Our medical director, Sam Slishman, MD (of Pre-R – a donation-based mobile and virtual diagnostic medical service) joins us today to talk to us about some of the most important things to worry about during a race:
1. GI symptoms are the number 1 reason racers do not finish endurance events. While training, determine what works best for you and your team regarding carbs, fats, proteins and fluids. Planning your intake may be as important as your route. Also, think about how you may react as a team to vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration. Some things you can’t just power through.
2. Believe or not, blisters are number 2! It is important that you determine what works best for your feet ahead of time. A blister kit is a good thing for each team to carry. Please immerse yourself in www.fixingyourfeet.com t and nail down your foot care supplies. ED: May we recommend you check out RunGoo. (No, we’re not paid to tell you about them, it’s just an awesome product!)
3. If you have a medical condition like asthma, high blood pressure, or diabetes, it is required that you carry your own medications. Of course we will still be there for you in an emergency, but our meds are focused on emergency medical care only. (No Singulair, Pradaxa, Abilify, Adderall, Lyrica, etc…)