My house is on fire, and it’s the morning of the marathon. Let’s hope this never happens. Let’s also hope that running a marathon isn’t the first thing on my mind! But just go with my silly hypothetical situation for a minute. If I could only grab one piece of marathon gear to use, what would it be?
In the last post we discussed that fuel and fluids are essential during training. The experts recommend consuming up to 80 grams of carbohydrates and 24 ounces (710 mL) of fluids per hour while running. So whether you’ve chosen to re-fuel in fluid or non-fluid form, you’re going to need to carry fluids. Does this mean you will need to lug around a jug of water while running a marathon? Not exactly. Then, where in the world are you going to find oodles of fuel and fluids while running 26.2?
This post could save your life. Running a marathon might sound straightforward. Keep running for 26.2 miles, and that’s all there is to it, right? Wrong! The physiology behind marathoning is complicated. It is also serious. Today we will cover an aspect of marathoning that directly impacts your safety.