The Best Summer Running Gear to Beat the Heat

A runner smiles despite hot temperatures on a summer run.

The summer is every runner’s archnemesis. While everyone else is eating ice cream by the pool or running through sprinklers, you’re gearing up for yet another scorching, sweaty run. You step outside and the sun is staring you in the eyes, as if asking if you’re up for the challenge. You refresh your weather app and your stomach sinks with dread.

It’s well-established that the heat makes running more difficult, but there are steps you can take to make it more tolerable. One of those steps is making sure you have the proper gear to run safely and, dare we say, happily in the summer heat.

1. Electrolyte solution

It’s no secret that staying hydrated is one of the most important things to do before, during and after every run. But staying hydrated involves more than just water. Your body loses electrolytes as you sweat, so replenishing those minerals is essential. We love GU Hydration Drink Tabs because they help maintain the fluid balance in your body, which water can’t do alone. Plus, they’re available in a variety of fruity and delicious flavors that will make you excited for every sip.

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2. A handheld water bottle

A woman drinks out of a handheld bottle during a hot summer run.

Unfortunately, most runners don’t have aid stations laid out and fully staffed at every mile during their neighborhood jaunts. The good news is that you can bring your water (mixed with electrolytes, of course!) along for the ride. Amphipod Handheld bottles fit easily into your hand with an ergonomic design so your hand isn’t clenching for dear life. Plus, they’re available in different sizes depending on your hydration needs and feature zippered pockets to stash your keys—or your hydration tablets!

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Protective sunglasses

Take the sun up on its challenge by gearing up with a pair of running sunglasses. We love the Tifosi Swank sunglasses because they won’t slip or bounce, no matter how much you pick up the pace. Plus, they’re available in seven different colors to match your outfit everyday of the week. The sunglasses are built with a Grilamid TR-90 frame, meaning they’re durable, flexible and lightweight. If your sunglasses tend to scratch easily, you’ll love the strong, durable polycarbonate lenses that loyal customers call “bulletproof.”

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4. A lightweight hat

You have your seven pairs of Tifosi sunglasses for every day of the week, now all you need are seven different hats to perfectly match each outfit. Ciele hats are quick-drying, lightweight and breathable, making them the perfect companion for your summer runs. Plus, they’re adjustable, so you don’t need to worry about your head swelling from all the compliments you’ll be getting on your new hat. All Ciele hats are equipped with UPF 40 protection to keep you safe from the sun and reflective detailing for increased visibility.

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5. Anti-chafing solution

A runner applies Body Glide before a race.

Walking and running in the heat is hard without your skin betraying you. As you sweat and move, your skin rubs together resulting in every runner’s worst nightmare—chafing. Luckily, Body Glide is here to save your summer season. This all-natural wax coats your skin to prevent friction, helping you run with peace of mind. Plus, it will wash off easily as you’re taking your squeal-free post-run shower.

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