|Mike cooling down near the end of our 13-mile run.|
IllumiNITE's Endeavor Tank and Long Running Shorts
|I love being the brightest thing out there, especially|
on hot, humid, summer days!
IllumiNITE's Savannah Tee, Jammer Mid-Length Short,
and Ponyband Headband
Hydration and Fuel
- Salt tabs are vital for keeping electrolytes on track and muscles limber—SaltStick Fast Chews are my FAVE!.
- A hydration pack that holds two liters minimum is lifesaving when going on longer runs, especially when the weather can add unanticipated, additional time.
- It's especially important to have food to stay well-fueled and energized. I like Spring Energy gels; they're easy on my stomach, easily packable in my vest pockets, and taste great!
|Rainy days provide cool relief, |
while IllumiNITE keeps me dry and bright!
Colorado Waterproof Jacket; Velocity Mitten
- A packable rain jacket will keep you dry during inclement weather—being cold and wet can be just as detrimental to the body as being too hot.
- Multi-Wraps and other full head coverings protect against the hot sun while also keeping sweat out of the eyes.
- Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing keeps the body cool, dry, and comfortable.
- Lightweight, moisture-wicking smart wool socks keep the feet cool and dry and blister free. I love Darn Tough's running socks, especially the tall ones when running on trails.
- Sunglasses to protect the eyes from the piercing sun!—Goodr sunglasses are amazing! They stay on my head no matter how fast or how hard I run so they're always at the ready!
Routes and Running Buddies
Pay attention to weather forecasts, and don't run in dangerous conditions, like extreme heat waves.
We made the most of unexpected travel for work by
running along the cool coastal route of Santa Barbara!
- Stay on well-traveled and well-marked routes during hot and humid conditions, and let someone know where you're running, your anticipated return time, and update them along the way.
- Run with a friend so that you can keep each other accountable on water, salt, and fuel intake, and recognize any potential signs of heat-related illness.
- Run on a treadmill at a gym.
- Cross-train at home—there are so many free exercise videos that you can workout in the comfort of your home.
- Run super early in the morning or late at night when the temperature is cooler and the sun isn't high in the sky (IllumiNITE's reflective clothing and accessories keep you shining brightly in the dark).
- Run by water where it's cooler, or in the forest where it's shaded.
- Switch your run day—adapting your training schedule during inclement weather will keep you safe and still on track.
- When all else fails, skip your run—missing one run is not the end-all, be-all of marathon training, especially if it's a shorter run (3–6 miles). What most important is not injuring yourself before race day.
|Sweaty but satisfying run!|
IlluimiNITE's Multi-Wrap, Ponyband Headband,
and Endeavor and Vigor Singlet Tanks
Last but not least, it's most important to listen to your body. It's one thing to push yourself past your comfort zone; it's another thing to push yourself into the danger zone. Know the signs of heat-related illness, and stop running if you feel dizzy, disoriented, cramping, nausea, or anything that surpasses mild discomfort.