If you live in the South like me, you must work at keeping cool when running in the summer.
If you get overheated, you can end up in big trouble like I did at my last race.
Running in high humidity makes this even more difficult.
The ice bandana to the rescue! I wear mine every day in the summer.
You can make an ice bandana by simply wrapping a baggie full of ice inside a bandana and tying it around your neck.
But it’s even nicer if you sew a small pocket into the middle of your bandana to hold the ice.
Simply use a regular sized bandana and sew or fabric glue a 7 by 7 inch (approximately) square of cloth or chamois into the middle of the bandana, leaving one side open. This size will accommodate a sandwich size baggie. Then if desired you can also sew the bottom triangle of the bandana to the bottom of the square , just to make it easier to fold. Then simply tie it around your neck , not too tight, but tight enough so it doesn’t bounce. You may have to adjust it.
1) Put your ice in a baggie if you don’t like cold water running down your neck.
2) You could also add a pocket to a Buff.
3) The ice will eventually melt so remember to bring more ice for longer runs and refill the baggie.
Here are some photos of my bandana. I bought the batik bandana at REI in Denver .
And here is the Youtube Video. Youtube Ice bandana video from Trail Running Wales