April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Erika from MCM Mama Runs, and Patty from No-Guilt Life. Today's topic is warm weather running.
Even though I got out for a run this morning and the weather was nice, the high today is supposed to be 90! Eek! It's just the last week of April.
Here are some tips for running in warm weather:
1. Start early
This is key. Know when the sun comes up and try to start earlier than that or right around that time. It's stinks to get up at 5am to get ready to go run but it'll be much cooler and you can always take a nap later
2. Dress correctly
This is one of the top mistakes I see around. Even if it's cool when you start, a long shirt and pants are not necessary. Your body will most likely heat up (along with the weather!) somewhere between 10-15 degrees. I decide what to wear by adding 15 degrees to the current temp but in the summer it is usually shorts and a tank or t shirt to run in.
3. Make sure it's drifit/ wicking
You want to keep the moisture off you and the best way to do that is make sure it is made of wicking fabric. I run mostly in old race shirts and they are great to use.
Either run with a water bottle, run on a trail with amble water fountains or run a loop close enough to your car to get fluids. When you feel dehydrated, it is already too late. Make sure to take in lots of fluids and pour fluids on your body if it's super warm.
This are also crucial. Salt and potassium are key so make sure to have either an electrolyte drink or take salt tablets if those work for you.
6. Protect yourself
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray! It will protect your skin do you don't get sunburned and it will also keep you cooler. If you are prone to chafing (which most people are in some areas!) make sure to lather up before heading outside
What are some of your warm weather running tips?