We all know hydrating before a race is important, but what about during a race? Do you carry a water bottle? Maybe a water belt? Do you forego drinking all together? Or what about those water stations along the course?
Mario Fraioli, senior editor at Competitor Magazine and author of the Official Rock ‘N’ Roll Training Guide for the Marathon and Half Marathon, shares some insight into hydrating during your next race for our My First Half series.
When it comes to grabbing those cups of water or sports drink, Mario has four tips for hydration success:
1. Make Eye Contact
Let the race volunteer know you’re coming in for water or sports drink so they’re ready for you when you run by.
2. Slow Down
Slowing down as you go through the aid station will let you grab the cup securely and keep as much fluid as possible inside it.
3. Pinch the Top of the Cup
Crush the top of the cup when you grab it from a volunteer to trap the water inside. This will give you a firm grasp of the cup and also set you up nicely for the next step.
4. Funnel the Fluid
With your crushed cup, tip one end to your mouth and drink, baby! The funnel shape will prevent the fluid from spilling all of the fluid at once. You will
probably definitely spill a little, but not nearly as much.
For more tips on hydrating and preparing for your first half marathon, watch Episode 3 of our My First Half Series below.
What race will you be using these tips in next? Let us know in the comments.