Squeezed in between work and night classes, this run was more of a tempo run as I was in a bit of a rush and just wanted to get it done!
Thursday 23 August - 30 mins slow
Running along my usual flat-ish route, I concentrated on going slow as I have a long run tomorrow.
Friday 24 August - 60 mins slow
Ran along to the Auckland Domain and around the park, and finished by running around the block to pad out my time to exactly 1 hour. There are a lot of annoying traffic lights in this direction!
I ran with a small Nike wrist water bottle today - and definitely needed it as it was warm and sunny and I was running mid afternoon:
Here are my thoughts on it:
- It holds about 200 mls/1 cup of water - just enough to quench your thirst for a 1 hr run, as long as it isn't a hot day.
- I started out with the bottle worn on the outer wrist, but it wobbled around and I quickly switched it to the inner wrist where it sat quite comfortably in my palm, although it did get a bit sweaty! The stretch towelling strap held the bottle in place comfortably without having to clench the bottle hard.
- The extra weight on one arm might annoy you, but that is only while the bottle is full.
- When half full, the sound of the water sloshing around inside is a bit annoying/distracting. I know it's a minor detail, and I suppose you could always drink up!
- The wrist band fits me well, but if you have small hands it might be too large. However you could easily stitch it tighter if necessary.
- It is looks alright, and is reasonably discrete, and inexpensive at $20.
- Time will tell if I use it regularly or not, as it isn't the perfect solution. When my runs get longer I plan to get a camelbak or fuel belt, but until then I think this will be handy for shorter runs where I can't guarantee there is a drinking fountain en route, or where I know I can top up at a certain point.
If you have one of these water bottles, what do you think of it? If not, what is your favourite way of carrying water for your long-ish runs?