Ask The Running Doc: How Can I Train & Race In The Heat?

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Aug. 10, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM UTC


Protect Yourself From Sunburn

Use sunscreen on exposed skin, even on overcast days. Be sure to re-apply. Even “exercise proof” and “waterproof” brands last a max of 2 hours. Try to wear a cap or visor and sunglasses to shield you from the sun’s burning rays.

What fabrics you wear also make a difference. Unlike cotton, synthetic fabrics act in your benefit by  wicking moisture away from your skin so evaporation can cool you down. Synthetics will  also decrease chafing by not clinging to your skin. Try to wear loose-fitting clothes and sagain synthetic socks to keep feet dry.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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