The temperature in Austin in the summer can be unbearable and when you factor in the humidity, you get a heat index that can easily become deadly. Runners have long known the dangers of pushing their endurance to the breaking point. It is not unheard of to end up with body temperatures well over 100°. I’m not saying to give up running in the summer or to even move it indoors. Just remember to take precautions and keep your safety as the first thing in your mind at all times.
- Attempt to get your running done early in the morning or late in the evening, when temperatures are at their lowest.
- Stay hydrated! Drink at least 16 oz. of water immediately before your run. Carry a water bottle with you on your run or have a cooler with water stashed somewhere along your route.
- Make sure you get plenty of sleep, which helps your body deal with the stress of the heat.
- If possible, run with a partner so that you can take care of each other in case heat stroke occurs.
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