Beat the Heat

By: Mark Lamb

"It is the start of a new year for many people. It is like the mid-year New Year holiday. Kids are back in school. Normal routines are back. Moms reorganize everything. Dads actually like doing yard work. College students back to campus taking their first tests of the semester. And for many— they restart their running routines they originally began in January. Fitness goals have returned. And you have signed up for a variety of fall races. 

But if you have yet to notice— their is a new enemy at play when you run right now.


Hot. Southern. Heat.

Fire and Brimstone Heat.

Melt your shoes and make you feel like drinking from a creek heat.

If you haven’t noticed this on your runs right now— you aren’t running.

But I have just a few pieces of advice for your heat training:

1. Don’t run in the heat. Eat whatever you want. Prep your body for the winter. It is hot out there.

Ok. If you do decide to run, here are my real pieces of advice...

2. Wear as Little Clothing as Possible— have no shame. All you should care about is getting your miles in. And if your body isn’t in that shape yet— go for anyways— you are working it on the pavement in heat! You deserve it.

3. Carry Water— you are not related to camels… you need to get a running belt and carry water.

4. Run Early/Late— it takes some discipline, but waking up early or staying up late is a game changer for the heat.

5. Run with Someone that Hates Heat More than You— this will allow you to feel stronger as they suffer in the heat. It is all about who you surround yourself with.

6. Lastly, post about your runs in the heat on Instagram and Twitter. Use the #hustle&hydrate 

And if none of these work for you— see piece of advice #1." 

Mark is a creative, an instigator, and humorist living in Athens, GA. He has served with Connect Ministries as the leader of the WinShape Camps Experience Team for sometime. He is a reluctant runner-- only running with others because he always quits and sides with snacks when fronted with running alone. Mark likes to call himself a "marathoner" since he completed one.  Follow Mark on twitter @marktlamb