While running, especially an obstacle race, water is not always available but staying hydrated is really very important. So to be hydrated while running most of the runner carry hydration packs. You can wear this hydration pack on your waist and drink water whenever you want while running. If you love running or running is your hobby then you should definitely know about the things listed below.
- What Is It Used For?
The main purpose of using a pack is to stay hydrated while running. You should definitely use the pack to avoid the risk of being dehydrated. The risk of being dehydrated is really very crucial while doing any physical activities. Drinking water replaces the water which we lose through sweating. It also helps to cool your body and to keep the blood flow steady.
- Why Should You carry Water While Running?
Yes, you should carry water if you are planning to run for more then 25 minutes. According to rules, you should drink 8 oz of water every 20 minutes. If you are running for less then 30 minutes then you can run without taking water.
- How Much Water Does A Pack Hold?
Various options of packs are available which you can choose according to your liking. They vary from 1-3 liters. The best size is 2 liters because it’s a fair balance.
- How Long Will The Pack Last?
If you’re calculating according to the above-mentioned rule then you will need
- 1liter reservoir for 1hours 20minutes.
- 2liters reservoir for 2hours 40minutes
- 3liters reservoir for 4hours
- Sports Drink
As sweat mostly constitutes forms of water and salt, therefore, water is the best replacement of those elements. However, you may also want to have a sports drink because of its electrolyte which helps to maintain the right balance.
- Drawback Of Water Packs
The main problem of the water packs is its weight. For some athletes, water packs are worthless because it translates into more time on the course.
- What Is The Alternative Of Hydration Packs?
There are four alternatives of hydration packs that are hydration belt, water bottle, run without water and waist pack. You can follow either of the four alternative if you are going for a run.
- Is It Worth To Carry An Hydration Pack?
If you don’t want to get dehydrated while running then you should definitely carry and hydration pack. If you are a beginner then you should carry the water pack. If you are used to it then it depends on you if you want to carry it or not.
- When To Use The Pack?
Even though the pack is really very useful throughout the race you don’t need to wear it every time. The following will tell you when it’s necessary
- 5km race
According to me, you don’t need to carry a pack when you are running for or under 5km race.
- 21km race
If you don’t want to rely upon the water station then you should definitely carry your own water packs.
- 42km or more
If you want to run for 42km or more then you should definitely carry your own water pack. Hence, if you don’t want to get dropped out from the race then carry your own water.