Thirsty? Avoid These 6 Hydration Mistakes On Race Day

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Jan. 16, 2014
  • Updated Jan. 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM UTC
Don't skip the aid stations during longer races, but for races that last under an hour they're usually not necessary. Photo:

Drinking In Races That Last Less Than An Hour

Studies have shown that consuming fluid during race-type efforts does not enhance performance unless the effort lasts longer than about an hour, and in some cases the threshold is as high as 90 minutes. Yet runners routinely drink in 10Ks and other shorter events that they can easily complete in an hour or less. Doing so will only slow you down.

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