As I write this the sky is dark and rain threatens. However, I have just returned from a run in vest and shorts. For car drivers observing a runner striding out whilst the rain falls like stair rods – madness must be on their minds. And yet for the runner the experience can be quite exhilarating!
Once you have decided to step out on that walk or run during the heat of the summer the question will be what should I wear? In the heavy rain, you may prefer to start off with a light weight waterproof but to be honest I don’t suppose you will keep it on for long.
We lose a lot of heat through our head; however, to avoid sunstroke and sun burn, covering it with a hat is advised. Try a cap made from technical fabric so that it doesn’t soak up the sweat. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. To avoid sunburn apply sweat proof suncream. This suncream will help your sweat evaporate reducing body temperature.
Clothing – cotton t shirts will soak up sweat making it heavy and uncomfortable, maybe even causing chaffing. Try technical fabrics instead, these are designed to wick away perspiration, keeping the skin & fabric dry. Light coloured clothing will help to keep you cool – leave the black tops for the winter.
As a rough kind if the temperature is 15°c or more, if running, you will be best in vest and shorts (even in the rain!) If it is between 11°c and 15°c t shirt & shorts are best. In temperatures 7°c – 11°c you may prefer a long sleeved top & shorts. If you are not happy wearing shorts, ¾ tights would be a better option than full length leggings. This is just a guide and I am aware that some people feel the cold more than others. However, too much kit will cause you to overheat and the exercise will be harder.