What to do with the gels ?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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