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I would also suggest a fuel belt or some other belt that holds water bottles. I do tire of the extra weight and the sloshing sound, so I will often "stash" water bottles along the route.
Unfortunately, one time on a 20 mile training run, I had stashed a small cooler with gatorade and water at mile 3 (which was also mile 17 on the out and back). When I got there at 17 miles, someone had dumped my water and gatorade bottles out at the base of the tree behind which I had hidden my cooler, and they STOLE MY COOLER!!!
I was just glad they had left the drinks--I was thirsty!! Since then I have left frozen water or gatorade bottles along the route....coolers are expensive!!
Depending on where you are running you can drive and drop a drink or two along the route and get it when you run by. Please go back and retrieve bottles. I know that should go without saying, but I just have to say it.
I have used this method in numerous ways over time. Unwanted clothes is one of them. ; )
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I'd get a fuel belt; well worth it, and you'll want one for the actual race. Mine was only $15 0r $20 at Walmart and there was room for my keys and phone.
Definitely invest in a fuel belt. I got one as a birthday gift and I'm so glad! Not only does the belt hold water bottles, it also can fit your keys, a gel or other fuel, and an ID.
I would never run without a source of water for anything longer than 30 minutes. It's just not worth the risk!
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I use a camelback to carry my water on long runs.
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I love my fuel belt! I have different size bottles I can clip into it, which is really nice. When it gets warmer I get thirsty really easily, so I'll even take it on 4 or 5 mile runs. I'm a sipper, so it's nice to have it along for the run.
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I just wear a fanny pack as some call it, my hubby calls them a belt pouch, with my water bottle in it. If I had to carry my water bottle all the time, that would be a pain. :)
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If your route runs by a facility that has a water fountain, that may be an option. I have even gone into a convenience store on one of my routes and bought a small bottle. You can buy a fuel belt that goes around your waist or one that fits in the small of your back. Whatever you decide, you need to find a means of carrying water with you for runs longer than an hour or if the temps are extremely high. After the disaster in Tel Aviv this past week where the temps were really warm, you need to acclimate your body to run in the conditions you plan to race in--and water needs to be a part of that equation.
I find myself getting really thirsty on my 8mile+ training runs, and I think carrying some water would be a good idea ( I tried drinking more before I leave, but I just end up nearly wetting myself!) However, I have found carrying a water bottle in my hand to be a pain in the backside. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how to keep hydrated without having to carry a water bottle?