Also, it is my understanding that Ramadan is a time to focus on your faith. And a healthy lifestyle is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Now, I am the first to admit that I LOVE exercise but maybe you can make this a time to focus a little less on the running by doing something lower key and more on the nutrition. I hope I am not sounding rude because I am not trying to be. Really.
7/8/13 8:21 A
Thank you all for your feedback! I am trying to figure out a way around it hopefully it'll turn out better than I'm expecting!
Running in the evening after fasting all day is probably a bad idea. Can you get out very early so that you can run and then drink a giant litre of water and eat a substantial meal before sun-up? How strict is the rule of no water during the day? This is something you may want to talk about with other people in your mosque who are active. They probably have some tips.
There is limited necessity to hydrate during or immediately following a workout if you prehydrate. To prehydrate drink at least a liter (32 ounces) of water before beginning your workout, that will carry you through the workout and the day following until you can rehydrate again at sundown. The biggest mistake I see people making with regard to hydration is sipping water, all that does is slake thirst, you need to consume a minimum of 1/4 of a liter at a time and preferably 1/2 a liter. The quart equivalents are 8 ounces and 16 ounces.
During the hours between sundown and sunset the food you consume will also add to your hydration.
I'd actually consider walking for the duration, especially if you're in a hot area. Better safe than sorry. I agree with the previous poster; if you feel that you haven't had enough to drink, just skip that day.
Unless you can complete your run between first light and sunrise, I would tend to the view that it is probably better to run in late afternoon, so that you can then rehydrate pretty much as soon as you are finished. Risking going the whole day dehydrated is probably not wise, and if you are not feeling you have had enough to drink, you can always skip going running that day.
Also, splashing some water over yourself before/during your run can help keep you cool, and sweating less, and thus reduce the amount of water you need to drink. (I don't know the specifics of the religious rules around Ramadan, but I assume this would not break them).
Another option would be to plan on walking most of the time, but if there is a cooler day, sieze the opportunity to go running then. Even running once a week or so is probably enough to at least 'keep your hand in'.
7/3/13 7:34 A
Hi everyone! I'm confused at the moment; let me first describe what Ramadan is before I go on. Ramadan comes once a year and we must fast from sunrise to sunset, no food or water is allowed. It starts in a few days and lasts an entire month. Now I'm having a problem because I usually go for a jog first thing in the morning around 6am but with Ramadan coming I'm afraid it won't be safe to jog then not be able to drink until sunset. With my sleeping pattern I really have no time after sunset. Sunset is at 7pm here shall I jog from 6-7 then drink once I'm done or is that also not safe? Please advise, shall I stick to my current routine or move it to 6pm? Or is it safer to completely ditch jogging and do walking until the month is over? Thanks in advance!
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