This for Take it and Run Thursday at the Runners' Lounge, we're talking about the summer. How do you transition as the weather gets warmer? How do you stay cool as the temperatures rise?
The weather in these parts gets a little weird between seasons. A few weeks ago, it seemed like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. I had to dig out my running skirts and tank tops for a few runs. Not much time for a transition!
And then it got cooler, and I was back in capri tights and jackets.
My past few runs have been perfect. Warm enough for tanks/skirts, but not to hot and low humidity. But I know it won't last. It's only a matter of time until it's hazy, hot and humid.
Once the heat really kicks in, we might just have to slow down and give our bodies some time to adjust. And always drink plenty of fluids!
During one of my first years running, we had a particularly hot summer. I got into the habit of always running with a water bottle. I used to fill a plastic bottle halfway with Gatorade and freeze it, and then top it off with water before my run. The Gatorade would keep the water cold and gradually melt as I needed it.
I haven't done that for a while -- I kind of forgot about it. It's definitely something I should keep in mind when the weather's really miserable.
And for a little post-run refreshment, pack a cooler with some face wipes on ice!