Six Strategies For Safe Summer Running

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Aug. 23, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM UTC

Keep your cool and beat the heat this summer with these suggestions.

If you’re east of the Rocky Mountains this summer, I don’t have to tell you how hot it’s been outside. I will remind you, though, that it can be hazardous to your health to hit the streets when the mercury starts heading north of 90 degrees on the thermometer.

Don’t let the scorching summer sun deter you from trying to maintain your mileage, however. Overbearing heat and humidity are far from ideal training conditions, but they’re not impossible obstacles to overcome if you take the proper precautions. Employ these six strategies to ensure that you run safely under the sun for the remainder of the summer.

Related: The Running Doc’s Warm-Weather Racing Tips

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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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