This winter break was my longest consecutive time off since 2009. It was great. We went camping out in Fredricksburg and rode bikes, did the old German Christmas town thing, went to a winery and played games. It was amazing.
First up is a video from the Willow City Loop ride we did. It was about 21 miles and a ton of elevation, but oh so pretty. If you have a vr headset please watch it in that with the highest settings. It wont disappoint.
Next up is a little 360 tour of the park in Fredricksburg. They really put up a ton of lights for such a small space.
And here is walking around the park in the day time and a little bit of fun things in the down town.
How about a sunset from the campground? Using my new Nikon Keymission 170 camera I got for Christmas!
We stayed at the KOA Fredricksburg and it was really a fantastic campground. Quiet enough and I liked that they didn’t allow fires, especially after seeing all the winery happy people at the end of the days. I mean some of these people were just a little bit tipsy 🙂
That is all the videos I have to share from my videos of the camping trip right now.
I will update this post as I update my running gear.
I use a Nathan Handheld Bottle Carrier. It lets me use just about any bottle that I have clean, and it has a pouch on it to hold keys and some gels. ORIGINAL Purchase price was about $20. So look for a newer model that is about that price.
For bottles that I run with my favorite ones are my Nuun Bottles. They are the right size and I like the little grippy bumps on the top section. You probably wont want to spend the going amazon rate on these. Just look for something in the same size and texture.
As for what to hydrate with, that is a fun one.
Gatorade is the old stand by, but sometimes it is more or less than you want.
Nuun is what you want if you don’t need the calories from your drink, but want electrolytes and flavor. My favorite flavors are
and the now discontinued Iced Tea
Skratch Labs, this stuff is great, but a little expensive depending on where you get it. It goes down nice and clean, no after taste, but can be super sticky if you get it on yourself. It has calories and electrolytes.
GU Hydraton Drink Mix, also good, but I find it does have an aftertaste. But if you are out running 4-5 hours, you might want to have it in the mix just for a variety of flavor.
Camelbak Rogue Hydration Pack, this has been in use for about 5 years now. I take it on any runs where I will be out of the way of water stops and over 6 miles.
Here is the list of my staples. I will occasionally toss something else in, but these are in use every week.
GU gels, I could not function without these when the mileage gets up there. There is a huge variety of flavors and they have a decent selection of non caffeinated to highly caffeinated gels depending on my needs. Note that is a difference in price when going from regular GU to Roctane. I find I like the roctane more in the summer when I am sweating more.
Salted Watermelon – Lightly caffeinated is my favorite caffeinated one. Not too sweet. I buy it buy the case 3 times a year.
Lemonade Roctane – No caffeine, heavy on the salts. Great when its super hot out. I also buy this buy the case about 3 times a year.
Cliff Shots, These are like GU, but they are a bit thicker and their non caffeinated versions come in different flavors. I am a huge fan of the vanilla, it is the easiest thing I have ever found to eat while running. Its easy on the stomach, no after taste and is good hot or cold.
When running before the sun comes up, or when its setting or down, it is important to have some sort of lighting solution. 1. So you can see where you are going and 2 so others can see where you are. Don’t get hit!
Headlamps, I don’t have this exact model but something similar. I suggest getting one that has a always on mode and a blinking mode.
Shoe Lights, I have Night Runners, and they are fantastic. Not only do they provide me with some great ground cover for my lighting, but they make it very easy for people to see me when running down the road.
Arm Bands, I have a few of these from random events that are all different brands. They have shown that the more lighting you wear at night while running the less likely you are to get run over. (DUH) But a key to that is not just a bright light, but something that shows the movement of legs arms and a torso. So that at a distance they see multiple lights all moving.
Clip on lights. If I am running long with my camel back I like to put an extra light on there. The one I have linked is similar to the little red one I have.
Hat/Visor, just get something wicking and comfortable. I have probably 20 hats and visors now since it seems quite a few races give them away. Some are better than others I would just say try them out.
Sun Glasses, I have XX2i glasses and I have loved them. I have a sunny lenses that is your normal sunglasses style and I have replaceable yellow lenses for days when it is overcast or going to get dark, but I still want eye protection. Here is a link for a free pair!
Headphones, this will depend quite a bit on your ears and what device you use to play your music. I personally use CHEAP Bluetooth headphones for any runs that are 3 hours or shorter, and then some not so cheapo wired ones for marathon 5+ hour runs.
This is going to be up to you and your feet. I can tell you I run in…
Medium distance socks ( 8 to 20 miles) I like to wear Nike running socks. they have a bunch of types. I like the ones that are a bit longer on top for medium runs and have extra arch support.
Long distance (20+ miles) I wear compression socks like this.
Wear what feels good. I like to have shorts with some built in underwear, the best is the Nike 5 inch compression legs built in. I can’t fine a link right now, and I have only seen them a hand full of times, so when I do see them I buy as many as I can.
For cold running I own a few pairs of various mens running tights. Thin to thick for those 40f days to the 20f days.
Tops in the summer is almost always a tech t or tech tank top from a race I have done. I don’t really buy tops anymore just use what I get from races.
Tops in the winter are long sleeve tech tees, tech hoodies, and running jackets.
Garmin 920 XT, thsi is the best all around TRI watch out there. It lets me track running, cycling, swimming, weights and rowing. It might be overkill if you just run, but it is a great device for me.
Garmin HRM Run, Great Heart rate monitor that also does some running dynamics for you. It will not only get heart rate, but cadence, left right balance, vertical movement and ground contact time. Very good information to have when you are trying to look at improving your cadence stride or overall pace.
Garmin HRM TRI, same as above but will also take Heart rate date while swimming.
Samsung Galaxy S7, music and what not.
That is it for now, at least for my list of the things I currently run with.