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    Sunday, July 19, 2009

    Friday, July 17, 2009

    Rainy Day Run in Huntley Meadows




    Rain, rain, Gonna fall, down on your head - "Rain" by Rusted Root

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Gear Review: The North Face Men's Personal Record Shorts


    The TNF Personal Record shorts are among some of the most comfortable I have worn. As expected from TNF the craftsmanship is solid and attention to detail evident in the features.

    My pair are medium-long with the five inch inseam. I wanted a shorter short but with enough fabric to keep the details covered and provide superior range of motion. The shorts fit well, snug enough to run without having to tie the drawstring. I have a 30-31 inch waist, TNF sizing guide suggest 32-34 for Medium and 28-30 for Small. Us middle of the roaders would most likely sing an octave higher at the smaller size. The fabric dries very quickly, something I tested several times at Highland Sky in June.

    The features are where this short distinguishes itself. The liner and waistband are both seamless, excellent for distance running. The mesh side panels vent the shorts nicely. The logo on the side is reflective, a nice detail on black shorts. There are three pockets, one on each side and centered in the rear, which are just big enough to hold a gel or two each. I have particularly found the rear one useful for carrying nutrition when running middle distances (10-15 miles) with handheld hydration.

    I highly recommend this short and am scouring the net for my second pair. Unfortunately there seems to have been a run on medium-long! Purchase yours via www.iRunFar.com at Backcountry to help my man Bryon Powell keep his sweet blog coming.

    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Lake Laps




    Distance runners thrive on new experiences; each stride takes us further into the new. Running an unknown trail for the first time is our addiction, an intoxicant that returns us to the natural. Lacing up at the bottom of a previously un-run mountain or trail cannot be replicated.

    The familiar is where we are most comfortable. The place we go to escape inside ourselves while running in nature.

    Like a worn pair of trail shoes it is always close, waiting, knowing you will return after the latest mountain run, new trail, or exciting race. The familiar has seen us at our best, setting private PRs to no acclaim as we dash from the second turn to the big oak, again. The familiar has seen us at our worst, dehydrated, sore, making excuses, and quitting.

    We know our familiar trail with a lover’s intimacy. Every line through the trail's bends are imprinted in our unconsciousness. Each hill is as an old friend. We float effortlessly over and through it’s creeks, anticipating every stone and root’s ample footing.

    We know each season. Living their arrival, maturation, and transformation; feeling on our skin the metamorphosis from dormancy to rebirth. A runner knows the cold sting of winter’s breath and the quiet of breaking fresh snow-covered trail. A runner knows the searing heat of summer, breezy springs, and color-bursting autumn. The solitude of deep winter fills us with jealousy when warmer days bring others with whom we have to share.

    After your next race, destination running trip, or fastpacking weekend enjoy the privilege of your familiar trail, the one to which you turn when you need escape or simply added training mileage.

    The familiar is our constant companion. We have seen all it offers and depend upon every mile.