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5 dangers of summer running

dangers-of-summer-runningwalkjogrun-special-series-running-safetyIn the summer, safety becomes an issue as our runs extend into the evening and our training logs grow with increased mileage. Here are five running dangers especially prevalent in the warmer months.  Also, make sure to check out the eight items runners shouldn’t leave home without.

  1. Night running. Hot weather my force you to run in the evening, after the sun sets. If venturing out at night, run with someone or something. The buddy system is often the best way to keep safe on the trails. However, running with a phone can be just as helpful.
  2. Insects. Summer brings bugs. Use an environmentally-friendly insect repellent when going for a run. If running in a wooded area, cloth yourself properly — i.e., tuck your pants into your socks, wear a hat, etc. — as insects can attach to you skin with little notice. And make sure to always thoroughly check your clothing and body for ticks post-run.
  3. Dogs. Humans aren’t the only ones spending more time outdoors. If a dog approaches you in a threatening matter, don’t panic. Speak loudly (but don’t yell) and short (something as simple as a stern “NO” often does the trick. Don’t look the dog in the eye and do not run away — you can not outrun a dog.
  4. Humidity. Few things make summer runs as unbearable as high humidity — you’re drenched in sweat before you even start moving! On humid days, it’s wise to reduce your pace by at least 1 minute per mile and your distance by 1 mile (1.6K).
  5. Blisters. More sweating means more blistering and chafing. Apply an anti-chafe cream or powder — or even just baby powder — to feet, thighs, armpits, sports bra lines (females), and nipples (males).

Written by Danielle Bressoud.

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