Amazing weather!!! We had storms in the night and wonderful, cool temps. Is this August? Feels like early October? I have a very packed day today so I had to be out the door early. Initially I was worried that I'd be dragging like yesterday but not so; my body wasn't achy or tired, and I was able to find a nice pace. I did not look at the Garmin the whole way, and I kept pulling back the reins, I wanted to go faster but I must use this week as recovery!!
Lot's of kids waiting for the bus, they just looked at me, deer in the headlights, I smiled, waved, and encouraged, it's the first day of school!
I ran to "four mile pond" and back. It's a nice little run on "W" north, some good hills and quiet roads. A great time to think. Totals-8.13 miles/ 1:21:44/ 10:02 avg.
As I was running I was thinking about hydration for running a marathon. There are so many experts out there in running land, and so many varying ideas in regard to hydration. Example- Only drink when thirsty. Drink often and a lot- and then there's the multitude of everything in between. So what's the best hydration strategy?
Here's what I know: Yes, we each have our own idiosyncrasies, but certain physiological principles apply to us all.
My strategy is going to be this:
The principle that my body is an engine and the cooling system must stay in top working order.
Over the years I've experienced runs where I'd stop sweating? ( 10 milers in the heat w/o water)If I would find water, drink, very soon I'd sweat again. Duh!!
So the essential idea is fluid replacement! Here's what I've been practicing on every run lately.
I'm carrying a hand held 22oz water bottle with an accelerade mix. I begin drinking at mile one, just a sip, but continue to drink throughout the entire run. Usually around mile four I will make sure I drink at least two oz's each mile from that point. So far I've never thirsted, not had sloshing in the stomach, I've noticed I can taste extra salt in my sweat?!
It's like keeping oil going over the engine. What happens if the oil runs out? Burn up!!
So, I will carry a hand held bottle during the marathon and keep plenty of fresh oil in the engine.
I will relate my fueling strategy on another post. Hope it warms up! I want some more Summer!
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