The old saying goes that if you put three running coaches in a room, they’ll come out with three training theories. I’ll add that the chances of any two coaches agreeing completely on any one traning plan are pretty slim. Still, it’s clear that over time, ideas change, and consensus builds around new ideas.
Today I’m beginning a new series for this blog: Old School v. New School. In this series I’ll point out the old conventional thinking on a running-related subject, and then explain the current theories (many of which are explained in my book Smart Marathon Training).
OLD SCHOOL: Drink at every aid station during a race. The idea is that if you wait until you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
NEW SCHOOL: Drink only when you’re thirsty. The current thinking is that you should trust your body to tell you how much water it needs. If you’re thirsty, then drink, but if you’re not thirsty, don’t force it. Perhaps more importnatly, the risk of associated with being over-hydrating are considered higher than the risks that come from being dehydrated, so if in doubt, don’t force the water.
TAKE-AWAY: During the race, treat each water station like a Starbucks store; you might like to get a cup of coffee, but you wouldn’t stop in at every store you see, right?
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Give me silence, water, hope
Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes.
Pablo Neruda, poet