It might be hot and humid out but motivation can still evaporate in an instant. Summer training can be a daunting task full of challenges you don’t face in cooler weather, even if you’re inside. In addition to the weather conditions, kids that are home from school, the beach or pool calling, vacations and family events all make summer training tough. Stay motivated and on track the next few months with these tips for pushing through the barbeques and heat waves.
Register for a race. A light at the end of your summer training tunnel is a great way to keep moving forward when it’s sticky outside. Make it a fun race, a goal race or a race distance you’ve never run before and you’ll look forward to training. For even more help with your summer training, work with a coach or join a running group. Having a buddy or three makes every workout safer and a little more fun.
Set a goal. While registering for a race automatically sets up a goal for your summer training, it’s not the only option. Set a goal to walk two miles every night after dinner with your family or complete a certain number of miles by Labor day. Having your spouse, children, parents or roommates on board with your plan will help each workout fly by as you build memories that can last a lifetime.
Change location. Try taking your summer training to the beach or the trails. Exploring a new spot will make you excited to get out there and run, hike or bike your miles each day. You might find a route you want to stick with all year!
Prepare and prevent. More important then any summer training goal you have is staying safe. Heat stroke and dehydration are serious health concerns when temperatures are high and humidity limits your body’s ability to cool itself. Run on shaded paths, avoid outdoor sessions in direct sunlight, stick to early morning or evening hours when it’s cooler out. Wear light colored clothing along with a hat or visor to reflect sunlight and protect your eyes. Pack plenty of sunblock and water. Freezing wet towels or packing a cooler with ice is another great way to make sure you’ll stay cool and hydrated on hot days.
Respect the weather. The hotter and more humid it is, the less able your body is to keep you cool. Gradually build up to your normal workout length giving your body time to adjust to the tougher conditions of summer training. Add extra water breaks, slow your pace down and pay close attention to what your body is telling you when it’s hot out. You can even consider keeping your hard workouts indoors.
Stay safe and on track to rock your fall event with these tips for summer training.