Sometimes during your runs .. you see things that you just want to hold on to forever. Well, this post is not about that. It is about pictures I have taken recently. Hehehe
Sunrise from the bay
I don`t know what is happening here .. but it seems that the tug boat is trying to pull the entire island of Luzon into the Spratlys
Oh by the way, recently I have been also trying to run without my Zensah leg compression sleeves. I have been using them ever since my shin was injured while training for last year’s edition of BDM 102.
I love them, but I guess I couldn't be too dependent on them
I have noticed that lately, I have been so dependent on technology when I run- so I decided to train this morning without my GPS watch.
At first, I felt uneasy not knowing what my actual pace was but after around 3 KMs – I didn’t mind at all.
I finished my easy 18km (yes, I know the distance because I have measured this route before) this morning in 2:31 – it was supposed to be my recovery run for yesterday’s 20km but I enjoyed the slow pace so much
My GPS watches : Garmin 405 and 305. My 305 suddenly died just 8 months after I purchased it.
The thing about GPS watches is that they suddenly malfunction just when you have gotten used to training with them. So my advice is this : don’t be too dependent on technology.
Hydration is an important part of training. So at any given point in your runs, you should have access to your fluids. Carrying them with you is a must, but it should be done in a manner that would be convenient to you. So as far as water bottles go, I’d prefer the handheld ones on my regular runs and a bladder based system on the longer ones.
I have just been given an Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus water bottle and since it is new , I decided to use it for my last 4 short runs – the average distance of each run is around 23.5 kms.
While I was using it, I couldn’t help but compare it with my existing Amphipod Hydraform Handheld bottle – I use two versions: the 20 oz and the 12 oz. I know a lot about this has been previously posted on the web. So let me give you the short version:
• They both can carry the same volume of fluids (20 oz)
• They both have wide enough “mouths” for ice to fit in
• The pouches that come with them can accommodate almost the same items (keys / phone / cash, etc)
• Ultimate Direction has a big finger loop : you can attach it to a carabiner , just like you would do on Nalgene sports bottles.
• Physically, I like the way Ultimate Direction looks like and also how it fits my hand, not to mention how easy it is to adjust the strap; the thing is – I find it difficult to sip fluids from the nozzle and everytime I squeeze it, it doesn’t return to its original shape: I have to open the entire bottle for this.
• With Amphipod, squeezing fluids out of the bottle is very easy.
• So, as far as convenience and accessibility is concerned – I’d prefer Amphipod.
To conclude, since I already have the new bottle, I might as well use it.
running, training, Ultra Marathon