Running with Water – Going the Distance

camelBak 2011 XCT

Did my first “test run” today with a new way to carry water.  For those up north they might think this is unnecessary but when it is 85 degrees and 60-70% humidity at 5 am… water is necessary for any runs of good length.  The water sloshed around a bit but think I can get used to it on some longer runs, on the shorter and faster runs I think I can go with it 1/2 full and still have plenty.

I typically run with a water belt with 4 small bottles on my long runs but it does not seem to be enough plus it has been cutting into my sides…some like to run with bottles in their hands but I just have never been able to stand that for long as my hands get too sweaty.   I always thought the bikers have an unfair advantage as they can have tons of water with them and us runners could not… seems they finally figured out how to make a pack that does not completely annoy you while running.   As for getting more sweaty with it…at the point it is pouring off me I don’t think this made it any worse.

Should get some good use over the next few months as I try to get up to 50+ miles a week for the white rock.

If anyone has any experience with these please let me know any tips / tricks with these.   There is another one that I almost purchased that carries the water lower and seems cool as it may slosh around less.

Maybe now I can carry a small towel and can jump in for a swim on the Sunday trail run with @Marc Swinney

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