How’s summer treating you so far? I’ve been connecting with runners across the city and it seems that the consensus is that the hot and humid weather has deterred many of you from running outdoors.
I have nothing against the treadmill but if you miss running along the river or through your neighborhood, I want to pass along a few tips to help you stay cool while running during summer months.
Don’t hit the snooze button: We all have busy schedules but that doesn’t mean you can’t wake up a little earlier to squeeze in your run or workout. Even if it’s just one day out of the week, wake up a little earlier so you don’t miss out on the benefits of running outside.
Hydrate before your run: Get into the habit of drinking enough water everyday to keep you hydrated during your workouts. Electrolyte tablets like nuun are great to add to your water to help replenish and prevent dehydration and muscle cramping.
Carry a handheld water bottle: You can’t always depend on water fountains to keep you hydrated during summer months. Find a lightweight water bottle that fits your hand comfortably that you wouldn’t mind carry for a few miles.
Wear lightweight, moisture wicking fabrics: From your hat down to your socks, your running outfit should be made with materials that are designed to keep you cool. Avoid cotton and anything else that may hold on to moisture and cause chafing and skin irritation.
If you’re in the area of any of our shops this weekend, pop-in to grab some water and chat with our staff about other ways to stay cool during your summer runs. To help you stay cool, we’re offering 25% off all water bottles and hydration packs. Plus, all summer bottoms (shorts and capris) are buy 1, get 1 50% off. (Offer valid until August 12th and can’t be combined with any other discount)
If you have any other summer running tips, be sure to share them with us via social @phillyrun. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the trails!
Takia McClendon USA Track & Field Coach / Apparel Buyer & Store Manager at Philadelphia Runner