Fitness Friday: Do I Really Have to Carry Water?
When I trained for marathons ten (okay eleven) years ago, I used to carry a water bottle standing straight up in a belt that was uncomfortable and that would move all over the place. I would constantly be elbowing it from one side of my back to the other. If I wanted it to stay put, I had to tighten it so much that I would inevitably get a cramp in my abdominal muscles.
I actually left that belt in Washington when I moved (my friend Jess still has it for some reason and happened to use it the day I arrived for a visit in the fall; we laughed at how “old school” it looked). I have no idea why she used it that day or why she uses it at all. There are so many great options available today.
Up until this week, I was reluctant to get a new belt. Hey, I could run 10 km no problem without water, so why bother? I would just rehydrate at home after the run. But now that my long runs are over an hour, I am told (and I read) that I must hydrate DURING the run.
Since the water fountains along the snowy bike paths are not functional over the winter in this frozen land, I was left with no choice but to go shopping.
On one long group run, I tried out a fellow runner’s Camelbak water bottle and belt like this one.
It was fairly comfortable, though my comparison point was the model I purchased in the twentieth century. But, I still wasn’t thrilled with the pressure on my abs from the heavy point on the back of the belt where the bottle sat.
I was cautioned that when I did finally go looking for my own belt, I should consider the velcro at the belt closure. It would be important to make sure my running clothing was well-protected from that notoriously destructive and “picky” velcro.
After speaking to my friend (and loyal blog reader) Jenn who had just tried on several options, I went to the local sporting goods store and got myself this Fuel Belt with two 8 oz bottles in a lovely shade of pink (goes with my current favourite hat) at 20% off – yay for a deal.
I wore it this past Saturday and it was great. BUT, one the coaches informed me that 16 oz, or even 24 oz if I buy the extra bottle attachment won’t suffice when the weather gets warmer and I’m running for over an hour and a half stretches.
Here’s what the extra bottle attachment looks like:
I’m not convinced that it won’t be enough. On a training run in the spring, I will often be near water fountains (please City of Ottawa, turn them on early and make sure they work). During a race, I would like to carry water so I’m not relying on race organizers, but I will take advantage of the water stops, so perhaps 24 oz of extra water will be sufficient?
What do you think? Will I be fine?
If not, another shopping trip and the resultant bevy of belts to match my outfits would not be a bad worst case scenario.
Now, my report on the week that was:
I give up. Everything is posted in kilometers and will be from here on in. For those of you who only do miles, 1 km = .625 mile OR 1 mile = 1.6 km
Saturday – 15 km outside during a lovely light snow fall (mostly) with Elation Centre Run Club – 5:50 per km pace. I somehow slept through my alarm (never happens) and woke up with five minutes to spare. Luckily the routes are posted online and they are so close that I was able to meet them about a kilometer into the run. Hard to miss a pack of runners on a snowy morning.
Monday – 11.2 km easy run on the treadmill at 5:35 per km pace.
Wednesday – 11.2 km speed run on the treadmill – 1 km at 5:35 per km (warm-up); 7 repeats of 1 km at 4:45 per km followed by 2 minutes rest at 6:00 per km; 2 km cool-down at 5:45 per km pace. This run was hard. The first four intervals were manageable, but I had to slow down during bits of the last three. Finished the eleven episodes of the “Drop Dead Diva” series on Netflix. It was perfect mind-numbing television (iPad) watching for the treadmill – I need a new series like that.
Strength Training Stats
Monday: On our way to Greco, Derek realized he forgot his shoes. We turned around and went home. No class for us.
Tuesday: Woke up early and went to the 6 a.m. Greco class. I remembered the two main reasons why I don’t like working out at that hour. Firstly, the first round of the circuit I feel like I’m in slow motion. My body is just not awake or warmed up enough. Then when I’m done, the rest of the day is foggy.
Wednesday: Greco workout in Kanata (I’m usually at the Beech St. location). Yay for lots of upper body exercises! My shoulders felt the burn.
Friday: Heavier weight training workout with Matthieu. Probably way to many low squats for my liking.
Have a great weekend!