During an attempted 50-mile run on a sparsely watered route, carrying water was essential. The prospect of a day-long static arm curl with a handheld water bottle didn't appeal to me. And as far I'm concerned, a hydration belt is a little too close to a fanny pack. Unless that belt comes stocked with two bottles and set of shot glasses and an attractive headless woman (are there any other kind?), I don't want it.
Enter the CamelBak. The HydroBak (last year's model) is listed in the bike-friendly models. (Another attempt at dividing the biking and running communities, I see.) I got 50 ounces of water and a small fist-size pocket for stuff, if you don't count the pocket for the water bladder. This was the cheapest option I thought would work, so I'm not going to complain about crappy lack of space.
What I will complain about is my back. My neck and my back! Carrying about three pounds of water, and however many pounds of the other crap I stuffed in any excess space, really took a toll on the rippling muscles that had to support the CamelBak for five and a half hours. Of course, the alternative of not having water would have meant death. So, whatever, Yay, CamelBak!
Grade: C for coulda -- coulda been better, coulda been worse, coulda been booze.
I found a great deal on PowerBar Gels to get my electrolyte fix. Unfortunately, the only flavor was Strawberry Banana, a flavor I got sick of in 1995. That flavor also contains 25 mg of caffeine, which I really don't support. It treated me OK after I took my first one about two hours into the Challenge. However, I took one Wednesday before my run because I was starving and didn't want to eat and then have to wait to digest before going out. I felt terrible. Do I really need something to boost my heart rate when I'm running?
Grade: D for next time I'll only get decaffeinated.
Where I found the PowerBar Gels, I also spotted Sharkies. I've always been a fan of fruit snacks and Berry Blast sounded tasty. The chews were a nice alternate to the gels. The only drawback is handling these guys while bobbing up and down. (Stupid pogo stick.) However, I dropped only one and savored the rest. After the run, I consumed the remaining packages from the box while drinking my beer.
Grade: A for approved!
Tiger Tiger Burning Bright
What kind of shoes should a runner wear? Running shoes, duh! Well, I came across some sweet vintage running shoes that I just couldn't resist. I'm rocking some 1980s-style Onitsuka Tigers, the predecessor of Asics. (Mine are light brown, gray, cream with an orange logo-thing.) Now, I may have said I don't like Asics, but that's only for running. I like Asics for walking around and looking awesome.
Besides, they're Tigers. Not Asics.
Have a Nice Day
As I also mentioned Monday -- as if I were your source of breaking news -- George Carlin died. Here's one last video. Put on your headphones, excuse the dirty language and enjoy.
(Warning: Be ready to turn this video down. It about blew out my eardrums.)
Have a happy Happy Hour. Cheers.