Benefits of summer Running
Cramps are more common on hot days. The best ways to avoid them are staying well hydrated and taking a mineral supplement that contains the electrolytes that are lost in sweat: calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.
On hot, humid days you’re getting training effects that are similar to those that you get at altitude: more capillaries, more red blood cells and more efficient energy-conservation skills.
Sprinters actually prefer heat: muscle injuries are less likely when you’re warm and loose. And the shorter the race, the less a runner is slowed down in hot weather. In summer conditions, consider track meets and road mile races rather than marathons.
Stuart Calderwood has coached runners of all levels, from beginners to Olympic Trials qualifiers, for more than 30 years. He currently coaches the Central Park contingent of NYRR Group Training.