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Hydrating on a run

Kimmyt2010-05-02 03:24:12 +0000 #1
So, I am now running at distances where I don't really need to worry about hydrating or eating while I'm running, but in the future I plan on increasing my distance. During some races I have taken advantage of the water cups at aid stations, but during most training runs I just hydrate before and after. The problem is, when I have tried to drink on the run, I have problems. The water goes here, there, everywhere but my mouth and throat. Sometimes it goes in my eyes. I think it's because I don't seem to run 'smoothly' and when I do sometimes get it down into my belly, it's barely a gulp and I feel odd.

So question for you experienced ladies, how do you learn to drink while running? Does drinking from bottles help? Small sips, or open-the-throat and tip-head-back-gulps?

Thank god Gatorade doesn't sting when it gets in your eyes....

K
Wahine2010-05-02 03:27:51 +0000 #2
Kimmy, most of the time if I'm running long I will take a short walk break while I drink. You don't need to walk for very long, just long enough to take a couple of swallows and off you go again. Unless you're racing and in a position to gain or lose a placing there is no need to run and drink, IMHO. When I train I figure in walk rests for 1 min every 20 min anyway, so I use these to drink.
alpinerabbit2010-05-02 04:09:39 +0000 #3
But if you feel the need to keep going while you drink, squeeze the cup to make a spout (assuming they hand out paper cups) and there will be less spillage.
deidre2010-05-02 04:17:32 +0000 #4
My first race was a 10K about 1 and 1/2 years ago. I stopped for water and tried to drink it while still running (albeit a very slow run). The next thing I knew, I had somehow managed to get water up into my nose

I was afraid to try that again. But I did. I ran a 4th of July 10k yesterday (the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race) and stopped for water. This time, no water in the nose

What I do is pour some of the water into my other hand and splash it on my face. It cools me off AND takes that very full cup down to a manageable amount. I still run very slowly while drinking though or I stop and walk while drinking some of the water.

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