What is best for hydration during a run?

I’m a less experienced runner, training for a half marathon. Up until now I only ran a maximum of 10 miles and I never felt the need to hydrate, but I read it’s better to hydrate during the run.

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Being a runner myself I used to take a bottle of water with me which was great for interval training. I could drink when I was walking to recover.

Nowadays I’m starting to run without stops and leave the bottle at home and drink before and after my run.

Here is a link with some more information:

If you’re looking for a general rule of thumb for fluid consumption during your runs: You should take in 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your runs. Runners running faster than 8-minute miles should drink 6 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes. During longer workouts (90 minutes or more), some of your fluid intake should include a sports drink (like Gatorade) to replace lost sodium and other minerals (electrolytes). The carbohydrates and electrolytes in the sports drink also help you absorb the fluids faster.

As for carrying I used to hold the water bottle in my hand because I also found that the carrying belt looks uncomfortable.

edit: I bought a water bottle belt which holds 2 small bottles. No big discomfort while running. Actually in my opinion ( after using a belt ) its better to use a belt to then holding it in your hand.

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