Hello friends! Next up in the Celebrate Summer Guest Blogger Series, is Kelly of Miles To Go. I connected with Kelly via the Miles to Blog Facebook group. Kelly has MANY half marathons and marathons under her belt…such an inspiration! She blogs about training, volunteering, fundraising, and race directing. As if all that wasn’t inspirational enough…this cool chick also coaches children – mostly at-risk or in foster care. Are you excited to meet her yet?! Thanks, Kelly, for sharing with us tips on dealing with heat during SUMMER runs! If you would like to follow along on her adventures, check out Kelly’s TWITTER and INSTAGRAM (and other social media accounts below)!
Celebrating Summer Running into Fall Running
Hi everyone! I’m Kelly from Miles To Go (miles-to-go.org). Today, I’m guest blogging about the summer heat and the transition into fall running. Summer is coming to a close, so now is the perfect time to celebrate running through the hottest days of the year. There are tons of blog posts about running through the heat and how to be safe. STAY HYDRATED, runners! But, I want to focus on how fall (and race season!) is in our near future and how to deal with the temperature and weather difference. The weather affects our runs more than we’d like to admit. With fall races on the horizon, training has amped up during the hottest days of the summer.
This is the perfect time to focus on your fuel intake and when to hydrate. Experiment with the fuels you want for race day!
Remember to bring water even for shorter runs. If you’re like me, I don’t like bringing water with me for anything less than 6-7 miles. Huge mistake, most of the time. Especially with the weather changing, you need your water to keep you going and stay healthy. You don’t want to risk getting a cold from the temperature change before race season.
Know your body. As runners, we love to think we know how healthy we are and everything in between. When it comes to the weather, expect the worst! You want to be physically and mentally prepared for how the temperature is going to affect your run. If you are genuinely feeling the heat and feel sick, don’t push through it. You’ll set yourself back more so than better your training.
Try to keep running in the mornings. The hottest times of the day are between 11 am – 4 pm. Try to avoid those times or hit the treadmill. The last thing you want is to motivate yourself for a run only to feel the effects of heat exhaustion.
This is how I feel when I don’t get in my run before 9 am:
The good news is once we are through August, the temperature drops and our bodies will love it. We have made it run through the hottest days of the year and it will reward us! Don’t get too excited (like me), we still need to take of it and hydrate!
Good luck with training, running, and racing! Thanks for having me!
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CELEBRATE SUMMER Guest Blogger Series
Tina – Fabulosi-T // Inspiring us to try new things over the summer!
Patty – RunMomMe // Joining a Summer Race series!