SIX SUMMER RUNNING TIPS
With the sun making a more regular appearance and the weather hotting up, summer is a fantastic time to enjoy running in the great outdoors as well as clocking up valuable training for any runs you have coming up later in the year (Supernova 5K anyone?). Check our 6 top tips to make those summer day runs as comfortable as possible.
1- Stay cool
Enjoy those longer summer days while you can and plan your runs in the mornings or evenings during the coolest parts of the day. There’s also something quite spectacular about chasing the sun at sunrise or sunset.
2- Quench your thirst
Staying hydrated before, during and after your runs is even more important on warmer days. Try drinking around 200ml every hour before your run to set you up for success. Water or a sports drink are good choices and you could also bring supplies along with you on your run in a water belt or pouch. Aim to ensure you have fluids after you finish too!
3- Loosen up
One of the simplest things you can do to keep cool during summer run is to opt for outfits that are lightly coloured and loose-fitting as well as avoiding attire that is too tight and instead lets your body breathe and feel the breeze.
4- Slap on the suncream
We all know the dangers of the sun’s rays and if you’re spending more time outdoors running it’s important to keep your skin protected, even when out during colder spells of the day. Choose an SPF 30 and you’re onto a winner.
5- Rest and refresh
Try adding one-minute walk breaks every five minutes when you run on hot days to help keep your body cool. As you feel yourself getting fitter and faster just shorten or skip the rests.
6- Give yourself headroom
You lose a lot of body heat through your head, which is a good thing during the summer months. Don’t cover up with cosy headwear instead choose a more breathable alternative such as a visor or mesh cap to keep your noggin’ happy.