Boston Marathon weekend is here! In two days, Beth Ann and I will be heading out to Hopkinton to cross the starting line and make our way along the 26.2 miles of road ending in downtown Boston. The experience is sure to be one we will never forget and both the nerves, anticipation and excitement are all starting to really kick in.
To all the other runners out there, please be safe. To fans along the course, please support runners with water, ice, cold towels, whatever you might be able to do. If you see a runner struggling, ask if they are okay. The anticipated heat is going to be intense and below is a message from the Boston Athletic Association.
Saturday, April 14, 2012 as of 11:30 a.m.
Run at a slower pace and maintain hydration.
You should frequently take breaks by walking instead of running.
This will not be a day to run a personal best. If you choose to run, run safely above all else. Speed can kill.
Heat stroke is a serious issue and is related to intensity of running as well as the heat and humidity.
Good hydration is important but over hydration can also be a problem. Thirst is an indication that you are under-hydrated. You should maintain hydration levels slightly greater than your hydration program in your training, but not excessively so.
Even the fittest athletes, that take precautions can still suffer serious heat illness. Recognizing symptoms of heat illness in yourself and others is critical , this may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. If you experience any of these, stop running immediately and if symptoms persist seek medical attention.
Boston Marathon Co-Medical Directors,
Dr. Pierre d’Hemecourt and Dr. Sophia Dyer