Hydration When Running in The Summer Months

It will be a tough challenge on your body when the conditions are temperate while you are going on a marathon. Even athletes that have been running for years have at least some difficulty. But a more difficult challenge is running during the summer. The summer brings high humidity and temperatures that will take its toll on any marathon runner. Keeping yourself hydrated when you’re going on a marathon during the summer is a challenge in itself. Some studies have proven that performance worsens when temperatures rise. If you’re expecting the heat during the race in the summer to be extreme, then you should prepare your hydration. Drink water frequently before the race, during the race, and after the race. If you have proper hydration, then you’ll have an excellent performance during the race while staying healthy.

How You Should Be Hydrating

When athletes are participating in an extended activity, they still don’t hydrate correctly. Even when the conditions are humid and hot, which is when hydration is the most essential to keep in mind. Your body temperature significantly rises when you exercise in high-temperature conditions without the appropriate hydration. High body temperature will make your heatstroke risk increase. You will also have reduced blood pressure and volume, which leads to complications in your cardiovascular system. The muscles you use the most won’t get enough blood flow directed to them. It won’t harm how you’re performing when running, but your organs will be in danger, like your brain, liver, and kidneys. It would be a significant challenge to complete the race if your organs were to shut down. But you’ll feel the difficulty of moving your muscles since they won’t be getting the adequate amount of blood. So, you’ll notice before your organs start to fail.

Hydrating enough before and during the race will help cool your body down. It will help with your body’s temperature regulation processes. Your body’s internal core temperature lowers when you drink water. Lower body temperature helps prevent the issues that would arise with a higher body temperature when you’re running. Leading up to a race in the summer, you should be keeping yourself adequately hydrated. It is essential to be hydrated at least a day before the race since you need the hydration. You should be keeping yourself hydrated before the race since it will help your body with the process of acclimation. It will ensure that you don’t go on the race without enough hydration, which strains your muscles and heart. You’d have a challenging time running since the glycogen in your muscles would deplete quicker. Right before the race starts, drink something cold so that you’ll be set up to succeed.

It’s vital to keep hydrating after you finish the race. You don’t replace the body fluid lost during the race if you only hydrate during the race. In the summer, it will take more than hydrating during the race to replenish what you lost. Not being hydrated enough after a run will make the deficits from dehydration worsen. So, you should stay hydrated not only during but before and after the race. If you keep yourself hydrated, you’ll be able to race safely and successfully in the summer.