Half Marathon Drink Pouch?

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13/06/2013 at 19:49

Hi everyone 

I have a half marathon coming up in September and my plan is getting into the more longer runs now.

I am not keen on holding water bottles and for a half marathon I only feel like I will need a small amount of water. Is there anything out there that anyone can recommend. I did look at the Camelbak Hydration bladders (Camelback Catalyst) but even there quite big I wish there was just sachets of water I could get out my pocket!

Any recommendations at all please?

13/06/2013 at 20:33

Look on eBay for roll-up water bottles. I've got one I put a few gulps in for long training runs, which fits easily into a back pocket. Once empty it rolls up to almost nothing.

13/06/2013 at 20:38
If you only need a couple of sips then there should be sufficient water supplied on the course. It saves all the hassle of carrying stuff around.
13/06/2013 at 20:40

Thanks Ivor I will take a look.

Millsy I am talking about when I train aswell

13/06/2013 at 20:43
Sorry I though you meant during the race.
13/06/2013 at 20:56

Thats okay. I am talking about both. If I can carry something really really light with a small amount I might be able to skip the water station which would be great!

13/06/2013 at 20:56

These ones Ivor? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380ml-Reusable-Foldable-Water-Drink-Sports-Running-Bottle-with-Carabiner-Clip-/120896904338?pt=UK_SportingGoods_HikingEquipment_RL&hash=item1c26045c92

13/06/2013 at 20:57
Edited: 13/06/2013 at 20:58
13/06/2013 at 21:15

That kind of thing, yeah. Mine holds something like a maximum of 180ml. 

13/06/2013 at 21:47

Have a look at the Salomon Sense s-lab hydro flask thingy.

13/06/2013 at 22:19

That looks good but it seems to still be like carrying a small bottle too me.

13/06/2013 at 22:22

I'm also someone who only wants a few sips if that in a half marathon. But I wouldn't bother drinking anything at all on a training run of less than 15 miles. It might not be worth the hassle if you're really not thirsty on training runs, except maybe just once or twice to get used to sipping/swallowing on the move as practice for race day.

13/06/2013 at 22:53

Hi Literatin I did feel a bit thristy on a training run after 9 miles today and it's something I would practice using. Is there anything you use yourself?

13/06/2013 at 22:57

I usually use a bottle belt like this one if I'm doing a long run. I only fill it about a third or half full. The bottle sits in the small of your back and it's less annoying than carrying something in your hand.

14/06/2013 at 13:30

You won't need anything for a half

14/06/2013 at 16:06

Depends on whether the drink stations are sensibly placed - halfway can be a stretch for first-timers and novices.

14/06/2013 at 16:16

It depends how long you're going to take as well.  If you're running for an hour and a half you're less likely to get thirsty or deydrated than if you're running for three hours. If the OP is thirsty on a 9 mile training run he might as well get used to drinking while running, especially if it's hot on the day of the race.

03/07/2013 at 20:34

literatin - don't you find that the bottle belt "rides up" whilst you are running?  I've tried a couple of different options and can't get one that doesn't end up round my middle instead of on my hips which is where I would prefer it.

I'm going to customise a pair of shorts and the bottle belt with Velcro to try to get it to stay in place.  It's so annoying as on my long runs (15 - 20m) I only need 500ml or so at most in hot weather and the camelback is overkill and overheavy.....

03/07/2013 at 21:30

How about the water they use at the Brighton marathon? http://www.iconiqdrinks.com/iconiq-water-video.html

04/07/2013 at 12:11

Elstead runner - no I don't, but that's because I wear it tightened round the smallest part of my waist. I don't think it'd work on the hips. If you wear it so that the bottom of the bottle is pointing towards the small of your back it's comfortable enough.

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