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7 essential items for hot weather running

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With temperatures rising across the country, running becomes more of a challenge for the millions who pound the pavement each day. Luckily, there are a number of items -- seven to be exact -- that help make hot weather running a little bit easier to endure and easier in the process.

Headsweats Race Hat
Headsweats Race Hat Headsweats

Headsweats Race Hat

Wearing a hat while running in the heat will help you stay cooler while protecting your skin from the sun. The Headsweats Race Hat ($20) boasts COOLMAX fabric to help increase air flow and enhance drying. In addition, the hat features a black undervisor to reduce glare from the sun.

Nuun Energy
Nuun Energy Nuun

Nuun Energy

Running in the sun and heat can be physically and mentally draining. After a long, hot run, replace your electrolytes with Nuun Energyan electrolyte tab elevated with caffeine boost and vitamin B vitamins. The tablet, which is high-fructose corn syrup and without sugar, offers a light and refreshing taste. A four-pack is priced from $24.

Rev Short Sleeve
Rev Short Sleeve Brooks Running

Rev Short Sleeve

Lightweight and breathable, the Rev Short Sleeve ($21) from Brooks Running offers the perfect tee for a run in the sun. Boasting a UPF rating of 40+ and Scotchlite retroreflectivity, you can stay cool while making sure you are seen by passing cars. 

Coppertone SPORT
Coppertone SPORT Coppertone

Coppertone SPORT

Keeping your skin protected from the sun's harmful rays while you are out on a run is important. With Coppertone SPORT, you can rely on a sunscreen that works as hard as you do. The sunscreen, which is available as a spray, lotion or even lip balm, goes on light and stays strong during your workout. As an extra bonus, you don't have to worry about it running into your eyes with your sweat.

Fuelstrip
Fuelstrip Fuelstrip

Fuelstrip

Figuring out how to refuel after a long run can be as difficult as the run itself. Fuelstrip takes the question out of how much you need after a run. Using its innovative strip technology, you can test your sweat and see how much of the electrolyte drink or chews you should consume. 

PRO Compression Low Trainers
PRO Compression Low Trainers PRO Compression

PRO Compression Low Trainers

Keeping your feet happy during a sweaty, summer run is a must. After all, dry feet are less likely to chafe or blister. PRO Compression Low Trainers are lightweight socks that with its Stabilizer Zone, helps to promote support and balance for maximum comfort. Plus, you can't go wrong with bright, summer colors like lime green and hot pink. 

Ultimate Direction Handy
Ultimate Direction Handy Ultimate Direction

Ultimate Direction Handy

Stop planning your run around water stops and just bring it with you with a handeheld water bottle. The Ultimate Direction Handy 10 fits to your hand and makes it easy to take a swig while on the run without breaking your stride. The bottle holds approximately 10 ounces. 

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