Running in the Summer

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Spring weather has been lovely. The coolness also means there are hot months coming. Traditionally, I usually cut down on my mileage unless I’m training for a Fall race. Last year I kept my mileage low so when training season comes, I’ll crank up the mileage.
In the past, my goal has been to run between 8 - 12 miles for my long run during the summer. Lately, I've been running between 4 - 6 miles. The goal is to stay active, get stronger and enjoy each run. 
My first summer training for a marathon. It was hot!

When I started running, I was running for joy and I kept trying to see what I could accomplish. I want to keep that feeling alive. Running in the summer months can be fun, if I take the following precautions:

• Hydrate before, during and after each run. The amount of water you drink during the week also influences the type of results you get during your runs. Take it from me, I’ve been dehydrated and ended up going to the hospital to get an IV so I know what I’m talking about. 

• Wear appropriate clothing. Your body does a good job cooling itself when you're out there but it is important to help it by not overdressing. I am also mindful of preventing rashes all over my body because that friction between my clothes and my skin is real.

• Take care of your skin. I try my best not to be out there when the sun is out but caring for your skin is very wise. Protect your skin because we only get the one we already have.

• Stay alert. Zoning out during a run is not wise. If you are in a treadmill, pay attention so you won't fall. You also don't want to fall outside. If you are out in the dark, stay visible and simply stay alert. You will be amazed at how many injuries you can avoid if you simply stay alert.

Have fun this summer friends and enjoy any type of activity you choose. The key is to stay active.