Ten years ago I thought shoes were the only piece of running gear that was truly ever necessary. I ran my first ultra in 2006 – the Dick Collin’s 50 miler – wearing a pair of Adidas road shoes, a cotton tank top, shorts, and carrying a handheld water bottle (slightly against my will).
I ran my second 50 miler, the American River 50 miler (in April 2007), in the exact same outfit – only it was pouring rain. I finished in a nearly hypothermic state; I was uncontrollably shivering by the time I reached the finish line and my hands were swollen to the size of bear claws. In fact, I was so cold, wet and miserable all day that I just got to a point where I just couldn’t and wouldn’t eat or drink anything. And I was in such bad shape when I finished that I fainted getting out of the backseat of my parent’s car after the race. Really made them LOVE my new found addiction to ultra running…..
You would think I would’ve learned my lesson about showing up prepared with the right gear. And to some degree I guess I had. At the very least, I had invested in some decent trail shoes and purchased a nice, bright headlamp.
For my most recent 100 mile adventure, I went all out on being prepared. I bought myself a good rain jacket, a cool Nathan handheld flashlight to go along with my bright as f*$% Petzl Tikka RXP headlamp, some better gloves and even dug out some ski gear (skull caps, glove liners, hand warmers, etc).
And being that prepared for a race was awesome – I had a great race – meaning, I finished. But as I went through different temperatures – whether in the shade and through the trees, on the summit in the wind, exposed to the sun on the side of a hill, and from day to night – I found myself fumbling around quite a bit with my headgear. I went from hat, to skull cap, to hat, to nothing at all and back again on more than one occasion.
The Convertible HDL is a wicking headband and skull cap combo with a lightweight camera and light attached in the front. Its the first headlamp to have a mobile app and boasts over 400 lumens and 12 hours of battery life. Helllllooooo, awesome new way to light up the forest, stay warm AND let y’all in on my next running adventure! I’m so freaking excited!
This is basically any ultra runner’s dream come true! I’m supporting their efforts on Kickstarter and hope you’ll join me in supporting them too – just make sure you act fast as the best deals will sell out fast!
They’ve also kindly offered you all – my readers – a chance to win one of their fun race t-shirts and race decals! Enter my giveaway below for a chance to win!
Stay sweaty friends!