I love running, and I love summer, but running in the summer is something I kind of hate. As much as I love running by green flowering trees and sparkling waters, the heat and humidity usually get the better of me and send me running indoors for the treadmill or straight into a cold swimming pool. But, avoiding the outdoors is out of the question if you are serious about sticking to a running routine or training for a race.
If you struggle with running in the summer, you are not alone. EVERY runner has had their own battles with the summer heat, but this handy guide will give you all information you need to ward off most of summer running dangers as well as how to make the most out of your training program in the summer months.
3 REASONS WHY RUNNING IN THE HEAT IS HARD
#1. HIGHER BODY TEMPERATURE
#2. YOU SWEAT LESS EFFICIENTLY
#3. YOUR HEART MUST WORK DOUBLE-TIME
Now that I’ve likely scared you out of pursuing a summer running routine, let me assure you that running in the heat is safe and manageable with the right equipment and know-how. Keep reading for all the info you need to become a summer-running machine (you might even learn to love it).
Your Joints Need Care Too
Your joint health is directly related to your ability to train to your full potential and well into your old age. Over the years I’ve asked many seasoned lifters what the number one thing is they wish they’d paid more attention to when they were younger. 9 times out 10 the answer is something to the tune of, “I wish I’d taken better care of my joints” or something along the lines of “less ego, more tension.”
For what reason?
Nowadays, much of that same older lifting crowd has a laundry list of exercises they simply can’t perform pain-free. Their joints are creaky, irritable, and their range of motion has suffered greatly. In short, their ability to train has become limited by their own body.
Staying active through fall and winter can be a challenge for many of us. It is the time of year when we want to curl up on the couch with a warm drink rather than face the darkness and inclement weather that the season brings. While it can be exhilarating to exercise outside when it is cooler and darker, given the choice of working out indoors or outdoors, we often go with the former choice, but with a little preparation and thought there is no reason why you can’t make the most of the outdoors.
Whether you are running, cycling or walking having the right gear is crucial for comfort as well as safety. From head gear to shoes there is a myriad of choices out there and so there really isn’t any excuse for not dressing appropriately. Remember a warm body is a happy body so take the time to invest in some proper clothing. Ear bands and hats are an essential item if you feel the cold (remember 80% of your body heat is lost through the head) as are gloves or mitts. You may need to wear one, two or three layers on your body depending on the weather and wind chill. There are many thermal and technical moisture-wicking fabrics out there so ask your favourite running, cycling or outdoor store for recommendations. Tights can come in varying degrees of thickness so this will depend on the temperature and your comfort. And don’t forget socks. Not cotton, but smart wool. Read more….