MRTC Second 5 Miler Recap

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This is the timing chip for this year's event.

This is the timing chip for this year’s event.

On Sunday was the second 5 miler in the MRTC Road Race Series.  And despite my best efforts and the prodding of Susan, I am still on pace to achieve Road Warrior status for the series.  I had a friend in town over the weekend, and decided that it was a great idea to drink heavily on Saturday.  All of Saturday, so running 5 miles in the heat and humidity was not the highest on my list of priorities on Sunday.  In fact, I was a little concerned about how dehydrated I was.  I would have stayed in bed all morning if if were not for Susan kicking me in the ass and convincing me to go to the race.  Thanks for that, Susan!

This was basically what my run was like

This was basically what my run was like.

Once I started my run, my fears proved not to be warranted.  I felt decent, and ran rather well.  I was 3 minutes slower than the first 5 miler, but I did feel good.  Of course, the race was not quite as hot as the previous one, nor was it as hot as the Hit and Run 5K the day prior.  I did not collapse on the course and had no cramping issues, so that was a successful race in my mind.  And as a bonus, I found a very strong hangover cure, running 5 miles in the Memphis heat and humidity!

Sorry for the short post, but I have quite a bit of work to finish up before traveling to Disneyland and the upcoming races/weekend. Good luck to everyone else that is running this weekend! Be safe, stay hydrated, and enjoy yourself! 

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Drink Water. Stay Motivated.

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The summer is nearly over and I am just now tackling the issue of hydration.  My timing is impeccable, I know.  There are numerous articles about how much water you need to drink, hydration rates, temperatures, and such, and I will not get into those specifics here.  They seem to change the recommendations with each article and whatever I post here will be out of date next week.  Instead, I will share with you some ways I stay hydrated.  I am not a doctor, I do not play one on TV, and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn last night.  Rather, I am a larger fellow that runs, an the slower side, and I do whatever I can not to fall out on the side of the road during a run.

Drink more water

Drink more water

For anyone that I see on a regular basis know that I am constantly drinking water.  My daily water intake goal is 128 ounces.  I have been striving for this number daily since March 2010 when I was doing Nutrisystem and trying to shed one hundred plus pounds.  Nutrisystem calls for eight glasses of water a day, but I am an overachiever!  Most days I find it easy to reach the 128 mark, and in fact, most days I eclipse it.  As I am writing this post, I have already consumed around eighty ounces today.  I have never been a coffee drinker so that was not a barrier for me to overcome.  I used to drink several carbonated beverages, but I rarely do that anymore.  And honestly, I very rarely drink alcohol anymore either.  In the past week, the only liquids that I have imbibed have been water and chocolate milk, which is my go to recovery drink.  I even refrained from having margaritas for Susan’s birthday party since I knew I was scheduled to run the following morning.    The downside with drinking this much water is that I constantly feel like Forrest Gump when he meets JFK, “I gotta pee!”  This can be annoying on road trips, busy days at work, and long runs, but not unmanageable.

I use several vessels for my water consumption throughout the day.  While I am at home, I primarily use a twenty-four ounce Tervis cup.  I am addicted to these cups, and have over a dozen at the house.  They have excellent insulation for cold and hot beverages, and fit perfectly in my truck’s cup holder.  The only problem with them is that Beau really wants to share my drinks with me in a Tervis.  At work, I use a thirty-two ounce water jug, a twenty ounce Tervis water bottle, or my twenty-four ounce Polar Bottle.  I try to rotate them to help keep them clean.  Everyone on my floor are accustomed to seeing me walk to the water fountain throughout the day, and probably would call the authorities if they did not see me coming down the hall for a couple of weeks.

Tervis 22 oz, Nathan Quick Draw Plus 20 oz, Polar Bottle 24 oz, CamelBak 3L

Tervis 22 oz, Nathan Quick Draw Plus 22 oz, Polar Bottle 24 oz, CamelBak 3L

On my runs, I use three different vessels.  I have a twenty-two ounce Nathan Quick Draw Plus handheld bottle.  The bottle comes with a pouch that is advertised to be large enough for your iPhone.  This is a rather bold statement, and at least for the iPhone 5, this is not a true statement.  The pouch is, however, great for storing running gels, keys, cards, and the such.  There is also a reflective stripe on the bottle that is nice, and you can adjust it depending on how large your hand is.  The bottle is ideal for quick runs because it is not well insulated, and gathers quite a bit of condensation during a run.  Within thirty minutes, your water is warm.  I also run holding the Polar Bottle, and despite not having a strap, it is very easy to carry on a run.  Water stays cold longer in the Polar Bottle, and there is not as much condensation as the Quick Draw Plus.  The Polar Bottle is perfect for a run of about an hour.  After that, the air temperature and your body heat significantly warm up the contents of the bottle.  If you are in an environment in which you are not constantly holding the bottle or in extreme heat, the contents stay cooler longer.  The third option that I use is a CamelBak Military Hydration Pack 3L.  This is by far the easiest option to run with since you wear it versus carrying it.  When full, you are adding a little bit of weight, but it honestly is not that noticeable.  The water in the pack stays cool for over two hours, which is great for my longer runs.  I have only had two major issues with it in the three years that I have had it.  The first is that I get soaking wet wearing it due to heavy sweating underneath it and the fact that the pack produces a fair amount of condensation.  Of course, when I go on a long run, I end up soaked anyways.  Second, the Velcro on the adjustable straps wreak havoc on my running shirts.  I noticed this one day when I was washing my laundry.  At first, it was my older shirts and I thought that they were just wearing out from use.  It was after noticing some fabric on the Velcro as well as rough spot on a new shirt that I put two and two together.  I have since reversed the straps, and last weekend I did not notice any damage.  I am going to keep a close eye on it.

I also feel compelled to admit that I enjoy the taste, or lack thereof associated with water.  I get that this kind of makes me a freak, and most people cannot stand drinking the amounts of water they need daily due to this.  For these people, I suggest that you use Nuun tablets or Crystal Light or some other water flavoring product that is not full of sugar and calories.

Platinum Sombrero 5K Sponsors #23, #24, & #25

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I know twenty-five sponsors is a bit extreme for a race of this size, but I wanted to make the Platinum Sombrero 5K as big as possible, and the way to do that, at least to me, was get as many high quality brands as possible on board.  This is, however, a fundraiser to help the children of St. Jude.  The more race participants I get, the more money St. Jude gets!

The twenty-third sponsor is Polar Bottle.  Polar Bottle produces BPA free, plastic water bottles in a wide variety of colors and styles.  The vast majority of the bottles are vacuum insulated, which helps keep you water cold for a significantly longer period of time than traditional water bottles.  The bottles come in 24, 20, or 12 ounce varieties and you can even customize a bottle with you favorite running (or any activity) photo that you want.  You can like Polar Bottle on Facebook here.

Sponsor#23

Sponsor#23

The twenty-fourth sponsor of the race is actually the third compression apparel company to agree to sign on, Zensah.  Zensah offers a wide variety of compression apparel, and boast to have “the world’s most advanced compression apparel.”  Zensah will be donating two pairs of minimalist socks that will be raffled off to two luck race participants.  You can like Zensah on Facebook here.

Sponsor #24

Sponsor #24

The twenty-fifth (yes, twenty-fifth!) sponsor of the Platinum Sombrero 5K is Zola Acai, a company that specializes in healthy fruit juice drinks.  The company started with Acai juice and from there they started to incorporate pomegranate and blueberry into the juice.  Zola also added coconut water to the roster of healthy juices and strive to find the freshest and tastiest fruit juices in the world.  Zola Acai has agreed to donate two cases of their product to be dispersed to race participants.  You can like Zola Acai on Facebook here.

Sponsor #25

Sponsor #25

Platinum Sombrero 5K Sponsors #21 & #22

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At the request of my wife, and I’m sure some of my other readers, I am going to consoladate my sponsor posts a little bit.  There will be the some amount of info, but if I get agreements from three companies at the same time, I will just post all three in one post.

Sponsor #21

The twenty-first sponsor of the Platinum Sombrero 5K is Headsweats, a company that specializes in headwear for running.  You can find hats, visors, beanies, and wraps for your head.  Headsweats have headwear available for nearly every major college and university in the US, as well as Ironman and Tour de France options.  Headsweats will be donating two hats for raffle as well as providing a 25% promo code (RUNLARGE25) for all full priced items on their site.  You can like them on Facebook here.

Sponsor #21

Sponsor #21

Sponsor #22

The twenty-second sponsor for the Platinum Sombrero 5K is Hydrapak.  Hydrapak is a company focused on hydration and innovation.  They are know for their wearable hydration packs and their shape-shift reservoirs.  They also have some traditional water bottles on their site.  Hydrapak will be giving all Platinum Sombrero participants a 20% discount on hydration items on their site from now until 6/30.  You can like Hydrapak on Facebook here.

Sponsor #22

Sponsor #22

Platinum Sombrero 5K Sponsor #16

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I was out of town over the weekend, so I was not able to post this, but there is a new sponsor for the Platinum Sombrero 5K (register here).  The sixteenth race sponsor is Nathan Performance Gear.  The company specializes in a variety of running items, including hydration items, safety items, and even Lock Laces.  They have agreed to donated one Quick Draw Plus water bottle that will be raffled off to one lucky race participant.  The Quick Draw Plus is a handheld water bottle with a pouch to keep various race items.  You can find and like them on Facebook here.

Sponsor #16

Sponsor #16

Platinum Sombrero Sponsor #9

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Today has been a big day for sponsorships for the Platinum Sombrero 5K!  The ninth race sponsor is FuelBelt!  FuelBelt has agreed to give all race participants a 15% discount on all products on their site (excluding Gatorade products) and after looking at their site, that will be 15% well used.  Promo code will be a part of all virtual goodie bags for participants.  There is a large assortment of hydration and racing products.  I am certain that you will be able to satisfy any hydration need with their products.  They even have themed products for the Ironman and Rock ‘N Roll race series.  You can like them on Facebook here.

Sponsor #9

Sponsor #9