Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Running Tips

July is here! That means marathon training has officially begun! I said I would not complain about the summer after the winter we had. I will stick to that promise.

That doesn't mean that it isn't warm outside!

In high school I used to love training in the summer. Running at a nice pace in the heat would make your body adapt better to the cooler weather. As I have gotten older, it almost becomes unbearable. Not running in the undesirable weather doesn't make you a better runner.

One of the main reasons I signed up for the Columbus Marathon was that training would begin July 1. I wanted to challenge myself. I have 130 miles planned for July. I needed to make sure I stayed motivated and healthy through this struggle.

I know I am not alone in this. So, I decided to share with you guys some of my favorite summer running tips. These have worked for me so far this summer, and I hope they can help all of you!

1. STAY HYDRATED! It sounds so simple, but we sweat so much more in the warm weather and need to keep replenishing. I always have at least 48oz of water during the day. Before I run, I mix a Nuun up. I drink half of it on my way to my run, and the other half when I am finished. I carry a handheld water bottle with me with just water in it.

2. Show some skin! We all know that you should wear moisture wicking clothes while training, but sometimes wearing sleeves can feel quite constricting in the summer. I always try to wear tanks or just sports bras out in the summer. Knowing I would be training in the summer, I ordered a bunch of sports bras from Oiselle in fun colors so I would bare it all some more. I can also recommend Roga shorts from Oiselle for very awesome absorbing abilities.

3. Take walk breaks! It is just that simple. If you start to sweat a lot during your summer runs, take a walk break! Make your way to some shade, grab a drink and walk. Your body will adapt in time, and then start back up again. Do not worry about the slower pace. When the temps drop, you will be stronger than before!

4. Support System. I have met so many people who are also training for fall races through the summer. Being able to see that they are fighting through the elements as well makes me feel like I can do it too. Having that support system is huge in marathon training to begin with, knowing that there is someone who understands what you are going through will help your mental struggle that much more. If you need a support system, I would love to be there for you!

5. Don’t be a hero. If it’s too hot, take it to the treadmill. It doesn't matter how you get the miles in, it matters that you are healthy and make it to the starting line. If you have the ability to run in the early morning or later in the evening, do it. Make the sacrifice. I know I will be waking up at 5:30am on Sundays to get my long runs in.

July doesn't have to suck. We can all make it through this together. It is only 31 days of the year, lets make it great!

What tips do you have for surviving the summer heat? What fall race are you training for?

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