Friday, July 31, 2009

Do the Dew, Part Two

A few weeks ago we discussed the role the dew point plays in how one feels while exercising outside. After this morning's run with Todd, Kara, and Jim, we all remarked at how muggy the air was and how the seven-miler wrung us out.

So, me being me, I went online when I got home and checked the stats. While it was only 75 degrees out, the humidity was 86% and the dew point was an uncomfortable 70 degrees. To reiterate, a dew point 60-69 is perceived by most as somewhat uncomfortable, 70-74 as very uncomfortable, and above 75 as being extremely uncomfortable.

Today the New York Times has a good article about how to avoid heatstroke. Definitely worth the short read. Some key takeaways include slowly acclimatizing to the heat over the course of days or even months and stopping if you truly feel bad.

Keep cool and keep running!

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