A CamelBak 8 Miler


I’m officially obsessed with my new CamelBak!!


Finally!!! After trying and hating both handheld water bottles AND water belts… I have found a match :)


I may or may not have had some trouble figuring out how to use it, though ;) My mom is in town so she came outside with me to do a little CamelBak photoshoot. Things started well…


And then I realized wait… how the heck do I get the water to come out???

035The water did NOT want to come out of the spout. At this point my mom started laughing.



Me: Okay but seriously… why does this hate me??? 

Mom: Hahahah


Me: Maybe if I turn the whole thing upside down to get the water flowing??!?!?

Mom: Hahahhaha 


And then, finally — SUCCESS!!!! :) Apparently I wasn’t biting it the right way or something, ha.


I showed you, CamelBak ;) As you see in the pictures, I found there’s a clasp on the right strap to hold down the tube so it doesn’t flap around. I’d highly recommend trying a CamelBak if you need something to run with — this was super lightweight, high on my shoulders so it didn’t weigh me down, and didn’t bounce or move AT ALL. I seriously forgot I was wearing it! Two major thumbs up. It was really nice to have water during the run and was easy to drink from without having to slow down at all.


Anyway! This morning I met up with my friend Ashley, CamelBak in tow, for our scheduled 8 mile training run. Lookie what she was wearing — one of my fANNEtastic t-shirts!!


Yay :) So cute!

We did 8 miles in 1:10, for an average pace of 8:45. It was pretty rough — I was feeling really tired by the end, probably since it was SO humid and gross out today (and I was out late last night… oops)! Totally made a bad call wearing a long sleeved shirt, too!

Our splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:19
  • Mile 2: 8:33
  • Mile 3: 8:28
  • Mile 4: 8:30
  • Mile 5: 8:49
  • Mile 6: 9:05
  • Mile 7: 9:04
  • Mile 8: 9:13

Whew! We did take two quick walking breaks at miles 4 and 6, which aren’t factored in, just as a disclaimer :) I was SO exhausted today — I’m proud of us for rocking it!

When I got home, I pounded a glass of milk and then made delicious salads for me and my mom topped with black beans, leftover chicken, green pepper, and salsa instead of dressing. Yum!


I find I’m craving meat more with all this running… does that happen to anyone else?

I also had some Kashi crackers and an apple :) Gotta refuel! And ice my knees, of course!


My mom and I are off to run some errands! Have a great Sunday, everyone — I’ll be back tomorrow with a DELICIOUS new recipe, so stay tuned! :)


  1. 1

    I hate handheld water bottles so maybe the camelbak would be perfect! Congrats on the great run!

  2. 2

    Yay for camelbaks! I love mine, and I’m so happy you love yours now! It looks like you had a lovely run. I love good workouts like that!

  3. 3

    I’ve been craving meat like crazy ever since I started strength training along with my running. All I want is chicken, turkey and eggs! Weird! Alright fine body, protein it is.

    Also, I want a camelbak!

  4. 4

    Oh totally with you on the meat cravings. I was eating vegetarian like 5/7 nights but the meat eating has definitely increased with mileage. Love the Camelbak!

  5. 5

    Heheh I would have trouble figuring it out as well! I find that I just eat MORE as I run. I think I am ok with that, I gotta give my body the energy to do it’s thing.

  6. 6

    Your body is craving meat because that is what it uses best for protein. Between the runs and the boxing you want to make sure it gets plenty.

    As a comment on your tweet the other day, as a guy, it is very rare to want to hang out with a girl to be just friends. It’s not in our nature. One thing that can change that though is a common interest we both love. I have a few female friends now that our interest revolves around tri’s and running and nothing exists but that. Like i said, very very rare though.

  7. 8

    Haha I did the same thing when I first used my Camelbak. I sucked so hard and nothing came out until I realized I didn’t have the mouth piece pushed out. Duh! :)

    Glad you had a great run and I hope you enjoy the weekend with your mom!

  8. 9

    Glad the CamelBak was a success. I’ve wondered about it, I have the handheld small bottles with straps, which I like for shorter runs. Long run require refills or something different. May have to give this one a try. Love salsa instead of dressing!!

  9. 10

    Hi Anne! I love your blog but rarely comment. I had to on this post though because after not eating meat for a year, I had a mega craving for a juicy burger the other day and I definitely think it has to do with increasing my running miles (I’m training for a marathon!) And the burger was probably one of the most delicious things I ever ate! ;o) lol.

    • 11

      Thanks for coming out of hiding to say hello! :) I don’t eat burgers much but you are right – every once in awhile if I’m craving one they’re SO amazing!

  10. 12

    Oooh I might have to steal one of my brother’s camel backs to try during a run. I’m glad it didn’t rain this morning during your run! Congrats on the 8 miles :)

    PS I LOVE using salsa as a dressing. I call them my Mexican Fiesta salads!

  11. 13

    If that’s your neighborhood, I’m way jealous. It’s so green & gorgeous!

  12. 14

    I’ve been debating between a fuel belt and a camelbak, so I’m glad to read that you like the camelbak better. So it really didn’t feel too heavy, even when it was full??

    • 15

      It really didn’t feel heavy AT all! I felt like the fuel belt I tried awhile ago was majorly weighing me down and hard to get the water out of, etc. I think since the CamelBak sits so high on my shoulders I didn’t notice any weight??

  13. 16

    What style of camelbak do you use for running? is it the 2010 Annedel? I’m quite interested in investing in one too. Thanks

  14. 18

    Sounds like you had a great productive day! Thanks for sharing about the Camelbak – I’m going to share this with friends that run outside (I’m still mostly treadmill-based, just starting out on a workout routine) :o)

  15. 19

    Well done on the run! Wondered when I saw the long-sleeved T-shirt if you wouldn’t overheat… Always feel as cold as is possible when you start; if you’re comfortable due to clothing, you’ll overheat. In fact, before going to long sleeves, you should feel the need to go to gloves… then ear protection… then long sleeves… then long pants… But, again, well done — and glad the camelbak worked so well!

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    P.S. Looks like you went out too fast, by the way. Your splits should be the opposite of what you did on this run — i.e., the first split should be easy, first half of the run should be slower than the last half. You ran out of gas on this one (and likely suffered from the humidity). May be, indeed, that some meat would have been good protein.

  17. 21

    Definitely the protein craving! I like meat but it is hard for me to get where I live, so when I do long runs I literally end up digging into the peanut butter jar all day. I think its pretty common!

  18. 22

    Congratulations of the race, girl!
    Lovely pics, haha ;)
    Have a wonderful week!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  19. 23

    Whoop, Camelback success! It was def needed yesterday – oof, hello humidity. I started off with a Long Sleeve-er too; we need to put those things away!

  20. 24

    Camelbaks frustrate me! I can never seem to get enough water. Let’s face it, I’m a water chugger. I open my mouth wide, turn the bottle, and gulp gulp gulp 12oz. disappear! I actually haven’t taken water on any of my long runs, even when I was training for my half I just picked routes where I could run into a grocery store or pass a park so I could grab quick drinks on the go. I guess if I start training for a full marathon I’ll have to learn to carry water with me somehow.

  21. 25

    My brother Adam always rocks the Camelbak while snowboarding- hydration is key! only problem is when the watertube gets frozen, heh.


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