Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tips for Running in Hot Weather



So as you can probably tell, running has been on my mind A LOT lately. Ha, after all my training has replaced my social life! Anyways, I saw this today online and had to share.

This hits home for a couple of reasons, the first I mentioned in my first blog post about dehydration in warmer temperatures. It also brings back a not-so-fond memory from a short three mile summer run when I lived in New Mexico a few years ago. It felt like 70, but apparently was 90 (how did that happen?!) and long story short I ended up with heat stroke. NOT GOOD. I do not recommend that!!!

The tips below are from Women’s Running Magazine—I especially recommend the listening to your body one…if I had I may not have collapsed in New Mexico! (again, not recommended!)

Hydrate properly! Make sure to fuel up with plenty of water and sports drinks in the days leading up to your race and during the run. Be careful not to take in too much liquid though and try to stay away from drinks that might actually dehydrate you, like sodas and tea.

Slow down! Though it is a hard pill to swallow, slowing your pace and adjusting your finish time expectations are wise thinking in hot temperatures. Listen to your body and don’t push too far. Safety is more important than jeopardizing your health!

Know the signs of heat stroke. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, and extreme fatigue can all by indicators of heat stroke. If you experience any of these symptoms, slow down and seek medical attention.

Listen to your body. They don’t call it, “Women’s Intuition” for nothing! Let’s face it ladies- we are typically in tune with our bodies and how we feel. Don’t let your pride overrule sensibility. Pay attention to how you feel during hot weather running and adjust your run accordingly.

Happy Running!!

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