Even though we’re starting at 6:30am, it’s still fairly warm out and heats up quick. It’s very important to stay hydrated on these runs. The best way is to carry water in a bottle or hydration pack or place a couple bottles along the course before your run. And be sure to have liquid available at the end as well to help you cool down. A few other things to keep in mind:
• Light colored, loose fitting, moisture wicking clothes will help keep you cooler than dark colors and cotton.
• Use sunscreen. Not only does it protect the skin from damaging sun rays, it also decreases skin and body temperatures keeping you cooler.
• And most importantly for you competitive souls out there, you don’t run as fast in the heat than you do on cool days so lower your expectations and don’t be disappointed if you didn’t run as fast as you hoped to.
Keep these things in mind as it continues to heat up here in the desert and you should be able to run strong all summer long!