Training has been going pretty well. Hills, hills and hills have been on the agenda. We are running more in Deloraine, the town near our farm because of the abundance of non-flat running options! Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t say Was that you out last night running? or Saw you running, how’s the training going? AND I even have a new running cap and have changed my colour scheme and I’m still recognisable. This is the delightful thing about living in a small country community.
With just a few days shy of four weeks until the Point to Pinnacle Husband’s and my attention has turned to sorting out gear and nutrition.
Will I wear a hydration belt or won’t I?
I’ve been most indecisive about this until this afternoon. I phoned a running shop to order some particular gels that Husband likes (more on this in a moment) and happened to get one of the race directors. He was really busy but made some time to answer a few questions. Looks like cups of water and not bottles will be the option at drink stops of which there are six and then a seventh at the finishing line.
I don’t get on well with squishy cups:
- I slop some from side to side.
- I choke on a bit.
- Most I manage to wear by spilling it all down my front! 🙂
As a result the hydration dilemma was solved. I don’t like squishy cups therefore I will wear a hydration belt. But which one? As you can see from the photo I’ve tried a few. I love my little SPI belt: it’s great for my epi pen in the summer when the Jack Jumper ants are out (I’m anaphylactic to these nasty beasties that are native to Tasmania). And I love my SPI hand held drink bottle. Women’s Running Magazine Australia had a review of hydration belts and I bought this one based on the review and the bottle is great! I used it for the half marathon a few months ago but as this was a smaller race with the Launceston Athletic Club I was able to give it to the wonderful volunteers before the race and pick it up at the half way mark. I’m not keen to carry this all the way up a mountain. What to do?
I’m going with the Nathan brand one pictured with the silver bottles. I got out the sewing machine and made it a bit smaller and Ta Da! it fits well now. Silly me bought a large size. With some help from some of my running buddies (thanks L and L) I now know that it goes around my waist not low down on my hips where I’d been attempting to wear it…no wonder it wobbled up and down so much – it was more of a bustle than a belt.
Also this week I’ve taken ownership of a racey pair of Oakley sports sun glasses. Recently the All Seasons Cyclist reviewed some Oakley’s. I’d been thinking about them because my ordinary prescription sunglasses were forever slipping off my nose and getting very sweaty! I love the reviews on this blog, they may be cycling based but there are many many crossovers with running. And the review was right. These sunnies are lightweight and so comfortable I don’t know they are there. They even work pretty well in the twilight!
The All Seasons Cyclist also wrote a review on Hammer gels a while ago – these gels are all natural and work for me and my tricky digestive system. They taste pretty good too – Montana Huckleberry is our favourite. So I’ve ordered a box of these. I had been preferring chews rather than gels but I’ve had so many chews that I really need a change so have done a complete turnaround with them.
What about Husband?
He’s going with the drink stops (he’s way more coordinated than I am and can manage those tricky cups). He’s going with the larger SPI belt and will use the pockets in his shorts. Simple but streamlined. Even in running the woman of the house needs more bits and pieces than the man.
Gearing Up? Four weeks out and yes, getting a bit more sorted!
Happy running 🙂