Boston Marathon – Getting Ready for Race Day

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 16, 2015

Dr. Cheri Blauwet is a member of the Women’s Sports Medicine team and two-time winner of the Boston Marathon women’s wheelchair division.

Today’s post is from Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics, and Dr. Cheri Blauwet, a member of the Women’s Sports Medicine team and two-time winner of the Boston Marathon women’s wheelchair division.

As we move into spring, road race season has come into full gear. Distance running is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and is available at distances from the mile to the marathon – and everything in between! Perhaps you are even training for the big event, our own Boston Marathon.

When thinking about race day, it is important to keep some basic principles in mind. By being well-prepared, your event is assured to be more fun and successful. Below are some tips.

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Hydration Guide for Runners

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital March 24, 2015

Adequate hydration can improve recovery, minimize injury and cramping, and maximize performance.

Maintaining hydration as a runner is important for health and performance. Water regulates our body temperature, removes waste, helps brings energy to our cells, and cushions our joints. Adequate hydration can improve recovery, minimize injury and cramping, and maximize performance.

When we run, we generate twenty times more heat than when we are at rest. We avoid cooking ourselves by sweating, which cools our bodies. However, sweating also leads to loss of water and electrolytes, including sodium and potassium. In fact, losing more than two to three percent of our body weight through fluid (3-5 pounds for a 150-pound person) can lead to dehydration. When we are dehydrated, we may be tired, get headaches, cramp, and have an increased heart rate. Performance can suffer.

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