Andy Blow Is At The Forefront Of Sweat Science With Precision Hydration

Today’s guest is Andy Blow and he knows a thing or two about the science of staying hydrated during a run, so stay tuned for some serious sweat talk in today’s episode!

He is a former elite-level triathlete, with several top ten finishes in various Ironman races, and has an Xterra World Title to his name as well.

I am looking forward to trying to keep up with Andy Blow and diving into how he founded Precision Hydration.

Andy Blow

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QT: Thoughts and My Take on Nutrition Beyond the Run

When it comes to discussions of fueling for runners, the focus tends to be on mid-run nutrition.

Which totally makes sense.

The problem is, what you take in during a run is only part of the puzzle.

It may be a big part of the puzzle, but there are other components  of a good fueling/nutrition strategy that need to be considered beyond what you consume during your run. Read more

Is There Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water While Running?

Quick Tip: The Risk of Drinking Too Much Water

A couple of weeks ago, there was a story in the New York Times about the the risks associated with drinking too much water.

As runners, especially in the summer months, we are encourage to make sure that we are adequately hydrated, and that we drink regularly during our runs, in an attempt to prevent heat illness and muscle cramping.

But is there such a thing as drinking too much water?

There is, and drinking too much water can actually be more dangerous than not drinking enough.

Is There Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water While Running?

Is There Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water While Running?

Why Is Drinking Too Much Water Dangerous?

The reason that drinking too much water can be dangerous is a bet technical, and I don’t pretend to understand the cellular complexities enough to explain it clearly and succinctly, but it has to do with actually having too much water in your blood and how that impacts the sodium levels within your body.

Long story short, drinking too much water can actually kill you.

That’s how serious it can be.

How Much is Too Much?

There is no magic number, but the key to consuming the appropriate amount of fluids is pretty simple: drink when you’re thirsty.

Our bodies do an amazing job of telling us what we need and when we need it, the problem is that we do a terrible job of paying attention to what our bodies are telling us.

If we can pay more attention to the subtle clues we are getting from the feedback loops inside of our bodies, and react by drinking accordingly, we will do a pretty good job of keeping ourselves hydrated without the risk of overdoing it.

On today’s audio portion of the quick tip, I’m going to go into a little more detail about hyponatremia plus talk a lot more about how much we should be drinking both on a daily basis and also during a race. For that information, just press play below!

How Much Water Do You Drink Before/During a Run/Race?

Winter Running, Winter Wonderland

An Often Overlooked Challenge of Winter Running

Winter running brings with it a whole number of challenges that runners don’t have to deal with any other time of the year. Between cold temperatures, wind chill factors, snow drifts, and black ice, out door winter running provides plenty of drama.

Winter Running, Winter Wonderland

But do you regularly commit the cardinal sin of winter running? Do you even know what that sin is? Read more

2014 Christmas Gift Ideas for Runners–Fuel for Runners

Christmas 2014

As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll give you hundreds of gift ideas in a number of different running categories.

Christmas Gifts for Runners, 2014, Fuel, Hydration

Today, I will be looking at fuel for runners to use during a long run or race, as well as some options for carrying water with them while they are out on their runs. Read more