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Friday, 6 July 2012

Focus On: Headaches

A lot of novice runners give up quickly thanks to little niggles. Here, I address those problems and solve them so you can get out there and run! Or at least you'll have answers for all those lazy buggers who come up with excuses not to run with you.


A lot of new runners complain about headaches during and after a run. The culprit? Usually dehydration.

As you run your body heats up and you sweat to cool down. Even if you're not running very far or very fast, you nee to remember to re-hydrate your body. As a general rule, when you're training and working out regularly try to drink at least 2.5 - 3 litres of water a day - more if it's hot.

If you're run lasts more than about half an hour you'll probably want to take a drink with you. Something sport focused like Lucozade Sport will help to replace lost electrolytes and give you a carb boost too. If you're still struggling consider using re-hydration sachets before and after a run. Also wear a peaked cap and sunglasses to block out glare which can be another trigger factor.

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