It is the dog days of summer and we are currently running through the hottest part of the year and we wanted to help you conquer running outside in the summer! Have you every thought to yourself …what temperature is too hot to run? Or do you want to know how to prepare to run in hot weather and continue your training despite the high temperatures?
The keys to success for running in the heat is know the difference between temperature, dew point, and humidity as well as what to wear for your summer runs. This week, on the Healthy Runner Podcast, I had the pleasure to interview Stephanie Blozy, owner of Fleet Feet in West Hartford, CT.
We had a great conversation in which we took a deep dive into preparing to run in the hot summer sun! We talked about safety as well as benefits for running in hot weather as well as your summer running essentials. Taking action on these tips are a sure fire way to improve your performance on your long runs during the hot humid weather.
For those of you in our running community that are not familiar with Stephanie Blozy, she is a former Meteorologist before she became owner of Fleet Feet West Hartford and was our special guest to drop some knowledge about running in the heat and humidity during the summer.
Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview with Stephanie within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
In this episode you will hear Stephanie answer the following questions and so much more!
1. Why is it so hard to run in the heat?
2. Is it dangerous to run in extreme heat?
3. What are the benefits of running in hot weather?
4. How do you prepare to run in hot weather?
5. What do you wear to run in hot weather?
This is was a really fun interview with Stephanie and she added some humor, education, and even tried to stump the host! I hope you enjoy the episode and as always thank you for listening!
I want to personally thank Stephanie for taking the time to share her weather and running knowledge with our running community and help us stay safe while running in hot humid weather during the summer months!
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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“I developed IT band syndrome during my first marathon training cycle last year and ended up in physical therapy for about 3 months. I was told not to run if I had any pain at all. I lost so much time “recovering” that I ended up deferring my registration to the next year. I spent the next summer training for the same marathon when about 6 weeks out, that familiar IT band pain returned. I could barely finish a mile. I didn’t want to go back to my physical therapist because I knew what he was going to tell me. Stop running. I was so frustrated and started to feel like marathons weren’t for me. I stumbled upon the healthy runner podcast and learned that I don’t have to stop running in order to recover from injury! I was skeptical about an online physical therapy session. But I reached out to Dr. Scotti and he was able to give me the tools to mitigate my pain within the first session! I was able to complete my training cycle and made it to the finish line of my first marathon with his help! I highly recommend!”
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