Ah, the summer is here in full force…and I kinda love it!!!! (I think I love it even more after the crazy cold, never ending winter we had)
I love that we successfully made it through another school year (yay!!!!!!), and we celebrated by having some friends over and spending the day at the park and playing tennis!!! I seriously cannot believe another school year has gone by!!!!
I also really LOVE this:
Yes, I love having a new sports bra (which, by the way, is very comfortable and just awesome)…but what I really love is my signed picture of Kara and Lauren!!!! The last autograph I got was when I was in 3rd grade. We had a school project where we needed to write to someone famous and ask for their autograph. Drum roll please……I got MacGyver’s :). This one is WAY cooler!!!!!!
As much as I love summer I think it is super important to remember a few important things.
I have seen several posts on instagram and twitter from some runner’s that are a bit disappointed that they are not hitting their paces for particular workouts.
I am definitely preaching to the choir on this believe me….but, especially in the summer, I think it is WAY more important to base your workouts on effort more that Garmin times.
I know…it can be really hard. You want to get that certain time for your repeats and you just can’t….you have done it before…why not today? The heat, the humidity, the sun, hydration…they are all factors.
Here are just a few of my summer training tips, but my main tip is…
*GO BY EFFORT NOT BY GARMIN*
*Acclimate- Give your body a chance to adjust to this summer weather. Take a few weeks either off of speed if you do it, or just run at a slower pace to adjust to the weather.
*Dress- In the winter we layer up and dress warm…the same effort needs to go into our summer running wardrobe. Think light weight, light color, and sweat wicking
*Accessorize Socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, possibly a light hat and my RunningLuv are all must’s for me.
*Timing- If at all possible get out nice and early. We tend to stay up later, especially in the summer, but I still try to get out by 7:30.
*Think about your route if possible try to have a lot of shade in your route
*HYDRATE- drink a lot of water!
* Electrolytes!!!!- When the body sweats, it releases water as well as sodium, magnesium, and more. These electrolytes are crucial for nearly every bodily process and need to be replaced. My absolute favorite way to do this is Nuun!!!
And over all….
Just listen to your body! If you are having dizziness, or are feeling light headed or nauseous you may have pushed a bit too far and need to ease up a bit.
Summer running can be challenging and sweaty :), but it can also be rewarding and fun!!!! (this is coming from someone who LOVES summer running)
The last 2 weeks I have backed quite a bit off my mileage with my race and my ITB issue. I had the week leading up to my half and then last week was a recovery week.
This week I am slowly building back up the mileage and so far so good!
From today’s run:
What are some ways you adjust to summer?
What are some of your favorite summer accessories?
Favorite brand sports bra?……I have only ever worn Nike till I got my Oiselle one!