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April 3, 2010

Long Run Dehydration. Boo.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:20

Hey everyone. Just a quick update as my computer is having issues and is at the Geek Squad.  Since tomorrow is Easter it’s looking like I will be sans computer until Monday night or so.  I *could* post from a computer at the cafe or library (like I am now because I needed to check my email so sorry if there are typos or grammar stuff) but it’s a hassle so I’m not dying or something 😉

I did, however, feel like dying today on my run.  I spent all morning at the Geek Squad so when I was ready to go for my run it was already noon. And being the stubborn chica I am I went out anyway.  I had planned for 16.5 with the option of pushing it to 18 (accoring to the plan today was 15-18) but I had to cut it short.

I was SO dehydrated.  I had debilitating stomach cramps and drinking water was the only thing I could think about doing.  I’m really happy that at the beginning of my run I changed my mind about the route I was going to do and rather than doing one big loop I opted for some smaller loops as cutting it short was totally the right call.

I think I went into the run dehydrated and 70* is not something my body is used to yet. C’mon Mother Nature let us adjust! The funny thing is that I was going to run early (like first thing) but chose to lay in bed longer (the whole lack of sleep thing).  This caused me to watch tv online and subsequently get the intense virus that crappola’d my computer.

Oh well.  I’m not to bummed about the run itself even though I just spent the last few hours lying on the floor in agony. I did get in the minimum suggested by the plan and my shins did not bug me once. I’m icing down regardless but it’s a totally positive note. I didn’t even have to wrap them during the run for applied pressure.

And I broke out the shoes that I will be running Boston is.  They’re 100% comfy and worked wonderfully.  To bad my body didn’t want to do the same ha!

But don’t worry about the dehydration thing.  Yes it was scary, I’ve only been more dehydrated than today once in my life and that was terrifying. But I’ve drank TONS of water post-run and I’m starting to perk up.  My next stop will likely be the dining hall for some food.  I ate some cereal after the run but my stomach wasn’t happy at all with anything.

So I’m off to do that.  OH and my computer being gonzo means that I likely won’t be able to comment much (if at all) but I still love you and will do my best to catch up once I’m all hooked up again 🙂

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  1. Smart call to ease up today. Obviously the mileage base is strong so losing a mile here and there means nothing. What type of kicks did you get for Boston? Also, did you order your shirt, jacket?

    Comment by a marathoner — April 3, 2010 @ 18:40

  2. Is it just me or have we not had alot of good “transitional weather” from one season to the next? And I just realized how old I just sounded by saying that last statement… crap.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 3, 2010 @ 18:54

  3. I know, I wish the weather would let us ease into this needed water thing!!

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 3, 2010 @ 18:56

  4. Yay for the shins getting better! And there is nothing like breaking in some new kicks for a race 🙂

    Comment by Nick — April 3, 2010 @ 19:07

  5. I agree with Amy – we really need some transition weather! Not that I’m complaining about 70 degree weather or anything ..

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 3, 2010 @ 21:54

  6. uggg i hate when the weather just does a 180 flip!

    dont forget your electrolytes too when drinking all that water 🙂

    Comment by aron — April 4, 2010 @ 01:01

  7. I’ve had a whole WEEK of bad runs. My heart even went palpitating for awhile. I think it might be the weather, too. I was totally dehydrated…and I don’t even run much!

    Comment by sophia — April 4, 2010 @ 05:09

  8. So sorry to hear about the dehydration. After the long winter we have had, it takes our bodies a while to readjust. My body has been through the same thing this past week.

    Now I hope you allow yourself the chance to truly relax and recharge with Boston just over two weeks from today. You have had an incredible training cycle, especially getting in consecutive 400+ mile months, and I truly hope you have a killer race in Boston. Just try not to give into the temptation to get in another couple of miles here and there in the time that remains; a good cutback at this phase of the game should reap huge dividends in 15 days!

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — April 4, 2010 @ 07:49

  9. Good call cutting the run short, I’ve had one run a little bit like that it was horrible, the last few miles all I could think about was running into my kitchen and pouring pint after pint of water down my throat! Hope your computer gets fixed up soon 🙂

    Comment by Laura — April 4, 2010 @ 09:31

  10. Glad your shins are doing better. We went cold to hot all of a sudden, too. Hope they get your computer issues worked out.

    Comment by Chelsea — April 4, 2010 @ 15:09

  11. Sorry about the dehydration! Way to listen to your body and stop though 🙂
    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — April 4, 2010 @ 22:48

  12. Oh, gosh, that is the worst. I have one run every single spring where I’m overheated and/or dehydrated. I’ve learned to take it easy with spring training. Hopefully, things will be better this year! Hope you are feeling better!

    Comment by Kim — April 5, 2010 @ 10:58

  13. Two summers ago I was extremely dehydrated TWICE!! It was horrible. My stomach hurt so much because I ran in the morning then didnt really drink water. Bad choice! So I hope you are feeling better!

    Comment by J — April 5, 2010 @ 11:05

  14. I had a dehydration run Sunday too! Horrible. I was fantasizing about Dr. Pepper for at least the last 45 minutes. And, yo, that is lame about your computer. Hope it is up to snuff soon.

    Comment by sarah — April 5, 2010 @ 12:14

  15. None of us are acclimated to this warm weather and it’s frightening to realize how dangerous the water thing is. Eeks. Hope your computer’s fixed soon and you’re back on the blog addition road!!!

    Comment by Jill — April 5, 2010 @ 15:31

  16. yuck about feeling crampy/dehydrated! you know i have not felt good on almost any of my runs lately.i don’t know what is up, it’s weird. i used to enjoy running. and feel fast. i just don’t anymore at all!!!!

    but– shin pain improvement is HUGE. you can battle through anything but that pain is debilitating. so i’m glad it’s getting better 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — April 5, 2010 @ 22:11

  17. ugggh i agree, it was way too hot for a long run this weekend. fingers crossed it cools down in the next couple of weeks! i’ve had similar bad times with dehydration and it’s just awful. YAY for the shins feeling better though! and yay taper time 🙂

    Comment by HurdlingHam — April 5, 2010 @ 23:11

  18. When you have a sucky run, or your body hurts. do you do what I do? Which is push myself harder and berate myself, as if I did something “wrong?” My friend always throws in the towel and would serve herself a mug of chianti on that bathroom floor, and crawl into a tub of nurturing foam. I wonder why I do that? She is just as achievement oriented as I am, though, with better PR. I hope you are geek-ed out and resting!

    Comment by specialkphd — April 6, 2010 @ 12:30

  19. It’s not worth dehydration, especially now that you’re tapering anyway. Good call. And great job on the March mileage!

    Comment by Jess — April 6, 2010 @ 14:24

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