Take it for Granted

by Joanne on January 20, 2010

I take it for granted that I won’t get thirsty when I run.  In the five years (or is is 6?, could actually be 7  – how time flys!) that I have been running, I have felt the need for water only two times.  Both times were in the summer.   Hydration is one of my problems when exercising:  I need to drink more water, but I rarely feel thirsty.

Hydration is something that shouldn’t be over looked when training.  Without sufficient water, you can get muscle cramps, dizziness, and stomach aches (gastrointestinal problems).  As we get older, for some reason we don’t detect thirst as well as when we are younger.  We need to get into the habit of drinking water, thirst or no thirst.  

Since I don’t like running with “attachments”, I will strategically place a water bottle along my route the night before a long run.  This allows me to run with the minimal amount of added baggage. 

What’s your biggest downfall when you run or exercise?

Today’s workout:  56 min. run (6 miles) on the treadmill (BORING!). 25 min. shoulder and Ab workout (4 exercises x 4 sets each x 12 to 15 reps.).  45 minute walk, 3 miles.

Running Fuel:  For runs over one hour long

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After running fuel on the weekdays

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Chocolate Protein shake with L-Glutamine and 1TBS Powdered Peanut Butter.

1/2 a grapefruit

1/4 cup dry Steel Cut Oats (Bob’s Red Mill GF ) + 1 TBS raisins + 1/2 banana + 1 TBS Naturally More Peanut Butter

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What a great morning!

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Joanne

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3 Comments

  • At 2010.01.20 11:38, Maris said:

    I love your snowy photos. I’m probably one of the only people in the world who does but I adore winter.

    • At 2010.01.20 18:45, kilax said:

      I love the snowy photos!

      I do the same thing if I am running a route – place water somewhere where I can grab it 🙂

      My biggest downfall… hmm. Maybe running when I shouln’t be 😉

      • At 2010.01.20 20:25, Joanne said:

        Maris: Fresh, gently falling snow is so peaceful – I love it.

        Kilax: Right now, we just have to watch the weather because it’s not good placing water that turns out to be a chunk of ice when I get to it. That would be a bummer 🙁

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