NO RUNNING! — Lesson of the Week #6

March 11th, 2012 in NO RUNNING by 0 Comments

 

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This week’s lesson comes courtesy of the Berkeley Running Company.

Living (and training) in Miami, you quickly learn to have an appreciation for hydration. The weather here is hot and humid, so hydration comes naturally…or so you would think. Despite the intuitiveness of hydration, I still see many runners, bikers, and other athletes training and competing without adequate means of hydrating themselves.

Well, as the Berkeley article says, “Even slight dehydration, let’s say 1% (1.5 lbs for a 150 pound athlete), can contribute up to a 5% decline in your metabolic efficiency.”

To see how much dehydration you experience during a workout, simply weigh yourself before and after. After most workouts, all but 1/2 pound of your weight loss is water. This should give you an idea of how much of your hard work is at risk to being lost to dehydration.

The day before a hard workout or race, I personally eat extra portions of fruit and drink extra fluids. I also bring at least liter of fluids with me to the track. To me, skipping either of these rituals is no different than forgetting my spikes at home.

http://berkeleyrunningcompany.com/Tips/Hydration/tabid/159/Default.aspx

FYI, you didn’t hear it here, but a NO RUNNING Training Club may be coming to Miami soon. Stay tuned!

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Author: Mark

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