Post-meet pool party in the steeplechase pit?? #BeatTheHeat
— BC Athletics (@BC_Athletics) July 3, 2018
There’s a heatwave going on in much of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, and this poses some concern for recreational and elite runners alike. As the Canadian Track and Field Championships get underway in Ottawa today, the temperature is 35 C with humidex. Athletics Canada has tweeted some measures they’re taking to keep athletes from overheating, and we had a little fun adapting them for the regular runners among us.
*Free water for spectators and athletes
Adapted version: Pack water. Electrolytes too.
— The Running Rarebits (@RunningRarebits) July 4, 2018
*Misting stations for athletes and spectators
Adapted version: Plan your route so you can circle back home to run through your sprinkler every 20 minutes. Alternatively, you could always hang a spray-bottle or plant mister off the waistband of your shorts.
*Trained medical team and responders on-site
Adapted version: If your partner isn’t a medical professional, or they’re not available to support you should you develop heatstroke, then take all necessary precautions to avoid succumbing.
*Cold tubs (for athletes)
Sorry, spectators are not invited to join athletes in the cold tub. (Or the steeplechase pit.) Adapted version: A post-run ice bath. Fill your bathtub with cold water and add all the ice in your freezer. You could even buy a bag of ice or two to enhance the experience. If all else fails, a cold shower will help cool your jets.