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Update on the Salewa Pedroc Jacket

Update on the Salewa Pedroc Jacket

Styling the Salewa Pedroc Jacket while walking Mia at the Woodlands Conservancy

I did not have to search for Winter in the Southeastern United States this year and I didn’t need to search for opportunities to use the Salewa Polartec Pedroc jacket.  I used it during a 130 mile run from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, for wintery hikes at the Woodlands Conservancy and while camping in national forests in Louisiana and Missippi.  Click HERE to read my full update.

2018 CJ’s Resolution Challenge Race Report

CJ's Resolution Challenge

One of my favorite races of the year CJ’s Resolution Challenge was held on January 6, 2018. CJ’s raises money for organizations promoting autism awareness, a cause near and dear to my heart. This race has a unique format. You select the type of race you want to do when you register. You can choose from RC Revolutions or Last Man Standing. Both races are run on the same 1.6 mile loop in R. B. Winter State Park outside of Mifflinburg, PA. If you choose RC Revolutions, you are trying to see how many loops you can finish in three hours. For Last Man Standing, you have 20 minutes to complete the first loop, 19 minutes to complete the second, 18 minutes to complete the third, until….well, the name of the race says it all. My husband and I went to packet pick up, which was in a relatively warm heated tent, got our bibs and hoodies, along with a doughnut and some hot coffee, and went back to the car to stay warm. At 9:00, we got some brief pre-race instructions and were off! The course is half trail and half gravel road. Both travel through the woods of the state park. The trail is not entirely flat, but there is not much elevation change. Same with the road. The trail was entirely snow covered. The road was about 2/3 snow covered. We finished loop 9 at 2:57. We could have done another loop, since according to the rules of the race, as long as you start your last loop before three hours, it counts, but we were both ready to be done. We collected our wooden medals then went back into the pavilion one last time for some more delicious soup, chips, whoopie pies, peanut butter cookies and hot chocolate. We did not stick around too long, because even with the fire and heaters, we got cold sitting after we finished running.  Click HERE to read my review.

Review Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Review by Arnie P

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M was provided for review.

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M is a base layer long sleeve top with a half zipper and a collar. There are bands of ribbing along the outsides of the sleeves and vertical bands on the front and back of the shirt. The location of the vertical bands are right and left of center. The shirt is a solid color with the ribs being lighter. The collar fits well around the neck. I find the height of the collar perfect. The fit around the neck is snug but not tight. The zipper extends down to the sternum on me. This shirt is long for me as it extends about 8 in below my waist. Please click here to read more.


Final Update Smartwool PhD Run Socks

Final Update Smartwool PhD Run Socks

Hiking in the Kisatchie National Forest

Since my last update I have continued to use the Smartwool PhD run socks for hiking and running in the Southeastern United States. I have put over 220 miles on the socks and they remain some of the most comfortable socks I have worn.  Durability remains good, but I am beginning to see wear in the bottom of the socks.  Click HERE for my final thoughts.

2018 Phunt 25k Race Report

Phunt 25k Race Report

Photo by Mark DeNio

I ran the Phunt 25k (15.5 mile) trail race last weekend near Elkton, MD, one of my favorite races of the year. My husband and I look forward to running it every January. I like everything about it. I like the hilarious emails that I get from the race director before the race, the pre-race indoor bathrooms, the varied, rolling course, the aid stations stocked with typical (awesome) trail race fare, and the great after-party with thumping music, hot food and adult beverages. To read my full 2018 Phunt 25k race report, click here.

Update – Smartwool PhD Run UL Socks


Smartwool Phd UL Socks after 100 plus miles of running

I have put over 100 miles on the Smartwool Phd Run socks in the past month, including using them for the last 40 miles of the Great Mississippi River Levee Run. The socks have performed well in cool and warm temperatures and are proving to be durable.  Click HERE for my full update.