When we meet women in person, whether at race expos or at our Mother Runner parties, there are a few standout personal admissions of mine that gals often remind me of. The top two: when I 'fessed up to peeing on a flower planter in downtown Portland and when I admitted drinking from a stranger's discarded water bottle on a roasting-hot run last summer. While I'll freely admit I haven't stop my public-peeing ways (turns out stonewalls are the country alternative), I have ceased the unsanitary hydration method. Since that steamy day, I sport an Ultimate Direction Thunderbolt hydration belt whenever my runs climb into the double-digits. (If I lived in a hotter or more arid climate, I'd wear it on shorter or more intense runs, as well. But here in the PacNW, the air often holds a lot of cooling hydration, a.k.a. rain!)
Dimity and I have sang the praises of the UD Thunderbolt on our podcast, and we did again Monday night at our fun party in Denver. In addition to telling about how comfortably the wide belt sits on the hips, how the belt has a small bottle for energy gel, and how the bottle lids don't leak, I also point out how fabulous it is the belt holds three 10-ounce bottles. I then point out that most other belts hold bottles that only accommodate 8 ounces of liquid. Both on the podcast and at the party, I acted all math-wiz-zy, spouting, "that's 20% more liquid per bottle, which really adds up on a run." I bob my head a bit as I say it, proud to do calculations on the fly.
My bubble was burst in Denver, though, when a true math prodigy (not a poser like me!) came up after our spiel to let me know, gently, that a 10-ounce bottle actually holds 25% more than an 8-ounce one. Do'ah! Going forward, I stand--and run--corrected.
In this week's Hump Day Giveaway, three (3) lucky ladies can win their own Ultimate Direction Thunderbolt belts (which come in sizes XS-L, ensuring a no-bounce fit). Given how hot it's going to be for the next weeks and, gulp, possibly months, we figured these belts will be working overtime.
To enter to win, tell us how you stay hydrated while running. Do you plan your routes to pass by your house or water fountains? Do you stash frozen H2O bottles on your long run routes? Do you have a kiddo cycle alongside of you with liquid refreshment (hopefully laced with nuun)? Please tell us you don't drink from random bottles you find by the side of the road like I did that one time.... Just click on the Comments ribbon below this post on our website (if you’re reading this on a mobile device, do not just hit reply!), and tell us how you ensure you stay well-watered on your runs.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 7/10/13 and ends on 7/16/13; the winner will be announced on 7/20/13. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $39.95. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.