Marathoners prepare to run in the heat in Boston – “dangerously hot”

By Jennifer Sage On April 16, 2012 Under Business of Coaching/Teaching, Contraindications

First of all, good luck to all the runners in tomorrow’s Boston Marathon. I am always in awe of someone who can run for over 26 miles!

Mother Nature is planning a hot day in Boston, quite unusual for this early in the year. Here is an article by the Running Doc in the NY Daily News called Will 84-degree heat prove dangerous in Monday’s Boston Marathon? He gives specific tips for handling the heat, and mentions that whenever weather turns hot, there are more people who become ill at races.

This is a no-brainer, isn’t it? Heat can cause illness, injury or even death. One of the largest marathons in the world is taking huge steps to mitigate the risks to its runners, and it will be up to the runners to take responsibility by not pushing themselves too hard.

But it got me thinking once again of those silly programs that TURN UP the heat intentionally in indoor cycling classes! Remember my blog post from early January about Core Power Yoga who is launching an indoor cycling program in which they will turn the heat UP to 85 degrees at the start of class? After reading the major steps taken by marathon runners to avoid heat problems, I am once again dismayed and saddened by a so-called fitness program that will intentionally create a dangerous situation for members. Please, PLEASE reconsider! And if you are faced with a heated cycling class, run, don’t walk, to the nearest door (or fan)!

There is a studio in North Hollywood called Sweat Shoppe that also raises the temperature, but not quite as high as Core Power. They even say on their website, “think Bikram on a bike”. To their credit (or because they are smart enough to know many people will avoid hot classes), they offer two types of classes – one heated and one not. I would love to follow this trend and see how long it takes to just go away…

EDIT: while watching the race today, I found this website SB Nation with live streaming. This was the first paragraph:

The temperatures are dangerously hot — it’s already 78 degrees, with highs expected to reach into the upper-80s — so much so that the Boston Athletic Association encouraged runners to defer their entries to 2013.

They use the words “dangerously hot” and suggest runners wait a year. High 80s is “dangerously hot…and some cycling studios plan to go there on purpose….


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