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Summer Running Tips
The summer heat and humidity is here but that doesn’t stop training – here are some helpful tips and reminders for your runs this summer!
1. Wear and Bring Suncreen
Apply before your run and for long runs reapply every 60 to 90 minutes – that Texas sun can be unforgiving!
2. Wear a Visor
Wearing a visor may help keep you cooler not having the sun in your face and it’s extra protection against damage and wrinkles! We recommend a visor as hats can trap in heat.
3. Hydrate Before, During and After
It’s so important to hydrate and fuel properly before training, during and after! Be sure to include electrolytes in your routine. A recovery drink with sodium and potassium post run will help retain the fluid you need.
4. Moisture Wicking Fabrics are Your Friend
Cotton is never your friend when it comes to running and sweating – stick to loose fitting technical or moisture wicking fabrics to help keep you cool
5. Timing is Everything
Plan your runs accordingly, either early in the morning or later in the evening. The suns rays are the worst between 10am and 2pm. If you must run in the heat of the day stick with shorter distances and easy runs. Remember your reflective gear and lights when it’s dark!
6. Pace Yourself
Don’t expect a PR or a great training run at noon in the middle of July. Be realistic about your expectations, stop or slow down if you need to – listen to your body!
7. Ice is Your Best Friend
Humidity prevents your body from releasing heat so get creative with how to get your core temperature down. Stick a cold towel in the freezer and bring it on your run or carry a handheld with ice water.
8. Plan Your Route
Try to plan your route to include as much shade as possible, while the temperature may not be different, the sun’s rays beating down may make your run much worse. And don’t underestimate the power of a little breeze!