What to wear for running in hot weather
If you've been accustomed to running in cotton t-shirts, the transformative comfort of a technical t-shirt will astound you, enhancing your performance and overall experience. Instead of absorbing moisture, technical fabrics pull sweat away and dry on the go, so you never have to run in a wet shirt.
Contrary to intuition, running shirtless or in just a sports bra in intense heat can make you feel warmer. Sweat adheres to your skin, and direct sun exposure intensifies the heat, whereas a breathable shirt can help regulate your body temperature.
Did you know that perspiration can increase your susceptibility to sunburn? Sweaty skin is less effective at reflecting and scattering UV rays, making sun protection even more crucial during physical exertion.If you’re running in full sun, definitely cover up, and go for a top with built-in UV protection.
Hot weather intuitively suggests shorts for optimal airflow and minimal restriction. However, a common drawback, particularly with women's running shorts, is their tendency to bunch up during a run. This can lead to uncomfortable chafing as your inner thighs rub together—certainly not ideal!
Cropped leggings are a popular summer choice among runners to prevent chafing, but they're not the only solution. Consider tighter, longer shorts—akin to cycling shorts but tailored for running—which resist riding up. Alternatively, 2-in-1 shorts offer a non-skin-tight option. For added protection, apply anti-chafing cream to any areas prone to friction.
For colour selection, light or bright hues are your allies. They not only mask sweat salt stains better than dark fabrics but also reflect heat, keeping you cooler. Additionally, these vibrant colours enhance your visibility during low-light runs.