i have always said i would never, ever, ever, ever wear a fuel belt for running. they’re stupid looking. i will never run enough that i lose function of my hands and lose the ability to hold a water bottle. i’m just cooler than that 😉
well, i broke down and bought one. ugh. i really hate it when i prove myself wrong. i’m pretty stubborn and usually if i say i will never do something, i mean it. so, what made me give in?
i’ve had to teach myself to run with food, water, and gadgets over the past few years. when i first started running, i had running shoes, shorts, and some cotton t-shirts. i’ve progressed to technical t’s, running skirts, special insoles for my shoes, ipod, nike plus, race belt, handheld water bottle, and a road id. geez. that’s a lot of stuff to just go for a run!
anyway, what made me give in? i had my 20 oz handheld for my long run on saturday. it really didn’t bother me at first but once i started to get tired, i noticed that i was passing it from hand to hand- not good because this causes you to do a cross-over body arm swing which is not good form. i was getting more and more irritated with holding it as the mileage increased. by mile 14, i was tempted to just throw it in the bushes, or even better, at the back of the next person who passed me! so, obviously i knew i needed to do something about it. i don’t think it’s very good sportsmanship if i throw my water bottle at someone?
so, i went to the store and tried on several models. bounced up and down in the store to prove my concern that, yes, they’re going to bounce up and down. i bought it anyway. we’ll see. georgia tried it out for me first. she’s certain she’s not a fan. i’ll let you know what i think after my run tomorrow.