This month the country celebrated its Independence Day and Mammoth Lakes celebrated the 12th Annual Footloose Freedom Mile! We had 500 participants in this year’s race, 50% of which are under age 12. We also saw a course record on the women’s side, Mo Lee Thornburg of Bishop won in 5:12, smashing the course record by 1 second! All runners… and walkers received a mini America flag upon crossing the finish line to wave during the annual Fourth of July parade. The race raises money for the Mammoth Track Club and the Mammoth High School Cross Country Running Teams!
A few weeks ago, MTC Elite athletes, Daniel Tapia and Reid Buchanan, raced in our U.S. National Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, CA. The track meet was contested in 100+ degree heat, adding a bit of a challenge for each competitor. Up first was Daniel in the men’s 10,000m race, shortly after the gun went off, he found himself in the lead for the first 6 laps of the 25-lap race. Daniel finished in a strong 30:25 for the distance… now he is onto marathon training! Reid Buchanan had a superb race, finishing 8th in the men’s 5,000m run. His time, just 4 seconds off of his personal best time, was 13:31 for the 12.5 lap race. Both of these men’s performances earned them a professional contract with Skechers Performance.
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
If you plan on training in Mammoth Lakes this summer, make sure your hydration is on point! And I’m not just talking during your training; I’m talking about 24 hours a day! When an athlete trains at altitude they loose water much quicker than at sea level. There are a couple of reasons for this… first, there’s low humidity in Mammoth Lakes (8000’), so your body tries to equalize with the environment. I.e. the dryer the climate, the quicker the water from your body evaporates. Second, and the biggest factor, we breathe more frequently up here! Our respiratory rates increase as we get to higher and higher altitudes. When we take a breath, our body assimilates the oxygen, breaking it into two components, water and carbon dioxide. What happens to the water we produce, we exhale it out (think: breathing on your lenses to clean your sunglasses). Since we breathe more rapidly at 8000’, we loose more water!
Drink water throughout the day! Aim to drink 4-6 oz. of water each and every hour you are awake, and… that increases in volume with activity. If you plan on going for a run over an hour in length, consider drinking 2-3 oz. of fluid every 20-30 minutes. Also, get out in the early morning to avoid the heat of the day!
Attention Athletes! Muscles cramp when you do not adequately hydrate or eat well. Muscles just don’t cramp for NO reason, there’s a deficiency somewhere and that needs to be identified if an athlete is cramping when on a run or hike. Take responsibility of putting in you’re body!
Limit your caffeine intake; this will insure that you are keeping in all the fluids and electrolytes for when you need them. The Looney Bean, Black Velvet and Stellar Brew don’t want to hear this but coffee has a way of depleting an athlete of their vital water stores and electrolytes needed for training. Personally I have switched to drinking decaf coffee in the afternoons to help preserve my water/electrolyte balance!