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Running Essentials You Need to Survive Summer

The summer weather and heat makes running outdoors uncomfortable and even difficult at times. I have rounded up 7 of my favorite summer running essentials that make those warm runs easier. If you are training for a fall or winter race, running & training thru the summer is a must. I am not a huge treadmill fan, so I do all my runs outdoors. There are several things that I have found make running in the heat more tolerable. 

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1) Handheld Water Bottle 

This is a must, especially on shorter runs. Even if it is only a few miles, you will be thankful that you have some liquids with you, especially on hot days. My favorite handheld is the Hydraform by Amphipod. I love it because it is a 20oz bottle and has a huge pocket that fits a cell phone, keys and even some run fuel. I won’t use any other handheld!!  If you prefer a smaller size, it also comes in 16oz bottle

2) Electrolytes!

sipping Ultima in my Orange Mud

Hydration is important year around, but it always seems to be top of mind in the heat. After a good sweat, you need to replace the fluids and the electrolytes lost. Electrolyte imbalance and dehydration are very serious things and not problems I want to be dealing with. I use  Ultima Replenisher every day post workout. I will also fill up my water bottle with it to sip on during the run. It’s delicious & they recently updated their formula so it’s not only zero sugar and zero artificial ingredients, it’s also zero calorie! 

3) Buff 

 Sweat running down your face on a run is not fun. That is where the Buff comes in! I love to use mine to wipe off the sweat. You can also get you Buff wet with cold water or stuff it with ice and use it to cool off! They can be worn all different ways and are very versatile. This is easily one of my most favorite running accessories that can be used year around.  

4) Hydration Pack

I honestly don’t know how I survived long runs last summer without a hydration pack. I LOVE the Orange Mud Hydraquiver. It is comfy, doesn’t bounce, and it doesn’t cover a huge part of your back, so you don’t get super hot. It also has pockets to hold phone and other important running necessities & the water bottle is very easy to clean. You can also check out the Hydraquiver Vest Pack and the Endurance Pack from Orange Mud. Their products are great, you won’t be disappointed. 

5) Body Glide

Chaffing is no bueno. It’s uncomfortable and can really ruin a run. Use Body Glide to prevent chaffing in areas that can rub together like thighs or arm pits. I also have some running friends that put Body Glide on their eyebrows to keep the sweat out of their eyes… GENIUS! 

6) Sunglasses

If it’s sunny, I have a hard time running without sunglasses. On short runs, I like to run in a pair of sunglasses I have from a few years ago. For long runs, I like the XX2i sunglasses – they are super light weight, comfortable & polarized lenses make super bright days easy to tolerate. 

7) A cool, sweat wicking tank

It helps if it’s stylish too, because #RunMatchy!! 😉 One of my favs that is not only super cute but also practical is the Brooks Ghost Racerback.  It’s sheer, super-soft DriLayer® moisture-wicking fabric is very light,  contains a touch of linen, and is perfect for warmer temps. It comes in so many fun colors & it’s on sale!!!  Brooks Running Women's Ghost Racerback Size: Large 592

8) A Comfy Pair of Flip Flops

After a long, hot run, I need to get my running shoes off ASAP! I  always bring along a pair of flip flops to slip into post run. If it is a long run, or super hot, my feet get a little swollen, so throwing on some open shoes like flip flops makes all the difference. I am loving the OOFOS Sport Sandal. It is super cushiony and feels like a dream!  It’s also biomechanically engineered to alleviate foot stress and soreness. It’s perfect for post run or running errands.  FullSizeRender-1

How are the Orange Mud Hydraquiver & Vest Pack Different?

The Orange Mud hydraquiver and hydraquiver vest pack sound very similar. Because of their name, it sounds like almost the same pack. While these packs are similar, they are very different. Like me, many people are curious as to how these packs compare and which one is right for them. Since I own both and have used both packs on many runs, I decided to compare them both and show you the similarities and differences. Check out my comparison video, side by side photos and my personal opinion on the best use for each pack below. By the end of this post, you can decide for yourself which one is best for you!
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Both packs serve the same purpose, easy to use hydration on a run. They share a lot of qualities: comfortable, innovative & adjustable. Figuring out which pack is right for you has a lot to do with what you need, the fit you find comfortable, the distance(s) you run and personal preference.

Deciding between the Hydraquiver and the Hydraquiver Vest Pack?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Watch my comparison video below
OR
You can see a separate review/video review for each pack.
 

In my personal opinion, the Vest Pack is great for really long distances or if you want to keep your essentials within arms reach. It is also the better choice if you want a ton of storage. If you don’t want a pack that takes up so much surface area on your body or you don’t like the feel of a chest strap, then the Hydraquiver is for you. The Hydraquiver offers plenty of storage, but the Vest Pack has even more with four pockets up front and pocket in the back.  
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If you need more water on runs, both the packs come in ‘double barrel’ which means they hold two water bottles. On every pack, Orange Mud has made sure the weight of the water bottle(s) is balanced and easy to carry. 
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Both packs are made very well. You can be sure that any Orange Mud product will serve you will and be worth what you pay for it. 
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Can’t decide? You could buy both and use them on difference occasions or interchangeably. 

Meet the Hydraquiver – The Best Way to Hydrate on Runs

Disclaimer: I received a Hydraquiver to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. I value authenticity & honesty; all options are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Last summer, I struggled to find a way to hydrate on my long runs. I had not found a way to successfully bring large amounts of water with me. I was looking for a solution, and I was introduced to Orange Mud. Being already familiar with their products, I was excited to try out the Hydraquiver. Orange Mud hydration packs are a game changer for hydration during a run.  We have had a warm Spring here in the PNW and they Hydraquiver has made those warm runs much more pleasant. It is a simple solution to a problem many runners have: hydration. Want to know if the Hydraquiver is for you? Check out my video review below, my favorite Hydraquiver features and snag an Orange Mud discount code!

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The Hydraquiver

Orange Mud, once again, has thought of everything. The hydraquiver has many features that are much more meaningful if I show them to you versus explain. In the video below, I demonstrate all the things the hydraquiver can do. 

 

How I Use It

My favorite way to use my hydraquiver is on runs, especially long ones. It is easy to carry my run fuel (dried fruit usually), electrolytes and water all in one place. I can stow my keys plus anything else I may need in the back pocket, and there is also a place for my phone. I take it on any run where I am going to need hydration. Now that it is getting warmer, this means I take it on all my shorter runs too. It’s the easiest way I have found to hydrate on my runs.
Curious how it compares to the Hydraquiver Vest Pack? Check out my comparison review. 
 

Why I’m in love!

There are lots of reasons!
– very comfortable to wear. Sometimes I forget it’s there on long runs. 
– fully adjustable 
– doesn’t rub
– cute colors! 
– easy to clean bottle, I love this!
– easy to fill & refill
They Hydraquiver solves your hydration problems on runs. It holds much more water than a hydration belt and doesn’t take up hand space like a handheld water bottle. No matter how far I run, it’s comfortable to wear and easy to use. It’s functional and stylish. You can’t ask for much more!IMG_3357

Where to Buy + Discount code 

Convinced you need your own Hydraquiver? Shop all the Orange Mud gear on their website. If you decide to purchase something, be sure to use the code BIBRAVE for a 15% off! IMG_3660

How I solved My Need for Hydration on Runs

Disclaimer: I received a Hydraquiver Vest Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


“I started Orange Mud with the sole goal of changing the way runners look at hydration” – Josh, the founder of Orange Mud. 

Josh, you were successful! Before trying this hydraquiver vest, I was annoyed with ‘hydration’.  I had a small water bottle attachment that I would carry on my running belt, but only if it was hot. I basically didn’t drink on runs. *gasp* Surprisingly, this never bothered me. I really don’t get thirsty or crave water during runs, except in the summer. My regular runs are shorter distances relatively speaking, 3 to 5 miles, but seeing that I want to start marathon training, I knew I needed a solution. I have found it – the Orange Mud Hydraquiver Vest Pack!

I get really excited when I talk about this, so to avoid rambling & lots of punctuation (!!) let me break it down. 🙂  
I’ve got a super short video, pros and conspics of me using the hydra quiver in various ways & a discount code at the end! 

Let’s start with the video.

I show you how easy it is to grab the water bottle, you’ll see that the hydraquiver really doesn’t bounce, I’ll show you where I keep all my goodies & you can see first hand how excited it makes me! 

In case you can’t tell from my giddiness, I really like the hydraquiver! Let’s get into detail as to why.IMG_0468

PROS

  • very comfortable
  • adjustable
  • LOTS of pockets
  • breathable
  • easy to put on
  • super easy to clean the bottle
  • easy to refill quickly
  • ZERO bounce
  • easy squeeze bottle
  • made in the USA

CONS

  • none

I know what you are thinking, “really, not a single con??” I seriously sat for a long time trying to come up with at least one ‘con’ and I couldn’t! Orange Mud has literally thought of everything. The hydraquiver covers ALL bases. Storage, ease of use, comfort. It’s all there. 
IMG_0184BONUS feature: you can even use the chest strap to hold your gloves!

This is the best part!

All the ways I’ve used it. I have had so much fun with my hydraquiver and I can’t wait to take it on more adventures with me. 

I’ve used it on almost all my training runs. It doesn’t slow you down!

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on race day
funny story, they ran out of water at this race, so boy was I glad I had AN ENTIRE water bottle for myself! IMG_0359 IMG_0368

I even took the hydraquiver snowboarding! I kept snacks in it, some extra hand warmers & gum. It really came in handy.

the adjustable straps came in handy here to make sure it fit over my coat

Get your own Hydraquiver

One of Orange Mud’s tag lines is ‘innovation from frustration’ and it is very apparent in their products. They have literally thought of everything and solved so many problems that we runners ‘run’ into. While these products were created for endurance athletes, they can be used by any and all athletes. They are high quality and you will not be disappointed. IMG_0016

Wanna shop Orange Mud?

they have lots of other cool gear too!
Be sure to use the code BIBRAVE for 15% off !

As you have probably gathered, I love my hydraquiver! I am really thankful that it is now become part of my favorite running accessories. If you are looking for a easy to use hydration system, this will be a life saver for you. 

Runners, what do you use for hydration? 

XOXO
Stay Sweaty!
Sarah

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