Let's face it - I'm not a good water drinker. Heck, I'm not a good drinker period! During the day, I just don't drink much. I only drink when I'm thirsty; therefore, not much liquid is consumed.
Adam and I can go out to dinner, and he will drink 3-4 glasses of water with a meal. Me on the other hand, I drink maybe half a glass or less. I realize now, this is a problem. A major problem!
Eight 8 oz glasses of water is the recommended amount per day! Are you serious!?!
Training for a half marathon + not drinking much of anything = Disaster!!
Oh, boy! I have learned my lesson! Running short distances and not drinking much during the day has never been a problem, but now that I'm up there in the miles, things have changed! I recently experienced my first stint of dehydration. I mean full on "my body is literally going to shut down if I don't get water" dehydration. It wasn't just your typical "I'm tired." My whole body HURT, and all I could think about was water.
Adam (my handsome athletic trainer husband) said I was definitely dehydrated, and it was confirmed after I didn't use the bathroom for HOURS after running and drinking glass upon glass of water (TMI??). Not a good sign I hear. I was totally wiped out for rest of the day. From here on out, things are going to be different! I'm never going to let myself get to that point again. New goals:
1. Adam and I are buying hydration belts this week. No more long distance running without water on hand!
2. Drinking two full water bottles at work each day:
3. Actually drinking water/anything at home (this is a struggle for me...)
Adam and I are running a 15k this weekend. Yeah, that's 9.3 miles! I HAVE to be hydrated or I won't make it! I HAVE to change my drinking habits or I'm in serious trouble!
Today, I reached my goal of drinking two full water bottles at work, but it was a struggle! I had to really be conscious and drink even though I wasn't thristy. It was not easy!
So here's to drinking our recommended eight 8 oz glasses of water a day plus some!! Oh, boy....