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I’m sure many of you have heard about the crazy weather we’ve had in the Western U.S. recently. So you would think people would be cautious when engaging in outdoor exercise, wouldn’t you? Ah, but you’d be wrong as shown by this recent news report from NBC News.com:

“Heat temperatures continued to melt away Sunday in Southern California amid a heat wave that is scorching the southwestern United States.

In the San Gabriel Valley, runners at the fifth annual Pasadena Marathon were being advised to drink plenty of water. Organizers had iced towels at the support stations for the race.

Race director Israel Estrada said lots of extra water had been purchased on Saturday. The projected high for Pasadena on Sunday is 104 degrees, but that peak will come well after the runners have completed their race.

Nonetheless, at least 12 runners experienced heat-related illnesses, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. She said six people were transported to hospitals in serious condition during the race, which had in May seen its longest event reduced to a 13.1-mile half-marathon.

Some runners seemed to show the effects of the heat when they slowed down at the end of the race, according to Derderian, stopping 100 feet from the finish line. She described cooling buses at the finish line as full to capacity.”

Ain’t endotoxemia a hoot? Sure sounds like a good time was had by all if nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and passing out is your idea of a great way to spend a Sunday morning! Are people really this stupid? Silly question, I know.

So folks, if you know someone who is about to do something as asinine as engage in vigorous, prolonged exercise in temperatures that would make the devil himself sweat, email them my post on High-Intensity Exercise, Heat, and Endotoxemia. You may not be able to change their mind, but at least your conscience will be clear.

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