So on my long run on Saturday I broke the most important rule of running a race – never do anything that you don’t normally do.
That is in reference to eating something different or wearing a piece of clothing for the first time.
Though Saturday’s run was definitely NOT a race, it was the longest run I have ran to date and I tend to treat every long run as if it’s a race.
But in this case, I knew I only had the 18 and a 20 mile run left on my training plan to do my product testing, so I risked it.
You may all remember the girl with the camelbak.
I have trained ALL season with this thing lugged to my back. Honestly I never even noticed it most of the time, and really fell in love with it.
But then I started to notice after the longer runs I would wake up the next morning with a lot of muscle soreness in my back. I realized I was actually scrunching my shoulders up to hold the backpack and in turn would make me really tense and give me muscle soreness.
Not a huge deal, but I figured my window to try and train with anything else was getting smaller.
So I spontaneously bought a hydration belt last week. Saturday marked the day for the trial run. Yup, an 18 mile long trial run.
That’s where I was a little nervous, but figured if the thing bugged me too bad I could take it off.
I went for the two bottles belt and added on a side pouch.
A little Team in Training love. 🙂
This thing holds SO much stuff too, which is a hugely appreciated.
I had a camera, three gu’s and some chomps on my long run and it all fit perfectly.
The Belt Review:
*Once I found the right spot on my hips, it set nicely and I could barely even feel it there. And it didn’t ride up to much during the run either.
*I didn’t have any soreness in my body from wearing it. ( I was mainly concerned with lower back issues with the added weight)
*I ran the whole 18 miles and had no chaffing or any other issues.
In my book that is a winner!
Now, I’m not hating on the camelbak either. I love that thing and would definitely wear it on a bike ride, a hike, or even a trail run.
I just think for those long runs, the added back soreness I was getting just didn’t seem necessary.
And with the hydration belt I feel less constricted.
So the Amphipod hydration belt is awesome, and it only cost me $29.99 which seemed very reasonable compared to some other belts I had been eyeing. I have seen them anywhere from $30-$50. So I felt pretty good about my purchase.
What is your preferred hydration method for long runs? Handheld, Camelbak, Hydration belt…..?
The lesson I learned from this experiment is never be afraid to try something new even if what you have has been working alright. Just make sure to give yourself a trial period. As I mentioned, I knew I was coming down to the wire on changing up my marathon routine, so I just squeaked in at the last-minute on the hydration belt, but am truly glad I did.