Can anyone suggest a good fuel belt? I bought one that has three bottles and a small pouch and I couldnt stand the way it bounced all over the place...i tightened it as I went but it drove me nuts.

 

The bottles were small and i went through them fast..I had to knock on a strangers door and ask to have them refilled...am I the only one this has happened too? I ran for several hours and it was hot out.

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Just a suggestion, why not a hydration pack?  This one is supposed to be awesome: http://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Liter-2-Liter-Hydration-Flint/dp/B000N... or if you want more you could try: http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-L-U-X-E-Hydration-Pack-White/dp/B004...  if you want 100 oz of water.  The Nathan pack has huge pockets in front so you can stash another bottle with some NUUN in it for electrolytes.  You could go to the local running store and try some on until you find one you like, I use a camelbak and love it, I can stash my GUs or gummy bears or swedish fish depending on what I want to have that day. 

you seriously eat gummy bears or swedish fish while running?

 

Thanks for the hydration pack info my question on that is ...what minimum mileage do you use that on?

I use an Amphipod RunLite 4, which can use four 8 oz or 10.5 oz bottles, or a 2 L (~70 oz) hydration pack. It really depends on a few factors that dictate which I use, i.e how much hydration I require. Distance ran is of course important, but environmental factors, particularly heat and humidity, are equally important. Body weight and individual variation also play roles. If I run 15 miles in the winter, I probably won't take any fluid, but if it's 95F, I'll definitely take water on even a short run. Dr. Timothy Noakes, an expert on hydration who first diagnosed the problem of hyponatremia (over hydration) in marathons, basically advises to 'drink to thirst' rather than a set schedule. Having said that, here are some general guidelines: average athlete or average temps, plan for 20-25 oz/hr; lighter athlete or cooler temps, plan for 16-18 oz/hr; heavier athlete or hotter temps plan for up to 28 oz/hr. This should be used as a guideline only and with experience you will figure-out what your particular requirements are, depending on the conditions. On hot days, I also plan for extra water to soak my hat (one of the best ways to beat the heat). Always take more than you think you'll need - it's better to come back with water than to be caught short.

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