In my last marathon, I noticed roughly 40% of the runners around me carried some form of pack for water, sports drinks and/or energy gels.
I ran my first 3 marathons without a pack, but for my last I used a fuel belt with 2 bottles carrying 10 oz. each of sportsdrink. I also carried a 16 oz. water bottle in my hand for the first 6 miles, then picked up a 20 oz. water bottle filled with sportsdrinks at mile 6 of the marathon.
The marathon I ran had special tables at the water/aid stations designated for "personal beverages" that runners could drop off at the Expo with the designated water stops marked on the bottles. This worked really well.
I had a second bottle pick up at mile 12 and support crew waiting for me at mile 17 with a 20 oz bottle with sportsdrink in it.
So I must've drank 16 + 10 + 10 + 20 + 20 + 20 oz. of water or 106 oz of liquid during the race.
Normally I would not drink this much during a marathon, but I was severely dehydrated even before the start of the race from illness so every drop counted.
I plan to run my next marathon in August with just total of 20 oz. of sportsdrink on my fuel belt and supplementing this with water at aid stations.
It's nice being able to run right by the water/aid stops while runners without packs have to stop for a drink.
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