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Running in the Heat

Posted Feb 22 2010 12:00am
If you are just starting out on your new running habit, it will be summer before you know it and you will be in full swing with your new running addiction. San Diego summers can be hot and you may need to figure out how to deal with these new temperatures.

Running in the heat can sometimes take special care to ensure that you don’t overheat too early and lose your momentum for a good run.

When the temperature is over 55 degrees, as it usually is most of the year here in our beautiful city, you’re going to run more slowly than you may in colder climates. You may also feel worse as you get hotter. It is when the temperature rises above 65 degrees that runners start to feel more difficulty. The good news is that this gives you a few more months of cooler temperatures to become a more adept runner before summer.

There are plenty of good ways to beat the heat.

Slow Down: When you are feeling overheated, slow down your pace. This will conserve your resources to continue a longer run.

Lighter Clothing: Don’t wear cotton. Sweat will soak into cotton and cause it to cling uncomfortably. Materials such as polypro or coolmax will wick sweat away and keep you cooler.

No Hats: Most of the body’s heat is passed out through the head. Wearing a hat will keep your body heat retained and make you feel warmer. Try pouring water over your head and polypro tank top to keep cooler.

Cold Water: Drinking cold water while running will help keep down your body temperature from the inside out.

Take a Dip: Since we live right on the ocean, use it as a resource for a pleasant run. Wear shoes that can be slipped off easily for a quick dip in the ocean every mile or two.

By trying these strategies, you will be able to build up your endurance and run longer without over-heating. Come join us at BOOTCAMP 619 to learn and trade strategies with your instructors and members. BOOTCAMP 619 provides a wide variety of fitness activities, including running, martial arts and functional exercise to build your endurance and have fun while getting in the best shape of your life.
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