What Drinks Elite Runners Consume, and Why You Should Drink Them too!

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Lexington, we are well into the summer, which so far I am enjoying, and Bailey is too! So much to learn and discover at this age, I LOVE watching her find new things every day.

One of the questions I often get asked from friends, mostly non-runner friends, is what do you drink to stay hydrated in the summer? Surely not just water all the time? “Its so booooooorring”

I actually do not mind just drinking water, but I have to admit, during the summer, when I sweat away half my body weight during runs, water does get old, even for me.

I thought therefore I would share with you the other drinks I do have as a runner, that you can use for rehydrating and…..well, enjoyment!

Let’s start with good old water.

I actually rarely drink just water. I put my EnduroPacks Electrolyte Spray in there to make sure I am replenishing what I lose through sweat. This is especially important in the summer. I actually even carried an Enduropacks bottle in my pocket during the London Marathon, and sprayed it right into my mouth. The spray gives the water a slight lemon taste, which is good enough for me most the time.

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EnduroPacks Electrolyte Spray

Chai/Green Tea

When I first wake up in the morning, I like to start it off with a hot drink. I never used to be a hot drink-er (which is hilarious coming from England!), but recently, I have come to enjoy it…..and it gets my stomach moving, which is good if you run in the mornings!

I like a Chai or Green Tea with a small amount of NuNaturals Stevia to sweeten it a little. If you have been struggling with stomach issues while you run, I would recommend giving this a try! Green Tea is also known to boost your metabolism to aid with weight loss……if you are interested!

Chai Tea

Body Armor

This is what I fantasize about during my runs on those really hot summer days. The days I keep running up my driveway, making a beeline for the fridge. These are SO refreshing, and I am so lucky that they have been so supportive of my training over the past years. They are a growing company, and I may or may not have let out a little squeal of delight when I saw them on the shelves in Target recently.

If you are looking for a refreshing drink, this is what you are looking for! My favorite flavors are Orange Mango or Mixed Berry.

Body Armor Tina Muir


I have never really been a pop/soda/fizzy drink (yes, that is what we call it in England- no laughing) fan, but I have to say, sometimes you just crave something tasty and fizzy. This is when I reach for the Zevia, and I LOVE it! It is a little more expensive than most in its category, but SO worth it. It has 0 calories, and is sweetened using stevia, so you can rest assured a little that no corn syrup is in this drink!

If you are looking for a carbonated or sweet drink on a hot afternoon, this is it. My favorite flavors are Ginger Root Beer and Cream Soda….but they have a Dr Zevia flavor out now, which I am excited to try!


Vertical Maple Water

This is my latest love. I am so thankful that I was sent some of these recently to try from Vertical Maple Water. I had heard about the benefits of Maple Water, but was not sure whether I would like it or not. I was not a huge fan of coconut water, only on occasion, so I was a little hesitant. I did not need to be, I LOVED it! Just a faint hint of sweet, but tastes better than regular water.

So, what is Maple Water? Well, when they make maple syrup, they boil HUGE volumes of maple water into a condensed syrup. Instead, you are drinking the water as it naturally comes out of the trees. It is high in antioxidants, and is a great alternative to water.

vertical maple water
Keeping cool in the summer heat with a nice, cold Vertical Water 🙂

This is the drink for those of you who do not like the taste of regular water. Not only does this have a slight maple taste, but it is good for you!

I also love that vertical water serves you the maple water in a TetraPak which has less of a carbon footprint on the environment, and they can be recycled! Thats a huge bonus for me.

Try it out, you will love Vertical Maple Water too!

Almond (Soy) Milk

I have mentioned a few times that I do not really drink cows milk much anymore. There were a few reasons for this; antibiotics in the cows, and I am trying to stick to grass-fed/free range/humane foods, but also because I wanted to increase my calcium intake (almond has more than cows milk), and never really liked the taste of milk.

I love both almond and soy milk, and purchase these regularly. I add them to smoothies with oats, drink them with my Twin Lab Protein Powder, and of course with my beloved cereal….which I am actually trying to not have as often so trying it out with other things.

These are usually for post run, when I want to kick start the recovery process, but cannot have a full meal yet (while stretching/driving ect). I am not telling you to drink these milks if you like cows milk, that is your choice, but calcium is important, so as long as you get that in!

Twin Lab protein

There may be other drinks from time to time. I do really enjoy a sweet tea when I am out to eat, a glass of wine with friends, and sometimes a Root Beer (if I feel I earned it :p). However, these are the main ways I stay hydrated.

As the temperature rises, hydration becomes really important, and by making smart choices, you can keep your body in a good place, without sacrificing taste!

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  • That Maple Water sounds interesting since I’m not a fan of coconut water either! I usually drink “just” water but, after a long hot run, I go to my trusty Gatorade. I have to say that I will definitely be picking up some Body Armor at Target next time. Thanks for this list Tina! Very interesting.

  • Michele Rosen
    May 27, 2015 6:29 am

    Maple water sounds very cool! I definitely want to try that. During the summer I do include coconut water and I really love it, alone or mixed into a fruit smoothie.

  • I have been wanting to try the Maple water because I’m not a huge fan of coconut water unless it’s the right flavor. I’m excited to try my Enduropacks. I haven’t tried the spray yet and am very curious! I do like green tea and need to start drinking it more. I defiintely love a warm drink in the morning!

  • Very interesting to see what you drink! I’ve heard about maple water from many places now but am still waiting to find it on store shelves near me. I’m also a huge fan of Zevia. That and sparkling water (La Croix has some delicious flavors) are my go-to’s when I want something a little more than just water.

  • Maple water is all the rage right now. I cannot do coconut water. I tried it once and it made me gag, plus it is a liiiittle too close in texture and consistency to a certain drink that I have to down before certain procedures!

  • Julie Wunder
    May 27, 2015 7:49 am

    I’ve never heard of maple water! Sounds interesting!!!

  • I do drink lots of water and sparkling water but during the summer I need a little more as well. I’ve never had body armour but I’ve seen you mention it a few times. Need to check it out

  • Lisa@runningoutofwine
    May 27, 2015 8:55 am

    I typically stick to water or nuun, but some of these options sound really good! Maple water definitely sounds interesting. I’ve never heard of Body Armor either, that sounds good as well!

  • I’m a big fan of High 5 and Nuun electrolyte tablets for drinking with water before a long run and afterwards. I also love peppermint tea…and coffee and normal builder’s tea. Generally I’m quite well hydrated as I drink loads of water through the day.
    I quite like the Maple Water and Body Armour…interesting stuff!

  • Hi Tina! Yes, sometimes you just need something more than water. I do coconut water a lot of times for days when I have a lot of cardio, and I always have green tea in the mornings. I’ve never tried Zevia or maple water before and would love to. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  • All I know is that I will chug any kind of electrolyte drink that I can get my sweaty paws on after a long run in the heat. I’m a super salty sweater and if I don’t get the electrolytes back up asap, I get really sick.

  • Maple water? I must try that! I’m not a fan of coconut water either, but I do like maple syrup quite a bit. I usually drink plain water, Nuun, and coffee. Lots of coffee.

  • I love Zevia! I also love my SodaStream. I really only ever make sparkling water, but I find it much more thirst quenching than just plain old water. I haven’t tried Maple Water (though apparently it’s a Canadian thing?) but I’d like to, it sounds really interesting!

  • My husband has gotten really into running so I’m going to share these with him! It gets so hot and humid here in Richmond, dehydration is a huge risk!

  • The maple water sounds awesome! I definitely will try it!!
    Great list!!

  • carla birnberg
    May 28, 2015 6:03 am

    I need to start back to paying attention. I didnt need to as much in CALIFORNIA. In TEXAS? I dehydrate swiftly.

  • I drink lots of plain water, cold coconut water and sparkling is refreshing when hot. I keep my fluid intake up in the cold months with lots of peppermint tea.

  • I also like almond milk and recently tried cashew milk and liked it too. I almost never drink cow’s milk and am not a big fan of soymilk either.

    I just saw those Body Armor drinks in the Publix grocery store today, it’s interesting to see that you drink them. I may have to pick one up sometime.

  • This was really interesting to read. I like to drink quite a bit of milk (both almond and regular) just to keep my calcium intake high.

  • Hi Tina, just wondering, do you still use UCAN?

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