With Coach Jerry Alexander
But if you’re reading this, you’re not likely to take three months off. The good news is that if you develop the proper habits, you can run safely this summer. Those habits include proper hydration (water and sports drinks are good, coffee and soda are bad); avoiding the heat of the day by running in the morning (the earlier the better); running in the shade as much as possible (stay off the track, which offers little or no shade); and adjusting expectations for your performance (elite athletes are not at their best when it’s 95 degrees and sixty percent humidity, and you should not expect to be either).
The most important habit, however, is to exercise good judgment. I can’t stress enough that you should always, always err on the side of caution when it comes to the heat. If you think it’s too hot to run on a particular day, don’t. It’s far preferable to miss a day now and then than to risk heat-related illness.
Jerry Alexander is the famed coach of the Georgetown Racing Team and can be seen leading some of the area's most talented athletes. For more information about the Racing Team, visit www.grcrunning.com