4 Tips for Training in Warmer Weather
June. July. August. Those are the months most of us consider summer. Sure, May can get hot and September is usually fairly warm for the first couple weeks. But, in general, June, July, and August nab the spotlight when it comes to summer months.
We all train in different ways and for different reasons. Some are out there trying to get or stay in shape. Others are training for upcoming races (including The Great Pumpkin Run!) One thing that’s a constant is that the summer months call for a few considerations. The warmer weather makes any training a little tougher, both mentally and physically.
It’s ultra important to recognize this and stay ahead of nature when hitting the road or trail. Here are four tips to consider:
Time of Day
If you are planning on heading outdoors, keep the time of day in mind. Before work is ideal but you can also consider getting it in right before dinner. The reason being is it’s going to be significantly cooler and less humid at these times. Even a mere 10-degree difference can have a huge impact on how your body feels!
Swap tight clothing for breathable fits. Opt for moisture wicking materials instead of heavy, non-breathable ones. Further, be cognizant of what you will look like to others. If you are heading out for an early morning run, the driver in the car coming up behind you may not see you if you blend in (or he/she is still half asleep.) Think bright items like neons, yellows, oranges, and so on!
Did you think we would leave this out? It’s obvious but cannot be overstated. Hydration is critical when it comes to training of any sort, especially when the mercury rises. Beyond sipping water during or after the run, think of it as a habit you should do all the time (i.e. right now). Drink before going to bed to help prevent dehydration while sleeping. Wake up and start your day with some water and a squeeze of lemon (it works wonders!) And, of course, drink plenty of fluids before, during, and right after you train.
Change Your Playlist
Warmer weather usually means more intense workouts. Power through your next session by switching up your playlist! Find some higher tempo tracks or dive into a genre you don’t usually rock out to. At the end of the day, it will feel refreshing, help you dominate your training, and perhaps you’ll find a new song you want to add to your regular playlist!