My spiritual father is out of town for a week and I want to know. I'm a catechumen, and he and I were discussing fasting last week. He gave me the Lenten Triodion with the article on fasting by Bp. Kallistos +, which was fabulous and enlightening. So, Wednesday and Friday with two small vegan meals - this I can handle. But one question: I know that in some religious traditions fasting also restricts drinking. I drink a little tea, usually, sometimes soda. On fast days I get cold easily so tea looks much more appealing but it would make sense to me that I should possibly give it up on those days (it would not be difficult). The serious question, though, is whether water is restricted? I can see where it might be, considering that it alleviates hunger especially in large quantities. As I mentioned in another post (yeah, which also was all about fasting), however, I'm a distance runner. I can just not run on fast days, but if I were to drink less on those days, it would hit me on non-fast days as well. I didn't drink as much as usual yesterday (not a serious cutback - believe me, I know the dangers of dehydration - but somewhat), and today when I was running I definitely felt it. Hmm...which evokes another question...should I not run on fast days? I know these are questions for my spiritual father, but for now, what are your thoughts?