On The Bench Blog

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login

The importance of hydration

Posted by on in Nutrition
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 1257
  • Print
I have two big running events in October: the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the Great South Run so I have just started to increase my training and so far it's been a tale of two halves and I believe it's all down to how much water I have (and haven't) been drinking.Last week I ran 5.2 miles on my day off work. I say "ran" - it was quite stop-start to be honest. I knew before I set off that I hadn't drunk as much water the previous day as I usually do but I had an extra glass in the morning before my run instead of a second cup of coffee so I hoped I would be alright. I wasn't. Within the first mile, I had to slow to walking pace and actually stop and stretch to relieve the cramp in my calf muscles. This scenario was repeated several times more over the distance and I got home feeling physically and mentally exhausted with aching, 'heavy' legs. Stretching gave little relief and my legs were sore and stiff for several days afterwards.

Today, however, was a very different story! I made a conscious effort to stay hydrated yesterday and this morning. I ran comfortably for the full 5.5 miles and even threw in a few short sprint intervals towards the end. I ran slightly further than last week and completed the longer distance 2 minutes faster. My legs felt a bit wobbly after my sprint finish to the front door but they didn't feel heavy or tight or sore like last week. And honestly, the only difference to my preparation was the amount of water I have drunk before each run. I had the same breakfast on both occasions and actually had less sleep last night compared to last Tuesday. It was also hotter today than last week - I certainly sweated more! So why did a bit more water make such a big difference?
Tagged in: Hydration Water
Administrator has not set their biography yet