Chicago Marathon/Nutrition

Running Recap: Weeks 4-5 & All About Hydration

As promised… here’s my Running Recap for Weeks 4 and 5! I know, you were all missing this so much! But cheer up, buttercups, it has arrived.

 

Boy, oh, boy is it HOT lately. I wanna complain but I treated myself to ice cream TWICE this week. whatWHAT.. Sidebar: Tastee Freeze is now “The Freeze.” Um, can we not? Okay and we’re back: the humidity is really killer! You walk outside and instantly begin to sweat. Speaking of sweat and humidity, let’s talk about HYDRATION!

tastee freeze

 

The Midwest is known for it’s brutally cold winters and it’s sticky-hot summers. There is no in between. So when you’re working outside, whether you’re working, gardening, or working out, hydration is KEY.

The Importance of Hydration:

Hydration is so important for a variety of reasons, many of which you learn in health class. Water is essential to so many functions in your body and when you deprive yourself of water, even inadvertently, sh*t starts to go down! Or should I say… shut down! HAHA! Have you ever seen runners legs give out at the end of a race (marathons, mostly)? Yeah, they’re dehydrated (among other things). You’ve got a headache? You might be dehydrated! Feeling sluggish? Drink some water. Feeling like ya gotta poop but can’t? Water helps to keep things moving. So, in short, water is very important.

Easy Ways to Hydrate:

We all know that drinking more water is the easiest way to hydrate and stay hydrated. If you know me, you know that I carry a giant jug of water wherever I go. And if I don’t have my water? I’m scrambling to get my hands on a bottle or even just a cup to fill at a fountain. Because of my constant need for water, I go to the bathroom a LOT. My colleagues often give me a hard time because I am always getting up to go.

So it should be pretty obvious that my first tip to staying hydrated is to carry around a refillable water bottle. You don’t have to have a fancy water bottle, anything works as long as it’s portable. Hell, I prefer bottles with a straw because I can drink while laying down (#lazy).

 

Do you get tired of plain water? That’s fine. My second tip to staying hydrated is my BFF La Croix. Yes, carbonated, flavored water. That’s not really your style? FINE. A Crystal Light packet (or mio) will do just fine. Unsweetened hot tea or iced tear are cool, too. Plain water is going to be your best bet but I understand sometimes you need a change and these substitutions work well since they’re (mostly) calorie-free.

 

My third tip? Avoid pop (soda or soda pop for all you weirdos) and caffeine in general. So, yes, even though you brew your coffee with water, the caffeine content will actually dehydrate you as that sh*t is a diuretic. A cup of (black) coffee or two is fine but be sure to follow with a cup of water. (I say black coffee because if you’re working on improving your nutrition, those sugar-laden drinks are not going to do you any favors. Trust.)
Okay so let’s recap: carry a water bottle everywhere, drink more water (or water products), avoid caffeine. Get it? Got it? Good. Enough about the importance of hydration (drink ya water, kiddos!), let’s get on to my last 2 weeks of running!!
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Running Recap Weeks 4.5-5

So let’s start waaay back to June 29 (technically week 4.5)
  • Thursday: Easy 4
  • Friday: Easy 5
  • Saturday: Easy 4
  • Sunday: Easy 6

Weekly Mileage: 25 miles (including Monday-Wednesday)

 

  • Monday: None
  • Tuesday: Easy 5
  • Wednesday: None
  • Thursday: Easy 4
  • Friday: Easy 5 – what a weird run :O I was around 1.5 miles in and I am pretty sure I saw one ofย these snakes on the trail!!! I turned around REAL fast & double backed to an opening in the shrubbery to get to the sidewalk. I’ll admit… I didn’t get close enough to definitely confirm that it was one of those snakes but I wasn’t taking any chances. And another weird thing? I was less than a mile from home when this nasty little bug decided to fly into my eye. It. Burned! So bad. I had to stop and cry it out a little bit ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Saturday: None
  • Sunday: None

storms brewing

Weekly Mileage: 14 miles – I was supposed to have double the mileage this week but life sometimes gets in the way, ya know?! It happens.

So now that the first 5 weeks (the build-up weeks) are over with, it’s time to get to the nitty gritty: SPEED AND STRENGTH WORK. Woohoo! I can’t wait. Stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜‰

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