Būband Ambassador Jocelyn Hall shares her tips and tricks for staying hydrated when the temperature rises.
Hello from hot and steamy Miami, FL! When I say hot and steamy, I sure mean it. As I am writing this, it is after 10 p.m. and the “feels like” temperature is still 95 degrees (35 Celsius).
During the height of summer, I just try to keep my fitness up so I don’t have to start from scratch the first week of August. Staying relatively fit is important, as I will be running the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon in January and I’m aiming for a new personal record. It will be the fourth marathon I’ve trained for and, once again, I will be a group leader with one of the best training programs in South Florida, Team Footworks!
For me, summer running requires a great deal of preparation; I hydrate like it is a part-time job, carrying around a 32 oz cup of water at all times and making sure I drink at least four of those daily – that’s 16 cups of water!
I hydrate like it is a part-time job, carrying around a 32 oz cup of water at all times and making sure I drink at least four of those daily – that’s 16 cups of water!
On Fridays, I make my own electrolyte drink made of mineral salts, blue agave and lemon juice, which tastes similar to a lemon Gatorade, and I also drink a big bottle of coconut water. It all sounds excessive but the constant intake of fluids is key given the amount of sweating I do – by the time I finish running, I look more like I’ve gone for a swim in the bay than a morning run!
Staying well hydrated is just as important in my “off season” as it is when I run regularly. That’s because I also incorporate cross-training into my schedule: two mid-week one-hour runs, two days of stability/strength training, “runges” (a combination of running and lunging), squats and modified core work. The stronger I can become now, the less chance of injury later.
The stronger I can become now, the less chance of injury later.
I can’t wait for my season to officially begin and for the weather to be cooler. Did I say cooler? I really mean slightly less humid. After all, this is South Florida and we only have two seasons, hot and really hot… I look forward to keeping you updated with my progress. Stay tuned!
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager