There’s only a few days left before the LA Marathon. After a week of rain in Los Angeles the forecast for this weekend’s marathon is in the high 70’s making it really necessary to watch your hydration during the event. Experts agree that it’s vital runners keep themselves well-hydrated, so here are two simple yet effective tips to keep your hydration at good levels during the marathon.
Starting it slow
It really helps to execute a good plan at the start of the race – marathon runners know that it is really important to preserve energy for the later parts of the race. Never let the anticipation and adrenaline rush push you into a fast start. You need to start slow to let your body adjust to its rhythm and conserve both your energy and fluid levels, which you will need throughout the run.
Take water station breaks
Over the course of the marathon, there will be water stations or hydration zones, with drinks provided by Arrowhead and Gatorade which you should not miss, you need to replace those lost fluids even if you don’t feel sweaty. By the time you actually feel thirsty you are already in a state of dehydration, it’s better to take a few seconds off your time and finish the marathon fully hydrated than try to save those few minutes by running on by and face perhaps not finishing the race due to unexpected dehydration.