Run In The Sun

How To Beat The Heat

Welcome to the world of summer running, where the sun-soaked days and warmer temperatures bring new perks and challenges to your run routine. As the heat intensifies, it's crucial to adapt your training to keep you safe and your runs comfortable. In this article, we share some tips to help you stay at the top of your game while embracing the warm weather.

1. Invest In Lightweight, Cooling Kit

In lunchtime or afternoon heat, technical running clothing helps keep you cool, dry and comfortable by letting your body breathe and by wicking sweat away from the skin. Choose short-sleeved tops and running shorts, a cap, and sunglasses to shield your face and eyes from direct sunlight.

2. Embrace Early Mornings And Late Evenings

To beat the scorching heat, adjust your running schedule to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Set your alarm a little earlier or lace up your running shoes for an evening jog. By running during the cooler parts of the day, you'll avoid the sun's peak intensity and enjoy a more comfortable workout.

3. Protect Yourself With Sun Cream

Don't forget to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Slather on a sweat-resistant, high SPF sun cream before hitting the pavement. Choose a lightweight formula that won't interfere with your stride, ensuring you stay protected throughout your run. Remember, sunburns aren't a runner's friend!

4. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!

Staying hydrated is absolutely vital during hot weather runs. Carry a handheld water bottle or invest in a hydration pack to ensure you have easy access to fluids throughout your run. You could look into electrolyte-enhanced drinks that replenish key nutrients lost through sweating.

5. Adjust Your Pace and Expectations

Summer heat can take a toll on your performance. Be mindful of adjusting your speed and setting realistic goals during this season. Listen to your body and embrace a slower, more relaxed pace. Remember, it's better to complete a safe and enjoyable run than to push too hard and risk heat-related illnesses.

6. Seek Shady Routes

Explore routes that offer ample shade, such as tree-lined paths or park trails. By staying away from direct sunlight, you could reduce the risk of overheating and sunburns. Additionally, running in green spaces can provide a refreshing and calming experience, enhancing your overall mood.

7. Listen to Your Body

Pay close attention to your body's signals and adjust your training accordingly. If you experience any signs of heat exhaustion, find a shaded spot, hydrate and rest. Prioritise your well-being and remember, there will always be another opportunity to run!

By incorporating these practices into your routine, you'll elevate your summer running experience and smash your next hot run. So, embrace the longer, warmer days and make the most of the summer season! And if you're looking for more advice, don't hesitate to stop by your nearest store and speak to our kit experts. They'll ensure you have the right kit to take on your next run challenge comfortably.

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