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  1. Throughout my ultramarathon training (80mi+ weeks) I've had to deal with my fair share of blisters. I haven't had ones on the balls of the feet, but here are some general tips that might be of use. First, know that blisters are caused from a combination of moisture (which softens the skin) and friction (which irritates the soft skin and causes fluid build-up beneath the skin.) If you want to eliminate the blisters, eliminate these problems. 1. It is possible that your shoe fit is causing the friction on the balls of your feet. Like others have said, a properly fitting shoe helps tremendously. Go to a running store and get fitted by knowledgeable staff. Find what works best for your foot. 2. Bodyglide: This lubricant is applied like a deodorant stick. I cover every crevice of my foot (and elsewhere on the body to prevent chafing) during long runs. It works great and lasts a good long while. I swear by it. 3. Drymax Socks: Hands down the best running socks out there. People have run the Badwater Ultramarathon in these with no blisters (135mi through Death Valley in the middle of summer). Hydrophobic fibers close to the foot and hydrophilic fibers further from the foot keep moisture away from the skin. Combine that with ePTFE fibers that have the lowest coefficient of friction of any fiber out there, and you have the best damn sock I've ever seen. I haven't had a single blister since switching to Drymax. A true lifesaver for blisters. 4. Engo Blister Prevention Patches: I haven't personally used these (haven't needed to since switching to Drymax socks), but my go-to guy for foot care info highly recommends them. Put them on the hot spots in your shoe and they reduce friction, thereby reducing the possibility of blisters. Hope this info helps. Running can be fun if you're training properly and running at the right pace for your skill. Have fun out there!
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    Comcast sucks

    i feel your pain. i now have verizon fios, and while it may not be as fast as all the hype says it is, it's a hell of a lot more reliable than comcast with their intermittent signals and horrible service.
  3. whatever, you'll always be an oh-hi-ho to me hey i wanna come visit... tell justi to fly me out there!
  4. pretty sure there aren't wireless headphones for what you're looking for (although i'd love to get some with how much i run these days). i've found the best option is just finding a way to stow the excess cord so it doesnt flop around as much. if you're using an armband to hold your ipod, try stuffing some of the cord into the armband. if you're using a belt-clip, try running the cord through your shirt. depending on if i'm using my water bottle waist-pack, my camelbak, my handheld water bottle, etc, i have different ways of stowing my ipod and excess cord. get creative and you'll probably find something that works for you. and oh yeah: OH-HI-HO!
  5. (I haven't read all the replies in this thread so I apologize if I'm being redundant with what's already been posted.) I hate the strong sugary stuff during my multi-hour runs, so I feel your son's pain. Electrolytes are important to replace if there is lots of sweat loss, so if he's not sweating entirely too much and he is just used to sports drinks, water should be plenty (assuming he's getting adequate calories and carbs elsewhere). Personally, I like Nuun electrolyte tabs (available at REI and other sports/outdoors stores), just drop one into a bottle of water and you get a lightly flavored electrolyte drink with no sugar. Another option is electrolyte capsules, such as Succeed S-Caps. Take 1 per hour in moderate weather exercise conditions, 2 per hour in hot conditions, etc. These are a bit harder to come by, but if you're looking for electrolyte stuff, no better place to find a wide variety than an online store for ultrarunners, such as Hope this helps!
  6. 72:8:1? no humps, but 72 miles of running over the last week 8 jumps (7 tandems and 1 RW) 1 case of beer? for my first (tandem) student to make it to 100 jumps.
  7. Andrews AFB is in Prince George's County, Maryland. The land area of the District of Columbia proper is actually fairly small, for a major metro area (metro DC). Most of the "greater/metro" DC area is in Maryland and Virginia. The roughest section of town in DC is SouthEast, plus the area of P.G. County that immediately abuts SouthEast. Andrews is in that part of P.G. County. If you're traveling thru the DC area on the I-95 corridor, the Eastern part of the Beltway is the part that travels thru PG County. If you want to avoid that, take the Western section of the Beltway, instead - it travels thru Virginia and Montgomery County, MD. I was born and raised in PG (still here actually). And yes, it's rough.
  8. Burn After Reading - comes out this Friday
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    OH-HI-HO! holy hell girl, where have you been all my life? fly into DC, give me a call and lets do it up!
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    I was reading about that. Very great progress, indeed! Being a solar user yourself, you also might find this new site interesting if you haven't seen it already. RoofRay allows users to map their home/business/whatever's roof space and calculate their roof's solar potential. Hopefully sites like these and better technology will convince more people to go solar.
  11. any pics of the helmet with cams attached? (multiple angles if possible)
  12. I love mine. For the longest time I was 100% content with having a plain old mobile phone that was cheap and did the trick. However, now that I've experienced this, there's no going back. (Kind of like when computers and internet came out, you're content until you get your hands on the technology, then you can't live without it.) Internet, GPS/googlemaps, ipod, etc in a very attractive and fun to play with phone. I think it's worth the price tag.
  13. ...of UltraMarathon Man, the story of Dean Karnazes' journey running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. It's showing in theatres one time only tomorrow night. See for details on local showings. I'm sure it will be inspirational, his book definitely was for me.
  14. I don't believe that are any easy alternatives to the chest strap HRMs. Chest strap is the norm. Yes, it's annoying the first few times you wear it, but eventually you get used to it and it ends up being a crucial training aid if you teach yourself to train in your correct HR zones. I wear mine on every run (and on the rare occasions that I bike). As far as brands go: Garmin, Polar or Suunto. Take your pick they all work great.
  15. the Bike to Work Day for my area was sometime last month. i was all set to bike 25 miles to work on not-so-bike-friendly roads just for that one day (seriously, i was), but we ended up with torrential downpour. maybe next year?
  16. Under Armour has a line of fishing clothing that might be worth checking out. I don't fish so I can't comment particularly on these products, but I am always very pleased with their products despite the lofty price tag. When it comes to outdoor clothing, I feel you get what you pay for.
  17. PUSSY i thought the same thing but then i kept hearing good reviews so i got a pair. don't knock 'em until you try 'em!
  18. Well...Humph..... Don't know if it works for you, but when my sister went back packing she found that putting on 2 pairs of socks (nylon on the inside, cotton on the outside...or other way around, I don't remember). The outer sock rubs on the inner one and keeps the skin from getting chaffed. Also, mole skin for those areas that blister can help. Or is that too old school? ltdiver That's how we have been doing it for decades, thin sox next to skin, thicker sox, on the outer, i NEVER get blisters
  19. Hiking the PCT? Awesome! Have a great time, and please update us whenever possible.
  20. it will no longer be the latest and greatest thing on the market. and for lots of people, if its not the best thing out there, there's no point in having it. iPhone 2.0 won't be that either, so if you really want cutting edge you should look around as there are other options. honest question here, not trying to be a smartass or anything, but what are the other better options to the iphone?
  21. it will no longer be the latest and greatest thing on the market. and for lots of people, if its not the best thing out there, there's no point in having it.
  22. That's where I figured they got my info. I've been getting mailers, too.
  23. I guess you saw me somewhere. Either that or there is another jumper out there dumb enough to get this on their handles.