81 degrees at 5 am??? YES, that is Chicago in July. It is HOT HOT HOT out there. I did 5 miles this am in the blazing heat, sweating buckets all the way. This was the first run that I really didn't even want to go in the house afterwards, as the sweat was dripping off me. It got me to thinking about how much I should be drinking on these runs and how do I replace all that sweat I have lost. So I did a little research and here is what I found.
Your sweat loss is dependent on a few factors including age, temperature, genetics, gender and cardiovascular fitness level. Its hard to measure exactly how much you lose but a great way is to weigh yourself (naked of course) before and after your run.
You need to replace what you are losing so to do this you need to drink about 16 ounces for every 1 pound you have lost. This should be Gatorade, coconut water or just plain old tap water. Sorry your morning coffee or happy hour margaritas don't count!
Be safe out there runners, drink up, slow your pace and wear good wicking gear...check back for more blogs on heat related safety!
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Run Happy! --Dr Misty