How you Can Help Hydrate the World
I’m running the Twin Cities marathon to help hydrate the world. Here’s why..
We all need it.
Its basic human physiology that you need water everyday to function at our highest. Water makes up 2/3 of your body weight distributed across your brain, blood, bones, skin and muscles. How much water do you need? Is it 8 glasses a day as conventional wisdom suggests? New research suggests it all depends on your body type, size and how active you are.
As a runner, you need more water than the average person. Do you drink coffee, tea, soda or have an occasional alcoholic beverage? If so, then you need more water. If you’re thirsty, drink. Some estimate .5 oz per pound. A 160 lbs runner would need 80 oz.
What Water Does in Our Bodies
Water plays a crucial role in several key functions of our bodies.
- Water drives the metabolic system in your body
- Regulates the body temperature
- Moistens tissues such as the eyes, nose, mouth and skin
- Lubricates joints (yeah runner, love your joints!)
- Helps prevent constipation
- Removes toxins from the body
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells
- Helps dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to your body
Inadequate Water Supply
When you don’t have enough water you begin to get headaches, fatigue, dizziness sets in, your body thinks its hungry and you might become irritable. Studies have shown that being as little as 2% dehydrated can lead to a 6% reduction in running performance.
If water is not clean, it can lead to disease and even death.
Some don’t have access to Clean Water
Imagine a life where you didn’t have access to clean water. You couldn’t even get the clean water you needed to drink each day, let alone cook or wash yourself. Imagine having to walk three miles (yeah, an easy run…) to a water source, which doesn’t doesn’t even guarantee clean water.
Now imagine you’re a 9 year old girl who walks three miles back home, with up to 5 gallons on her head, possibly through dangerous territory where she worries if she’ll make it home. She does this 2 or 3 times a day for her family.
Why I Run to Hydrate
I run because I care. I run because access to clear water is compelling enough for me to know that the almost 30 minutes it takes for me to run 3 miles today, so that I am able run 26.2 miles in October, will make a difference in the life of a girl like this.
Last year I went to Liberia and saw a well like the ones built by Team World Vision. It changed me. I knew then that it would be my life goal to make a difference bringing clean water and access to self-sustaining agriculture for communities around the world. Running with World Vision has given me a step in this direction. I don’t have the academic knowledge yet to put my hands into the earth to find water, but they do, and I can make a difference by running with them.
A major component of running with Team World Vision has been fundraising $5,000. For every $50 that is raised, access to a clean water source is met for one person for life. Team World Vision is partnering with the Twin Cities Marathon raising money for Zambia Clean Water Projects.
If you’re compelled by this, please consider making a $50 donation as I run 26.2 miles for Africa on October 6 at the Twin Cities Marathon.