July 28, 2014

A post-run scare

On Saturday, I set out for my first double-digit run that begins the slow mileage climb towards Richmond.  My 11 mile run should have been pretty straightforward, given I've been hovering around 10 miles in training runs and recently ran a half marathon in Napa.  I struggled through much of the run, feeling frustrated and out of sorts.  I found myself running a 2-3 miles at my planned pace (9:20 or under) and then would find myself using every excuse in the book to crap out. 

I'm tired. 

My tummy hurts. 

It's hot. 

Summer pace runs are supposed to be slower. 

You get the idea.  After 5 or so miles of this, I got my act together and was able to muster up some courage to finish strong.  Miles 6-8 were back on track.  And then, I lost it again.  The last 3 miles were a battle.  My legs felt like lead and I just wasn't feeling it.  I didn't finish at the pace I had hoped - the last two miles were 9:40 pace - but I got it done.  My overall pace was 9:36 which I can live with. 

Knowing how tough this run was, I immediately grabbed some Gatorade and headed for the tub for an ice bath once I got home.  I spent 10 minutes in the ice bath and as I was getting out, it hit me.  I felt really dizzy and nauseated.  I thought I might throw up.  And then I felt really lightheaded.  I've never felt like this after a run before and I immediately sat down and started googling.  Most results told me that I likely had an electrolyte imbalance, which I would probably believe.  I hadn't carried anything other than water on my run and took one gel at about mile 7.5.  So this made sense.  I eventually ended up laying down on the couch and taking a brief nap to recuperate. 

Having never felt like that after a long run, it was a little unnerving and really caused me to think.  How much water had I drank over the course of the week?  It turns out, that it probably wasn't nearly enough.  So this week, I'm setting out on a new quest - hydration.  I am good about drinking water, but given it's the hot summer months and I tend to be a heavy sweater (TMI, I know), I can probably improve.  And I know I can get better about electrolytes.  I am tossing another tube of nuun into my work bag to leave at my desk at work.

How do you stay hydrated in the summer months?
{Christine}

27 comments:

  1. I try to carry my Nalgene bottle with me throughout the day. If it's constantly with me it's a reminder that I need to be drinking! There are days when I don't have it with me and can go an entire morning without any water (coffee, coffee, coffee)!
    Hope you're feeling better and drink up! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. I carry a water bottle everywhere with me at work but I am sometimes hesitant to go fill it because the water fountain is a bit of a hike. Trying to schedule my refills when I have a meeting!

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  2. I am so glad that you posted this! I also have a need to hydrate more. With the Disneyland 1/2 coming up I need to increase my water intake big time. Thanks for posting this.

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    1. You hear about hydration all the time so it's easy to forget to focus on it I think. I needed a kick in the pants for sure! Last year, Disneyland 1/2 was crazy hot so be sure you get some electrolytes too. And enjoy!! :)

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  3. I'm really good at drinking water all day but as a heavy sweater, I need to up it even more during the summer.

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    1. I'm in the same boat, Angela. I think the area that was hurting me was electrolytes so I'm paying extra attention to make sure I get at least one electrolyte drink per day.

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  4. I am usually terrible at hydrating, but I've been trying to be really conscious of it this summer. I actually set an hourly alarm on my phone to remind me to drink something (there's also a few apps that do the same thing and allow you to track your intake).

    Electolyte balance when running long distances (especially in the heat!) is such a hard thing. When running I use my mile splits to remind me to drink something, whenever it beeps at a mile I take a drink and I usually alternate between water and an electrolyte drink.

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    1. I love the idea of phone reminders. I may try that out. I need to start carrying an electrolyte drink...stupidly I've only been carrying water so far this summer. Duh, Christine!

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  5. Glad you're ok! I just posted about this a few weeks ago!! It feels so scary- I actually vomited on my run and then had to lie down for a minute until thenausea passed. Ugh. Since then, I've been drinking water and nuun all day long to try and stay hydrated!

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    1. Holy cow, that is so scary Sarah! I need to go read your post. Hope you stay hydrated and healthy the rest of the summer.

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  6. This is the exact reason I bailed on my 11 miler last week. I wasn't properly hydrated and I wasn't well rested, and the combination in the hot summer months is dangerous. Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Definitely a good call, Jennifer! I know now why I struggled so much on that run - a combination of poor hydration and fatigue from the work week did me in!

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  7. I drink a ton of water while im at work bc I jave access to unlimited amount of water bottles. But im not as good when I am not working bc it takes time to pour a glass of water ( I know its a bit laziness on my part) I also do Nuun to stay hydrated especially when its hot out. - L

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    1. That is a nice perk of your job! :) I can get lazy about refilling my water bottle at the water fountain but I'm trying to get better.

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  8. So glad you're ok! I've experienced this before too after a really hot run. I ran way later than I should have that day. Hydration is so important for sure!

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    1. Thanks, Mindy! It definitely scared me and was a kick in the pants to remember hydration, particularly with electrolytes. I really don't know how you survive the summers in the south!

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  9. It is so easy to forget to drink enough to electrolytes during the summer time. Nuun is definitely my favorite way to get those extra nutrients lost in sweat! I hope you are feeling better soon! Drink lots of water on the flight to Europe :0)

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    1. Exactly! I'm trying to get better about having at least one electrolyte beverage each day, especially since it's race week!

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  10. Same thing happened to me this weekend...crazy hot and humid in CT. Hydration overload begins today as I head into my double digit miles this weekend

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    1. Good thinking, Kelly! It's really easy to get behind on hydration and not so easy to get caught up when it's so hot.

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  11. Staying hydrated seems like something so obvious to do but it's so easy to forget! I only drink bottled water so a way that helps me is counting how many bottles I drink. I shoot for 6 a day. (I recycle btw :) ) I also mix in Tailwind with my water on my long runs and that helps major.

    Hope you feel better!

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  12. Glad you are feeling better - what a scare! I had a very humid, sweaty 9 mile run yesterday so I stopped about half way and had some Cocogo - I don't typically do that mid-run but I knew I was sweating way more than normal. Hopefully that was a one time thing for you!

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  13. I had a hard time on my run this weekend also. Must have been something in the air....in the summer I carry water on my runs but keep a bottle of gatorade in my car in a cooler for when I finish.
    Staying hydrated for me in the summer isn't hard because I'm on vacation. During the school year it's another issue because I'm a teacher and can only use the restroom at very specific times. I tend to stay away from fluids for most of the day.

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  14. I always have to stop for hydration down here in Florida - glad everything is okay now!

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  15. Ugh this is so scary! This kind of thing happens to me too from time to time and it's a big wake up call that I need to drink more water! I wish I had advice for you, but since I'm not the best at this either I don't :P What I do is I bring Nuun to work and drink it there when I know I have a long run coming up. Hopefully that helps!

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  16. I hope you've fully recovered! It's surprising how big if an affect just a bit of dehydration can have on your body. Hopefully, your next run will be better.

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  17. Hydration is always an issue for me too. I get caught up in the day and before you know it I haven't had any water. I went to the store and bought a 110 oz bottle of water and told myself I would drink the whole thing in one day. Every day I refill it and make sure I drink the entire thing before dinner. It's worked so far! I haven't missed a day yet and I'm going on a month!

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