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Proper Hydration for Runners

Staying hydrated is important for runners' performance, as well as their health and safety. Get tips and advice on how much and how often runners should be drinking fluids.

How to Stay Hydrated Before, During, and After Your Runs
Staying hydrated is important for running performance and, more importantly, for avoiding heat-related illnesses. Runners need to pay attention to what and how much they're drinking before, during and after running.

Top Water Bottles and Carriers for Running
Check out these top water bottles and carriers for your running hydration needs.

Do I Need to Drink Sport Drinks During My Runs?
Proper hydration for running is essential to safety and performance, but runners need to know when they should consume sports drinks and when plain water will suffice.

Sports Drinks for Running
When you're running, your body loses electrolytes through sweat. Since electrolytes help your body retain fluids and may prevent muscle cramps, it's important that you replace them with sports drinks when you run for longer than 90 minutes. Here are some of the best sports drinks for runners:

Cramps from Drinking Water
The idea that you'll get cramps from drinking water while running is a common belief. Find out if it's true.

Is Cold Water Better to Drink When Running?
Is it better to drink cold or lukewarm water when runing? Get the answer.

How Do I Avoid Having to Stop to Urinate During My Runs?
Is it possible to not have to stop to pee during a long run or marathon? Get the answer.

Why Do I Feel Nauseous at the End of a Run?
Nausea during or after a run can happen for a few different reasons. Find out what might be the culprit.

What to Eat and Drink Before Your Long Runs
You nutrition and hydration during the days leading up to your long run is critical to your performance and comfort. Here's what you should be eating and drinking before your long runs.

Dehydration Symptoms, Causes, Prevention and Treatment
Runners may suffer from dehydration if they don't hydrate properly before, during and after their runs. Learn about the symptoms and causes of dehydration and how to prevent and treat it.

How to Take Water from Aid Stations in Races
It's important to hydrate during road races. Follow these steps when running through water stops in races.

Should I Carry My Own Fluids or Use Water Stops During a Race?
Is it better to use the water stops on the race course or carry a bottle? Get the pros and cons for both options.

How Can I Avoid Going to the Bathroom During Runs?
It's not unusual for runners to experience gastrointestinal disorders or diarrhea, also know as "runner's trots", during long runs. Find out what to do if it happens to you and how to avoid it in the first place.

Running Recovery Drinks
After running a long run, it's important to replenish energy and get protein to help repair muscles. Some runners feel like they can't stomach solid food immediately after a run, so they like to drink something that contains carbs and protein. Here are some recovery drinks that fit the bill:

Should I Drink a Sports Drink with Protein During Runs?
Is it necessary to drink sports drinks with protein during runs? Get the answer.

Should I Drink Coconut Water During or After Running?
Is it beneficial to drink coconut water while running? Get the answer.

Can I Drink Alcohol When Training for a Marathon?
Do I have to give up drinking alcohol during training? Get the answer.

Can I Drink Coffee Before Running?
Is it OK to have a cup of coffee before a run? Get the answer.

How Much Should I Drink While Running?
Do I need to drink during runs? How much should I be drinking? Get the answers.

How Much Should I Drink Before a Long Run?
Running Hydration - How Much Should to Drink Before Running

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