Survival Guide for Summer Heat

17 08 2011

It may seem a little “cooler” this week, but this summer has been especially brutal. With several weeks of hot temperatures ahead, we want to make sure everyone continues to stay safe out there. Here’s a short checklist to help you beat the heat for the rest of the summer:

Make sure you’re adequately hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run to make sure you’re compensating for and regaining the fluids lost in sweat.

Wear light-colored, wick-away apparel. Avoid wearing black and other dark colors and stay away from cotton clothing. Breathable clothing in hot temperatures is a must.

Run in the morning or late evening when possible. It’s coolest early in the morning, before the ground and pavement heat up in the sun. It also begins to cool down the hour before sunset. Try to avoid running during the hottest part of the day (11am-4pm).

Use sunscreen. Protect exposed areas like shoulders, legs and face.

Have a plan for longer runs. Make sure you have enough fluids for longer runs. One way to make sure you have access to water is mapping out a route that includes a local park. Water fountains can be your best friends in the summer.

Consider an ID tag. ID tags are great year-round, but especially during the summer months. A tag with your name, contact information and any critical medical history can come in handy in case of an emergency.  Road ID makes great engraved ones that you order online, and Smart ID is a nice but less durable one that we sell in the store.

May you run like the wind!

Eric


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17 08 2011
Suzanne

Helpful hints for a beginner runner like myself definately! So glad i found y’all! I’m going to post these as reminders to myself each day as i prepare to run!

18 08 2011
Annie

Great tips! The no cotton clothes is key, I agree!

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