Rehydration Preachin'

Rehydration

Well, it's here.  The rehydration speech!  Give me a break, though.  This is a running blog.  Chances are that you are either a runner or at least take some interest in your health if you are reading this.  Rehydration preaching is about as annoying as hearing your dentist preach to you about flossing.  Or maybe I'm the only person who feels this way.  In that case, continue with your leisurely reading.

So, I've been running pretty hard and often the past couple of months.  Well, lo and behold wouldn't you know it certainly caught up with me when I literally could not drag myself out of bed Friday morning.  I do suppose that seems plausible considering I had less than 40 oz of water each of the few days leading up to that lazy and lethargic morning.  Oops!

But being a bum is not the only side effect of dehydration!  Others include, but are not limited to:

Dry Skin
Because the harsh winds and cold temps of winter aren't enough for it!
Headaches
As if the ibuprofen needs more to work on than my sore muscles!  Just kidding.  I'm 25 and don't get sore ;)
Sore muscles
But for those of you over the age of 25, remember that:  When you're thirsty, your muscles are thirsty!
Dizziness
And the last thing you need is to pass out in the snow and contract hypothermia on top of your bouts of dehydration-induced vertigo!
Decreased urine output
I went nearly 10 hours last week without going to the bathroom!  And didn't even realize it!  Now, that's disgusting.  Almost as disgusting as the word: urine.  Okay, done with that topic.
Few to no tears
It's the season of happiness and happy tears!  Don't be dry-eyed at your niece or nephew's wedding just because you got lazy and didn't rehydrate!

The Quick Rundown on Coconut Water
Coconut water is not exactly tasty. I'm thinking more along the lines of dirt. I don't know how people drink it. But, now I do because I tried it for this blog. The answer: Mix it! Coconut Water gives you a fuller range of electrolytes to replenish what is lost through sweat as well as [gasp!] sugar! Carbs. A runners best friend. It's naturally derived from the coconut. No need for the sugar alarm. It's fine. Really. And I must say that when I tried this after a humid run in October my body pleasantly accepted the dirt and sugar.

PS. The pineapple coconut water isn't too bad either. And the chocolate coconut water is nearly as delicious as chocolate milk! Think chocolate almond milk + electrolytes!

Strawberry Refresher

3 cups coconut water
1 cup strawberries
1 cup fresh water
1 cup ice
1/8 t sea salt
2 T natural sugar or honey, to taste

Dump everything in the blender.  Blend.  Love.

(I omitted salt [forgetfulness] and honey/sugar [by choice].  It was still awesome and perfect!)

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