Are you ready for summer?
Me too. Ish.
Thanks to Covid-19, this year has been anything but normal.
While there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not life will get fully back to normal this summer, one thing I’m counting on to be “normal” about this summer is the heat and humidity.
As such, we should probably make sure we are ready for it.
Trip Down Memory Lane
It seems like every year at about this time I do a post/episode focused on tips/tricks to stay safe while running in the summer heat.
Originally, this post/episode was going to be a standard “Best Of-ish” kind of episode.
But I decided to call an audible on that idea and go with an amalgamation instead.
Instead of taking a fresh look at one specific topic/aspect of running in the summer, I’m going to try to cover the topic from as many angles as possible.
And if you need/want a little extra detail in any singular aspect of running in the summer? Head over to that particular post/episode and dive in.
Benefits of Running in the Summer Heat
In 2015 I talked about the benefits of running in the heat and humidity of the summer months.
As much as runners complain about how the heat impacts their runs, there is little doubt that miles logged in the summer heat often pay off in spades for fall races.
Run Intelligently in the Summer Heat
In 2016, I went into the weeds a little bit about making the right choices when it comes to running in the summer months.
Yes, running in the heat can be beneficial.
It can also be deadly.
As such, you need to make smart choices when you’re running this summer.
Heart Rate Training in the Summer Heat
There is absolutely no doubt that the heat and humidity of the summer impacts everyone, but those that follow the principles of heart rate training can really struggle in the summer heat.
While it’s harder to keep your HR down in the summer, it’s certainly possible.
The Signs/Symptoms of Heat Illness
If you’re going to be running in the summer, you should probably be familiar with the signs/symptoms of heat illness.
Treating and Preventing Heat Illness
When it comes to treating heat illness, there really is only one cure: stop running and cool your core temperature down ASAP!
And for the record, this isn’t a situation where you chill for a few minutes and then get back out there to finish your workout.
If you’re dealing with heat illness, you’re done for the day.
Summer Running and Staying Safe in the Heat/Humidity
Avoiding heat illness, if at all possible, is always the best option.
And while there are no guaranteed ways to prevent yourself from overheating, there are definitely things you can do to tilt the odds of maintaining a safe core temperature in your favor.
Have a Great Summer of Running
As runners, we are going to run.
Even when it’s hot AF outside.
I hope you have a great summer of running in 2020, but do me a favor and be safe, ok?
And fingers crossed, all those hot miles will pay off in some fast fall races!
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