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Thursday, May 14, 2009

TIART: Summer Running

This week's theme is ... Gearing Up For Summer.   With the really warm summer temperatures around the corner, it is time to dust off our warm weather gear, tips and know how in order to transition and run well into summer.   Share your best tips for how you transition from cooler to warmer temperatures as well as stay cool during those hot weather runs.

Oh, but I hate running in the heat.  I am definitely happier in the winter, and that is my only reason why I am hesitant to move to Florida.  Of course, maybe I'd just become a swimmer if I moved to Florida.  Who knows.

Here are a few tips that I've learned to stay cool in the summer:
  • Recognize the symptoms of dehydration, heat stroke and hyponatremia.  You want to realize when it's a good idea to stop.
  • Nuun is your friend.  I love this stuff.  I can't stand the sweet taste of Gatorade, especially when downing Gus or sport beans.  I hate that "sugar mouth" feeling that you get from drinking too much Gatorade.  I find Nuun to be refreshing, but more helpful than water (since it contains electrolytes).
  • I use an Amphipod water belt, but lots of people like other ones.  I chose it because I can remove the clips and control how much stuff I have hanging off of me for any given run.  I'm thinking of switching to a different model, though. (isn't that one cool?  Does anyone have it?)
  • Run in the morning!  It's so much cooler to run in the morning, if you want to escape the heat, hit the road early.  I know that my running group complains all summer about how early we get up to run, but they might bite their tongue if they ever tried a 15 mile run in 90 degree weather starting at 9am.
  • Run on the treadmill!  I've found that sometimes people will run on the treadmill all winter, but then run outside all summer.  Don't be afraid of hitting the treadmill if it's too hot out.  I, personally, tend to run on the treadmill if the temperature is above 85 degrees.  Not always, but a lot of the time.
  • Dress for the weather!  I see a lot of folks who wear pants far too long into the summer.  No one cares if your thighs jiggle when you're on the trail.  I, for one, would rather see the people in my group comfortable in shorts and a singlet.
  • Don't wear cotton!  Cotton is horrible.  It's so hot and heavy.  I so prefer a nice, light singlet in technical material than a cotton t-shirt.
  • Run in the rain!  I know this surprises people, but it can be so nice to run outside in a summer rain shower.  How refreshing!!


tfh said...

Great tips (I hate Gatorade, too, so will have to try the Nuun tablets). And ooh, I too want that fuel belt you linked to. Now just have to justify the price to myself...

merrymishaps said...

I'm going to have to try this Nuun stuff, too. I'm OK with Gatorade, but definitely looking for less-sweet options before I start marathon training again!

I love my Amphipod water bottle. I have the one with a pouch on the hand strap -- fits a Nano!

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