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This week I've seen a lot of runners wearing these things:
Even though the weather is cooling off, I understand that there is still the need to keep hydrated but this thing looks so uncomfortable to me. I can just imagine running with 4 bottles of water or Power Aid or whatever and all of that pressure on my hips.
When I was training for my one and only full marathon back in 2002 (the Thunder Mountain Marathon in Sierra Vista, AZ), I wore a Camel Pack as I got into the 16, 18, and 20 mile runs.
I didn't wear one on the actual race, though, as I assumed that it would be well supported with plenty of water stations . . . BIG MISTAKE! Anyway, while at times the Camel Pack was uncomfortable it was also super convenient in that the straw part was right at my mouth. Of course, at first, the Pack was heavy but after a few miles it got lighter and lighter but it just seems to me like the constant jarring of running with the belt on my hips would really end up hurting.
Do you run with one? Do you like it? Are there any tricks?