Excellent Article on Hydration

In my email this morning was my weekly come on newsletter from Active.Com for Women. I assume the gents didn’t get this bit of news and that many of the women reading this blog are also not subscribers so I wanted to pass it on because it confirms something I’ve always believed. When all is said and done, listen to your body.

The Article is called The New Rules of Hydration and discusses the veracity of the current conventional wisdom on hydration. The biggest problem with conventional wisdom is that it often changes. It’s a very good read and applies to both genders and hopefully the men don’t need a secret decoder ring to view it.

It has information under headings like:

Old: Drink ahead of your thirst.
New:Drink according to your thirst.
but then there is this:
Old: Use either a sports drink or water for hydration.
New: Use a sports drink instead of water.

So it isn’t perfect because if I drank only a sports drink for hydration I’d spend most of my run hurltilizing the local flora. In spite of its lack of perfection the article comes highly recommended.

In other news:
I almost had to write a post called “Plastered to my Bed” about how much I didn’t want to get up this morning. I only have to run 5 miles which is a piece of cake at this point but for some reason I just don’t want to. I will, though and because I really don’t want to it will probably be a great run. It always seems to go that way.

Or I might have written a post called ‘This Little Piggy” about my out of control eating yesterday. I swam 2300 meters, many of them faster than I wanted to and when I swim like that my appetite goes astral on me. I should probably follow swims like that with a run just to set my body right. I could not stop thinking about food all day. After swimming I ate the following:

  • 1 piece of apple/cinnamon bread toasted with a thin smear of margarine – not bad
  • tiny sliver of heel of bread not toasted, no margarine – okay
  • small bowl of Raisin Bran with 1% milk – pushing it
    wait, wait, wait to eat more…….. (it seemed like forever)

  • curried vegetables on rice – not too bad
  • dried mangoes – too many
    [suppress desire to become a panty piranha… Oh when can I eat again… Oh please – I want to eat!]

  • more dried mangoes
  • some Jarlsberg cheese
  • tea
  • a few tortilla chips
  • a few more tortilla chips
  • another handful of tortilla chips with string cheese melted on them (because we didn’t have any cheddar and I was craving nachos – even half assed nachos)
    [wait hours for a respectable dinner time… oh please let me eat again… please??!!]

  • Giant bowl of organic greens with gorgonzola, apple and walnuts and Newman’s light vinaigrette
  • Small bowl of cheese ravioli
  • Small bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce

    SUUUEEEEY!

    Number 1 reason to run and cycle – Avoiding ‘This Little Piggy’ syndrome.

    I love swimming but I MUST learn to manage my post-swim appetite better. Does anyone else have that problem?

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    10 Responses to Excellent Article on Hydration

    1. Bob says:

      Was that a polecat on your blog…..I have gone to sportsdrink for hydration it has been working well for me. But you need to find something your stomach can tolerate. You seem to be training like a maniac lately, I am seriously impressed. You go girl!

    2. Stillwater Heron says:

      LOL!Remember what you said about listening to your body?Your’s was telling you it needed fuel!If you work hard, you need to eat hard too!

    3. susie says:

      What a great article. My problem is that I am never, and I mean never, thirsty. So if I wait, I am too late.

    4. Firefly's Running says:

      I saw the article too. There’s a really good one on summer hydration in Runner’s World too – very good read.It’s okay to go a little overboard once in a while – just don’t feel guilty about it. Move into the next day and start from scratch. You can not change the past.

    5. Firefly's Running says:

      I saw the article too. There’s a really good one on summer hydration in Runner’s World too – very good read.It’s okay to go a little overboard once in a while – just don’t feel guilty about it. Move into the next day and start from scratch. You can not change the past.

    6. David says:

      I do not listen to my body as much as a I watch what comes out. If it comes out too yellow I need more water.And if nothing comes out then I’m at least a quart low.

    7. Running Rabbit says:

      Hee hee hee…”little piggy syndrome”…you silly goose. You’re just fueling your body before the big day comes!

    8. Juls says:

      “Little Piggy Syndrome” seems to correspond with “Taper Madness” It also corresponds with lack of being on a “training program” – for me. You’re not alone. I ate a lot of the “extras” today.

    9. m says:

      Sports drinks hydrate me better than water. I discovered that on my last few runs. In the winter though water works fine for me. I was swimming a lot in the winter of 2005. I could eat an entire cow after a few of those practices. That’s why female olympic swimmers have a hard time with managing their weight. I quit the swimming and focused on running when my weight wouldn’t drop anymore.

    10. Running by.... says:

      Don’t beat yourself about the eating. As long it happens once in a while there can’t be any harm. Plus you’re training.Thanks for the hydration article. I look forward to reading it.

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