With the summer months come family vacations, longer days, and of course, warmer weather. And in many locations, the hot, humid conditions don’t end just because summer turns to fall. If you’re a runner, this means you need to take extra care to stay cool, hydrated, and comfortable when running in the heat. To make sure that you are fully prepared for your warm-weather runs, we’ve compiled a list of 10 essentials that you’ll want to have before you hit the pavement.
1. Performance Sunglasses
High-quality sunglasses are a must if you plan on running in the hot sun. The best pair will protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays without feeling too heavy on your face. Rudy Project’s performance sunglasses are ideal for runners thanks to their lightweight frames, adjustable features, and comfortable fit. Our photochromic ImpactX® lenses take eye protection to another level, offering clear vision and enhanced contrast while adjusting darkness levels based on variable light conditions.
2. Running Hat
A good hat is a must-have for anyone who wants to protect their scalp and keep the sun off their face while logging the miles. With its adjustable fit, moisture-wicking band, and laser-cut panels, our Technical Trucker hat fits the bill, offering UPF protection along with refreshing ventilation to help you stay cool and comfortable during your run.
3. Moisture-Wicking Shirts
When you run in the heat, sweat is inevitable. That’s why a moisture-wicking shirt can make a difference by simply keeping you dry and comfortable. Available in men’s and women’s models, Rudy Project’s moisture-wicking running shirts are designed specifically for those hot days. Sweat-wicking fabrics, breathable designs, and vibrant designs make them the ideal running shirt for those sweat-inducing training sessions.
4. Running Shoes
If you ask a group of runners to recommend the best running shoe, you’ll likely get a different answer from each of them. It’s no secret that running shoes are an intensely personal choice. During the hottest months, it’s crucial to get a pair that provides lightweight comfort and support while also fitting your running style and preferences. An excellent shoe that’s loved by performance athletes and hobby runners alike is the Saucony Guide, which provides the perfect blend of cushion and responsiveness for a comfortable run.
5. Running Shorts
When picking the best pair of shorts to wear in the heat, you want to ensure breathability and freedom of movement are at the top of your features list. It also doesn’t hurt to have built-in briefs and side pockets to add ease and convenience to your wardrobe. Looking for recommendations? Consider the Janji 3” Multi Shorts for women or the Tracksmith Session Shorts for men.
6. Running Socks
For maximum comfort while you’re pounding the pavement, invest in high-quality running socks. And since excessive heat can be brutal on your feet, look for a pair that provides cushion and wicks away moisture. This combination will help ensure that your feet stay comfortable and blister-free. Swiftwick’s MAXUS™ Zero Tab running socks are designed to minimize unwanted friction and moisture and provide ultimate comfort during your run.
7. Running Belt
If the pockets in your shorts aren’t cutting it for holding all of your essentials, a running belt is a must-have for your run. Many running belts have convenient features such as adjustable straps, water-resistant materials, and reflective accents. The Salomon Pulse running belt offers a minimalist, lightweight option many runners swear by.
8. Reflective Gear
Running in the evening is a great way to beat the heat, but low-light conditions make it even more important to stay visible. If your shirt, shorts, and belt aren’t already reflective (or have minimal reflection), accessories like reflective vests and armbands can make it easier for motorists and other runners to spot you. The Amphipod Xinglet Reflective Vest and HiVisible reflective bands are both effective options to help you stay visible — and safe.
9. Sports Watch
Add a sports watch or smartwatch to your running essentials to stay on top of your running stats and performance. These watches can track your progress through GPS, heart rate monitoring, pace tracking, and measuring distance — all of which are critical in high-heat conditions. The Garmin Forerunner® 255 and Fitbit Sense 2 both offer these features and many more, which explains their popularity with so many runners.
10. Hydration Bottle
Staying hydrated during your run is one of the most important things you can do. To maintain proper hydration and increase your water intake, especially during your hottest runs, make sure that you have a convenient handheld or waist-mounted hydration bottle. The Peak Hydration Waist Pak by Nathan ranks as one of the most popular waistband models on the market.
Whether you’re new to running in the heat or a seasoned runner who lives for the sweat sessions that the warm weather brings, these essentials will help you stay cool, hydrated, and healthy during your high-temperature training.