This summer is feeling particularly HOT; in fact, it has been in the 90’s for over a week now (am I still in Portland?!?!?).
While I love spending the majority of my days outside in shorts and flip flops, the temps have been a little too warm for me. The heat has made playing outdoors more challenging – even when I’m just sitting under a tree in the shade with my son (newborns and sun don’t mix, y’all) – and has made running seem almost impossible. And if that’s not enough, I’m also finding myself in a heat daze at the end of the day – no matter how much shade I seek or afternoon runs I skip – I’ve been feeling totally zapped at the end of the day. Drained. Dehydrated. And just plain, exhausted.
Since this summer heat seems to be sticking around awhile, I’ve decided it’s time to get proactive about how I’m approaching my days so that I can make the most of my summer.
Here are three ways I’m planning to beat the heat and stay on track this summer:
When it’s hot outside, it’s even more important to drink more water; a truly simple concept, but as I’ve said before, one that has been really difficult for me since becoming a new mom (can I get a third arm, please?). That’s why I’m so excited that I’ve committed myself to joining Gerolsteiner, my favorite sparkling mineral water for their annual Sparkling Detox – 5 days of swapping out your usual beverages (ahem, coffee..ahem, wine….) for Gerolsteiner. What I love about this challenge is that it’ll not only help me increase my water intake but it will also help me get more Calcium and Magnesium. Calcium is crucial for strong bones and magnesium supports muscle and nerve function–hello muscle recovery, goodbye fatigue!
Whether you’re dealing with a hot summer, wanting to increase your water intake, or are interested in getting more out of your water, join me for Gerolsteiner’s Sparkling Detox from August 27-31! You can register for the Sparkling Detox here and you’ll be automatically entered to win a case of Gerolsteiner!
Despite the heat, I’m still working towards my fall running goals, which include running Ragnar Trail Los Coyotes in November with an amazing Sweat Pink team (@runnylegs, @jaredsblank, @ocrunningmama, @organicrunnermom, @jenn_13.1, @ultrarunnersd, and @coachdebbieruns) and might also include another ultra (I’m still trying to figure out if I can make it work with this whole breastfeeding thing…). Want to join us for this epic adventure? Use promo code RAGNARSWEATPINK at checkout for $80 off a standard 8-person team or $40 off an ultra 4-person team. This code expires at close of registration on Oct. 2.
Los Coyotes Registration Link: https://goo.gl/e7qojy
To keep putting in the miles, even on the hottest summer days, I’ve been making early run dates with friends to hold me accountable. I jot them down on my calendar and arrange a carpool so that I can’t sleep through them or skip them if I’m feeling lazy or sore. Getting up and out the door before 6 am has proved to be a great way to beat the heat and use my time wisely so that I can spend more time with my son at the end of the day.
With all of these early morning adventures, a newborn baby, a busy work schedule, and a social calendar, I also have to remind myself to rest! It’s easy to overdo it – especially in the summer months when it stays light out until almost 10pm – but I realize if I want to feel good and stay on track each day, it’s important not to. I’ve been giving myself (and my son!) an earlier bedtime, and have been choosing good books over TV.
Speaking of good books, I just finished Educated by Tara Westover – and OMG, OMG, you guys MUST READ this. I laughed, cried, stared in disbelief, cried some more, and could not put it down. Next on my list is a new book, from a new author (and artist!), Sophie Lucido Johnson, Many Love and I am SO excited to dig in.
So now, you tell me: how are you beating the summer heat? Are you joining me and Gerolsteiner for all the sparkly fun? What fall races are on your calendar this year? And what books should I add to my summer reading list?
Stay sweaty (and hydrated!) friends,
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Gerolsteiner. That said, all words, thoughts, and opinions expressed are my very own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.