10 TIPS TO HELP YOU ENHANCE YOUR SUMMER RUN
1. Always pick routes that have sources of water along the way....water fountains, bathrooms, sprinklers, etc. Just being able to splash water on your neck or head makes a considerable impact on overall comfort.
a) shed a layer
b) grab some water or stick you head in the freezer
c) hang out and chat with said friend or a neighbor (if it's your house)
d) abort mission all together and bum a ride home (hopefully, it's a really good friend) or just open the door and walk inside (if it's your own house).
3. Leave the watch behind. When it's hot out, unless you're Usain Bolt, you're gonna run slower. Why torture yourself by staring at your watch? Map your route out ahead of time and JFR. (just f***ing run)
4. Wear a visor & sunnies. Shade = Cool. Enough said.
5. Use music. It can be such an easy and fun distraction from the elements if and when you need it. For those of you who do depend on music (like myself), download a few new songs. Fresh music makes the world go round...and your run more pleasant.
6. Throw some cash in your pocket and finish your run at a coffee shop. Just thinking about iced coffee in the summer makes me happy. Knowing I have one waiting for me at the end of my run...well...you get it.
7. Stock your freezer with these bad boys. Pull one out when you finish or grab one mid-run. Words can not express how unbelievably good they taste when it's hot out.
8. If you don't own wrist bands, go buy yourself a pair. Then, throw them in the freezer. Pull them onto your wrists right before you hit the road and you will cool your whole body down by 10 degrees. Then, a few miles in, you can start to use them for their primary function of sweat absorption. Added bonus...you will look really, really cool wearing them.
9. Plan to end your run at a body of water - lake, ocean, kiddie pool, whatever. I chose the lake. Ham chose the kiddie pool. Either one will do.
10. Never, EVER, say it can't get any worse. It always can. Did I mention last winter?
Listen to this:
Weathered* - Jack Garratt Listen w/
* Give this one time. It's a slow build to awesomeness.