When you start off running, the distances are so short that you don’t need to carry extra stuff with you. Of course, running 1 mile may seem like a lot when you’re starting out. However, the time it takes you to finish this distance doesn’t require you to carry things like water with you. I didn’t think about carrying anything with me until I got past running the 10K distance. Last year, when I reached the 10K distance, I wasn’t carrying anything, even though I probably should have. As I have mentioned before, when I signed up to run in the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon, I did so with every intention of training seriously. However, last fall, the wheels fell off my training after completing my first 10K in early October. So, I never got a training run much past 6 miles before taking on my first half marathon.
After completing that first half marathon and with plans of running the Disneyland Half Marathon, I knew that I would need to make an investment in running gear. One of those gear related items was a getting a proper fuel belt to carry water and other items to fuel my runs. After buying my first running shoes at my new favorite store…Run With Us in Pasadena, I kept going back for more things. All of the staff are runners. So, I asked about which fuel belt to buy. After talking it over with one of the staff, I purchased the Nathan Speed 2 Waistpack with Two 10 – Ounce Nutrition Flasks.
While I wasn’t super thrilled with the grey color, I figured that it would only be used while I went on long runs. Here are some of the specs for this fuel belt option…
The Nathan Speed 2 pack ensures that fluid is one-hand accessible, close at hand, and never in the way. The belt is engineered for a bounce-free fit with a limited stretch elasticized waist belt with moisture-wicking backing for comfort. The Speed 2 comes with two 10-ounce flasks for hydration that are easy to access in the molded holsters. Additional details include a water-resistant pill pocket in the front, an incorporated, waterproof medical ID card, reflective elements, a powerstretch mesh pocket, and an interior flat pocket.
- Limited-stretch elasticized Velcro-fastened waist belt
- Two 10-ounce (300 mL) nutrition flasks
- Molded holsters
- Front water-resistant pill pocket
- Power Stretch Mesh pocket
- Interior flat pocket
- Incorporated, waterproof ID/medical emergency card
- Reflective detail
- Weight: 8 ounces
- Small: 26 to 32 inches
- Medium: 32 to 38 inches
- Large: 38 to 44 inches
- X Large: 44 to 50 inches
I used this belt from the time my training run of 8 miles while preparing for the Dumbo Double Dare. The first time I took this belt out for a run, I found out that the main pouch and water bottles needed to be in front. I started of that first run with the bottles in the back. However, both water bottles ended up falling out of their holster within my first mile. I think that because of that, I was constantly worried that the bottles would fall out. Having the bottles in the front was much better. Although, unlike the claim of the belt being “bounce free,” I found that the belt bounced a little at the start of my training runs with the bottles full of liquid. However, once I used the bottles once in the run, the bounciness went away. Other than that, I found the belt to perfectly fine. The front pouch had enough room for the various fueling options I tried out, including Gu‘s, Sport Beans, and Blocks. In addition to that, after my 9.5 mile run from hades, I added a paper towel for wiping off sweat if needed and there was plenty of room for that. The pouch was, as advertised, water-resistant. All in all, this was a good running fuel belt and fit what I needed at the time.
However, as I’m now preparing for a full marathon, my needs have changed. As I run longer distances, I need to have more fuel with me as I go. Also, since I’ve never done the full marathon at Walt Disney World, I’m not sure how much fuel, outside of water and Powerade, there will be for us. I know that the two runDisney half marathons provided one Cliff Shots station on the course. So, I’m not sure if I will even need extra fuel for the full marathon. I’m preparing for that scenario. Therefore, I need a fuel belt that had the ability to add water flasks, but where those flasks could be removed. After all, I know that runDisney does a fantastic job at providing more than enough liquids for their races. As I’ve read various blogs and reviews online, I came across the Fitletic Ultimate Race Belt II.
Here are the specs for this fuel belt…
• Exclusive Dura-Comfort Technology and ergonomic design contours to your body to ELIMINATE BOUNCE
• Water Resistant Neoprene Pocket for phone and essentials
• Fits Most Phones, including iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4
• Interior Pocket to secure ID /Cash
• Versatile Extra Mini-Pouch for keys, additional fuel, and more
• 5 Exterior Energy Gel Loops for On-the-Fly Access
• Ultra Soft Dual-Adjust Waistbelt
• High Visibility Reflectors
• Race Bib Toggles
· Belt Dimensions – Adjustable Band (24 – 42 inches)
· Pocket Dimensions: (6 x 3 Inches)