While this beautiful summer weather we’ve been having in Maine this summer is most excellent for the beach there is one thing it is not most excellent for: running. Holy moly. I can’t tell you the number of times this summer I’ve gotten stuck running in mid day heat and humidity just because that is when I have time to go. No fun. However, there are a few things you can do to make it just a tad more enjoyable. Here are my favorite tricks. 🙂
This one is super obvious but sadly not always possible so I’m not going to go into detail but if you can run early in the morning or late in the evening to beat the heat.
Bring water. Even if it’s for a short three mile run, if it’s hot and sunny I always make sure that I have some water with me. I love these mini water bottles from the company nathan because they’ll slide right into many shorts I own. If you’re running a longer route make sure there are places you can refill along the way.
Plan a route you can back out of if you’re going for a longer run. Running in the heat takes A LOT more energy. I like to plan a route that if I’m just not feelin’ it I can back out of and make shorter. There’s nothing worse than being half way through a loop and miles away from home hot, tired, and without water. Don’t let it happen to you!
Treadmill time. I usually avoid running inside at all costs but if I have a specific workout to do (speed) that I’m looking to hit certain tempos on, the treadmill can be a great option. Since it usually takes all of my energy to just keep moving in hot temps, it’s unrealistic to have fast goal paces. If the weather is preventing you from hitting your paces it might be worth it to bring it inside.
As a follow up to my last point…Slow it down. Don’t be shocked when your pace is suddenly a lot slower than what you’re used to. This is a good time to train with heart rate instead and try not to get too upset with your turtle pace status.
Cool down (with treats). Have some refreshing snacks and drinks waiting for you at the end. My personal favorites? Watermelon and Coconut water with OJ. Yum.