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Cool runnings: Simple tips to beat summerís heat
Keep pace with hydration, sunscreen
Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:18 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Summer sun and heat requires precautions for runners, including hydration and sunscreen.

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Charlotte’s summer may not be the hottest around, but it still gets toasty.

Black Men Run Charlotte captain Greg Washington shared a few tips to beat the heat. Stay hydrated and happy running.

1) Avoid the hottest part of the day. If you typically run in the afternoon, switch to morning or evening.

“Try to run earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not at its height,” Washington said.

2) Hydration extends beyond immediately before, during and after a run.

“Hydrating is not just right before your run or during your run,” Washington said. “You have to hydrate during the week, even on days you don’t run. Make sure you have a constant intake of water and electrolytes.”

3) Protect your eyes.

“You will want eye protection, like sunglasses or a visor,” Washington said.

4) Wear sunscreen.

“The No.1 thing I tell them, especially in Black Men Run, with us being of darker complexion, they think you don’t have to use sunscreen, and it’s mandatory that you still use sunscreen.

Join BMRCLT for a run:

• Mondays: 6:30 p.m. at Ultra Running Company

• Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. at Mallard Creek Greenway

“We occasionally move to other locations with other run clubs who have a Wednesday run, or if someone has a route they like we’ll try that route,” Washington said. “Wednesday is like our floater day.”

First Saturday of the month: Omega Sports on Park Road 8 a.m.

“In the summertime, our morning runs are usually at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.,” Washington said. “If it’s a day that is higher in temperature, we move that up to 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m. Try to beat the heat, but most of our runs are usually scheduled for the morning or evening.”


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