Did you check out my tips for running in the heat?
When it comes to running outside in the hot, humid weather, the way you dress can dramatically impact your overall comfort level. If you don’t dress correctly, your run can quickly go from hard to torture. Running in the heat is never easy, but dressing correctly can definitely make it a little more tolerable.
Wear DriFit (Or Similar) Clothing
Avoid wearing cotton at all costs when running because it holds your sweat and doesn’t dry quickly, which can lead to chafing (not fun all, trust me). Synthetic fabrics (such as DriFit or something similar) will “wick” moisture away from your skin, which helps keep you dry.
Nike is the bomb
Technical clothing may cost a little more, but if you hunt for bargains, you can get it pretty cheap. I only buy my running apparel when it’s on sale or I see something that I just have to have.
Invest In A Good Pair Of Running Socks
This is essential.
I wear Nike Elite running socks
Don’t wear cotton socks. Period. Your feet will most likely be sweating a lot, and cotton tends to keep your feet wet, which can lead to blisters. Invest in a good pair of socks made from polyester, acrylic, or CoolMax, which are best at wicking away moisture.
Dress Loose and Light
Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing will help your body breathe and cool itself naturally. My favorite color of running shirt is black, but I know wearing that in the summer is like a suicide mission.
Tight clothing will also cling tightly to your body which won’t allow it to dry itself naturally.
Get Some Shades
A good pair of running sunglasses help protect your eyes from the sun.
I have Oakley Livestrong sunglasses
The sun’s rays can be damaging if your eyes are exposed to them for too long, so sunglasses are a must.
I’m naturally tan (thanks to the genes of Bama-dad), but a few runs in the summer can leave me looking like a lobster.
I use organic sunscreen. Don’t hate.
Another tip is to apply your sunscreen BEFORE you get dressed. When you run, your clothes move, so you want to make sure those newly exposed areas are properly covered.
What are your tips for dressing to run in the heat?
This morning, I had one of the best speed workouts that I’ve ever had!
Running: 9.51 miles
- Warm up
- 1 mile (6:03)
- 800 recovery
- 1 mile (5:58)
- 800 recovery
- 1 mile (5:43)
- Cool down
I think that might have been the fastest mile I’ve ever run.
By no means do I consider myself a fast runner (there are people out there that can totally destroy me), but this was really an accomplishment for me. I think I have a good mix of speed and endurance, while a lot of people focus on one or the other. Sometimes you just need to run fast.
I’m probably going to go for a short ride on my bike later tonight before dinner. I went last night around 6:30 after class and it was perfect. As I was turning around to head home, I experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets.
Riding at dusk is just awesome.