The month of June also marks the beginning of a long summer of marathon training! If you’ve been outside lately – you can tell that summer has sprung! The thick humidity, high temps, and bright sunshine means that you need to be prepared for any bout of exercise you perform outdoors.
Below are some of my favorite tools to help beat the summer heat!
- Coola Suncare – I first found this product at a fitness retreat in California and I’ve never looked back. I use their body and face lotion, lip balm (please don’t forget your lips), in addition to their spray. I love the spray because I can apply it myself before going for a long run. This past weekend I used a different brand and came home sunburnt after just 8 miles! Bonus: it smells amazing!
- Body Glide – The perfect weapon against chafing. Unsure of what chafing is? It is when your skin rubs against itself or an article of clothing and becomes raw – often undetected until showering in which it then feels like poison. Please – for the sake of your skin – apply some body glide before running in the summer heat.
- Water Bottle – In this department it’s purely personal preference – just make sure you have a water source for your training runs. Test out what works for you – whether it’s a belt, hand held, or some sort of body contraption. I prefer the handheld with a pocket for a gel pack. I’ve learned I personally need to carry water during my races as well so it’s perfect that I train with it as well.If you want to check out my choice – here are some samples!
- nuun hydration – Logging a tough workout or long run places a significant demand on your body so recovery is key! I’ve run tested several products and my favorite keeps beating out the competition – nuun! Available in a dozen plus different flavors you are sure to find one that satisfies your taste buds. nuun replenishes your electrolytes as well as rehydrates you after you’ve worked hard!
- Deep Blue essential oil lotion – Again – totally personal preference – but I love having this muscle rub on stand by during my long training months. Perfect for those muscle aches and pains (Disclaimer: if you think you have an injury – this will not help. Seek medical advice). Even if I don’t have a muscle ache – I find the smell and sensation to be soothing!
What are some of your favorite summer training essentials?