Dealing with Hydration Bladder Issues

Hydration bladder issues are not uncommon. Here are some tips to help you hydrate properly during your exercise without having to make frequent stops.

Hydration Bladder

1) Start hydrating well the day before the race/run so you don't end up cramming too much in the morning of.

2) Keep a glass of water by your bed the night before the race/run and drink little sips during the night.

3) Instead of gulping down a large amount of water all at once the morning of the race/run, try drinking more frequent but small sips.

4) Have no fear... the bushes don't bite! At a recent half marathon, I had my first experience peeing in the bushes and let me tell you, it's not near as bad as some of those porta-potties and it saves a lot of time waiting on line, or having to hold it 'till you come across the next porta-potty. Of course, not every running route has bushes to hide behind!

5) Practice your kegel exercises. These will help strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor so you are less likely to lose control of your bladder while you are running. For more on kegel exercises,
click here.

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