run.

Drink small doses while you run. 

A few tips for staying hydrated during your run:

You can carry a water bottle, use a bottle with a hand strap, a belt, or wear a hydration pack with a water bladder (a belt or a pack can also help by holding gear you shed as it warms up)

If you don’t mind running loops, you can stash a water bottle on your route and come back to it

Plan a route around water fountains or other places to fill up

Don’t forget to rehydrate after running. You need to compensate for fluid lost sweating, but be careful not to overdrink.

MODIFY YOUR PACE

When it isn’t possible to beat the heat, change your goals. For example, if you planned on a 19-kilometer long run at 10-minute kilometer pace, change the distance to 16 kilometers or the goal pace to 10:30.

Likewise, for a workout of 10 x 400 meters at two minutes each, switch to eight repeats or 2:10 goal pace. Even after making such distance or time adjustments, the value of the workout won’t be diminished because it will make runs on cooler days seem easier in comparison.

Running in the heat even at a slower pace also prepares you for any warm continuous weather runs in the future. Your body will adjust and get better at cooling itself, and you then can gradually increase intensity. 

Acknowledge that blazing hot days are not the time to try to beat your personal best . You don’t have to feel like your dictated to your running fit bit or your schedule .

7. POUR WATER ON YOUR HEAD AND BODY

Bring extra water so you can douse yourself. The refreshing feeling of cold water can make you feel a lot better.

8. ICE, ICE BABY!

Use a bandana to hold ice cubes against your neck. Women can try sticking an ice pack or frozen water bottle in the back of a sports bra for cooling relief. You can also freeze wash cloths overnight and place them on your body .

9. ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Be mindful of the signals your body is sending you. If feel really uncomfortable, breathless, dizzy, or lightheaded, STOP and rest for a bit. While not common, if you push your body too far in the heat, you may be at risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion at the very least a mega headache .

CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES 

WHEN IT’S JUST TOO HOT HEAD INDOORS

It’s okay to acknowledge when the weather is too hot for running outside. You can still get in a workout outside by doing something different to cross train, such as swimming laps or go for a hike/ long walk .

Head indoors to the gym they always have air conditioning you can tackle your run on a treadmill.

Do something new and join an indoor fitness class such as spinning, yoga, or dance, find workouts on you tube or consider one of the many free apps

I hope you find these tips useful, don’t forget to drop me a comment & follow me on instagram and YOU Tube

Ree xxx

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