The Adventure Begins—Tomorrow!

This seemingly-ordinary bottle has a filter inside that removes viruses, bacteria, and cysts from water.

I’ve been hunting and gathering all the necessary items to pack for my Himalayan Adventure for the past few weeks. And I’ve learned a very valuable piece of information. After reading reviews, talking to pros, and finally purchasing a technical piece of equipment—say, a water purification system—stop researching. I made the mistake of continuing to peruse websites only to decide the one I bought is sub-par. (I’m sure it would have been fine. But I’ve convinced myself otherwise.) So earlier today I scrambled to get to an outdoor store to buy a different one. This all-in-one, squeeze-it-till-your-hands-cramp Katadyn MyBottle Purifier will be joining me as I trek to Mt. Everest and the Annapurna Circuit. It’s compact, comes in a pretty blue hue, and makes safe drinking water. Done.

Waiting to be packed—my living room needs a Hazard sign!

Now the feat of fitting everything into one large backpack is upon me. There’s a 22-pound weight limit on my luggage (set by Intrepid Travel, not me), which has forced me to get creative with my wardrobe. I’m bringing two pairs of neutral pants and six brightly colored tops that can be mixed, matched, and layered. Believe it or not, I can make 30 outfits with those pieces. (My time spent working at a fashion magazine has paid off!)

I’m a little less organized in the toiletries department. All those tiny travel size bottles add up! But knowing I’ve got my hydration and clothing needs covered gives me a little bit of breathing room. No sense is sweating the small stuff, right?

Do you second guess what you’ve packed, too? Have you ever relied on a weight limit to keep your baggage to a minimum? 

Who’s Thirsty?

I get a lot of junk mail, mostly catalogs for home stores, but every once in a while I open something I can actually use. Case in point: A pamphlet on hydration from the American Road Race Medical Society (ARRMS) showed up at my apartment recently. Just in time to help me figure out my drinking strategy for the Boston Marathon! (I also got a discount coupon for a final resting place from a funeral home—let’s hope I don’t need that one any time soon.)

To figure out how much water you should be sipping, you need to calculate how much you lose from sweating. ARRMS recommends weighing yourself naked, going for a one-hour session in the conditions and at the pace you expect to race, and then stripping down, toweling off, and stepping on the scale again. The difference in ounces is the amount of water you should be consuming DURING a run. For example, if you’ve lost 12 ounces, you should be guzzling 4 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Drink too little and you risk dehydration, too much and you could end up flooding your body.

I don’t have a scale at home, so I haven’t been able to crunch my numbers yet, but I’m planning to hit a gym soon. I carry a water bottle with me on runs longer than an hour, and typically take a swig when I’m thirsty, so this might change how I approach hydration on race day.

Count Down To The Boston Marathon: 18 Days!

Do you drink during workouts?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.