Originally Posted by spiderjericho
How do you like Tailwind? Do you just sip on it throughout the race? What mechanism do you use to carry it (bag, camelback, etc)?
I used a 12-oz handheld I got here:
Having the strap is invaluable. I had been concerned about weight, sloshing, etc as to how tired my arm might get but it was not a factor at all. Not sure how a bigger bottle or longer race would go, but I really liked this. I could just grab the strap itself when I was using two hands to rip open a gel or waffle. There are other handhelds with zipper pouches but if you have good shorts with gel pockets you really don't need storage outside the bottle.
I had initially thought of using a pack or waistband of bottles. Thoughts on those - I heard a suggestion from the Trail Runner Nation podcast - you'd look like a newbie with a bunch of bottles around your waist. Usually they have very small openings which are not ideal for aid station refills. Go with a big cap opening. Mine wasn't huge, but enough for me to take a scoop of Tailwind to refresh it every five miles. If it hadn't been a loop course, I would have pocketed a bunch of powder anyway. I really like Tailwind! I've only tried Lemon and Mandarine Orange, but both are great. Not anything like Gatorade - more savory than sweet, but stick to the serving suggestion. I did one scoop for a whole 12-oz bottle and that was perfect.
I had considered using a pack. I have a Nathan pack also from running warehouse, and it came with a 70-oz bag ( ! ). I also have a 50-oz bag which sounds like a lot, and it is a significant weight, but I had to refill on a 4-hour training run and went through about 80-oz.
For this race, I scanned through some past year's pictures and a lot more people had handhelds than packs. I succumbed to peer pressure and went handheld. As long as there are a good amount of aid stations, handheld is great, although I did see plenty of packs.
I tried to take a couple good sips each mile, and did more often as the race went on. I really didn't eat much else, but ideally they say you need to take in about 200-300 calories per hour.
I could go on, but here is a pic of most of what I used. Those sodium capsules are great - some people swear by them and some think they're myths, but I took one every hour to hour and a half and I partly credit that for not cramping up. And the pack on the right is what I mentioned above, but I didn't use it for the race.