I was out with Vanessa pretty early yesterday and still got very warm. With our minds so full of ‘global pandemic’ it can be hard to think about the normal safety stuff but it doesn’t mean it’s not important! With more lovely weather forecast it’s worth thinking about the following when you head out:
You’re not dressed unless you’re wearing sunscreen. Little John and I can attest to this now sporting rather peculiar cyclist suntan marks! Wear as little as possible, light colours and loose fitting material that helps to wick away moisture. A cap or visor is a great idea especially if you’re going to be out for a while.
Time and Place
Go early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler. Try and choose a route with shade however solo runners and walkers also need to consider the safety angles of running through the woods. Running near water will help you to feel cooler. Give someone an idea of where you are going and remember to carry your ICE details.
If it’s hot you’re most likely going to go slower – accept it. Try to schedule your hard / speed sessions for another day when it’s cooler.
Going out for 45 minutes or less then just ensure you drink plenty of water before and after. Going out for much longer and you need to consider carrying drink with you. You’ll need Sports drinks to help you replace the electrolytes you lose through sweating.
Some medication requirements can change with the season especially hay fever and asthma. Be sure to have your inhaler or any other medical requirements on your person. The insects are out in force so you might want a quick spray with insect repellent before you go out and some anti histamine cream back home just in case you do get a bite!
Watch your Step
It’s been a very dry few weeks and the trails already looking hard-packed and stony. The heat tends to make you more tired so be sure to keep picking up your knees and hopefully your feet will follow! Experience shows that whilst we have plenty of slips and trips in the mud it’s the falls on the hard, stony ground that have the worst affect. Please be careful.
Watch out for Humans / Cows / Dogs / Ponies
I’ve never seen Sutton Park so busy. It’s one of the few local parks with car parks still open. Earlier or later in the day is quieter but whenever you go be prepared to come across a range of fauna! Stay calm and quiet and give a wide berth would be my general advice at this time!
Stay Safe SE Fitness xx