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The beer hydration chart

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When you’re halfway through a grueling 100-mile race, your thoughts and decision-making capabilities may become clouded.

Thankfully, whoever put up this visual at mile 55 of the Western States 100 makes hydration easy.

This is one of those rare times you don’t want to see the golden hue of an IPA — or especially a dark stout.

As most runners already know, darker urine is usually a sign that you’re not hydrated enough. When your body is low on fluids, it holds onto the water in your system. This causes urine to become very concentrated and turn a darker color, according to a very educational article on WebMD.

Of course, as WebMD and this chart notes in a disclaimer, individual urine colors may vary and might not always be an indicator of hydration or dehydration.

As anyone who has attended a beer festival knows, your pee can look like Coors Light even when you should be drinking more water.

Thanks to Rich for the heads up.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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One Comment

  • Patricia says:

    Getting used to the heat is difficult. It has taken me a few weeks but I am now srttaing to get used to it. Hydration is one of the hardest parts to work into the changes. I wish I could run home from work, but alas it is too far at 17 miles. I planned on running to work a few times during my last marathon training but was injured and had to cut my long runs back before I could get it done. To do it I would have to leave home by about 4:30 which is doable. The harder part would be to plan ahead and have my clothes and computer at work. I carry my computer back and forth every day since I am in IT and need it in the event of an after hours emergency excuses!

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