One part of training for a half marathon that some don’t think about is the hydration while training for a half marathon. Maybe you were a casual runner, and now you are entering into the world of long runs, and preparing for your half. With that in mind, you are going to want to make sure you are staying hydrated both leading up to, and during, your runs.
This month, I wanted to talk to you about the hydration aspect of training, as part of being an official blogger for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Whether you are gearing up to start training for a different run, or maybe half way through this cycle, you will want to start paying attention to staying hydrated.
Hydration while training for a half marathon
I thought I’d share with you what exactly works for me. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and you may have to play around to find what works for you. It’s taken me years, but I am figuring it all out! I still tweak things here and there.
Basically, it comes down to Clif Shot Bloks (Mountain Berry) and Smartwater for me. I have found that both of these keep my stomach happy, and my Colitis at bay.
Before I go for a run, I drink some of the Smartwater. I also take one Shot Blok. For runs that are longer than 6 miles, I take some Smartwater with me, and the Shot Bloks. I will take one between miles 2-3 and between 4-5 if I feel I need it. If I have runs longer than 7 miles, I take one Shot Blok before my run, then every 2 miles. I then drink some water to help them go down and I continue to drink water when I feel I need it.
There are so many other products on the market. Sometimes Gatorade or Powerade works better. Some people prefer jelly beans, Swedish fish, or some other candy during their long runs. There are Gu’s out there in more flavors than you could imagine. You can test those out and see what works for you. However, it isn’t all about what you do right before and during your run. You need to keep in mind the days leading up to it. The day before your long run, specifically, you will want to increase your water consumption. Make sure your really being conscious of how much you drink, with the majority of it being water. A great test (that works for many) is to check your urine color. If it is pale yellow or clear, you are hydrated. If it is yellow, step up the water intake!
This is getting long enough. Check in tomorrow for week #2 of half marathon training review and a new workout!