Ultramarathon Daily News | Thurs, Oct 12
Great story: Kelly Lance’s “12’er Traverse” in Idaho sets a new standard for what can be done with enough planning and creativity.
I suck at running, and that’s OK.
Read this: Excellent piece of writing by Hayden Kennedy, the alpinist who took his life following his girlfriends’s death (from yesterday’s news.)
How to identify rattlers and what to do if you’re bit. The one piece of advice that stood out was “keep the bite area still and lower than the heart.” I thought the bite area was supposed to be raised above the heart to slow blood flow. Can anyone clarify?
One month after winning UTMB, Francois D’Haene going for the John Muir Trail FKT in the Sierra. Leor Pantilat (interview here) has the current record. And here’s our interview with Hal Koerner from when he and Mike Wolfe made the attempt in 2013.
Care-free approach to training. Love it!
How is Ironman dealing with pregnant or postpartum women earning points? Seems to be a similar issue going on with UTMB.
The Angry Jogger identifies the ten stages of modern running addiction. I’ve certainly experienced plenty of those…you?
Northern CA fire update: I lived in Santa Rosa, Calistoga, and St. Helena for years and am saddened and shocked looking at the maps. Even more when I hear about MUT friends who’ve lost their entire homes. San Francisco Running Company and Healdsburg Running Companies are both staging large donation drives meant to provide runners who’ve lost everything a chance to get back on their feet for some solace. Good on them.
Notable businesses in area: Camelbak is HQed in nearby Rohnert Park, which at this time looks safe. Russian River Brewery is in Santa Rosa and is safe. Their as-yet-to-be-opened Windsor location is quesiontaole. The Lake Sonoma course is safe, and RD Tropical John Medinger is safe but smoky.
She was in the best shape of her life, so why did Amy struggle so much through the Flagstaff 55k SkyRace? Excellent report with honest analysis.
You’ve heard Sarah talk with other female ultramarathon runners about the female triad. Here’s another athlete’s story about how it wreaked havoc on her life.
Four pilates moves for runners that you can do anywhere.
Meb and Shalane roll their eyes at the NOP results from Chicago.
Ladies! The North Face Endurance Championship has a stout mens field (Tofol, Max, Hayden, Sigl, Mocko, Trumer), but there looks to be some room on the female side to make it more exciting. You in?
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Ultramarathon Daily News | Wed, Oct 11
Seven laws runners often break. Trail and ultramarathon runners roll their eyes and ponder the question: If a person pees in the forest and no one is around, did they really pee in the forest?
There’s a lot of hype around REI’s new used gear website. There are some good deals, but most of their used gear is now the same price as new stuff elsewhere.
And here’s your butt muscle workout for Wednesday: Watch this guy free solo a 100m slackline and try not to clinch.
Important: How to talk to a runner friend about eating disorders.
Check out Ben’s latest review of the DryGuy Force Dry Air shoe dryer.
Eight reasons Africans are better runners. Seems the authors are uneasy with the altitude issue, and they don’t fully address the physiological or cultural benefits of the region.
Northern California fires: Good news and bad news. Be safe out there everyone.
Seven laws runners often break. Trail runners roll their eyes and ponder the question: If a person pees in the forest and no one is around, did they really pee in public?
Excellent: Read how Clare Gallagher noodles through big life decisions. Do you use pro/con lists with success?
Q&A with an award winning race director from the UK.
Tech help: I’m looking to get a watch or handheld GPS that will help mark specific points and routes on hikes/runs that can easily transfer gpx files. Doesn’t need to have run/pace functionality (it’d be nice though), but more for plotting. Can anyone help with brands or models? Obviously, I’m a newb to this type of stuff. Will a basic Garmin do this? Thanks!
–I’m following along as YiOu and Sean make their way around the world, running with all sorts of interesting people.
Sad: Alpinist dies in Avalanche in Montana and boyfriend takes his life the next day.
Note: No, you haven’t missed anything. I haven’t recorded a new podcast in 2+ weeks. I’m taking a short break and will resume full recording next week with some great new guests. Tough mental break after Vermont and though I’m running well, I needed to take some pressure off. Thanks for understanding.
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DryGuy Force Dry Shoe Dryer Review – Extend the Life of Your Shoes!
Overview of DryGuy Force Dry Shoe Dryer:
The DryGuy Force Dry Shoe Dryer (say that three times fast) is a great way to extend the life of your shoes. It’s a compact, forced air shoe dryer that works well in drying shoes safely and fast! I’m a big fan of this shoe dryer for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it extends the life of my running shoes.
The DryGuy Force Dry Shoe Dryer works exactly as advertised
- Simple to use: extend the arms, plug it in, turn it on, place your wet shoes on the drying ports, set the timer, walk away. Any excess water will roll down the channels safely.
It’s great when products are simple to use and the DryGuy is one of these products
- Built-in timer: there is a simple turn dial auto-timer that allows you to set it and forget it. Very handy for drying shoes overnight.
- Extends the life of your shoes: I’m a big believer in rinsing the dirt out of the uppers of shoes so they don’t break down prematurely. Not rinsing the dirt out of the uppers can cause a sandpaper effect over time and cause premature breakdown I’m convinced. In addition to rinsing out the dirt rinsing out the sweat reduces potential bacteria growth which prematurely break down shoes as well. The problem by constantly soaking your shoes is they can take 1-2 full days to dry unless you speed up the process. This is where a product like the DryGuy Shoe Dryer comes in.
- Versatile: no surprise this works equally well for wet boots and other footwear. With extendable, articulating drying ports you have options for using this shoe dryer.
- Compact: the drying ports fold flat when not in use and the entire product is really compact for easy storing.
- The value: at $50 (and often less online) it’s a solid value. Sure, you can stuff your shoes with newspapers and that works pretty well honestly but I think this product works even better.
What could be improved?
- Quasi-locking effect on the articulating drying ports. The drying ports require a little extra effort to rotate from the ‘down’ to the ‘up’ position and vice-versa. Sometimes I feel like I am about to break them by applying too much pressure on the drying ports. It would be nice if they rotated with a little less effort.
Should you purchase?
So, the $50 question – should you purchase the DryGuy Force Dry Shoe Dryer?
In a word, yes. It’s a solid value with a lot of utility since you can use it nearly every day. No gimmicks here – this thing works exactly as expected.
Questions, comments, or feedback on this product? Please share! And thanks for reading!
If you’re interested in purchasing this product, please first check availability at your local, independently owned running specialty store. They need your business and are a great resource for the community.
If that’s not an option, please consider using this affiliate link for Amazon. The return policy is great, and it’ll drop a few nickels into URP bucket if you decide to keep it. Thank You!
Meet Your Reviewer: Ben Zuehlsdorf
I am an avid running gear junkie. When I’m not smelling new shoes I’m usually running or racing around the local trails in Marin County, California or talking shop with the San Francisco Running Company community of friends. I was once a road marathoner but now have transitioned almost exclusively to the trails and racing ultras the last few years.
Disclaimer: This producct was provided to URP/Ben for testing purposes. All words and thoughts are ours and no compensation was offered or received.
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