Photo Editor Alex White gives advice about how to run in the summer
By: ALEX WHITE
When the temperature during the summers seems to get higher and higher it can be pretty hard to find the motivation to get outside and run. Don’t let the weather stop you from getting in that run, just be smart about it.
During the times of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. is when the sun is at the highest point and this means that the temperature is going to be at it’s highest too. During this time it is best to not do too much outside, try swimming or going for an easy walk instead of any type of strenuous activity.
The best times to run in the summer is early in the morning and late at night when the sun isn’t too prominent. It will be cooler than during the day and poses less of a threat of getting sun burnt or sun poisoning. Personally, no matter when I run sunscreen is a must, otherwise I turn as red as a lobster and no one is having fun at that point. Sunscreen that is meant to be worn while sweating will work just fine.
Of course drink plenty of water, running makes us sweat which draws out moisture and so does being out in the sun. This means drink more water than thought to be needed, the body will thank you later.
Also do not wear any clothing that is tight fitting, keep everything light and loose. This will help the body cool down by allowing more of a breeze. I also like to run with a hat on to keep the sun off my face and to help prevent any sweat from getting into my eyes.
Running outside in the summer does not have to be torture but make sure every precaution is taken and the run is done safely.