Dehydration is the leading cause of training injuries.  It hinders every bodily function needed to run.  A 2% decrease in body weight caused by dehydration affects your performance.  Studies have shown athletes finish a 12K run up to 2 1/2 minutes faster when properly hydrated.

Water is 75% of your body.  Hydrate to avoid injury, recover faster, and perform better.  Every physical reaction in your body depends on proper fluid levels:

  • Heartbeat

  • Blood flow

  • Temperature regulation

  • Delivery of nutrients to cells

  • Waste disposal from system

  • Muscle function

  • Joint cushioning 

Dehydration impacts mental toughness.
Running is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.
Even mild dehydration reduces concentration levels, negatively affects your mood, and cause fatigue. 

MEN: Your body weight x .35 = daily ounces of fluid

WOMEN: Your body weight x .31 = daily ounces of fluid

So whether you carry, wear, or hide your water in the bushes - make sure you are taking care of your body.  Again the main cause of injury is dehydration - so make sure you are packin'. 

A HUGE thank you to Nathan for pulling these awesome Hydration facts together for us.  

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