Running shoes, gear and accessories have exploded in recent years. There is no shortage of new and exciting items on the market from minimalist shoes to ones with springs to aid your step. All sorts of gear is available like arm sleeves; cushioned inserts; gaiters; gps watches; hydration bottles, belts, packs and vests; compression wear; reflective gear; headlamps and the list goes on and on.
Besides the three S’s (shorts shirt, and shoes), there is one item that I’m rarely without on my run and that would be a trusty bandana. These colorful hankies have been used by cowboys for years and since ultramarathon trail races evolved from trail horse races, it is only fitting that ultra runners rely heavily on their bandanas.
|Maddie, a true Texan!|
While waiting for the calvary to arrive, we decided to take a long run around both towns and now intimately know every square inch of Anthony to include each pitbull, rottweiler and chihuahua. Besides collecting canines, Anthonites are fond of used tires and we happened upon several heaps stacked a dozen deep.
In other news, the running t-shirt quilt that Cara and I started at the beginning of the summer is complete. It looks spectacular and Maddie loves being wrapped up in it. Thank you Cara for doing a fantastic job sewing it all together. I now have a two sided keepsake representing 32 of my running events. Now you know why runners like to log all those miles...for the t-shirts.
See you on the trail.