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Runners not letting extreme heat get in their way

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Cassie Sadler says training to run 10 miles for the upcoming Crim Races isn’t exhausting. What’s exhausting is trying to train for a 10 mile run, in 90 degree heat.

“It really takes a lot out of you, especially at the hilly parts. A lot of times you just want to give up. I hate this,” she said.

Sadler tries train early in the morning or late in the evening, when the sun isn’t beating down on her tennis shoes quite so much. And of course, she’s constantly hydrating.

“People carry it with them. You can buy things to wear on your waist, or carry it in your hand. Some people hide water strategically around their neighborhoods,” Sadler said.

Dr. Sanford Ross at Genysis Regional Medical Center said staying hydrated is crucial for exercising in high temperatures.

“In the heat, especially a dry heat, you lose moisture and you just don’t realize it. You don’t sweat it, it just evaporates as soon as it reaches your skin,” Ross said.

Ross said drinks like Gatorade are just fine to rehydrate, but watch the sugar.

As for Sadler, she said she'll keep her eye on the prize of running the Crim Race, but she’ll make sure she keeps an eye on what her body is telling her in this heat.

“Not only the sense of accomplishment, yea I can run 10 miles. It’s the support from the community from an event like this. It’s a lot of fun,” Sadler said. 

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