Here are my three keys to beating the heat:
- Preempt it: I hate morning runs, but I can't deny it's the coolest part of the day.
- Outdrink it: Before, during and after your run, drink water.
- Say, fuck it: You'll get acclimated ... or sunstroke.
This morning, I went for my four-mile recovery run (pushed it back again) and enjoyed the cool morning, despite being slow. Tonight, however, I need to fit in my six-mile tempo run when it will be 90-some degrees. Thankfully, the humidity hasn't been too high ... yet.
After I run in heat like this, I like to take a cool bath. It's soothing, but not as shocking as an ice bath. What I do like ice cold is my post-run beverage. I also eat lots of popsicles.