The Essential Guide to Salty Summer Running

Don't forget your eye protection! And what SPF is that lipstick...?
Don’t forget your eye protection! And what SPF is that lipstick…?

It’s that time of year again, ladies!  Whether you’re welcoming summer with open arms or hissing at the sun and shrinking back into your air-conditioned sanctuary, we’re with you all the way through August.

Except for Basil, who’s in Alaska, and Peppadew, in South Africa.  They’re laughing at the rest of us while enjoying temperatures in the 50’s (°F). Even they know what it’s like to slog away through blistering heat though!

That said, it’s a good thing there is a wealth of knowledge here at Salty Running to get your motor running even on the hottest of sunny days!  More after the jump!

Dreading the heat in the Dakotas?  Imagine living in Louisiana!  Summer’s been in full swing for nearly a month down in Baton Rouge, and although Chamomile groans at the thought of another overheated 5am run, she’s got some great ways to rally and keep training in Five Ways to Welcome Summer.

Living in Hawaii, Hibiscus has to deal with heat and humidity all year round.  Learn to cope like a pro by reading Hot and Salty – Running in the Heat!  and chill out with a little Mint in your day – she wrote Hawt! A Runner’s Guide to Surviving Summer Heat.  See?  There’s no need to run for the air conditioned treadmill just yet.  And performance-focused Mint knows it’s better to Acclimate to Summer Heat to Improve Performance in Fall Races

Summer fun - sunscreen required.
Summer fun – sunscreen required.

Dr. Garlic is all for acclimating, but she cautions that we should rethink our expectations during high-heat months.  Take a look at Don’t Chase The Pace: Exertion-Based Training to learn more.

If your misery loves company, take a peek at Salty’s 5 Things That Are Harder for Runners to Do in the Summer, and you’ll not only laugh your butt off about sports bras, you’ll also learn a neat trick to keep your shoes from smelling like a Cheeto factory.

This has all been pretty motivating, but before you head out for a run put on some sunscreen!  Did you know that May is Melanoma Awareness Month?  There are some great tips for protecting your precious skin from damage and danger provided in Love Your Skin: Sunscreen and Summer Running by Clove.  If you’re like me and you hate putting on sunscreen it’s worth a read, if only to motivate yourself to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant from head to toe.

It’s good for you!

Don’t forget to use a “sport” or “sweat-resistant” sunscreen too, because now that it’s getting hotter, you can count on getting extra slimy (and salty!) on the run.  But all that sweat is good for you, and you can read why by checking out Ginkgo’s That’s not Sweat, That’s Liquid AWESOME. Although there is a limit to what’s good for you and what’s indicative of a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, like Ginger, who wrote about her experience with excessive sweating in When It’s OK to #sweatlikeagirl and When It’s Not.

Don’t forget to finish up right with some Summer Post-Run Mocktails, brought to you by Catnip!


Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. By day she's a camera assistant for films and tv in New York, and by night she's on a quest for zen in the 10k. Her writing is a mix of satirical humor, finding wholeness as an average runner, cheering for runners at all paces and more.

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  1. Timely post! Was just thinking about the difficulties of summer running this morning, in my first eaasy, steamy post-marathon run. Was wondering how I would be able to do any real speed work in the middle of the summer and how in the heck the elites manage to perform during summer track season.