A couple of years back running on a local college's track, I had tons of more energy to continue for an additional lap or two but was getting mildly thirsty, which registered as odd for me after drinking a glass of water 15-20 minutes before running.
The obvious hit me: Close my mouth.
I was running and breathing with my mouth open--double whammy--drying out my mouth and not allowing myself to properly salivate. I was creating the illusion of being thirsty. From then on, nine times out of ten, I ran with my mouth closed for the entire duration.
A friend with whom I shared this "close your mouth" tip tried it--running with a closed mouth--and came back raving saying that while she could not be a distance runner, she ran a bit longer and more comfortably than when her mouth was opened.
I bring up this past revelation because last week, doing everything right--drinking 15 minutes before running and stretching to pass the time--it happened again: I got thirst, however, a bit differently.
"But I hadn't run yet," I thought.
Ephiphany number two: Chewing gum.
Another trick: Chew a Chiclet-sized gum like from Trident or Dentyne. This helps to promote salivating and get out on your feet.
There are tons of reasons folks--even those who hydrate well--can get dry mouth while running. The below article lists some of those potential causes.
You'll find out that not all of them are physical--psychological factors like fear and anxiety could trigger a dry-mouth-false-alarm.
What Causes Dry Mouth During Running? What Can Be Done?
So, did 3.5 miles in 45 minutes [2 miles in 17 minutes on track plus 1.5 miles in 28 minutes on terrain--sidewalks, street, grass, hopping over fences (don't ask)].
Striking, the difference off treadmill.
I was doing 5 miles in 45min on treadmill.
***Fitness/Wellness Tip for the Day: Run on various terrain to build knowledge of capacity
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