Had a couple of much warmer runs last week and I’m sure many of you are planning holiday runs or walks so here are my top tips for keeping cool in the sun!
Get your gear right
Wear as little as possible! No need to be shy about wearing gear that’s entirely appropriate for the activity. This means lightweight shorts and vest. Technical materials will help wick away the sweat and keep it loose! Sunscreen is essential as are shades if it’s bright. A cap can also be helpful but make sure it’s lightweight as anything too thick and you’ll be holding the heat in. It’s bug season in Sutton Park so remember your insect repellent too.
Take it Easy
A rise in temperature is going to slow your pace so accept that you aren’t going to be setting any records. Leave the Garmin at home, take it easy and enjoy your surroundings.
Drink little and often
Drink water or sports drink before you head out and carry fluid with you especially if you are running somewhere you don’t know that well. Sports drinks beat water because they also replace electrolytes you lose when you sweat.
Get your Timing Right
It’s cooler first thing in the morning and later in the evening so try to head out then. Not much beats watching the sun rise as you head out along the sea front but make sure you’re safe.
Choose your Route
It’s cooler to run on grass, in the shade and near water so plan your route carefully. If you’re running in an area you don’t know check in with locals to make sure the route your are planning is safe (on a business trip once I ran through a park notorious for attracting undesirables and wish I’d checked with hotel reception before heading out)! Make sure someone know where you are going.
Get a Photo
Finally when you’ve done all that and enjoyed a fantastic run or walk in the sunshine get a photo in your SE vest and share it with me for all to see! #sefitnessvestchallenge