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Growing up as a runner in New Jersey, it would be an understatement to say running in the summer is a challenge. The summers can get downright sticky, as stepping outside your air conditioned house feels like walking into a steam room. Most people running in the New Jersey summer wish they could handle the heat as well as Apollo, the Greek god of the Sun, who was known for bringing heat and light to the Earth. Here are a few items that can help you handle the heat like Apollo during your summer runs.
1) Men’s Rider 5.5 Shorts
The 5.5 shorts are one of the best utility running shorts on the market. The shorts were designed for longer runs, during which you need storage and comfort. The running-specific design lets you move naturally. The stretch fabric provides optimal moisture transfer and is very comfortable. The shorts also include a small zippered pocket for a key or ID and an elasticized waistband with a flat-stretch draw cord.
2) DryLite Comfort Low Socks
These no-show socks may not change your life, but they will change your run. The DryLite Comfort socks are made with fibers that wick moisture to keep your feet cool and dry and 8 percent Lycra spandex to conform to your feet. The unique 90 degree DynaMotion Construction enhances fit for maximum comfort and protection.
3) Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses
If you’re like me, your baby blues are sensitive to bright sunny days. Protect them and look cool at the same time with the Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 sunglasses. They have a lightweight, yet durable, stress-resistant frame that withstands hot summer days. The frame makes contact only at the bridge of your nose and the sides of your head. The lens is one of the most optically-pure materials used in eyewear, maximizing clarity and impact resistance while filtering out 100 percent if all UVA, UVB, UVC, and blue light. The coolest feature of the shades is the ability to swap out the lenses to keep up with changing light. The glasses are available in 7 colors.
4) Chocolate Milk
Perhaps one of the most refreshing drinks after a long summer run is chocolate milk. And research, including my own, has shown that chocolate milk is a great post-workout recovery drink because it’s high in carbohydrate and protein, which are the two nutrients you need to recover quickly. Stock up on enough chocolate milk to last the whole summer or even the whole year!
5) Inspire Tee
This 100 percent polyester moisture-wicking T-shirt is the right for running and freedom of movement. The dry fabric makes the shirt feel very lightweight, draping on your skin like silk. It’s an every day, soft-cotton feel.
6) Polar FT7 Running Watch
The Polar FT7 is affordable and small. The simple-to-use buttons make it great for running. The watch tracks heart rates, training zones, calories burned, speed, and distance. It can be upgraded with a few additional features from Polar’s website, where you can download workouts and training programs.
7) Training Apps
A training app like C25K and RunKeeper are excellent for runners who want to track distance, pace, elapsed time, and running routes. You can even sync your music to your runs and never have to tap out of the app. You can log how you felt during each workout and can have a coach in your ear to help you throughout your run.
What are your essential running accessories during the Summer months?