Sunday, August 1, 2010

Training for A Race #1

PROPER HYDRATION: The Secret of Successful Runners 
Running is considered as one of the hottest fitness activities in the country today. More and more people are getting hooked on the sport for its convenience, accessibility and the challenges the come with it. With the right training and motivation, almost anyone can be a runner.

But unlike other sports that use equipment to play, seasoned runners know that they only have their bodies to rely on during competitions. That said, keeping one’s body properly hydrated, far more than picking up speed, spells all the difference in finishing the race.

Here are some tips to maintaining a well-hydrated physique during a race:

Marathons don’t start at the starting line.
Joining a marathon in a week? Then this is the perfect time to edit your diet. Too much salt inhibits your body of liquids and basically creates a machine that’s made to be dehydrated fast. Instead, feast on water-filled food items such as watermelon to add to your body’s natural reservoir of agua.

Water stations are a runner’s best friend.
Take advantage of pit stops that are dispersed through out the race track that offer water and other food items as you run. It will help you keep your pace as you go through every stretch of kilometer ahead. And don’t drink only when thirsty.
As you run, your body already loses copious amounts of water through your sweat and to wait until your thirsty is already a sign that your body is already dehydrated. It will be much harder to recover from this state and will slow you down tremendously.

It’s not just how you move; it’s also what you wear.
Thanks to modern technology, some running gear brands now offer clothing products that actually help its wearer stay cool and hydrated. Due to the science behind its fabric, it keeps air flow steady that enables runners not to be moving heat traps and in the process not lose so much water.

Not all runners are created equal.
With the help of a medical professional, know how much water your body actually needs which is also based on your weight and your stamina. This will help you better assess your body as you go through the race as there is such a thing called over hydration. By principle, faster runners need more water as they lose more as they run while slower runners, significantly less. At the end of the day, knowing your body well will help you finish that run.

Your game plan for hydration is an important aspect of your preparation, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner. Remember that your primary tool in this sport is your body and it’s wise to nourish it with what it’s made of.         

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