Summer running can be difficult. Between the heat and humidity, runners often find themselves avoiding running during the summer. Fortunately, with the right gear and apparel, summer running does not have to be miserable. Here are four summer running essentials that you need and that can be found in your local Potomac River Running store or at our online store.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your body when running in the summer. If you are planning for a morning run, start hydrating the night before. It is also crucial that you bring water with you on the run. There are many different hydration items that make carrying water while you run easy and comfortable. One option is the hydration vest. This is carried like a backpack and holds a large amount of water. Runners can easily sip water through the straw that is attached to the water bladder on their back. This item is perfect for longer runs where a lot of water consumption is necessary. Another great item is the hydration belt. The belt goes around the waist and contains bottles. As you run, easily grab a bottle to take a sip. Lastly, handheld bottles work well for shorter runs. These bottles strap on your hand for an easy drink as you run.
Another important summer running necessity to have is the proper nutrition items. When running in the heat, it is easy for the body to lose electrolytes. Taking nutritional items before and during runs will help replace electrolytes and leave you feeling stronger for longer. There are variety of nutritional items on the market including gels, gummy chews, bars, jelly beans, drink powders, and more! The best way to implement nutritionals into your running routine is to test them out and see which product works best for you. Decide which one makes you feel strong, energetic, and agrees with your stomach.
Lightweight Running Apparel
In the summer is it important to wear lightweight, moisture-wicking apparel. Running in a cotton shirt will not wick away the sweat. It will hold it and make you very uncomfortable by the end of your run. Invest in some lightweight summer running apparel such as t-shirts, tank tops, and shorts.
Moisture Wicking Socks
Last but not least, keep you feet cool and comfortable this summer with moisture wicking socks. Just like with apparel, running with cotton socks can lead to discomfort. Cotton socks will hold in sweat allowing them to easily slip down and eventually cause blisters. Feetures and Swiftwick are two great brands for people who enjoy thinner socks while Balega works well for those who like a thicker sock.
Running in the summer can be a lot of fun, and completely necessary if you are training for a fall race! Do not be afraid of the heat and humidity! Stay prepared with hydration items, nutritionals, lightweight clothing, and moisture wicking socks. Shop for all these items in your local Potomac River Running store or at our online store.