The day before a big run, I drink a little extra water. Proper hydration starts up to 12 hours before its needed. During my longer runs, I have water breaks to keep myself fueled to finish. And after my run, you can be sure that stretching and re-hydrating are essential. In order to train my body, I need to provide the necessary water.
Water is essential to my training. I can’t forget how fortunate I am that I can readily have access to water before I need it, while I’m performing, and while I recover. Water is essential to life. Life is more important than training. Yet not everyone has access to the clean water that I do. On my training run today, I thought about my clean water campaign. I’m running to provide clean water to families that have to travel long distances to get this essential nutrient of life. I get all the water I want whenever I want it. It saddens me that I can’t fully wrap my mind around the reality that families on this same planet don’t have that resource. It fuels me, actually. I get extremely motivated to run really well and keep pointing people to this cause. I’ll never run a race again without pointing my friends and family to this clean water project. If we all chip in a little, we can stop this water crisis in our life time. I hope you’ll consider joining my team.