Chasing 42

Life, the Universe, & Running

Daily Chase: Vol. 3

The weekend is upon us, and with it, the wonderful Saturday morning long run to kick things off right! I’m still a bit in shock over the fact that it’s January, and I’m running in shorts, but I’m certainly not complaining.

Chasing 42 Log: 20160109

Run: 26.4 miles. I was out the door by 5:15 this morning and ran some quality miles by the light of my headlamp before meeting up with the DRC folks to hit the trails at Brandywine Creek State Park. The trails are still in great condition, and the leaf cover from the fall has cleared away just enough to offer soft footing without getting in the way. The more time I spend on the trails, the more refreshed I am, without fail. I love it!

Thought: Today’s topic is brought to you by running gear everywhere. It’s a fitting topic as the Outdoor Retailer Convention is taking place at the moment too! Within about 10 minutes of beginning my run this morning, the bite valve on my hydration bladder began to leak. I stopped to fiddle with it, try and tighten or lock it, or otherwise diagnose the problem. Unfortunately, I had very little success. I was able to slow the dripping for a bit, but I still ended up with a giant wet spot at the end of the morning. Luckily, temps were in the 40’s so it wasn’t too bad, but this certainly isn’t a problem I want to deal with when it starts to get colder! What sorts of gear failures have you had while out for a run? Do you have any MacGyver-esque stories about fixes on the fly? I’d love to hear them! I hope everyone has a great day and keep #chasing42!

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