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[at-l] Hyponatremia

When I was a kid my mom used to let my siblings and I ride around in the back of our station wagon without seatbelts on. We used to put both seats down to create a sheet of metal from the back window all the way to the backs of the front seats. We would call out to my mom and scream for her to accelerate, or hit the brakes, or take corners fast, just to make us slide from one end to the other, crushing each other as we did so. It was a blast! I only point this out as an example of "now we know better" and thank god we do. Is the water issue due to more people being involved in endurance sports? Is it because many people have pursued these sports without the help of wonderful people like everyone on this fine list? Do we really know better now? Is it just a fluke and needs to be ignored? I don't know. I do know that having run into my old friend Derek recently, I found out that he is training people now to run the Boston Marathon. He has run it himself 7 times, I believe. Sadly, a
 thigh injury is keeping him from running this year. He did mention something about water intake though, but I don't remember if he used the word Hyponatremia. It was more a comment about people he was training, not understanding that fluid intake must be monitored, and his attempts to teach them the correct way to hydrate their bodies. I'll have to try and contact him to find out his full take on the subject. Just food... er, water... for thought. Damn, I miss that station wagon. 


Doug Mathews <mathews@uga.edu> wrote:Ladies and gentlemen,

Here's a url for an article in Runner's World about the subject:

I think you'd really have to be over cautious and drinking a lot more than 
your body's calling for to succumb. It has amazed me the number of folks 
that cannot seem to be without their water bottle doing just simple 
things. Perhaps its a case of folks listening to what's the hot topic and 
deciding if a little is good, a lot may be better( well I can think of one 
or 2 things where that is definitely true >:-} ) and just over drink. Ever 
seen someone in a store with a water bottle?
I run a lot and have done several marathons and unless I'm running over a 
1/2 marathon (13.1m) I avoid ingesting fluids, unless its very hot. I know 
we are all different and what works for me may not work for the next 
person, but years ago can you remember all the activities you did and drank 
when you got thirsty? How many folks did you know that had medical 
problems because of not enough water!

My 2-3 4-may 6 cents worth!

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