It’s over 90 degrees today with high humidity. I know everyone loves to run inside a convection oven – but it isn’t always good In addition to trying to run early in the morning or in the evening, I take water with me on almost every run.
I’m always surprised by the runners that won’t take water on 5 mile runs. They just figure they’ll get to it when then get back to the house… Don’t be that guy. Heat stroke isn’t fun for anyone.
A couple years ago, I replaced my CamelBak water backpack with a gray Nathan Speed 4 Running Belt. There are a lot of choices with hydration systems so I wanted to share some of my reasoning.
- Single large bottle (20+ ounce) seem better for walking. When you see people run with these, they bounce a lot.
- Multi-bottles distributes weight. I also liked the idea of having the ability to carry a lot of water for long runs and only a couple bottles for short runs.
- The biggest reason I chose this belt is the pocket size. I have a large smart phone, my house keys, and a few bucks – plus the occasional gel.
I have a few tricks for making it work well (which I’ll share below ) I eventually also purchased the 2 bottle version (the Nathan Speed 2 – the blue one) which I use on days where I run less than 6 miles.
Yes, the pockets are basically the same size in the 2 and 4 bottle versions and the bottles are interchangeable. I’d say to think about this when you
- You can buy extra bottles not a bad thing if a friend can hand you some fresh cold bottles during a long run.
- The first month I thought the bottles were leaky. When filling bottles, I had to be dilligent about tightening the cap and then opening and closing the yellow nozzle. The bottles will be firm and not drip on you during the run.
- Bottles are dishwasher safe. This isn’t on the packaging anywhere, but I experimented with few and it works great.
- The belt is made of a wicking material. I’d suggest using a ziplock on anything you put in the pocket. It’ll keep it dry when you sweat and also when caught in a rainstorm.