Today we have a tip of the day from professional triathlete Doug MacLean:
After seeing so many athletes struggle with the heat in races, even most recently at the Boston Marathon, it’s time to review a general pacing guideline for racing in the heat: if your heart rate is rising unusually high, or if you feel like you’re overcooking… SLOW DOWN! It may seem like a good idea to keep pushing, but all you’ll do is continue to raise your body temperature and dig a deeper hole. It’s important to slow down and re-hydrate (walking at aid stations can be a huge help) to allow your core temperature to return to normal levels. After your body temp drops a bit, then you can get back to runnin’ fast!