Ask The Running Doc: How Can I Train & Race In The Heat?

 

Drink Enough, But Not Too Much

Drink throughout the day, so that your urine remains the color of lemonade: clear you are drinking too much, iced tea color you are drinking too little. Everyone has their own fluid needs based on their unique metabolism. Don’t rely of calculations which may be wrong for a number of reasons. Rely on your “thirst” and watch your urine color!

Sports drinks are better than water, especially in the heat, because the sugar and salt they contain form an “active pump” that transports fluid to cells more quickly than water alone. Any exercise longer than 30 minutes you should be consuming sports drinks exclusively, not watered down, for the most efficient, healthiest way to hydrate.

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