Now the summer weather is here many of us are pulling on our running trainers in a bid to get more active. But with temperatures this week expected to soar to 36C runners will need to find ways to keep cool and hydrated to perform at their best.
Dehydration and overheating can have a huge effect on a runner’s performance. Dehydration greater than just 2% of your body weight can have a negative effect on endurance exercise performance and cause fatigue. Here are some products that will keep you hydrated and cool on your run:
Lucozade Sport – £11.99 for a case of 12 (www.lucozadesport.com)
Lucozade Sport is an isotonic carbohydrate-electrolyte drink. Athletes love it because beyond being a source of fluid, it contains carbohydrate and sodium to help the body rehydrate more effectively and to act as a source of energy during exercise.
Mission EnduraCool Towel: £15 (www.prodirectrunning.com)
The product is an instant Cooling Towel that is made from a proprietary performance fabric that instantly cools when soaked with water, wrung out, and then snapped in the air to activate the cooling properties. The proprietary technology works by absorbing moisture and perspiration into the fabric core where the unique radiator-like fibre construction circulates water molecules and regulates the rate of evaporation to create a prolonged cooling effect.
Adidas Climachill top – £30 (www.adidas.co.uk)
Aluminium spheres strategically positioned in the back of the shirt give the hottest part of your body a cooling sensation on contact. SubZero Titanium fibres in a revolutionary flat yarn help maximise the cooling surface area against your skin. Highly breathable ‘Polar Fibre’ mesh on the outer layer releases more heat and moisture than anything before.
Mission Performance Hat – £25 (www.prodirectrunning.com)
Just sweat it or wet it. Then, wave the hat in the air a few times to promote airflow through cooling zones in the front panels. The hat’s cooling technology reduces the rate of evaporation for a prolonged cooling effect.
Climachill Cosmic Boost Shoes – £110 (www.adidas.co.uk)
When the sun comes out, it’s time to run. These shoes are made with climachill™ that cools your feet when the road gets hot. And they feature boost™, which has just the right amount of cushioning and stability to make you want to run even more.
– Weight: 188 g
– boost™’s energy-returning properties keep every step charged with an endless supply of light, fast energy
– climachill™ helps keep you cool with active 360-degree ventilation and quick-drying, micro-perforated Aerocool fabric
– Engineered mesh upper with various types of mesh in different areas of the foot
– Bootee construction for comfortable fit
– Grippy outsole