New Toy!

The other day I opened a package in the mail and excited to see my new running water bottle! I got this: The Ultimate Direction 10 oz Fastdraw HandHeld Bottle.

Today wasn’t overly hot but I wanted to try out my new toy! I filled my water bottle and took it with me on today’s run. The weather was absolutely perfect. Not too hot, sunny and warm-about 77 degrees.

I slathered on the sunscreen and headed out with my new water bottle. First, the pros.

  • I like having water when I run, especially in the summer
  • I like the color and shape.
  • I like that it comes with a zipper pouch to put stuff in it.
  • It was affordable.
  • There’s grooves on the sides for gripping.

Now, the cons.

  • It is slightly too big for my hands. But I have small hands.
  • Apparently I sweat a lot, even in my hands! It was kind of hard to grip once I got sweaty.
  • The nozzle is a tad awkward. I feel like it should point other way, but maybe I just need to practice more?

QUESTION: Do you have a running water bottle? What kind? Do you like it?

My run was pretty good. I felt energized and even though I was still a bit sore from the intervals on Monday, it didn’t hinder my run in any way.

I got to the Steele Bridge and heard the alarm sound. The bridge was going up so I turned around and took the stairs:

I took the stairs slowly and didn’t try to run up them. I have no intention of irritating my injury. I ran across the top of the Bridge and came back down to the waterfront on the other side.

The rest of the run was pretty uneventful. I knew my time wouldn’t be great because of the detour but I was okay with that. I cross the Hawthorne Bridge and took the stairs back down to the Waterfront and continued running. Then I ran passed this:

The picture isn’t great but trust me when I tell you it’s a Gelato stand on the waterfront! Dang it! If I had cash, I totally would have stopped for gelato. I can run without using my hands, right?

Today’s Stats:

Time: 34:23

Calories Burned: 431

Not my best time, but that’s alright. My goal right now is to just run (and recover) pain-free. I did a lot of stretching when I got back to the office and then I devoured my Lean Cuisine for lunch. On days I run, I become an eating machine!

QUESTION: Is there a certain activity that causes more hunger for you? What is it?

12 Responses

  1. I always feel like people who run with water bottles or fuel belts are hardcore runners and I dont see myself that way…even though I know thats completely not true and runnign with water available is SO important–esp in summer.

    Looks like your new toy has more pro’s than cons!

  2. I have a Nathan QuickDraw water bottle. What I like about it the most is that it straps onto your hand, so you don’t really have to hold on at all. It’s a little big though, and heavy if it’s full! A 10 oz bottle would be better for most of my runs.

    For me it’s swimming that sends my appetite through the roof!

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