I stood staring at my reflection in the mirror at City Sports. My new sneakers were at the counter, my new singlet was draped over my arm and in my hands was a hydration belt.
I’ve always thought of hydration belts to be the water fanny pack for runners and vowed never to wear or buy one. Fanny packs are for moms who need their hands free to herd small children, or tourists to snap photos. I’ve seen plenty of runners wearing a two- or three-baby-bottle hydration belt and decided long ago they’re just not for me.
When I run I carry a disposable water bottle until I get annoyed with holding it then I tuck it in to the waistband of my shorts. The elastic waistband of my shorts functions much like the belt and lately I’ve been thinking, why not buy a belt?
So there I was in City Sports about to try on the Nathan Triangle, a single bottle belt. I snapped it around my waist. Surprisingly comfy. I jogged in place and reached back to grab the water bottle. Easy angle and lightweight.
I asked my best friend how it looked and braced myself for the obvious answer. In so many words, not cute.
The following morning I slipped on my new sneakers, running apparel and hydration belt for a training run. I was excited to try out my newest addition on the first long run of my marathon training plan. No more awkwardness of carrying a water bottle. I kept a good pace, too — just ask the runners fortunate to stare at my bubblegum pink hydration belt as I passed. I cruised along the flat eight miles hands-free, running sub-8s, hydrated and best of all, having fun.
Now, about those compressions socks…