I tried something different on my 16-mile long run this morning: two handhelds (20 oz. size.) I’ve read about and seen trail runners using two and thought I’d give it a try.
It went pretty good and one thing I noticed was that I drank more frequently – about 36 ounces over the 16.67 I ended up running. I had water in the right and GU Brew in the left.
I was wondering how it would go taking gels. It went ok as well. I was able to hold both handhelds in one hand, fish out the gel, open/eat it, and stash the empty packet in my pocket – all while still running.
I’ll still need to work on technique, but this seems like a good option for longer, unsupported trail runs or ones where the aid stations are further apart and it’s warm/hot. I am also still considering a race vest that carries two bottles (plus other stuff.)
Training Journal – 5/26/13:
- Current plan: San Francisco Marathon – 2nd Half Training Plan
- Today’s session: 16 mile long run @ 8:43-10:01 pace
- Comments: I did 16.67 @ 8:47 avg pace
- Weekly mileage: Running: 20.1 / Bicycling: 26.69