Today’s post comes with a thank you to Laura who often leaves great comments on my daily posts. Yesterday she mentioned wanting to find a hydration solution and it reminded me that I never posted about the perfect stocking stuffer I found for my husband this winter.
Last March my husband and I started our marathon training. We were 16 miles into an 18 mile long run when we were both really dehydrated and spotted a water fountain. As if we were lost in the desert and seeing delusions of an oasis, my husband pressed down on the fountain only to find that it was turned off. It had been a very chilly winter in NYC and the water fountains stayed turned off until mid April! There is nothing more frustrating to a runner than spending mile after mile miserable with dehydration and being turned down just when you think you have found some water. It felt like every time we passed a water fountain last spring it was laughing at us and mocking.
That being said, we have tried several hydration systems and none of them really work for us. Neither of us were interested in wearing belts with the strapped in water bottles around the waist. I looked into the wrist straps that hold a refillable water bottle but the added weight is just annoying. No one wants to go for a 20 mile long run hanging onto an empty plastic bottle. I even tried buying a 12 ounce water bottle from a vendor and running with it but it was frustrating to deal with the added weight and as I consumed the water, the leftovers were driving me nuts to carry as they sloshed around.
Bottom line, when it comes to hydration on the go, less is definitely more.
While at my local running store looking for small gifts I came across the Salomon 8 ounce soft flask. This is exactly what we have been looking for. This little flask is made of a soft material that is both PVC and BPA free. It will fill up with 8 ounces of water and conforms to your hand. Once it is empty you can roll it up and slide it in a pocket. It is small enough to fit inside a running pack without even noticing the extra bulk or weight. Drink up when you are thirsty and then easily stow it until you get to a sink or fountain for a refill.
There is also an optional thin elastic strap that you can buy and slide on your hand like a wrist warmer. The bottle then slides in and conforms to your hand so that you won’t feel like you are carrying a bulky water bottle around. The back side of the strap is made of terry cloth so that you can wipe your forehead if you get too sweaty. It is also machine washable.
I did not purchase the wrist strap for my husband so I can not give you a good review of it. However, the hydrapack flask itself fills easily, is comfortable in your hands, and fits perfectly in a SPIbelt without taking up all of the room inside. I also really love that Salomon took the time to make a product that is chemical free. If I am out trying to stay fit and healthy during my runs, it is reassuring the know that the water I am drinking isn’t doing me any harm. The flasks also come in smaller and larger sizes. The 8 ounce option should be enough to get you through about 30 minutes during your long runs before you need to get a refill.
Hopefully, like me you will find this to be the perfect solution to your long run hydration problems.