Friday Five: Five Ways To Beat The Heat

After weeks of reading other Friday Five linkups, I’ve decided it’s high time I participate… especially since this weekend I will be hanging out with two of the three ladies hosting the linkup.  DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run! are the clever bloggers behind the linkup.


Each week Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar either suggest a theme for that week’s Friday Five Linkup, or leave it up to individual bloggers to come up with their own Free Friday theme.

One of the rules is for the bloggers choosing to participate to visit the other blogs on the linkup.  The goal of the linkup is to introduce bloggers and readers to other blogs.

Please pop over to Courtney’s, Cynthia’s, and Mar’s blogs to see what their thoughts are on this week’s Friday Five; and to see which other bloggers are joining in on the fun!




This week’s theme is Five Ways To Beat The Heat…

With the heat index at over 100° the last few days, this was the perfect theme for our neck of the woods!  In no particular order, here are my five suggestions for beating the heat.


1.  Enjoy a frozen yogurt…

If you’re not a fan of frozen yogurt or don’t want the extra calories or sugar, treat yourself to a Popsicle or small fruit smoothy.  You can also freeze water mixed with pieces of fruit  in ice trays.  When you’re in need of a cold drink, simply plop a few fruit ice cubes into a glass of water!


2.  Have a fire truck create an instant water park in your cul-de-sac…


Photo courtesy of Jessica

If you’re not lucky enough to have your local firetruck pull onto your street and turn on the hose to give the neighborhood kids a good dousing, turn on your sprinklers and run through them like you’re four years old again!


3.  Sit in a creek…

If you don’t have a creek, river, lake, or pond nearby, keep a kiddie pool on your deck to fill with cold water after your run or working out in the yard.  It will provide a quick cool-down and help start the recovery of those beat-up legs.


4. Apply ice-cold towels to your neck…

If you don’t have a towel handy to soak in ice-cold water, use paper towels and let the excess water drip down your back.  This method of cooling off has saved me at many of Joseph and Daniel’s baseball and soccer games.  Another cooling-off technique for sports parents it to mist the face, arms, and legs with a spray bottle filled with water.


5.  Hang out in the Costco refrigerator…


If you don’t want to set up a lounge chair in the Costco produce refrigerated room, hang out in the lowest level of your house.  The basement is always cooler than the top floor and you’ll keep those sweat beads to a minimum.  If you’re going shopping, choose a location like a mall that has everything under one roof.  Save the town centers and outlet malls for cooler, more comfortable days.

When you have to be outside in the extreme heat, seek out shade whenever possible, avoid being out in the middle of the day when the sun is the hottest, and use common sense to stay safe!


  • Questions:
  • What are your favorite ways to beat the heat?
  • What’s the weather been like where you live?
  • Who’s racing this weekend?
Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. June 20, 2014    

    Haha, the costco refrigerator….love it :)
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Summer essentials!My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Actually, I’m usually WAY to cold in there!

  2. June 20, 2014    

    all fro yo, all the time.
    kristin recently posted…RHINO SPOTTINGMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    


  3. June 20, 2014    

    Love the Costco fridge comment!
    Hanging out in any grocery store for that matter! It is always FREEZING in every grocery store. I have to wear a sweatshirt to shop, even in the middle of summer!
    Karen @The Wellness Scientist recently posted…Friday Five: Five Ways To Beat The Heat This SummerMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      I’m usually fine until I walk in the frozen foods section, then I wish I had my jacket!

  4. June 20, 2014    

    I love the heat! Bring it on! I get to hang out in pools and next weekend I’m going on a float trip. I love the water!
    Carls recently posted…Focus and Passion #AAFMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Your float trip sounds fun!

  5. June 20, 2014    

    Yum I love frozen yogurt! I’ve never hung out in the Costco freezer section but it sounds awesome on a hot and humid DC day. Glad you joined the link up!
    Amanda H recently posted…Five Foods to Beat the Summer HeatMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Thanks! It was fun!

  6. June 20, 2014    

    Haha, I love the name of Cynthia’s blog! That’s what my dad said to me when I told him I had signed up for my first full marathon. Sitting in a cold creek or swimming hole is my favorite way to cool down. The Coscto freezer would be my second choice 😉
    Meagan recently posted…How to eat for a night raceMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      I got to meet Cynthia this weekend at the Fit Foodie 5K events. I told her the same thing… how I loved the name of her blog.

  7. June 20, 2014    

    So true about Costco! Our basement is pretty cold, but it still feels hot if I’m on the treadmill.
    Coco recently posted…How To Beat The HeatMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Yes, it’s amazing how quickly an otherwise seemingly cool space warms up so quickly when you start doing cardio!

  8. June 22, 2014    

    Ice.Cold.Towels… why have I never thought of that?!?!?! I love it!
    For some reason your words, “If you don’t want to set up a lounge chair in the Costco refrigerator…” made me laugh out loud. :)
    Heading into the basement or lowest floor in the house is a quick fix for the heat for me. recently posted…Sacred Mountain Prayer Run ~Race Recap~My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Just take a small cooler with you with hand towels in ice water to Gabe’s next soccer game. You’ll be so glad you did, and I’m so glad to share that tip with you!

  9. June 22, 2014    

    SO fun hanging this weekend, Deb! I just got back from Costco and tip #5 is a great one :)
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Ways to Beat the HeatMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Yes, it was very fun hanging out! Looking forward to our next opportunity to run together.

  10. Rae Rae
    June 23, 2014    

    I really like your unique take on ways to beat the heat–I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of these posts lately, and they all say pretty much the same 5 things. And I do love me some frozen yogurt–original tart for the win!
    Rae recently posted…Manic Monday – 06/23/14My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Oh thanks, I tried to go a little different route and I’m glad you appreciated it!

  11. June 23, 2014    

    #2 is really fun and I love #5! LOL
    Courtney @ Don’t Blink. Just Run. recently posted…Face The Music Friday #39My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Yes, I wish the firetruck came to my cul-de-sac!

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