I’ve added a couple of hand helds to my inventory and have been using one lately. On 2+ hour runs my arms, especially my left one has been bothering me so I thought adding hand helds would help in conditioning my arms to be bent at an L shape for hours on end. And it lets me not use my belt which can be annoying if I have anything more than keys and my phone on it.
having the most cushion you can get will make it more comfortable for all concerned.”
The jury is still out on if I care for the handhelds. For trail runs they restrict my ability to catch myself on a fall or use trees as hand holds when the trails get really technical. Also since I carry my phone with me so that my wife can track me using Garmin Live Track it puts my phone at risk; if I have to catch myself the phone is going to take the hit first.
I read a study that had data that indicated hand held water is the least efficient way to carry water if you carry water at all. A vest is best followed by a belt or pack and then hand helds. This is due to the fact that it takes more energy/effort when your water is at the end of levers, aka your arms, as opposed to just riding passively at your back or waist.
This coming weekend is my first 10K race on Saturday and I think I’m going to wear my Hoka Clifton 3’s. The last few runs I’ve used my Nimbus 19’s, Topo Terraventures and Clifton 3’s with a mix of distances, 11 miles to 3 miles, and road to trails and my left knee on the outside has been bothering me. Nothing ‘major’ but enough to make me shorten my stride and slow down my pace. But I think having the most cushion you can get will make it more comfortable for all concerned.
Tomorrow is an hour run at zed 3 pacing, for me that’s going to be around an 10:30 to 11:00 mile pace. We’ll see how the knee fares with that, I’ll be using some compression sleeves on my calves to see if it makes a difference.
I have noticed that compression sleeves have helped me with calf pain when I run with slower runners; yes Virginia there are slower runners than me.
Last long run I used some DIY Huma chia gels. Even making my own I’m just not a fan of chia based gels. It was chia seeds ground to a flour in a spice grinder, a mix of complex sugars, tart cherry juice and strawberry puree. With some sea salt and salt substitute for sodium and potassium. But in general I find the gels to be barely tolerable at best and downright eww at worst.
My preferred supplements are still the Stinger waffles and the Stinger chews. I’m probably never going to be a high fat low carb non-runner in spite of my normal diet consisting of high protein, moderate fat and low carbs.
One month give or take and I’ll do my first half marathon. I don’t see me not finishing. I would like to finish in in a 2:30 or less but we’ll see how it goes. Remember I’m carrying 120lbs more than the average runner’s weight, it takes a lot of energy to move that much mass and the energy costs aren’t linear.