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Tips on Staying Hydrated During your Summer Mud Run

By Mud Runs (463 words)
Posted in Events on July 9, 2012

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The summer is here and it is time to get ready for some grueling mud runs! As you all know, these runs can be very taxing on your body especially when the temperature is climbing well above 90 degrees. Believe it or not, how you prepare the day before the big run is just as important as what you do the day of and after these crazy awesome runs. As with any run or extreme activity, always check with your physician to ensure you are cleared for this type of activity beforehand.

The day before the big race be sure to drink at least 8 cups of water throughout the day. This should be done on a daily basis even if you are not going to try and complete a mud run but it is even more important the day before any race. This will ensure that your body is well hydrated even before taking off from the starting line. It is important that your body is well prepared and hydrated the day before! It’s also just as important to stay away from alcohol before your big mud run as alcohol dehydrates you and will make running your race that much harder.

spicket.jpgOn the day of the run, once you wake up you should immediately drink at least 1-2 cups of water so your body gets the nourishment it needs. Remember, you are going to expel thousands of calories in the next few hours. If possible, any beverage that has electrolytes (but low in sugar) is even more beneficial. The last thing you want to happen is to have a sugar crash midway through the course. Be sure you do not drink too much either because a stomach cramp on mile 2 of a 5 mile race could be just as detrimental as becoming dehydrated. After you finish the race, have a cold beverage awaiting you at the finish.

Hopefully you will successfully complete the mud run but being well hydrated after the race is more important than ever. For the next few days after a long run like this, your body will need nourishment to repair itself from your strenuous activities. Once again, any type of beverage with vitamins and minerals will help your body recover from the run faster than just water would. If you follow these tips your body will thank you for it later. Be safe out there on the course and most importantly stay safe and ensure you stay hydrated during your summer mud run!

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