Darby, thanks for your input and yours too, sub6. I think it is fine to have men post on this board as long as the posts are useful. But I'm not sure how many men will check this board ...
Interestingly, the views in Ambys article are consistent with what Ive been seeing in other leading sports & fitness industry publications over the past couple years. So I am actually happy to see them finally reaching the mainstream running community. But I agree that the new hydration guideline is not a hard and fast rule for every everybody.
Everybody is different and, as you pointed out, there are many folks with special hydration needs. I think if drinking the larger amount of fluids you are works for you, then you are not dangerously over-hydrating and therefore shouldnt make any changes, and vice versa for dehydration. If hyponatremia symptoms have been noticed, simply consuming foods that provide additional electrolytes, as sub6 mentioned, could help negate the effects so no change to ones fluid intake may be needed, assuming the intake is not drastically overboard to begin with. In the case of someone who has little or no idea how much fluids to consume (say, new to running and/or just starting their first marathon training program) or someone who has been erroneously told things like you can never drink too much fluids when you run a marathon, I think the guideline serves as a useful starting point.
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