Hydration showdown

Nathan Trailmix
Nathan Trailmix

Yesterday, Michelle and I decided to go for a long run on the nature trail north of Cedar Rapids.  I love the trail with markers every mile, a little shade from the remaining leaves on the trees and quietness away from the traffic sidewalks.  The only downside is lack of water fountains along the route.  We were planning on 14 miles (7 out and back) and predicted it would take over 2 hrs at a comfortable pace.  Instead of carrying a water bottle we decided to rough it and drink as a fair amount at the trail head before starting out.

At the turnaround point, mile 7, I was feeling tired and exhausted.  And by mile 10, I was contemplating walking.  It was a good thing I wasn’t running alone or I would have walked.  Instead, Michelle and I took turns leading.  It’s surprising how much a pacer can help keep you going versus running solo.  She helped me get through miles 10 and 11 and I took the lead for most of the last two.  Our tactic worked and we finished the 14 miles and even picked up the pace the last three.

Camelbak
Camelbak

We were happy to have made the distance without water but thought we might want to avoid the situation in the future.  I decided to buy a Camelbak and Michelle got a Nathan fuel belt.   The hydration showdown is on!  I’ve wanted to get a Camelbak for sometime now, and I’m pumped to try it out.  If I had to guess, the Camelbak will be better for biking and longer hikes.  Michelle’s fuel belt already feels more comfortable and is probably better for faster running.  The plan is to try both and rate them consumer reports style.