A Gel You Can Stomach

A Gel You Can Stomach

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I have never met a Gu I truly liked, and certainly there has never been one that I would even consider eating outside of running and racing. Heck, I often look for ways to fuel during runs and races that don’t involve the sticky, overpowering and thick, fake taste that is Gu Gels. I have tried other brands with much the same result.

But! Recently I had the opportunity to try Huma Chia Energy Gels, and I absolutely love the taste. So far my favorite flavor is cinnamon apple. And I am happy to report that these gels contain the same carb content and electrolyte profile to Gu and similar gels. Here are some pictures to compare as well as the company site for Huma.

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Blister Wars: Preventing Blisters

Blister Wars: Preventing Blisters

Blister Wars

Lucky for you, I don’t have any pictures of the blister that I battled for nearly 3 weeks, but, as you can gather from the 3 month-aftermath photo, this was a blister for the ages, and I learned a lot about blister protection and healing while dealing with it.

My heel 3 months after the blister war
My heel 3 months after the blister war

This particular blister, like most of the ones runners get on their feet, was caused by friction between the back of my heel, sock and heel back of my shoe. I simply didn’t have my shoe tied well enough while doing a long run on a pretty hot and humid day. The result was, after that first run, just a small, single pocketed blister directly on the back of my heel.

Common wisdom is to leave the blister intact and let it heal; the liquid inside the blister is protective and will be absorbed once there is new skin. However, as I discovered, a blister on the heel will be extremely painful if left alone because of the pressure from the sock and shoe. If you plan on continuing to run, leaving the blister intact may be impossible.

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Run Warm (And Give a Cool Runner Christmas Gift)

Run Warm (And Give a Cool Runner Christmas Gift)

The weather really fluctuates during final months of fall season training into winter and then emerging out into spring again. Living in North Carolina, you often need to have clothes for runs that drop into the low 20s and below and then, the very next week, find yourself searching for gear that will be suitable for 35-50 degrees.

Here are my top picks for these unpredictable running seasons!

Just in time for Christmas.

 

Ponytail hat under the Christmas tree this year?
Ponytail hat under the Christmas tree this year?

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Product Review: Nathan Lock Laces

Product Review: Nathan Lock Laces

“Why tie, when you can LOCK?”

“Never tie your LACES again!”

“Win. Never tie.”

 

With slogans like this, how can this product be wrong???

Nathan Lock Laces can be purchased for seven dollars or less, but they can change your running and parenting forever in a few installation moments. The laces are elastic and come with an adjustable feed and lock device that keeps them as snug or loose as you would like:

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My Saucony Kinvara 4s with Lock Laces

You really will never have to tie your shoes again.

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