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Thursday, May 29, 2008

running with water

For Take It and Run Thursday: Running In The Heat.

Here in Maryland, our summers get pretty hot, humid and disgusting. Running is not without its challenges and surprises. A couple weeks ago, on a particularly humid day, I chafed someplace new. Nice. Another area for Body Glide.

Anyway, back to my summer-running tip.

It seems obvious, but I always carry water when temperatures start getting uncomfortable.

amphipodWe usually set up our training runs to have a water stop halfway. But a few years ago, when training for a 10-mile race at the end of August, we started running loops where we couldn't put out water. We had to take it with us.

I got used to having my water (or Gatorade), and drinking whenever I wanted it. I found myself struggling through my first (short) race that summer. Even though they had water stops, they didn't always fall where I needed them!

We found Amphipod water bottles have a nice shape to them, and with the strap you barely have to hold on. Mine has a zipper pocket that usually holds my keys, a gel, and some lip balm. (They also have some other hydration options, I just haven't tried them.)

I switch hands while I run, it's really no big deal. Once the temperatures start to rise (or if I've got a particularly long run planned), I've always got my water bottle -- whether it's a 5K or 26.2 miles!


Oh, and I checked. They're OK (#4).


At 11:06 PM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous Annie said...

Not that I'm a runner by any means, but I'm such a baby, even when I walk - I hate carrying things.

However, in Alabama, where tomorrow it's supposed to be 90...I don't walk or run outside between June and October. Thank goodness for the gym, the treadmill, and the bottle holder.

I know. But my Yankee body can't take the heat. At all.

At 10:31 AM, May 30, 2008, Blogger Amy@RunnersLounge said...

Thanks for leaving this tip! I am a chronic water bottle stasher - but recently had my stuff taken - so I am looking for carry along alternatives.

Merry, are you a member of the Lounge (www.runnerslounge.com) - I couldn't remember... but if you are - would you mind stopping by and adding this tip to the Know How section, (http://www.runnerslounge.com/knowhow/) under "Advice" in the Training>Weather section or Gear section. I think other runners would find it useful.



At 10:38 AM, May 30, 2008, Blogger The Laminator said...

Yeah, I run with my own water bottle too. It's funny how many runners are so put off about carrying your own bottle of water. Once you get used to it...it's really no big deal.

Good stuff. Have a nice day.

At 11:02 AM, May 30, 2008, Blogger Tree said...

Long before itty bitty iPods, I carried my big, clunky, non-ergonomic tape player in my hands. I think I could use an Amphipod! I like the looks of it, too.


At 4:13 PM, May 30, 2008, Blogger Kevin said...

i dont like carrying things, but im forced to in this heat. a little water bottle can go a long way. sometimes, when im not being lazy, i pack a water cooler wtih water, ice and gatorade. i park my car on a route that is either an out and back or circular and every time i pass my car (every 4 to 6 miles depending on my route) i stop and get something cold.


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