[note: you know you're a water snob if you can "taste the difference" between types and brands of water].
(The look on my face when spring water is my only option....as you can see deep meditation is required)
Sadly, all water isn't created equally, and spring water is at the bottom of my list. You know what's worse than spring water?.... warm spring water (UUUGGGHHHHH)...
I write this confession because there are a few situations where being a water snob doesn't work in my favor....like at mile 11 when I'm exhausted and thirsty. If you're like me (one of the slower runners) by the time you get to mile 11 the water is probably warm-ish, and it's more than likely spring water...
During a marathon, unless you have supporters holding bottles of your favorite brand of water along the course, or are carrying all the water you need on your hydration belt, you're pretty much stuck with what they give you...
(who knows what they put in those cups!)
This week I'm going to ensure that I am hydrating well. As a general rule, going into your race well hydrated is the key to a great start and staying hydrated throughout the race is the key to a great finish*. So I have been flushing my renal system with this today...
(my smart water alongside Kaiyu's fancy water jug/cup)
*there are a myriad of factors that affect race performance...proper hydration is only one of those factors
And I've also cut out other forms of beverages completely for this week..with the exception of a few sips of coffee in the morning to ensure that I'm actually awake.
Today is "Paleo 80/20 Remix" Day 2 and it's been going well. I've been craving sweet stuff today (probably more hormonal than a paleo issue), so in addition to my chewing gum addiction, I consoled myself with this...
nothing beats actually eating cake..but having cake batter smelling lips comes close ;)
Apart from my hydration focus (and subsequent frequent bathroom breaks), today was relatively uneventful. I did a short session at 4am at the gym (cardio warm-up ~ light weights ~ cardio again), and then came home to complete Day 4 of the sit-up challenge. The goal for today was 35 sit-ups...I did 50...twice! :)
Tomorrow is a running day for me...
What's your favorite brand of water?
Have you ever had a really bad water stop experience during a race? What happened?
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