Here are a few tips for running in warm weather:
- Do not push yourself. Run at a comfortable pace and ease up if you feel warm.
- Eat salted foods. Add a salt pack to a cup of fluid and drink it at the Start and another half way through the race. Salt packets will be available at the start and can be found on course at water station 3, approximately mile 4.5.
- Don't over-drink. Drink when you are thirsty and no more.
- Use spray stations and sponges along the course and at the finish to cool off.
- If you are warm and don't feel right, stop at a medical station to get checked out.
And if you also were wondering how race organizers help runners deal with extreme heat, here is the rest of the email...
Keep an eye out for the following cooling stations on course:
Visit our website for more information and stop by the Health & Fitness Expo to listen to Dr. PZ Pearce speak. Dr. Pearce will be available for questions at the medical information booth during expo hours.
In the event temperatures rise above a safe degree to run in, tail vehicles will be in place to transport participants to the finish.
That "Tail Vehicle"? Yeah, that's the vehicle that chased us during the 2011 Nashville Marathon. I've seen that vehicle. I've vowed NEVER to get on the stupid thing. Here's to slowing down and NOT GETTING ON THE BUS!!!!!