Yesterday marked my tenth marathon. In everyone of those marathons I carried my own water. I used a belt for my first four marathons, but then switched to a 20-oz hand-held bottle.
I think I drink more than the average runner, and I’ve always liked not having to worry about having water when I want it. I have a hard time getting much liquid into my mouth using those paper cups. I usually trained with my bottle, so it wasn’t been a big deal. It eased my fears about getting water up my nose and down my shirt, rather than in my mouth where I need it!
Now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding I don’t think I need to drink as much and I’ve been training without my hand-held and really enjoying the freedom. While I packed for NYC I found myself wondering if I should leave the bottle at home, or downsize and carry a smaller bottle for emergencies. And then I decided to ask you!
Do you race with a water bottle? Why or why not?