Dog Days!

Draggin' after a workout!Well, it’s summer in Alabama! I got up this morning, did a workout for a client, and then headed over to hold a bootcamp. It was 6 AM, for goodness sake. And it was hot and humid. And by the time I was done, I was soaked and just about wiped out.

The other day, one of my budding half-marathoners posted the following note on FaceBook…

Went out to do my 8 mile run but only made it 7.5 miles. Heat too much?? How early do I need to get up to beat the heat?

And then there’s Kate, my son’s marathoner girlfriend who came camping with us in North Carolina a few weeks ago. Since she’s a band teacher and a track coach during the school year, and works a second job year round, she really treasures her vacation and thinks that one of the best things about it is sleeping in. So, the first morning, she waited till about noon to go out…. BIG MISTAKE!

This time of year, it’s tough. And 6 just isn’t early enough, especially if you’re going to be out for more than a hour, or there isn’t shade where you’re headed.

It’s almost enough to make me rethink my loathing of treadmills and start heading indoors for my runs. It’s certainly enough to make me regret complaining about the cold damp of last winter. Because the hot, humid of summer is definitely worse!

But what makes it tougher is watching someone out to do a “sweat it out” workout! At the track this evening was a young man wearing sweat pants, a long sleeved sweatshirt, gloves, and a weight vest. I started to ask him if he really knew what he was doing to his body, since the temperature was still hovering close to 90, but he shrugged it off.

Four legged friendBut while we can choose to do what we want about summer exercise, there’s one thing I want to remind you! If you have a four-legged running companion, PLEASE be careful about their needs in this weather. Hot pavement can burn their feet. They don’t sweat, except by panting. They need LOTS of water. If it’s too hot, take them for a short walk or run in the shade and then do your crazy run. Please?

Have fun, be safe, and if you don’t remember the signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, review them in my most recent newsletter, here.