How to Survive Summer Running Without Eating Bugs

Pre-run, before eating bugs.

Look at that, temps barely cracked 80 and I’m going to pretend like it’s summer and tell you how to run in the heat. Although I do know what I’m talking about, I did run all last summer. And in the heat of the day too, I didn’t wimp out and run before work (I was far too lazy to do that more than once a month). No, I ran at 6pm when the temps were hot and no one had their sprinklers on.

But last year? I don’t remember bugs being such an issue until the very end of summer.

It’s May 2, and I was eating so many bugs tonight. I know I can handle the heat, I don’t know if I can handle the bugs.

But here is tip #1 for surviving summer running: Breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

Tip #2: Wear as little clothing as possible. (My goal this summer? To feel confident running in a sports bra + shorts. I have a ways to go. I mean, I’ll still wear that on the hottest days, I’ll just feel really self-conscious about it.)

Tip #3: Run through sprinklers. Don’t stop and question whether or not you should run through someone’s lawn. It’s hot. If their sprinklers are on, consider it an invitation. 

Tip #3.5: Public fountains (the decorative kind) can also be used. If you can’t get in the fountain (please don’t get arrested), you can try to deflect the spray toward you. Just stick your hand in the stream of water. Trust me.

Tip #4: Plan your runs to go past the only-open-during-warm-months outdoor ice cream place. (We are following this plan tomorrow night, I’ll let you know how it goes.) (I’m also hoping they have chili dogs.)

Tip #5: When you’re too lazy to bring your own water (I prefer to carry mine in the back of my sports bra), plan your route based on the location of water fountains. This was the only way I got through last summer. Bless you, village of Downers Grove, and your many water fountains. This summer? I’m not sure sure where they are. (And I grew up in this town!)

Tip#6: Much like surviving winter running, find a buddy or group. You are much more likely to show up for a run when you know someone will call you out for bailing.

Tip #7: Make a point to go for a run on the most humid days possible. It’s the closest you’re going to get to a tropical vacation anytime soon. (Just me?)

Tip #8: As “appealing” as the treadmill might be, suck it up and run in the heat anyway because you can’t control the weather on race day (Hi, Boston Marathoners), so you may as well train for the worst and hope for the best.

Does this post seem familiar? Yes? Maybe because I wrote a similar one last year? (But some of these are new so it doesn’t count.)

What other tips to you have?

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15 Comments on “How to Survive Summer Running Without Eating Bugs”

  1. Cute post! I love me the treadmill though… No buggies there. I hope the bugs aren’t too bad on the lakefront this year… Reminds me of running in Florida. Ugh 🙂

  2. I’d like to feel confident again in just a sports bra, too. I think winter always throws me for a loop on that front.

    Oh, and my not baking addiction… that doesn’t help… lol

    Keep the undie dash in mind, though! July 26th- it’s my motivation!

    1. I was glad I wore my sunglasses last night … and I was totally thinking that some kind of mouth cover would have been nice too. I’m a mouth breather.

  3. Love #2, that is my #1 rule for warm weather running…be as naked as possible.

    Since I live right on the lakefront, I like to jump in the lake when it gets hot to cool off. Man it feels so good, especially on the back end of a long run. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to try it today.

  4. I finally got up the courage to run in just a sports bra two summers ago when doing track workouts. I just said “Eff it” and stripped off my shirt one really hot evening. All my other female runner friends followed suit 🙂 So, once you find your summer running group just convince all of them to run sans shirt and you’re good to go!

  5. I’ve already eaten my share of bugs this season as well. I would like somebody to invent a mouth screen for those of “us” who are not talented enough to breathe thru our nose. Although my nose is HUGE, it is in fact narrow and my air passages are not open very wide. And for the record, NO, I have never broken my nose, I was just lucky and born with this beauty. 🙂

  6. Like Erin, I also went sans shirt on a run with Bobbi last summer. I don’t have defined abs, but I don’t care. I am running, I am working out, anyone judging me can eff off 🙂

    Do run on the humid days! It prepares you for races in the heat. It cracks me up when people treadmill it up then complain about race day temps. Run in the elements, people.

    And like Britt said, take a dip! Erin and I did that after a lot of our long runs last summer!

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