Today I am going to talk about the importance of hydrating when working out and then I'll practice what I preach!! Today's running workout was 3x harder than the last three days. My legs felt like lead and I had to have stopped every 50 feet after I hit 1.5 miles. I even stopped to tweet a couple times, that's how slow I was going. If you look at my pace, I actually did better overall (11:17, yesterday 11:53) and finished four minutes sooner, but it sure didn't feel like it.
I kept asking myself while I was running what I was doing different today then I did yesterday. Same layers, same shoes, one less workout (today is my Supreme 90 rest day), same trail. In the back of my head I kept telling myself, "Boy I wish I had some water!, Dang I'm thirsty as hell!, Why don't they put water fountains on this trail? Don't they know people get thirsty?" After about 30 minutes and 2.5 miles of this I realized DUH!! I didn't drink nearly as much water this morning as I have done for the last three days.
Post-Workout Recovery Shake: -1 cup of almond milk, -1 tbsp of peanut butter -1 frozen banana-1 scoop chocolate protein powder
As I sat down to enjoy my uber-delicious shake, I did some research on why H2O is so important and got to the bottom of why my run sucked!!
According to ShapeFit.com :
Water is the most abundant ingredient in the human body through all phases of growth and development. Every system in your body depends on water to function.
So there you have it, DRINK WATER! If you weren't a believer before I suggest you get with the program! Even though we hear about water's benefits ALL the time, this experience with running taught me a valuable lesson...HYDRATE!!
I am also thinking about investing in either a water backpack or a water belt as my runs will be getting longer as I get closer to marathon time.
Are you a huge water drinker? How much water do you drink or attempt to drink on average?