Since I run in the summer in Georgia, and it gets nasty hot, I have been wanting to be able to carry some water/gatorade with me. Last summer I bought a handheld water bottle, but when I tried to run with it I felt all out of balance. I've been thinking about getting a belt system to see how that would work. I would really like to be able to run places like the Greenway, or Stone Mountain, and even some unpaved trails, but to do that I have to have some water on me. My MRTT chapter leader lent me her iFitness belt that has a holster for a water bottle. I ordered a set of Fuel Belt 6 oz. bottles from Amazon.com using my swagbucks gift cards, so this experiment only cost me $1.50! LOL
I set out for a nearby park with a trail that is almost 3 miles. I had my handy-dandy RunKeeper app and my music I spent most of the day getting into iTunes yesterday and my belt around my waist and I took off!
The belt started to bounce and ride up right away, but I think it wasn't adjusted tightly enough. I wasn't able to adjust it on the run because of where I had the bottle holster placed. So I made the best of it! I messaged my chapter leader to see if I could borrow it for my next run and she graciously agreed. Hopefully I can get a better fit because I really, really liked having water on me for the run. It was nice to be able to do a longer route for a change of scenery! I need to be able to find something that works for me! It was so nasty humid this morning that I drank 32 ounces of water (10 before, 6 on the run, and another 16 when I got home) and I didn't even have to pee! My shirt was absolutely soaked, and I am not a heavy sweater, and this trail was mostly in the shade! Yikes!
I used the RunKeeper app again today! I set up a "workout" to be a 5 minute warm-up, 20 minute run, 5 minute cool-down. I was even able to tell it which of my playlists to use, though about halfway through something happened and the music stopped. But I really like how the voice tells me when it's time to run or time to cool down (walking, in my case). I wish I could figure out how to make the warm-up/cool down their own separate pacing and not thrown in with the overall pacing and the mile splits. But truly I haven't played around with it much at all, so it may be in there and I just have to figure it out. Regardless, I am really having a blast with this app! It's like having my Garmin back, but even better! :)
|Post-run selfie - couldn't figure out how to show the hydration belt in the picture!|
|Now THESE are some hills! :)|
I promise I won't put up a graph each and every time I do a workout. But this is still fun! Look how fast I was running for awhile! The beginning and the end are the walking pace. I love graphs!! :D