If the current pattern of weather holds up for Central Oregon, we will be looking at some warm temperatures for much of the race. While the evenings can be cool (they average in the lower 40’s, so be sure to bring the appropriate clothing), the heat is what we need to be sure we are prepared for. With proper planning, every team should be able to stay safe and have a good race. Here are some tips for staying cool during the heat of the day:
It’s very important to make sure that you continue to take in fluids, both while you are running and while you are in the van. You should be drinking to thirst throughout the day. This means that your team needs to support you (stopping on the side of the road and offering water and/or aid) often during your leg; every 1 1/2 to 2 miles on a very hot day. If each runner has their own water bottle, make sure it is filled at the start of their leg and monitor their usage for them. You might have to insist on making a stubborn runner take a drink, but it is worth their irritation to keep them safe. If you are running a leg with no van access, you can carry a hydration belt or handheld with your own fluids.
When you are not running, continue to hydrate and monitor the color of your urine if possible. This isn’t easy in the porta-potties, so at least note how often you are going.
Be sure to pack plenty of water for your van between exchange points. If you are in remote areas, there may not be any places to fill up. Check […]