Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Heat! What heat?

Once again, KNB finds themselves against a so called boundary; one of heat. When temperatures begin to rise, at what point does one decide that it is "too hot" to run?

Every year, many of the worlds ultra athletes gather in one of the most desolate places on earth; Death Valley; to run the Badwater Ultra marathon. Here it is not uncommon for temperatures during the day to reach 120 F.

The Key - HYDRATION and proper protection. As the temperatures begin to rise, we begin to "sweat like a pig", so we need to ensure that proper precautions are taken.
I am not sure that pigs actually sweat, but you get the idea.


KNB was in Oman where the summer has not quite started yet however the temperatures were still in the 90s. Sunglasses & proper headgear were essential.

Here yours truly was getting in a few "hot" miles while listening to some motivating tunes. Somehow I think the flames on my bandana are appropriate, eh?

We need to be hydrating on a regular basis & not only when we feel thirsty. By the time we experience thirst, we are already slightly dehydrated. If we continue to push ourselves without proper hydration, we are in route to some serious problems. During a sponsored event, we need to take advantage of the aid stations & drink at EACH STOP. Depending upon the distance between aid stations or in the case when we are just "out for a long run" on our own, it is not only wise, but essential that we carry water with us. We can always learn from the example of others (even if they are one of our furry friends!)


God Bless You & drink up!

Ken

1 comment:

T Z said...

Good post K2. Are you stateside yet??