By Alicia Shay
There is currently so much confusion about what to drink, when to drink and how much to drink. My most straightforward advice is to keep it relatively simple.
- Always start your day with at least 2 glasses of water (around 16 ounces) shortly after waking up.
- Hydrate consistently throughout the day (not just at meals) to ensure that you are not beginning runs in a dehydrated state.
- If you are training in extreme heat or humidity OR training or racing over 60 minutes then it is a good idea to take in fluids while running (water or a carbohydrate based drink).
- You do not need to drink electrolyte-based drink while training unless you are meeting or exceeding your hydration needs during training or racing (which can lead to a dangerous condition called hyponatremia).