Why Am I Constantly Thirsty While Running No Matter How Much I Drink?

Why Am I Constantly Thirsty While Running No Matter How Much I Drink?

This is the next edition of Ask Coach Parry, and today we have a question from Linda. She says she’s running an average of 40 to 45 km a week with long runs on a Saturday.  Her aim is to qualify for the Comrades Marathon at Kaapse Hoop, which is round about now.

She says although the route that she runs has a lot of water points, she feels as if she can’t drink enough after a long run.  She stays very, very thirsty, but she, she can’t seem to take in any more fluid because she’s so full.  Have you got any advice for her?

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Brad Brown: This is the next edition of Ask Coach Parry, and today we have a question from Linda. She says she’s running an average of 40 to 45 km a week with long runs on a Saturday.  Her aim is to qualify for the Comrades Marathon at Kaapse Hoop, which is round about now.

She says although the route that she runs has a lot of water points, she feels as if she can’t drink enough after a long run.  She stays very, very thirsty, but she, she can’t seem to take in any more fluid because she’s so full.  Have you got any advice for her?

LINDSEY PARRY:  Look it’s fairly normal, particularly as we get to this time of year where it is very hot, and to be honest, even if she had access to water points as in a normal race, you can’t really drink enough fluids to make up for the amount of fluids you lose.

So my advice to her would be to just quite literally steadily drink through the day, instead of trying to quench your thirst immediately after you’ve finished the run. Your body also can’t absorb that fluid fast enough, and then you do, you sit there with this big bloated stomach and it takes a long time to empty out even though your mouth stays dry.

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So, have a decent energy drink and some water once you’ve finished running, and then keep a bottle with you and then just slowly sip that.  That will just help with the sort of dry, thirsty feeling in your throat and it will probably take you in the region of an hour or two of just slowly sipping that water bottle.

Or perhaps even two water bottles during that time, and then your thirst will subside.It is fairly normal.  Some people obviously sweat more than others and get a bit thirstier than others and you are quite clearly on the extreme end of that.

But if you just manage it by keeping fluid at hand and drinking it slowly it will at least remove the bloatedness. I guess it’s just, it will be okay just knowing that you are normal and that you’re not doing yourself any harm by being thirsty like that for that length of time.

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