Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Simple Hydration and a member of the Run Simple Team. As a brand ambassador, I have received free Simple Hydration bottles and Run Simple Team kit in exchange for representing Simple Hydration at races and on social media. All opinions expressed are my own.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’m crazy about Simple Hydration, a hands-free running water bottle that can be hooked onto a running belt or the back of your shorts or sports bra. I discovered Simple Hydration almost four years ago when I was looking for a way to hydrate while running without waterboarding myself because I hadn’t mastered the art of drinking on the run. I bought a bottle, reviewed it, and it’s been a happy long-lasting relationship ever since. About two years after that review, I received an opportunity to become a brand ambassador.
It’s rare for me to run without Simple Hydration, even for easy runs and short races. I bring it with me everywhere. It’s been a while since I babbled about my love for Simple Hydration, so here’s a list of why I run with Simple Hydration and maybe after reading it, you’ll consider running with it too.
- You can carry water hands-free. Running with something in your hand causes changes in your running form, which negatively impacts your speed.
- It’s lighter and easier than a Camelbak or a vest for carrying water and not as dorky as a fuel belt. There are occasions where one needs to carry a lot of water (e.g., trail races), where the Camelbaks and vests are more appropriate, but 99% of the time I just need to carry some water. In the summer, Camelbaks, no matter how light and “breathable” the material is, make my back uncomfortably warm and sweaty.
- I can run continuously without stopping because I don’t need to stop at a water fountain. Personally, I feel there’s a difference between running continuously versus running with breaks. Not to say that I never take breaks, I do, but when in the throes of serious training, taking breaks is something I try to minimize.
- In the summer, I freeze water in a Simple Hydration bottle, so I start out the run with a lovely chilly ice pack on the small of my back. As the ice melts, I have cold water to drink and in the meanwhile, I have an ice pack to help keep me cooler in the sweltering summer.
- I run better tangents in races. At my most recent half, I accidentally forgot to bring Simple Hydration with me and so, I was forced to rely on the aid stations at the race. Normally in a race, I run the tightest tangent because I can bypass the water stations since I don’t need to drink from them. At this half, I was often forced to veer out from the tangent in order to grab a drink. Much to my dismay, at the end of the race, Garmin revealed that I ran an extra .1 mile because of it. That’s an additional 40-45 seconds for me, which is an awful lot of time.
- So not only do I run faster because I run better tangents, but I also run faster because I skip all the congestion at the water stations. Ben, who is a faster runner, never experiences congestion at aid stations, but as a mid-packer, congestion is something I’ve learned to expect. No matter how well I plan to grab a cup, I do slow down a bit and a second or two is lost. This adds up.
- Another reason why I run faster is because I confuse the clunking noise of the melting ice in the bottle for footsteps just behind me. So many times, I’m running in fear of someone bypassing me because I hear thuds just behind me only to realize later that no one was behind me and instead it was the ice bouncing around the bottle. Ha! The noise served as great unintentional motivation to keep me on pace and not slow down.
A Simple Hydration bottle holds 13 oz of fluid, which I find is plenty of water up to a half marathon in mild conditions. For longer runs or runs in warmer weather, I carry two bottles using a FlipBelt. The bottle doesn’t bounce (even with two) and it’s so comfortable that I’ve forgotten that I’ve had it at all. I’ve actually stopped in panic that I left my bottle somewhere because I didn’t realize that I had the bottle already tucked in.
If you’re interested in purchasing a bottle (I don’t receive anything for your purchase), you can buy one here at Simple Hydration or on Amazon. If you wish purchase through Simple Hydration, please email me at email@example.com because I have a coupon code for 20% off (I’m not allowed to post it online on social media).
I have two of their bottles now, and gifted two of my running besties with them as well. I’m going to race the 50mi Dirty German trail race using it next week. It fits in my hand perfectly ( square shape hand, size medium / size 7 glove). I wouldn’t have tried it out if I hadn’t seen your blog. Great bottle!
LOL, love the detailed description of your hand. Now I know what size gloves to get you.
I’ve had a Simple Hydration bottle for a while and really like it. I carry it on longer runs in the winter when the water fountains are turned off or if I’m running a longer route without available water. Carrying it doesn’t throw my gait off (don’t forget, I usually run carrying a small camera!) and it fits comfortably in my hand. I don’t ever wear a running belt and I’ve tried hooking the bottle in the waistband of my shorts. It fits ok, but it always seems to put my shorts down no matter how tightly I tie the drawstring. It might be because I don’t really have any hips and am a somewhat paunchy runner. But it’s definitely one of my “go to” bottles for carrying.
I’m glad the bottle is working for you!
I too have no hips. I know other people are able to have in their waistband, but it doesn’t work for me. I also find shoving it on the back of my sports bra weird. To each their own!
I love how the ice makes you think they’re footsteps behind you, lol!!
You have no idea how many races I spent miles thinking, “Just pass me already!”
I seriously don’t know why everyone doesn’t carry Simple Hydration. Maybe they need to do race expos (I’ve never seen them at one at any rate). It was a game changer for me. Seriously one of the best products out there.
I know Brian does Flying Pig (in fact, he just did it last weekend), but I don’t think he does expos out of state (probably a cost thing).
Okay so now I’m just a little bit jealous because Simple Hydration doesn’t appear to have reached the UK yet. I’ve just looked on Amazon and would have to pay approx. £50 ($64) for one bottle. Ouch!
My friend from the UK will be visiting me at the end of the month. Do you want to buy a bottle, send it to me, and I’ll send it with him to the UK, and he’ll mail it off for you?