Happy hot and humid Friday! The height of heat and humidity has hit the DC area, as mid-week we started to see “feels like” temperatures reach triple digits by mid-day. Add high humidity to that, and its been quite unbearable outside. And looking ahead at our current forecast, it doesn’t look like our heatwave will be ending anytime soon.
Just because its hot and humid doesn’t mean that training can go to the wayside though. Before we know it, the fall will be here, which means that fall racing season will be upon us, so keeping up with training during the hottest days of the year is a must.
How can you make sure that you’re staying safe even when trying to train during the height of the summer?
1. Run early, before the sun comes up and/or before the temperature gets too hot.
2. Slow your pace down. While it might take you a bit longer to complete a planned run, slowing down while help keep you from overheating and/or overexerting.
3. Increase your water intake. The heat and humidity will cause you to sweat more, making it crucial that you drink extra water. And don’t just drink water before and after your run. If you’re headed out for a long run, make sure that you bring water with you.
4. Find shaded trails to run on. By avoiding running in the direct sunlight, you’ll not only be able to better protect yourself from getting sunburnt, but the shade will also help keep you cooler.
5. Don’t be afraid to take your run indoors. There’s no shame in running on the treadmill in order to combat the heat, especially when the humidity is also high.
QOTD: What tips do you have for summer running?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!