The heat is on. And I'm not talking about the pressure to perform on July 4th.
Atlanta is baking. It goes without saying that training for the 10K in this kind of heat is a challenge and could be harmful to your health.
So, I reached out to the Atlanta Track Club for suggestions on how to keep running outside when the thermometer hovers near 100.
Here are suggestions from their members on keeping hydrated and staying cool:
**Drink a glass of water 10-15 minutes before you start to exercise.
**Plan to drink fluids every 20-30 minutes during exercise.
**Drink 20-24 ounces for every pound lost during exercise to help replenish fluids.
**Try to find shade whenever possible.
**Protect yourself against the sun; apply SPF protection before you head out the door.
**Be aware of the warning sights of heat stroke- headache, dizziness, chills, nausea, loss of orientation, excess thirst and excess fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop running and get help immediately.