With summer heat and humidity in high gear, I have been hydrating like it’s my job. I have been much more sensitive to the high temps this year and have been making a concerted effort to stay hydrated. My run squad and I have even adopted some creative strategies to aid us in our pursuits. This post contains affiliate links.
Hydration Habits of a Summer Runner
PS I admit that my hydration strategies are not the most environmentally friendly. However, you all know I keep it real. So here it goes!
For all of my cycling and strength training workouts, I drink SmartWater. Started enjoying it about 10 years ago and have come to appreciate the little extra dose of added electrolytes and the clean fresh taste.
I used to make a few liter bottle of sparkling water a day with my Sodastream. This summer, I’ve gotten a tad lazy and have been buying Bubly sparkling waters. I love all the no sugar/calorie free flavor options from lemon to cranberry to grapefruit. For some reason the fizziness just satisfies me more than flat water.
Iced Tea and Lemonade
My “Runner Girl Gang” has gotten very creative of late with our summer hydration. We have set up iced tea runs a few times to cool off mid run and post run. Nothing better than ending a run with a cold iced tea. Some days, I add a splash of lemonade to my iced tea. YUM! Most of the coffee shops here have a great selection.
[you may like “how to host an iced tea run“]
I always have my Nathan Fuel belt along on runs. One of the bottles is filled with ice water, the other is filled with Gatorade. I’ve been a Gatorade user for years and it just works for me. Most of the big races also use Gatorade so practicing with it is helpful. I do not do well with the artificial sweeteners in some other brands.
A friend sent this over yesterday. Perfect timing!
I have never been a big alcohol drinker (unless you count the college years ha ha). This summer however, I have been enjoying some nice cold Rosè. My current favorite is Whispering Angel.