Staying Hydrated

22 09 2011

The summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you should cut back on your hydration.

A very important part of running is keeping your body hydrated. But how much water/electrolyte drink is that for you?

If you’re planning a long run (anything more than 8-10 miles), you need to make sure you’re hydrating in the days leading up to your run. You should have half of your weight in ounces of water EVERY DAY. And avoid alcohol leading up to a long run; alcohol is not only dehydrating, but it can also affect getting a good night’s sleep.

The day of your run, you should drink about 16 ounces of water an hour before you plan to run. You can also drink another 4-8 ounces of water right before you start.

During your run, you should consume 6-8 ounces of water or an electrolyte drink every 15-20 minutes. If you’re running for more than 90 minutes, you should make sure you’re drinking an electrolyte drink, and not just water.

Have any other questions about hydration? Just let us know!


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