Two years ago, the temperatures on the Friday of the relay were near 100º. Last year, the temperatures were in the mid-80ºs.
Guess which year had the most problems with runners dealing with heat exhaustion?
If you guessed last year, you would be correct.
When the mercury nears 100º, we all know what to do. Drink lots of water. Slow down. Seek shade. But when the temperatures are in the 80s, we are tempted to throw that solid advice out the window. 80º just doesn’t seem that hot, but for most of us living here in the Pacific Northwest, it is more than warm enough to give us problems. We need to make sure that we treat an 80º degree day as we would treat a 100º and take the precautions necessary to keep us safe on the course. What do these precautions include?
If you are thirsty, drink. Especially while you are running. The bigger you are, the harder you work, the more out of shape you are, the more you need to pay attention to how much you are sweating and how much you are taking in. Make sure that you are also getting electrolytes while you are drinking – you can pick up electrolyte tabs that you add to your drinks or pills you take with water at your local running store. The elevation of this course (4500 feet) will make some extra demands on those of us who live at sea level, so bring extra water for the day. Continue to hydrate even when you are not running; hopping in and out of vans and being out in the sun will take its toll as well. Here are some good tips from Runner’s World.