My upcoming 50-miler starts at 6am and it will still be dark out. Since I stumble all over even when it’s light out, I had to come up with a plan. I went online and looked for a headlamp. I wanted something waterproof, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon a 2013 closeout at REI. I dug up an extra coupon code and was able to get the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp for $27.73 – not bad!
Friday night, I went to Green Lakes and took it for a test run. First of all, without the headlamp on, it looked like this:
With the headlamp, it wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t fall a single time and I was able to see far enough ahead that it shouldn’t be an issue. Phew! If you are in the market for a headlamp, this one is 100 lumens and I find it to be adequate. The newer model is 160 lumens and is $49.95.
Here are the downsides to running trails alone at night:
1) there are footsteps behind you
3) more footsteps behind you
4) beady little animal eyes
I also used a hydration vest for the first time – more on that in another post.
Finally, I had the opportunity to try out a new gel.
I went to Fleet Feet Syracuse, and Michele (who just ran the Green Lakes 50k also) suggested I try the Hüma Energy Gels. They are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free.
I went with the mango flavor. The ingredients are: mango puree, evaporated cane juice, filtered water, brown rice syrup, ground chia seeds, sea salt and citric acid.
I was impressed with the gels. I will definitely be using a few of them at Virgil Crest.
I managed 45 miles last week – that was my “recovery week” from the 50k. I did an 18-miler (with some mile repeats) yesterday, and that will be my last long(er) run before Virgil Crest. The heat/humidity was pretty brutal yesterday, and I hope it cools off a little in the next few weeks.
How was your weekend?
Did you do a Labor Day race?