How to Deal With the Cramps and Adverse Weather
Roberto explained that cramps are typically a result of dehydration and low sodium levels. He said hydrating with electrolyte rich beverages and using salt tablets should help manage cramps. If you experience cramping on race day, Roberto said not to panic. Instead, "Slow down and focus on relaxing as much as possible," he said. If you get a side stitch (a cramp in your side), Roberto said to stretch it out by lifting your arm overhead, and leaning in the opposite direction of the side that's cramping while taking deep breathes.
Unfortunately, you can't control the weather, and Roberto said that when conditions are lackluster (hot, humid, rainy, etc.) you should "focus on what you can control." If it's extremely hot, Roberto suggested slowing down and focusing less on the clock and more on how your body feels. During extreme heat, he also recommended wearing light colored, moisture-wicking materials to bring the sweat to the surface of the clothing.