Friday, April 29, 2011

Take time for a drink

A helpful hint for those embarking on Sunday's Big Sur Marathon: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If you have not been drinking a lot this week — yes, I mean water and sports drinks, not beer and coffee — don’t make up for it on the morning of the race. Guzzling a water bottle or two just before the race will just make you feel terrible. Try and drink about 8 oz of water 2 1/2 to 3 hours before the race. Then sip on sports drink or water until the race starts. Take advantage of the aid stops along the course to take a drink. If you need to stop and walk to make sure you drink it, rather then just get it all over the front of your shirt, then do it. Staying hydrated will save you time in the end.
I'll have more tips in Saturday's column in the Herald.

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