How to run in the Summer heat.

This morning I ran 5 hot miles on the Ream Wilson Trail. I didn’t leave until 8 a.m. this morning and boy what a difference. It was hot! Usually when it gets this hot outside I start running a bit more on the treadmill but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to run outside because I do, I just take precautions.

Here are the rules I try to follow when running in the Summer or on extremely hot days.

First, run very early in the morning or late at night. Dusk or Dawn are the best times when the sun is not so strong.

Florida Sunset

Second, wear a hydration belt or bring water! I try to drink 8oz for every hour that I run. My hydration belt has 2 8oz bottles and on extremely hot days I use one for straight water and I use the other one to mix water and gatorade because this girl sweats like a boss, for real!

Drinking Water

Third, wear sunblock! As a person who has already experienced a brush with melanoma, I implore you to protect your skin. No matter where you live, everyone is at risk. It only takes a minute or two to apply sunscreen so please do. If you are curious about it, Here is a great article about skin cancer and what to look for.

Fourth, wear light, moisture wicking clothing. I think that one is a no brainer.

And lastly, try to pick routes that offer some shade, even if it’s only partially shaded, those areas of shade will be a welcome relief when it’s crazy hot outside.

And when it’s crazy hot outside, I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to eat to heavy and I hate to use my stove because it heats up the house. So, MacGyver and I grill out alot. We like to make extra food that we can refrigerate and eat later in the week.

Tonite we made grilled chicken kabobs and I heart them!

Grilled Chicken Kabobs


To make these kabobs, you use 2 whole lean chicken breasts, 2 zucchini, 2 onions, 1 green bell pepper, 1 orange bell pepper and 1 red bell pepper.

Cut all of the ingredients into squares between 1 and 2 inches. Marinate all of the veggies and chicken for 45 minutes in a light italian dressing. After marinating, place the veggies and chicken on wooden skewers however you like and grill. We usually get about 20 kabobs with this recipe or enough for 3 meals serving 4 people.

What do you like to eat when it’s hot outside and how do you hydrate when you run in the summer?

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