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Summer Running

Running in summer is a dream come true for some of us – no more layers to deal with for those cold, wintery

Run Early In Alaska this seems like the perfect routine to begin. Getting up early and exercising first thing has been knownto give you more alertness and energy throughout the day. Since we live in the land of he summer sun, once you are up – you won’t know the difference as the sun will get you going. This is also one of the coolest times of the day.

Water You may say, “I am not even thirsty.” Yeah, well you thought wrong. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. You want to continuously hydrate with at least 8 ounces every hour, and even more when you are out enjoying the sun. Staying hydrated will help in the ability of your body to cool itself down. Do your body favor and help out with some H2O.

Know The Warning Signs Since this is not normal heat for us, you want to be aware of what severe dehydration can do. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious issues that can happen to anyone. Heat exhaustion normally develops after several days of exposure to heat and not enough water. Watch for heavy sweating, paleness, cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, and fainting. Heat stroke has symptoms of rapid heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing, elevated or lowered blood pressure, lack of sweating, confusion or unconsciousness, and many of the other signs shown in heat exhaustion.

No matter where you run, you want to make sure you have someone with you so that you can both look out for each other. The buddy system is great for pushing each other to do your best, and for looking out for each other to avoid serious injury.

Where are you going to be running this summer?