Summer 2018 is an ongoing heat wave. Most people love the warm weather, but there comes a point when it starts to get uncomfortable. And that point is here.
With the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon held annually in early May, most of your Indy Mini training takes place through the late winter and spring conditions – a usually unpredictable but fun time to train.
For your little runners preparing for the 500 Festival mini-mini in August, the weather conditions can take over at times. They’re not training for 13.1 miles, but they need to be ready for the summer heat at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here are a few tips to help them beat the heat and stay safe through their summer running, or any outdoor summer activities!
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after running or playing.
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing (not black or dark colors).
- Find shaded areas to run and play. They can cool you down as much as 10-15 degrees.
- Make sure they listen to their bodies. Tell them not to be a hero!
- Foods that fight the muscle cramps – Things like bananas, watermelon, and celery are great food sources that combat dehydration. Surprisingly, things like beans and sweet potatoes are, too!
- Limit extended periods of time outdoors. Run or play in 15-20 minute increments with sufficient break times.
- The cool down: Find a pool, a hose, sprinklers, or any way to cool off after! A quick cool down of your body temperature is super important, but also fun after breaking a sweat.
Most importantly, get them training for The Greatest Spectacle in (Kids) Running at the 500 Festival mini-mini at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 26! Register today for just $15!