You know what they say, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.”

Today, Katie and I were the bug.

Left the house before 5am. So. Early.

Our long run was, um… less than stellar.

We went out with the goal of 12 miles and in all actuality only conquered seven. TRAGIC, I tell you. It was hot, muggy, humid and nasty and boy did we feel it.

But that is okay. Sometimes tragic runs happen. We’ll just have to make up for it next week. (I’m starting the Insanity workout this week which should help with cross-training and endurance. Not to mention overall exhaustion. LOL)

In case you are interested in running during the hot Summer months, here are a few tips on staying safe while running in hot weather:

Run early or run late. We always opt for early (5:00am) because we are mothers and our schedules are filled with commitments on the weekends. Best to get it done as soon as possible. The sun’s intensity is at its greatest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so best to avoid those hours when you training.

Don’t push it. Take weather conditions into account. Scale back your performance goals. Hot and humid conditions are not the time to try to push your pace. Take walking breaks if you need to. (We most certainly did.)

Hydrate. Do I even need to expand on this? Keep your body hydrated. Drink your fluids before, during and after your run. My favorite bottle to run with is the Nathan Quickdraw Plus. (In purple, naturally.)

Cool it off. One of the best inventions on the planet for running in hot weather is the Frogg Togg Chilly Sport Towel.  When wet, the towel evaporates and cools. (It feels phenomenal!) When it stops cooling, all you have to do is re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out. Within minutes, it’s cool again. It is great for kid’s sports as well.

Good luck out there!