Race Weekend is here and so is the HEAT. Remember back a couple years when it was blisteringly hot on course, well it sounds like here in the NORTHEAST USA it’s shaping up to be incredibly HOT again for us this year.
We want you all to be SAFE running your 13.1 miles in your neighborhoods-so know where you can get ice and cool water and shade during your runs.
At our in-person races we have many people looking out for you but as you run VIRTUALLY, ON YOUR OWN, you NEED to look out for yourselves this year so we can see you all NEXT YEAR.
Maybe consider running in the early morning hours or later evening hours, if safe to do so in your hometown.
Or wait until NEXT WEEKEND to make your run-you have until late Sunday night June 13th to complete your 13.1 mile.
If you DO RUN in the heat, watch for SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE.
Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.
Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:
- High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher, obtained with a rectal thermometer, is the main sign of heatstroke.
- Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
- Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.
- Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
- Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
- Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
- Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
- Headache. Your head may throb.
When to see a doctor
If you think a person may be experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number.
Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.
- Get the person into shade or indoors.
- Remove excess clothing.
- Cool the person with whatever means available — put in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.
Be SAFE out there, hydrate, watch for cars, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE and we’ll see you on June 5, 2022!