One of my grandma’s by marriage was famous for saying, “What a weather!” Well she was right! I have lived in the Chicagoland area since 1991, yet I am still amazed with the incredible temperature changes that can occur in just one day! Yesterday it was 94, currently it is 51. A thermal mood swing like this used to cause great consternation, now I smirk, shrug my shoulders and marvel at how powerless I am.
As a runner, weather conditions must be accounted for and then one must make the proper adjustments. 97 degrees and whatever percent humidity must be respected, but it does not mean you have to take the day off or move to Eugene, Oregon. The last time I checked, Northern Africa can get pretty hot, yet some of the fastest distance runners of all-time hail from there. The human body is amazing, it can adapt to any environment. This adaptation requires wisdom, but even without it, humans can be seen without a shirt in Green Bay at a playoff game or in a caravan traveling across Iraq in the middle of the summer.
So what can I do to adjust to the heat? A partial answer – Water! A more complete answer – water with a pinch of sea salt. Adding a pinch of sea salt to your drinking water will help you better absorb the water into your tissues and cells. Sea salt also contains trace minerals that are essential for life. For more information follow the links below:
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