Each of the last three times I traveled for a race, I hydrated poorly in the days leading up to the event, and I was horribly sick immediately following it. What’s that saying about fool me once…. ? Oops.
I’m not traveling for this weekend’s 3M Half Marathon, unless you count the 15-minute drive to the start. And I’m not 100% sure (poor) hydration is the culprit, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence either. Thanks to Nurse K for making the connection for me, I’ve got a plan for the upcoming week.
I don’t much like plain water unless it’s REALLY cold–more ice than water is ideal–and it’s summertime. January, not so much. But a couple of years ago I discovered sparkling lime water, and I drink it by the liter (except when I’m traveling, obviously). I keep smaller bottles in my fridge at school as well.
The problem is that my job does not lend itself to copious water consumption, since I teach 90-minute classes with one break in the morning and a 30-minute lunch, but my classes meet straight through after noon. Teachers learn early on not to drink a lot with lunch due to, shall we say, limited opportunities for restroom breaks.
This week, however, I’m going to test the hydration theory. Less so on Tuesday – Thursday, but I’m taking Friday off work, so Friday and Saturday I’m going to hold onto a water bottle like Lego Darth Vader grips a light saber.
And we’ll see how it goes.