The Running Time’s article on which I based my 5k training plan is titled “Solving the 5k Puzzle.” As I have been thinking about this round of training, I have been thinking about what other pieces of the puzzle I will need in order to get a killer PR. Beyond logging my miles, what else do I need to do to get my body ready for an awesome race? I’ve already touched on one of them, injury prevention, but this month I am also focusing on:
In the summer it was much easier to drink enough water. I ran. It was hot. I was thirsty. Simple. Running in the freezing cold temperatures just has not left me thirsty. Somewhere between my calf strain in September and now, my day to day water consumption has dramatically dropped. I think I’ve had a few days where the most I drank was 16 ounces total. If I want to get the most out of my workouts (and I definitely do!) I need to start fixing this issue right now!
My goal right now is to drink more water throughout the day and make sure I am rehydrating after every run. I started last week with a goal of drinking 16 ounces of water while I am at work and an additional 16 ounces of water in the evening. This week I have bumped it up to 24 ounces of water in the day and 16 in the evening. Also for any run over an hour, I am rehydrating with Nuun instead of water.
While this is definitely a huge improvement over what I was doing, I am hoping to continue to increase my water consumption over the course of the month. I also want to build this into my daily habits now so that when I begin to increase my mileage for marathon training this fall, I will be building on a solid, healthy base.
Has anyone else noticed they are less thirsty in the cold months? What have you been doing to make sure you are drinking enough water?