If you are a runner, then you probably spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to stay hydrated on your run. Getting stuck out on a run without anything to drink can be a nightmare. All you can think about is when and where you can find some water. If you stay out for too long without water, you run the risk of dehydrating yourself and possibly getting injured. Carrying water with you is the safest way to ensure you are never caught without hydration on a run.
Carrying water on a run might seem obvious, but it can be complicated. It is great because you can make sure your water is cold and you can add in HDX Hydration Mix to give your body the extra boost of nutrients it needs to get through a run. But there are so many hydration-carrying options, like belts, handhelds, and vests. Which one is best? Each option has its benefits and disadvantages. Let’s look at the three main ways to bring your hydration on the go.
Hydration belts look like a sophisticated fanny pack. They provide hands-free running, which is great for long runs. Most belts also have a pocket where you can stash your nutrition, hydration mixes like HDX, and your phone. Some have space for one large bottle, while others use two smaller bottles on each side. However, belts can bounce a lot and sometimes they twist around while you run. You may find yourself adjusting your belt constantly if you cannot find a good fit.
Hydration vests go over your shoulders, so you can keep your water on your back or shoulders. These are also excellent for long runs since you can carry larger amounts of water on your back than your waist. (Too much water can pull your belt down and no wants to get pantsed during a run!) However, vests are usually more expensive than belts, so they are a higher commitment. You may also find they bounce too much on your shoulders or back.
Handheld carriers have a strap around the water bottle so you do not have to grip your bottle the entire time. You can relax your hand, keep your water handy, and not worry about anything bouncing on your waist or back. Most handhelds come with a pocket for your gear, but they are usually small so you may have trouble fitting an extra HDX Hydration Mix, nutrition, and your phone in the pocket. You may also tire of having something in your hand after a few miles, especially if you are sweaty and working hard.
You will probably need to experiment with each type of device before you find the perfect fit. You may also find you prefer different hydration options for different runs. You may take your handheld for shorter runs and bring out the vest for your weekend long run. Just remember to always bring water if you will be out for more than 30 minutes. Drink small sips throughout your run to stay hydrated and always rehydrate once you are done. You will see an improvement in your performance and recovery time once you find the right hydration routine.