As I was running along, I started to think about my future long runs. Soon I’ll be running 8 to 11 miles at a stretch. It took me just over an hour to run 5.5 miles (I had to force myself constantly not to go faster), so 11 miles will bring me up to two hours of continuous running. How I am going to stay hydrated during that lengthy period of time?
There are two obvious choices: find a running path that has access to potable water or carry water with me. Well, this town is entirely devoid of public water fountains and I wouldn’t drink out of the river if you paid me. I know where it’s been (or, more accurately, what’s been in it) and it’s not pretty.
This leaves me with the second option. I’ve seen people carrying water bottles as they run, but I see this getting tiresome after a couple of miles, let alone ten. There’s also the possibility of a fuel belt, but I really don’t think this would be comfortable. Not to mention, I would rather not look like I was taking my fashion cues from Batman.
Obviously, I have limited choices, so something has to give at some point—I either dehydrate myself or look stupid.
Anyway, I thought I would ask what you all do to satisfy your hydration needs during your long runs. The more feedback I get, the easier it will be for me to check my pride at the door and just do what I need to do.
Italian Phrases of the Day:
From Vanilla’s pick-up lines for runners:
Allora, corri spesso qui?
So, do you run here often?
Credi nell’ amore prima vista o devo passarti di nuovo?
Do you believe in love at first sight or should I pass you more than once?
#73 and 72 from the AFI movie quotes list:
La madre della pietà, è la fine del Rico?
‘Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?’ (Little Caesar, 1930)
No le stampelle di metallo, mai!
'No wire hangers, ever!' (Mommy Dearest, 1981)