Definition: To exude sweat
As in “She was sweating profusely.”
Oh thank you Merriam Webster for that succinct and yet somehow pungently descriptive sentence.
Yes, it’s summer and I don’t know about you, but we are sweating our way through July. Our high here in St. George? It’s about 110. Our low? 80. My garage, where I keep my treadmill, it’s like a million degrees.
Summer running can be challenging as we battle the sun, the heat, and the humidity, so I wanted to not only share my summer running essentials with you but give you the chance to win them ALL with my SUMMER RUNNING ESSENTIALS GIVEAWAY. To be entered to win you need to be 18 years or older, a resident of the United States or Canada, and enter your email address on the “Keep in Touch” button right here on my website. Super easy, right?
Okay let’s get to the good stuff!
First, hydration. I traded in my small Nathan handheld for this Camelbak one after a disastrous run in Zion National Park. My Nathan handheld doesn’t have an open/close valve so each time I filled it up, the water shook out all over my shorts as I ran. Now I like small pretty, pink things too, but I had to upgrade to a better handheld water bottle. This Camelbak is bigger, but it’s not any harder to hold with it’s adjustable strap. I love that it’s insulated, so it keeps my water colder and of course with the valve top, it’s not splashing or wasting that precious water.
Here’s another fun summer running word-chafing: underneath my arms, my lower back, and my inner thighs, just to name a few. The worst thing about chafing is that you don’t always know it’s there until you shower and then have to scream so loudly your whole family knows it really hurts. I bought this Body Glide at the St. George Running Center and I love it. I just put it on those trouble spots before I get dressed and somehow it magically protects my skin.
Another summer run lifesaver is a good hat. I love this one from The North Face, it’s called the “Better than Naked” hat. It’s an ultralight hat with a low profile brim that helps combat those bright summer rays. It’s super breathable with mesh vents and has quick wicking fabric to help moisture evaporate faster. I also love that I can just toss it in the washer with the rest of my running clothes and it comes out just fine.
With all that sweating it’s so important to be replenishing those lost electrolytes. In the past I’ve used SmartWater and coconut water, but I began adding Nuun tablets to my water and I can really feel a difference. I especially love the new Nuun Energy tablets with the added green tea extract and B vitamins. Plus the flavors are really delicious like Cherry Limeade, so it tastes like a treat with no sugary after taste.
Summer running takes a few more products and a little more planning to pull off, but like all hard things each time we conquer them, we’re better for it. Happy running friends!
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