I was about to ask the same question for exactly the same reason. I have only ever taken water during a race and then only at the stations.fandango said:Where' s the 'never' button? Never training - too lazy to carry any Whenever there's a water station during races.
For me it's not the benefits of water that's the issue, it's the practicality of it. Yes there are the nicely handled bottles and yes there are the backpacks, but I've found both to be burdensome.Trinity said:I know everyone has their own ways of doing stuff but it worries me to read some of the posts about lack of water.
I'm not going to go into a big lecture here but just offer advice and the reason behind it so don't take it personally.
I have qualifications in Anatomy and Physiology and sports therapies so I know a little bit of what goes on in the body especially during strenuous exercise such as running.
Your muscles are like radiators when they work hard and the fibres get very hot. The water you put into your body is used by those muscles to cool themselves so they can work more efficiently.
You wouldn't run a car for long without water in the radiator to cool the engine, so you really need to think along those lines...particularly on longer runs and races.
Some runners don't realise that just by taking in a small amount of water at regular intervals during a run you can increase the efficiency of your muscles, which will work harder for you and you'll run faster
BASE813 said:Trinity, what distance (Ceteris paribus), would your more informed opinion say was sensible to take water? Myself, I dont bother until I get in the 10+ mile range, but then I will be happy to do a 11 or 12 without, it does all depend on other things other than mileage I agree.... but I would appreciate your informed thoughts.... Thanks in advance
I generally don't take water for that distance/time. I just make sure I'm well hydrated before I go out.scr8pe said:I hear what you say Trin, but bearing in mind that very few of my runs last more than 45 mins I really dont have the need nor see the point. I reckon your body has a natural programme for water intake, it's called thirst.
Sometimes knowledge isn't necessarily a good thing, but that is purely my opinion.
Agreed... that would be more convenientfandango said:If only they had water stations on my long Sunday runs I'd have no problems at all
I've thought that if I ever start to do longer runs on the road, I could take a pound with me then I could nip into a shop to buy a drink, then at least I don't have to carry it.Trinity said:Agreed... that would be more convenient
Not so easy if you run through streets and towns
I've thought that too... but the offys aren't open when I rundimple said:I've thought that if I ever start to do longer runs on the road, I could take a pound with me then I could nip into a shop to buy a drink, then at least I don't have to carry it.