Question to my runner friends….

16 Jul

What is better for hands free watering while running?!?!?!?! I am so sick of carrying a water bottle while running and am looking at two options. Please note I drink a lot of water while I run, I just drink a lot in general!

The options:

Option #1: Nathan Hydration Belt!

Pros: can carry fuel, on your waist, light weight

Cons: Concerned about it falling, will drop one or more of the bottles while running, I am clumsy as all get out!

Option #2: Camelbak 50 oz Hydration Pak

Pros: On my back, sweet colors also in lime green and blue, LOTS OF WATER, will not drop it

Cons: Heavy, no storage, Thats pretty much all I can think of.

I saw a woman in the last 5k I did with one on. I am just not sure which one is better! I dont want to be fumbling with either so if anyone has any suggestions, or has used either let me know!!!!


3 Responses to “Question to my runner friends….”

  1. runningcorgi July 17, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    I always carry water bottles when I go outside to run. I mean always, not just on the hot summer days. I definitely prefer the hydration belt over the handheld bottle. I have two – Nathan and Amphipod. They are both good but I prefer the Amphipod hydration belt with 4 bottles. I love it! It is much easier to grab bottles off the belt than from Nathan’s. I just bought a bigger pouch for my phone. I have been using this for years and I am very satisfied. No bouncing and it feels comfortable. I recommended this one to my friends and they loved it too. You can check this link.
    Don’t worry about losing bottles. One of my friends is the queen of losing things and even she didn’t lose any yet šŸ™‚ And you can buy individual bottle if you do lose one or two. šŸ˜‰

    I don’t have a camelback pack but I’m considering buying one because my two corgis drink lots of water when I take them to run with me. I saw a DM friend’s recommendation of this one. It has 3 pockets and is light šŸ™‚
    Hope this help. Happy running!!

    • Alex K July 17, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks a lot Chris!!! I will look into those as well! Right now based off yours, Dailymile and facebook comments and messages I think I am leaning toward buying one of each. They will be good for hiking vs short vs long runs and then I can always have an option! I do love that the belt has storage for fuel/ID for racing since it is a pain sticking things in my socks!

      • runningcorgi July 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

        I’m glad you’re leaning toward buying one of each! It’s always good to have more options šŸ™‚ I’m going to buy a hydration pack for hiking too. I have been using my hydration belt for long runs and didn’t have any water shortage. But 2 corgis changed that šŸ™‚ One good things about having a hydration belt with multiple bottles is you can bring different drinks. In the summer, I often fill 2 bottles with cold water and ice cubes and the other 2 bottles with a sports drink to replenish electrolytes after sweating a lot. And when I ran marathons, I only took 2 bottles with me. One bottle filled with water was for when I would feel thirsty between water stations – when the bottle got empty, volunteers at the water stations poured water into my bottle – , and the other bottle was for storing energy gels (unopened). The front pocket was useful to store my ID and things like my phone or travel size tissues. I like the Amphipod belt because its front stretch pocket is longer than Nathan’s. I use that pocket to put my car keys and gels for a long run. Anyway, hydration is really important and don’t forget to drink BEFORE you feel thirsty. Keep cool and healthy!! I always enjoy your blog!!!

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