NYC Marathon Hydration Tips

The NYC Marathon is rapidly approaching – can you believe we are down to single digits already?

The start of the 2011 NYC Marathon

The start of the 2011 NYC Marathon

I’m incredibly excited to be running the NYC Marathon for the 3rd time this year. There’s something so special about running through the streets of my hometown, having family and friends scattered throughout the course and finishing up in Central Park, the place I ran every day while I lived in the city.

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As the Official Bottled Water of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, this fall, Poland Spring® brand 100% natural spring water kicked off their “Poland Spring Cheers” campaign in an effort to thank the millions of New Yorkers who helped make local spring water from Maine the #1 beverage brand in New York City.

I’ve partnered up with Poland Springs to share some of my hydration tips for the days leading up to a marathon.

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1. Keep water with you. I do this on a regular basis but I pay even more attention to it during race week. I always have a bottle of water with me regardless of where I’m going or how long I will be gone – places like the store, the marathon expo or commuting to work can take a lot more time than you anticipate. Keep it close by and have a few sips a couple of times an hour.

2. Keep track of water intake. I have the tendency to think I’m drinking more water than I am. I’ll fill up a glass and only drink 1/2 or take a bottle with me and have a few sips and forget about it. Keep track of how much water you are actually consuming – either with a log, filling up bottles in the AM (and ensuring they all get emptied), tracking bracelets the Count Me Healthy one.

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3. Don’t wait until night before race to hydrate. I start focusing heavily on hydration early on in the taper and gradually increase my water consumption as I get closer to race day. Doing this allows my body time to absorb the water without making me feel bloated or heavy from the increase in fluids. If you wait until the night before (or morning of!) to down a gallon or two of water, won’t help.

Poland Springs is inviting all marathon runners to stop by its unique and innovative video booths to record their “Poland Spring Cheers” videos, to toast family and friends who supported their Marathon journey.

Stop by the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo on October 30, 31 or November 1 to create your own video. If you can’t drop by, you can still create your own video and share it on your social channels using #polandspringcheers.

Find Poland Springs on Social Media:
– Website:
– Facebook: PolandSpring
– Twitter: @PolandSpringWtr
– Hashtag: #PolandSpringCheers

This post was sponsored by Poland Springs. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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    2. I keep a 32-oz Nalgene bottle on my desk at work and make a point to drink three of those every day, minimum. Based on the “drink 50% of your body weight in ounces” guideline, this is about 30 oz. more than I need, so I have a little bit of a cushion. I do great with hydration during the work week because I have that bottle there reminding me to drink water, but I don’t do so well on the weekends when I’m at home. Without sitting in one place all day like I do at work, I don’t have the constant reminder of the water bottle; and at home I just get busy and forget. I have never seen those bracelets before but that could be the perfect solution to my weekend hydration issue! Thanks for the tip : )

    3. Hydration is one thing I haven’t mastered with marathon running yet! It seems like I’ve either under or overhydrated. I really, really want to be able to run Philly this year without a bathroom stop! I needed to stop to pee while running Boston because I drank too much beforehand, but then wound up underhydrated later on. So tricky! Thanks for the tips.
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