Nathan Hydration Firecatcher Race Vest
Jul08

Nathan Hydration Firecatcher Race Vest

Miles run (so far) – 1,248 Last and definitely “least” – in terms of size and weight – from Nathan is the minimal Firecatcher race vest. In a sport that had taken a turn toward carrying plenty of gadgets and large amounts of supplies, the idea of “minimal racing” is rapidly growing. Nathan kept in mind that not everyone can train on a gel and swig of water for multiple hours but still like the simplicity...

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Bighorn 100 Pre-Race Photo Reflections
Jun18

Bighorn 100 Pre-Race Photo Reflections

This morning I awoke before my 4:50am alarm. I drowsily stumbled around, threw on my favorite soft running clothes, tracked down a handheld and a pair of shoes and tossed them in the car. Scoping out the wildcat ridge It is fitting that my last taper run is where it all started: on Wire – a short, steep mountain climb overlooking Salt Lake City. I turned on my Wire playlist as I drove, realizing I was a few minutes behind. Yes,...

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Nathan Hydration VaporShadow/VaporCloud – Review
Jun13

Nathan Hydration VaporShadow/VaporCloud – Review

Miles used (so far) – 617 miles Next on the list for our Nathan Hydration series review is the VaporCloud/VaporShadow race vests. The VaporCloud and VaporShadow are identical in features with exception of the VaporShadow being designed specifically for a female fit with a slightly different front pocket and torso wrap that better fits a female frame. As with their Elevation, Nathan made sure that this vest was UTMB capable with 11L of...

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Bryce 100 Pre Race Report
Jun12

Bryce 100 Pre Race Report

This weekend I will be toeing the line for the Bryce 100. Keeping with my 100 mile rituals, I’m typing this while enjoying a beverage at the town’s only coffee shop. I spend a couple days before the race camping out with my pacer mentally preparing for what’s about to take place. Convincing my body that it’s OK to run 100 miles and getting myself right mentally are just as important as the months of physical preparation that...

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TNF Endurance Series
Jun11

TNF Endurance Series

I recently had the opportunity to work and support runners at The Northface Endurance Series race in Bear Mountain State Park, NY.  Prior to this, I had not considered participating in these sort of larger scale races for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, was just a general limitation of financial resources which significantly limited my registration into races. Additionally, the locations for the series were further away then...

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Dirty German Endurance Fest 50 Mile Race Report
May23

Dirty German Endurance Fest 50 Mile Race Report

I have officially completed my first stand-alone 50 miler and it was on beautiful trails in the city of Philadelphia! I had the lucky chance to interview the RD of this race a month back, which had me even more excited for the race! The race occurred in Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia with ideal weather conditions (low temps started in the 50s with a high in the mid-60s, with a few rain sprinkles). Packet pick-up was quick...

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Ultimate Direction Signature Series Jenny “Ultra Vesta”
May22

Ultimate Direction Signature Series Jenny “Ultra Vesta”

Every once in a while there is a product that hits the market and totally grabs your attention. Not that it is necessarily some crazy new invention, but mostly because its application is so simple that you wonder why it hadn’t been made sooner. We were particularly excited about this piece because we knew that it was forged from the collective attention to detail from experienced folks in the ultra community. With a continuous...

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Homemade Gel Recipe
May12

Homemade Gel Recipe

There isn’t a lot of information on knock-off energy gels on the internet. Every now and then I’ll stumble on a Gu recipe or a Hammer Gel recipe, and I’ll toy with it a bit and add it to my mix of recipes. Most of the recipes out there are some sort of chia/date/raw, whole foods. While these are great sources of energy, and I do love my homemade Lara bars, having a quality, immediately absorbable energy gel that you...

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