Do not underestimate dehydration!

Today my friend and I went for a run and accidentally* ran off-and-on for two hours (we shopped in there for about 20 minutes). It was -27 degrees Celsius with the windchill (about -20 without it) and we had planned for a 30-45 minute run. I had eaten at 5:30am and we started running around 9am. I had not drank any water between there because I was busy**. At the end of the “run” we ate some food and I went home. I hardly drank any water after the run at all. By the way, we ran a little over 10km in total.

Last Sunday, I swam for 1.5 hours and drank almost no water while in the pool (maybe half a bottle). Afterwards, I hardly drank any water. I did drink quite a bit of ice tea, but that was several hours after. During the Rider game (our local CFL football team – CFL is similar to the NFL for all you American readers), I was way too into the game to be bothered by hydrating.

Both evenings after these workouts I felt like I was going to throw up. My stomach was upset every time I ate and I was lethargic and felt generally gross. On Sunday night, I writhed around for about an hour before settling in to a deep sleep. Today it happened earlier and I am attempting to drink some water before I head to bed. I skipped my bike workout tonight because I felt so sick and my legs were done after the run today.

Getting back into training can be tricky and becoming dehydrated didn’t even occur to me until tonight. Since I am usually so good at hydrating, I rarely think about it. However, it has been a while since I have intensely and consistently been training on a regular basis. This means that I am likely dehydrated much of the time. Being dehydrated and feeling sick to my stomach actually prevents me from preparing and eating a decent meal, which then affects my overall nutrition, especially protein intake. It is a nasty cycle and I’m going to do my best not to let it happen any more!

In the next week I am going to make a more concerted effort to drink a lot of water. After workouts, I will take note of how I feel. It is difficult in this climate to know if you are thirsty because it is so damn dry or if it is from dehydration. Seriously, the moisture is sucked out of you even if you are not working out. Water… who’da thunk it?

* We were too early to shop so we ran somewhere else and ended up not being able to get in there, so we ran back. There was lots of stopping and starting through this adventure.

** I am a volunteer host on a local radio station on Wednesday mornings. Here is my blog!

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