1. I first started with just a regular hand held water bottle. I actually carried this with me on training runs and during my first half marathon and then a couple more races and runs after that, until the bottle started slipping out of the sleeve.
I tried holding it together with a zip tie and that only worked for so long. I then got a new handheld that worked like a charm and I used it during all my long runs when I was marathon training. It wasn't enough water for all those miles and to tell you the truth it was kind of making my should sore carrying it.
2. I then started running with the Camelbak Hydration belt. This belt held two 8 oz water bottles. I took it on a few training runs just to see how I would handle running with the extra pound around my waist. I got this belt in a size small and let me tell you it was small. There is only one velcro strap and no room to really adjust. During the training runs it worked out okay and I figured it would be find for race day.
When I wore it on race day, I ended up stopping twice to use the restroom (which I've never ever stopped to do during a race before). It turns out the belt kept pushing on my bladder falsely making me think I had to go. After the second bathroom stop my sister (who was running with me) said that's enough of this stuff and she took the belt off my hands. We didn't make any more stops after that...lol
3. My final way of staying hydrated on the run is the Flip Belt bottle. I've had the Flip belt for some time now but never knew that there was a water bottle to fit in it until I read Judy's blog! I knew that was something I wanted to try and so my sister bought me the bottle for Christmas. Since I don't drink much water anyway, the 6 oz bottle works just fine for me (you can buy them in 6 oz or 10 oz).
The bottle slips right into the slit on the belt and sits sideways. I worried about it leaking, but it didn't. I took it on several training runs because I was planning on using it for the NYC half marathon. During my runs, I didn't even remember it was there because it was so light weight and comfortable. I didn't end up using it during the race only because I had planned on wearing layers (because of the temps) and wasn't sure I could conveniently get to the belt for my water. I ended up stopping at two water stations which may have cost me some time, but it all turned out okay.
So far, THIS is my favorite hydration method! -M
We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR!