I’ve had a few requests to divulge what I keep in my backpack when I complete long runs and marathons. I absolutely love my Nathan Sports Hydration pack– my friends bought it for me as a birthday present a few years ago and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.
I love wearing it as it allows me to drink whenever I want, rather than waiting for water station (or having to battle my way to the table) plus I can drink on the go. A lot of marathons are transitioning to cups for water, which I find impossible to drink from whilst running.
As well as filling my hydration pack with water (2 litres), I use the backpack for numerous other items for marathons or long runs:
Gu gels (that includes a spare for marathons, less depending on the length of the run)
Immodium and painkillers
Phone and headphones
Vaseline pot (for long runs)
Oyster card (for long runs)
Long sleeve top – only for long runs when I’m going straight to brunch/getting the tube home
Keys (house keys or a hotel key if I’m doing a race abroad)
Nuun tablets (or other hydration tabs)
What do you take with you for a run or while running a marathon?
I love seeing what other people carry with them on the run! I use a handheld for my fuel and wear a spibelt (waist pack). My spibelt carries my phone, wipes, chafing cream, Tailwind ( my fuel), my credit card, and drivers license!
I have only just started using a hydration pack (for hiking rather than running) and I am definitely converted. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long! I can carry more water and it’s much more convenient, meaning I drink more often.
I think I have the same Nathan pack. Usually it just has my phone and earbuds, but for races I will add lip balm, individually wrapped personal hygiene wipes and a granola bar.
Does your hydration pack ever feel hot or heavy on your back when you run? I want to try one but I’m worried I wouldn’t like it and would have wasted my money. I usually take a handheld water bottle, ShotBloks, my phone, and headphones when I run.
I’m new to your blog- and to running- but want to say I absolutely love it! Keep the great posts coming, you aspire to me to get after those miles 🙂
I never go without my hydration pack too, it;s just much easier to carry your own water rather than faff about at water stations, I like to carry a mix of coconut water and salts in my water too. I usually pack lots of snacks too.
This is great! Thanks for the tips!
Girl, you are ready for the zombie apocolyse everytime you step out to run — and yet, you are only getting faster in running away from said Zombies, too. Way to be prepared! Me, I just take a hand held 20 oz water bottle with a small pock for my mace and keys. Then a spibelt for my iphone.