Meh, I don’t know about you… but Summer Running really isn’t my favorite thing ever. Give me a good fall running day where I can rock some capris and a long-sleeve shirt, and I’m a happy camper. Which is weird to think considering I lived in both Texas and Florida and somehow managed to run throughout most of the year when it’s hotter than what would be normal for a Midwestern summer.
But during that time, I learned a few summer running hacks that make it a little bit easier for me — and hopefully for you too! Here are the top 5 ones I’m sharing today:
1. Lighter is better
It really makes a difference what color shirt or tank you run in… the lighter it is, the better. I try to avoid any and all dark clothes when I run in the summer months, even if it means that I have to skip half of my running wardrobe.
2. Pour some water on me
When it’s really hot, I make sure I choose a trail (like West River Parkway above) that has bubblers (water fountains for you non-Wisconsinites) along the way so I can stop and grab a drink, plus pour some water on the inside of my wrists. I once heard that this is the most effective way to cool yourself down (not sure how true it is but it seems to do the trick)… and I love that it doesn’t mean that my clothes get weighed down from being wet.
3. Morning is better
It’s tough to get up early, but it makes such a difference to run early in the morning instead of waiting until the end of the day. It cools off a bit at dusk, but I think it feels the best in the mornings because it’s still chilly from the night before.
4. 5ks are GREAT motivators
I absolutely love running summer 5ks… they are easier to recover from, give you a chance to focus on speedwork and they keep you motivated to run — even when it’s super toasty. I think I’ll be adding a few to my calendar over the next few months, once Grandma’s Marathon is off my brain.
5. Grapes and/or watermelon are saviors
My favorite summer running treat after a hot run —> green grapes or watermelon. I love them both because they have high water content, give me a hint of sweetness and well, they are pretty good for you! Guaranteed my fridge will be stocked with one or both of these all summer.
Need some more summer running tips? Check out my other posts:
- How to amp up your running this summer
- How to get off the summer running struggle bus
- 8 essentials to survive summer running
- 5 things I love about summer running
- Summer running resources
What are your favorite summer running hacks?
What’s your ideal running temperature?