Waging a war with water


A soon-to-be new best friend?

You know those people who always seem to be chugging from their Nalgene bottles, espousing the benefits of drinking 9,000 gallons of water a day? I am not one of those people.

I wish I was. I really do. I just really don’t like drinking water. I make sure to get every last drop out of my coffee mugs, but when it comes to plain old agua, I have to force myself to drink even four of the eight recommended glasses a day.

As you can imagine, this aversion to water poses quite a problem for a runner, especially when the temperature rises. I try to give myself pep talks about how much easier my runs are when I’m hydrated, but it’s still a struggle. Sports drinks help somewhat, but I find many to be dehydrating.

I know it sounds like an odd problem, but I also know I’m not the only one — there are plenty of articles online about learning to love the taste of water (there are some good tips here and here).

I’m making it my goal to drink more water this summer. Who’s with me? Do you have trouble drinking enough water before runs to stay hydrated? Do you have any tips for staying hydrated? If you’re a running newbie, how do you make sure you get enough water?

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April 4th, 2012
9:18 pm

Nuun, no calories, light pleasant flavor,mexcellent hydration.

If not needing such a dose of electrolytes, their vitamin version, ginger orange is great.