How To Choose Summer Kit

Keep your cool running in the heat


Posted: 1 June 2009
by Alice Palmer

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Running in hot, humid weather can be tricky. You’ll be keen to keep cranking out the miles through the summer months, but it’s crucial to protect yourself from sunstroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn – a risk even in the most unpredictable ‘great British summer’.

We’re on hand with some easy tips to make sure your kit works hard from head to toe, keeping you cool this summer.

Headquarters

You lose a lot of body heat through the head, which might seem like good news in the sweltering summer sun. But if the sun’s beating down, covering up with the cap is actually the best way to avoid sunstroke and sunburn.
Invest in a cap made from technical fabric that’ll wick sweat away, or grab an old baseball cap and make your own ‘cold cap’.

To make a cold cap, just soak a baseball cap in water and leave it in the fridge for half an hour – or overnight if you’re planning on heading out first thing in the morning. If you want an extra-cold noggin, pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes just before you leave.

For runners with longer hair or a fringe, a decent hairband will keep irritating strands of hair under wraps and away from your sweaty forehead.

A good pair of sports sunglasses also come in handy for summer running. They’ll shade you from glare so you can see your route clearly, plus they’ll protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.

Water Works

If you’re planning a long run, take plenty of water with you. Get hydrated before you leave, and if you’re heading out for more than half an hour grab a bottle of water, or invest in a hydration pack. A compact backpack or bumbag with a handy water bladder, it’ll keep you refreshed when you’re far from home and the temperature soars.

Don't Feel The Burn

Sweatproof suncream is a summer essential, preventing sunburn and skin damage and keeping your skin and body temperature low. If you’re going for a long run and need to top-up along the way, grab a travel-sized bottle or decant lotion into a dinkier container to pop in your pocket or bumbag. Special sweatproof suncream helps your sweat evaporate, crucial to help your body keep itself cool.

Get Technical

When you’re picking your outfit, get clever. Cotton will soak up sweat and make your clothes heavy and uncomfortable, and might even cause nasty rubbing. Our tip? Ditch the cotton and opt for technical fabrics instead. Specially designed to wick perspiration away from the skin so it evaporates quickly, technical fabrics will also keep their shape rather than clinging and rubbing.

Protection from the sun, heat and humidity isn’t all you need for a comfortable hot-weather run – your clothes will need to fit well and feel right. Look for clothes that are designed and cut with the motion of running in mind, tops that don’t slip off and shorts that don’t ride up – you won’t want chafing getting in the way of that crucial final kick.

Contrary to what you might think, it’s best to pop a looser-fitting tee over that summer staple, the crop top. Not only will it give you more protection from the sun, but a looser garment will also pick up any cooling breeze around. Don’t forget, the lighter the fabric, the better. To avoid soaking up the sun, leave your favourite black winter tights behind and go for summery lighter shades instead.

Athlete's Feet

For long summer runs, leave warm winter socks in the wardrobe and slip on thinner socks to sidestep sweaty feet, blisters, athlete’s foot or worse.


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Great advice.

 Helena 

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Posted: 10/05/2010 at 20:23

Great advice.

 Helena 

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Posted: 10/05/2010 at 20:24

Great advice.


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