Note: I’ve come to know Heath Larson through only a handful of tweets on Twitter. I first saw one of his tweets posted on December 9, 2012 where he stated: “Simple Hydration is made for the traveling runner. Light, compact, effective.” It wasn’t until I saw his February 15, 2013 tweet that I realized just how much he travels and how much he loves his Simple Hydration Bottle. It was at this point that I reached out and asked if he could provide a brief paragraph about his experience with the Simple Hydration Bottle. His reply back was the following: “I will gladly do so. Might have a tough time keeping it down to just a paragraph though!” The following post is his unedited reply. Thanks Heath!
“My running was very simple; it was out of myself.” — Emil Zatopek, gold medalist, 1952 Olympics, 5000m, 10000m, marathon
It’s 3:45 A.M. An hour that many runners are all too familiar with. However, on this day, I am not headed out for a run, but to work. My profession involves extensive air travel, which of course means I am more than familiar with those dark morning hours that are only accompanied by distance runners, animals that want to eat trail runners, and people driving to the airport.
When packing for a 3 week business trip around the world, my brain is too foggy to be relied upon for remembering multiple pieces of a complex hydration system. Further, as any traveler knows, less is more. By packing just my Simple Hydration Bottle, my foggy mind is able to focus on not forgetting other important things, like my running shoes. What’s more, there’s still room for them!
During the lucky mornings when I do get to hit the trails for a pre-sunrise run, the last thing I have to worry about is my hydration system. I dress, fill my Simple bottle, tie my shoes, and head out the door. Any faster, and I’d be running before my alarm went off. The same goes for running into an aid station at any race from 1 mile to 50 miles. Every volunteer knows how to open and refill a bottle, which means less time spent fiddling, and more time spent running away from the competitors who are filling multiple bottles or still trying to explain how to fill their packs.
I’ve run with fluid strapped to my body in just about every way imaginable, and have the chafing to prove it. Why complicate things? Why worry about chafing? Why carry a half-gallon of water when you can carry less than half the weight in a Simple bottle (maybe 2, for you ultrarunners) and make it to the next aid station, or walk across the gym to refill after 90 minutes? Whether tying up my running shoes or zipping up my suitcase, my Simple Hydration bottle is coming along for the ride…no matter the distance.