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Run with Dad
There will always be people who like pushing their bodies to the limit by exercising outdoors on hot summer afternoons. But unless you pay careful attention to hydration and replenishing electrolytes that you sweat away, you can do your body more harm than good by working out hard in the heat.
As MisFits columnist Vicky Hallett wrote last week, many athletes are taking to working out in the evening, when the air has cooled a bit. Some races, including the Georgetown Running Company’s Father’s Day 8K, are now scheduled in the early evening.
If you’re like most of us, rejiggering your exercise schedule means overhauling your whole day. But it’s worth trying. Give it a shot — perhaps at the Father’s Day run — and see how it goes.
The second annual Father’s Day 8K, sponsored by the Georgetown Running Company, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The course starts and ends at the plaza at Potomac and Grace streets in Georgetown; the course follows the C&O Canal, with the turnaround at the Fletcher’s Boat House parking lot.
Though the race is scheduled to cap National Men’s Health Week, women are, of course, welcome to run, too. As Eduardo Rincon, manager of the Georgetown Running Company store, noted, “there are a lot of women who play both father and mother” to their kids.
Registration is $30 until Saturday; on race day, it’s $40. Kids’ registration is $5. The race takes place rain or shine.
And if Dad needs extra incentive, all participants are invited to happy hour at Chadwicks in Georgetown after the race. You know, to stay hydrated.
(Dads, there’s good reason for you to do this with your kids. Research shows that fathers who adopt healthful habits such as losing weight and exercising can influence their children to do the same. Awards will be given to the top father-daughter and father-son pairs.)
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