By Monica Harvey for RTBR
Have you ever come back after a hot, long run and thought “Man, I should have drunk more water throughout the day?”
Most runners know they need to drink extra water during the summertime but what about during the winter? Are there guidelines for how much water you should drink?
Here are answers to five common questions about hydration.
Is water better than a sports drink?
It really depends on the type of workout you are doing. Throughout the day before your workouts, it’s best to drink water. After a long run or a race, grab a Gatorade to replenish those electrolytes.
Is it important to stay hydrated in the winter months?
It’s especially important for athletes to stay hydrated during the hot summer months but it’s important year-round too.
Is it possible to drink too much water?
Yes, you can drink too much water and it can be just as dangerous as dehydration during a race. Read more about hyponatremia.
How do I know if I’m hydrated?
One of the best indicators is the color of your urine. When you are hydrated, your urine will be light yellow. When you are dehydrated, your urine will be dark yellow.
Should I drink eight glasses of water per day?
Nutritionists have always suggested that we drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Now studies say this rule doesn’t apply and that it depends on how thirsty you are.
Ultimately, you want to listen to your body. Every runner is different and requires different hydration needs.
Monica Harvey, a former Center Grove High School runner, participates in 5K, 10K and other races. A Rock the Block Run volunteer, she is a Community Relations Specialist with the Johnson County Public Library.