Sunday, October 20, 2013

Preparing for the Run for a Cure Lagos 2013: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

I say this a lot, but you guys know it is really humid in Lagos. And running in that humidity is not easy. As you prepare for the big race, you are probably seeing that it is important to factor the heat in. But one thing you have to remember is that the heat also creates an added layer of necessity: hydration.

You have to properly hydrate for any race, seasoned runner or not. Your body loses so much water sweating as you run so it is absolutely necessary to replenish. However, for the Run for a Cure Africa Lagos, and any other races in a humid zone, remember that you lose water even faster and so you may need to replenish more.

How do you do this? Drink a lot of water the day before the race. But also, on race day, about two hours before the race, make sure you drink about 2 cups of water so your body is properly hydrated and ready to go. This is a short race so you probably won't need to constantly stop for water, but just in case, make sure you study where the water stations will be (if any). If there are no water stations, try to take your own just in case. 

People pass out from heat exhaustion all the time, especially running in warm areas. So please take the necessary precautions so your body doesn't get dehydrated! You can't cross that finish line if you are passed out somewhere, now can you?

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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