Tens of thousands of runners were present at the starting line of today’s Boston Marathon, despite temperatures in the high 80s. But as many as 4,300 registered racers dropped out following warnings from officials that, for those who weren’t used to running in the heat, the lengthy race could be excessively dangerous. Which doesn’t mean running when the mercury rises is always dangerous–it just takes a little extra caution (and maybe a shorter distance).
With summer slowly approaching, plenty of folks will be heading outside to get their cardio on while soaking up the sun. But if you live somewhere that sometimes boasts temperatures near the triple digits, it’s important to read up on how to do it safely–and when to pack it inside.
Here are seven tips for staying safe while running and sunning. And, as always, if you have a favorite heat-beating pro-tip, be sure to share it in the comments. Congrats to all the runners who turned out for the race today, even though, as winner Wesley Korir said, “It’s hot. Too hot. In case you don’t know that.”
Image: Kenyan Sharon Cherop, female winner of the slow-paced, super-hot Boston Marathon, courtesy of Elise Amendola, Associated Press