http://www.usatf.org/news/showRelease.a ... 4-19-2.xml
What does everybody make of the above new USATF hydration guidelines? It sure flies in the face of everything I've been doing for a long time. Back when I first ran Peachtree Road Race, I noticed in the info packet the instructions to "drink water even when you're not thirsty." I didn't like doing this, because for some reason I have to go "number 1" a lot. I can drink a cup of water and have to go to the bathroom ten times.
Anyhow, I decided to try it once. I just hung around the port-a-potties and drank water -- and went to the starting area at the last possible minute. That was the best race I ever had (the only time I ever broke 40 mins.) and I never had to stop for water. I am only a casual runner, but since then I've always loaded up on water -- even when not thirsty -- and this has always been great for me.
My wife ran the Country Music 1/2 Marathon in Nashville last weekend and she read me the hydration info. The leaflet said to not over drink and to maybe bring a small packet of salt to knock down in the later stages of the race. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I thought salt tablets went out in the '70s. This lady has it all wrong, I thought. Then the above USATF press release above comes out. Go figure.
What do people think about this "drink only when thirsty" recommendation in the new hydration guidelines. And that it is supposedly dangerous to drink too much water b/f a race?