Saturday’s run began like any other, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
I felt hot and extra sweaty but knew that the humidity was causing me to sweat more and it was not evaporating like it should.
I was running with a friend who needed to kick it in on the last two miles and so I agreed to try to run faster with her. Despite feeling strong for the first 10 miles, I felt weak when trying to run at a faster pace. My legs felt like they were not working and every step felt like I was dragging.
Mile 11: 7:37
I was concerned that there was no way I could keep up that pace for the last mile. The good and bad about running with a friend is that you feel accountable. I do not want to be the person that falls off the pace. I do not want to give up.
Mile 12: 7:25
I immediately stopped the second I heard my Garmin beep and started dry heaving. This was not the typical end of race feeling that I occasionally get. I had not pushed it in at a 6 or sub 6 minute pace. I was running in the 7′s – which should be manageable.
I bent over, I stood up, I talked, I walked – but I could not shake the feeling that at any moment I was going to yack. It continued for hours after I got home – till it clicked with me.
I was dehydrated AGAIN.
So you are asking, how does a girl who loves nuun, who has been racing for 10+ years keep getting dehydrated? Here’s how….
The average person should drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day or somewhere around that. Now add to the fact that I typically run around 40 or more miles a week causing me to sweat more than the average person, and thus loose more fluids. Then add in the fact that I am a nursing mommy and wait I’m not done, add in the crazy humidity this week which is causing me to sweat more than my already normal super sweaty self does.
I need to drink an INSANE amount of water a day.
Thankfully adding nuun to my water actually makes me want to drink water because I feel as if I am fighting off dehydration every day.
The problem that I have with drinking the correct amount lies in the fact that I am pretty sure my bladder is the size of a lima bean. When I drink enough water I am in the bathroom all day.
How much water do you drink a day? Do you drink nuun? What is your favorite flavor?