Can’t believe it. For years I’ve heard it sung from mountaintops. The scriptures. Even the Gospel.
Water. Drink it. Lots of it, or else. It’s the Kool-Aid served by health nuts and medical practitioners on every corner. Eight glasses a day. One half your body weight in ounces. Do this or bad things will happen. Bad skin. Bad sleep. Bad health. Bad athletic performance.
I don’t drink enough water. There. I admit it. Last weekend I saw a dead lizard and a dead scorpion on trail, and I wondered if they, too, didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. I passed on refilling my camelback about three hours into the run as the temperature crept into the 90s. I paid a hefty price.
I admit I tend to learn things the hard way. Give me advice on something and I will nod my head politely, then return to my deranged habits. Lets face it, most of us are just a collection of life long habits influenced by our fear of going to detention in the third grade.
Then I read this Wall Street Journal article suggesting coffee is a legitimate way to hydrate. I guess it pays to swim upstream.
Coffee. The new water.
I don't drink enough water. And I don't like coffee. I'm screwed!
you can rehydrate... you cannot hydrate
There is a new hydration paradigm for runners. Spoiler alert...it requires water. BUT...there is a big difference as to how we propose an even better starting place that the current new way to drink.
Put a pinch of salt in your mouth and then drink the entire amount all at once, do not nurse it.
How much? 10% your body weight in ounces. Best if you can do it 5 times, 30-45 min before eating and running. Before the water, take pinch of unprocessed salt and dissolve it in your mouth.
A number of runners have tried it and say it not only works, it works great. What do you think?
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