Summer is finally upon us and for many of you, that means the beginning of marathon training or cross country season has arrived. For those of you who have never trained during the summer heat, keep reading if you want to survive the summer in tip top shape!
I know when we are shivering away in January, 86℉ sounds wonderful. However, add the humidity and you’ve got yourself an oven waiting to roast runners. As a local running store, it is our job to educate new runners on topics that seem obvious to topics that you wouldn’t even think of. This month, we cannot stress enough the importance of hydration while running.
You’ve probably heard eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day is ideal for staying hydrated. Whoever came up with that was obviously not a runner. Everybody is different, and height, weight, temperature, and the amount of activity you do all contribute to how much water you REALLY need. Instead of the 8-ounces-fits-all, try dividing your bodyweight in half. That’s how many ounces of water you’ll need just to maintain proper hydration at the minimum. If you’re adding miles or sweating it out in hot yoga, you’ll need to account for those too, so add more depending how you feel. Here are a few of our favorite ways to stay hydrated:
Craig: “It took me a while to try it, but I just recently started running with the Nathan Peak hydration belt. It allows you to carry essentials and has an 18 oz water bottle attached. The day I tested it out was one of the most brutal days I’ve run this year, so I was really lucky to have chosen it to try that day”.
Grace: “I always buy the 50 oz water bottles and fill it up 2 to 3 times a day to meet my hydration needs. If I had to keep refilling a smaller bottle, I wouldn’t be as hydrated because I would be too lazy to get up 20 times to refill it, I would lose track of how much I’m drinking. Plus, it’s reusable so I feel I am doing right by the planet”.
Frankie: “I always drink water as soon as I wake up. It makes me want to keep drinking water throughout the day. If i start the day with coffee, I’m more likely to skip out on the water and keep drinking coffee.
Dean: “I just think about how I want a beer at the end of the day, so I keep drinking enough water until I feel hydrated enough to earn that beer!”
About the Author
After someone stole her bicycle from the beach, Grace began running the streets to make up for time lost walking. A Freehold native, she began running more competitively when she moved to Orlando, where she also worked in run specialty and began assistant coaching at a local high school. Although her heart belongs in New Jersey, Grace still brings the heat whether it’s writing, running, or chasing after her rescue dog, Bruce. Her knowledge hails from different places and experiences, but continues to shine on the floor at Runner’s High.