Monday, February 13, 2012

Dehydration is no Fun

A couple of weeks ago, I had to have some tests at the hospital.  I was required to have nothing to eat or drink after 10 o'clock in the morning and the test was scheduled for 1:30 p.m.  It didn't happen till almost 4 p.m. and by that time, I was already showing signs of dehydration.

I had to have a needle inserted into a blood vein in my right arm so that I could have an IV drip attached to it, which would allow the doctor to administer some sedative as needed during the testing.  I don't know who felt worse during the insertion of the needle, me or the nurse who was doing it.  I normally have quite robust veins, but the dehydration made them rolly and uncooperative.  She had to make 2 attempts in diffferent parts of my arm, and then when I got into the examining room, a different nurse removed the second needle and made a third stab at me!

Dehydration is a serious medical condition... and I don't think I have experienced it quite that severely before.  I was light-headed, and dry eyed.  My mouth felt like it had cotton balls in it and I had trouble concentrating on anything for very long.  I sort of went from giddy to cranky and back and forth.  And that was after only 6 hours with no fluids, and not doing anything strenuous at all.

I was quite surprised to learn that it happened that quickly.

The Captain and I did a 3 mile run this morning and during the first 2 miles I felt strong and fast and was really enjoying it.  I felt like I was going to beat my best 3 mile time by about 3 minutes today!  And then I hit a wall. 

All of a sudden I was so thirsty I could hardly make myself keep going!  I tried to work up some spit in my mouth, unsuccessfully.  I wanted to stop and walk but kept pushing myself, thankful for The Captain's gentle prodding and encouragement.

I don't pack water on a 3 mile run. I have never needed it on a run that short.  But as I plodded along, I remembered that all I had to drink this morning was 2 cups of cofee, and hadn't thought to have a glass or two of water before we headed out running.  So, really very little fluid for about 12 hours before my run.  Big mistake! 

So the first 2 miles were speedy and wonderful and that third and last  mile was hard and slow, but all said and done, I still beat my time by 1-1/2 minutes - that much wanted PR was the thing that really kept me going.

W3 R34:30 @10/1 W4
stretch 5 minutes

I sat and drank 2 huge glasses of water after we got in the house before I even thought of stripping off my wet gear and stretching...

Lesson learned! Drink some water before heading out for a run.  I won't forget that again.

Have you eve experienced dehydration?

What is the longest run you do without carrying water?


  1. none - I may manage a 3 miler with no water but I like sipping on it.

    I have been really bad with water lately....currently downing my 6th glass today b/c I need and want to get back to 10+ a day :D

    Hope everything is ok. I HATE IV's - they can NEVER get my vein. argh

  2. in winter I carry only for 8 miles and up. In the summer for every run because temps go in the 100s here. If you read my race recap you know I do have too much experience with dehydration during half marathon races. I have end up in the medic tent 5 out of 7 times.

  3. glad you were able to finally rehydrate. I have never experienced dehydration. I hate running with water. If I do a long run, I make sure a water fountain is on my route. I can't carry water, it throws me off.

  4. glad you made it and were able to get some water! dehydration is something i am always worried about. it took me so long to get into good habits of drinking water all day rather than just "binge" drinking some water at certain times. i definitely think that my habits now are so much better and keep me hydrated for working out, etc!

  5. i used to be horrible about hydrating but running on the treadmill with a water bottle has shown me how much better i feel with it! i got a handheld for the spring so i hope i'll be able to run with it!

  6. I am so glad it all worked out okay. Dehydration is awful! Take care, drink up!

  7. Oh No! Congrats on the PR, but you are right, dehydration is a horrible feeling!! I am glad you are more cautious of it now, and i hope it doesn't hit too soon again!

  8. hope your tests went well and the results are what you where hoping for. eeck on the dehydration that isnt fun at all.

  9. Hopefully this won't happen to you again. That sounds terrible. I'm fortunate to have never been dehydrated. I don't even like to run 3 miles without a drink.


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