Lesson Learned

The Friday before my birthday I started feeling really yucky...low grade fever, back pain, dizziness and just exhaustion!  I rode it out Friday thinking I just had a bug but when Saturday rolled around (my Birthday) and I wasn't feeling any better I decided to do what every sick person does...google my symptoms.  My insurance is horrible so I didn't want to make a trip to the doctor for something I could treat at home.  And after reading through several websites I realized that I was . . .


Seriously, no one ever told me that being dehydrated could make you feel that bad.

My hubby and I had run on Thursday night and I was off Friday so instead of hitting the water when we got home I had a glass of wine (or 2 or 4) instead.  This on top of the fact that I'm not a water drinker to start with just made things worse.  On Saturday once I figured out what was wrong, I pumped myself full of G2 Gatorade and Water.  I felt mediocre that night so we continued our plans to go to dinner with my family but I only had one {Skinny}Margarita (that is a shame on your birthday) and headed home to bed at 9:00 pm.

Soapapillas - Yum O

I am finally better now and drinking water like CRAZY and replenishing after long runs with Gatorade.  And I figured out that not drinking water has affected me more than I knew it was.  I had been getting really, really dizzy all the time and especially when going from kneeling down to standing quickly.  One day to the point that I had to pull my car over.  I thought it was blood sugar but found out it is a side effect of dehydration.  This has not happened to me in over a week now and I've actually been able to run faster...check out this time last night (compared to my normal 11 min pace).  It was a short distance but I was flying!

So...lesson learned body - I NEED and MUST drink water!  This is my PSA for the week...drink water!  

And not to forget the 10 lbs in 10 weeks - I'm on Week 8 and 2.6 pounds away from my goal.  I can't say enough good things about My Fitness Pal (merewoody).  It has been a huge part of this challenge and I literally look up everything before it goes in my mouth.

And this week I'm doing so carb loading instead of no carbing since my half marathon is on Sunday.  EEEEK!  I don't want to hit a wall on Sunday and I have every expectation of gaining a pound or two doing this but it is going to be worth it when I cross that finish line.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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  1. YAY you are so close to 10 lbs and I can't agree MORE - water is key in my running.

  2. I think it's good that you learned this, knowing your body best! I hope you can pound it Even harder with that key!

  3. Good luck on your half marathon!

  4. Rock your race girlfriend! It'll be fab:-)

  5. I love adding a slice of fruit to my water to change it up. Right now I am loving strawberries, cantaloupe or cucumber.

    Good luck with your race tomorrow!