Gear Reviews

Week two of TransRockies Training

This week seemed a bit easier than last week, it was about 10 miles shorter. Here is the break down:

Monday June 21: off
Tuesday June 22: 6 miles Ran home from work and added on a couple miles
Wednesday June 23: Xtr – Biked to the gym 4 miles, Stairmaster for 20 minutes, treadmill at a 15% elevation and walked as fast as I could for 10 minutes.  Then 125 sit-ups and 50 push-ups
Thursday June 24: 6 miles
Saturday June 26: 10 miles
Sunday June 27: 18 miles – My friend Jeff Arricale and his girlfriend Becky ran 10 miles of this one with me it really helped the miles move along.

I switched up from my Camelbak to a Nathan HPL 020 and packed it with the required items for the TransRockies.  I had 60 oz, of water, two Ginsting Honey Stingers gels, Pentax camera, iPod, Arc’ Teryx GORE-TEX Paclite jacket, Warm hat, gloves, first aid kit, blister kit, and an emergency blanket.  With a full bladder and all that gear the Nathan HPL 020 was only a little over 7 lbs.  I ran the 18 miler on Sunday with the new pack.  It is more comfortable to run with than the Camelbak and I really appreciated having gels easily accessible.  Typically with the Camelbak I would need to take the pack off to get to the gels.  There was less jostling around with the Nathan as well.  I would recommend the Nathan pack for runners.

Nathan HPL 020

My friend Ed Kelly connected me with a runner that participated in the 2009 GORE-TEX TransRockies, Brian Gaines.  Check out Brian’s TransRockies Run Recap

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