I don’t mean to brag but I’ve been getting in some seriously good runs lately. Since temperatures in London have reached over 30°C, I looked online for tips on running outdoors in the heat. Some pointers which I came across include:
- Invest in light & loose-fitting clothing
- Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from skin cancer
- Run with a hydration belt
- Choose a route which involves rivers, lakes, and ponds as it’s usually cooler by the water
Another surefire way to beat the heat is to run early morning or late evening. When I stepped outside on Monday evening, it was still way too hot. I took it as a sign to indulge in some retail therapy and satisfy my frozen yogurt craving, even if the latter meant running the risk of suffering a stitch during my run. You learn something new everyday and on Monday, I learned that fro yo makes excellent workout fuel ;).
Running on a treadmill is another solution for summer running but I just can’t do it anymore, nor do I want to. Honestly I don’t know how I once ran 16 kilometers at the gym– kudos to me 2 years ago ;). Aside from the obvious reasons (i.e. better scenery & more entertaining), I’ll tell you the real reasons why I prefer outdoor running to the
- You can people-watch without things getting awkward: you’re gone by the time the other person realizes
- It’s an easy way to top up your tan
- Provides you with Instagram content
- You can plan your route so that it ends right outside a supermarket…or Starbucks
- It’s a breath of fresh air…literally
- Efficient way to sightsee
- When others screech “You ran in this HEAT”, you can answer a smug “yes”…and feel more bad ass than ever before
How do you stay cool when working out outdoors?