Tomorrow is the 4th of July (US) and this time of the year usually marks the start of 5K road race season! Almost every town has a 5K race either tomorrow, or within the next few days. Knowing that most people would be eating and drinking more than they normally do, what better time than now to run a 5K? This is a perfect time to burn the days calories so you don’t feel as guilty eating that second baked potato or even have a beer… or two? Yes, I’ll admit, I’ve always went back for seconds. At that point though, you can sit back and relax the rest of the day knowing that you’ve accomplished something that morning. I find it great to participate in holiday themed races because they tend to be very colorful and sometimes they kick off a days worth of festivities. You can enjoy parades, food, live music, and at the end of the day you get a fireworks show.
Something that should be always be priority for running this time of year is staying hydrated. The temperatures are hot and depending on where you live, can be very humid. You may find yourself swimming in a pool of sweat at the end of a workout. Be sure to hydrate immediately after your workout. Although, that shouldn’t really be the day where you’re drinking gallons of water at a time to hydrate. You should be drinking fluids throughout the week, or eating water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, celery, or tomatoes. If that’s not your style, try drinking a smoothie packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. Your body needs to refuel and hydrate so drink up, relax, and enjoy this time with your family and friends. Have a great 4th of July everyone and stay hydrated!