Welcome to Week 6! Now that we’re starting to cover longer distances, it’s the perfect time to talk about hydration.
Here are a few fun facts about hydration:
1. Dehydration is the #1 cause of injuries
2. Dehydration hinders every bodily function needed to run (heartbeat, blood flow, temperature regulation, delivery of nutrients to cells, waste disposal from system, muscle function and joint cushioning)
3. A 2 percent decrease in body weight caused by dehydration affects your performance
4. Studies have shown that athletes finish a 12k run up to 2½ minutes faster when properly hydrated
Luckily, we take hydration seriously at Gazelle Sports. We think the first step in staying hydrated is with a hydration pack or bottle. For longer runs and warmer days, a hydration pack or bottle can come in handy. No slowing down or stopping to reach for a bottle. If you can get the sip tube to stay in place (admittedly, not always an easy task), hydration is a speedy, almost effortless task—just grab, gulp and go! And since water intake is simpler with a hydration pack/bottle, you tend to drink more often. Bonus: most hydration packs and bottles have convenient pockets for your cell phone, ID or nutrition.