With things starting to heat up here in Florida, it’s time to start thinking about summer training. Most of marathon and half marathon training begins this time of year. I know most of my training is in some pretty brutally hot temperatures. I remember how humid it was when I trained for the NYC Marathon last year, so I expect it to be just as hot this year. Thankfully, I don’t have another 26.2 on the schedule right now, but I do plan on running some high mileage days in preparation for the half marathons in the Fall. Here are some of my must-haves that I find I need for my training.
Cooling towel. The kind you can get wet on a run and they help cool you down. Mission towels are my go-to and they are a game changer. All you have to do is get them wet, snap it and it gets cool! The technology is awesome and I don’t go for a run in the Florida heat without one anymore. They also make other products with the same cooling technology.
SQoosh Bands. I’ve been using SQoosh Bands for a few years now and I LOVE them. They are a sweatband that’s so much more. The bands combine absorbent terry cotton with imported Italian Moisture Wicking fabric. A SQoosh can be used to precisely wipe sweat and unwanted moisture from your face in one fluid motion. You can also get the band wet and it helps cool you off. It’s the best smarter sweat band out there.
Sunscreen. This should be a no-brainier, but I admit, I can forget this one myself sometimes. But, it’s so important when you are out running in the heat during the summer. I don’t have a favorite, but I tend to use Coppertone Sport or Neutrogena Sport more than any other kinds.
Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra. It’s no secret that I love Skirt Sports, especially since I’m an Ambassador for them. I can’t imagine running without my Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra skirts. Not only are they comfortable and lightweight, but they help keep you chafe-free during your runs due to the compressive mesh fabric shorties. And, they are UV 50+. (you can save 15% off your order with discount code 149CHEN!)
2Toms SportShield. Ever since I tried 2Toms products, I was in love with them. The SportShield is a skin guard and chafing protection in a liquid roll-on or portable towelettes. The invisible coating helps eliminate the friction that causes blisters, chafing and other painful irritations. I use it on my feet and under my bra strap. Also recommended is 2Toms BlisterShield, it’s a lifesaver on your feet for those long marathon training runs.
Handheld Water Bottle. I actually just had to get a new handheld, and ended up deciding on the Nathan Quickshot Plus Hydration Flask. It’s been great for my shorter runs, very easy to access and doesn’t feel bulky on my hand. On longer runs, I go with a hydration belt from Fitletic which I love.
Running visor. I have collected quite a few visors, as I like running with them in the summer months and when it’s too warm for a hat. BOCO wear is a favorite, as it is made with a leightweight wicking tech material as well as a black underside of the bill which reduces glare.
UCAN Hydrate. I started using UCAN products last summer and I always make sure I’m stocked up. UCAN Hydrate is a natural electrolyte replacement with zero calories, no sugar and 5 essential electrolytes to keep you well hydrated. It comes in two flavors, berry and lemon-lime, the former of which is my favorite.
What are your summer running must-haves?