I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’ve never really been able to find a pair of sunglasses to run in that met my expectations. I’ve had some that were comfortable, but they looked horrendous. Others that looked and felt great, but they bounced all over. Plus, most of the decent ones are ridiculously expensive. Not sure how it took so long, but the folks over at Goodr found the solution: Comfortable, bounce-free, polarized and actually pretty damn good looking! Several of the Ambassadors including myself have been fortunate enough to take these glasses for a spin or two and highly recommend you try ’em out! At only $25, do it like Tom Haverford & treat yo’self.
Damn! We’re a good lookin’ group! Check back next week for some more info on Goodr!
As mentioned in last week’s update, we had another story out of Leadville that’s definitely worth sharing. Ambassador Kimberly Jacobs completed her second Leadville 100 miler and she shares why the race is so special:
“It’s been about a week since I started my recent Leadville 100 journey. I already miss Leadville. When Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin talk about the Leadville family, it makes me smile. It makes my heart feel full to be a part of something so beautiful. And each year I plan to continue to make the annual reunion, whether it be as a runner, pacer or crew.”
“Ultra distance races are hard. In the midst of the relentless forward motion, you wonder why the hell anyone would want to do this. The challenge and sense of accomplishment is hard to put into words. This year’s race brought on some new challenges. I had some eating issues; in the last 20 miles it was a struggle to chew any solids without feeling like another bite was going to make me puke. Eating has never been an issue for me. And the recovery has also been slow. I’ve got the itch to run again, but some tightness in my right leg is telling me it’s too soon. So…I know time is on my side. And soon enough, I’ll be back to the trails again!”
Saturday morning around 4:15am, a carload of Arkansas Dirtbags headed out to explore Mt. Nebo State Park near Dardanelle, AR. The 14 mile route that goes down, around and up Mt. Nebo is a mix of road, rocks and trail that includes numerous overlooks. Starting out and running a couple miles at the top, the trail dives down and circles the mountain 1.5 times and eventually hits the switchback road used to drive up. Just when it flattens out, there is the turnaround and you have to make it all the way back up the mountain! Fortunately, waiting at the top for our Dirtbag friends: beer. That final ascent is roughly 2.5 miles & 1,250′ of vertical. Not bad for the Midwest!
Our Dirtbag Ambassador from the Great White North Andy Reed, along with Adam Campbell, recently claimed an FKT on Mt. Temple! Standing at 11,624′ and a trailhead to summit gain of roughly 5,600′, they were shooting for a sub-3 hour roundtrip run. They sort of destroyed their expectations by lowering the FKT from 3:22 down to 2:42! Those views sure are amazing too!
That’s all for this week! Enjoy the trails wherever your adventures may take you!