5 Tips for Summer Running
Posted on July 26 2018
5 Tips For Summer Running!
Summer is officially here! For some of us, we welcome summer with open arms because it brings more opportunities to enjoy running outside in the sun. For others, summer brings dreaded high temperatures and humidity levels. For all of us, a new season requires us to make changes to our current running routines, no matter how big or small. Here are five tips and adjustments to help you run your best this summer.
DRINK UP, PROPER HYDRATION IS CRUCIAL.
MAKE HYDRATION A DAILY HABIT BY CARRYING A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO AND CONTINUE DRINKING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WATER IS ALWAYS MY FIRST CHOICE BUT I ALSO COMPLEMENT IT WITH NUUN, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WHEN I TEND TO NEED THE EXTRA ELECTROLYTES AND VITAMINS. I PREFER NUUN BECAUSE THEY OFFER EASY OPTIONS FOR BOTH EXERCISE AND DAILY WELLNESS.
What you wear matters.
It’s time to put away your winter running wardrobe, if you haven’t already. Think lightweight, light colors and moisture-wicking fabric. Trust me, you’ll appreciate the comfort.
Beat the sun, run early.
Early morning runs are not for everyone but I can assure you that they feel the most rewarding. Imagine being done with your run while most people are waking up to start their day. Not only will you beat the hot temperatures later in the day, you might even catch a pretty sunrise!
Run by effort.
This one may be a difficult adjustment for you – ignore your pace and run by effort. Runner say what? That’s right. The increase in temperature and humidity often means slower paces, and this is OK! As always, pay attention to your body and how you feel on your run. And don’t feel discouraged if you are not hitting your goal paces in the heat.
Take the time to recover.
Running in the warmer temperatures takes a tougher toll on our bodies and you might need to spend some extra time focusing on recovery and rest. Maybe you find yourself mid-summer lacking the motivation and energy that is needed to get you out the door. Don’t fight it. Take the time, rest up and come back even stronger.