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1/20/13 6:00 P

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Kapelakin, I took your recommendation and got the Nathan TrailMix belt. I LOVE IT! I ran almost 13 miles today and didn't have a problem at all with the bottles, and had PLENTY of room for keys and my gel.

Anyhow, just wanted to let yas know what I settled on. :)

Jane

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1/15/13 8:10 A

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I hated carrying bottles and the idea of a belt was not happening. So I too am a big fan of the camelback. I used it for training runs. When I did my 10M and HM last year I just hit the water stations. It really comes down to personal preference.

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1/15/13 1:38 A

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BBAHONORS, try this to "de-slosh" the reservoir:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDpPcXrPW
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I use the amphipod Hydraform bottles (12 & 20oz):
http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydrati
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d-thermal-lite-12oz

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1/14/13 9:32 P

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I, too, use a camelback for my longer runs. I used a belt for my first half, but I found that it bounced around too much, and I had problems getting it situated on my hips just right.

WINDSURFNERD, how do you "de-slosh" the camelback reservoir?

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1/14/13 9:09 P

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I'm not thrilled by amphipods. They look pretty but I've seen too many amphipod bottles falling out of the belts after people believe they've locked them into place. It's just the ones where the clips grab on to the sides.

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I've got both handhelds and a pack, I don't like bouncy belts.

Depending on the temps I carry small or large amphipod handhelds for my runs over 6 miles, however I don't like carrying them and fiddling with the lids for 10+ miles so I use a small camelbak (annadel) for those longer training runs. I like being able to sip at will, but I discovered this weekend that it's important to "de-slosh" the reservoir before taking off!

For my one-&-only HM (race), I carried the small amphipod to augment the water stops on course (it takes me over half a mile to get a Gu down so it helps to have my own container). I gave it empty to my cheer squad at 10 miles :)

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1/14/13 6:40 P

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I have used both a belt and hydration pack. I love the iFitness belt I have now, it holds just enough water (two 8 oz. bottles), has a pouch for my phone, and doesn't bounce. The hydration pack is great for really hot weather where I'm not confident a race will have enough water stations, but I feel lighter and thus faster when I use the belt. (It's probably all in my head, but we know that running really is almost as much mental as it is physical!)

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1/14/13 5:07 P

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I love my Amphipod belt. You can customize what you put on it too and get other accessories for it. You can also remove everything but the pouch for carrying your phone and stuff too. I use it even at the Y with just the pouch on the indoor track for my phone. I hate armbands!

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1/14/13 4:52 P

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Some research papers suggest that a primarily benefit to hydration is for the cooling effect. So if you're not thirsty and you're running in very cold weather (it's winter where you are, right?), you could be fine with no water for 10M. But you'll change your change your tune as the temp goes up.

Avoid belts with large bottles. Go with the backpack hydration systems or belts that have small bottles that can be distributed around your waist.

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1/14/13 2:43 P

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I, too, hate having a belt while I run. But at an expo last year I found a great full size bottle that has a hand wrap on it that I love! It has a pocket for keys, id, too.

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1/14/13 2:42 P

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I use a Nathan belt (I used a handheld for my first half - never again) that has 2 bottles, one on each side. I find it just the right amount of liquid (plus 1 or 2 water stops) for me and the pouch is a good size for my keys and phone.

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1/14/13 2:31 P

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Water bottles bobbing around annoy me to no end and I don't like carrying anything in my hands so I use a camelback. I've never used it during a race, the provided water stops have been enough, but I do use it on my training runs for anything long than 90 minutes.

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I actually did my first HM this past September and didn't utilize a hydration belt at all. There were plenty of hydration stops and with those stops I probably over hydrated because it was so humid out.

If you just did 10 miles without a problem, you really may not need one.

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1/14/13 2:19 P

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I'm not a fan of the fuel belts as I find they bob up & down & annoy me. So I switched to a Camelback & I love it. There's room to store a few things also.

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1/14/13 2:07 P

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I have the Nathan TrailMix belt and found it perfect for HM training. It has 2, 12 oz bottles, plus a pocket that is big enough for my smart phone, fuel and keys and so on. No problems with the bottles popping out, and I can put sports drink in one and plain water in the other.

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1/14/13 2:02 P

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I've been cruising the forums of various websites, trying to get some advice on hydration belts and if I really need one for a half marathon or for long runs that are less than 14-15 miles. I ran 10 miles yesterday, and ended up being just fine without water, since the hydration belt I had (can't remember the model number, but it's a Nathan) kept bobbling around and the water bottle kept popping out. The model I had ended up having one large bottle that was stored horizontally on the belt. May be great for long walks and hikes, but definitely not for running.

If any of yas think I need a hydration belt, do you have any recommendations? Thanks!

Jane

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