Present to myself

Present to myself

In November I will start my HM training so in preparation I have bought myself a new running bottle and belt.

The only lasting effect of being a kidney donor is that I have to make sure I don't dehydrate. They are really happy for me to keep running distance and even said I could do a marathon (I probably won't) but I must be hydrated better than I would normally be for events and long runs

So with this in mind I treated myself to a new running belt with bigger running bottles. I probably would never drink both but on my first HM I was in the position of them running out of water at one on the 3/4 way round stops and that would be bad for me so I have made the decision to carry more than I will need so whatever happens I will always have enough.

I also think it's good to get used to how these feel full long before I need them as there will be a bit of a difference with a litre of water on my back.

I also like the fact then when you go up to the bigger bottles you get a bigger storage bit as well, as I have also decided to carry a pair of cheap reading glasses as I can't read any sort of instruction without them now. Hehe my best friend who often meets me after events has got some weird texts from me when I have finished because I can't read what I've typed without glasses. 😀

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Have a great weekend

Wishing you health and happiness

Rfc x.

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  • A perfect present to yourself RFC! Let us know how you get on with it.

    On my last 10K race they ran out of water and I missed it as it was a really hot day. It's not good enough because really the organisers need to take account of the weather and sometimes they don't seem to.

    But obviously on longer distances you need to be sure you have enough.

    I've just bought myself a new belt (Nathan) with two bottles as I'm upping distance too and I've tried it out once. It felt odd as I was used to having one bigger bottle and I could manage that well. But I guess we have to get used to new things 🙂

  • Went out yesterday for a 5km just took 200ml out and they stayed nicely in my back, very comfortable.

    I'm used to two for events. I did go back to my single but I just didn't find it easy to get at.

  • Well we all deserve a little something sometimes don't we?! That looks great Rfc and I agree about having a bit of extra storage for those very long runs.🙂

  • Surprisingly enough there isn't as much storage as I thought but I got my glasses, phone and keys in fine and it wasent bulging.

  • This looks great RFC I'm in the market for a bottle storage belt too but maybe not for really big bottles. I imagine if you alternate them as you sup the water then they'll stay balanced, hopefully the design doesn't make them feel too heavy too. I also carry glasses but for a different reason - I can cycle to running club very minimally and lock my helmet on my bike but I'm left with my glasses which I wear to cycle but not to run. I've managed to fit them into my belt along with keys and phone - but it's a squeeze! But beginning to think I do need them to run. I have a strong astigmatism in my left eye which affects my spatial awareness - can result in clumsy stepping on heels etc when running in a group :o

  • I always alternate, I have been using one with two 250ml bottles. These new ones sit really nicely in the middle of the back as they are designed for the belt to done up around the waist. My other one I used to wear on my hips. I think ju-ju- has just transitioned to running with glasses. I just need mine for reading but am beginning to realise I can't read notices without them and that could be a safely issue for me.

  • I also wouldn't be able to read safety notices until I was really close to them. So that's something for me to consider too if I ever enter anything that might have notices!

  • It is just out on my normal runs. I went to the park the other week and a notice had been put up and I couldn't read it. ☹️☹️☹️

  • That is correct....I do think contacts may be worth a bash as I dont wear them in the rain but its all blurry!!!!!

  • Thanks for that RFC, I'm just on the point of thinking I might need to carry some water...(Shh don't tell anyone but I'm hoping to do the Cambridge half next year)

  • Hehe, Ill keep it to myself. Exciting times 😀.

  • That belt looks really good and sounds like you had a successful first outing using it. I'm thinking of getting a 'hydration vest'..... more research needed!

  • That's interesting. I have run for the first time with a waist pack with a bladder thingy - I will post about it but later today because I have to get out and meet my daughter for breakfast!

  • Very nice, that looks comfy too, and thats hilarious re the glasses!! I have varifocals I have to wear now :)

  • Looks pretty super...a great addition to your return to the running path! Maybe if they are heavy... a small pony to run beside you :) x

    Stay healthy xx and Happy x

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