Managing Hydration When You Are a Runner

Your fitness instructor probably has told you this a thousands time, but hydration is a key element of your overall health and can affect you in various different ways, both while working out and during rest periods.  It’s important to keep a few key aspects of hydration in mind when you are planning out your fitness schedules.

Let’s take a look at a few key elements below:

#1 – Hydration (and De-hydration) Happen over the Course of Days

People think de-hydration occurs during the course of a single workout, when it fact it occurs over many days.  You might not seem dehydrated, but if you don’t replenish even a little bit of water each day, you will end up being very very dehydrated over the course of several days.

What to do about this? Simple really, just make sure you are drinking plenty of water on your off days as well as your workout days.  You don’t have to overdue it, just make sure to be sipping on some fresh, clean water regularly during the course of your day, including when you wake up (see next point.)

#2 – Start the Day Off Right

During the rush of a normal morning you may be frantically trying to get ready for work, making breakfast and coffee, planning your day out, and heading out the door.

What’s missing from that picture?

You guessed it, hydration!

I catch myself doing this all the time, realizing I haven’t had a glass of water yet and it’s already lunch time.

I counter this habit with a simple rule, I drink a tall glass of water immediately before eating my breakfast.  You’d be surprised how much you need it, and how good it will make you feel!

#3 – Hydration During a Run

Many runners that go on relatively short runs don’t carry water with them, and that’s ok.  As long as you start out hydrated and finish up your run by getting some more water, you’ll be OK.

However some runners go on very long runs, and run in areas where they will be far from a water source, so they should defintely be bringing water with them.

Of course you can throw a water bottle in a bag or fanny pack and go, but there are more specialty options as well.  Similar to water bottles used by hikers, there are specialty designed water packs that fit nicely as its own backpack, and won’t bounce around and be annoying when you are running.

#4 – Purify Your Water

To be fair, municipal water supplies are technically fine, i.e. they aren’t an immediate risk to your health.  But I don’t know about you, I like to be a little ‘extra’ when it comes to my water source.  I used a whole house water filtration system for my home which as reverse-osmosis water purification.

But that’s me, you can have perfectly fine water by using less expensive methods.  There is always the Big Berkey water purification system, which uses the most advanced activated carbon filtration, so much more effective then consumer pitcher filters or faucet filters.

Here is what it looks like:

 

 

Big Berkey Water Purifcation Systems
Source: The Miracle Machine

Conclusion

So here were just a couple tips that you should know about so you can adequately manage you hydration while running.  Don’t worry, you’ll be fine, but remember the above tips.

Oh, and before I forget, go drink some water now!