Hydration Tips by Sarah Klein

Sarah Klein, Australian long distance runner

Sarah Klein, Australian long distance runner

I have raced The SMH Half Marathon a number of times. It is a challenging course but one that you can certainly run your personal best on if you get your race and hydration strategy right.

Tip 1. You need to start hydrating for a long distance event the day before. Hydralyte Sports is a fantastic drink as it is low in sugar and full of electrolytes that your body can utilise in the race.

Tip 2. Don’t drink too much immediately before the race to avoid an upset tummy. If you’re hydrated the day before you won’t need to drink much more on the morning of the race - maybe just 200-400mL before heading off.

Tip 3. You may begin dehydrating once you start the race so taking on fluid as you go is vital. Drinking a sports drink that contains electrolytes (such as Hydralyte Sports) is preferred but if you can’t get that on the course, water is the best alternative

Tip 4. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a glucose boost in a race. It can improve energy levels, mental clarity and alertness simply by drinking fluid with glucose. Hydralyte Sports is good as it only contains the required amount of glucose to assist with the hydration process - and not excess sugar which can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable during your race.

Tip 5. Recover. Your body can do most of its recovery 60 minutes after the race so eat and drink up! Hydralyte Sports can replenish your body with essential electrolytes and minerals and rehydrate you.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.