Ever since I started blogging, I LOVE when the mail comes!
I posted recently about wanting to try a Camelback and the lovely Kara offered to send me one that she doesn’t use (bloggers are the most generous people I’ve ever
met not met). It got here today and I did not walk around with it on my back chugging water all evening.
And then the random poachers stepped in and started stealing water out of my pack.
In retrospect, I probably should have cleaned it before drinking 2-3 liters of water out of it. I’m gonna do that tomorrow. Also, I can’t help but chug water when it has water in it, so I think I should start carrying it around at work. Or maybe I’ll just try this (since I’ll look slightly less crazy):
You may recall that I already owned the smaller size, but it’s a lot easier for me to keep track of drinking 4 of these, rather than 8 of the other bottles. And yes, in this heat, my goal is about a gallon of water a day. My skin is clearing up and I’m crashing less hard in the afternoon. Along with my awesome run on Wednesday morning, I’m going to take this as evidence that I need a lot more water than skinny people and their 8 8-oz glasses.
So, as you may or may no know, I am in the end stages of a PhD in Physiology (specifically cardiovascular) at a College of Medicine. I am NOT a physician, nor will I ever be, but I would like to remind you of the symptoms of heat stroke (quoted from Epocrates, parentheses are my additions):
- presence of risk factors (that includes running when it’s a billionty degress)
- profound CNS disturbance (CNS=central nervous system)
- nausea and vomiting
- tachycardia (heart beating too fast)
- muscle tenderness
- hypotension (low blood pressure)
- gastrointestinal bleeding
- bruising and skin bleeding
If you’ve been outside in the heat, especially exercising and you start developing these symptoms, you may want to seek medical attention (but not from me because I am NOT a physician) . Also, don’t forget that your body also needs electrolytes when you are sweating a lot (in this heat, I’m skipping water on even short runs and gym trips and moving straight to Nuun). For more info, you might want to check out this article from Runner’s World on different drink options for runners.
And Ima fess up right here. I did not run this morning. It was 75+ degrees and 92 percent humidity. I stayed in bed and got quality time with my husband. I have horrible exerguilt, but I know I did the right thing. My body was craving rest anyways.
So, what’s your hydration strategy of choice? How are you staying cool in this crazy heat? Anyone live somewhere cool that wants a houseguest?
And yes, I am watching more Teen Mom without pants on while writing this. I. AM. AWESOME.