I had been just stashing a bottle either in my friend's driveway (she lives on one of my frequent long run routes) or in my driveway, but last week (12 miles), I took a small, handheld bottle with me. I didn't like running that far with it, so I bought a belt. I'll be trying that out on my long run tomorrow--hoping I don't hate it!
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I have a hand held bottle that I carry for shorter 5-6 miles. For 7+ miles, I wear a hydration belt, but recently, I have started to experience chafing from wearing the belt. Have been thinking about a hydration pack, but not sure that I'm ready to put out that amount of $ right now.
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When it's hot, I use a CamelBack. I also set up my run laps that pass my front door where I have a hydration station set up. Each lap is different ... the beauty of living in town ... so I don't get bored. I do my best to not overlap too much of the routes.
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I have both a hydration pack and a 4-bottle belt. I take the belt on runs of over an hour, and the pack on runs over two hours. Comfort-wise, I prefer the pack as it interferes less with my arm movement and it's easy to grab the straw and sip while running than to get the bottle in and out of its belt holder while running. The pack bounces slightly more when it's empty than when it's full; the belt is the opposite. The one other benefit to the belt is that you can have different drinks, like water and sports drink, with you at one time. Hope this helps!
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I definitely like the backpack type in warm weather because if you put the pack in the freezer it will keep your back cool as well as provide liquid. It does not bother me when I'm running, while hydration belts do. Birgit
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I live in Texas and do not like to wear a fuel belt--I do not like the sloshing or wearing anything around my waist or hips, however studies have shown that carrying a water bottle can add 1-2 pounds to the arm you choose to carry the bottle in which can affect your stride--HOWEVER, that is a small price to pay if dehydration is a factor...My take, the more you run the better your body becomes at balancing out your fluid levels by your kidneys releasing anti-diuretic hormones--those of us who live in warm climates have this as an advantage when we race in cooler climates--to keep everything in check--I like the loop idea as well--I have been known to leave a bottle of water outside my home and run by to drink if needed.
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I too am not a fan of the hydration belt, but use it for runs likely to last more than an hour (usually 6 miles or more). If the run is likely to be just short of that, I will often run a quarter of the distance in one direction and stash a bottle on the side of the road a few hundred yards or so beyond my house, then when I return heading in the opposite direction, I grab the bottle, drink as needed and drop in my yard.
Long runs on Saturday almost always have the belt with two 10 ounce bottles and that holds me for up to 15 miles, although on extremely hot/humid days I probably should have a little more. I find it also helps to be sure you are hydrated before heading out, which is easy to overlook, especially if you run first thing in the morning.
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I run with a Nathan Trailmix belt, which has 2 10-oz bottles. I like it because it's balanced, unlike most single-bottle setups. For runs on hot days when I'm doing 15 miles or so, I plan my route to go by a mini-mart, and I'll use their bathroom and buy a bottle of water to refill my belt bottles.
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I usually do my longest runs (13-15miles) on a local park trail that has actual bathrooms where I can refill my water bottles. Most days I'm fine with my 2-10 oz. water bottles, one filled with plain water and one filled with water and 1/2 a Nuun, but I'm in western WA and we don't have anything like your weather, thankfully! Any local trails with bathroom facilities in your area?
My longest run yet is about 9 miles- would have been longer but I got dehydrated! I live in steamy North Florida, so I sucked down the bottle I took with me and needed more. I don't like running with a bottle either, it seems to throw my stride off.
What's your preferred method of hydration while on a long run?
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