I’ve made my mind up (pending any potential sidelining injuries like I’ve had in the past) that my first full marathon will be in Pittsburgh in May of 2014!! Wahoo! Here it is, August of 2013, and I’m already super stoked about it (yeah, I’ve already mapped out my training schedule, which starts on 12/29). My bestest running friend Emily will be joining me throughout the training and the race itself.
Last night, Emily (who is just as stoked as I am) mentioned that she is looking into buying a Camelbak to carry on our longer training runs for hydration and asked for my thoughts. My first thought was that a Camelbak would be heavy and uncomfortable for running, but would provide plenty of water for our 20 milers on the trail. So, immediately I knew there would be pros and cons. Of course, this got me thinking– we really will need to find a good hydration solution for our long runs, and I never buy anything without doing plenty of research to make sure I’m making the best choice possible. I needed to hear the pros and cons from people that have actually used Camelbaks and other hydration vests during their training.
Next step: Googling. I love Google. You can find just about anything on Google. And I love the blogging community, especially the running blogging community, for their candid reviews based on past experiences and their willingness to share any info that will help others in their running ventures. So, I started Googling “best hydration vests for long runs” in search of blogs and other reviews that would give me an honest opinion as to what has worked for others.
Want to know what I found? Not much.
Not much recent info, anyways. I found a few older blog posts and reviews for products that might be helpful, but I fear that new products and advances in technology have rendered those reviews slightly less useful. I don’t want to buy a hydration vest that was kick-butt in 2007 but doesn’t hold a candle to some of the products on today’s market.
I currently run with a hydration belt, but it tends to bounce around a lot and generally drive me crazy in the process! I would love a vest for its water storage capacity and easy access to water/gels/etc. But I don’t want a vest that’s going to be hot, bounce up and down, or make annoying sloshing noises (I might be asking too much here!) I’m eyeing up the Nathan Intensity vest because it’s designed with women in mind (and, well, because it’s pink), but I’m not quite sold on it yet.