Bottling it up

Published May 1, 2011

Over the last few weeks, I’ve realised that running for a longer distance means starting to look after yourself as you go. I’ve found myself super thirsty towards the end of a run, and suffered a headache a couple of times. The obvious answer is to take on more fluids as I go, but that’s not something I find particularly easy.

Keeping upright as I’m jogging along is hard enough, let alone managing a water bottle as well. Nevertheless, I invested in two different bottles to see if I could make it work.

Water bottle

First up, a weird shaped thing from Karrimor. I tried to measure out some squash directly into the bottle which wasn’t exactly sensible. It’s hard to tell if the mix is right when it splits halfway up. Anyway, it was super easy to carry, and the sports top is functional. It seems to dispense liquid better when it’s not completely full up, which I find odd.

This was my first experience of running with water, and I did find it took a while to get used to the sloshing about. Needs must, I suppose.

Water bottle

The second bottle I tested out is from Slazenger. I like that the top is nice and big for filling up, I could even get some ice cubes in there if I wanted to. It didn’t seem that secure though, I reckon the thread would wear out after not very long at all.

It’s nice that it has the measure down the side, if it’s important to know how much fluid you’re taking on.

For me, out and about, the bottle was kinda big. By the end, my hand was aching a bit from gripping on to it. I also found that when the real sloshing began, it leaked a little bit from the top.

I did prefer that people couldn’t see how much was in the bottle, not that anyone cares or it even matters, but I’m weird like that. Overall, though, I’d have to say the Karrimor one seems better for me.

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