Friday Five: 5 Ways to Beat the Heat


Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mary at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week, the theme is Five Ways to Beat the Heat.

1: Run early in the Morning

That’s a no brainer but not as easy as you think.  If you work, like I do, you have to get up very early.  On the plus side, you can see the sun rise.


If I lived in Florida and had this view, I would get up and run everyday. And I did when I was on vacation in Florida

heading out

my neighborhood – not so motivating

2: Run where there is shade.

Again, it is pretty obvious.  I afford the track in the summer.  It is too hot. Trails are my favorite.  Also, parts of the bike paths are shaded.

even on the track when it is sunny


Delmar Rail Trail


Colonie Bike Path


Elm Ave Fitness Trail


Nisky bike path

3.  Run near water.

Boy, do I wish I lived near the ocean.  But I am lucky that I go to the lake on the weekends and can jump in when I am done running.


during my visit to Florida


Lake George


when I am done running…

4. Run indoors on a treadmill.

If you belong to a gym where it is air-conditioned, this is a good idea when it is too hot outside.

Me personally, I do not.  Nor do I enjoy running on the treadmill.


watching my favorite TV shows on my iPad makes it slightly bearable

5. Wear appropriate clothing.

That means shirts (or tanks) made of breathable fabric – no cotton.  I like skirts. I find them cooler than shorts.  Wear a cap to keep the sun out of your face.  Wear sunglasses.  If possible, carry water (or plant is along your route.)


How do you stay cool in the summer?

Happy Running! 



5 thoughts on “Friday Five: 5 Ways to Beat the Heat

  1. Good tips. I’m lucky to live where it isn’t super hot and I can run next to the ocean to get that breeze. Of course, sometimes the wind is super strong which is also hard to run against own but I’m not complaining 🙂


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