Alright, so I have run with a backpack before and it wasn’t too bad. It’s been a while, but when I was like 18 and super-ambitious I would sometimes run 8km to work and haul my work clothes/shower stuff in my bag. I never really minded it because it generally only took me around forty minutes or so to complete the run. But of course, doing a half-marathon the distance and time would be a considerable difference. And, needless to say, those days are long, long, long gone! More recently a friend and I hiked with our babes in carriers to the Ink Pots in Banff, Alberta (11.5 km). Of course, this was when I was completely out of shape…I mean, full-on sore for almost a whole week. Recovery involved me bracing myself before walking down and up stairs; sitting on chairs; getting in and out of the truck – it was ridiculous. With that said, the bottom line is that I know I can survive long treks with something on my back, but I’m wondering which is better for runs: fuel belt or pack?
First up, let me be really honest: I can’t stand how packs move from side-to-side; I’m one of those people who try to wear tight jackets while running to avoid this issue as well. And secondly, when I think of the belt, I think of fanny-packs (and Danny Tanner.) And it also brings me back to a few years ago when I was a little sick and had to use a fanny pack to hide my IV crap. At the time I flat-out REFUSED to wear the fanny-pack on my waist (the nurses would roll their eyes), so wore it on my shoulder like a purse.Yeah. I know. That didn’t look much better, but seriously?! A freaking fanny-pack? What decade is this? And sincere apologies to people who continue to wear fanny-packs, but I hate them and don’t want to look like a dork with a belt. (Please note: if I still had my New Kids on the Block fanny pack I would darn-well use that without question).
But back to some serious questions: does the belt flop around? Does it move at all? I would love to know what everyone else uses to transport their run goodies during a long-distance run/race. Any feedback is much appreciated!