Sunday, March 3, 2013

Staying hydrated

Last night I researched dehydration and how to prevent it. Sports drinks are the way to go. I then researched sports drinks. Most have artificial somethings in them – flavor, color, preservatives and other unpleasant surprises – so it looks like I will be making my own. I try to eat healthy and avoid anything processed or artificial. It’s not easy.

I have decided on the following recipe:
3 and ½ cups water
½ cup real orange juice
2 and ½ tablespoons sugar or honey
¼ teaspoon sea salt
a generous squeeze of lemon

The only ingredient I am lacking is sea salt. Sea salt contains 84 minerals and is best to use as an electrolyte source as the minerals of the sea are very similar to our own electrolyte composition in our blood. Aside from sodium, you get potassium, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, and more. This recipe should have everything I need to keep from dehydrating on long runs. Like I said before, live and learn.

Next Saturday I have a race – St. Patrick’s 4-Miler in Binghamton, NY. It’s only 4 miles so I should still be able to get in my long run on Sunday to test our my hydration concoction.

It was just over a year ago that I started running and I’m still proud of the day that I managed to run this entire street without stopping. The distance was 0.7 miles. I then had to rest for a few minutes before I turned around and ran back. That was the day I declared myself a runner and now here I am seeing 4 miles as a relatively short race.

It’s all good.

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