A runner's summer...
My essential items for summer training.
As a nation we aren't often ready for when the hot weather hits. It can come as a bit of a surprise as no matter how frequently we are warned of the hot temperatures to come, somehow it isn't until it arrives that we actually prepare for it. As the years go on and our hot summer days seem to get hotter and hotter, I try to do my best to cope with the hot weather. Here are a few items that might help you when the hot weather pounces
1. An insulating water bottle
Something I have learnt as the hot weather has been intensifying is the need for a good water bottle. By this I mean a water bottle that actually keeps your water cold. It can be hard when you have a track session to place your bottle in just the right place so it doesn't get heated by the sun, and you can get to it during your recovery. But, with an insulating water bottle, your water will no longer be cold. These water bottles can be left in the sun and keep your water cool for up to 24 hours. This way you can ensure you will be able to take a refreshing sip of water in the middle of your very hot and sweaty session.
2. A hat
As runners we are often caught in direct sunlight with nowhere to hide on a run. It can be easy to forget, but our heads are taking the brunt of the suns power. as it is always looking at it. I have found a few times, I have got back from a run and an hour or so later I feel a bit dizzy and nauseous. This I found out was due to getting too much sun to my head on my runs. Having a decent hat can allow you to protect the top of your head and it also provides a little bit of shade. If you are extra cool, you can ever wear it back to front to keep the sun off your neck! ;)
3. Sun cream!!
One of the most important things to remember for the hot weather that won’t necessarily cool you down but will help protect your skin is sun cream. The hot weather may only be temporary, but skin damage from the sun can last forever. I personally find the transparent sun cream is nicer on your skin and feels a lot less greasy when you are having to put your running clothes on over the top. It also takes a lot less time for it to sink in and for you to forget you even had to put sun cream on!!
4. Get kitted out!
Finally, something I find very important for the hot weather is having the right clothing. A good pair of shorts that don’t rub around your thighs or waist when you get hot and sweaty is essential. There is nothing worse than chaffing from your running kit, so invest in some good shorts to get you through the summer! A good crop top is also a must! Whilst for you men reading this, a crop top may not be quite as essential (no assumptions being made!) for me it is a must! I like a sports bra that doesn’t rub around my chest and is also made of a soft, light material. I love running in the Mizuno Alpha sports bra as it is made of an extremely comfortable material and also has a nifty pocket on the side for your car or house key! Last but not least, get yourself a good few pair of socks! In the hot weather our fit can get rather smelly in our trainers. Opt for a good quality pair of socks that don’t make your feet too hot, nor make them too smelly, or you’ll find everyone avoiding you after your run!
I hope you find these few items helpful to getting you through the current hot weather training and racing we are going through!
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