You know...lace up and cruise all the miles on your favorite trails.
Soak up some sun. Churn dirt. Cool off in the water. That kind of adventure makes summer running memorable.
But to make summer running even better, having the right gear will help you go the distance.
Want to know what a veteran trail runner Brynn Cunningham uses to tick off all the miles?
Check out these summer running gear recommendations (handhelds, hats & headphones)...
Handhelds, Hats & Headphones: My Favorites for Summer Running
It's the peak of summer running here in southwestern Pennsylvania. And I love it, especially trail running.
Let me tell you why in just two words...
First and foremost, in my opinion, running in shorts as opposed to any other bottom is simply the best. I long for summer for the joy of running shorts.
On that same note, it is easier to throw on a running outfit with very little thought, because we’re not managing layers as we do in the fall, winter and spring.
Subsequently, our laundry baskets aren’t piled high with thick, sweaty layers and outerwear.
Additionally, the long days lend themselves to more hours to enjoy running.
What could be better than that?
With more daylight, it is less complicated to squeeze training sessions into busy schedules. There is something oh-so exhilarating and rewarding about starting a double-digit run at 5 p.m. and finishing at sunset.
On the other hand, summertime running has its downsides, too. In fact, I hear more runners complain about summer running in the heat than any other season.
I am not of the same camp, but I understand what they’re saying...
Challenges do exist.
Sweat pours into our eyes.
We dehydrate and cramp more quickly.
Bugs bombard us.
The glaring sun zaps us of energy.
The humidity bogs us down.
Thunderstorms erupt at a moment's notice.
Despite these annoyances, we can add small touches to keep the downsides at bay.
Here are a few of my favorite things for managing the heat and making summer running more enjoyable...
1. Handheld water bottles
While I don’t mind wearing a hydration vest most seasons, I do not like them for summer running. Yes, I still wear them for long runs, but I prefer to keep them at home.
That’s where handheld water bottles come into play. I favor the hard plastic style for a handheld bottle rather than the soft flask styles that flop around in the hand.
I also prefer to drink ice-cold water regularly even during the shortest of runs, especially on my hometown summer running trails where you’re gaining 100-200 feet of elevation per mile.
This one is nice for very short runs that last 20 to 45 minutes. If I were to go back, I would have purchased the above Amphipod in the 12-ounce size, as stated above, rather than this one, because I like the Amphipod so much.
This one fits securely onto the hand.
But it's difficult to switch from hand-to-hand while running because of how secure the hand strap is.
Still, it is a keeper, and I am putting it to good use.
I own two of these and wish Patagonia would make more. It is my favorite of all four styles pictured above.
I have worn it in a trail marathon, off-road triathlon, runs of all lengths and especially love the short brim and wide mesh holes for keeping cool. It also folds up easily to stash into a hydration vest pocket if need be.
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Whether you love summer running, don’t give it a second thought, or detest it, perhaps a handheld, hat or headphones will give you some pep in your step so that you can enjoy the upsides of the season.