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.
We 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).
Labels: running amuck