If you thought this post would be about the city’s best after-works and watering holes, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for tips on how to stay hydrated on runs in Dakar, you’ve come to the right place. (Hello #dakarrunninggroupforwomen!)

With the cooler temperatures and upcoming Marathon Eiffage races in April, Dakar’s “sidewalks” are bursting with running enthusiasts these days, especially on weekend mornings. The further we get in our training, the more frantically we start looking around Dakar for things like blister socks, sports belts and running water bottles or other methods of hydration.

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I generally like to test out the simplest option first, so today I tucked a little money in my leggings pocket and decided to try hydrating from a little plastic water sachet purchased en route from a buutik. Let me just say that part of me thinks it’s hilarious that I am managing to squeeze out yet another blog post about water & running in Dakar, but the other part of me would have loved to have this info a few weeks ago so I’m just going to go for it and hope it helps others of you out there in the same gaal.

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– Water sachets are 50 CFA. So bring a couple 50 CFA coins, not larger money which means you have to wait for change. Just pay and run! Literally.

– The sachets are 400ml, not half-liter like I thought. This worth noting if you track your water consumption on long run days. But otherwise, probably useless random knowledge that you will now never, ever be able to forget. #yourewelcome

– Water sachets are available at corner buutiks but also usually at the little tangana breakfast stands. Just look for a cooler by the front door and pay the woman cooking inside.

– Bite off a teeny, tiny corner piece of the baggie. The smaller the better. Then squeeze the water into your mouth with your fist. Don’t suck the corner like a straw because that can make you swallow air an– BURP!

– You may lose some of the water when the sachet is full, but once it’s down to about two-thirds full, you can wrap it around your index finger and hold it in your hand easily and without too much leakage.

– When the sachet is empty, just fold it and tuck it into your waistband until you get to a trash can.

Now the next topic...

How to cope with horrible air quality in Dakar

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