Running in the Heat
It’s not everyday we are privileged with the GORGEOUS weather we have had over the weekend but that doesn’t mean your running has to suffer. Here’s our top tips on how to deal with running in the heat:
- Stay hydrated
Hydration is crucial for performing at your best in the hot conditions. It’s so difficult to know how much fluid is lost through sweat on your run, but that makes it even more important to pre-hydrate AND post-hydrate.
- Check the breeze
When possible try and start your run by going with the wind, and running back with a headwind – apparently running into the wind has a cooling effect! Especially important for the second half of your run.
- Avoid midday heat
Try and avoid the midday heatwave by running earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. Not only will it be cooler in the morning but it’s also a great way to start the day and give you that extra energy boost!
- Dress appropriately
Don’t wear too much clothing, keep it lightweight that possibly has vents or mesh. Don’t forget to protect yourself properly from the sun too, make sure you’re wearing an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Be patient
It takes a long time for our bodies to acclimatise to hot weather, so adjust your routes and pace and gradually increase the length and intensity of your training. Be patient with your body!