I won't give up running.
The Florida Panhandle won't give up being hot and humid.
So summer running and I have had to come to an understanding.
- Carry a frozen water bottle. The bottle gets bathwater warm by mile 3, but at least I have cold water for the first 20 minutes or so.
- Wear a headband to keep the sweat out of my eyes.
- Chew mint gum. Sounds crazy (be careful not to inhale the gum!) but it does have a psychological cooling effect.
- Run very early in the morning.
- Move to the treadmill when temperatures rise into the mid-90s.
- Take walk breaks. Yes, folks - I'll take a walk break from time to time on the hottest days. You can call me a wuss if you want, but I know my limits. That's not wussy. It's wisdom.
Miss Zippy provides some guidance on acclimating to the heat (which I, admittedly, do - but I don't often write into my list of "beat the heat" strategies.
To date, the award for "strangest advice anyone has ever given me" goes to the gentleman I met at Jazzfest who told me he "loves running in the heat and loves the sweat." His trick is to cut up a lemon, and put a wedge in his mouth before he heads out the door for a run. That keeps him feeling refreshed during his sweltering summer runs.
When life gives you lemons... suck on them while you're running!
So am I, but I might try it anyway. Who knows? I thought chewing gum while running sounded dumb, too. Until I tried it.
What tricks do you use to beat the summer heat?
What's the weirdest advice you've ever gotten from a stranger?