So as to make it easier to get out there and hit the road, we’ve compiled a handy list of ways to manage the heat and enjoy your summer running.
1. Mornings and Evenings
Duh. As you can see on the weather screen above, temperature peak during midday, when the sun is at its zenith. If you can hit the road before 7 or 8 in the morning, or after 6 or 7 in the evening, you’ll be looking at substantially cooler temps, and a more enjoyable run.
2. Wear a hat or buff
We all know the feeling of sweat getting in your eyes. It’s seriously the worst. Everyone is just running past you on the road while you stand there rubbing your eyes, looking like someone who just watched the end of Titanic for the first time. Thankfully, a hat or buff can help keep the sun out of your eyes, and, as importantly, help mop up sweat before it gets into your eyes.
3. Ice Cube it Up
Many runners recommend putting ice cubes on the inside of your wrists before heading out. This works because of your body’s system of “pulse points” — spots where blood vessels are closest to your skin, and where changes in temperature are most acutely felt. However, you can also tuck ice cubes into two bandanas or buffs, and loop them around each of your wrists, and wear them as your run. Once the ice cubes melt, the bandana or buff should be wet and cool for at least a short while, and you can keep them on your wrists, or loop them around your head, near your temple — another pulse point. You can also look at products like cooling headbands, which operate on a similar principle.
4. Run Near Water
Do you live near a lake, river or bayou? Try to run nearby, such that the generally cooler climes and breeze can help make those miles a tad easier.
A short while before your run, try to bring your body temperature down a little bit, so as to give yourself more “runway” before getting warm. You can use the aforementioned ice cube method, or you can take a cold shower before hitting the road. There is always, of course, the ice cube vest option.
6. Listen to “Ice, Ice, Baby”
Most of us are probably familiar with Vanilla Ice’s 1990 classic, “Ice, Ice, Baby.” In our entirely unscientific testing, we found that running around while listening to this classic on an oversized boombox helped keep us 8% cooler. But, hey, it might just be that bass line.