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Be your own coach

I first learned the value of being my own coach as a high school runner.
My coach’s chief axiom was, “by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.” I knew that it was impossible to achieve top speed while dehydrated, so I diligently followed my coach’s direction to drink more water. Unfortunately, I already drank enough water. A few weeks later, during my first race, I blacked out across the finish line. My doctor identified overhydration as the cause.
There was no way my coach could have known that I had low blood pressure and that my diet was unusually low in salt. I should have listened to my body, rather than my coach.