I have officially determined my summer running schedule. As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently doing the 4 week post marathon recovery schedule and will finish it with the "Girls With Sole 5K" on June 20th. After the 5K I will be following the latter part of Hal Higdon's 1/2 marathon training schedule. During this training, I will also be running the "Smiles for Sophie Birthday Bash and Dash 5K" on the 4th of July. Sophie is the little girl that I ran the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon in memory of. The 4th of July was her birthday and this is the 3rd year that her parents have put on this race in her memory. It starts with a 5K run and then there is a celebration with all kinds of activities for the kids. It is a great way to honor Sophie's memory and to raise money for pediatric brain tumor awareness. After the 4th of July 5K I will finish my half marathon training schedule just in time to run the Chicago Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon on August 1st. I will be running it with 3 great friends. Our race entry included tickets to an Uncle Kracker concert so we will be heading to Chicago for the entire weekend. A girl's running trip of sorts!
Now onto the hydration part of this post. Summer running brings summer temperatures and an increased need for water/sports drinks during long runs to prevent dehydration. I speak from experience...dehydration is a unpleasant, serious, dangerous condition. My good friend Joe that recently ran 2 marathons 13 days apart for his friend Dom who is battling cancer just wrote a great post on hydration. Do yourself a huge favor and take the time to visit his blog and read about the importance of proper hydration and then do every runner out there a favor and post a link to Joe's blog so that this very important information gets to as many runners as possible. I know for a fact that Joe is more than happy to share his knowledge with us and has granted permission for his blog to be shared with all runners, old and new out there! http://joerunfordom.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/10-tips-for-running-in-the-heat/.
Tip number 1 stood out for me because I only drink about 16 ounces of water after any of my training runs. Apparently, I should drink 16 ounces per pound lost during a training run...yikes, I need to work on that one!!
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!