Fanny Packs and Belly Aches
Did I grab everything?
I have always considered myself a simple runner. The only things I ever needed for any run or race were a watch, sports bra, shorts that don’t climb and shoes. I wish I could say that was still the case but it isn’t, in fact I literally have to take time each day and prepare my running bag for the next scheduled workout: outfit, shoes, tape for my PF, Garmin watch/heart rate monitor (not to mention I have to charge this the night before), ipod, sunblock and recovery drink. (Sometimes the preparation actually takes longer than the run itself!) While I would love to reduce the amount of things I need, I don’t want to be without any of them, especially the watch and shoes.
I can stick this here. I can stick this there.
Preparing for a race hasn’t been any easier – not only do I need to bring the items I listed above, I need to also bring gloves, Hammer Gel, Endurolytes and ibuprofen. I would love to NOT have to worry about carrying any of those things but if I didn’t, I myself would probably have to be carried off the course. Since marathons are really new to me, I don’t want to chance it and run without them, so I stick them wherever I can – in my glove, waistband and in that little pocket located somewhere on my shorts/pants. Still not enough room…
So where else can I stick those things? Only 11 days until Surf City – I have to figure this out. I just can’t fit everything in, and the gels in my waistband have already contributed to a lot of cuts from the packaging digging into my skin. The gels are my biggest concern – I only like Hammer, all the other brands give me the worst belly ache – it’s torturous and there is no way I am going to use the restroom during my race (at least I will try to do everything I can to prevent it).
This weekend at Carlsbad I used the Spibelt that I bought at the CIM expo to hold all my stuff and it wasn’t the best idea to carry this fanny pack thing for a few reasons: (1) I felt like I was living in the 80’s; (2) I didn’t want my picture taken with some huge contraption/bulge on my hip; (3) It was way to difficult to maneuver specific items out of the belt one at a time without completely dropping them on the ground; (4) My hip (flexors) are extremely sore from the tightness of the elastic band. Please take note of the order in which I listed those reasons – talk about priorities!
The only real solution I can think of right now is to ditch this Spibelt (without ANY interest to try other brand) and try to consume the gels that are given away on the course. I am not too crazy about that idea since I worry the venue could run out before I get to the gel stations and I really don’t like gels that have refined sugar, taste like coffee, chocolate, or any other flavors that don’t resemble a fruit. (Actually, I don’t use any nutritional products unless they are from Hammer Nutrition, or, my new fave electrolyte drink Ultima Replenisher.) For now that is what I am going to do. I’m just going to start using the gels that will be offered on the course during my training runs prior to the race. Since I know my stomach is sensitive, I will have to consider carrying at least one of my own.
Let’s see what happens…