Troop Trot. I frequently run in my hydration pack, a Nathan Intensity Race Vest for Women, and I love the way it fits. I've never chaffed or had it bounce around. It also has several pockets and a pouch for fuel, keys, phone, etc.
Hopefully these workout a little better.2. Fuel: I am a deep believer that fueling is a very individual thing. What works for a lot of people, doesn't always work for me. That said, my road fueling strategy isn't adequate for the trail/ultra world. Typically on long road runs, I fuel every ~5 miles with Island Boost which works out to about every 45 minutes on average. While I tried to follow this plan for the Troop Trot, 5 miles takes a whole lot longer on the trails, so I need to be fueling by time, not distance (duh).
3. Hydration: While I feel like I've been hydrating fairly well on my long and hot days, there have been a few runs where it's been a challenge, but I've found a few things to make it easier. Having cold and even ice water in my hydration pack makes me drink more. After a few runs where I had filled my pack the night before and been unexcited to drink the tepid water, I've learned that adding ice makes it all go down better.
4. It's not all about the miles: A hallmark of ultratraining is running on tired legs. This includes back to back efforts on the weekends and more weekly miles. But I've come to realize as I've been training in peak summer heat, it's not all about the miles. While it is vital that you are running mileage similar to marathon training, time on your feet and in the heat is just as important. I've been working to balance outdoor sweatfest workouts with indoor mileage based workouts. Obviously, this would be different if my goal was to win the race and in that case I would be focused on mileage and pace, but for now I am focused on running at least a certain amount of time with pace not being the focus.
What is your favorite thing that you've ever had at an aid station or on a run? Do you use salt tabs or pre-load with salt?