During training, on my long runs, I’ve carried up to 4 gels. When I’m running, the gels need to be accessible, and I’ve usually got one in the pocket in my shorts, one in a pocket in my t-shirt and two tucked in the side of my shorts at the waistband.
But I’ve found it’s not always reliable to carry the gels that way. I’ve dropped a few in the past and I had a thought that I needed something more reliable.
I’d looked online and seen pouches and straps and in particular a SIS gel strap/pouch for about £11. But I thought… I don’t want to be spending £11 on a strap that I might only use a few times and would just annoy me.
So I had another plan. I’ve got an old Timex Heart rate monitor strap which stopped working, so I figured if I could somehow turn it into a belt for gels, it would be the best customised and cheap option.
I’ll be carrying 5 gels for the marathon, 3 caffiene ones and 2 normal gels, so I’d need to get 5 loops added to it.
I had the idea of what I wanted it to be like, and I asked my sister, who has a sewing maching, to add elastic loops to the belt. I knew if I attempted it, it would turn out crappy, so I asked the expert to do it.
I’m going to try it out on some runs this week and make sure it holds up ok.