22 miles, concussing myself, and drinking lots of water

Happy National Clean off your desk day!  No really it is.  I planned on getting started early and I was going to do it this weekend but it didn’t happen so I guess I have an excuse to do it today since well, it’s the national holiday to clean off your desk!

national desk day

Oh if it were only that easy…

I really did want to get organized this weekend because I feel like the first week after the new year is sort of a throw away week and no one gets anything done.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Anyway, I planned of getting organized but I still had the Christmas decorations to contend with.

I wish I was as smart as this guy…

I am not a genius therefore, the decorations that I put up take me several days to take down.  And it sucks.

Do you know what sucks more?  When you are putting the decorations into the storage loft in the top of the man cave where MacGyver has also carefully placed two rather large wake boards leaning ever so slightly in the absolutely wrong direction on the top of a shelf.

And as you’re carefully placing your bins of decorations neatly under the shelf, BAM!


Both wake boards fell directly onto the top of my head.  I’ve got a knot the size of a tennis ball and I’m pretty sure I concussed myself.  I guess I can be happy that this occurred Sunday afternoon and thankfully it all happened after I logged all of my miles for the weekend.

So, lets talk running for a minute, shall we?  I ran 12 miles on Saturday and then 10 more on Sunday!  The best news is, both days I was migraine free!  It was an epic weekend for running and I have to tell you that I absolutely love doing those back to back long runs once a month.  The week after I can really feel a difference in my endurance.

I wanted to tell y’all about something I’ve been doing to help prevent migraines after my long runs because I feel lie it’s made a world of difference.

I feel like I’m pretty good at determining how much water I need and typically if you see me, I’ll either have a sports drink or water in my hand. I have tried almost everything I could think of to stave off those long run migraines and hydration was the one thing that I thought I had under control but I decided that maybe I should tweak it a bit and see if it helped.  Spoiler alert, it did.

Here’s the trick I’ve been using.  I weight myself right before I go out for a long run and then I weigh myself immediately after.  For instance, on Saturday my after weight was exactly 2 pounds less that when I left!  Two pounds.  Converting that to water weight, I needed to drink around 32 oz of water to compensate and so I did, and guess what, no migraine.  None.

happy dance

Some of you may already use that trick and honestly the only reason that I hadn’t was because I thought I knew my body well and I thought I could tell when I needed more water.  In reality, I was underestimating the amount I needed by a ton.  If you haven’t tried it, do so and let me know if it helps you.  In case you don’t remember the conversion, (I didn’t), it is 15.34 oz to 1 lb of weight.

The weather here is heating up again thankfully so I’m pretty sure I’ll be sweating even more.  I will miss seeing these two cuddling on the couch though.


How do you determine how much water you need after a long run? 

Do you suffer from migraines?

2 thoughts on “22 miles, concussing myself, and drinking lots of water

  1. I have only focused on thirst for my water but if I ignore my body signals I get awful stomach cramps that won’t go away unless I drink up! That’s such a good trick to figure out water loss and I’ve heard of it before. We don’t have a scale otherwise I’d do it too!

    I guess stress migraines brought on by major lack of sleep. I haven’t had on in a few months but I know they are not fun. Anything we can do to starve them off is a victory!

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