Drinking and running

I've just finished W7R3, I'm following the plan and fingers crossed it's working well. However my main issue is I run with a runners bottle of water and certainly when doing longer runs I take the odd sip. It almost feels like s comfort blanket and I don't feel confident going without it. However I'm fully aware that running whilst holding something is posturally very bad.

Does anyone have any advice, should I just leave the water at home or are there any fancy gadgets that people use?


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8 Replies

  • I run up to 12k carrying no fluids with me. Beyond that distance I use a belt that can contain water bottles up to 750ml. So long as you hydrate regularly throughout the day and before a run, then, unless it is really hot, I do not believe that carrying water is necessary. I drink a pint of lukewarm, very diluted apple juice immediately before a run.

    When I did my first 10 mile run I remember carrying a water bottle in my hand.......never again....

  • I'm the same as IannodaTruffe - I never run with a water bottle. Ghastly. I have seen folks running with these belts, though, and I'd imaging that they are helpful on longer runs (over one hour) or on very hot days:


    My 'long' runs are up to one and a half hours. Never taken any water (but I did need a mouthful of water on my 1 hour 10km race this past Sunday at 4km as it was very hot and humid!).

  • Hi Eve !

    Oh I totally understand about the " comfort blanket " aspect . I used to take a water bottle on EVERY run , but I only take one now depending on how far I am going and if it is hot .

    I don't have a belt, I hold it in my hand , but I am definitely going to get a water belt. On my HM on Sunday , I ran most of it with a water bottle in each hand - Not ideal ! :-)

    Hope you find a way that suits you xxx

  • I think I will make it a goal to achieve when I reach the 30 min mark - to start leaving water bottle at home. I'll investigate Decathlons offering too.

  • I don't take water unless it is a run longer than 5 K and it is warm.. I have a belt which holds two teeny bottles...


    Someone recommended this and it is great.

    I did a run this last week, early morning.... no water as it was a 5K ish... but at 3 K, had to stop at a small garage shop and buy water..it was so warm and the air so dry...it is maybe a good idea to carry a small amount ?

  • I have a smallish bottle,with the hand grip gap in the centre. If I get sick of it, or it's empty, I stash it,down my crop top

    I now have some Ron hill trail capri's and they have bottle pockets in the legs, for which you can buy specific bottles, which I shall try come pay day. The pockets are invisible. I love these tights, they have gel loops, a huge back pocket too.

    For longer runs I am going to have to splash out on a trail vest. I hate carting stuff though. Gaaagh 😏

  • These sound great misswobble - I have several belts and hate carrying stuff too! Will google these trail capris as they sound like a really good alternative to belts! 🙂

  • Apparently you can thread your Run jacket through the loops if not carting gels in them. Not tried it yet, but my Run jacket is right thin, so will try it

    They have a tie at the waist, reflective bits on the front of the legs and grips at the hems of the legs. I got them in the sale at sports shoes.com i think


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