Hope you had a great holiday weekend. If you’re in an area like Missouri, you are experiencing super hot days which is great for activities like swimming and laying in the hammock but it can be dangerous for runners and bikers if not planned for.
One of the most important things we can do is stay hydrated. Dehydration is a scary thing that no one should experience.
Depending on the length of your training session, you are definitely going to want to take along some water or Nuun or whatever it is that you drink.
A lot of people ask me about the do’s and don’ts of hydrating. So I’m giving you some answers to the age old questions as well as an unbiased review of some of the best tools to take your water with you.
I have purchased all these. My reviews are my own opinions.
Q1. How much should I drink on a run?
That depends on the distance. First thing is to hydrate before you even get started running. If you’re planning a long run, you should start hydrating the day before so that you are sure that you’re starting your run fully hydrated.
Q2. What’s the best thing to drink?
Again this depends. Some people have sensitive stomachs so water might be your best option but options like Nuun are great too because they are low in sugar and give you the electrolytes that need to be replenished.
Q3. How do you carry your water?
Again it depends…(Can you tell I’m a consultant in my day job). It depends on your personal preferences and how long your run is. Check out my review of the various ways you can carry/wear your water.
Q4. If I use GU, do I need to drink water too?
YES, Gu is not a replacement for water. Gels, beans, etc., can help you replace electrolytes but only water or Nuun can hydrate.
Without making this post a book in itself, that covers the majority of the questions but just to give you an idea of how personal preferences play into this, the question(s) that I want to leave you with are below. If you’re a runner or cyclist, please weigh in. the comments are just as valuable as the post.
1. When do you carry water? What run distances?
2. How often do you drink? How much do you drink?
3. What’s your beverage of choice?
4. How do you mix gels, beans, and hydration?