Last Saturday my friends and I hit the trails for a long run/hike.
I’ve been nursing a shin injury, so my running friends graciously offered to slow down so that I could join them. We all decided to bring our dogs with us since we were going at a reasonable pace for our four legged friends to keep up.
Honestly, these are my favorite types of runs, the ones at a slow, easy, talk each other’s ears off, let the dog’s sniff, pace. Being with my true friends reminds me that there is no other activity that fills my heart with so much joy. It’s like being thirsty and taking an ice cold swig of fresh water. It fills me with happiness.
When my friends and I were out on the trails, I was reminded that summer is just around the corner– it was warm! We were all a bunch of sweaty messes… including the dogs.
It’s been more humid than usual for Southern California and that little bit of moisture really makes you perspire. For me this is good because my soaking shirt is like an alarm, it points out it’s time to drink. It’s not always like that here though. Most of the time it’s dry and the sweat evaporates, so you can dehydrate quickly. Luckily for us there is a drinking fountain in the middle of the woods at about mile 5– it’s a picnic area used for horses and hikers. I’ve used it a couple of times, but the water smells so horrible, I almost gag trying to drink it.
On Monday, when I was in the hardware section of WalMart, I found the perfect solution to my stinky water problem: Brita Sport Water Bottle.
I have used Brita for years to filter my water at home, but having the ability to filter water on the go is really nice. Now, not only can I get clean water on runs, but I can filter water for my children when we’re out, and even my dog. Nobody likes to drink stinky, foul tasting water. Plus, it’s counter-intuitive to serve it to my loved ones… something about the foul smell isn’t right.
My son and I took the dog out to go for a run, stopped at the park to re-hydrate and test out our new Brita Bottle. It worked great… no foul smell and everyone was happy. So happy, that he has been begging me to take the Brita Bottle to school to keep on his desk. He says the water fountain stinks there, too.
Now I need to go back to hardware section at WalMart and get another Twin pack. I swear, I can’t eat or drink anything without my kids swiping it away from me. Anyone else have this problem? haha
I don’t mind though, I’d rather he drink the filtered water, and the bottles are BPA free.
In addition to having filtered water on the go, it is equally important that you drink enough water this summer on long runs, hikes, and outings to the park. Here are a few things to keep in mind about how to stay hydrated.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
1. Pee Test – Always be checking the color of your pee. It should be light yellow in color. If it is dark and saturated, you are not drinking enough. Increase your consumption.
2. Flavor – Try adding a squirt of lemon, orange, or lime juice to your water for added flavor. This might encourage you to drink more. Makes it taste great, too.
3. Filter – You might be used to the smell of your tap water, but most contain high levels of chlorine (that’s what makes it smell and taste bad). Brita filtration system eliminates the foul odor. When it tastes better, you’ll drink more.
4. Don’t Delay – Drink before you’re thirsty. Don’t make the mistake of being away from home and forget to drink until you feel tired and sick from dehydration. When that happens, it’s too late. If you know you’re going to be active, drink before hand.
5.Bring It With You – Never leave the house without your water bottle. If you carry it with you in the car, to the gym, on the trails, or where ever you go, you’ll be reminded to drink at all times.
6. Think Ahead – Fill them up! I fill my 2 20 oz. water bottles up first thing in the morning, so that I know I’ll at least get those 40 oz in before I go to bed at night. Seeing the bottles on the counter reminds me to keep sipping on them all day.
7. Make It Fun – My kids and I decorate and customize our water bottles, with gems and permanent markers. Not only with our names, but also motivational sayings like, “I have a thirst for knowledge and love.” It makes drinking fun.
8.Sweat Check – If you are sweating, you should be drinking. Use your sweat as a reminder to hydrate. If you live in an arid climate like SoCal or Arizona, beware! Your sweat will evaporate quickly, so even if you’re dry, you should be drinking.
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How about you? Do you drink filtered water? Is your tap water stinky?