You already know that proper hydration is crucial for a good training session or race, but figuring out exactly what your body needs can be tricky. It certainly won’t work to skip the H2O all day and then try to guzzle a few glasses right before you head out on your run. For the most effective hydration, you need to sip steadily throughout the day, and the majority of your hydration should come from water instead of sports drinks.
Proper hydration shouldn’t feel like a chore, and there are plenty of ways to mix it up with your water to keep you interested sip after sip:
If summer is heating up your corner of the world, then a frosty, melting bottle of ice water can make sipping more enticing during the day. Put a bottle in the freezer the night before (make sure to freeze your water in a freezer-safe bottle that allows for expansion).
Keep it handy
If your water bottle isn’t close at hand, you won’t be as likely to drink throughout the day. Bring water with you for your day’s adventures with a handheld water bottle. This bottle can serve double duty on your post-work run, so you’ll be ready to go when it’s time to hit the roads or the trails.
Some like it hot
If it’s a chilly day, try drinking warm or room temp water. You’ll likely want to drink more throughout the day, and your body won’t have to expend extra energy warming up cold water before it can be used.
Eat your water
Not all of the water you take in needs to come in a glass. Many fruits and vegetables contain lots of water – especially when they’re raw – and they can be a tasty way to hydrate throughout the day. Reach for juicy and refreshing options like chilled cucumber, watermelon and oranges on a hot summer day.
If plain ol’ water doesn’t really light your fire, then mix it up with a little flavor. Get flavor without loads of extra calories and sugars by infusing your water with fresh fruits or veggies and herbs. Simply slice up your favorites and put them in your water bottle in the fridge overnight. In the morning, use a slotted spoon to remove the pieces from your bottle and enjoy lightly flavored water all day. Our favorite combos? Watermelon/mint and blackberry/lime.
We’ve been thirsty for more innovation on the hydration front, and UltrAspire delivered with a quenching line of products in their 2013 line. Working with their team of pro athletes, the company has developed some truly extraordinary products to equip you for your run.
Based on feedback from some UltrAspire athletes who reported that their hydration systems felt heavier over the course of a run, the company found that sweat and salt were being absorbed by the webbing. They addressed this problem by introducing the sweat-proof webbing that can be found in all of their 2013 packs.
Each product in the 2013 UltrAspire lineup is designed to fill a specific need, so whether you’re a runner who likes handhelds or hydration packs, UltrAspire probably has something for you.
For a long trek on the trails, gear up with the UltrAspire Alpha. A two-liter bladder allows you to bring ample hydration with you, and a large bottom back pocket is easy to access via magnet closures on either side. A small moisture-proof pocket on the right shoulder strap lets you stash electrolyte capsules, and three additional front pockets give you fast access to gels or chews. This pack is available in two sizes (SM/MD and L/XL) so that you can enjoy a more custom fit.
Yes, this is a peculiar-looking bottle, but don’t get judgey just yet. The UltrAspire StemCell brings you sleek technology that’s been popular in Europe for years. This slim, ergo-angled bottle is designed to fit into most vest front pockets, and a kink-resistant, 16-inch drink tube allows you to sip while you run. If you stash this 16 ounce bottle in a front pocket, you can even sip hands-free. Maybe they’re onto something across the pond…
Bring a few more essentials along for the run with the UltrAspire Quantum Belt 2013. The stretch mesh and compression strap provide such a secure fit that this belt doesn’t even need a snap buckle to stay in place. The large front stretch mesh pocket gives you enough space to stow a smartphone and some keys, and two back elastic pockets let you carry nutrition and electrolyte caps. There’s even a pair of race number clips so this belt is ready to go for your next event. Read more…