Honestly, my first thought is ‘don’t do it’ but running is in my blood and Iceland calls this August.
To run safely in hot weather calls for a few adjustments to your running routine. Also, running in summer has been shown to keep rabid giant rats at bay. The rat bit may be urban myth but the rest of what I’m sharing with you is grounded in fact.
Quick Tips for running in hot weather:
Try running early in the morning, if your schedule allows. If you sleep in and have to run in mid-day, pick a route that provides shade.
Wear light colored clothing which have wicking properties, such as Under Armour. I would stay away from cotton t-shirts.
I found wearing a water-activated cooling band around my neck or wrapped around my wrist helps keep me chill.
It can take a while to acclimate to running in heat and humidity, so take it slow and gradually increase the intensity of your running workouts.
Take every opportunity run in shaded areas, if possible. Concrete has a way of retaining heat and increasing local temperature.
Don’t forget to use sunblock, wear a hat and don polarized shades.
These are a few essential tips for running in hot weather. I hope you find them useful and if you have other related running tips, feel free to post them in the comment section.
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