Product Review: Nathan Sports Moxy Hydration Pack

After a friend recently inquired about my hydration pack, I decided it was time to do a write up on this awesome product!DCIM100GOPROGOPR1290.

Hydrating has always been an issue for me during training. Having to make routes around my car for Nuun, or wherever I could get water, was irritating. I tried the hand held water bottle, but had issues with neck/shoulder tightness. I tried a hydration belt, which was ok but I’m truly terrified of wearing it for longer distances because of the pressure around my mid-section. I’m susceptible to GI issues with longer distances, so I started looking into other options. Thankfully I found a solution that I can not only use for running, but also long bike rides.

Why did I choose the Nathan Sport Moxy hydration vest?

  1. I wanted a women’s specific vest.
  2. I liked that there are 3 ways to adjust the vest for a custom fit.
  3. It hold 2L of water.
  4. The front of the straps have storage. There is a zippered pouch that I use for running fuel items (which is generally a bag of dates). The other strap has a drawstring closure pouch that I put my phone in (I have an iphone 6s with a chunky case and it fits in the pouch).IMG_2078
  5. It has plenty of extra storage space. There is a smaller zipper pouch on top of the large zipper pouch where the bladder fits. I now keep a little toilet paper inside that pouch in case I have to use a port-a-john that’s out of it. That smaller pouch also has a hook inside to store your car keys. Inside the large pouch there is a divider so you may put other items like protein bars, other food/fuel in there.IMG_7518

Cleaning the hose:

  1. Pinch the quick release button on the hose to disconnect the it from the bladder.
  2. Rinse inside of hose with hot water by filling from the connector end. Hold the opposite end lower and pinch the valve to flush the system.
  3. Set aside to dry.

Cleaning the bladder:

  1. Remove the top slider from the bladder and dump the remaining liquids out.
  2. Turn the bladder inside out by reaching in and grabbing the bottom of the bag and pulling it out.
  3. Wash the bag using hot water and mild soap.
  4. Rinse with cold water to remove any residue.
  5. Crumple up a paper towel and put it at the opening of the bladder to hold it upright and absorb any water overnight. — I personally just dry it well with a towel and skip the upside down drying.
  6. After it’s dry, turn the bladder right side out. Put the top slider back in place. Reconnect the hose. Secure the bladder back in the vest.

It may look like a lot to deal with for cleaning, but it doesn’t take long at all to do. This video goes through the steps pretty quickly:

Miscellaneous Tips/Info:

  • The connector end of the hose may need lubrication on the o-ring occasionally to ensure leak prevention and a good connection. Use glycerin, silicone, or 100% beeswax for lubrication. **I use coconut oil and haven’t had any issues**
  • To clean the backpack portion of the pack, hand wash in warm or cold water and air dry.
  • If you think your water tastes like plastic upon first use, squeeze lemon juice into the bladder and fill it with water. Then place the bag in the freezer flat overnight. Thaw bag, rinse, and it’s ready to be used. I did not experience this, and I don’t think I used Nuun the first time I used this pack.
  • I’ve also heard of people storing the bladder in the freezer just to avoid bacteria growth. I contacted Nathan Sports and they confirmed that it is perfectly safe to store your bladder and hose in the freezer, as long as there isn’t a large amount of water in the hose and bladder.
  • Nathan Sports offers replacement bladders (which come with the hose) if something were to happen to yours. As of June 2016, they’re about $32.

Does it Bounce?

After I got it properly adjusted, I did not have any bounce happening with the pack. The chest strap can be adjusted up/down, but I prefer it below my chest as it feels the most secure. There are two other straps on the sides that can be adjusted as well. When I ran the River Bank 25k I had that “sloshing” sound the entire race though. I got used to it, and it didn’t bother me because the pack itself wasn’t moving around. While I didn’t find it annoying, I’m sure some people would hate that. I found this great video on You Tube that shows you how to basically “suck the air” out of the bag when it’s full so that it’s not sloshing. Problem solved!

Cycling with the pack: I did a 70 mile bike ride with it and was happy to have it for the extra storage. I packed a GF peanut butter sandwich and a few protein bars and had the bladder completely filled with Nuun (I had two water bottles on my bike too, but didn’t go through all that water). Inside the other zippered storage I had toilet paper, bandaids and neosporin ointment (just in case – thankfully no spills!), chapstick, my phone and my GoPro camera. My shoulders were a little sore, but they generally are with longer bike rides. I moved the chest strap up for biking which was a much better choice. I definitely prefer it higher for biking and lower for running, and the side straps I adjusted looser for biking too.

If you are in the market to purchase a hydration pack, I would recommend giving this one a try. I have been very happy with it! How do you stay hydrated on long runs? Run loops around your car/house? Carry something? Wear a hydration pack/vest? Find something that works for you! 🙂

Note: I am not sponsored by Nathan Sports. This is just my own experience after purchasing and using the product since May.

Week in Review: June 5-11 + Marathon Training Thoughts

We’re getting really close to our official start to marathon training! We have just two weeks of pre-training workouts and then it’s go-time! I did some more of the workouts from the marathon plan. I feel pretty good about this plan! One interesting thing is that they have you running your long runs slower than marathon pace (MP), exact pace varies each week. But, the only time you actually run MP is in the taper weeks. When I say MP, I am referring to what the book thinks my MP should be (based off of 5k time). It’s laughable though! Honestly, it sounds way faster than what I think I could maintain for that many miles. BUT, I’m going through with the training based on those numbers (it gives you a short tempo, mid-tempo, and long tempo paces based off of that time too) . Although the long run paces are quite a bit slower than what it says your race day pace is, it’s all still faster than what I need to reach my goal of a sub 5. And I think the long run paces are pretty attainable for me. So, I’m really excited to see how this all works out!

Here’s what I did this week:

Sunday – Biked 40 minutes (10 easy, 8 hard, 4 easy, 8 hard, 10 easy). Awesome workout! The hard intervals I floated between 20-23 mph. and easy at 16mph.

Monday – Ran 4.7 miles. 10 min. warm-up + 5×800 w/2 min. recovery intervals + 5 min. cool-down. I was supposed to do 4×800’s but got a little carried away and didn’t look at my watch when it buzzed…I assumed I had one more to go lol. I was about half way through when I realized I was supposed to be in the cool-down phase, thus the shorter cool-down and an extra 800 ;). This was my first time using the programmed workout feature on my Garmin. I really like it! I just need to pay more attention to what phase I’m in lol.I wore my new Dona Jo Fitwear capri’s. I love all the gorgeous colors!

Tuesday – Recovery workout: Biked 30 min. easy.
Wednesday – Rest day. Walked 4 miles with my mom.

Thursday – Goal was to run 6 miles at MP + 30 sec/mi (10:48). I did 10:21’s — oops! Running slower than normal is harder than it sounds! Side note, my marathon training book predicted a 10:18 marathon pace for me (LOL). Honestly, that sounds laughable right now and no way is that my goal. But, I’m continuing on with the training based on that. My main goal is to come in under 5 hours, so the fact that the long runs are all slower than that MP (except in the taper weeks) makes me feel a little better. I felt great today though! There is something so much more relaxing about going into a run knowing you’re going to be running slower than you normally run. It was kind of nice!I found a new little paved path on my run. It’s fun exploring new places! 🙂

Friday – Rest day. I took my daughter to the zoo after her last day of school and did a ton of walking. It was so hot out! In the evening we went and checked out the progress with our house. They poured the basement walls earlier this week and just did the tile and stone for drainage. We picked out all our plumbing stuff this week too (tubs, sink fixtures, etc.). Things are moving along :).

Saturday – 3.1 miler (9:54, 9:40, 9:28) to “shake out” my nerves for Sunday’s long bike ride. DCIM100GOPROG0011879.

Moving onto another week. We survived the 70 mile bike ride today haha! Pics and details to come later :). How was everyone’s week?