Long Distance Running with a Camelbak Hydration Pack
We’ve had some beautiful weather lately. Last weekend I couldn’t help but to put on the running shoes and go out for a long run in the morning.
It was perfect.I ran a personal best, 15.5 miles in a little over two and a half hours. To put it in perspective, I ran my first two official half marathons in three hours so I am definitely increasing the pace.
In my last few runs I’ve been running farther and farther, accomplishing a distance of 10 and 13.5 miles. I was extremely happy with both the distance and time of these runs. There’s no question about it that I am getting stronger and faster.
Still, I thought I was limiting myself each time out. The reason for this is that I really didn’t have a lot of food or water with me. I always make sure I run where there is a water fountain somewhere on the path. I will also bring a bag of raisins or dates with me. At the end of the run in my car, I have a full water bottle. Safety while running is very important to me.
As I increase my distance, I’ve noticed that there really aren’t a lot of water fountains or places to stop and get a drink. Running with a water bottle is a pain. While looking online I tried to find a better way to bring water with me.
The best thing I found was the 50-Ounce Camelbak HydroBak Hydration Pack . As you can see it’s a tiny backpack with a water pouch that has a long straw attached to it. As you’re running, you can take a sip of water without missing a beat.
This will get me through a lot of my practice runs. The best part is that you can barely tell that it’s on. The Camelbak Hydration Pack is not big or bulky. The only reason I could tell that it was on is that I could hear the water swishing around in the pack as I ran.
Without a doubt, this is one of the main reasons I was able to safely increase my distance this last run from 13.5 to 15.5 miles.
I’m actually surprised that I have been able to pick up the pace and increase the mileage as much as I have so far. I run at least two times per week with one long distance run. Along with the runs I play basketball twice a week with friends. The sprinting, jumping and change of pace activity is without a doubt helping with my endurance.
Most of my meals consist mainly of fruits and vegetables. In the past, it was mainly meat with maybe a vegetable here or there. While I still eat meat, it is far less than what I used to consume. I’ve cut out the red meat and pork. I supplement my meals with a Hemp Protein Shake. I always get the vanilla flavor and mix it with strawberries and bananas.
With the increase in mileage, I’ve seen my weight decrease to 182 pounds. I will have to focus on consuming more calories even when I’m not hungry. Most likely I will have a few more shakes during the weak and add some more snacks throughout the day.
I’ve cut down on weight training. The reason for this is that I’ve increased my running distance and I’ve been playing more basketball. Lifting weights was kind of put on the back burner. After speaking with Dr. Stathulis, who recently fulfilled his dream of running the Boston Marathon, I now know that I need to pick it back up. He said implementing weight training was very important toward his own marathon journey. That’s something I will be implementing more of in the weeks ahead.
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