This week's topic is "Favorite warm-weather gear."
Ahhh, this topic feels like a distant memory right now. I think the last time I ran outdoors in shorts was back in September. Temperatures have struggled to get above the 50s here in Chicago. Although, it is pretty atypical for Chicago to even have spring, altogether. Usually it goes directly from winter to summer without passing go and without collecting $200.
When summertime eventually does arrive (and it will, with a vengeance), here are some of my must-haves:
These are electrolyte replacement capsules that you can take during or after a run.
After long runs in hot weather, I used to struggle with lingering headaches. Often, the pain would render me useless for the rest of the day. Sports drinks did not always solve the problem. Sometimes it would give me a stomachache - and there is nothing worse than a simultaneously piercing headache plus an upset stomach. I wanted to avoid consuming all of the accompanying extra calories and sugar, as well.
Enter these capsules. I swear by them for preventing or alleviating post-run headaches. During the summertime, I always keep a few of these capsules in both my running belt and my gear check bag.
It goes without saying that chafing is extremely unpleasant. It is an awful feeling to get into the shower after a run only to feel like the water is a burning match being held next to your skin.
Blisters are a pretty nasty nuisance, too.
Enter Bodyglide, the miracle anti-chafing balm. This is another staple in my gear check bag on a year-round basis. Per the instructions, I use it liberally.
A hat is essential for keeping the sun and my hair out of my eyes. The ideal hat is one that is adjustable, lightweight, and breathable. I also look for hats that can be machine-washed without becoming absurdly deformed.
Here is my idea of a really great running hat. Look at how it reflects the light!!!
I am joking, of course. (I do love Mickey's sorcerer hat, though. =) )
This is my go-to hat:
Handheld water bottle
I currently use this 8 oz handheld water bottle:
I think it's the perfect size - enough water to keep me going as needed, but not so much water that I feel like I'm dragging a sloshing brick around with me. I also like using the little zippered pouch for my keys, salt capsules, and GU.
A small or medium-sized towel is so versatile. Use it to wipe off sweat; soak it in some water and it becomes a cool compress; use it as a seat protector in your car. I've also seen some folks use (larger) towels to maintain their modesty while changing out of their running clothes.
Did I miss anything? What are your warm-weather running gear essentials/favorites?