I can’t believe it’s already that time of year for fall training to begin. It’s always around this time when I start to see more runners out and about the Baltimore area starting to train for the Baltimore Running Festival. Although most races aren’t until October or November, training needs to begin when it’s still summer, which means it will be hot out in most places!
I’ve always been a fan of fall races because I like training in the warmer months and (hopefully) getting a cooler race day. So although you may be training for a fall race, you really need to be prepared for summer running throughout most of your training! In many areas it’s still pretty warm well through September.
So what will you need to start training this summer? Here are a few summer running essentials.
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Sweat-wicking running clothes
You want to make sure that you are running in t-shirts/tank tops and shorts that won’t get soaked from sweat and weigh you down during your run. Here are a few of my favorites:
Remember that even though you are training in shorts and tank-tops throughout the summer, your race day wardrobe may be different. Make sure to plan some time to practice running in whatever you plan to wear on race day.
I never make it through a summer without some chafing! Make sure to have some Body Glide to use before your hot summer runs. Common places for chafing are the inner thighs, under your arms, or around your sports bra.
Check out this post for more information about sunscreen safety!
Hat, visor, or sunglasses
Make sure you have something to block the sun from your eyes! I always run with sunglasses during the daytime in the summer, but some runners prefer a hat or visor.
I actually use coconut oil in my hair before runs to keep it from getting tangled! Otherwise, it becomes a whole other workout just to get the knots out of my hair after a humid run.
Water bottle or Hydration pack
If you are running for more than about 45-60 minutes, you will likely need to hydrate while you are running in the summer. Some areas have water fountains available, but keep in mind that they may get turned off at some point this fall! I don’t have access to any water fountains where I run so I carry water with me. For shorter runs I use a handheld water bottle and for longer runs I wear my Camelbak Hydration Pack. It holds 50 ounces of water which is plenty to get me through my run! I usually add some ice to make sure it stays cold for as long as possible.
Before, during, and/or after a hot run it’s helpful to use an electrolyte drink to stay hydrated. I’ve been using Nuun for years. I love the flavors and it’s easy to drop a tablet in a glass of water or water bottle.
Many of these items will be needed throughout all or most of your training, so they will be a good investment! Plus, you will be prepared for future years of summer training.
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Are you starting to train for a fall race?
What are some of your favorite summer running essentials?
Do you carry water with you when you run?
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