|headed out for my run this a.m.|
has been weighing on my mind for a while now.
i had this sinking feeling
that it would be my downfall during my marathon.
i needed to get a plan down so that during the race i will know exactly how often to drink/fuel.
after my 16 miler last weekend.,
the whole chills thing had me researching more and i knew i was not hydrating enough. (thanks for worrying about me grandpa & pattie :)) i figured i only drank about 30 or so ounces of water the entire run.
i sweat like a pig and the weather isn't even that hot.
i usually run early in the morning when its nice and cool,
and i still come back from runs covered in salt.
usually i have white patches on my arms, legs and face from the accumulation of salt. so gross.
so i know i need to drink. my problem is always how to carry it, & how often i should be drinking. i have a fuel belt, which i hate. the thing is so bulky and jostles around, and is not the least bit comfortable. i've tried to make the best of it. so i don't usually carry water. i plan my routes so that i will have access to water fountains, and usually just grab a few sips whenever i pass one. but that is not the only problem. my friend, katie, went with me on my run last weekend on her bike, and she carried my water, and i still didn't drink anything until about mile 5.5. i drank when i gu'd. we were chatting so much that time just flew by and i hadn't drank anything. i know i need to pay more attention to hydrating. so i've been emailing with my new running coach...just kidding.( hi tony!) and he's been so graciously giving me tons of advice. i told him about my frustration with hydration/fueling and he gave me the ins & outs on how to become a HYDRATION MASTER.
1. lose the fuel belt...get a handheld waterbottle...he recommended this.
2. sip gatorade or GU brew from said waterbottle every half mile...refill every 7 or 8 miles.
3. gel every 45 mins
4. use a salt tablet every hour.
how could i question what a Western States 100 mile endurance finisher is telling me?? I was out the door and at REI buying my new handheld water bottle within 30 minutes. i would have been there quicker, but the kids took a long time to put on their shoes. LOL seriously. i tried to hunt down the salt tablets too, but no luck...so i just ordered them online. should have those soon!
so this morning, i was like a kid at christmas time. so excited! i couldn't wait to use my new waterbottle/hydration plan. i weighed myself before my run and i was 142. my plan was to weigh myself after, to see how much i'd lost. so i took off about 5:30 or so for my 8 miler with gatorade (that is what they're having at the marathon) in my handheld. the bottle is super comfortable...problem is that its cold. now if you know me...you know i have issues with always being cold, plus i have Raynaud's Syndrome. my fingers like to go numb when they come in contact with anything cold. so when i set out...i wasn't sure if this was going to work, but by half mile, when i took my first sip...my fingers/hand was fine. no worries. by the first mile...i was in love. this handheld bottle is OSOM!! seriously, love it. and by the end of the run, i didn't even notice it anymore. i made sure to sip every half mile and gel'd at 45 mins. the whole run really felt great. i wasn't as tired as i usually feel, especially the last few miles, and i'm sure that's from being more hydrated. i weighed in at 140 when i got home, so i guess i still need to drink more. 8 easy miles in 1:19:15. avg pace 9:53, avg HR 152. all in all, a good run, and i think i'm on my way to becoming a HYDRATION MASTER...thanks tony!