For all you marathoners and half marathoners like me, August means our training for our big fall races is just beginning to heat up! It’s time for the longest of our long runs, our peak mileage weeks and our hardest workouts. There’s no better time to think about the importance of hydration for peak performance than right now!
So let’s get to it! I’m here to talk about how best to stay hydrated on your training runs and in races. But that’s not all! I’ve found a way to carry water with me on the run and I want to share not only why I find it fantastic, but I want one of you to win my water vessel of choice! WOOHOO! A CONTEST!
Making sure that you don’t become too dehydrated nor drink too much water in too short of a time period during the summer is important. Another important consideration for a runner is how the water is carried. If you’re not running for a long period of time, a handheld water bottle is a popular choice and this is what I did when I first started running. As I ran more often, I found that carrying a water bottle (even one with a strap) was tiresome. My shoulder got sore from the additional strain brought on by carrying a bottle.
There are three main methods of carrying water: handheld, fuel belt, and pack, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. While I don’t mind carrying a small bottle for a short run, for longer runs it causes soreness and tension in my shoulder that can’t be relieved by switching hands because then the soreness moves to the other shoulder. While a fuel belt takes care of the problem of holding a bottle and having weight asymmetry, I never felt comfortable with having so much weight around my waist, not to mention the fuel belt is rather polarizing in the running community. A Camelbak or other water pack is a bit much for the non-ultrarunners among us.
I was getting a little frustrated with the choices that I saw out there because none of them quite suited my needs. Then two years ago I came across the Simple Hydration bottle, created by Brian Hock. He wanted a simple way to carry water hands-free and designed a sleek, light bottle that is easily tucked onto a running belt or waistband. Although I was dubious about spending $20 for a piece of plastic, this turned out to be one of the best running investments I have made. I absolutely adore my Simple Hydration bottle and use it on pretty much every run. Even when it’s full, it doesn’t weigh me down and I don’t notice it. Sometimes I even forget that it’s there and I panic that I accidentally left it somewhere. I can run hands-free and have water freely available whenever I need it.
It holds 13 oz, which is enough fluid for me up to a half marathon. I really love racing with this bottle because I never mastered the art of drinking out of a cup while running fast; I always waterboard myself. With Simple Hydration, I have water whenever I want it and I can skip all the crowded aid stations. Much to my happiness, I became a member of the 2015 Simple Hydration Run Team as a brand ambassador earlier this year.
As a member of the Simple Hydration Team, Brian sent all of us two extra bottles. I already owned two bottles that I had purchased earlier, so now I’m a proud owner of four bottles. This is more bottles than I really need, so I’m giving away one bottle to spread the Simple Hydration love.
To win this fantastically simple water bottle, all you have to do is enter the contest via Rafflecopter at this link. You earn entries by following us on social media, tweeting, and commenting. The contest starts at 7:00 a.m. EST on August 4th and ends on August 11th at 12:00 am EST. A winner will randomly be chosen by Rafflecopter when the contest ends.
How do you like to hydrate?
Disclosure: I am a member of the 2015 Simple Hydration Run Team and as a member, I received two free Simple Hydration bottles, visor, and a tech team shirt. All opinions are my own. I was not asked by Brian Hock to conduct a giveaway.