I started running (jogging) again about two months ago, but only very sporadically. About 4 weeks ago I had the worst run of my life! It was on the treadmill at Winter Garden Fitness, (because it was too hot for the little ones outside). It was a weekend afternoon and my toddler went
down for a nap, so while my husband stayed home, I took the baby and to the gym we went. I had tried to plan where she would sleep for about 30 min while I was there, so my window was very short that I could get a run in. About 5 minutes in I felt horrible. My sides were cramping like crazy, I could barely breathe and my stomach was bothering me. So I stopped. I HATE stopping once I start. But physically I could not push through it. It drove me crazy that I finally found 30 minutes to be able to run and my body wouldn’t let me. That whole week my body felt a little off. I was tired (yes I know tired comes with a new baby, but this was different), I was having dizzy spells from my BP being too low, I was getting side cramps that wouldn’t go away, and I was feeling chest pain. I made a doctor appointment with my endocrinologist because I thought maybe my thyroid levels were going funny and maybe needed to adjust my medication. At the appointment she told me my levels have stayed stable, but what I was describing sounded like dehydration. WHAT?! Not drinking enough water? Me? I preach water all day to my clients! I have to be drinking enough! Turns out I wasn’t. I was probably getting about 40oz a day and with being active and nursing, that was definitely not enough. So I’ve made it a priority to get at least 100oz in a day. Once I did that I felt much better the following week, and now can run a full 3mi again. (Yes, I have a long way to go before OUC half marathon in December).
There is a great app out there called water logged that can help you reach you water goals by keeping track of your daily intake. I recycled one of my supplement bottles to use as my water bottle that is 32oz. My goal is 4 of them a day, but even if I can get 3, it is 96oz.
So there is my confession. I was preaching water but not getting enough myself. HERE is a post I wrote about the importance of water in our lives. Are YOU drinking enough? Water may be the simple addition to your day to help you to get your body functioning better and to start feeling good again!