My hydration belt is like an extra limb. I am terrified of getting thirsty, so if the run is more than 5 miles, I need to take my hydration belt with me, specially during the summer months. But that's just me.
I would suggest you do the same unless you're like a camel that can survive for up to two weeks without drinking water. If you're reading this... I'm telling you now... you. are. NOT. a camel. Ok? Ok.
Anyway, here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay hydrated without having to carry so much weight on you:
1. Drink a tall glass of water before you run. I don't think I need to explain this one. I know you're smart. =)
2. Always carry water with you -- examples: hydration belt, camelback or hand-held.
3. Hide water bottles behind some bushes in different areas of your route so you can always go back to it when need be. Just remember exactly where you left them. If it's gonna be a hot day, it would be better to freeze the bottles the night before. Nothing like a cold bottle of water to quench your thirst. Aaaahhhh...
4. Bring a little money with you. Just enough to get you a bottle of water or some Gatorade at a convenience store or gas station.
5. If possible, plan your route which includes areas with water fountains. You may also include a family member's or friend's house so you can stop by, say hello, and get a water refill.
6. Ask your hubby/wife or friend to bike beside you and carry water for you.
I have done everything I mentioned here except number 6. I suggested the last one coz I actually saw this being done during one of my runs. The guy was running and the woman was on a bike, pedaling beside the guy and handing him a water bottle. *light bulb moment*
My best bet is number 2 and 3! I get really thrown off when I have to stop to buy water or get a refill, so I'd rather bring water and/or "create" my own hydration stations by tucking in those water bottles behind some bushes. However, there was one time I couldn't remember where I hid the other bottle. That was both hilarious and stupid.
If all else fails. You may also try doing this...
- Which ones do you also do out of the 6 that I mentioned?
- Is there any other tip or trick you'd like to add here? We could all use a good tip!
30 Days of Thanks (Day 15)
I am thankful for clean, life-giving WATER -- my favorite drink! I am thankful for having so many options as well: hot, cold, bottled, vitamin-enriched, distilled, spring...and the list goes on. There are some parts of the world where they don't have running water or some have to walk a long way to gather it. We have easy access to it and have it in abundance that's why it is often taken for granted.