Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Look Mom No Hands! Look Mom No Belt!

Living in Texas, you’ve got to stay hydrated – before, during, and after running.  The during part is always challenging.  It seems to always depend on the distance and if there will be water stops along the way.

For Half Marathons and longer, I’ve worn my trusty Nathan Water Belt.  We got along so well over the years, but there was something always bothersome about it.  The bothersome part was that it seemed to weigh me down.  I can remember back to my sub-4 hour marathon in March where I was able to get rid of the belt at mile 24.  That was greatness, but I still had one of the little 10 ounce Nathan bottle bouncing around in my shorts’ pocket.  It was pretty darn annoying.

simple_hydration_largeI discovered a new product that I love!  It’s the Simple Hydration water bottle.  The darn thing is so simple, yet it’s genius.  It took a couple of runs to get used to, but I cannot go without it.  The water bottle slips into the back waistband of my shorts.  For best results, I wear a SpiBelt which helps to hold my phone, car key, and money.  The SpiBelt also helps so that I don’t have to cinch my shorts too tight.  I tried running without it before, but that didn’t work out as well as I would have liked.

I bought 2 of these bottles back I when I was at the marathon expo at the Cleveland Marathon.  The second one has become helpful when running a recent 25K.  I just handed off the empty one to my family and they gave me a full one.  Good to go!

When doing long runs, I’ve gotten by easily by refilling up at water stops on my group’s training runs.  When running solo, I visit a strategically placed gas station for a Gatorade.

I haven't worn a hydration belt since May and I feel 5 pounds lighter! I love it!

I love the feeling of not having a water bottle in my hand for a race.  Yes, I’ve tried it… ugggh.  As well, I’m so happy not having the water belt around my waist… that now I feel like I’m really racing!

A few more things about this water bottle… it’s pretty easy to wash.  Because of the wide mouth it actually gets clean in the dishwasher.  I’ve had Nathan bottles that didn’t get completely clean because of their small openings.  The wide mouth also helps with putting ice cubes in it before running with it.  13 oz. seems about the right size for 6+ miles.  It’s also not that heavy.

I’m looking forward to using it in a couple of weeks in a Half Marathon where I’d like to fill it up on the run going through the water stations.  Should be easy enough… cap off, cap in my pocket, grab water cup or two, fill up the water bottle, pitch cups, and then cap back on.  Let’s race!

So if you’re tired of your water belt or your handheld, seriously consider purchasing a Simple Hydration water bottle.  Nope, I didn’t get paid for this review, I just love this bottle!

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You can spot the water bottle in this knock out photo of Felix and I after the El Scorcho 25K. 


Anonymous said...

So it stays on your waist belt?

Thanks. Signed, Hootenanny

Mark said...

It tucks into the waistband of my shorts. It does not bother or hinder me while I run. You can see it a bit in the picture that I posted.