Today I wanted to share something with you from my personal marathon training program. It is actually a mistake I made when I would run my long runs. Long runs are just runs that are 8, 10, or even 20 miles at a time. I found out the hard way, that when you are running more than 20 or 20 minutes at a clip, it is vital to stay hydrated.
This point came to my attention after I decided to go get a yearly physical – to make sure my engine was running right before the big race. I did share with the Doc that a couple of times after my long runs, I had a spell where I was seeing spots. I was a little concerned about this issue, so I was hoping he may have some insight about the problem. After further discussion, he came to the conclusion that I was getting dehydrated during my long runs, and I was experiencing ‘ocular migraines’. I came to find out that my Doc is a runner too, and he said that I just was not getting enough water.
The reality is that I was not even taking water or fuel with me at all on these longer runs. I know it probably sounds crazy that I didn’t drink water on my long runs, and I am actually kind of embarrassed that I let that happen. I guess that I really just do not mind being thirsty, and if it were up to me, I would prefer not to carry water. I guess it just feels weird to carry water while you run. Though after having that happen, I take water with me, or I make water drop offs along the way. Now I realize that water is really important (Duh) and I do not run without water anymore!
In the end, the lesson is to take water with you, and stay hydrated if you are running in hot weather, or if you are going to be out for more than twenty or thirty minutes at a time. If you need some information about water bottles or hydration pack, check out the related post under the running gear section.