We all know that staying hydrated is important for running, especially during this hot stretch of weather we are experiencing. If you are simply sitting at home or in the office hydration is easy. You can make drinking your beverage of choice even more appealing with the Camelbak DC Flag Chute bottle. Taking that hydration with you on the run can get a little tricky. Here are some tips to carry your water or favorite sports drink along with you on your next training run.
- Think about where you will be running, how far you will run, and what will be comfortable to carry on the run.
- If you are not going very far, or if there will be drinking fountains along your run, you can use a smaller volume handheld and top it off along the run if you need to.
- For any handhelds, the wrist-strap allows your hand to relax as you carry it, and most incorporate a small pouch like the Nathan SpeedDraw Plus with an 18oz insulated bottle and hi-viz reflective design pictured here.
For longer runs, a larger handheld or waist belt with one large bottle or several smaller bottles may be necessary. A great option if you would like to carry more liquid and keep your hands free is the Nathan Trail Mix Plus. Or you can try a hydration pack that allows you to run with your hands free for better balance and the ability to easily carry a much larger volume of liquid.
Longer runs outside of the city where hydration is not available from water fountains and convenience stores means bringing more fluids along with you. The easiest way to carry more is to wear it. Kellan has the Camelbak Delaney sling which features a zippered storage pocket and also holds a Camelback DC Podium bottle which can also fit your bike bottle cage.
Need more? Go big with a with a hydration pack like the Nathan Vapor Shadow Joanna is wearing that has a huge 2 liter bladder and a women’s specific fit. You’ll find it has tons of storage so you’ll be prepared wherever the run takes you.
The Camelbak Circuit is small and light and carries 50 oz of liquid. Need more? the front pockets will easily carry an extra handheld bottle or keep your other accessories in easy reach.
Not sure you’ll regularly need the benefits of a hydration pack? The bladder in all of these packs is removable so you can use that space for storage, making a comfortable running pack to run commute with. Plenty of room for your wallet and a dry shirt for after the run.
You should never overlook your need for water and, on the hottest days, it’s especially important to plan how to hydrate on your run. Figure out what works for you and come by your local Pacers Running store to try out some of these options. This heat will dissipate soon, we hope, but you still need to stay hydrated for the long run.