It might sound like odd advice from someone who ran 50 miles in 7 hours, 7 minutes on Saturday.
But Christy Nielsen, certified running coach and Olympic marathon qualifier, says the key to training in hot, humid weather is to take it easy.
“You’ve got to take a step back and realize you can’t run as fast,” said Nielsen, who won the women’s division of the Lean Horse 50 Mile in the Black Hills.
“It’s OK. I promise you, the first nice day we have you’ll feel like a million dollars.’’ But if you don’t ease up in this kind of intense heat, she said, “you’ll pay for it.”
As of Wednesday, at least 17 people had sought medical help from Omaha-area emergency rooms for heat-related illness. A few were due to exercising.
Alegent Creighton Clinic’s Dr. Sean Mullendore, is quoted in this article as an expert on sports medicine.
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