Breaking Race Day Rules
I broke a race day rule and lived to run a p.r. on a challenging half marathon course.
So, maybe the pr was only by a few hundreds of a second, but it still counts!
The “big rule” I broke: Don’t try anything new on race day.
See that water bottle in my hand in the awkward photo above? I hadn’t ran with one prior to race day. It was also my first time drinking nuun during a run.
Running with the water bottle wasn’t risky. If I found I was hitting myself in the chest due to my flailing arm swing I could have just ditched it. Drinking nuun was a little risky, but luckily it didn’t cause any issues.
I ended up drinking almost the entire contents of the bottle and managed to run 13.1 miles with it attached to my hand.
As someone who doesn’t like running with stuff, I was surprised it didn’t drive me batty. While at times I couldn’t decide which hand to carry it in, I was so happy to have it with me.
Initially I chocked down the swigs of the lightly carbonated nuun, since I wasn’t use to drinking on the run. By the end of the bottle I’d gotten it down pat.
I’m not sure how I feel about drinking nuun on the run, but I loved the water bottle and will definitely be running with one again soon.
Before flying out to Nashville, I searched high and low for a 12 ounce bottle, but could only find larger bottles. At each store I kept hearing the same thing over and over again “If it’s hot enough to run with a water bottle then 12 ounces isn’t going to be any help. You should run with a larger bottle.” And they were right!
If you’re considering running with a handheld water bottle consider the following:
- Keep your arm swing as natural as possible.
- Find a bottle that fits well on your hand so that you don’t have to actually grip it for it to stay on your hand.
- Alternate the bottle between hands throughout the run.
- The weight of the bottle wasn’t noticeable to me since I was drinking from it beginning at mile 4.
What “stuff” do you run with during races?