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Hi to all those experienced marathon runners. I am running my first marathon in October and I was wondering, do I run with a water bladder or can I rely just on the water stations and some gels?
I am doing my first marathon this October, too. I known they will have water stations along the route so I am planning to use them. Even if you bring a water bottle, you will run out of liquid at some point and re-filling it will be a real hassle. I have recently bought a running belt (similar to Spi-Belt by Karrimor, at the fraction of the price and great quality) and planning to stuff it with some fuel for the run. I recommend you buy something similar.
Thanks Timi, good luck with your marathon. I have been training with my water bladder, also have a running belt. So wasn't sure which way to go...I think I might also go for the belt...who needs the extra weight of the bladder hey!
I'd say it very much depends on how often the water stations are and how often you need to drink. Also the conditions will make a big difference. In October it could be quite a warm day where you would need to drink more often?