11 miles with no drink

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05/07/2009 at 14:45
Just done the most stupid thing today.i sett off this morning on a run without my bottle.I usually train anything upto 6 miles without a drink,however on todays route I decided to run a little bit further and seriously underestimated the extra distance.It was hard work and my mouth was like sandpaper.I found myself scouring peoples front gardens for outside taps to drink from, I was getting that desperate.At one point i considered storming into the mormon church and asking for a cup of water,it was only because they were in full song that I didn`t. Anyway I pushed on and made it home 11 miles later.I have since Sipped a couple of glasses of water  with a pinch of salt in them,a mug of tea,and a glass of dandelion and burdoch.
05/07/2009 at 14:48

That is pretty stupid...but you obviously realise that!  6 mile without a drink is bad!

Still doesn't dound like you have rehydrated?

05/07/2009 at 15:29

I'd keep off the d&b until you really are rehydrated.

And don't do it again. It's not worth it.

05/07/2009 at 15:37

I think the question really Brad is how well prepared prior to your run were you?
Not sure what the weather was like for you this morning but where I am it was cool first thing. I ensure that I'm well hydrated prior to a run as I dont take water with me. This mornings run was 13 miles and I feel that this is possibly as far as I like to go without water but just in case I always have a couple of bob in my shorts to nip into a shop and get a drink.
You can tell how well hydrated you are by the colour of your pee, the darker it is, the more fluid you need.

05/07/2009 at 15:44
erm...I don't think it really warrants such a panic. Uncomfortable to have a dry mouth, perhaps, but hardly stupid! Six miles without a drink is bad? How?

05/07/2009 at 16:05


      I got your name?

I pleased with this thread about NO DRINKS while you run.People are stupid and Thick.You got to have drinks with you because you may cause damange in your inside and you will collapse for good? I went to my local gym last week which own by Harpers Fitness and there all talk about H&S and Drinks and Towel because we may get some BUGS around the Gym.But NO Harpers all there care about is Money not us to use the gym.Anyway  there was shouting while I do my Warm Up inwhich those 2 people should tak it outside althrough there did'nt.All the fuss is the young man have no towel or a drink with him and he say to the other man(I DONT SWEAT). You got to. If not something wrong with him?

We are the sensiable one's RIGHT..?

M...eldy    pirate
05/07/2009 at 16:17

If you are well hydrated all the time then there is no need to have a drink for long distances,  but individuals are different.  I can run for an hour without one but I drink 2 litres at least a day and know that I am properly hydrated.

Hydration is a proactive thing not a reactive one.

05/07/2009 at 16:26


Thank you I think people may take note of us?

Nice to hear from you agin?

05/07/2009 at 16:31
I always carry £1 coin with me so that if I run out of water I can just nip in to a corner shop and get a bottle.
M...eldy    pirate
05/07/2009 at 16:43
Hi Speedy ...   I think the replies show that hydration really is a personal thing

KK runs 20 miles without one but then again she runs twice as quick as I do so its all relative.
05/07/2009 at 16:57

I think so do.There  body  and you only live once?

05/07/2009 at 17:17
I did 14 miles yesterday morning without carrying a drink. Plenty of water the night before, and a drink before I set off. That's the furthest I've ever gone without a drink and I can't say I suffered - fastest long run ever, and my HR stayed nice and low.
05/07/2009 at 17:25
Longest I've run without a drink is 4 hours, I did run for 6:15 once and resorted to drinking out of mountain streams.  Unless I know I'm going to be out for 3+ hours then I wont bother taking anything. I will drink in half marathons if it's warm.  I drink 5+ litres a day.
05/07/2009 at 17:26

Depends very much on the individual. I've just done 13 miles in warm but not humid weather and took a pint or so with me. Could have done with more, tbh. I'll happily race a half marathon in winter without drinking but in any other season I need my fluids. I'm not a big bloke but I sweat bucketloads.

I doubt that one would seriously dehydrate over 11 miles in anything other than extreme conditions, though. 

Off to put the kettle on now for my second cuppa in quick succession.

05/07/2009 at 17:27

I agree if well hydrated pre run you probably dont need anything for 10 miles in hot weather, further in cooler weather

its personal preference though

05/07/2009 at 17:30

I'l happily run fairly long distances (12 mile or so) without taking a drink with me, unless it's unusually hot weather - which isn't that often. On the occasions when I've taken a drink with me, it's the smallest of the donut bottles, and I've rarely got through half the bottle.

As others have said, if you keep yourself well hydrated all of the time, you shouldn't need to be downing loads during the run itself.

Of course, people vary and I guess some sweat more than others (though I do seem to sweat bucket loads myself!), so everyone's needs are certainly different - but not 'stupid' if you don't always take drink with you.

The only time I've really found a drink invaluable is if I've swallowed a fly, on those few occasions I've been glad of having something with me, but not for hydration per se.

05/07/2009 at 17:32
I normally don't take a drink with me for anything less than 2hrs, though I do do what Turboelli does, and take a pound coin with me in case I'm desperate.  
05/07/2009 at 17:39
i don't take a drink with me unless i'm doing 20+milers - just ensure that i'm hydrated before leaving the house! - neve rhad a problem with it and infact i rarely drink when racing - part from marathons! but then i do drink 3 or 4 litres a day.
05/07/2009 at 18:25

I reckon to keep hydrated enough on a regular basis and a bit more attention to it before longer runs, enough to last me about 1.5 hours. I'm a plodder, so that's currently about 8 miles or so for me.

A year ago I couldn't even do 5K without a drink on a cool day... I do think it's a personal thing

05/07/2009 at 19:15
Maybe its just me then being a novice and all!
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