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I don't normally bother with specifically hydrating the week before a race (e.g. a half marathon). In fact I don't drink much normally, as I don't get thirsty and don't want to have to go to the toilet all the time - I do however take on board water during racing as I've heard it helps to make your muscles work.
Anyway this time I've decided to make a conscious effort to try and hydrate the week or so before my upcoming half marathon and I was wondering whether it has to be boring old water or whether soft drinks and things like ginger beer are just as effective for hydrating (as they obviously contain water too - although so does alcohol and I guess that can't be used ;-p), if not quite so healthy.
Expert views appreciated...guessing not! ;-p