Summer Running- What to Wear at Every Temperature
Over the winter I posted about what to wear during the winter months, complete with pictures, and examples of what I wear at each of the temperatures. That has actually been one of my most popular posts, and I thought it would be a good idea to do a summer one.
One thing to be said about this summer one though; I am a lot more comfortable wearing a sports bra and sports than a lot of you reading may be. Honestly, I probably shouldn’t be wearing a sports bra and shorts where I live, and I have definitely run in areas in the past where it was not a good idea at all, but for me, I am wearing it for comfort reasons; to stay cool, rather than flaunting.
This could easily turn into a debate. I have seen many posts about how women should not run in sports bras, yet we often see men running shirtless in the summer months. It is just a shame that our culture differs so much between the way men and women are looked at. I do not want this to turn into a post about gender stereotypes, or throw all men into one group, so I will stop right here.
I know a lot of you may not be comfortable with wearing a sports bra, tank tops, or even shorts, and that is definitely your decision (remember Be Strong, Be Brave, be YOU?), this is just my recommendation based on what I would chose. Just remember you probably want to run first thing in the morning, or late at night, you do not want to overheat, THAT is dangerous.
Before I begin, I did write a full post on running in the heat, which you should check out first.
A few notes about summer running:
If you are working out/running hard, you are going to overheat a lot easier than you would on a recovery run, and may need to dress for a higher temperature (dressing like it is 70, when its 65). If you are running hard, this is when you definitely should try to run before the sun comes up.
Sometimes before the sun rises, the humidity can be almost unbearable. I did write a post about running in humidity to give you some tips, but it will be your decision whether you prefer to run in the humidity or the heat….as on those really hot summer days, it is going to be one or the other. If you are running hard, it is always going to be better to deal with the humidity.
Sunglasses should be there anytime the sun is out in the summer. This will protect your eyes, especially with the reflections that come off the cars and windows you run by.
Every day during summer, I wear something to keep the hair out of my face. I find when it is in my face, I just get flustered and hotter, so I would recommend you use either a band, hat, or pin it back away from your head….but I recommend something to cover your face, trust me it feels cooler!
If it is windy, you will want to run with the wind first, and back against the wind. It can be unbearably hot if you do it the other way around. This way, although it will slow you down a little. It will help with cooling you off, and will actually feel pretty good.
I have included my shoes in here, and you can read more about why I chose the shoes I did in my post about it, but realistically, in the summer, your feet are gonna get hot regardless, just try to pick thin, comfortable socks to go underneath.
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