I know we all read a lot of running articles on ways to “beat the heat” and ways to make running suck less when it is the summertime. And yes…I get it…training in the heat is TOUGH (especially if you live down south or anywhere with triple digit temps). But hey! There are ways you can actually learn to…dare I say…LOVE training in the heat! So, let’s discuss some ways you can do just that. I just may turn you into a summer run lover if you shy away from it during these months.
–Wear the lightest clothing possible…sports bra/shorts/tanks are my daily run clothing of choice. Honestly I completely nix any sleeves whatsoever during these months because I know I’m going to be rolling them up in 5 minutes otherwise. And how annoying is that? If you’re looking for some great shorts…I always like to recommend lululemon speed shorts. They’ve made them more flattering over the years, they have awesome styles and the quality is top notch.
–Cover up that head with your favorite run hat. I used to totally not be a HAT person but that has changed over the years. I like my head to be protected and my face protected from the sun. So lather up that sunscreen, pop that hat on and go.
–For any runs over 90 degrees…keep the miles on the shorter side. I actually like pushing the pace a bit if I’m going to run in triple digit temps in the heat. So sometimes when I do my double run days I’ll run 3-5 miles in the evening when it is super hot. Heat training at its finest. Gotta love when 5 miles actually feels like 10. Ha.
–Consider the fact that your pace may be slower in the heat, and be okay with that. I know…this is always the hardest part. Try to make sure you remember that these runs are more about EFFORT than anything else. So if you live in Texas and run in the brutal summer time, okay you may be slower on some runs than your friends that live in New England or Maine or whatever. But guess what you are going to be one tough cookie come the fall when It starts cooling down. And it will feel so much more amazing to run in the cooler weather…leading to faster paces and faster race times. And your mental game will be ON POINT since you have been running and keeping your fitness in the summer months. Believe it.
–Hydrate like your life depends on it. I like the handhelds or Camelbak hydration packs especially if I am running trails. Often times when I run on roads also I like to include a convenience store stop towards the end of my run as a reward. Yes, the folks at 7-Eleven know my sweaty ass all too well.
–Get your favorite beach towel on deck for the car if you drive to your run destination to meet friends. That way afterwards you have a lovely fun towel to wipe off the sweat and keep your car dry. I simply cannot tell you what I would do without a trusty beach towel.
–Bring a cooler filled with chilly goodies for post run! Hydrating beverages like coconut water, icy water with Nuun or some type of electrolyte mixed in, and/or icy watermelon is always a hit. Bring a couple of icy beverages to share as well if you have them!! Your runner friends will love you…forever.
Share some of your summer running tips with us!!
16 thoughts on “7 Ways to Love Running in the Summer Heat.”
It is winter in South Africa at the moment, so I am looking forward to long summer days to run again. Can’t bear to run in the cold. Your post made me so excited for summer to start running again!
Awesome!! That is so freaking cool that u live in South Africa! Totally on my travel (and running) bucket list 😊
You talked me into it. I’ll start wearing a hat once in a while. 🙂
I do like wearing Buffs.
Yes! I have some buffs and wear them sometimes as headbands. Love wearing them when its chilly!
I”m pretty sure it’s not as hot as Texas over here in London but it’s hotter for longer than we’re used to dealing with. Even just sitting feels gross lol. Definitely do need to keep getting out there though. I guess if you train more you will get used to it more. It is definitely a mental game in this heat!
Absolutely!! Well said!
Love . . . summer . . .heat. So many conflicting words in this title. I’m basically the male version of this woman (https://www.facebook.com/BuzzFeedCocoaButter/videos/1327034647427870/).
I feel that sometimes tech hats make the heat worse for me. Maybe my hates do not circulate air very well.
Haha…I hear u! Love my hats!!
I’ve been binge watching Pose, maybe I can get some hat ideas from the show. 😉
LOL! Haven’t seen it yet…I plan on watching it on my upcoming days off!
Great tips! I live in LA and definitely utilize quite a few of these in the summer months. I actually opt for sleeves a lot of the time to save on slathering SO MUCH sunscreen on. As long as it’s a wicking fabric, I don’t mind them… I’m going to be hot anyway! 😎
Oh..the cooler Cali nights…I miss those! It is still triple digits here at 9 pm. lol
I’m having a hard time dealing with the slower pace, but I’m trying to remind myself I’ll get fast again in the Fall! In the heat, I try to run by water as if there’s a breeze anywhere, it will be there!
Love me some breeze too!!
the towel is key. i keep forgetting and the drive home is a sticky mess. also just slowing down and running by RPE. . . i live in tucson where our lows overnight are sometimes. . . 82? 83? and a solid effort might be a minute per mile slower. just don’t look!
Yep! I’ve had a sticky mess drive home many times before!!