Monday, February 1, 2010

I Need About as Much Water as a Camel.



My 12 miler = DONE. I felt great the whole run. The secret to my success? I hydraded VERY well. I took a camelback with me instead of my fuel belt. Now that’s 40 plus ounces of water and let me tell you, I slurped that entire thing dry. Apparently, I need a shit ton of water in order to feel good, which is a problem because I haven’t quite mastered the “drinking from a cup handed to you from a volunteer while running” strategy that most people use during races. My husband told me that we could practice on my 14 miler this weekend. He would stand along my route, offer me water, and I would try to run while drinking from the cup without choking or spilling it all over myself. I know it sounds insane people, but unless I want to drag a tank behind me in the marathon, I really need to get the hang of this. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, I met Jill at the gym for a little weight session and then swim. I haven’t swum laps since college, so it was not very pretty, but Jill was very encouraging. I just love my new friend! I have wanted to get back into swimming for a while now, but I am usually so nervous that I’ll look like a drowning whale that I usually just go and stare at the water and never actually get in. It was nice to have someone to swim with and I actually got IN the pool this time and swam laps! I was exhausted. I had forgotten how much swimming takes out of you when you aren’t used to it. I drove all the way home, pulled into my driveway and realized that I couldn’t remember the drive home.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a wonderful week of training!

22 comments:

ShutUpandRun said...

Great job on the 12 miler!!! Wow I don't think I've ever had that much to drink during a run. Maybe that's my problem.

Jennifer said...

Just got my Kara issue too... Ahh, so nice to just gaze at the cover! I am a water person too, and have often thought about switching to a camel-back because it holds so much more than my fuel belt. After reading your post I may just try it out. Cheers!

Julie said...

Hi Tara,
Woo hoo for the 12 miler!! I totally need to practice the drinking water thing during the race to. I usually end up spilling all over my shirt and spilling some of it on my face:) Let me know how the practice goes!

HappyTrails said...

Yay on your 12 miler!!! Camelbaks are awesome. I've got two for running - one is a 50 oz for shorter runs and one is a 72 oz for longer or hot runs in the summer. I know, for most people, "image" is everything, but why not wear your Camelbak during your race??? I know, I know - it's more normal to wear a hydration pack in a trail race/run and maybe perceived as "geeky" in a road race, but hey, if it works well, it works well! Have a great week!
Kathleen

Jamoosh said...

I am soooo retarded when it comes to drinking from a cup on the run. I always have to walk through the watger stop.

Lisa said...

Amazing what a little water can do for you huh? Nice job. 12 miles? Amazing. You've come a long way in just a few months!

I'm in awe of people who swim. I suck at swimming.

Molly said...

I'm amazed at how fast you've gone from running 4 miles, to TWELVE! that's really great!

I read your other blog earlier and was laughing about the french fries for your dog....we're hoping to get a dog in the spring, so you're giving me some great insight into having one! : )

ultrarunner (Brian Philpot) said...

Camel backs are nice, but in the summer your core will heat up. So then you will need more water. It's a win-lose.

Morgan said...

Half the fun of a race is trying to see if you can drown yourself or not during the aid stations didn't you know???

ajh said...

What a sweet husband to offer to hand you water for practice! Yes, I am proud of my daughter!

Meg said...

That's a lot of water kiddo! Maybe that was my problem on my last run...I think I might need to practice finishing a cup of water while I run, usually I just dribble it all over! Keep us posted on your dash and drink training!

Jill said...

Hola chicka, I love my new friend, too :). You did awesome on the swim, you'll be lapping me soon! That guy next to us was too funny. Makes ya wanna SWIM more so that you don't have to talk to the weirdos at the gym. Haha.

I have 20 on my plan this weekend (ugh)....would you want to hook up somehow? I could maybe do 6 then meet you at highline or Waterton or anywhere for your 14. Or run together your first 7, if you wanted to run alone some. Holler if so!

The water thing is so tricky...oh the stories I got for you there! Suppose to be semi-nice in Denver this week - yea! Enjoy!!

TX Runner Mom said...

Way to go with the 12 miler! LOL, I have the same issue with cups at races...I spill it all over me. And, way to go with the swimming. Cross training is soooo good!

Julia said...

haha, I know what you mean about the whole drinking from the cups thing! I darn near choke to death every time! I've tried slowing down, taking one big sip, taking lots of little sips, pinching the cup thing.... choke every time! good luck with your practice; your husband is really sweet to offer to help like that!

e410 said...

Haha, that is too funny that your hubby said he'd help practice handing you cups of water and you'd run by and try to drink from them. What a sweetheart he must be! Love it.

And yay for you for hoping in the pool! I was super awkward in the water for the first, I dunno, 10 times I got in... but it gets so much better! Happy running/swimming/drinking water out of paper cups :)

Slomohusky said...

i love my camelback. saved me this past summer running in the desert heat. i have used mine in the last two races, and plan on using it this weekend at surf city. never felt out of place wearing it. i would rather wear my camelbak than have a fuel belt bouncing around my waist. i also hate drinking out of cups while running. i usually choke on it going down. by the way, how far are you from good trails to run. i thought everyone in colorado had a trailhead in their backyard:)? take care tara.

Christina said...

Great job on your run. And hydration is so key. I feel like I have a hangover in the morning if I'm dehydrated. I met with a nutritionist for my running before and she said the following: get up in the morning 1st thing and have 10-12 oz of water. Then BEFORE every meal and snack have 8 oz. This way you don't worry about sipping during day. If you are more hydrated going into a run, you'll be better.

A tip for the cups, pinch the top edges together bringing the edges together. The top of the cup will make a line (as compared to a circle) Then drink from one of the two openings.

Jesse said...

I've heard that one of the best ways to drink during a race is to carry a straw with you (tuck it into your shorts). Then, when you grab a cup from a volunteer, put your straw in it, crush the top to keep it from spilling, and then you don't have to worry about wearing 3/4 of it, or spewing 1/2 of it out of your nose. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to on my next race.

Anne said...

Great job on the 12 miles! As for drinking from a cup, I will so practice before my first half :) I read that the pinching the cup trick helps...but somehow I have a feeling you've tried that.

BTW, that picture is of my beautiful daughter on our mom and daughter trip to Europe last June :)

Katie A. said...

OMG! That's a crap load of water! I ran 9 the other night and I think I took a sip from my water bottle! But, whatever works for ya! Goodluck with the practice!
BTW, so jealous you have a gym partner! I need one!

Marathonman101108 said...

New math according to Tara: A "shit ton of water=40 oz. I love it! Congrats on the swim thing. If I could swim I'd try a "tri." I can't, so the means someday I'll try a "Bi." (That doesn't sound right, but you get my point) :-)

Sunflower Kisses said...

I can't even drink from a cup while I am driving or as a passenger, let alone running and drinking.