- Fall Season: We have a packed schedule planned for this fall, featuring 12 races in six states! We'll kick things off in September withRace 13.1 Fayettevillenext Sunday (9/7) followed byRaleigh-Fallon 9/19,Little Rockon 9/20 andCharlotteon 9/27. You can view the complete fall schedulehere. Which race(s) will you be running?!
2016 RACES We know you're ready to see what we have in store for 2016! We'll be opening registration for SIX spring races, including two brand new locations (hint: Tennessee and Ohio), in the next few days, with plenty more to come in the next few weeks. Early bird pricing will be available for all these races, so you'll definitely want to register early! Stay tuned!
- Volunteers: Our races would not be successful without the help of our numerous (and awesome!) volunteers. Sign up to volunteer at one of our races, and you'll earnRace Bucks(credit) to use towards a future Race 13.1 event! To sign up, click on the "Volunteer" tab on the race page you'd like to volunteer for and complete the short form!
- Season Pass: We'll be updating our season pass policy and procedure for 2016. We'll be announcing the details very soon, so stay tuned for that as well! The 2015 season pass is still available for purchase! Visit Race131.com/SeasonPassfor details!
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This month's tip was written by Ashley Oerman for Women's Health Magazine. You can read the complete article here.
You know how effective and beneficial outdoor workouts are, and when the weather is just plain gorgeous, it's hard to pass up the opportunity to sweat outside. Unfortunately, though, summer heat and humidity are not always ideal workout buddies. Find out how to stay safe and when it's smarter to work out indoors:
The Dangers of Working Out When It's Too Hot Out
Although hotter temperatures can help you warm up faster, the health risks far outweigh that little benefit, says Keri Peterson, M.D., a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and a medical advisor for Women's Health. For starters, when you work out in super hot temperatures, your body sweats a lot to cool itself. Then your blood rushes to the skin to cool it, which means there's less blood in your muscles. That makes your blood pressure drop and your heart rate go up, which can sometimes cause you to feel lightheaded. As your body temperature climbs higher, you might feel nauseous and put yourself at risk for heat stroke, seizures, and heart rhythm problems. Overall, pushing yourself in this kind of heat is just a bad idea.
When You're Better Off Staying Indoors
Thing is, there's no official red-flag temperature, says Peterson. Why not? Because both heat and humidity impact how much work your body needs to do to cool itself. The reason humidity has such an effect on your workout is because moisture in the air prevents sweat from evaporating, which makes it harder for your body to keep your temperature under control, says Peterson. So she recommends using a heat index (here's one on weather.com), which uses both the temperature and humidity level to calculate how hot it actually feels outside, to help you decide whether to lace up your shoes outdoors or not. Peterson says when the heat index hits 90 degrees, you should head to your air-conditioned gym instead. For example, though the thermometer might say it's 84 degrees out, when the humidity hits 75 percent, it really feels like it's 92 degrees outside, according to the heat index chart. That means you're in the danger zone for working out. [CONTINUE READING]