Water bottleSince I’m not running, I’ve declared July hydration month! I’ve probably mentioned how dehydrated I get on runs and that it’s hard for me to even go out for a 3 mile run without some water on me. I think part of this is due to the fact that I’m not hydrating well during the day.

We have a company wellness program going on right now called the Swap, where we exchange one bad/unhealthy thing for one good/healthy thing. I don’t drink a lot of soda (maybe a couple a week), but I decided I wouldn’t drink any for the next month and instead drink at least 60 oz of water per day, hopefully getting me into the habit when I start running again.

This didn’t sound like much at the time, but then I realized that it’s about two liters, and I have a hard time getting through a 20 oz bottle. I bought myself a 32 oz water bottle off Amazon that I have to completely empty twice throughout each day. I usually aim for doing one bottle full before lunch and one bottle full after lunch at work, so that any I drink at home afterwards is just extra.

Hydration vestThe second thing I did was I bought a hydration vest for when I start half marathon training. I’ve been trying out various types of hydration systems (since I know I will need something that can hold quite a bit of water once I get to running over 6 miles at a time). I, obviously, haven’t tried it out yet, but I will let you know how it goes once I am running again. Comfort-wise, I do like it more than the hydration belt I had previously tried out, and it definitely holds more than my 10 oz handheld.

Cheers to water!

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