I’m in the middle of a four-month marathon training schedule that concludes with our Wipro San Francisco Marathon, and I’m hitting that point when you can’t run the long runs without stopping for water.
You see, there’s a problem with that. I recently moved and I seem to have misplaced my hand-strapped water bottle that I love so much. And by misplaced I mean I have no idea if I packed it or threw it away. But it’s okay, because I have an imitation CamelBak. Except that it broke when I snapped it onto my back recently—imitation indeed. So, I used some store credit I have on a particular outdoors shopping website to buy a particular brand of water bottle belt to be delivered by a particular delivery company. That was a month ago, and I haven’t received a shipping notification. I am a officially a water-scavenging runner until that thing arrives.
My long runs are severely limited by me not owning a not-broken or not-delivered water dispensing unit. I pretty much am confined to running paths with water fountains available. Being that I know of only one in San Francisco, I pretty much only run one path. Where is my water belt!?
I could run loops that bring me by my house, but it’s half a mile straight up from any angle, and after you make that climb the last thing you want to do is trek back out.
A few marathon employees and ambassadors have encouraged me to run some of the trails with them, which sounds lovely, in theory. In theory I should have my water belt I paid for that would allow me to stay hydrated while I run and laugh and be merry.
I want my water belt.
Could I buy a new one? No. I paid for one already and that’s the one I want. Could I email the website and deliver a piece of my mind? Yes, but that won’t get my belt here in time for my 14-miler this weekend. That reminds me, I’m going to need a few of you to line the Marin Headlands with water bottles for me this Saturday. Thanks, friends.
I hope you all are building up the miles in your legs and working out how often to fuel and hydrate. Good luck out there!