HOT WEATHER RUNNING SAFETY
In the Competitor.com article “6 Strategies for Safe Summer Running”, Mario Fraioli's recommendations are similar to what we have all been told before, but bear repeating for the sake of safety. In my experience running when the SUN IS NOT OUT but there’s still some light in the early pre-dawn morning or evening twilight sky actually helps with following most of the other recommendations, which concern avoiding damaging sun exposure, properly hydrating, and not pushing yourself too hard.
During the workweek, if you normally run at the lunch break you’ve got to worry about time, and cleaning up after slathering on sunscreen and sweating (so the tendency is to skip the sunscreen). You won’t need sunscreen for sunless or low-sun times of the day, and perhaps not a hat or sunglasses depending on whether the sun will be out at some part of your exercise session. Running in the hot direct sunlight means there is a greater need for hydration, which may not be readily available unless you packed something to take to work or there’s a handy nearby drugstore or refreshment kiosk. In the semi-darkness, a refillable water bottle from home can be secured in an out-of-sight spot on your route or kept in your car if you travel to a course. The need to replace electrolytes with a sport drink may not be as important.
However, running in darkness or near darkness requires paying attention to OTHER SIGNIFICANT SAFETY ISSUES. You’ve got to be able to see and be seen, be alert, and take measures to avoid harm from persons up to no good who benefit from low visibility. Finding a running buddy would go a long way toward taking care of these concerns, another of the suggestions in the article. You can arrange to meet up with your buddy/buddies in a place convenient to where each of you work (where you would meet at the lunch break). If before work, there’s less time pressure after your run of arriving on time at the right place. If you are following a training plan, certain days may be better for early or late running with a friend.
Regardless of when you run in the summer, pay attention to safety in the hot weather! In some locations on some days running indoors may be the only safe alternative, if available. If you don’t have that option, parking structures can provide a cooler venue for your workout.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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