The runs I’ve been going on lately haven’t been terribly long (3-3.5 miles), but I’ve still been feeling the need for some water. Mostly, my mouth gets really dry, so I just need a few sips here and there – I think my overall level of hydration is fine. I drink plenty of water before I start my run, and more after I’m done.
From what I’ve seen, my 2 best options seem to be either using a Camelbak or a hydration belt – which to me is a fancy way of saying “a fannypack that holds a water bottle”. 🙂
What do you do to stay hydrated when running outside?
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The place that I have been running lately has water fountains at several places, so I just use those! 🙂
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I use a Camelback waist pack…basically a fanny pack that holds a Camelback. Looks less dorky than one that holds bottles 😉 I think the one I have is on that link…the Montara.
But…I walk and not run, I’m really not sure if it would bounce annoyingly on a run…
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I use a Norco version of a camelback. It holds almost 2L of water. I think it works well and wouldn’t try anything else.
Gonna have to get a Camelbak soon to train for my long runs. The first 5-miles I’m fine. I’ll hydrate at mile 5 because I know the next 5-mile loop will be deadly since I hate carrying water and there’s no water stations. It’s like…I’m seriously just sweating salt. I looked into some Camelbaks on Amazon and eBay. Going to go into REI or something and try it on, then order from the internet 🙂 Cheaper that way!
Let me know what you decide to go with.
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I haven’t had to be concerned about this yet because so far my training has had me going less than 4.5 miles. I know it’s an issue that’s coming up though and I’ve been thinking about it. My running coach did tell me to make sure that I drank a lot more water the day before a run. I’ve been doing that and not much the morning of and I haven’t noticed that I’ve felt thirsty during a run.
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I will tell you the Camel Bak is great for cycling, hiking, and I use mine when I hunt – It aint the best option for running, especially considering your distance. The reason being is it holds too much water, which is heavier. Mine also jiggles a little and my delicate princess skin chafes easy.
I did a review on the Amphipod Run Lite a few weeks ago which is what I have now. Good thing is I can use all four bottles (8oz each) on long runs or just one or two on short runs. I also really like the single bottle holders. There is even a hand held option with a strap that’s popular but I have never tried it. Carrying water sucks but gets important when you’re running longer.
Glad your mileage is looking good.
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I’m actually really bad at this :/ I don’t like to drink too much right beforehand b/c when my stomach is full I tend to sidestitch like crazy. I’ll drink a little bit during the run if its available, but mostly I’m chugging upon completion.
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I can’t wait to be a big girl runner lol!!!
How awesome is it that you have to start thinking about carrying water. Brandon you’re so hardcore to me right now!
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Thanks Tara, you just made my night with that comment! 🙂
I usually drink 2 – 12 ounce glasses of water before I go out.
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I use a handheld bottle that straps on, so you don’t actually have to “hold” or clench it – just strap it on and it stays in the palm of your hand. It’s small since my long runs aren’t that long yet, but I also have a hydration belt for when they get longer!
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