Humidity, dew points, temperature and when you shouldn’t run.

Well, I finished this post at 9:30am this morning and then my Internet took a shit so I had to fix it. That took another 3 hours. Apparently, the Internet does not work if ALL the cords are not plugged into the proper receptacles. Who knew?

Computer error, need wine!

Since I pulled a muscle in my back, I’ve been going pretty easy with my running. I didn’t run Monday and I walked instead, Tuesday I ran 6 slow miles and today I ran 5. So far, it’s been fine. It seems like my back only hurts when I twist around or I have to clean house or cook dinner so I’m avoiding those things. I haven’t asked my doctor about this yet but I’m pretty sure he’ll tell me to avoid all cleaning and cooking for the next 6 months at least.

This is how you clean a house

This morning I ran around the neighborhood and through Kapok Park. I saw a huge gopher tortoise too. I was going to take a picture of it but I couldn’t catch up with him. I also saw another runner that I often see in the park but he wasn’t running this morning, he was laying on a bench in the shade. I asked him if he was okay and he said that he was, he just got a little overheated. I spoke to him for a few minutes to make sure he wasn’t disoriented and that he really was okay, and once I felt he was, I went on my way.

I see this runner all the time and he’s in great shape. He runs a lot and sometimes in the middle of the day when it’s hot as hell but sometimes the effects of hot weather can sneak up on you. You could easily suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you aren’t careful. Just remember to stay hydrated and know the symptoms of heat cramps or heat exhaustion because they can lead to a heat stroke which can be severe and life threatening.

heat exhaustion vs heat strokeThere are two types of heat exhaustion, water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion symptoms include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness. Salt depletion symptoms include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Fatigue
  • Goose Bumps
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Decreased Coordination
  • Fainting
  • Pale skin

Treatment for heat exhaustion

  • Stop running and get in the shade
  • Drink plenty of fluid
  • Remove unnecessary clothing
  • Use a fan to cool off or cold towels
  • Take a cold shower or sponge bath

As always, prevention is the key. Make sure you are properly hydrated and if you’ve ever wondered what temperatures are safe to run in and when you should be extra cautious, here are some guidelines. Heat Index Chart

FYI: I’m pretty sure if the weather conditions are in the red, my ass is staying in bed. Just sayin.

One last thing, when it’s ridiculously hot outside, that’s not the time to be pushing your pace or doing excessive speed work. It just isn’t smart. Let a turtle outrun you, it’s okay, I promise.

What tips can you share with me for keeping cool when it’s crazy hot outside?

Has anyone tried those enduracool towels? What did you think about them?

10 thoughts on “Humidity, dew points, temperature and when you shouldn’t run.

  1. I just did a review of the EnduraCool towels!

    I cannot do any sort of exercise in hot weather. I learned this the hard way the other day… still dealing with a slight headache.. my husband is making sure I stay away from any exertion in higher temps.

  2. I am still trying to adjust to being back in the south and running in the heat of Georgia after living in CT for over 10 years! I haven’t used an Enduracool towel for running, but I used one at my son’s LAX tournament. We were sitting in the noon sun and I got really lightheaded and just felt REALLY bad (I was on Prednisone and still feeling pretty bad anyway), when I put one of the towels over my head…..OMG, WHAT a difference!! I was wondering if I should use mine for the Peachtree Road Race on the 4th of July.

    • So true. I wish I could have left at 5:30 this morning but the husband needed some quotes finished and decided to tell me at the last minute so it delayed me til almost 7:30. I was pretty angry but by the time I got to 5 miles, I wanted to kill him, LOL

  3. eff, you know me homie. Out the door by 4:30am nowadays. And I make sure I have water stashed on my run before hand, or I make sure to make my house or a convenient store as part of my loop. I always carry $5 with me just in case.

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