The weather is getting a little bit warmer, well in Melbourne it’s been a little touch and go – just like Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” song – but there have been days when it does get too hot to run. In fact the temperature does start to heat up even from 9am in the morning! Yikes!! Not surprisingly, it can be rather difficult to adapt to the changing temperatures, especially when you’ve been running in cooler weather for the last few months. I know I’ve felt it the last two weeks. At first I thought maybe the virus had made me weaker, then I realised it was the weather. The temperatures were heating up so I needed ways where I can adapt to the changing seasons.
Besides accepting the fact that you would run a little slower in warmer weather, you would also need to learn how to not over-exert yourself too. Ways you can do this is by slowing down your pace and listening to your body and wearing the right gear also helps make running feel a little bit better.
What to Wear Running in Warmer Weather
- Shorts – While it is common sense to wear running shorts during warmer weather, the fact that you’ve been running in compression leggings might make it a bit weird to run in shorts. You might feel like you need something to “hold you in” so to speak. Or maybe that’s just me? Anyway, while running shorts normally have the mesh undies/insert underneath, I’ve recently discovered shorts that have these shorties that are attached on the inside of the shorts. This gives a little bit more hold underneath without making you feel too hot while running. There are quite a number of brands out there but I’ve of course chosen the cheaper option with Cotton On Active (not sponsored nor am I an affiliate by the way).
1. Cotton On Power Jogger rrp$24.95, 2. Cotton On Move Jogger rrp$19.95, 3. ^Adidas Women’s Essentials 2 in 1 Shorts rrp$39.99, 4. ^Nike Full Flex 2 in 1 Women’s Shorts rrp$49.99, 5. ^Nike Women’s 2 in 1 Shorts rrp$40.00
- Moisture wick socks – During my 10km training, one of the annoying things I had to go through were blisters. This was apparently due to the amount of sweat my feet exerts coupled with the abrasion against my shoes. Not a very comfortable way to train at all. While there are other moisture wick socks available out there, I’ve managed to find a brand that’s pretty affordable – ^Under Armour – and they were only $24.99 for a pack of 6. I was skeptical at first, but surprisingly, they worked! No more blisters so far.
- ^Visors – I’m not one to run with a cap as it can get rather hot, so instead, to shield my eyes and face from the sun, I wear a visor instead. A moisture wick one helps again with the sweating that does and will occur while you run.
Wearing the visor during those warmer days
- FlipBelt – This has nothing to do with running in warmer weather but it’s something I bought recently. The FlipBelt is really a belt with pouches sewn onto a strap. Instead of those bum bags, this is like a stretchy belt made out of micropoly and lycra. Unlike the stretchy bum bags, this one will not bounce while you run! The best thing is? It fits my iPhone 6!! There’s also a key holder where you can hook your keys with. You can also flip it and have the pockets face inwards or outwards. There are no zippers, only stretchable openings/slits to store your valuables. Best money I’ve spent so far!
Those were MY essentials when running in warmer weather. What’s yours?
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