Summer Running

As I was out this morning for my beautiful morning run, I looked up and saw the blossoms of the Pohutukawa

HOORAY, Summer is on its way! If you are finding it harder to keep up with your runs during the Summer time, here are a few ways to beat the heat.

1. Try Running Early in the Morning-It’s the coolest, most peaceful part of the day, and there’s nothing like a morning run to boost your mood all day long.

2. Run Whenever-If mornings don’t work for you, the long daylight hours make for lots of other options. Meet with a group several evenings each week and save lunchtime for a short solo run. Maybe an occasional morning run wouldn’t be so awful. Try it and see!

3. Light and Loose Clothing-Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. It helps reflect the sun’s rays and allows you to take advantage of any breeze. The newer sports synthetics are a lot better than cotton too as it helps absorb mositure better than natural fibers do.

4. Drink water like crazy!!– Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink at least 250ml of fluid each hour, and more if you’re outside or tend to perspire a lot. You’ll run better when you are adequately hydrated, and you’ll feel better, too! User the power of water, not just for drinking! Wet your head, or bring along an ice sock or frozen towel to help you stay cool.

5. Screen it Out- To protect yourself from skin cancer and other skin damage, use sunscreen liberally! Use even on partly cloudy days as harmful ultraviolet rays are not blocked by cloud cover. Another added benefit is that Sunscreen can decrease your skin and body temperatures, so you’ll stay cooler during exercise.

6. Cap it Loosely- You lose a major portion of body heat through your head, which is bad in winter but good in summer. So on hot days, don’t cover your head too tightly with a hat. Definitely cover it, but with a loose-fitting hat, preferably made of mesh or some other breathable material.

7. Start Slowly- I’m a big big fan of doing this in all seasons, but starting your run slowly is particularly important on hot days. The slower you start, the longer you’ll keep your body heat from reaching the misery threshold.

8. Run in Cooler Settings- Hit the trails in shady woods or run along a breezy beach shoreline. Gives you a chance to do some exploring!!!

9. Shorten or Split up Your Workouts– Summertime isn’t the best time to push yourself, so if you can only run 10 minutes at a time, do what you can, or run twice in one day.

10.  Join a Running Group- This is a good tip year-round, but running groups are especially active in summer. Long group runs on the weekend and evening speed sessions during the week. You’ll love the energy and camaraderie of a running group!

I hope this summer season you are able to get out running, exploring and find some new trails and adventures. Remind yourself that we live in one of the world’s most beautiful countries!!!

HAPPY RUNNING!

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