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How Do You Carry Your Water While On a Run?

 It is not comfortable lugging a load of fluids with with you on the run, but it is necessary as dehydration can kill your run, cause severe headaches or cause heatstroke during a hot weather. While in some cities it may not be necessary to carry water around as there are drinking water refill points, if you are trail running or running in areas where there are no re-fill points, you need to have a hydration plan.

Handheld Bottles

Some trainers are of the view that a handheld bottle will throw off your weight thus affect your your form due to the imbalance. But two small handhelds (one in each hand for even weight distribution) are a good option for shorter runs.  If you only want one, pass it back and forth between hands each mile –  I personally switch the bottle between hands every ten minutes. That way, it will prevent you from developing imbalances and give you something to focus on as the miles tick by. An insulated bottle that keeps water chilled is really a great option.

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Hydration Lumbar Packs and Belts

If you prefer to stow your necessities on your waist, a lumbar pack or belt can help you stay hydrated on both road and trail. Placing the weight of water on the small of your back in the center is the best place to distribute that weight without throwing off your form. These packs also have room to store your fluids and other fuel or gear you may need such as gels, snacks, or phone.

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Hydration Vests

If you don’t prefer bottles or belts, try a hydration vest, which is popular among trail and ultra runners. A vest works similar to a backpack in that it evenly distributes the weight on and around your core. Running hydration vests are also super streamlined to stay close to the body. Please test yours on some shorter runs first to make sure there are no issues with chafing.

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