Recommendations needed - best way to carry water?

Might sound like a silly question, but what do you all use to carry water on your runs? Now I'm beginning to increase my distances (8.5k today - go me!) and it's so blinking hot out, I need to take water with me - but I hate clutching a plastic bottle in my sweaty paws.

Can anyone recommend anything that's easy and comfortable to carry? I have a 10k race booked in for October and I'd like to keep extending my distances after that, so I'm going to need plenty of fluids!

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This is the one that I use on long runs. It carries two small bottles (if needed) and also has a pouch. I don't tend to carry any on organised races though, as most will have water stations. You are likely to have one at the half way point on a 10k. Good luck - sounds as though all is going very well for you.🙂

amazon.co.uk/Zikee-Hydratio...

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Wow, this looks ace - I didn't realise such a thing existed. Is it comfortable? I like the idea of freeing up my hands.

It's going well again now thanks, having recovered from an injury set-back. I'm totally addicted, to be honest. I can't imagine ever going back to NOT running, now I've started! 😀

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As comfortable as any! I have several different belts depending on what I need to carry but if I can run without then I just use the pocket of my running tights for my phone! This one is good for long, lonely runs when you need water and fuel!

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The idea of one day being able to do those long, lonely runs has serious appeal!

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Here's another vote for the zikee, i can't stand having to carry anything in my hands for any substantial amount of time........I've found it really comfortable and I tend to wear it with the bottles at the back. I use it on most training runs (as there are no water stations 😄) And I have used it on some organised 10k's recently, because of the heat and running in direct sun, I carried rehydration fluid rather than just water - used the water station for that.

The pouch is big enough for a smartphone, gels, jelly babies or any other small snack you may want to carry....😉 I've also carried a little spray bottle to spray water on my face in some very hot organised runs recently....

It's quite funny getting used to the sound of sloshing water as you go along.....😂

Hope you find something that suits

Mx

Oh and it doesn't shift about very much, I've occasionally had to adjust it as I'm going along, but once I've got it in the right place it stays put.

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Well done for getting to 8.5 km :-)

I use a hand held 300 ml Rucanor bottle (Amazon). I've been trying to get a 500 ml one but have completely failed to find one that doesn't break or leak, and still lets me get fluid. My paws do get sweaty! I've seen bottle carrier straps but haven't tried one. I'd be interested to hear others' thought on them.

Definitely not a silly question!

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Thanks - I didn't want to stop but I'm conscious of not over-doing it too soon and October gives me plenty of time.

Which sort of Rucanor bottle do you have? The one that fits round your hand or the one with the case? They both look good.

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Brill - thanks

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I use a hand held bottle as per the link above. I can fit it over my hand but I still find I fidget with it with sticky sweaty hands. I have tried a bumbag for carrying my phone with me when I am oncall but I find I have to keep tightening it as it loosens off on the run. It also can bounce up and down on my waist which can be annoying. Do the hydration belts have the same issues as my bumbag? I can run 10k without water but I am looking to increase to 16k over the next few months, eek!

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That's my concern too. I can just about squeeze my phone into my shorts if I take it out of its case but I need something for water. It was so hot today, I think it would have been a push for me to get to 10k without water - and I'm thinking ahead to when I'm on holiday. I'm not good in heat at the best of times. I think I'm going to get a bottle for shorter distances and try a hydration belt for longer runs...

Good luck with the 16k - that's fantastic!

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I can also recommend 2 smaller bottles on a belt rather than one larger one... trust I've tried many types. The 2 smaller ones are balanced and because they are lighter they don't wobble around so much.... and hey tea in one and coffee in the other ;-)

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Not wine and gin? That's a good point though - think I'll give one of those a try. Thanks for the tip.

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Has anyone tried this hydration belt on Amazon. The reviews are good and it looks good. I am tempted but curious of opinions. amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B016CH...

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I always use something like that (see link below, although it isn't available at the moment) for longer runs, and I think it's really good. I was surprised on first use how little the weight and sloshing of the water bothered me. The two bottles take 500ml between them, and the pouch (on mine anyway - I have an extra belt which isn't quite as capacious) can fit my Nexus 5 phone, a tin of vaseline, a few jelly babies, a few pound coins, my house keys, and a couple of bits of kitchen roll. I once bought a small tube of sunblock en route and managed to squeeze it in next to one of the bottles :)

Fionn42 I find it works best if worn lower down, round my hips - wedge it as low as possible and it doesn't move! I also think this position is better for not getting in the way of my arm swing.

The belt doesn't look very sexy, but I'm fairly sure it's saved my life several times :D

amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01...

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I take a proper Sigg water bottle in a little running rucksack on my longer runs. I stop for a drink at about half way because I haven't yet mastered the art of drinking while running. It's not ideal, but I'm not racing and in the summer I do need water on anything over 10k.

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I have a problem with waist belts - seems it depends what shape you are but on me (hourglass shape) the damn thing keeps shifting about and the only way to stop it is to have it so tight I can't expand my stomach to breathe. Solution for me is a small spray pump bottle which fits in my pocket and I just mist the back of my throats rather than drink.

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I suspect I may have the same issues with body shape! Does the misting do the trick? I'm getting really thirsty on hot days...

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It definitely works but takes a few goes to get the hang of squirting the mist in the right place o. The back of your throat. I find the bottle is also just big enough for about three good swigs too if the misting isn't enough. So far on my 5k rubs it is perfect and hasn't failed to fix my dry throat. I bought the boots travel pump bottle 60 ml I think it is.

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I've tried that with the mini-rucksack I use when I'm walking the dog - but I hate stopping! That said, it does resolve the whole water-all-down-front issue!

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it depends on how long I go for, I will only take it if going to be over an hour and then that depends on temperature as well. But i use a back pack with a bladder in it, i wanted one with two front pockets for gell and phone, but you can put water bottles in there too.

decathlon.co.uk/mens-trail-...

but i have this one from decathlon. allows me to add some extra layers in the winter and gloves.

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I'm just starting to run for 50+ mins but with the heat, I wished I had water yesterday. I'm keen to keep increasing my distance and had to force myself to stop running yesterday so I'm planning for the future! How do you find this in terms of comfort and convenience?

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It just takes getting use to it, I don't really notice it anymore but it is useful to stash things. I would say I have never run with the belt water bottles but have run with people who did have them, and the sound of the water sloshing is really annoying maybe you would get used to it. This doesnt happen with a bladder if you suck all the air out before use. (fill the bladder to required level then turn upside down to and suck till water comes down the tube.)

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I've never been bothered by the sloshing of mine, but I've found the sloshing of people with backpack bladders annoying!

I guess we just have to stay away from other people with our sloshy water :D

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Lucky your doing the 10k at beachy head, not sure I could put up with all the way round the marathon course :)

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Sloshy slosh slosh :D

You don't need to take water for Beachy, they make tea for you ;)

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Tea while running?

1. I will get this out of the way first, i hate tea.

2. Tea is very hot.

3. I spill water down me when drinking water while running

4. Tea very hot while running = trip to the burns unit.

5. Tea is disgusting.

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So, you don't like tea?

I don't think it was hot by the time we got to drink it...

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The sound of water sloshing makes me need to wee - which probably requires a whole new thread! 😂

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I never go on a run without my running belt which can carry 2 x 600 ml bottles. I find that I drink around one bottle per hour, and as the belt makes it effortless to carry, I see no reason to ever be without it. Also helps with somewhere to stash phone and key and maybe a fiver if I'm stopping by the shop on the way home as well as gloves in the winter.

For longer runs I have a running vest with a 2 l water bladder. At first it feels uncomfortable to have something on the back, but it doesn't take long to get used to (downside is that the water gets warm quicker as it's pressed up against my warm, sweaty back). As well as the water it holds a wind breaker, gels, band aid, camera, phone, whistle, safety pins, and still has room to spare.

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Wow! That's some serious kit! I suspect your 'longer runs' are considerably longer than mine!

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I just can't get the blasted belt to work for me. I want it round my hip level but if I put it there and do it up tight, it still ends up shifting upwards and then moving around and sloshing, so I end up grumbling and the water goes on sloshing 😬 and then I too get that 'oh gawd, now I need a wee' feeling 😧! The only solution I found was to have it sit at the point I am narrowest and then do it up so tight it can't shift but then I ended up looking like an overstuffed sausage tied up in the middle - not a good look! 😜

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Hahaha, I suspect "over-stuffed sausage" pretty much sums up my running look at the best of times so I might be better off without the belt too!

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Give the squirts option a go and see how you get on - it cost me less than two quid so is worth a try.

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Excellent, got to be worth a try! Thank you 😊

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