HYDRATION: GET SUN AND RUN READY
Handheld water bottles built specifically for running, are ergonomically designed to reduce wrist and hand fatigue. Depending on the model, the bottle may offer a wrist strap, thumbholes, and even pouches or pockets to bring your keys and identification along for the ride. For longer runs, hydration belts are lightweight and adjustable, can accommodate more storage and liquid than a handheld, and come in single, double, and multi-bottle options. Running-specific hydration packs are going to have a superior fit over general hydration backpacks, in order to prevent bouncing around during your run. You’ll also find them constructed with lightweight and breathable materials that prevent chaffing. In general, packs will hold the greatest volume of liquid, and offer the most storage space.
If you’re training or competing with substantial duration, the addition of electrolytes becomes essential. Recall, the longer and more intense you exercise, the more water you must consume. But consume too much water and you can throw off your electrolyte balance, ending up with hyponatremia, also known as water intoxication (yes, a very real – and not fun – thing for endurance athletes).
Maintain that hydration balance easily with electrolyte tablets, capsules, or electrolyte powder that can be mixed with your water mid-run. Not only will this keep you powered, but it adds a nice flavor boost as well! Nuun, Skratch, Hammer Nutrition and SaltStick have some great electrolyte powders and drinks.
Now that we know why avoiding dehydration is so important, and how to better stay hydrated during activity, we’re better equipped to survive the brutal heat of summer.
I’m looking forward to seeing you out there in the sun, strapped up in your hydration packs with your electrolyte drinks ready to go. With a little forethought about hydration, the summer won’t slow us down, at least not until we’re ready to… by the pool, with a cold beer in hand.
About the Author:
Lance has previously been fat, weak, and injured. Lacking any real innate athletic ability, his application of data and science has produced some pretty awesome personal results, such as bench pressing over 500 pounds in competition. As a professional Strength & Conditioning Coach he’s helped enhance the performance of NFL athletes, olympians, ironmen, and improved the race-day performance of hundreds of runners.