Boulder Running Company equips running enthusiasts with shoes, apparel, equipment and more. We’ve pulled together our recommendations for keeping thirst at bay during your next run.
According to the International Marathon Medical Directors Association, runners should gauge their own hydration needs and drink as much as it takes to prevent dehydration and over hydration. This simple advice holds true for runners of all stripes, triathletes, trail runners, Ragner relay racers and more.
For athletes prepping for a big race, consume 8-16 ounces of water or sports drink an hour prior to start. Immediately before the run begins, drink an additional 8 ounces of water.
Ultimate Direction Hydration Vests Keep Runners Quenched
Ultra-marathoners Scott Jurek, Anton Krupicka and Peter Bakwin push to their way to the finish line with Ultimate Direction’s series of hydration vests. These amazing runners equip themselves with race vests on their +100-mile cross country runs. All three collaborated on the design of their respectively named hydration packs.
The AK Race Vest designed by Anton Krupicka, winner two Leadville 100s, is the smallest of the Ultimate Direction Signature Series. The feather-light pack weighs a only 6-ounces and includes two twin bottle pockets, hose loops for a reservoir pack, a smart phone pouch, and soft edge banding that prevents chaffing. A 20-ounce bottle with kicker valve is included.
New York Times best-selling author, record breaking ultra runner and newly minted product designer Scott Jurek suits up with his SJ Ultimate Direction Ultra Vest. The 7.5 ounce SJ Ultra Vest packs two 20-ounce water bottles, a power net mesh to hold small valuables and a reservoir compartment.
Wink Hydration Packs
For female racers, Ultimate Direction equips women with the Wink Hydration Pack. Designed for shorter torsos, the Wink pack offers an “S” shaped shoulder strap and narrower neckline for comfort and agility on long distance runs or mountain hikes. Two water bottles can be packed in the Wink.
After the run, it is recommend that athletes drink between 20 to 24 ounces of water or a sports drink for recovery. Additionally, drinking a glass of milk after a workout routine is highly recommended as a source of carbohydrates, calcium and vitamin D to promote strong bones and protein for muscle recovery.
Boulder Running Company
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