It’s beginning to feel like spring in the Pacific Northwest finally. Last week, I pulled on a pair of shorts for an outdoor run for the first time in 2012.
It’s always a little bit of an adjustment transitioning from cold- to warm-weather running for me. I quickly discover that I need to bring more water, I don’t have enough pockets for all my accessories anymore and I can’t run in the middle of the day unless I find a shady trail.
But I also have to get used to my legs and arms being free from fabric, and I have to remember to lube up with an anti-chafing lubricant, such as 2Toms, of course. And not just on my thighs. My toes get sweatier, too. I actually like to roll some SportShield between them as extra protection against blisters.
Here are a few tips for running in hot weather…in case you forgot during winter:
• Acclimate Slowly: Running expert and Olympian Jeff Galloway recommends not doing speed sessions during the day for the first two weeks of warmer weather. Instead, he says, runners should limit mid-day running to 30 minutes to let it get used to the heat.
• The Right Clothes: Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer than it is. And wear moisture-wicking materials. Socks with sweat-wicking technology can even help prevent blisters.
• Wear Sunscreen: Apply sweat-proof sunscreen about 30 minutes before you go for a run.
• Keep Cool: Fill your water bottles half way at night and then place them in the freezer. Before your run, fill the rest of the bottle with water.
For more warm-weather tips on proper hydration, signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, and more, go to the 2Toms Knowledge page on seasonal running safety.
And, don’t forget, to enter the 2Toms Worst Blister Challenge. If you’ve got a gnarly blister to share, enter the contest to win 6 months of 2Toms products!