Listen to your body
Take baby steps
Slow down
Run early — or late
Dress to sweat
Stay hydrated
Try pre-cooling

Running in hot weather is not always pleasant, but it’s not always avoidable, either. If you live in an area where the summers are toasty and you want to be in peak shape for a fall half marathon or marathon, then you have to get out there and sweat in July and August.

While running in the heat is not as enjoyable as running on cool days, it need not be any riskier. Heat illness is relatively rare among runners, and if you take the following precautions, it will never happen to you.


About The Author:

Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books, including Racing Weight: How To Get Lean For Peak Performance (VeloPress, 2012). He is also a Training Intelligence Specialist for PEAR Sports. To learn more about Matt visit