More Water, Less Shloshing – New Ultimate Direction Body Bottle Plus

Ultimate Direction Body Bottle plus

Ultimate Direction Body Bottle plus

A while ago I bought the SJ Ultra Running Vest 2.0 from Ultimate Direction. I wore it during the Little Rock Marathon and have been using it on my long training runs as well. One problem I always had on long runs is the amount of water or Gatorade I am able to carry. My very first running belt was a Nike belt that allowed to carry one 16 oz. bottle and that was it. As you can imagine that did not work well on longer runs. Then I switched to a Fitletic running belt with a total of four 8oz bottles which worked pretty well most of the time, but on warmer days I had to either carry an extra bottle of Gatorade or stop during my run and get a refill somewhere. The Ultimate Direction running vest changed this because it comes with two 20 oz. bottles and I can store extra bottles inside the backpack or add a reservoir to the pack. So, carrying liquids as a runner is pretty important and having options available that match up with your runs is awesome. [Read more…]

It was Cold, it was Wet, it was the Little Rock Marathon 2015

Little Rock Marathon 2015

Little Rock Marathon 2015

This last Sunday I ran the Little Rock 2015 Marathon and it was a great race even though the weather was not pleasant. Cold temperatures mixed with rain did not make for the best running conditions. However, the race was mostly organized very well and the large number of spectators made this a really great race. While I have mixed feelings about Little Rock itself, I did enjoy the race and considering the circumstances I was very happy with how things turned out. I did not run a PR, but I ran a negative split with the second half being faster by over 5 minutes. [Read more…]

Countdown to Little Rock Marathon 2015

Welcome to Arkansas

Welcome to Arkansas

Yesterday I arrived in Little Rock, Arkansas after leaving Denver late Thursday afternoon. This was quite a trip and I made it by car. When I left Denver a snow storm was pounding the city and the traffic conditions were horrible. My plan was to leave Denver at around 5.00 PM on Thursday, but due to the weather it was closer to 6.00 PM and the snow storm had created bad driving conditions and traffic was just awfully slow. It took me about 75 minutes before I left the city behind me, but the storm was moving south-east and so driving conditions along I-70 were not very good. The roads looked icy and some parts of I-70 had snow cover, but overall I was at least able to drive with some decent speeds. [Read more…]