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Learn to hydrate?

jessmarimba2011-10-15 09:12:31 +0000 #1
I'm posting this here because it seems to be just a running issue for me and doesn't occur while biking. Even if I drink water all day at work I seem to just pee a million times and I still feel dehydrated while running. Coming back from ~6 weeks off, I realize I'm just not very efficient right now and running will start to suck less as I run more - but is there any way to speed up my body's learning to work again? This is really annoying. Drinking while I run just makes the water slosh around and give me cramps (and I know that will get better as I run more too).

(And a side note - "eating" more water doesn't seem to help me retain it, either. I'm eating tons of fruits & veggies right now and still no luck)
ny biker2011-10-15 09:20:55 +0000 #2
If your pee is clear, then I think you're hydrated.

Perhaps you should add more salt to your diet? That will help you retain water. And it's possible that you're drinking too much water, causing your blood sodium levels to be low. When your sodium levels are very low you develop hyponatremia, which has symptoms similar to dehydration.
OakLeaf2011-10-15 09:27:40 +0000 #3
Sounds like not enough sodium to me, too.

It's hard for me to sort out. Not only sodium and water, but calcium and magnesium as well. I suppose I'll have to start logging every molecule that passes my lips, weighing before/after and using the HR-based calorie calculation to estimate what % of weight loss is fluid and what is glycogen, etc., etc., etc. Ugh.
hulagirl2011-10-15 10:25:21 +0000 #4
Have you tried an electrolyte replacement supplement like E21?
Becky2011-10-15 10:08:52 +0000 #5
When I feel like I'm drinking (and peeing) like crazy, but not staying hydrated, I supplement with some Endurolyte capsules or Elete drops. That usually does the trick for me.

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