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Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Bublé’s talent still beckons
Imaginative renditions offset singer’s saucy sense of humor
Music Critic

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Since acclimating to the Texas heat, ultra runner Christine Tokarz loves running in the hottest part of the day.


Handling the heat
You can’t beat it, so acclimate to it — here’s how


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very summer, well-meaning fitness magazines and newspaper articles warn that our brains will melt like ice cream if we exercise outside in the heat of the day. Triple-digit temperatures and sauna-thick humidity are facts of life in Texas. But it’s a myth that you have to limit your outdoor Keep your pet pursuits because of them. Athletes cool, too 4E How to avoid of all levels have learned to blisters 4E embrace the hottest hours of summer, like those who are training right now for the White Rock Marathon in December.
“For some of our runners, our Saturday morning runs are the only mornings they’ve run the entire week,” says Luke’s Locker footwear specialist Chris Greene, who’s also a half-marathon coach for Luke’s Fit program. “Many run after work, the hottest time of the day.” Those runners are acclimatized, which is the first step for getting used to the heat.

“Athletes need to listen to their thirst.”
Benjamin Levine, cardiologist and director, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine

shorter distance than you typically run. Keep your body temperature down by taking a lot of breaks in the shade. “It’s amazing how well the body learns to acclimatize. But at first, it’s dangerous,” Levine says. “The more intense and harder the exercise, the greater amount of heat is generated.” Which means there are precautions to take during this heat boot-camp period. Anytime you feel lightheaded or extra fatigued, pause and seek shade until you cool off, he says. Repeat as needed until you build up tolerance to the heat. This goes for even the fittest athletes. Ultra runner Christine Tokarz of Pottsboro, in Grayson County, went toe-to-toe with Texas heat for the first time during a race last year in Pedernales Falls State Park. “I was a total novice at summer running in Texas. At seven miles, my legs felt like total tree trunks and I couldn’t see straight,” says Tokarz, executive director of All Saints Camp and Conference Center on Lake Texoma. Now that she’s acclimatized, Tokarz loves running in the heat. She says it makes her feel like she’s getting a thorough workout, plus it helps condition her body for races in higher altitudes. Acclimatized or not, it’s smarter to choose the treadmill over the trail if the weather gets extreme. “Let’s say, for example, it’s 105 degrees outside and humid. How are you ever going to cool down?” Levine says.

At the peak of his interpretive powers, Canadian crooner Michael Buble opened his ´ sold-out concert Sunday night at American Airlines Center with “Cry Me a River.” Not just any rote rendition of the grossly overdone pop standard, but one with the Buble stamp: a big, James ´ Bond-inspired performance that was all nocturnal mood, screaming horns and thumping drums. It is the most imaginative reading of a song that lost its meaning decades ago. It’s already a Buble career signpost. ´ But then there’s Buble’s take ´ on Billy Paul’s smoldering soul anthem “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Nice enough, done big-band jazz style, but it’s antiseptic stacked next to the original. The tune still belongs to Paul. The 34-year-old singer is certainly at the apex of his popularity, and his fans — particularly the female ones — are blindly adoring. Onstage backed by 13 impressive musicians, Buble ´ was loose, energetic, personable, talkative and in fine voice. His few missteps, which also included a melodramatic take on Billy Vera’s “At This Moment,” were handily outrun by several winners, namely his effervescent original “Haven’t Met You Yet,” a sweet, acoustic take on “Home” and the lovely piano ballad “The Best of
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Hydration is important to keeping your body from overheating. Recommendations for daily fluid intake abound, starting at 64 ounces to double that. But don’t drive yourself crazy with numbers, Levine says. “The problem with a general guideline is that it’s fine for the average person, but it really fails most people,” he says. Everyone’s needs are different. Choose a guideline, “play” with it and learn what works best for you individually, he says.
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How to acclimatize
Acclimatization simply means ratcheting down your outdoor workout to a lower, sustained effort for at least five days to a couple of weeks, incrementally building up your heat tolerance, says cardiologist Benjamin Levine, director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, which is a collaboration of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Bike slower than normal. Walk if you normally jog. Jog a

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Michael Bublé dazzled at his sold-out concert Sunday.


It’s just how Tillman rolls
He’s a bulldog with a passion for skateboarding
Special Contributor

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Tillman, a 5-year-old bulldog, can’t get enough of riding his skateboard. He showed off his proficiency on the Good Day morning show.

It’s an early morning for the star’s entourage. The six-person crew is up and ready to start before 6 a.m. on Monday. But guess who gets to sleep in? The famous one, of course. He’s still in the hotel room, snoring, grunting and slobbering away.

His name is Tillman, and he’s a bulldog. A very famous bulldog, having amassed more than 40 million hits on YouTube, starred in an iPhone commercial and become the darling of the Rose Parade, among other appearances. His latest gig, sponsored by Natural Balance pet foods, is to tour the country to promote baseball’s Bark in the Park days. This week, Tillman and his humans (along with fellow bulldogs Rose, Sully and Lyle, who also skateboard) are spending time in the Dallas area and will attend the Rangers’ Dog Day game

INSIDE: Where to see Tillman through Sunday. 3E WATCH: Skateboarding dog delights in Dallas.

on Sunday. “They love Texas,” says Tillman’s owner, Ron Davis, who also trains Rose and Sully for Natural Balance. “They have a king-size bed with air conditioning.” But it’s soon time to wake up the star and hit the road; he’s scheduled to


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Powerful seniors
Seniors can take advantage of free Body Recall classes, an exercise program for adults 60 and older, through July 30 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road at Northwest Highway. One-hour classes are offered at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call Susan or Charlie Arnett, 972-991-3720. TAKE A HIKE: See the animals and plants of the Heard Museum in a different light when you take a night hike around the grounds this Saturday. The hike begins at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, located at 1 Nature Place in McKinney. Cost is $12 for nonmembers; $10 for members. Preregistration required. Call 972-562-5566, ext. 237, or visit the events calendar at www.heard AN OPEN HEART: Learn how every human interaction can

be enriched by complete giving and receiving when you attend a seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday. The presentation, featuring Mauricio Aimo, a member of the School of Metaphysics, will be at Gilda’s Club North Texas, One Works of Grace Plaza, 2710 Oak Lawn Ave. Reply required. Call 214-219-8877. KIDS EAT WELL: Join Cooper Clinic dietitians on July 31 for a seminar designed to provide practical nutrition tips for a healthier family. The session, for parents, grandparents and caregivers, will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cooper Clinic Auditorium, 12200 Preston Road. Cost is $30 in advance; $30 at the door. Register by calling 972-560-2655 or online at www.cooper Helen Bond E-mail information to healthy at least nine days before publication.

Drink water, but not too much
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Just don’t go hydrationcrazy. In 2007 the American College of Sports Medicine changed its previous stand, which said to drink all the water you possibly can during a workout. It now warns that too much water can cause a sodium imbalance in the body. “Athletes need to listen to their thirst. One of the biggest myths is that thirst is not a guide,” Levine says. “If you drink a lot when you’re not thirsty … you can overhydrate. Yes, you can get dehydrated before you become thirsty, but not dangerously so.” Levine recommends the sweat rate test to track how much fluid to replace during a workout: Weigh yourself without clothes before and after an hourlong workout; add the amount of any fluid you drank from your weight

loss difference. That’s the amount of fluid you lost through sweat. You’ll have to repeat the test for different conditions, such as change of season or time of day. Also note that as you become acclimatized to the heat, you will sweat even more. Luke’s Fit program coaches tell their participants to drink 16 to 20 ounces of water before training, carry 20 ounces of water on the run to sip every 15 minutes and switch to an electrolyte sports drink after the first hour. In addition to sports drinks like Gatorade or HEED, you can also replenish your body’s lost sodium with salty snacks, Levine says. Tokarz tries to consume 100 liquid calories an hour on runs. “If I’m doing some real long miles, I carry a couple of bucks to stop and get a [sports] drink somewhere in

Does caffeine count?
What about the common belief that caffeinated drinks dehydrate you? Water is water, cardiologist Benjamin Levine says, and caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea do, in fact, help hydrate your body throughout the day. Caffeine is only a modest diuretic. “Caffeine will not harm anyone exercising outdoors,” he says. What matters most in this heat is “to make sure your body temperature is under control.” So, it’s OK to crack open a Red Bull during halftime at your soccer match? Technically, yes. “It might drive you to exercise harder, though, because it is a stimulant drug,” he says. “In the heat, it could overcome common sense. Everything in moderation.”

the middle of the run.” Greene stays hydrated by using an ergonomic, insulated, handheld water bottle that keeps his fluid chilled. “The heat doesn’t bother

me,” he says. “But I can’t work out in the cold. The cold is another story.” Christy Robinson is a Dallas freelance writer.



How to keep blisters at bay
This time of year, the heat is blistering. Literally. Because high temperatures and oppressive humidity make you sweat so much more, your feet are likely to get wet when you’re walking, jogging or hiking. That moisture isn’t just uncomfortable; it’s also the source of friction. “That’s why it’s so hard to take off wet clothes,” explains Mary Mundrane-Zweiacher, an athletic trainer from Dover, Del. There’s the rub that can result in blisters. According to an article in the June issue of Podiatry Today, blisters are the most common sportsrelated foot ailment. Though most runners would not seek medical attention for them, blisters can throw off your gait. Landing differently can mess up your body’s natural shock absorption system, creating a domino effect of problems up your leg. That’s why Stephen Pribut, a Washington podiatrist, advises you take it easy a day or two after a nasty blister. A short break is unlikely to destroy your training regimen, and you won’t risk having to cool it for a much longer time. The worst-case scenario, of course, is that your blister gets infected and you don’t do anything about it. “Then your foot could get gangrene and fall off,” Pribut says. That fate is fairly unlikely, since you’d be in enough pain by then to visit a doctor and get a prescription for oral antibiotics. But not getting a blister sounds like a preferable course of action, doesn’t it? Here’s how to keep them at bay. even in the perfect pair, you should avoid going too far in your first few runs, says Chris Farley, owner and general manager of Pacers, a D.C. area chain. Sock choice is key as well. “Wearing socks made of cotton with new shoes is a recipe for blisters,” Pribut says. Instead of cotton, which captures water and compresses unevenly, go with a wicking fabric such as Coolmax or Smartwool, which makes for a less bumpy ride. Trusted, tested footwear can still act up on seriously swampy days, so for those runs, Farley takes extra precautions. His feet get a liberal application of Body Glide anti-chafe balm, and he uses an anti-blister powder to keep his shoes dry. He also recommends toting a spare pair of socks so you can change. Mundrane-Zweiacher’s favorite way to avoid blisters is by monitoring her foot temperature. If she feels excessive heat building up in her shoes, that’s a sign to stop. Even though she’s a regular runner, the method has kept her blissfully blisterfree for years.

Blisters are basically tears between layers of skin that fill with a clear fluid. As long as they’re intact, they’re not infected. That can change if you get a hankering to pop the blister or stab something into it. And ripping off the top layer of skin, which might seem like the next logical step, is just asking for trouble. “It’s acting like a raincoat,” Pribut says. Once it’s gone, you’re much more susceptible to infection. Plus, it’ll hurt like crazy. A better plan is to ice the area, which can reduce the swelling, MundraneZweiacher says. Then, give the blister relief by surrounding it in a doughnut-shaped pad or moleskin. The Washington Post

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If you exercise outside, you know how miserably hot it is. Imagine doing so without having enough water, or being heat-acclimated, or being able to go indoors when you want. Now you have an idea of what your pet might deal with. “They can overheat so quickly,” says Maura Davies, senior director of communications for the SPCA of Texas. “We had a sad situation recently where someone had taken a dog running in the heat of the day. The dog got heat exhaustion and passed away. It was awful. It broke that person’s heart, and it broke ours.” Davies and Tricia Bracksieck, a 22year vet technician and hospital manager for VCA Pet Doctor in Richardson, offer these tips for keeping pets safe:
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Excessive panting, listless eyes and gasping for air are all telltale signs, Bracksieck says. “Like humans, it comes on when they’re not fully hydrated and don’t have enough shade,” she says. Bring your pet indoors and offer water. If the symptoms continue, call your vet. “Even with water, dogs can overheat,” Davies says. “Their bodies don’t cool off as efficiently as ours.” If your pet passes out, take it to the vet immediately. Acclimate your dog. If you exercise outdoors, you know the importance of gradually building up so you’ll adjust to the heat. Your dog needs that, too, Davies says. Also, limit strenuous walks or runs

to before the sun rises or after it sets. Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up to the exercise. Bracksieck suggests carrying a foldable water bowl and offering water from the bottle you’re no doubt carrying for yourself.
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That can tend to decrease the ability to get air in and out of the upper airways. It can lead to serious issues, especially if you’re talking about running with a dog who’s trying to pant to cool off.”
Don’t leave your dog in the car while you run, or ever. “Even if you have

ed for heartworm or those who have fleas tend to be more at risk, Bracksieck says. So do old and young dogs, as well as those with snub noses such as boxers, pugs, Pekingese and some spaniels, Davies adds. “Their throats and breathing passages are smaller and more flattened.

the windows rolled down a little and the temperature is in the 80s, it can reach well over 100 in a matter of minutes,” Davies says. “If you see an animal in a car, you can contact local authorities. In Dallas, call 311.” More questions? Call the SPCA of Texas at 214-742-7722.

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