Friday Five: Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer #Giveaway

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the new Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is “Summer Workouts” and they ask the question “how do you modify your workouts in the summer?” The toughest thing for me is dealing with heat and humidity. We’ve been pretty lucky here in Chicago so far this year with only a few hot/sticky days. I’m psyching myself up – here are my fave tips to deal with the heat.

1. Start early (or go late). I am a morning runner whenever possible. If you can’t get out to beat the heat, hit the gym and the air conditioning.

Taking some of my own advice in the Grand Canyon with Lauren!

2. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothes and a light colored hat. Light colors reflect the sun and the loose fit lets the air flow to cool your skin. I like to wear a white NYC Marathon 2015 cap I snagged on sale from New York Road Runners. It’s a winner!

3. Eat lighter! Finds’ friend and nutritionist, Lauren, recommends, “Eat lighter summer fare as well as frequent small meals or snacks that include cold products, like fruit or dairy. Getting away from a hot stove or oven also helps keep the house cool, and lighter food includes vegetables and fruit which hydrate you!

4. Cool off! Another great tip from Lauren, “To cool down quickly, divert attention from your whole body to your wrists. Run them under cold water or apply a cold compress for a minute or two and repeat as necessary. There is a main vein that passes through this area and the cool blood will travel and spread quickly through the rest of your body.” I like to take a Half Buff (or bandana) and soak it in cool water and wrap it around my wrist or neck on the hottest days. I’ve also been known to put ice in my sports bra at really warm races. Whatever it takes!

5. Stay hydrated. Drink water or sports drink early and often. Carry water if you’re not near fountains. Make sure to hydrate post run with your favorite electrolyte filled drink.

I recently had the opportunity to try KRā. KRā is USDA certified-organic sports drink that’s a “better-for-you hydration option” with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Originally made by a mom as a healthier choice for kids, all athletes can now enjoy KRā.

KRā only uses real ingredients like orange, blueberry and lemon juice for flavor. They use these ingredients to replace any artificial or chemical ingredients found in the typical sports drink.

KRā comes in four flavors. They are Berry, Fruit Punch, Orange and Lemon. I tried the Fruit Punch after a sticky morning run and it’s super refreshing. I like the taste and the fact that it has no artificial aftertaste like many other sports drinks. Michelle and I tried Berry on the way home from supporting a friend in a race. Two thumbs up from each of us.

Want to enter to win a case of KRā Sports Drink? Please use the Rafflecopter below. Winner must be a US resident, 18 years of age or older and the offer is void where prohibited. The giveaway runs through June 11th. The winner will be selected on June 12th.

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Don’t want to wait? You can find KRā at a store near you or buy it online or on Amazon (Prime eligible). You can also keep up with KRā on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

What are your favorite tips for beating the heat?

Have a great weekend, friends and stay cool! 

Please note: I received product at no cost in exchange for editorial consideration. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. This post contains and Amazon affiliate link. If you use this link, I will receive a small commission.



  1. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    I drink just plain water but should drink something else would love to try the fruit punch flavor.

  2. marie wickham says:

    Kra sounds good. I’ll have to try it out. Great heat suggestions. I also like to run with one of those neck gator things that I soak in water whenever I see a fountain. And of course, I seek out the shade. I’m getting psyched for summer too.

  3. Georgette Coan says:

    Usually just plain water or Gatorade if it’s nearby. I would love to try Berry flavor first.

  4. Debbie says:

    My husband taught me that water on the wrists trick years ago and it works great! I run very early or I just don’t do it. It’s too hot even at night here to run.

  5. Amy Scott says:

    I would try the berry flavor. I usually drink Nuun for electrolytes though.

  6. Sarah N says:

    On the hottest days I’ll use Nuun or some other electrolyte tab in my water. I would love to try Kra, especially the lemon flavor.

  7. Maryann D. says:

    I like to use Gatorade or Vitamin water. I would like to try the Berry Flavor.

  8. Kimberly G says:

    I love the cool off idea – I never knew that! I’ll be trying that this summer for sure. Last summer I was constantly crunching on ice after a long, hot run. For some reason it just made me cool down way faster.

    Currently I use nuun hydration (tropical and fruit punch), but I’m going to be trying Tailwind soon.

  9. KV says:

    I usually drink water during workouts. I’d like to try the fruit punch flavor.

  10. Renata says:

    Vitamin water is good for electrolytes and I’d like the Berry flavor.

  11. barbg says:

    Very cool flavors, I would say the orange and the fruit punch would go first around here. Lemon sounds fun.

  12. Erin says:

    I got to try Kra at my gym and it was so good! I normally drink Body Armour but I really liked all the Kra flavors.

  13. I always find it easier to eat healthier in the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are easily accessible.

  14. Christopher Sorel says:

    oh berry I would and hope like a fruit punch

  15. Deb E says:

    I don’t usually drink an electrolyte replacement drink. I make sure I get it in my food mostly. I do have drinks like that in my cupboard for trips though, when I can’t make my own food. I like citrus flavors so the lemon would be my fave.

  16. vickie couturier says:

    fruit punch

  17. Mary W says:

    We use HEED by Hammer Nutrition. It contains Stevia and electrolytes among other things but there is no natural flavoring as in the KRa.

  18. I recently got on a Body Armour kick. I’d be interested in trying the berry flavor from this brand 1st.

  19. Last summer I kept some frozen towels in a cooler in the car for afterwards really nice!

  20. Heidi Bee says:

    I guess I don’t really drink something with electrolytes! the fruit punch sounds really good!

  21. Courtney says:

    I definitely like to workout in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the heat! Eating lighter + staying hydrated helps too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  22. Georgiana says:

    I don’t drink any electrolytes now and would love the berry.

  23. Susan P. says:

    I use water or Vitamin Water.

  24. Lesley F says:

    I usually just drink water with Lemon or Vitamin Water. I would like to try the lemon

  25. Raymond says:

    The Berry would be great!

  26. gloria patterson says:

    I usually drink water once in a while I might get Gatorade

  27. gloria patterson says:

    orange or lemon sounds refreshing

  28. julie says:

    we drink body armor or organic Gatorade. lemon sounds good

  29. Kenia says:

    I drink plain water all day long! I would like to try the fruit punch flavor.

  30. Kelly D says:

    I use Gatorade currently. I would like the fruit punch.

  31. jberry says:

    I’ve just finished a box of Drip Drop. Lemon juice would be my pick.

  32. Audrey Stewart says:

    I would love to try the orange drink. I love all orange flavored drinks.

  33. Ken C says:

    I like to use Nuun and I would like to try the Berry flavor

  34. Lauren says:

    I would like to try the lemon flavor.

  35. Steph says:

    I like vitamin wAter

  36. Annmarie W. says:

    I usually just drink plain ‘ole water. But I’d like to try their Orange flavor!

  37. Lydia Claire says:

    I don’t drink anything specific for electrolytes but I would like to find a natural alternative to the fake and gross ones out there. I would try the Berry first!

  38. Edye says:

    I’d try fruit punch first! I drink Vitamin Water 🙂

  39. Iliana R says:

    I usually use Gatorade and I would love to try the Lemon favor first!

  40. Aaron says:

    I don’t usually drink electrolytes drinks. I would first like to try the orange!

  41. Kris I. says:

    I usually drink gatorade ! and I would love to try the fruit punch first.

  42. ANN says:

    Usually I just drink plain water, and Nuun after a longer or super humid run.

  43. Breanna Sackrey says:

    Berry Sounds good. Currently I use Nuun on really hot and humid days otherwise I just drink water.

  44. Senna Kory says:

    I normally drink water but would love to try lemon!

  45. Julie G says:

    Powerade Zero-I would try Fruit Punch first

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