Here’s an article titled “Myths About Running in Heat” in Running Times Magazine that I thought you’d like. I certainly liked reading how training in the heat might help performance in cooler races. I’ve decided to believe this wholeheartedly. (102 good training degrees here today.) My favorite part is the message to “drink to thirst” – and how weighing yourself is not the way to figure out how much fluid you should be drinking.
“One concern Dugas sees is that people confuse the ideas of fluid balance and volume replacement. Fluid balance is the key to maintaining performance. I’m not sure what people think of when they think of fluid balance, but I suspect they imagine it like a scale where losses equal gains,” he says. “That’s where people need to change their thinking. Being fluid balanced means you keep that fluid concentration the same inside and outside the cells.” Drinking even half of what you sweat out during a race will accomplish this goal, a wonderful revelation for those who have suffered bloated runs for far too long.”
Other exciting news: I had an arborist/landscaper come and take a look at our yard yesterday. I’ll get his proposal today and I’ve got all fingers and toes crossed that it’s somewhat affordable. Certainly our live oaks need professional help. We have not tended to them as we should in this drought and they are all considering giving up the ghost. After that, I really just need some help with design and some maintenance guidelines. I’m happy to do the work. I’ve got action if they’ve got affordable vision.
And: I’m talking with a running buddy (www.tim-runs.com) about working on this blog site a bit — so it’s more user-friendly… and wildly attractive.
Running log: 35 minutes (foot’s still happy)
Nutrition log: (um, yes, the calories are a bit low because I’m working on dropping some Guinness weight from Ireland.)