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The Importance of Hydration September 18, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Thoughts & Musings.
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On the eve of my longest run ever*, I’m reminded of the importance of staying hydrated. Karen, who’s quickly replacing my Google Reader, sends along an article from the NY Times Well blog regarding the subject of hydration. Liz Robbins writes:

The water bottle is a critical companion for any marathoner in training, who must endure long runs of 15 miles or longer. But for many, the logistics of staying hydrated for two, three or four hours can be as challenging as the run itself.

It’s no secret that even a non-runner or non-athlete needs to stay hydrated, so it’s even more important for someone who exercises regularly—and intensely—to fill up on fluids. The Mayo Clinic recommends the average person follow the “8×8 Rule,” which is drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, so an athlete needs to consume even more than that. While the extra amount depends on the athlete and how much they sweat, it’s safe to say that the more the better.

I currently drink at least a gallon (128 ounces) of water a day. And yes, I’m constantly going to the bathroom. It’s annoying, but essential.

My best friends.

*Received an email from my pace leader that we’re running 6 miles—even though the schedule says 4! Talk about starting fast!


1. Chelsee Lowe - September 22, 2009

Nalgene should pay you money…

2. Chelsee Lowe - September 22, 2009

And wait a second… “My two best friends?!” What about me???!!!!

RJL - September 23, 2009

Aw, baby. You’re my best WIFE!

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