As we quickly approach the start of summer running season, there are a few logistical things you can do to get prepared! These summer running tips will make sure you are ready for those hot, sunny runs so you can continue training and run your best. Here are 5 reminders to help you prepare for summer running.
5 Reminders to Help You Prepare for Summer Running
1. Check your water bottles
If you’re like me, you may not have taken water with you as much during the winter months. There were some years I stashed away my bottles and hydration vest in October and didn’t take them out again until May or June. If you use a bladder in your hydration vest, it’s a good idea to take a look at it to make sure it’s not moldy. If it is, you can purchase a separate bladder for your hydration pack. Prepare for summer running by taking some time to go through any handhelds and give those a good cleaning as well.
2. Make sure you have summer running products
Sunscreen and body glide are summer running staples around here. Check your products from last year and make sure your sunscreen isn’t expired. It’s always good to have some back-ups on hand too in case you run out. Another great summer running item is lip balm with SPF. I recently tried out BEAMMCO which is great, and you can save 20% with the code RUN20.
3. Replace any electronics or batteries
Think about all the electronics you use when you run and see if any of them need to be replaced or get new batteries. Even though I don’t use my headlamp as much this time of year I like to have it ready to go just in case. Are your headphones in good shape, or do they need to be replaced before you start running all the miles this summer?
4. Don’t increase mileage too quickly
It can be tempting to take advantage of summer running and run all the miles. If you have backed off this winter/spring, make sure you ease back in slowly. You don’t want to risk getting injured, especially during this time of year! Prepare for summer running by slowly increasing your mileage and keeping up with strength training and prehab work.
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5. Adjust your summer running schedule
You may want to consider moving your runs to earlier in the day if it’s hot were you live. It can be hard to beat the heat completely but your best bet is running before the sun comes up. Late in the day is the second best option. If at all possible you probably want to avoid running outside in the middle of the day.
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Summer running can be tough, but it’s also nice to have so much light and to not have to wear all the layers. In order to make the most of it make sure you are prepared by following these summer running tips before the peak of summer arrives!
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What do you do to prepare for summer running?
Do you like summer running or would you rather run in cooler weather?