Long Run Hydration Best Practices

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2015 is well underway, and we, at Runners On The Go, are guessing that some of you had a new years resolution to run your first Marathon. However, longer runs means more variables; More things to consider. What to wear, what eat,  what and when to drink.

Long Run Hydration is one of the most common topics of interest that running customers have. Many people wonder how much they should hydrate, when they should hydrate, and what they should hydrate with on the long run.

As a general rule I can tell you that long run hydration varies. No one thing works for everyone. Some people need more water, some need more sports drink, some drink very little, some drink a lot. Each person has to take a customized approach to long run hydration.

With that in mind, this article from Active.com has some great guidelines that you can follow. My suggestion is to start with these techniques and then customize your long run hydration plan from there.



Best Long Run Hydration Habits

One of the most challenging aspects of running long, especially in the hotter months of the year, is managing your fluid intake. It doesn’t matter how fit you are or how smartly you pace yourself—your body simply can’t perform to it’s potential if it’s lacking fluids. Every long run in your training cycle is a chance to practice and refine your hydration plan. Don’t just roll the dice on race day.


Hydration as Lifestyle

Hydrating properly is more than just making sure you have enough bottles in your Fuel Belt before you leave the house. As an athlete completing runs longer than 90 minutes in duration, hydration needs to be part of how you live your day-to-day life. Odds are, you are running five or more times a week. This means that at any given point in time you are likely less than 12 hours away from your next run. . .

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