One of the things I continue to struggle with is hydration on my long runs. Currently I run with a SIGG hydration running waistpack with a 20oz Nike Sports Bottle stuffed in it. It works great for runs under 10 miles; when I run more I find myself rationing my water and always running out prior to complementing my run. The last run I carried a 16oz water bottle in my hand to supplement my water stores which was a royal pain in the butt.
To add to the problem eating GELs on my long runs really cuts into my water rations. I’m considering looking for or making myself a waistpack that can carry two 20oz bottles; or perhaps a hydration backpack. I have a Camelback for Hunting and hiking but there is no way i’m strapping that monster on my back while running. I don’t wish to relive my military rucks.
I think the lack of water resources may be the reason that I tend to get a headache after some of my long runs; a friend suggested that it might be the need for salt and said I should try taking a salt tab 10 miles in. I’ve never heard about running using salt except on Ultras and WOW have you seen the prices for those salt tabs LOL really! its SALT, I pass mountains of it on my runs:Okay, okay, I know they have more then salt in them; but still.
I’m not sure if water is going to be a problem when I run the Marathon at Disney World next year or not, they have not released any route map showing if there are water (and bathroom) stations along the route and if so how far in between. Even if there are water stations I’ll still need at least a small water bottle to keep my throat from getting dry which is normally about a sip of water every 1.5 miles.
Hydration seems to be one of the least discussed subject in the running blogger community and it would be interesting and helpful to find out what your thoughts on hydration while running are. We’ve touched on it here and there in some of my prior post but never really discussed it.