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).
If you’ve ever woken up with burning quads the day after a hilly race, you can probably blame all the downhill pounding. Although running uphill may feel more difficult from a cardio perspective, going downhill well is challenging—and a lot harder on your body.
Here’s why: Muscles contract in two ways—concentrically (muscle shortens: think picking something up) and eccentrically (muscle lengthens while contracting: think putting that something back down). “Eccentric contractions are much more costly from an energy and wear and tear perspective,” says Dr. Ivo Waerlop, D.C. “Running downhill requires lots of eccentric contraction, especially in the quadriceps and lower leg muscles.” Mastering the downhill with proper form will put less stress on your legs and can help you make up time in your next race.
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