During the ING Miami Marathon and 1/2 Marathon last Sunday. This was the innovation. Water was given out in pouches instead of cups.
I personally love the concept. Actually, when I did the 10K in Mexico City in December they gave something like this, and from that moment I thought it was a great concept, and was wondering why it wasn’t being done in the US yet. Well, I guess they brought them to the ING just for me. Hehe. I like that I don’t have to slow down too much to drink the water because I don’t have to worry about spilling it all over me. But if you do want water all over you, you can still squeeze it all over you. Not only did I not need to slow down, but I didn’t have to gulp it down in a hurry to keep going, I was actually able to run at a fast pace with the water in my hand and drink as much as I wanted when I wanted. I can also see the convenience of being able to attach these to a fuel belt and be more comfortable than bottles.
The water does have a little bit of a plastic after taste, but when racing that is not my main worry. I also wasn’t crazy at the “throw and catch” concept, but I think it is because there was just too many people in this race for that; it was hard to figure out who it was going to and the space to move around and make the catch was limited. With fewer people and more space I could see it working better.
Around here the concept seems to be catching on. What do you think? Do you like the concept or woud rather stick to the cups?