Now that we are getting into the actual distance portions of the marathon training I’m thinking that some gear additions might be a good idea. I generally like to keep things as simple as possible, but between the heat and humidity in Ithaca, and upstate New York in general, and some ideas I’ve had lately, it might be time to make a small investment in some new gear.
Here’s what I’m thinking might help:
- Water belt / Bottle holder – I’ve put this one off for a long time, but on runs that are going over 10 miles I’m not sure that I want to be without some water during the summer. I’m generally too lazy to stash water along the course like some people do (a pretty good idea) and the thought of carrying extra weight around never appealed to me. That, and to be honest, whenever I see these I think of someone speed walking for some reason…However, in the interest of not getting too dehydrated I think I might break down and get at least a small water belt. Since I’ve never had one before I’m leaning towards something small, like this:
- Speedlaces – Ok, this one might be more of a want than a need, but I’ve wanted a pair for awhile and having laces come undone during runs is no fun. I wasn’t sure if I could attach the Nike foot sensor but after looking at pictures it seems like it shouldn’t be a problem; the main change with speedlaces is at the top of the shoe where they are pulled together.
I think those two things will get me through the summer and fall – now I need to find a good bicycle without breaking the bank…