11 miles with no drink

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05/07/2009 at 19:16
But people's physiology is different so the demands that running put on their bodies will be different, and hence their need for hydration will be different too.  Someone who is 2 stone overweight and new to running may well NEED hydration even during 5k and shouldn't be made to feel bad only because some wippets can do 20 miles without a drop of water.
seren nos    pirate
05/07/2009 at 19:19

As many have said you just have to listen to your problem is that I'm probably not properely hydrated before a run and always feel thirsty.......probably more from habit than need...........I'm not happy going more than 2 miles without a drink............

just do what feels right for right or wrong...................but its true that our bodies can cope with more than we think they can

05/07/2009 at 19:21

i do actually find this thread and posts very interesting,

but it's everyone down to thier own -  

 I only take drinks with me when running pushing Phillip - as i get a lot thirstier pushing the wheelchair AND i also have to give Phil drinks

As for myself, I never and have never taken a drink on a solo training run with me, i always go out well HYDRATED

my solo training runs now a days are NOT what they were - ( as i just do not have the time ) but in years gone by  after leaving home hydrated - they have been up to 22 miles with no fluid

I am of the belief, it's all about thinking about what one is doing before one ventures out - it is also about building vital physcological stamina

it is also about as one becomes more experienced, training  your body to adjust to what you are doing

 i can only suggest that if Brads mistake ever happens again or to anyone else, before it's too late, turn back and go home   

05/07/2009 at 19:23
Also a bit daft to generalise on mileage such as blanket statements like "you shouldn't need hydration under 10 miles" etc.  If you're 6 minute miling you're home in an hour...  someone else may be out for two hours covering the same distance.
Edited: 05/07/2009 at 19:23
05/07/2009 at 19:24
I fit into your category Nam lol!
05/07/2009 at 19:26
Keeny I'm with Seren, you do what feels right for you.  It might be that in years to come you may need less hydration of whatever but in the meantime just do what works for you.
05/07/2009 at 19:30


i had to laugh

as i am one of those wippets

05/07/2009 at 19:34
Well that's great for you Mick, but I'm trying to put myself in the shoes of someone who is 2 stone overweight, sweating buckets on a hot day, struggling to put one foot in front of the other and struggling through 5k feeling parched and is then told "you shouldn't need water under 20 miles"...  I mean you'd just feel shit wouldn't you.  It's just not helpful.
05/07/2009 at 19:37


i don't like saying this bUT

you said, " i did a stupid thing today "

IF you did set out without a good build up of fluid in your system, then yes i think it was stupid

but a hydrated body, can take far more than one thinks -

the part though of the pyschological factor of running, is it keeps the mind positive and relaxed , - a negative mind when thirsty surves no perpose at all

i know people who say running is just about putting one foot in front of the other- and  to me that is the biggest pile of rubbish i've ever heard, you have to build up to it  as with the mileage  

05/07/2009 at 19:42


How are you - hope i did'nt offend

i meant it in the nicest possible way

 i would NEVER dream of laughing at anyone, you should know that

i try to help and advise people on here, at the club, and when people who know me ask me in the street and in the supermarket etc

i cannot help anyone else's comments -

For those who don't know me, i've been at this game longer than most, for many, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink - oops - ( sorry )

05/07/2009 at 19:58

I never run with a drink, but the longest run ive done is about 11 miles (im building up, used to be an 800m track runner, started long distance running in September). However, i do always ensure im hydrated every day and drink before i run.

 I agree that it is down to the individual, we are all made differently so some people will have different preferences and needs to others.

05/07/2009 at 20:00 wrote (see)


How are you - hope i did'nt offend

Nooooo not at all.  I'm well thank you Mick.  IMCH next weekend.  It'll take me all day.  I'll be drinking lots.  LOL
05/07/2009 at 23:37
As a lot of you have said the problem for me was that I went out knowing that I was not properly hydrated.I had a couple of beers on saturday night and woke up during the night with a proper dry throat (alcohol induced) I am sure you all know what i mean.Anyway i basicaly drank 1 glass of water as soon as i woke up and then went out for my run.I regulary train upto 6 miles without taking any fluids.The problem today was that I ran out from home 3 miles and then had to take the decision to either turn back or run a loop which i have never run before.I ran the loop which ended up been a total of 11 miles.It was too far for me without water in that heat I really had to dig deep phsycologicaly to do it. Scary territory to be in and a lesson learned.
06/07/2009 at 00:11

There are so many variables.
Normally I don't carry a drink when I run regardless of distance. However I always grab a cup or bottle or sponge when I race.
Strange thing is, when I race I should be better hydrated than when I just go for a run as I haven't just cycled 15 miles. Yet I always feel worse in a race.

No point in carrying money for a drink if I need it, I don't pass any shops.

06/07/2009 at 04:55

yeah well you go faster in a race

06/07/2009 at 05:02
Good Morning to all
06/07/2009 at 18:45
Plodding Hippo wrote (see)

yeah well you go faster in a race

eh - I'm doing something wrong there then. I just seem to go slower and slower when I race.
06/07/2009 at 20:09

Ha i'm with you Bikermouse lol!

Nam- i am 3 stoen over weight and very much a plodder!

06/07/2009 at 20:16
Stick with it mate. You're doing well. 
07/08/2009 at 10:18

I would usually run for up to an hour without taking a drink with me, however if it is hot I would reduce that to half an hour.  Hydration is a totally personal matter and it's all about being in tune with your body and what it needs.  If in doubt, take some liquid with you.

Also, don't be afraid of doing what I did yesterday when I accidentally overextended my run during a hot lunch hour and had drunk all of my 300ml water.  Seeing an inviting pub on the King's Road, I dashed in, sadly not for a refreshing pint, but to ask the kindly barman if he would mind putting some of London's finest tap water into my now empty bottle!

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