How Much Water Should I Drink On Race Day?

Is it better to sip or chug water?

The Truth: “There is no scientific evidence indicating that “chugging” water is less hydrating than sipping it.

If water is consumed it will help hydrate the body.

However, the body’s ability to retain fluid consumed depends on several factors including sodium intake..

Is it OK to drink coffee before running?

Caffeine (in coffee or otherwise) improves performance… Hundreds of studies have shown that consuming caffeine before a physical challenge likely helps subjects go farther and faster than when they go without it. This effect holds true in studies of both endurance athletes and sprinters.

How long before a race should you stop drinking water?

Drinking before, during, and after training is just as important as drinking during the rest of the day. Aim for 16 ounces (2 cups) of water at about two hours before you run. Pair this with a snack or meal. About 15 minutes before a run, drink six to eight ounces of water.

How much water do athletes drink a day?

A good rule of thumb for athletes is to divide their body weight in half and drink at least an ounce per pound of body weight throughout a typical day (e.g., someone weighing 160 pounds should drink 80 ounces of water a day). This amount should then be adjusted for the day’s activity level and outside temperature.

What counts as water intake for the day?

Your recommended water intake includes all sources — drinking water, other beverages, and food. But be careful — certain fluids have their drawbacks. For instance, juices, sodas, and smoothies can be hydrating, but they can also be high in sugar and calories. Coffee and tea provide water, too.