This week’s theme on the Runner’s Lounge “Take it and Run Thursdays” is heat. How to run in it. How to survive hot training days and tips to make summer running bearable.
This is kind of funny because in Portland it looks and feels like February. Don’t believe me. Take a look for yourself.
The pre-work run this morning was drizzly, much like it has been for several weeks. Summer is still a fanciful dream here in the Northwest. I would embrace the problems that come with running in the heat. I would rejoice with having to worry if it was too hot. When and if I do have to run in the heat here are the things I’ll remember.
1. Run early in the day. Duh! It’s hard to do, but makes running in the summer so much more enjoyable. There’s less chance of skipping out or having life get in the way. I try to focus on the early morning sunrise and take pleasure in being up and doing something good for my body while many people are still sleeping.
2. Lube Up! Chaffing seems to be a bigger issue in the heat. I found Body Gliding contact points like my hips, armpits, feet and inner thighs is key. Quick aside: Thighs, I know you’re reading this and I love you for being strong and carrying me over long distances, but I’d really be so much happier if you’d slim down just a little tiny bit. I have just two words for you, Thighs. Swimsuit Season.
3. Don’t use deodorant. I know. This sounds extreme. This is a little tip I picked up while working in West Africa. Seriously. You’re going to run, it’s going to be ridiculously hot, you’re going to sweat and stink and be nasty… so why bother? Enjoy being stinky and then shower up afterwards. Deodorant is like a putting a small band-aid on a broken dam of stinkiness. A little stick of Secret isn’t going to be able to hold back the stink! Sweat, and be nasty with pride! Just don’t forget to shower.
4. Dr. Bronner’s Magic 18 -in-1 Peppermint Pure Castile Soap. I love this stuff. When you’re done being stinky use this peppermint soap in the shower. As a co-worker told me once it’s tingly, refreashing and “like little angels beating you with pillows.”
5. Cool down and eat frozen grapes or this amazing frozen dessert.
6. Be hardcore! Running in the heat gets a lot more street credit and makes for better war stories. “I ran a 10K this weekend and it was 92 degrees outside!” sounds so gnarly. I like to tap into my inner Rocky Balboa and repeat “Eye of the Tiger” for extra inspiration