West Palm Beach, 25 April 2018
Lise and I joked the other day on Facebook about being cold weather runners, remarking the heat did a number on us while running. If you're one of the many people who said: "It's too cold, I'll run on the treadmill..." for the last 6 months (okay, maybe it feels like 6 months here in PA) are probably looking to get out on the road and get some miles in now that the weather is better.
I run all year round and I want to take a moment to tell you a few things about running in the warmer weather.
You can't just get out and run. Ease into it. You must give your body time to adjust to the heat. Its good for your heart to ease into it as well as your confidence! A Runner's World article reads that it could take up to 14 days to acclimate to the temperature difference in the summer.
Hydration is probably the most important topic I can discuss, and I don’t just mean gallons and gallons of water...
Don’t laugh when you read this, but water doesn't have enough electrolytes, so for mild to moderate dehydration, often just drinking water isn't enough. For proper hydration, we need both the fluids and electrolytes, like those found in Pedialyte, to rehydrate and feel better fast.
Think of it this way: If you’re outside running, you need roughly the same amount of fuel whether it’s 40° or 100°. Your hydration needs if it's hot, however, might be four or five times higher.
To keep up with hydration needs, you might end up inadvertently consuming too many calories — usually processed sugar — which can negatively affect your performance.
We’ve been told for years that salt can be harmful, so the idea of drinking salt water may sound counter-intuitive, but it turns out that Sole (a concentrated salt solution) can have a variety of health-supporting uses; including helping the body retain water during summer sweating.
Drinking real, natural coconut water from an actual coconut is a much healthier form of hydrating than a bottled or packed version that has added sugar. Real coconut water is low in sodium and rich in potassium—read the ingredients if you’re buying the convenient bottled versions.
I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention clothing.
Runtastic gives very good advice on clothing; be it material or fit. They cover shoes, under garments and above all – stay away from cotton (even if it’s your favorite race shirt!) They also talk about SPF in clothing and guarding your skin with sun screen.
Breath Easy and Stride Comfortable Friends. Dont forget to take the proper precautions during running in the summer