I had no idea how hard it would be to manage the heat when I started training for the marathon a month ago. I’m a broken record when I say this, but I day dream of training in the 30 degree cold, bundled up with climate tech leggings and headbands rather than gasping for air in the July heat.
You can’t change the weather, but you can change the way you feel in it, even if it’s just a little bit, and you do that by hydrating.
Easier said that done? No – it’s actually that easy.
It’s just liquids you have to put in your body in order for your body to cool itself better in distress of training. So how come we forget to do it? Your guess is as good as mine, but here are my true and tried tricks to stay with it.
Start your morning routine with water
The second I wake up, the last thing I want to do is drink or eat. I just want to keep sleeping. It usually takes about 25 minutes before I can start thinking about consumption, and that usually consists of a cup of coffee. But hold up — before you grab the Starbucks, drink one pint glass of H20. There you go, one cup done. 12oz. You go girl. Or guy.
Swell, Nalgene, carafe, whatever.
Just get some sort of refillable bottle you’ll love and keep it with you at all times. Mine used to sit at my desk at work, and the first thing I did when I got in in the morning would fill it up with chilled water. Nothing tastes better than a big gulp of ice cold water after 40 minutes on the hot sticky summer subway.
Take a gulp every 15 minutes
Might be hard to track, but you can do it.If you can’t keep time, just use other patterns to keep your brain in check. For example, when you have meetings that are 30 minutes long, walk into it with a full bottle, and refill when you’re done. Something I heard a while back is taking a substantial gulp of water at every corner of the hour.
Top it off
Don’t wait till your water bottle is done to fill it up — always keep your glass MORE than halfway full. That’s all there is to it.
When you settle down for a delicious meal out, enjoy the divine and gratuit bevvy — first. Make the waiter say, “What the f*ck, that chick (or dude) just chugged that water.” There we go, another 120z in the system. Now enjoy some grub, and make sure that waiter keeps that hydration coming.
So you’re home, after your super yummy meal, and you’ve turned on The Bachelorette, which is one of the ultimate hydration stations. Every time that saga of a show goes on a commercial break, drink. Seriously – it’s like a drinking game. Every time Robby says “Joelle” — drink again. Every time Chris Harrison has a sweat stain — you get it. Just drink.
End your nightly routine with water
And just like that – it’s time for bed, and it may seem like a tedious task, but about 30 minutes before just have another glass of water. At this point you’re hydrated, I guarantee, but it’ll feel so great for the early morning run.
The quickest way to know if you’re doing this whole drinking thing right is the fun pee test.
Lemonade = Hydrated, keep it up! Apple Cider = Dehydrated, where’s your Swell?
Cheers to that.