I hope everyone has had/is having a great weekend's running.
I was out enjoying my long run round the streets of London this morning when - and apologies to anyone who doesn't want to read this - I was overcome by the need to pee. Given that I was running past the Palace of Westminster at the time and dodging crowds of tourists, I could hardly nip behind a bush and didn't fancy leaving my route (I was around mile 11 at the time) to go and find a pub or a public toilet.
Being a keen patron of the arts , I decided to hold it in as I ran along Millbank and use the loos at the Tate Britain. Now, I don't know about the rest of you but I'm one of those runners who can't stand stopping or walking during a run - I'm the guy you see running on the spot at the traffic lights - which is why I was grateful that the art lovers, security and staff at the Tate were completely blasé and unruffled by the fact that I, for reasons best known to myself, RAN into the Manton entrance of the Tate, up the stairs to the right to use the bathroom, went, washed my hands and then RAN out of the gallery again and back onto Millbank.
I'm sure there are plenty of stories we can tell about making "emergency stops" on our runs (and I look forward to hearing them :)) but my main reason for posting is to ask about the other end of the process as it were - hydration.
I am aware that I should be drinking *during* my long runs, rather than just treating myself to a wolfed-down Lucozade or two at the end but I've always thought that carrying a water bottle looks awkward and ungainly and it seems a shame to carry a rucksack or similar just for a drink - I don't carry anything else on my long runs except cash card and front door key.
So, how do you all do it? Do you carry bottles in your hands, wear a rucksack or bumbag, tie cans to your hat or just stop at the Dog and Duck halfway round?