Doc’s Talk from Andrew Laurence’s previous synopsis:
Dr. Scaff talked about how to prevent overheating. If we don’t dissipate enough heat, we overheat and collapse. Heat is a byproduct of work, and as you begin to exercise your body temperature rises and your body produces sweat to dissipate heat. Evaporation is the most effective way to cool down through heat exchange. Running singlets help keep you cooler than if you run without a shirt on because as the singlet wicks and holds the moisture from the body, air is allowed to circulate around you through the holes in the material, promoting evaporation, which keeps you cooler. Light colored clothing is better for keeping cool than dark colored clothing. Cotton shirts are not as good at exchanging heat as tech shirts.
Another important factor in preventing overheating is to drink enough liquid. You should drink an amount of fluids that enable you to: 1) Urinate within 4 hours of your run, and 2) Have colorless urine once per day. Drinking water and eating pretzels will do a fine job of replenishing your electrolytes. Continue reading