Hydration 101: Prepare for Race Day

Hydration 101: class is now in session

nuun is our chosen hydration partner for the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour. nuun performance will be available on course on race day. We encourage all of our participants to train with what will be on course. You should also know why proper hydration is beneficial for you before, during, and after your long run. Hydration 101 will teach you about proper hydration’s benefits and how it affects your body. Use the 30% off code below and save. You will also find nuun and a rainbow of their flavors at our Health & Fitness Expo. Swing by their booth and meet nuun!

Hydration is energy (for your muscles)

Most people think that the purpose of hydration is to prevent dehydration and replenish electrolyte stores that may be lost via sweat. Although both of those are true (recent studies have shown that electrolytes may play greater roles in fluids absorption than sweat replenishment), the fundamental goal of hydration is to deliver oxygen to working muscles. Try to think about hydration or the fluid you are consuming as a way of helping your muscles breathe, which in turn gives them the energy they need to perform. Sometimes, it’s not so easy to just drink straight from a tap in order to help you hydrate yourself. You might find, that you are more likely to drink water if it is filtered. If this is something that interests you then you can check out Water Filter Way to help you find the best products to get pure water.

Water does not hydrate you

Yes, you read that correctly! While water does fundamentally provide your body with fluid, it does not truly hydrate you. Water needs to be in a specific concentration (composing of carbohydrates and electrolytes) to exit the stomach and move into circulation where it can be used by the body. Our water needs to contain sodium to ensure proper fluid absorption. To make matters even more complicated, your “water” should contain different amounts of carbohydrates and electrolytes before/during/after your workout.

Proper hydration will help mitigate gastric distress during exercise

To put it simply, when you are exercising, your body (stomach) is under stress. There are ways you can eat and drink to mitigate that stress or encourage it. When it comes to hydration, if the ratio of carbohydrates to fluid is too high or the electrolyte profile is too low, the delivery of fluid slows down. It sits in the stomach. That’s what causes sloshing and GI issues during racing.

Hydration will help you fuel better

This builds on the previous point. With proper hydration, you can help eliminate the GI issues that can come with it. This allows for faster and more efficient fueling. This is achieved by not overloading your system and using multiple pathways to absorb fluids and carbohydrates.

Hydration aids in recovery

One area that is critical to the recovery process is rehydrating. Rehydrating not only replenishes fluids lost during exercise, but it also aids in replenishing the electrolytes that were also lost. Keep in mind: drinking too much too fast can degrade the potential gains of the workout. Here’s why: over time your body has developed a strong immune system that helps repair itself when it is under the stresses of exercise. Therefore, naturally, your body begins repairing itself, slowly rehydrating, and continuing to hydrate throughout the day.

The experts at nuun wrote this Hydration 101 article. To learn more about nuun hydration, visit their website at nuunlife.com.

Hydration 101 with nuun, the official hydration of the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour.

Running Halloween Ideas

While they may not all be spooky, these running costumes are great for a themed group run or even going door or door. So tie up the running shoes and get in the spirit of the holiday.

Kathrine Switzer

Why it’s a good running costume

In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant. During her run, race official Jock Semple attempted to stop Switzer and grab her official bib; however, he was shoved to the ground by Switzer’s boyfriend, Thomas Miller, who was running with her, and she completed the race. It was not until 1972 that women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon officially

What to Wear

A set of grey sweats and plain white number 261. Bonus, make it a group costume and get someone to dress up as race director Jock Semple and Thomas Miller.

Steve Prefontaine

Why it’s a good running costume

Prefontaine’s was a long distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. His career, alongside those of Jim RyunFrank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers, generated considerable media coverage, which helped inspire the 1970s “running boom.” He was known for his mustache and his long locks of hair that parted as he ran.

What to Wear

Large fake mustache, sideburns, a white USA tank, and short short track shorts.

Tortoise and the Hare

Why it’s a good running costume

It’s a classic racing story that everyone knows. Plus it’s a fun couples costume. The question is, who gets to be the Tortoise and win?

What to Wear

Hare- a tan or brown tracksuit or shirt and leggings, Rabbit ears, and get ready to sprint everywhere you go.

Tortoise- Green shirt and leggings. Cover a stuffed backpack in a darker green cloth for your shell. Walk everywhere really slowly.



Why it’s a good running costume

Is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it! Turn this old prank call into a fun costume. Plus you can see if anyone gets the joke.

What to Wear

White cardboard box with arm and head holes. Draw handles and doors on the front. Add fun items like magnet letters and family photos. Pair with running shorts and shoes.


Port – 0 – Potty

Why it’s a good running costume

A staple part of every long-distance runner’s life. They can be your lifesaver or your worst nightmare.

What to Wear

Cardboard box with an extra piece to make the roof. Pant the box blue to look like a port-o-potty. Carry around extra toilet paper.

Austin Marathon Secures Title Sponsorship with Ascension Seton

Ascension Seton’s impact will be tremendous both race weekend and beyond

High Five Events is excited to announce Ascension Seton as the title sponsor of the Austin Marathon. The multi-year agreement includes naming rights, race weekend activations, and community engagement opportunities. Additionally, Ascension Seton will be the Official Medical Provider of the Austin Marathon. The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour® will take place on February 17, 2019.

“Ascension Seton is excited to be the title sponsor and Official Medical Provider for the Austin Marathon,” said Adam Bauman, vice president of business development at Ascension Seton. “The Austin Marathon reflects the community’s commitment to be an active and vibrant city, and through our partnership with High Five Events and friends of the Austin community, we are committed to promote, support, and facilitate activities for a healthy lifestyle.”

Official Medical Provider

As the Official Medical Provider, Ascension Seton doctors and nurses will staff the finish line medical tent and work with Travis County EMS on course. During race weekend, Team Ascension Seton will participate in all events. They’ll also volunteer their time and have a major presence at the Health and Fitness Expo. Their presence will be felt outside of race weekend as they get involved with local running clubs and attend community runs. They will raise funds and spread awareness as an Official Austin Gives Miles charity. Ascension Seton is part of the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“This is a monumental day for the Austin Marathon and we’re thrilled to have Ascension Seton as the title sponsor,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Their race-weekend involvement will take the Austin Marathon to another level, but we’re just as eager to support and better the Austin community throughout the rest of the year.”

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 28th year running in the capital of Texas in 2019. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ countries around the world. Having start and finish locations in the heart of downtown Austin puts participants and spectators near all the action and within walking distance of restaurants, hotels, and shops. Finishing with the picturesque Texas State Capitol as your backdrop is icing on the cake for the perfect running weekend destination. Participants can register on the Austin Marathon website.