It's getting HOT HOT HOT here in Texas. It was already warming up in Colorado before we left, but the heat index of 104 and high humidity has hit us like a TON OF BRICKS since we've returned home. Miss Mak was actually crying about the heat while we were walking the 10 feet to our car this afternoon.
I know girl, I know.
This morning while we were running (and by running, I mean slowly slogging with a 100lb stroller and a dog through 90 degree heat), I was thinking out loud and said "it's too hot to run...I'm going to have to start running in the dark!". Well tonight, while my conniving 2 year old was delaying bedtime, she said "Mom, it's dark! Let's go for a run!". I'll admit, I almost took her up on her offer.
So, what's a mom to do when you're in the dead heat of summer, but you've gotta run to keep your sanity?
Here are a few tips:
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1. Run in the Dark. Take the advice of a 2 year old. Be sure to practice safe running in the dark by taking a friend, wearing reflective gear or lights, and running in safe areas. Typically (at least in places other than South Texas), it will actually be slightly cooler in the early morning or late evening hours.
2. Change your plan. Stick with lower intensity runs during the hottest parts of the day if you can't avoid it. Save your intervals for the shade, early mornings or inside.
3. Stay Hydrated. When you're running in extreme heat, it's really, really important to stay hydrated. I like adding a drop of wild orange oil to my water sometimes to change it up, and often mix in some Momsanity BCAA's or Emergen-C into my water bottle post-run to aid in recovery.
4. Wear light clothing. Both lightweight AND light colored. Finding good breathable material that is light colored will help keep your body temperature down. And don't forget sunscreen for your exposed arms/legs/face!!
5. Use peppermint oil. This is one of my favorite oils for runners, because it helps with respiratory function, blood flow and can soothe tummy troubles. But when it's super hot, my favorite way to use it is by putting a drop on the back of my neck! It's INSTANTLY cooling, and can actually help lower your core temperature.
6. Find a treadmill. If it's just too dang hot, take it inside. I hate running on treadmills as much as the next person, but if you have access to one, it's not a bad idea to get some quality runs in when the heat just won't quit.
I hope you're able to keep on running this summer, regardless of where you live! I know my mileage is going to go down, but I'm still aiming to get a few short runs in each week! Meanwhile, I'm taking on a plank challenge. Be sure to check out my IG posts for more on that!
How about you?
How hot is it where YOU are right now? Do you run in extreme heat?
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