Last year, while training for the Santa Barbara marathon, I looked around to find the perfect hydration on the run solution. Hydration vests, handheld bottles, hydration belts... good and bad points for each of them? We already discussed that. I had your feedback on this topic. I immediately thought it would be interesting for everyone to know about what I learnt from you and on my own. But, after the marathon, it was winter. No point to discuss about hydration on the run. Now, summer is coming. Let's get back on the subject!
As a reminder, last year, I spoke about hydration on the run in a YouTube video and a blogpost. I thank you again for your feedback. I loved reading your thoughts and discovering your little tricks. So, let's talk about your favorite and/or not so well known solutions.
As you know, I got into trail running. It's for the Bandit Ultra Trail Run 30K, in February, that I finally bought an hydration vest. Since then, I've always run with it on the trails. I got used to it and it doesn't bother me at all, or not that much. On long trail runs, I sometimes have to deal with chafing on my shoulder blades as I run with a tank top. This issue can easily be avoided, using an anti-chafing cream. The only thing it takes is thinking about it beforehand!
It's clearly a solution I adopted, on trails. As far as the road is concerned, you told me you sometimes run with an hydration vest on your long runs. So, last summer, on one of my marathon training long runs, I tried the playboy's hydration vest (I didn't have one of my own at the time). Obviously, it's as practical as it is on the trails. Still, road running is more about speed and a steady pace. So, running with a backpack is a bit too much. It's ok for a training run. Not so sure for a race.
I want to point out it's not that easy to get used to it. It takes a bit of adjustment. At first, I felt like my chest was compressed (even if I made sure it wasn't tightened too much). My balance wasn't the same with a backpack full of water on my back. You get used to it with time.
Let's get back to my favorite solution for road running: the hydration belt. I'll tell you about the advice and solutions you shared with me.
My issues were: I had to readjust my belt multiple times during a run (it didn't stay put) + the bottles were moving around a lot. It seems most people avoid these issues by wearing the belt on the waist and not the hips (I prefer to wear it on the hips). Still, I'm not the only one who doesn't like having something tight around the belly. I guess it depends on people.
One hydration belt has been mentioned twice and I read really good reviews about it: Fitletic.
As for me and my belt, I kept trying and trying and finally made it work without having to buy a new one. I actually didn't tighten it enough. It has to be tightened as much as possible! After this genius breakthrough, my relationship with my belt softened. It's not always idyllic (I sometimes had pins and needles in my legs) but I like the comfort of being able to drink whenever I want, sips by sips, without stopping.
It's the solution I chose during the marathon and it perfectly worked out. This summer, I'll see if my hydration belt and I are still in love!
In the strange solutions category, you mentioned Fitsip. It's a sleeve in which you put a water flask. You wear it on your forearm. It's not so common. It's from Scotland.
Another one is Simple Hydration. It's a bottle with a hook to wear it as you want: in your hand, into your waistband, race belt or pocket.
Some of my readers are McGyver in disguise. I love that! One of you mentioned the fact you can reuse applesauce pouches. You clean them, fill them with water and take them with you, in your pockets. I keep that in mind, especially for running fuel purposes.
Here for all the solutions we spoke about in the comments here or on Instagram. I didn't mention the handheld bottles. I told you before it's not something I like. But, it's a perfectly good solution. I hope we are all ready to enjoy blissful runs in the sunshine!
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