In typical Nebraska fashion the cool crisp air of spring has been replaced by the blazing heat and humidity of summer in what seems like a day. As the heat continues to rise hydration become a very important issue for runners. If you're not properly hydrated not only does your performance suffer but it could also lead to more dangerous conditions. At Peak Performance we want to see everyone having fun in the sun, and with a few tips you can beat the heat.
1. Make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day. We literally run on water and most people aren't getting enough water throughout the day and that can lead to issues during your run. Checking your urine pre-run is an easy way to see if you're hydrated. If your urine is the color of iced tea you should drink more, if it’s the color of lemonade or clearer you're good to go.
2. Electrolytes, such as those in sports drinks can help stave off dehydration. When your body is losing sodium though sweat, it’s essential to replace those lost to keep your performance up.
3. Post run, drink until you’re satisfied. Everyone is a little different and there really is no generic amount of water set for everyone.
Following these simple steps will keep you going through the heat of summer.
Stay thirsty my friends.