I ran my last two marathons (one a PR) with a waist pack, and I thought it was
great. Some benefits:
- you can drink whenever you want, not just at the aid stations.
- I find it much easier to drink from a bottle than from a paper cup.
- If you have fluid in your bottle you can run past the aid stations and avoid
- I ran my races with a bottle about 1/3 - 1/2 full. I skipped the first two
aid stations because I had something to drink. At the third station I opened
my bottle and poured in two cups of water and two cups of Gatorade in quick
succession (much easier than trying to drink them). The diluted Gatorade
lasted through the next two aid stations, and then I repeated the process at
the third station.
- You can carry your GU and powerbars in the pockets.
- The waist belt is a secure place to tuck extra clothing that you're not
using at the time. I find that if I try to tuck those things under the elastic
of my shorts, they eventually fall out.
- You can clip a disposable camera onto a waist belt. It won't work on your
- A belt pocket is a good place to keep car keys and other valuables. If I put
these things into my shorts pocket or attach them to my shoelaces, I'm always
worrying that I'll lose them.
- - -Robert Walter
>Subject: marathon waist pack question
>Date: Fri, Feb 15, 2002 10:36 AM
>I ran (and hopped injured to the finish of) my first marathon last year
>without a waist pack, however I have worn the pack on many long runs in
>training before and after with no problems. I'm thinking about wearing
>it this next marathon (Sunday) to carry a couple of very light items and
>wonder if anyone wants to comment.
>I'm not a speed demon, will be running just slightly over 10 minute mile
>pace throughout if all goes well, and as I say I am experienced with the
>pack. The shorts I prefer to wear in races have no pockets so the pack
>would help me avoid pinning gels to my shorts, allow me to carry along
>some of my own drink through parts of the run, etc. I don't feel
>strongly either way, just curious about others who have tried it both
>ways. Yea or nay?
R. Walter, CA