Marathon - belt or no belt

What to do with the gels ?

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12/05/2013 at 19:38

LJ - Let me know if you need a soothing hand with that chaffing.

Back to reality. I've tucked a couple in the belt of my trishorts before and they normally stay put. I'm not sure that I could get enough for a full marathon in there though.

13/05/2013 at 09:14
I pin my to my tights, up at the top along the waistband, and I also cut a little slit either side so that they are easily ripped off on the run.
cougie    pirate
13/05/2013 at 10:24
Every marathon I've done I've used a High5 belt. I always add an extra one or two gels - in case i fumble or lose one, and so far none have fallen out.
It also doubles as my race number belt and I can use the little pouch in the back of it for my hotel room card if I need to.
13/05/2013 at 10:40

For a HM, I just carry something sweet in my pocket. 

I've only done one full marathon... which had 'gel stations'.   Is it rare to have gel / energy drinks supplied by the organisers en route?

19/05/2013 at 10:49

I'm looking for a hydration belt. I've been running 10k for about 9 months but I'm now looking at increasing my distance to half marathon and possibly even marathon. I've never drunk whilst doing the 10k but I'm thinking that if I'm increasing my distance I probably need to. I'm about 5' 4" and female and was wondering if anyone could recommend a hydration belt (i'm not sure about the idea of carrying a bottle in my hand), or tell me what I should be looking out for. Ideally I'd like to have somewhere to store a key and my phone as well so I don't need to take my arm band which tend to rub.

19/05/2013 at 11:34

I only take a drink if I am running 15k or more, I use a Salomon XR energy belt and would thoroughly recommend it. It holds enough drink for HM+ and a big pocket for phone, food and keys, plus some gel straps. It's very comfy and secure.

23/05/2013 at 11:57
I got a karrimor running belt from sports direct for a fiver. Has a wide flat pocket and a couple of gel loops. Adjustable, doesn't move or bounce and works absolutely fine. Sold as "mens" for some reason but are unisex. As for water bottle belts I'd invest a bit more and go for a Nathans elite. Because of the weight it is essential these sit comfortably and the Nathan once does the job.
23/05/2013 at 12:12

I either use shorts with pockets - say 3 high5 each side for a marathon - or a roosport pouch that can be attached to any garment waistband. You can fit quite a few in the open-topped pocket with the tops sticking out. This pouch is also useful for keys, credit card, iphone or whatever.

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of the little family company roosport at the Boston mara expo this year. They now do a slightly longer one for those phones bigger than an iphone.


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