Day 36: Hydration & nutrition

screenshot 2019-01-24 at 22.03.22Depending on which one you believe I used up between 1500 (Fitbit) and 1800 (Strava) calories yesterday on my run and only drank a small bottle of water during the two hours.  Perhaps I need to turn my attention to hydration and nutrition.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I lost over a stone during the first year of running, but I’ve actually put most of it back on thanks to a healthy appetite and plenty of cake.  Cake’s great but probably not the answer, so I’d like to use this opportunity to look into the kind of foods I should be eating.  Time to make more use of my copy of this.

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As for hydration, I’ve always been terrible at remembering to drink water. Lots of tea but that’s about it. According to the Guardian, I should let thirst be my guide during long runs so I need to develop a ‘thirst antenna’ over the next couple of months. I’m looking into experimenting with a backpack for the runs and I’ll need to do this soon so I can test it out for comfort.  So another purchase – who said running is free?

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Camelbak Hydrobak Hydration Pack

 

2 thoughts on “Day 36: Hydration & nutrition

  1. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. The trick is to sip little and often, so you never get to that point. I’m sure others will tell you that, too. When I used to listen to music while running, I’d have a glug every time the song changed. Now I’m in a good routine, and always after a gel.

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  2. Sounds very sensible to me. I’ve already decided to forgo the water backpack. They’ll be plenty of water stations on the day and it’ll one less thing to carry.

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