Hydration Situation

Water stations, specially constructed hand-held water bottles, CamelBaks, questions like “Did you drink enough?” One of the top commandments of running is “Thou Shalt Drink Water,” but what about all the other liquids that become part of running life? Here’s a day in the life of this runner’s fluid consumption.

I start the day with pre-workout Vega Energizer and post-workout Vega Protein. I used to never drink or eat anything before I ran, but I learned my lesson after cramping and crashing at the Hollywood Half. I heard Vega formulator and Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier on the No Meat Athlete podcast, and he went through and explained his entire Vega line. I’m not vegan, but I used to be vegetarian and near-vegan for several years, and I like his products. Vega is easy, clean, and made with non-gross chemicals. This is a fairly new thing, and I have not raced with them, so I cannot attest to their efficacy other than to say that my tempo run went much better than expected after taking the pre-workout Vega Energizer last week. Still gathering evidence.


When I finally make it in to work, I have an assortment of drinks to choose from. Our firm is very generous and offers us way too many beverage options. Personally, I say reduce the coffee choices to four, do away with the flavored Pellegrinos, and hire another secretary with the money saved. This is a little obnoxious if you ask me. Plus, please believe that people are stocking their homes with this stuff. That’s why the firm went with these fancy coffee disks; people were taking the Keurig pods home.


From this beverage buffet, I usually go with this combination throughout the day: espresso, filtered water, Perrier, Trader Joe’s coconut water, and Yogi Egyptian Licorice Tea (the last two are from home).


Still not done.

Then there are the nighttime liquids. I started taking Floradix Liquid Iron when I was vegetarian. I have on/off tested as borderline anemic, and this supplement has really helped. Even though I now eat animal protein, I still need to keep my iron up, so I drink one dose a few times a week. It’s actually pretty tasty, like a shot of prune juice. Right before bedtime, I drink Natural Calm, a magnesium supplement that relaxes my muscles, which is super important to a habitual cramper like me. If you’ve ever shot up in bed in the middle of the night from your calf seizing up, then you know you will drink your own sweat if it meant never cramping like that again. Luckily, such extreme and disgusting action is not necessary — just drink Natural Calm. (Eating a banana or having coconut water will help too, but I like to think of this as cramp insurance.)


Last but not least, let’s not forget the special events liquid – the pre-race Juven to repair any tissue wear-and-tear. I drink this during race week as part of taper with the idea that my body is assimilating all my training and building back up in preparation for the big day.


So there you have it. Of course, throughout the day I’m drinking plain old H2O, but on the regular, I supplement my water consumption with liquids that serve a purpose, whether it’s for a pre-workout boost, post-workout recovery, a little pep, some tasty warmth, or potassium-iron-magnesium supplementation. This cache of fluids is just one more piece of training that helps keep my body healthy and running.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to run to the ladies’ room.

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