Wednesday, July 29, 2015


 I recently receive an article from Jean-Marc Saint Laurent which contained some very pertinent information that can be used, and should be heeded, by all runners. 

Here in the northeast, and in many parts of the country, we are in the middle of the summer's most dangerous heat wave.

Following is Mr. Saint Laurent's article.

A few short years ago, in a summer like this one, a young man named Jeff Fink was rushed to a Kansas City area hospital after suddenly collapsing during the Warrior Dash, one of many adventure races happening across the U.S. at any given time.

Crawling in so much mud that you ended up looking like a human earthworm was to be expected; the 20 foot vertical wall called the Dead Man’s Drop that sent adrenaline addicts speeding towards solid ground at breakneck velocity was even old news—but some suspect it was the intense heat empowered by the accompanying wall of blazing fire that cut his racing career and life short.

And while we might not be 100 percent about everything around this case, this much is clear, his body temperature had risen to the insurmountable height of 108 degrees.
In some locations this is not far from the summer average.

According to the LiveStrong Foundation, choosing the right training clothes could be a matter of life and death in the heat:
“Cotton is the worst material to wear in the summer heat,” says Sports Editor Dan Capello. “It soaks up sweat like a towel, holding the moisture against your skin and causing your body temperature to increase. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend you wear lightweight” clothing.

Lightweight running tees like Lumiere’s  InnerStrength EXO Tee are made with a fabric blend that keeps you cool, fights odor-causing bacteria and keeps your body dry longer.

The CDC also recommends that if you are out exercising in the heat you should remember to:
· Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
· If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
· Try to rest often in shady areas.


As late as 3 months ago, the Weather Channel reported that some portions of the Western United States “reached 104 degrees setting a new record for all-time March high temperature” and places such as Phoenix, Arizona often clocked five consecutive days within 10 degrees of that mark. They are predicting from “Above Average” to Severe Heat for both the Western and Eastern Coasts through September. Be sure to keep yourself protected.

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