Is it hot in here?
Maybe. It is, after all, the middle of June.
As an avid outdoor runner, I find myself lacing up and hitting the road year-round, no matter how cold or hot the weather is. Even though it gets a bit extreme in Iowa (in winter AND summer), I'd much rather be outside in the elements than stuck inside on a repetitious machine.
That said, if I had to choose which extreme of the two I prefer, it would be summer. Granted, there's plenty of perspiration happening, but at least in the summer you have the option of actually cooling down by taking walk breaks (if needed). In the winter, you just get more cold.
So, I'm sharing my top five Summer Mileage Must-Haves. These are in no particular order, but they are the essentials that keep me happy when the temperatures approach the triple digits.
First of all, a good tank top, preferably in a bright color. I have a huge collection of short-sleeved tops from races, but I seldom wear them unless I cut out the neck (which is usually a tight-fitting crew neck) or modify them into tank tops (for a DIY demo, check out this post...Getting Crafty with a Race Shirt). Even on a cool early morning, you can either layer a long-sleeve top over the tank, or add arm warmers.
Next, I gotta have sunglasses. I have very dry skin (even in the summer), which means my delicate facial skin is wrinkle prone. I refuse to give those wrinkles a head start by squinting...so I wear sunglasses on almost every run if there's a slight chance of the sun poking through the clouds. Not only do sunglasses protect my eyes from the bright sunshine, the lenses also act as a windshield to keep the bugs out.
Enough about me...what are some of your summer-running essentials? Do you brave it outside, or stay inside when the temps start to climb? Have you ever had to cut a run short and/or call for a ride?
** I'm linking up with Suzie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches' Corner