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How To Run In Hot Weather

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Now that my first marathon is in the books, it’s time to start training for my next one. Truth be told running the 26.2 miles wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be, and now my goal is to beat my PR, which thanks to the rain + shoes that were too small should be a piece of cake. Only downside is that this means I’m going to be training during the hottest time of the year and running a Fall marathon. To help me get through this training I’ve teamed up with Fleet Feet Louisville, and today we’re sharing some tips on how to run in hot weather. 

Hydration plan

Make sure you are staying hydrated before/during/after runs. Keep a water bottle with you during the day. Hydration is a leading component in performance and running injury free. It is also a good idea to have some type of electrolyte replacement for the more intense workouts. The hotter it is the harder our bodies work to regulate temperatures, meaning we are sweating more! 

Sunscreen

As the weather warms up and we are exposed to more and more sunlight, it is important that we protect our skin. There is nothing worse than being burnt to a crisp. 

Heat acclimation

When the temperatures increase our pace decreases, be patient. Our bodies take time to acclimate. Don’t beat yourself up with your mile splits, get a HR monitor and run off of effort. Do yourself a favor and turn the instant pace off. 

Proper running attire

Moisture wicking shirts/shorts/socks. NO COTTON! We have enough excuses not to run, we need to be dressed appropriately for the weather. Proper gear makes the world of difference, and we’ve included some gear from adidas in today’s post perfect for hot weather running. 

Join a running club

This will help year round. Group runs on the weekend, evening speed sessions during the week, social nights. You’ll love the energy and camaraderie of a running group. This is a tight knit community and if you meet the right people they will hold you accountable for your attendance. Fleet Feet has a summer speed series: http://www.fleetfeetlouisville.com/race-training/summer-speed-series

Once you get the hang of it, it’s really not as hard as it may seem. If we left something out, sound off in the comments and let us know! We’ve got another post coming up together in before too long, so keep an eye out, and until then follow along with Fleet Feet on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with they’ve got going on!

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Photos by Josh Johnson

Saturday Shop: Running Gear

Today’s the big day. While I’m not 100% ready to run 26.2 miles (thanks Mother Nature for all the rain) I know that once I make it to the course I’ll have it in the bag. If you feel like tracking my journey, head on over here to sign up for text alerts as I progress. In honor of the marathon today’s Saturday Shop is featuring some of my favorite running gear from Nike. Having the right gear to run 26.2, or any distance in general is seriously just as important as getting your training runs in.

The right running gear can help keep your cool, dry, and chafe free (trust me, that’s a seriously important factor to consider). If you’ve never bought serious running gear before I’d recommend heading into a store to try some things on before you start purchasing. Sizing can be a doozy, and length is ALWAYS an issue for me (6’4″ probs). If you already know your sizes though – get to shopping with some of my favorite running gear from Nike.

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