I’ve been based in Arizona the past few months and let me tell you: I did not know what hot was until I moved here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely gorgeous and the dry heat doesn’t bother me – unless it’s noon and I feel like going for a run. When the temperature is 95 degrees by 8am, you need hot weather running gear.
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Here’s the hot weather running gear you need ASAP.
Sunglasses for running need to be designed a certain way. They need to protect your eyes from the sun, an often overlooked aspect of running outside, and they need to not bounce around.
You want no-slip glasses that are polarized. And that still look good.
Goodr is the go-to brand for runners: their sunglasses just work. They’re surprisingly affordable (if you drop them, whatevs, they’ll survive), and they have a classic lewk. If you can’t decide which color to get next, please know we’re in the same boat. Find goodr sunglasses specifically designed for running here.
2. A Hat
If you’re thinking this is an obvious suggestion – kudos – because I refused to wear a hat for the longest time and suffered unnecessarily.
Hats make all the difference, and that’s why you see runners wearing them all the time. A baseball cap is nice because it tends to stay put and you can easily slink a pony trail through the back, and I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find one at the bottom of your closet or under your bed.
If you can’t and want to buy one, think white in color, and thin in material. This one above is superrrr breathable, light, and will do the trick.
Get yourself a cooling towel like the Dr. Cool Instant Chill towel. This affordable bad boy wicks sweat, cools instantly (and stays cool), and isn’t made with harmful chemicals. It won’t smell bad, or change shape when dried. For under twenty bucks, it’s kind of a no-brainer.
4. Running Belt
If you plan on going for longer runs, or like to guzzle water, get yourself a running belt. I like this G Run belt because the waist band is stretchy (and it won’t break the bank).
I like to put a Nuun in one of the bottles, and regular water in the other. You can stick your phone, ID, gels or chews, and keys in the pocket so don’t fret about running short pockets here.
Tip: tighten the waistband and place it closer to your waist rather than around your hips. This way, it won’t bounce around or slide down. I wasn’t sure about this one but am so glad I have it.
5. Running Vest
If you’re going for an even longer run, or the idea of having something around your waist isn’t appealing, opt for a running vest.
Nathan is a reliable brand that’s been around for a while, and this running vest of theirs below only has one strap in the front that is on the low side, rather than two higher up (ahem, some of us humans have chest factors to consider). And find more options here based on whatever factor is most important to you in a running vest.
Go the extra mile and live in these flip flops all summer long knowing that you’re doing everything you can to recovery well. They help with plantar fasciitis, are soft on the joints, and make you feel as if you’re walking on clouds. They make the best gift ever (for runners or not).
In the summer heat, you might want to pay attention to your heart rate. Slowing down is okay and you need to remember that heat stroke is a really, real thing. If you don’t already have a watch you love, you might want to invest in one.
It will tell you your distance, pace, cadence, heart rate, the temperature and way more info you need to stay on top of any dehydration. Going for a run without any music or running gear might be attractive, but if you plan on running in the heat for a while, you need to stay informed. Plus, there are some other important reasons you may want to get one — check them out here.
It’s an absolute must. I’m a big fan of Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Sunscreen because it isn’t oily and doesn’t clog my pores. I also love spray sunscreen because it takes two seconds to put it on, there’s no rubbing needed, and it makes your skin look quite lovely.
That said, wear ay sunscreen! It’s a must. If your skin is red only due to exertion – you’ve done it right.
One final tip is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, and after, your runs. If you want to avoid headaches and feeling overall crummy, drink.