Timex One Plus Vs. Soleus Sole Vs. Garmin Fenix 3

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So your family knows that you run. And they know you travel a lot. So what to get you? They have all these new running watches… Let’s takes a look at 3 running watches (and a pair of earphones) that work very well for the travelling runner.. Soleus GPS Sole + HRM strap First, we have the Soleus GPS Sole. As an international traveler, I often find myself running in areas it wouldn’t be the wisest to have a $600 watch on my wrist. That is where the Soleus GPS Sole comes into its own. Although this watch currently retails for …

How To Be Mentally Marathon Tough

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During my second attempt at the Comrades (Ultra) Marathon in South Africa I was convinced I was going to fail and DNF. In fact, by mile 13 of the 56 mile race I was finished. Despite traveling over 24 hours by air to arrive in Durban, South Africa, to participate in the World’s Largest Ultramarathon, I knew all my hard work was going for nought. I would fail myself, my friends, and my family who had sacrificed so much to give me the opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a back-to-back medal. You see, at the Comrades Marathon, if …

Race Review: 2015 UA Grand Canyon 58K Ultramarathon

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The Ultra-Adventures Ultramarathons are tough. Even amongst ultra-runners, Ultra Adventures races are known to be difficult. In 2015, mother nature decided she wanted to join the fun and dumped a bunch of snow on the race course just to make things more interesting, since in the previous year the temperatures exceeded 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The heavy amounts of snow, ice, and rain caused a last-minute change in plans, as the shuttle busses were unable to get runners to the start points. So, at the last minute, courses were changed to out and backs. There were consequences, however, as the course …

Review: Salomon S-Lab X-Series Urban Shoe

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When you have narrow feet, your options are pretty limited. But the Salomon S-Lab X-Series Urban Shoe is one shoe designed to fit both men and women and that gave me the rare and wonderful opportunity to try shoes from Salomon; Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary with this review. Maximus vs. Minimus I’ve switched to running almost exclusively to Hoka One One’s (Clifton & Challenger). Hoka’s are considered “maximum” cushion shoe. On the other hand, there are the Salomon shoes, which are more “minimal” in cushioning. Transitioning between …

Race Review: Ultra Adventures Zion 100-50Km

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The Place Since Zion is a National Park, getting permission to run a race on Federal land can be quite the challenge. Consequently, the race is actually held in Virgin, Utah, right next to the park. If you’re going to visit the race, you must visit the lovely towns of Virgin, Utah, St. George, Utah, and, of course, Zion National Park. The Food Near the start of the race and along the race course, the Fort Zion Outpost has, by far, the best bbq chicken, pork ‘n’ beans, and hamburgers anywhere this side of the Arizona. We gorged ourselves on the …

Review: Salomon Skin Pro 10+3 Hydration Pack vs. UltrAspire Fastpack

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This season began with plans for me to run over 7 ultramarathons in the Southwest desert of the United States. Not being a fast runner, and not trusting aid stations, I knew I would have to carry my own water and nutrition. I began the year using UltrAspire’s Fastpack, a capable hydration solution designed by an ultrarunner. However, just before the Zion 100-50k, I received the Salomon Skin Pro 10+3 hydration pack to review as part of my association with The San Francisco Marathon. The day before the race, I took both hydration packs with me to the hotel in …

Race Review: 2015 UA Monument Valley 100

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At every race, there are many stories to be told. But in the Ultra-Adventures Monument Valley Ultramarathons (100-mile, 50mile, 55km, and 25km), which take place on the sovereign Navajo Nation, the stories can be both ancient and fascinating. It is rare that a race can be both educational and breathtaking. The land and the people of this race have as much character and charm as can ever be experienced in any race. I thought it would be difficult to find a race more stunning than Antelope Canyon. But somehow Matt Gunn and his Ultra-Adventures have made a hidden gem of …