A Lesson Learned

When I completed my 10 miler a couple of weeks ago, I was pleased with how I felt during the run. The 24 hours following the run was when my body let me know just how hard it had worked. That evening I rubbed down my aching calves with some Tiger Balm. The next day I suffered from a mild headache. The suspected culprit? Not enough water. Even tough I drank more water than normal after the run, I realized it probably wasn’t enough.

My sister-in-law and I decided to meet up again Friday for the same run. I began guzzling water Thursday evening. On Friday morning, I drank about 3 cups of water and then stopped about 2 hours before our run (for obvious reasons 🙂 ) I continued to drink water throughout the rest of the day. I didn’t suffer from sore calves and there was no headache this time. I’m thankful that my body let’s me know when things are a bit off, and I’m glad my suspicion was a simple solution!

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  1. Amanda Leathers

     /  March 20, 2011

    Great job on the run, Michele! Are you training for a marathon?
    Don’t forget to refuel your body as soon as you can after such an intense run, too…I’ve made that mistake too often. My favorite recovery drink…chocolate milk. It has just the right amount of protein and carbs to replenish your body…and of course drink lots of water!

    • Wholly Hot Mama

       /  March 20, 2011

      Thanks! I’m not training for a marathon right now. We just plan on doing this every 2-3 weeks. I am thinking about the Space Coast one in Nov. though. My favorite recovery meal is a peanut butter banana smoothie!!! 🙂


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