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04-08-2011, 12:11 PM
So, this is a pretty minor question. I went running today and realised that perhaps my method of carrying water is not the best when the full water bottle in my pocket somehow came undone (even though I swear I closed it well!) and emptied most of the contents onto my leg. Besides looking like I had an accident most of the way, it was distracting, and besides music, I like as little distraction as possible. How do you guys pack around water? I don't prefer to have one in my hands because I like checking my heartrate on my watch (which I know is just a ballpark estimate, since these are not that accurate).

04-08-2011, 12:53 PM
Try a camelbak. Its a little water backpack with a long straw. We use them when hiking and they are awesome. I think the cheapest pack will run you bout $40-50 but totally worth it. Look online or at your local outdoor supply stores. Anyplace with hiking equip should carry them.

04-08-2011, 01:23 PM
Oh, I do love those things for hiking-the only thing I am worried about is that it might slosh about. With the littler ones though, that probably wouldn't be an issue.

04-08-2011, 01:36 PM
With a camelbak, turn the bladder upside down and suck out the excess air/water from the bottom where the straw fits in. It won't slosh then.

You could also try a fuelbelt (google and you will see what that is like). I use different systems depending on the length of my run.

04-08-2011, 02:02 PM
Agree with the Camelbak idea - the bladder sucks down as it empties, so it really won't slosh. I have several from 50oz to 120oz capacity and I love them for longer outings. For shorter runs (I always carry water as I live in the desert!), I love my Amphipod belt. I have one with four 8oz bottles and a small pouch that can hold my cell phone, door key and emergency money. I think it was about $35 (edited - it's the RunLite 4 and it retails for $45 - I got a deal a year or so ago). Nathan also make great belts and you can mix and match water bottles and fuel bottles, for things like Gu. I also like to have the separate bottles on runs in warmer weather as I can put water in two and Gatorade or another sports drink in two. I do have a handheld bottle from Nathan that comes with a pretty good "carrier" that you slip your hand through and then you don't have to hang on to the bottle, which is more comfy I think. For me it was a lot of trial and error and I have a load of water bottles I don't use for running now (just for the gym).

04-08-2011, 02:38 PM
google "nathan water bottle". the brand is Nathan, and they make water bottles w/ handles designed specifically for running... so it's like you're gripping the bottle... check it out, hard to describe.

04-08-2011, 03:14 PM
Awesome, thank you. I think I will be gettng both a camelbak and a Nathan belt/water bottle. Thank you all!

04-08-2011, 03:17 PM
So glad you asked this! I'm new to running outside. Even on the treadmill I struggle with water. I have to jump ship, swig, and re-start. Water is a problem for me with running.

04-09-2011, 01:25 AM
Do you guys usually drink while running? I can't do it without getting cramps. I guess it depends on the length of the run? (Right now I'm only at about 25 minutes.)

04-09-2011, 01:51 AM
If u type "fuel belt" in Amazon, the choices ABOUND!!!

I have 3 different ones depending on what activity I have planned: a camel, a 1 bottle front fuel, and a quad grenade excursion!

They also make hand-held grenades with a key pocket if that's ur bag!!

04-09-2011, 01:51 AM
yes.. i cannot drink while running as well.. for some reason the water doesnt seem to go down my throat smoothly and i feel like i get air caught in my throat and i have to stop to force myself to burp. is this normal?

04-09-2011, 02:02 PM
I'm surprised you guys run while carrying water, too. I think that would be an inconvenience enough to make me NOT wanna run!

Here's what I do - chew minty gum. I keeps the mouth and throat moisturized, and I never exercise without it.

Also, try running to a destination that has free water. That way you get your hydration without having to carry it.

04-09-2011, 09:21 PM
I stop to walk for a bit when I drink. A minute, maybe? On a very long run, I have stopped at a store and bought a bottle of water to refill.
I have read that it's unwise not to take some sort of water with you on longer runs or have it available (=more than an hour).

04-10-2011, 08:42 AM
Well, I like having the option to drink. I can drink and run-it doesn't bother me-and when I go to Arizona, not having water is not an option. Running around in the desert is not a good idea without water.

04-10-2011, 09:52 AM
Hmmm...perhaps I'm just weird..or cheap...or both, but I just carry my bottle of water IN MY HANDS while running. I don't stop or walk...or even miss a beat...I MUST DRINK while running...so taking it along is NOT an option. I just use it as a light weight and switch hands every couple of minutes!:) By the end of my run, I've drank the entire 16 oz bottle.:D

04-10-2011, 09:59 AM
I drink a lot when I exercise and my mouth gets pretty dry, so yeah, I drink when I run but it's not pretty. LOL! I have not yet carried water with me on an outdoor run, but I also have never run above maybe 70 degrees. I worry about it though. I don't like being three miles away from a water source.

04-10-2011, 11:41 AM
I personally will not run without water for a couple of reasons: the air here is incredibly dry (4% humidity in the summer and not a whole lot more in the winter) and simply breathing hard, as I do when I run, dries my mouth and throat out a boatload; and where I run, it's either residential or along the bike path loop near my house, and there are no water stops anywhere!

I think if you get a well-fitting fuel belt or Camelbak, once you get used to wearing it, you just don't notice it. I wear my Amphipod belt and once it's situated, even with 32oz of fluid in it, I barely notice it.

As for drinking while running, I've found two things work well for me. One is to take small sips, instead of chugging - if I chug, I choke, so smaller sips is much easier. And secondly, make sure the bottle you drink from allows you to squeeze the water into your mouth rather than having to suck the water in - for some reason for me, sucking the water in makes me feel a bit nauseous. Strangely, it doesn't happen with my Camelbak (either the backpack or my Camelbak bottles) which I think must be because the Camelbak bladder collapses as you drink, therefore you're not taking in nearly as much air as with normal bottles.

Like I said in my earlier post, it's a lot of trial and error, but once you find the method you like, it's really nice to have the option to carry your water and/or energy drinks when you head outside.

04-10-2011, 12:21 PM
Has anybody ever run with just a plain old fanny pack and plain old water bottle? I wonder how annoying it would be, but I already have both so it would be free. :D

04-10-2011, 01:37 PM
Hmmm...strangly enough when I first started running (outdoors), I tried many methods where the bottled water would hang from around my waistline. HATED IT! I just hate that sensation...again...strange..I know...but true.:)

One last thing I failed to mention in my earlier post...I have established some pretty nice bicep/tricep/shoulder definition from all my alternating water carrying. Why pay to get less. People walk with weights...right? Why not walk or run with a FREE 16oz weight? I dunno...just seemed a practical way to kill two birds with one stone. Convenient? No Results? Yes:D I say use your NATURAL carriers...your hands.:p