Last week I told you that I was going to try out two new runner’s tools and give you a review. I had purchased a
fanny pack Nathan’s “5k” Runner’s Pak from Dick’s Sporting Goods,
I have gone on two runs with both the fuel belt and the water bottle: one on the treadmill and yesterday’s run that was outside on the river trail.
The first run was on the treadmill, and I wanted to make sure that when I tested out both devices that it would be authentic, even though I don’t really need either of these things while I’m running inside. So, I put my car keys in the pocket of the Quickdraw water bottle and four, C batteries in the pocket of my fuel belt.
Well, what else should I have put in there? My cell phone and some Gu Chomps? Naw, batteries are more realistic. Duh.
After I was strapped in, I went for a nice, relaxed five mile treadmill run. Granted, I do not believe that I will ever be in need of either C batteries or the combined weight of four of them in other more “necessary” items, but after the first mile or so, I got used to the slight bounce that they created around my waist. I did get a little “switchy” when it came to the hand-held water bottle, but that too became a nonissue as the miles piled up and I needed more hydration.
I believe that 90% of the disturbance of my running routine was due to the fact that I truly did not need to have a fuel belt or hold onto a water bottle while on the treadmill. I have a ledge and two buckets to hold all one my crap AKA my iPad, water bottle, cell phone, and other such anchors. The real test was Sunday’s run: my first outdoor run since the Dexter-Ann Arbor Half. I knew that things would be a little different out on the river trail, and the need would be present for better accommodations than my left and right hands.
Time to be serious.
Anyways, I loaded up my fuel belt with my cell phone, filled my Quickdraw with H2O, and then Mom and I hit the trail; I ran and Mom rode her bike as was our tradition from last summer.
It was a pretty uneventful run, and there was never a point where I felt like I wanted to unhitch my belt and toss it in the Grand River. In fact, I was truly grateful when this photo opp happened:
This little guy was just chillin’ on the side of the trail, and I was VERY easily able to snap a pic because my iPhone was in my fuel felt. It’s a jungle out there!
Even from the first steps of the run I was not distracted by having my water bottle in my hand, and I was REALLY glad to have it as the distance piled up.
I am very pleased that I purchased both the 5k Pak and the Quickdraw. They are user-friendly, adequate for my needs, and easy to utilize while running. I never felt hampered during my run, and neither were cumbersome as I toddled along. The price was just right for them both, and I can see myself using these routinely on my outdoor runs.