Thursday, June 09, 2005

Running in the Heat

Wow this week the heat has been oppressive. It's important to remember to run smart in weather like this. The best time to run is very early or late in the day when it's a little cooler.

It is common sense to carry water with you when it's hot but don't forget the sunscreen too. Wear light colour technical fabrics to help keep yourself cool and always wear a hat to keep the blazing sun off your head.

The air quality is also going to be bad when it's hot so don't expect any blazing speeds. Take it easy and if you need to, cut your run short or take extra walk breaks.

Just like running in freezing temperatures, it's a good idea to run a loop route rather than an out and back route. If you need to cut your run short, you can probably take a short cut home.

Hydrate all day long even if you're not running, you'll feel better for it.

If you feel dizzy, confused, have trouble speaking or walking straight (any more than usual) stop and get help.

This Saturday is the second of the 5 peaks races for this year at Rattlesnake point, I'm hoping it will cool down a bit. Don't forget the bug spray.

Sunday's run will be in Markham. Click here for details.

Ken's Scotiabank Marathon and Half programs start soon so if you're interested sign up soon, it's going to be a tonne of fun.

If you know anyone who is new to running who would like to aim for the Scotiabank 5K, tell them about our site as we will be posting details of a beginners program very soon.

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