TOTR-Summer Essentials-How I Manage Summer Running/Workouts

It’s Tuesday and that means Tuesdays on the Run (TOTR) with Erica at mcmmamaruns,


She is joined by  Patty of noguiltlife and April of runthegreatwidesomewhere.

Today’s theme dealing with summer heat while working out/running.

It seems like a thousand years ago that I was writing and fussing about how cold it was in the DC area. Well here we are in June and the weather has shifted to HOT and HUMID! What I hate most about the DC area!
Today’s theme is perfect as last night, I transitioned my winter workout clothes for my spring/summer.

Side Note:Who remembers this from Biloxi BLues?

Eugene Morris Jerome: Man it’s hot. It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.

Here are a few ways that I manage the heat during the summer while I workout.

1. Workout in the morning
I am an early morning riser in order to workout before the kids and hubby wake up. I am up at 5:30 am and working out or out the door running by 6 am. The AM hours tend to be cooler as the sun is just rising helping the temps to stay a bit cooler. In the DC area, once the sun has risen, the heat and the humidity are a killer!!

2. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!

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Drinking plenty of water is essential for the summer workouts!! I have made it a goal to drink 2.5 gallons of water a week. I find that I tend to drink more water when the temps go up and my body response well to it. I had one episode of de-hydration during a race in the fall and I vowed to never let that happen again! After that race, I purchased a hydration pack and use it for any runs/races over 6 miles.

3. Replenish Electrolytes

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Adding electrolyte tablets and powders have been a new habit that I have developed. I used to always think, just drink water and eat a banana and you will be fine. Yeah-not so much!

I have begun using Nuun and Coco Go as my after run/workout replenishment. Both come in berry/fruity flavors that are supper yummy and tasty!

4. Sunscreen!

Some people think that because they have brown skin, they don’t need sunscreen. STUPID! STUPID STUPID! I have had a close experience with melanoma in my family and was vigalent about sunscreen before that and even more now!
I am a brown girl with freckles and so my face is extremely sensitive to sun.

On my face, I have come to love Neutrogena Clear Face, SPF 55. It goes on clear (even on dark skin), is not oil and dries almost matte.


On my body I use Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+. It’s chemical and fragrance free and covers well and handles the heat and sweat well.

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5. Visor

Along with sunscreen I always wear a visor when I am actively in the sun. I recently bought an AMR visor which is made using the HeadSweats visor product. Not only does the visor have a wide brim to protect the sun from my face but the head sweats brand has a ‘sweat band’ on the inside. Ideally this would absorb the sweat that often runs into your eyes while working out. I sweat A LOT and the sweat band didn’t really absorb all of my sweat. But the visor is functional and does the job overall.

Something I am considering is looking into SPF clothing. I am not too sure about this technology and will need to do some more research before I purchase.

How do you deal with/tolerate the heat of the summer when you are working out? Have you used SPF clothing?

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9 thoughts on “TOTR-Summer Essentials-How I Manage Summer Running/Workouts

  1. Alanna says:

    I love your visor! I’m so excited to get mine, hopefully next week!

    I really need to work on hydration. For some reason I feel like having to carry anything extra is such an inconvenience. I need to realize that it’s very necessary.

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  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I just got some blue lizard sunscreen for the first time. Loving it it!! I like to fill my hydration pack half way the night before and freeze it. In the morning of my long run I top it off with extra fluid and it’s like a back ice pack! Keeps me nice and cool!

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