Concerned about proper fluid intake prior to jogging, I headed over to the Runner’s World website prior to today’s jog to check out some articles on hydration. I was excited to learn that, according to this article on hydration myths, that coffee doesn’t cause dehydration. While it’s true that drinking coffee does make you need to, well, go, it also makes you less likely to go later. In other words, it simply makes you need to go now rather than later, so you don’t lose more fluids in the long run. At least, that’s what the article says. But since I like what the article is saying, I won’t question too much.
The irony is that, while I was reading articles on hydration, I neglected to actually hydrate myself prior to my jog today. As a result, I experienced some massive calf cramps, which Web MD assures me is caused by dehydration.
The workout: 5-minute warm-up walk followed by a 3 minute jog, 1:30 minute walk, 5 minute jog, 2:30 minute walk, another 3 minute jog, another 1:30 minute walk, another 5 minute jog. 5 minute cool-down walk.
Post-workout blood sugar: 163 mg/dl