For distances over 6 miles, I love this Camelbak HydroBak.
If you can’t stand to carry water with you, there are other options, you just may need to get creative. I have friends who drive out ahead on their running route and stash water bottles along the way. On a recent 10-miler with my younger daughter, we stopped at a grocery store on the way and bought a couple of water bottles that she carried in a backpack. She doesn’t mind the backpack, just doesn’t want to carry a water bottle in her hand. Everyone’s a little different, you just have to figure out what works for you.
Then this horribly cold winter plus recovering from injury, I had to have my coffee. I'm hooked again. I love my coffee. But I don't count that toward my water intake. In fact, because coffee tends to DEhydrate you, I actually drink more water to compensate for the coffee. (And with summer slowly making an appearance, I plan to try and cut or drastically limit the coffee again soon! shhh... don't tell my barista!) As for sodas, sugary drinks or "diet" drinks... there are so many good reasons not to, but if you must have them, really try and limit yourself, and don't count those toward your total water intake. You might surprise yourself and find it easier to give those up if you're already drinking so much water! (That's how I got away from coffee.)
With it warming up here (finally!) it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re getting enough water to drink. If you’re thinking you’d like to start running or get into an exercise routine, I’d say this is the best place to start: drink your water! Get yourself a water bottle and get into the habit of using it every day. It costs you nothing and takes no extra time out of your day, so you can start NOW, even if you’re busy at work, away on vacation, recovering from an injury, whatever. There's really no reason NOT to drink plenty of water. You will notice a difference in just a few days, IF you really stick with it!