Things are really starting to heat up in my training. I am moving past my previous personal distance record of 13 miles. I can barely believe it! These are some serious miles, which means that it is time to get serious about fueling. Up until now, I have eaten a couple of gummies or a gel and called it a day. I know that I need to incorporate more hydration into my training runs. Therefore…cue the running belt.
There were so many different models and designs to choose from. I was very overwhelmed. Then, the kind folks over at Gone For A Run were generous enough to provide me one to review! Lucky me!
I decided it was best to test the belt on a medium length run, so I chose my ten mile run. It did take me awhile to figure out where I would like to place the belt. I have never run with this much gear on, so it was a definite adjustment. I found out that I like my belt best when it is positioned lower, near my hips. Once I found the right spot, the belt actually stayed put. It did not bounce around like I expected. The elastic holds pretty well.
My go-to drink when running is watered down gatorade. The full strength gatorade is a little much for my stomach to handle during a run. I prefer to have it watered down to ease the blow. One thing I especially like about this belt is that it is an interchangeable system. The entire system includes two bottle holders, a larger pouch, a smaller pouch, and a race bib/gel holder. You can put as much or as little as you like on the belt at a time. Since I was running ten miles, I figured that I only needed one 6 oz. bottle. I also chose to keep the larger pouch. (By larger, I mean just big enough for a smartphone, not huge or anything)
I really think hydrating during the run made a big difference for me! You can definitely tell from my splits above when I fueled. I felt energized and really booked it on the next mile! I probably would have fueled earlier, but there just wasn’t a good place to stop. Which brings me to my next point…The only negative about the belt system was how snug the bottles were in their pouches. It was difficult to get the bottles in and out during the run. I am wondering if these will loosen up more with time. I am hoping so.
It will take more time for me to get used to wearing this much gear, but as my runs begin to venture past the half marathon distance, I am going to step up my fueling game. For others in the same boat, I would definitely recommend this belt system. The other ladies at my running club were very jealous. The key with this system is the interchangeable aspect. With different training runs, we all agreed that no single belt could meet all our needs. We need variety, and this belt system meets the bill! Here’s to many more long runs, with proper fueling!
How do you fuel during your extra long runs? What do you like in a fuel belt?
Gone for a Run provided me with the running belt system for this review, but I was not compensated. This review is my unbiased opinion.