How do you handle hot weather running? Do you run early or late in the day? Stay in the shade? Freeze your water bottle so your water stays cold? Wear thin, light-colored running clothes? Share your tips for staying cool during hot weather runs. Share Your Advice
Runner in the heat
- I know it's better to run in the early a.m. or evening but I don't always get the chance to do it then; I'm just doing 5Ks, slow running. It get hot and humid and my husband says I'm crazy and if he's home nearly forbids me to run then. Where I run sometimes has some shade and I have access to my water bottle every mile. I've never had heat stroke or gotten overheated. I know this is terrible for a runner to do but I'm so used to it! (I have a low thyroid and my pulse stays very low.) No complaints, just someone who breaks all the rules!
I wait and run at night
- I prefer cold weather running but when it is hot and humid I have found that it is cooler to run in the evenings, around 8:00pm. I have tried early morning but it seems more humid and there is usually NO wind to help cool me off. If you run in the morning, I suggest running before the sun gets above the trees. The early morning sun can "feel" very hot; however, running when the sun has gone down "feels" much cooler for some reason!
- —Guest Lori
run in the morning and hydrate
- I always try to run in the morning, before it gets too hot. If I have to do a run or a race in the heat, I make sure I hydrate very well the day before and during the run. I always try to plan it so I can cool down in a pool or take a cool shower soon after thr run.
- —Guest mindy
prefer hot weather
- I love hot weather running. I usually run right after work which is usually the hottest part of the day. I carry plenty of water.
- —Guest keith