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9/20/12 8:28 A

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FREEDOMSTAR,
I get it. I just don't know it I could stomach it. If it what works for you, great! emoticon

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9/19/12 2:05 P

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Jules- I thought the dill pickle would satisfy the salt, and the Rasins natural sugar

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9/19/12 11:07 A

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PASTAFARIAN,

I know what you mean about the need to train to "drink to thirst." My husband lives in a state of dehydration. He doesn't know his body's signals for hunger or thirst even if they are apparent to others (growling stomach, sluggishness). I, on the other hand, still eat before my stomach ever growls and have a habit of drinking water when I'm bored. Signals are very complicated. Not only do they have to happen, they have to be recognized and acted on.

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9/19/12 10:31 A

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Jules, You can certainly train to consume less water. Frankly, I think you may have to train to "drink to thirst". In other words, I don't think "drink to thirst" is as simple or useful as people believe.

If I "drink to thirst" I will end my run significantly dehydrated - whether I run on hot days or cold days.

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9/19/12 10:03 A

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I like raisins, apricots, dates, and figs. I never even thought about a dill pickle. emoticon

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9/19/12 9:40 A

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Jules- same here I used to over gel & hydrate... now I dont take a gel until Im at 10-13K if I'm running 20 or more.

If I'm running 10K I only take 2 small water bottles on my fuel belt. If Im running more I'll take all 4 bottles

This varies if its a hot day I'll be needing more

I'm looking to find an alternative to gels like real food snacks that are easily taken, maybe some raisins & baby dill pickle?

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Here's an interesting one: can you train yourself to consume less water? I'm finding that the longer distance I go on a regular basis, the less often I feel the need to rehydrate. I used to drink water around mile 3 and now I find I don't touch it until about mile 6 most days.

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9/19/12 4:01 A

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To address the original question, clear urine does not necessarily imply hydration. For example, kidney failure and liver failure can have clear urine as symptoms. If you aren't drinking a lot (as you say) and you do distance running (which I have to assume given this is the HM forum), you should see your doctor.

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9/19/12 12:18 A

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Well, that and the fact that I am not thirsty any more are pretty good indicators.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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9/18/12 1:25 P

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You may also need to regulate sodium. If I drink to thirst, I overdo and puff up like The Thing. A little salt, and I am back in balance.

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9/18/12 11:20 A

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Drink to thirst. That is the new mantra for runners. That being said, if you are having clear, scant (small amount) of urine you may want to talk with your doctor about this. Remember too, that we get some fluid from our food, too.

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9/18/12 11:20 A

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drink when thirsty, it's harmful to over hydrate. Weight yourself before/after long run the weight loss is a good indication of how much you need to replace.

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No antiobotics. Nothing medication has changed in over a year.

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9/18/12 11:07 A

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have you recently taken antibiotics? when i did, my urine was clear for several months before it started being colored again ... and if that's it, then it doesn't say anything about your hydration level.
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9/18/12 10:56 A

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There is so much back and forth about how much water you are suppose to drink. I understand that. My question is this: if your urine is clear (yes, CLEAR) are you hydrated enough even if you are not drinking a lot?

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