Doc’s Talk 10-30-2011

Dr. Scaff talked about APEC and its impact on The Honolulu Marathon Clinic, over-training, the Turkey Trot, and our Post-Marathon Tent.

APEC & The Honolulu Marathon Clinic
Gary Cabato, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City & County of Honolulu, has confirmed that Kapiolani Park will be open to the Marathon Clinic Sunday, November 06 and 13 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 meeting, however, there will be no parking available near the Bandstand or on Monsarrat Avenue.  Kalakaua Avenue, Ala Wai Blvd., and Kuhio will be closed intermittently, and Kapahulu Avenue will be crowded.

Recommended route for driving to the Honolulu Marathon Clinic during APEC:
If you are coming in from the Ewa side on H-1, take the King Street Exit and drive up Harding and around the backside of Diamond Head.  If coming from town or the east side, make your way around the backside of Diamond Head. Parking will be available on the side of Kapiolani Park where the Marathon Clinic meets.  The Marathon Clinic will meet at its regular time.

Dr. Scaff reemphasized his point from last week that you’ve got the training in your body now.  Some people are still talking about doing 18-mile runs, but if this is your first marathon it is recommended that you do not do any run longer than 16 miles.  You’ve only got one marathon in your body your first year, so don’t let it out of your body by overtraining.  If you’ve done marathons before it may be okay for you to do an 18-mile training run, but not recommended.

Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot is the next important event in your life.  It prepares you for the marathon by giving you practice running a consistent pace.  People whose pace varies more than 5 seconds per mile, especially in the first half of the race, will “hit the wall” or perform worse in the marathon.  If you plan to run with a friend in the marathon and they start to take off faster, let them go and run the pace you need to run.

Post-Marathon Tent
This year, the Honolulu Marathon Clinic will have a post-marathon tent.  If you want to partake of the food and massages available at this tent, bring $10 for food and drink, and $10 for the massage.

For some good reading on nutrition, Dr. Scaff recommends everyone check out the daily postings on Dr. Alan Titchenal’s “Got Nutrients?” web site:

Here is a recent posting from the “Got Nutrients?” web site:

October 27, 2011
Dehydration is clearly a risk during a long athletic event like a marathon. However, consumption of excess fluids during a marathon is risky as well. Over-hydration can lead to dangerous cellular swelling that even affects brain function.

Consumer Link
Marathon runners who drink too much water are at risk of a deadly condition

Research Link
Br J Sports Med 2011;45:646-649.