16 Miles with Nathan Hydration Belt



I have a new hydration/fuel belt - the Nathan Trail Mix. The bottles hold 40 ounces and the belt has a large enclosure that has 3 pockets that are nice and big - one pocket closes with velcro and the other two are in a zippered section. The belt was comfortable on my long run. For more details, here's a comparison review.

Today I drank 8 oz. of blueberry pomegranate Gu Electrolyte Brew (high sodium - 245 mg.) at miles 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Then I ate a mandarin orange with caffeine Gu gel at mile 12 - tastes good and tangy. I drank water at miles 12 and 14. No stomach cramps today! (I had cramps during last week's 13 mile run.)


I was running along and heard a dog barking. It was so loud that long before I arrived to see what the racket was about, I was looking to see what the problem was and then I saw a dog barking towards a porta-potty, wanting his owner to come out. If that person has a blog, they'll have a funny story to write about today. ; )

Only two low points today: I felt really warm in a windless section of the run at the 2 mile mark and wondered why I wanted to quit already, but told myself to make it to 3 and then forgot about it. Later, at the halfway point, I wasn't sure I could run another hot 8 miles - just one of those random negative thoughts that pop up when you're hot.

A Look Inside One Pocket
The temperature rose from 78 to 87°. I took it easy and finished the LSD 16 miler as planned. I even ran the first and last miles at the very same pace - 10:33 with a 10:36/mile average pace for the run. Most of all, I'm glad I got through the run without stomach cramps.

Comments

  1. The best stories are born from port-o-potties!! Nice work getting through more hot miles.

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  2. Yes, good job! After my weekend in Cleveland (which is doubtless nowhere near as hot as where you are), my hat is off to you. I was glad to flee back to Colorado. It's hot here, but the mornings and evenings allow for comfortable running.

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  3. WOW, nice & big, you could carry a dry pair of shoes in that belt!

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  4. Yeah, I really can carry everything that I want to on my belt now.

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  5. As a resident of Katy, my hat's off to you for getting in a 16 miler in today's heat. You didn't mention that if it truly got down to 78 in the wee hours of the morning, there was probably 105% humidity. 40 oz. sounds good but I need more than that to run in the TX heat. I do my long runs with a 70 oz. Hydration pack and I need to refill it for anything more than 12 miles!

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  6. Richard, fun to see a local runner here! It's really interesting to hear how others hydrate in this heat. Thanks for the comment!

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  7. Good job on the run. I so much prefer the cooler weather to the warm days for running.
    You liked the hydration belt? I like having the liquids available to me but I can't stand running with the belts. I have one that carries two small bottles, but it gets me through. I never use it during a race.
    If your prone to cramps, have you tried Hammer products? If you want to try them, use referral code 187143 for 15% off your order. The products are really light and natural. They work GREAT for me.

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  8. Joanne, wearing a belt doesn't bother me and I like knowing that I have a drink with me when it's hot. Thanks for the coupon code!

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  9. Tina! Thank you for your comment on my blog! I'm so glad you found me so that now I can follow YOU! What a resource of info & help you have here. Wowsers!
    I love my Nathan hydration belt. I just got one as a birthday present and I really like the roomy pouch, the way it rides, the bottles, the strap mechanism, really everything about it :)

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  10. Does the weight of the bottles make the belt go down? I have a similar one but run with 2 bottles instead because of the weight. I found that when I run the belt slides down.

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  11. RunTeachLive, if the bottles move around, I tighten the belt. That happened the first time I wore my belt and started running. It was easy to adjust and there was no more movement. Hope you can do the same with yours.

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  12. Great job on another hot long run! The belt looks like it would be great!

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  13. Well, that makes sense. :-) I will try it again! Thanks.

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  14. I now have several different hydration belts, paks, and handhelds. I use different ones for different mileage. I'm spoiled to it now. I like NOT having to go drop waters for a run. When I go over 14, I still have to do some dropping to get enough water and gatorade in, but for the other runs I use one of the options.

    I like your reviews and experiments. Always a helpful resource. Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog! I loved reading through several of your posts. You have lots of great information. Thank you!! Nice job with those long runs in the heat! I don't know how you do it. The heat here is definitely different than the heat you have. Looking forward to reading more from you!

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  16. Sometimes, bloggers remind you of something you've forgotten...

    Thanks, Happy Feet 26.2, for reminding me to look for some Gatorade when I went grocery shopping!

    Heather, after reading your post about strength training, I did my workout. Reading your blog reminded me that I forgot to do that earlier today. Thanks!

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  17. i love my nathan 2 bottle'er! do you have the adjustable band w/ clip or velcro?
    wow, great running tina! i know the heat there is even worse than here. hope you get some relief soon!

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  18. Kate, I have the belt with the clip - easy to use.

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