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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Running in the Heat

The country has been experiencing some very high temperatures over the past 6 days. Here on the east coast, the thermometers hit a sunny, humid 103 degrees F yesterday. Given these conditions, please keep the following things in mind when you run outdoors:

1) Make sure to drink liquids prior to working out and don't hesitate to carry a bottle of water with you on the run.
2) Try to run early in the morning or later at night when it's cooler.

3) Make sure to carry some form of identification with you. I have a ROAD ID band. You could run with your driver's license too.

4) Run courses that provide some shade. I like to run along the Connecticut River because the trees act like a canopy.

5) Try to run with someone else and ease back on the pace. If you had planned to do a hard run that day, reschedule that run. You'll never be able to perform because of the conditions so don't worry about that.

6) If you end up running alone, let someone know where you're going. 

7) If you'd rather not carry water, run a course that you can stop at water fountains along the way or plan to stop at convenience stores to hydrate.

8) Always be heads up. People driving around where you're running could be less than alert because of the weather too.

9) Put sunscreen on, wear light colored clothes, sunglasses and a hat.

I hope this helps. Please be safe out there!



  1. I always try to stay closer to home in high heat too. That way if I feel dehydrated or woozy I can come back to the house and I'm not stuck out somewhere far off.

  2. Great advice. Just had a long run that started too late (since when is 8:30 am late?) and I was really feeling the heat!

  3. Thanks for the tips. Ugh! I am contemplating a run tomorrow since I didn't run today.

  4. Found your blog through The Athletarian! You are so right about this dang hot weather. Thankfully I had slipped away for the weekend to California and was running in 68 degree weather. What a relief!!!

    Get Up & Go

  5. Or just hit the treadmill, that is what I am forcing myself to do :)

    Good post though. We here in TX are used to this, but it is a whole new experience for a lot of people.

  6. Thanks so much for the tips!!! It is definitely hot out there! I have to run before 10am and after 5pm.

    I'll be using these tips for SURE ;-)


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