Hydration is it only a summer problem?

Summer is quickly coming to an end but depending on where you live you may still have plenty of hot days left before the cooler fall weather comes.  During my 28 years or running I have experience hot days often when you think the cooler fall weather is here and all of a sudden out of the blue at 90 degree day.

If you choose to run or exercise in the warm weather you have no doubt  heard a lot about hydration and the need to properly hydrate.  Hydration means your body is at its full capacity to hold  water in your tissues.  This can actually take several hours to accomplish.  Most athletes should begin to hydrate more than 24 hours before they compete.   When you are not properly hydrated you will quickly lose the ability to sweat (which is your body’s way of self-regulating your internal temperature) and a big factor in all endurance activities.  Your body is like a car engine, it needs to find a balance between being warmed up and overheated.  If you feel thirsty and them start to hydrate it is too late your body will them have to work harder to regulate its temperature.  My college cross-country coach use to tell us is your urine is dark drink, if it is clear you are properly hydrated.  Many athletes run into problems  as the cooler weather roles in and all of a sudden a hot day hits the area.  I ran the 1999 Boston Marathon  the temperature at the start of the marathon was  52 degrees  by the finish it was 72 degrees and sunny not a cloud in the sky.  Thousand of runners where not expecting temperatures like that on an April day in Boston resulting in lots of not properly hydrated runners.  I have also witnessed runners have problems with dehydration problems in Cross Country meets at the end of October.

Summer is quickly coming to an end but depending on where you live you may still have plenty of hot days left before the cooler fall weather comes.  During my 28 years or running I have experience hot days often when you think the cooler fall weather is here and all of a sudden out of the blue at 90 degree day.

If you choose to run or exercise in the warm weather you have no doubt heard a lot about hydration and the need to properly hydrate.  Hydration means your body is at its full capacity to hold water in your tissues.  This can actually take several hours to accomplish.  Most athletes should begin to hydrate more than 24 hours before they compete.   When you are not properly hydrated you will quickly lose the ability to sweat (which is your body’s way of self-regulating your internal temperature) and a big factor in all endurance activities.  Your body is like a car engine, it needs to find a balance between being warmed up and overheated.  If you feel thirsty and them start to hydrate it is too late your body will them have to work harder to regulate its temperature.  My college cross-country coach use to tell us is your urine is dark drink, if it is clear you are properly hydrated.  Many athletes run into problems as the cooler weather roles in and all of a sudden a hot day hits the area.  I ran the 1999 Boston Marathon the temperature at the start of the marathon was  52 degrees  by the finish it was 72 degrees and sunny not a cloud in the sky.  Thousand of runners where not expecting temperatures like that on an April day in Boston resulting in lots of not properly hydrated runners.  I have also witnessed runners have problems with dehydration problems in Cross Country meets at the end of October.

It is a myth that you only have hydration problems in the summer.  The athletes are not thinking about hydration because the hot days are over but they don’t realize that even when the weather gets cooler they still need to be hydrated to reach their full potential in the race.

The easiest way to hydrate is to have a water bottle and keep it with you taking sips during the day (starting the day before a race) and sip on it during the day.

It is a myth that you only have hydration problems in the summer.  The athletes are not thinking about hydration because the hot days are over but  they don’t realize that even when the weather gets cooler they still need to be hydrated to reach their full potential in the race.

The easiest way to hydrate is to have a water bottle and keep it with you taking sips during the day (starting the day before a race) and sip on it during the day.

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