2020 Holiday Lake 50k Race Report

2020 Holiday Lake 50k Race

Holiday Lake 50k++
Holiday Lake – Mile 12 Photo Courtesy of Jay Proffitt Creative Media

The 2020 Holiday Lake 50k Race was a bit of a redemption race for me.  I was registered to run the race in 2018, but I had a case of severe Achilles tendonitis and was unable to run.  So I volunteered for the race and you can read about that experience in my 2018 Holiday Lake Volunteer story.  This year I was able to run the race, and I had a great experience.  To read more please click HERE.

SAXX Blacksheep Boxers – Final Update

SAXX Blacksheep boxers
Crossing a bridge near the Walls of Jericho

I have worn the SAXX Blacksheep boxers for an additional 20 miles of hiking, running and backpacking since my last update. They have continued to perform well. My only negative is the sizing, I ordered the same size that I have in the Quest and Kinetic and the Blacksheep seem significantly larger than the other two which makes them not as comfortable on me.  Click HERE to read my final thoughts.

Final Update Swiftwick Aspire Compression Socks

Swiftwick Aspire Compression Socks
My daughter and I at the start of our backpacking trip to the Walls of Jericho in north Alabama.

Over 100 miles of hiking and hours of wearing the Aspire socks at work have shown me these socks are the real deal.  The socks are comfortable with a nice level of compression.  The socks have also proven to be durable even after high mileage from long summer running to backpacking in California and Alabama.  Click HERE for my final thoughts on these Swiftwick Aspire Socks.

Final Update FuelBelt Uno

Final Update FuelBelt Uno
FuelBelt Uno while hiking the beach in Bay St. Louis Mississippi

I have put over 225 miles on the FuelBelt Uno Belt and it has performed admirably.  The durability is superb and the belt has exhibited excellent breathability during the hot and sticky New Orleans summer.  It has just enough room to carry what I needed on my runs.  Click HERE to read my final thoughts on this sweet running belt.

FINAL UPDATE FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

Final Update FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

I had the opportunity to use the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle for several medium-length runs. All of the runs were completed under hot, humid conditions, and they were all in the 6 – 10-mile range.

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle was extremely comfortable to use. The strap did not make my hand feel hot. The bottle was securely fastened to the strap. It was easy to adjust the strap to fit my hand perfectly.

The nozzle of the water bottle was easy to drink from. This type of nozzle was used in other hydration systems I have owned. I did not have to slow down to a walk to drink from the nozzle, (unless I wanted to!) I have had problems in the past with leaking water bottles that leave my hand wet, but there were no leaks from the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle.

The one feature that I could not use comfortably in the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle system was the phone holder. My Samsung Galaxy S7 phone was securely held in the phone-holding straps of the system, but adding the phone caused the entire system to bounce as I ran. This was not comfortable, and I felt it was distracting. I suggest adding a small zipper pouch on the back of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle system to carry keys or a small snack rather than the phone holder.

Overall, I would highly recommend the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle. It is an extremely comfortable way to carry hydration for medium-length runs.

To read the entire review, please click here.