AD| International Women’s Day – Celebrating 25 Years of Osprey Women’s Fit

8th March 2019 4 min read

AD| International Women’s Day – Celebrating 25 Years of Osprey Women’s Fit

8th March 2019 4 min read

Products mentioned in this post have been gifted.

Girl running away from camera showing Osprey Women's Fit Hydration Bag

International Women’s Day.

This past year I’ve really gotten into my running – more than just going out and doing it myself. I’ve been devouring tons of running related documentaries in the past 6 months and it hit me that I was watching mostly men.

In January I went to the National Running Show and listened to quite a few of the talks – including none other than the amazing Paula Radcliffe. Many of these were also men, but there were a few incredible stories from women too. I find all running stories/journeys inspiring if I’m honest, but I wanted to have a look and see what female achievements I could find in the world of running and ultrarunning.

So here’s 4 awesome ladies to start this off:

Jasmin Paris
Won the 268-mile Montane Spine Race earlier this year. Not only did she set new overall course record, but she beat the previous one (sey by Eoin Keith) by an incredible 12 hours. There’s more! She even expressed breast milk at each checkpoint for her baby daughter. Absolute madness.

Nikki Love
I listened to Nikki’s talk at the National Running Show, and that’s where I heard about Chasing Extraordinary. In 2017 she ran 63 marathons in 63 days across the UK. Having missed out Ireland, she then ran all around it in 2018, 750 miles in 32 days. The next adventure is to run across Australia. 4,000kms in 63 days. I’m excited to see how it goes! ο»Ώ

Courtney Dauwalter
2018 Ultra runner of the year. She ran 12 ultras last year and won 9 of them. In 2017 she finished the Moab 240 race in 2 days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes. Faster than all of the men and beating the second-place finisher by more than 10 hours. She was recently on the Bad Boy Podcast talking about running Big’s Backyard Ultra and it’s interesting to listen to! She appears about an hour into this episode ο»Ώ

Lowri Morgan
Lowri has completed various different challenges, not all running, and does this alongside so much other work including presenting and speaking. The one challenge that really stood out to me was the fact she completed the 6633 Arctic Ultra, one of the most respected extreme ultras apparently, and in that year she was the only person to cross the finish line after 350 miles in the bloody Arctic! Also only the 2nd female to have completed it.

I am sure there are many many more females doing awesome stuff. It’s something I am now actively seeking out – I want to be inspired by those I can actually relate to!

Running the Distance

Now the longest distance I’ve ran so far has been 13.1 miles. 21 kilometres. I’m certainly not an ultra-runner. I’m not even a marathon runner. (Yet!) However it’s these longer distances that really have me captured. The resilience and the strength to power through, it’s SO inspiring. I might also have been drawn in by the description of ultra running as just being a moving picnic. Because who doesn’t love food?

I’m currently training for a 10 mile race so I’ve had my long runs building up gradually week by week as well as my mileage. It’s something I’ve come to really look forward to at the end of the week – that nice gentle longer run, covering more distance and having time to just reflect on ‘stuff’. My mid-week running tends to be faster and harder so having an ‘easy’ long run at the end really helps to finish the week off nicely!

Close up of Osprey branding on hydration bag

As part of their 25 years celebration of creating women’s bags, Osprey gifted me their Kitsuma 3 Hydration Pack to test out. I’ve used it every week on my long run for the past month and I honestly don’t think I could go back to wearing a belt on my longer runs where having water available is more necessary.

It has the main section for the hydration pack (mine holds 2.5L), a separate zip pocket for small items and two outside pockets. I’ve been using the zip pocket for my keys/ID/tissues and random bits like that, and the outside pockets to stick my gels and gloves in for easy access. I’ve discovered that you can also stick bits in the main section with the hydration bag as it’s quite roomy when the hydration pack isn’t full. The bite-valve straw thing is easily accessible and sticks to the chest strap via a magnet. It’s not in the way, not uncomfortable, and easy to drink from.

Whilst I’ve never had a specific hydration tailored pack before, I have had running backpacks previously. They’re always too long and the waist belt is never in the right spot. The Kitsuma doesn’t have a waist belt, but that doesn’t matter because the fitted chest straps stop it from flapping about.

Women’s fit bags make a huge difference to me as a small-framed person and so I can definitely get behind a company that caters specifically to ladies! It means I look like I’m wearing a bag rather than a bag wearing me… You can see in the first photo that this bag stops in the small of my back, which means it fits snug to the curve of my body. That also stops any awkward movement and you can forget that you’re even wearing anything.

Front shot of girl wearing Osprey Hydration bag with bite valve showing.

Have you ever used a hydration bag? Interested in ultrarunning? Interested in other adventures? Let me know! I’m on the lookout for some cool adventures to go on… Need more excitement in my life.