Drymax Lite Trail Running Socks – Review
Dec25

Drymax Lite Trail Running Socks – Review

During the summer I received 2 pairs of Drymax socks; one pair from the Outdoor Retailer Show and another at the Speedgoat 50k.   They failed my all important softness test when I handled them.  (This is how I evaluate everything from sheets to shoes to puppies.  Not exactly scientific, I know.)  But, for this reason they got stuffed in a drawer and ignored for a month.   When I did break them out of sock jail, I wore them not with...

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Running Shoe Malpractice
Dec18

Running Shoe Malpractice

For years now, while in local running stores, I’ve watched as store associates have placed runners onto one of their many treadmills. From here I watched as the store associates instruct runners to run “normal” all the while they tinkered with buttons and observed the runner. While this was going on, a small camera had been placed on the back of the treadmill and it video taped the runners feet. This entire process...

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3 Unique Alternatives for the Off-Season
Dec15

3 Unique Alternatives for the Off-Season

For most of us race season is over and we get to spend a few months during the winter going into ultrarunning hibernation. You can’t blame us, for the other 9 months of the year we trained hard and raced harder. It is time for a little R&R, some downtime, a few weeks to a few months to not have to focus on the next ‘big thing’. But what is there to do if we are not running? As hardcore trail junkies we don’t know what to do with...

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Ultra Gear For Success
Dec09

Ultra Gear For Success

A common question that many first time ultra runners ask is, “What Kind of Gear Do I Need?” This is actually one of the very first set of questions that I asked a veteran ultra runner during the winter of 2004-2005. “What kind of shoes do you wear? What kind of pack, or camelback, do you wear? What kind of socks?” In this post, we’re going from head to toes to throw out some ideas for all those Ultra...

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When All Else Fails – Sign Up for a Hundred Mile Ultramarathon
Dec09

When All Else Fails – Sign Up for a Hundred Mile Ultramarathon

Note from the Publisher:  If you haven’t followed Carilyn’s Blog you’re missing out.  You never leave without a smile.  Thank you Carilyn! I’ve decided to, once again, do something inadvisable.  I know, none of you are surprised by this.  Doing inadvisable things seems to be my specialty – like drinking 5 cups of coffee for breakfast (thought I was going to have a heart attack), doing a 20 mile trail run in the...

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