I used the Tailwind Nutrition for several long day hikes, and a couple of overnight hikes. I only used it on one long ElliptiGo ride, I kept busting spokes on what seemed like every other ride and finally sold it. So while not an ultra runner or athlete by any stretch of the imagination, my goal was to find out how well it helped me maintain my energy and if it would keep me from having cramps afterwards. I am pleased to say it did a very good job for both. To read my final thoughts please click here.
Filtering water with the Katadyn BeFree while running in Alaska
I have continued to use the Katadyn BeFree filter over the past couple months on a couple more backpacking trips. Durability has been great over the past couple months with no issues, but ease of use, well it is still easy to use, but there were some hiccups. Click HERE to read my final update.
When I knew I was going to be moving to New Orleans, I immediately began looking for new races to run. There was a cool race called the Rouge – Orleans and it was a relay from Baton Rouge to New Orleans that was about 130 miles long. I thought wow what a cool race. Well it was canceled for a variety of reasons and I kinda let that thought of running this race slip away.
After living here a while, I connected with Louisiana Ultra Runners and got to know these crazy runners. I found out that Jerry Sullivan, one of the members used to do the Baton Rouge to New Orleans run as a fat ass run around Thanksgiving every couple years or so. Well it so happened that this was the year for the Great Mississippi River Levee Run, a crazy 130 mile fat ass run. Click HERE to continue reading my report.
Injinji Ultra Compression Socks – Clark Shelf, Juneau Alaska
I have been dabbling with calve compression sleeves for the past few years while running marathons and ultramarathons. I am not sure that I have empirical data, but since I started using the calve sleeves, I have had better muscle recovery and no calve cramping while racing. The only challenge was that I needed to wear a compression sleeve and running socks. Injinji has come out with a compression sock that I hope can do both. I will be reviewing the Injinji Ultra Compression OTC socks over the next few months. Read on for my initial thoughts.
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33Shake Pre/Post Workout Shakes – Photo Courtesy of the 33Shake website
I have been running marathons and ultra-marathons since 1998 and I have refined my nutrition so that I understand what works for me. This is a blessing and a curse because there are so many new products that launch each year to help runners achieve their best. 33Shake is one such company. They make Chia Energy Gels and Pre/Post workout shakes. I will be reviewing both of their products. Read on for my initial thoughts.
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RunLites Sling II
I am always interested in new technology and as an ultrarunner, I am looking for new ways to brighten the trail while running at night. RunLites is a new company I recently found. They make an assortment of gloves with a built in LED light. I will be reviewing the RunLites Sling II model over the next several months. Read on for my initial thoughts.