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La_chica_gomela's avatar

How do you hydrate on a long run?

Asked by La_chica_gomela (12537points) July 24th, 2008

The benefits of staying hydrated when running more than 30 min or an hour are well-known. My question is, to the runners, what works for you? when you’re running? holding a water bottle is absolutely out of the question. i feel like those belts of mini-water bottles look kind of dumb, I don’t really know how those camel-back things work, but i don’t want anything bouncing around. Any tips from personal experience?

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emilyrose's avatar

You can choose to run where you will pass water fountains. I think it’s fine to go 30 minutes without water, but 60 is pushing it depending how hot it is where you live.

trumi's avatar

Run in the rain.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

trumi, i did that yesterday (not completely on purpose) it’s actually really hard to drink rainwater while you’re running. plus it’s not very good for ipods…

trumi's avatar

I don’t drink the water, I absorb it. I take a sponge with me. Lightweight, fits in your pocket. Just hold it up for a minute and then suck it dry.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

are you kidding, trumigoodboy?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

also, emily, that’s a good idea. there are 2 water fountains on the 3 mile loop i run, but i really don’t like to stop while i’m running. plus i think the water that comes out of the fountains doesn’t taste very good. you see my dilemna…(i’m picky)

yeah, about the time, i live in houston, tx, right now, and the temperature gets over a hundred degrees on a daily basis right now. so i’d say it’s pretty hot.

Knotmyday's avatar

I live in the desert, so hydration is key. I want to live to run so I can run to live…
I wear a camelback while I’m running, and it is indispensable. They have a chest strap, so bouncing is minimal. I’ve never noticed it.
There are many different sizes and brands of them, so take your pick.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

knotmyday, i think that sounds like the best solution for me. so you like it? what size do you wear? do you notice the weight? how much water does it hold?

Knotmyday's avatar

Here’s the link to the Camelbak site. I would suggest the Women’s Fit/Charm for you, because it is designed to accomodate female physical features. Comes in 3 color combo choices.
I run with one of the medium-sized military (HAWG) packs, because I keep a first-aid kit and other things in while I run. It’s kind of bulky.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

so, there’s like a straw tube? is that how it works? how do you open and close it? where do you put it when you’re not drinking out of it?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

ooh, a zip pocket for keys? i don’t have to put my housekey in my shoelaces anymore? wowwwww.

Knotmyday's avatar

The mouthpiece has a valve that you bite down on in order to drink. It closes up when you let go so it doesn’t leak all over.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

so how do you clean yours?
it seems like if you put only water in it, most of the time it wouldn’t be a big deal, but every now and then you would want to clean it out.

it’s like 20 bucks for the kit and then 8 more for extra “cleaning tablets”

any insider tips about cleaning it on the cheap, knotmyday?

Knotmyday's avatar

I’d go with the tabs to clean the “bladder” (I know it sounds gross) and tube because that’s what they’re formulated for. It doesn’t have to be done that often, but the mouthpiece should be washed frequently. I use Dawn anti-bacterial dish soap, and rinse well.

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