5 Things That Are Harder for Runners to Do in the Summer

fri5sweatyYeah, it’s the summer! No more complaining about each run producing a load of laundry! We forgot about Yaktrax! It’s the time of year when all we really need is to cover our naughty bits, throw on a pair of shoes and go. Even though we don’t have to track down a safe ice-free route or find some other idiot willing to brave sub-zero wind chills to keep us company on our long runs, summer runs come with their own baggage.

Yep, some things are harder to do in the summer. Like these 5 things!

One thing it’s easier to do in the summer? Enjoy a blizzard! (Photo credit: RosieTulips)

1. It’s hard to stay hydrated. Well duh. When every time you run each of your sweat glands turns into old faithful, when you sweat so much you can ring out your shorts and your shoes are so soaked they make squishy sounds, it’s going to be difficult to keep up with your body’s fluid demands. Even if you drink while running, you will likely still end up depleted. So make sure you drink extra during the day.

2. It’s hard to hold on to iron stores. What? This is going to blow your mind. When you sweat, you lose trace amounts of iron. But when you sweat a lot this adds up especially when you’re also contending with foot-strike hemolysis and your stupid period (or in my case, the hallelujah-I’m-not-pregnant-again time of the month). That sluggy feeling might not be from the heat and humidity or that extra ice cream orย and cold beer you’ve been consuming, after all; it may be due to low iron. If in doubt, ask your doctor for a blood work-up that includes your ferritin number.

3.ย  It’s hard to keep our clothes on. Now we’re talking. When it gets hot, my clothes are off. I run in as little as possible, my pasty belly that housed three children be darned. Sports bras are the new shirts, aw yeah! Except, wait for it …

4. It’s hard to take off our sports bras. Oh my goodness! Every time I try to take a sweat soaked sports bra off, I feel like I’m going to slip a disk or work in enough hours of stretching that I can become a yoga instructor.

5.ย  It’s hard to keep our shoes from smelling like a Cheeto factory. Ever leave your sweat-soaked squishy shoes in the hot car and forget about them for a few days? Yeah, don’t do that. Stuff those pups with newspaper as soon as you get home to absorb the sweaty gross moisture and keep them smelling fresh…or who are we kidding? Fresh? How about not smelling like complete death. They will smell relatively better if you don’t let the sweat fester.

Anything you find harder to do in the summer?

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Haha! Love the sweaty #5 pic…nicely done, Salty :)

    It’s harder to run. Period. I feel like every single run is up in the air as far as whether or not I’ll stop early or skip it altogether. I get SO. DANG. TIRED. of feeling overheated every step of the way!

    Also, it’s harder to hide the fact that my face turns a grotesque shade of purple whenever I get hot. Doesn’t matter what shape I’m in or how fast/far I go…I will be puce-colored by the end of every summer run. Hate it!

  2. Harder to drag myself out of bed before sunrise to run with my buds. I have summers off, they don’t. Which is why I’ve been running solo a lot this summer. :)
    And taking off the sweaty bras…even with the barely there (like my chest) ones I wear, taking them off is brutal.