Warm Weather Running Gear (TotR Linkup)

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m joining the lovely ladies of the Tuesdays on the Run linkup again this week. Thank you so much to Patty, April, and Erika for hosting!


This week’s topic is warm weather running gear. This is definitely a good one, as we’re (theoretically) moving into the summer months. Although, judging by the fact that it snowed 3 inches last week, I’m not holding my breath. Anyway, having the appropriate gear for any weather is important, and it can take time to acclimate to the spring and summer heat after running through sub-zero temps like we had this winter. Everyone has their necessities, and here are a few of mine, in no particular order.

Color Run 5k in September

Hat and handheld bottle in action!

1. Hat. A hat is a necessity for me for two reasons. First, it helps keep my hair out of my face. This was especially necessary when my hair was too short for a ponytail. Second, it helps to shade my face from the sun. I have a Brooks Nightlife running cap, and it’s great. I got it for $7.99 at TJ Maxx and my only regret is that it’s white.

2. Sunglasses. They prevent me from squinting in the sun, and allow me to actually be able to see where I’m going on sunny days. They also prevent bugs from getting in my eyes when running through wet or wooded areas. I currently have a pair that are too big for my face though; they sit on my cheeks and get fogged up, so I’m in the market for a new pair.

3. Handheld water bottle or hydration belt. Any time I run more than 5 miles, I bring some form of water bottle with me to prevent dehydration. For anything less than double digits, I’ll bring my Nathan handheld bottle, and for more than 10 miles I’ll wear my Fitletic 16oz hydration belt. My Nathan bottle is actually 18 oz and might be more suitable for longer runs, but I get tired of holding it in my hand after a while.

4. Nuun. Nuun electrolyte tabs help keep me from getting dehydrated on those hot days. Zero sugars, no artificial colors, and only 8 calories per tab means I’m not getting a bunch of extra crap like I would by drinking Gatorade or Powerade, and it’s much less expensive. One tab turns 16 oz of water into a flavorful electrolyte beverage with a light fizz. There are lots of flavors to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. (Full disclosure–I am a brand Ambassador for Nuun, because I truly love it. I receive a discount on their products, but do not receive any additional compensation for talking about the products).


I have these and plain black

5. Old Navy 8″ inseam compression shorts. It took me a LONG time to find shorts that I could run in. I was blessed with large thighs that rub together when I walk or run, so I need shorts that will a) be long enough to prevent chafing, and b) won’t roll or ride up during a run. These shorts are PERFECT. Not so long that they look dorky or awkward, but long enough to protect me from chafeage. The waistband comes up high enough to prevent muffin top, and they come in cute colors and patterns. They’re also very affordable.

What is your favorite warm weather running gear?

Is it warm enough near you to wear shorts yet?

Have you ever tried Nuun?

25 thoughts on “Warm Weather Running Gear (TotR Linkup)

  1. MCM Mama says:

    You should try the Skirt Sports Happy Girl Skirt – I have tree trunks for thighs and it’s my favorite thing to run in. Thumbs up to your items – I use them all.

  2. Brittany says:

    When I moved into the burbs, I figured I might want to look into a hydration solution (I’m so used to there just being water fountains on the Lake Front Trail!). Enter BottleBands: http://bottleband.net/ if you’re ever looking for a way to carry that Nathan bottle on your longer runs :0)

  3. charissarunning says:

    I’ll be breaking out my hydration pack shortly as the days start getting warmer! And I love wearing short shorts but the chafing can be a problem while I get used to them again. I usually slather my thighs with Body Glide/Vaseline and don’t experience too many issues when I do that 🙂

  4. Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

    yay for warm weather running.! (even though I’ll be cursing it later) haha. but nope, never tried nuun. and yes short weather is a go here.! I’ll be rocking my shorts this weekend. I love anything dri-fit for the summer

  5. SuzLyfe says:

    I have to say that I’m not a Nuun person. I tried to like it, I really did! But I do like Propel, so I go with that. Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and body glide are a must for long hot runs. Ain’t nobody got time for sunburn + chafing.

  6. dgobs says:

    Warm weather running gear – definitely a hat, sunglasses, and some kind of water bottle! I don’t love my running hat though… and I have my eye on a Brooks one that has a Shamrock on it. I just can’t justify buying it when I have a perfectly good one 🙂 Ah well. I also love my 2-in-1 Nike shorts with attached compression shorts. And I ❤ Nuun 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I tried a cheap 2-in-1 short from Target and unfortunately the “compression” shorts rolled right up my legs every time I wore them. I got chafed and looked ridiculous. I’d be willing to try the Nike ones, though!

      • dgobs says:

        I tried 2-in-1s from Target too and they were terrible!! Just like you said, they rode up like crazy, and weren’t entirely cute to begin with. I found the Nike ones at Kohl’s for a good price and they’re my faves!

  7. irishrunnerchick says:

    We’re in the 70s so definitely warm weather running has arrived. I always need to wear a hat and sunscreen (hello Irish skin) and love my short-shorts. Not a fan of sweating in all sorts of unexpected places so I like to get it done in the morning when it’s still cool.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I don’t do well in the heat so in the summer I’m typically an early morning runner as well. I just don’t like getting up that early, so it can be a struggle to get the miles in.

  8. piratebobcat says:

    I don’t like carrying anything with me on runs, but I know a hydration bottle is necessary when it’s hot out. I wore a hat for the first time this spring to help keep the rain out of my eyes – it worked!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Fingers crossed the snow is done! I haven’t seen those shorts in Old Navy stores either–I bought them online to try. I just bought enough to get the free shipping, and anything I didn’t want I could have returned in my local store!

  9. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    Oh, warm weather. Today was in the low 90’s here but after all the wind lately, I thought it was kind of awesome. But I did wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat. I used to love Nuun and bought it by the bucket and then suddenly I didn’t. I am not sure why, they just tasted off for some reason. Now I use Skratch.

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