103 miles in one week
As fitness trainer Patrice White enters week two of her quest to run 380 miles to mark her 38th birthday, she has already clocked 102.36 miles. But White is not on this journey alone, as she has invited Jamaicans to join her by forming their own teams to collectively clock the same number of miles.
#DynamicPat380, has moved beyond Jamaican shores. There are now 35 groups across Jamaica, South Korea, Japan, Canada, The United States, Barbados, Trinidad and the Cayman Islands.
As White racks up the miles in her quest, which is supported by the national healthy living initiative, Jamaica Moves, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has put his sneakers where his mouth is and taken White up on her challenge, joining her in an early-morning run last Tuesday. He told Outlook: "The Ministry of Health through its programme Jamaica Moves, is proud to support Patrice as she seeks to do 380 miles in one month. We hope that individuals who are following her journey will be inspired by her commitment and dedication and use it as a catalyst for their own lives to set realistic goals that will help them to achieve optimal health. Pat, we are with you along the way and though I, personally, may not cover 380 miles, you sure are inspiring me to push harder!"
As the miles add up, so does the temperature. With summer in full effect, it is important that you are properly hydrated for any form of physical activity that you are undertaking. This is something White has had to work on. She told Outlook: "I am a serious coffee addict. I guess it has to do with the fact that my days start at 2 a.m., and I turn to coffee for energy. Whenever I'm thirsty, I drink coffee vs water. So, it was a challenge for me to consume three litres of water daily. Now, with the #DynamicPat380 challenge, I am drinking easily two to three gallons daily! I'm sure it's a combination of the fact that I am running between 14 to 20 miles daily and the humidity."
The body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to work properly. It regulates your body temperature, removes waste and lubricates joints. It helps transport nutrients to gives you energy. If you're not hydrated, your body can't perform at its highest level. You may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms. Water is needed for overall good health.
Outside of consuming enough water, it's also essential that you eat properly. While most fad diets will warn you to stay away from carbs, if you are a runner, you can develop a healthy relationship with it.
White said: " When you run, you burn calories from a mix of body fat, a little bit of body protein, and glycogen. Run out of glycogen, and you're suddenly missing a main fuel source. Your brain then tells your muscles to slow down and you'll be one of those people staggering down the street out of energy to complete your run."
For the month, there will also be prizes and giveaways. The first three teams to log 380 miles, and the top-three females and males who log the most miles will receive prizes from Brunswick, iCool, and Jamaica Moves.
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