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7 Ways to Run in the Heat So You Won't Drop Out of the Race! Do you have any tips to share for running in hot weather?

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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7 Ways to Run in the Heat So You Won't Drop Out of the Race

Posted by Jacqueline Burt

running beachI bet the runners who decided to sit out today's Boston Marathon -- over 4,000 of them, by the way -- weren't expecting to be sidelined by temperatures of over 80 degrees. (Not really typical mid-April in New England kinda weather, you know?) But they probably did the right thing, especially considering the Boston Athletic Association's warning: Experienced runners, watch for heat stroke; inexperienced runners, try again next year!

I'm not one for marathons myself, but I do like to run ... on a treadmill in an air-conditioned gym, at least once it starts getting hot outside. Still, it would be nice to take the occasional out-of-doors jog without the fear of spontaneous combustion and/or turning lobster red. (So attractive!)

Here are some tips you can use even if you're NOT training for a marathon. (Did I mention I'm not? Cause I'm not.)

1. Stay hydrated!!! This is an obvious one, I know, but there's more to it than you might think. Basically? If you feel thirsty, that means you're ALREADY dehydrated ... so drink enough water to avoid getting parched.

2. If you get so sweaty that your clothes are soaked, take them off. Wet clothing actually hampers evaporation.

3. Speaking of clothing, stick with white (which reflects the sun's rays) as opposed to black (which absorbs the sunlight).

4. Avoid running at midday when the sun is at its strongest -- mornings and evenings are coolest. And choose the shadiest areas possible.

5. Know the difference between signs of heat exhaustion (faintness, weakness, and mental confusion) and heat stroke (decreased sweating and hot, dry skin). Both mean to STOP running; heat stroke means you should seek medical treatment immediately!

6. Slow down! Don't run as fast as usual.

7. Take walking breaks -- don't run continuously.

Do you have any tips to share for running in hot weather?

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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alyciajoseph
by Alycia on Apr. 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM
No tips, but I could never run in hot weather sounds awful!
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RobynS
by Mama2CamKat on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Ack! Running my first 5K in less than 2 weeks. Then another 2 weeks after that. This is good to know! Also running one in August--that one will be HOT!

michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Don't run.

sanj1213
by Juanita on Apr. 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

 The only one I have is #1.

sassymomntx1961
by Yvonne on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I have nothing to ad.I knew about 1 and 4.3,6 and 7  make a lot of healthy sense.I didnt know about 2 and didnt know the diff between heat stroke and exhaustion.Glad I do know though.

GOD first ppl next things last you cant go wrong and w/ GOD and JESUS around you,you will be a a triple strand rope

tnvplus2
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM
No tips but I'm no runner.
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