It is ssoo hot today!

I know it isn’t really 103, it ended up dropping down to 93, but still, yuck! I couldn’t even touch the steering wheel!
I don’t think I will be running today. I am also ssooo wiped out from end of the year stuff. I was busy all day working on things, and tomorrow will be even worse because it will be the last full day. It is really kind of like babysitting now!
I am having one of those days where I just don’t see a run as being a good thing. Not only is it hot, but I only got about 6.5 hours of sleep, yikes! I do NOT do well when I don’t get 8 hours. Hopefully after Thursday I can workout as much as I want!

So anyway, with all this hot weather, it got me thinking to all of the important things to remember when running in the heat. Here is a list that I thought of:
1.) Sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen! Also, for long runs, reapplying after you sweat is key.
2.) Wear a running hat. I always feel so much cooler not having the sun on my face
3.)Hydrate, and bring water with you. I also like gatorade because I sweat a lot!
4.) Wear loose fitting moisture wicking fabrics
5.) Try to run early in the morning, or if that is not possible, after the sun goes down. It was still be very warm but when the sun is down it feels nicer!
6.) Pace yourself. Don’t expect to have an awesome training run in which you PR at noon in July. Stop or slow down if you need to.
7.) This goes with number 6, listen to your body! If you start to feel overheated or dizzy/lightheaded, walk, or find some shade and take a break.
8.)If you must run in the heat of the day, run shorter distances or use these days for maintenence runs.

Now, I know I am not a professional, but I am a southern girl, and it gets mighty hot here in Mississippi, and these are things that work well for me! Good luck and be safe!

Do you have a hot weather running tip to share?