My relationship with running has improved so much over the last few months. I've finally reached a point where I've been running injury free and *bam* summer comes and I have a whole new problem to deal with: 100% humidity and temperatures over 80 degrees at FIVE in the morning!
Sometimes I think about it and it makes me want to skip my run, crawl back into bed, and weep softly as I remember running in cooler temperatures.
It's so hot and humid out now that I'll leave the house with perfectly straight hair and come back looking like this:
I'm certainly not an expert but I've learned quickly how to deal with running in high humidity and soaring temperatures. Here are a few of my favorite tips - some basic and some hopefully new to you!The #1 issue is definitely hydration. I've had to back off from running for a few days when I realized I was getting dehydrated. I also remember at least two occasions last summer where I didn't even think I could make it home I started to get so light-headed and disoriented. When you know you will be going out running in hot weather start hydrating the day before .This has been one of the best things I've started to do this year and has helped significantly!
I absolutely love my Nathan water bottle for running. I've had it since last year and it's still in perfect shape. The nuun tabs I just started using last week but judging by the cult following they have I'm confident I will notice a huge difference in my hydration level!
I spent hours searching online for advice on running in the heat. I'm not sure what I was really expecting to find. Some magic trick to make it suck less perhaps? Unfortunately, I know that's not going to happen so I have two choices.
(1) Quit running until September
(2) Wo/man up and get out there and hustle
Guess which option I'm going to go with?
What are your best tips for running in the heat?