Do you want to know how to fuel and hydrate properly before you run your first virtual half marathon? Have you struggled with hitting the wall during your previous races? I know I have! My legs locked up during my first and only full marathon in Hartford. I wish I knew how to stay hydrated while running long distances and what I have learned since on the best way to fuel for running when I ran that race 2 years ago!
The keys to success for running include two important components: proper fuel and hydration during your long runs and races. This week, on the Healthy Runner Podcast, I had the pleasure to interview Mike Mathewson, founder of Crank Sports. We had a great conversation in which we took a deep dive into fuel and hydration for runners. Taking action on these tips are a sure fire way to improve your performance on your long run and your next road race whether it is in person or a virtual race.
For those of you in our running community that are not familiar with Mike Mathewson, he has a really interesting running story that he shares during the interview and has some great resources on his website and his blog. Mike has been a competitive endurance athlete the majority of his life, and after starting, growing and selling two technology companies he decided to turn his passion for endurance sports into his career at Crank Sports.
Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview with Mike within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
In this episode you will hear Mike answer the following questions:
3. How much water should I drink with energy gels?
4. How many gels should I take during a half marathon?
5. How to stay hydrated while running long distances?
6. How do I know if I am dehydrated before a run?
This is jam packed episode with many golden nuggets revealed, I hope you enjoy the episode and as always thank you for listening!
I want to personally thank Mike for taking the time to share his running knowledge with our running community and help us stay hydrated and fueled during these hot summer months!
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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