I wish that there was no “Part II” to this saga, but unfortunately there continue to be things that runners do that boggle my mind. We’re generally a pretty good bunch, and this doesn’t have to do with how some runners annoy the masses with their ineptitude like my last post on this subject, but with the crazy habits that some runners have as a result of some pretty poor information.
This morning I went for a bit of a run and saw a middle-aged woman doing the same. It was quite hot outside: about 27C and felt like 36C with the 75% humidity. A middle-aged woman running is nothing to write about. I see them all the time. The difference here was that the lady was wearing a full sweatsuit, and I could see saran wrap (or some plastic substance) coming up out of her jacket at the neck and hands. That’s just plain stupid.
Somehow someone out there said that people could lose more weight if they sweat more. Maybe it was the whole “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” craze or whatever, but making yourself sweat more is not a good idea on an already hot day. Dehydration is something you need to battle on days like this, not help along. The problem with the idea of sweating yourself to higher weight loss is that it’s true. That’s right, totally true. You’ll lose more weight. The problem is that it’s water weight.
Worse than that, the issue is compounded by not allowing her body to breathe. By stifling the body’s ability to cool down by wrapping up in plastic, this lady was basically speeding up the dehydration process!
For some great tips on running in the heat, check out this article from the Road Runners Club of America.
Do yourself a favour and get out there for a run… but don’t be an idiot!