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SallyBR's picture

TXGal - when you go for long training runs, how do you manage to drink water?

I cannot carry a bottle with me - any tips?


BTW - Phil got an mp3 player to use during long runs. Yesterday he tried it for the first time. Now, get this: the run before, he twisted his ankle (stepped on a pine cone) - sooooo, he tells me "I will take it easy on Thursday, and it will be ok"

Thursday is our short run, only 5.5 miles - as always, I start first, he follows 10 minutes later.... we normally cross paths when I am already on the way back - I see him half a mile away, and it seems to me he is a lot more "jumpy" than usual.... he passes by me and shouts "THIS THING IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!" - I realize he is almost sprinting!

I got home, he arrived shortly after - walking slowly, totally exhausted!   He ran in record time, says he got more tired than after the half marathon last year!

Take home lesson:  mp3 Players are hazardous for your health... :-)

I think he should tape only Bach, Mozart, maybe some Beethoven - THe Ramones was NOT a good choice.....



anneelsberry's picture

(post #43165, reply #1 of 14)

Have you tried one of those skinny backpacks with a straw that you fill with water?  A lot of folks here in the parched southwest seem to use them for running and hiking.

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TracyK's picture

(post #43165, reply #3 of 14)

Yes! I was going to suggest this... The most common brand is Camelbak, and they hold up to several liters of water. They fit relatively snugly, so there's not too much jostling about, though I would think it could get chafy on a very long run.

They have several that are designed for runners... this is one but their website has several more options:


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KarenP's picture

(post #43165, reply #2 of 14)

Take home lesson:  mp3 Players are hazardous for your health...

If you change your mind, I have some great Brazilian music I can send you...helps me get things done.

Gretchen's picture

(post #43165, reply #4 of 14)

When our son's wife was training for  a marathon they devised the route and he took water bottles to certain places along the way.


cten's picture

(post #43165, reply #5 of 14)

Like Gretchen's DIL, I leave water bottles along the course I will be running. Some people have no problem carrying water when they run but it throws me off stride.

Tell Phil he's not alone and that so many people fall victim to MP3 syndrome. Without being aware that it's happening, cadence changes to match the beat. That can be a good thing if it is intentional but also can be a disaster as he found out. At least it was not a long run!

FitnessNut's picture

(post #43165, reply #6 of 14)

I use a Camelbak on all runs, short and long. Glutton that I am, I have two....but then so does DH. One is a small backpack that holds 50 oz. and the other is a waist pack holding 35 oz., which I usually drain on a 30 minute run. The waist pack also has the advantage of having a separate zippered section for keys, music player, cell phone etc. The water reservoirs are heavy duty and the pouches themselves are insulated.These are but two of the many styles of hydration systems put out by Camelbak. Have a look at their website.

FWIW, the first one in the household came to us via the Canadian military (Camelbak supplies them) and has been in use for 5 years. Our son purchased a hydration system made by a competitor, and it barely lasted six months.

Edited to say that my small pack is actually 45 oz, now that I check on their website. I find it very versatile.

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Edited 1/21/2005 5:34 pm ET by Sandy

Edited 1/21/2005 5:35 pm ET by Sandy

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MadMom's picture

(post #43165, reply #7 of 14)

Camelbacks are great.  I often use one when kayaking...nice to have both hands available to paddle.

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Astrid's picture

(post #43165, reply #9 of 14)

I agree, they are easy to use and not too much added weight.

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gjander's picture

(post #43165, reply #10 of 14)

Another option you might consider is to check out your local running club.  I belong to a well-organized club that has a 10 mile run every Sunday that gradually builds up to about 22 miles in late summer.  We have a group of voluteers who place jugs of water and gatorade along the course each week.  There are several other benefits to doing the long runs with a club--conversation helps pass the time, variety, etc.  If you haven't already, check to see if there is a good club in your area.


SallyBR's picture

(post #43165, reply #11 of 14)

Hi, Gary

there is a running club in town indeed - they meet on Saturdays 8AM. We thought about joining them today, but the weather was horrible,  very cold and windy, so we waited until noon and ran only 6 miles, it was a miserable run. I doubt the running club even got together this morning. We might join them a few weekends down the line - right now they are running only 10 miles, and this weekend we wanted to do 14 (still planning to go for it tomorrow).  


To the folks who recommended camelback - I think I might get one, sounds pretty good to me





KitchenWitch's picture

(post #43165, reply #12 of 14)

I've been listening to my Louis Prima CD in while on the treadmill - my 2 mile time is really starting to drop. Today was Squeeze - even faster!



StevenHB's picture

(post #43165, reply #13 of 14)

I usually run on TMs, partially for the easy access to water.

I did have a waist-belt that held a bottle.  It was okay but I can't say that I liked it.

Re: the MP3 player: the big risk is that Phil won't hear something happening in the environment around him (like a car coming if he runs anywhere near a road) or another runner approaching him.  While lots of people run with headphones on, the running mags recommend against it.  Some races have rules against headphonse, too.

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SallyBR's picture

(post #43165, reply #14 of 14)

Hi, Steven, fellow runner!  :-)

Phil's strategy with the mp3 now is to start the run without music, and play it only after a few miles, when we are not in the streets anymore. When we go for long runs we run a long loop of almost 2.5 miles several times - that whole stretch is away from town. 

Even coming back home, there are only two streets with some traffic to cross - and I know he is pretty careful