Kickstarter Project: Simple Hydration Water Bottle

July 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Kickerstarter has popped up a couple of times in the last couple months in different podcasts I listen to.  Mighty Mur Lafferty of I Should Be Writing Fame used it to raise money to get her Afterlive Series printed and Carl the Mailman from The 3 Non-Joggers Podcast used it to raise funds for his documentary film, One Fall.

Both mentioned it enough to piqué my interest in what else is going on there.  I did some standard searches–Lego, Mego, Running,  and Runner and saw some interesting stuff.  But one project stuck out to me, the Simple Hydration Water Bottle.

Odd shape?

The clever thing is it is designed to slip into your waistband so you don’t have to carry it but don’t need any special belts or straps or anything.

Cool.

Kickstarter is designed for crowd-funding of projects.  Individuals chip in $ so a project can be funded and completed.  The thing is, the project is only funded if it raises 100% of the money requested.   The water bottle has raised $10,610 of $20,000so far with 24 days left. I was informed that 95% of projects that get over the half-way point endd up getting fully funded.

One of the important things about kickstarter projects is designing a sensible reward system for contributors.  While every contribution helps, contributing $20 gets one of the bottles.  Additional pledges get you other swag like hats and shirts.

I intended to pledge and recommend you look the information over and consider it too.

13.1 (Half) Marathon Minneapolis Give-Away

July 10, 2011 § 15 Comments

I mentioned that I might be running another half this summer despite plans to focus on shorter stuff.

This disturbing change in planning occurred because I was contacted by a representative at 13.1 Minneapolis offering two free entries and discounts to readers of my blog.  A sucker for “free”, I was definitely interested.

I did some research–searching for race reports from last year–and the reports I found were positive.  There were some minor complaints: port-a-potties, lack of music–but nothing unusual, which was good, especially considering that 2010 was the first running. Taking a look at the route map and elevation data from MapMyRun data showed that course isn’t exactly flat but the major hill is actually where I did my Daws Hills workouts this spring so I’m at least familiar with the enemy.

So I agreed to help promote the race (starting with this post) in exchange for two free entries and a code (12RUNMN) for $10 off registration at http://www.active.com/framed/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1972207.

I plan to use one of the free entries myself but I’m giving away the other free entry to a reader. All you have to do to enter is post a comment to this message before July 18th. I’ll randomly select (I just happened to find my Dungeons & Dragons dice yesterday) a winner from all the entries on July 19th.  I also checked and if the winner prefers to run the 5k, I can get a code for that race instead.

Good luck & Thanks for Entering.

2010 Race Reports:

Beth’s 13.1 Marathon Minneapolis- Race Report.

Positive mention at Active.com

Jen and Kellybee both ran the 5k and  had positive comments.

Ryan, a 15-year old trying to raise $100,000 for a variety of charities, ran a 1:44.

ramberg_jk15 struggled with the hills but enjoyed the race

 
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Race Schedule, second half of 2011

July 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

Now that I’m healthy and waiting for my Garmin to charge, thought I should declare the rest of my summer/fall training & racing plans.

It’s time to work on speed.  So I’m targeting a bunch of shorter races–mostly cross country-style (the best) races.

While I would like to run ALL these races, I won’t because even if I had the time & money, my old bones, or more likely, my old tendons and ligaments, wouldn’t hold up–especially running 5 races, including a half-marathon, over 20 days in late August.

But I would like to build a mini-Cross Country season for myself between the two trail series (potentially 9 races) and the first and last race on the list.  Cross Country was my introduction into the sport and still my favorite type of races.  Running the shorter races on softer ground makes racing more often possible.

7/9 Mayer Run For the Son.  I would have felt like I HAD to run this since it is in the small town that I live in.  But it got cancelled.  Probably a good thing for me since I shouldn’t be racing yet.

*7/23 Oulu Rock Run 5k This is a Must-Do for me, it’s in my hometown.

7/28 Lifetime Fitness Trail Series.  4.5 Miles, Hyland Park Reserve. This is part 1 of 5 of a trail series at parks throughout the area.  I ran one last year and it was fun–relatively cheap and good race with good grub (beer!) and SWAG.  I probably won’t run all 5.

7/28 Rice St Mile. 1 Mile.  I ran several years ago–I’m tempted to run it just as a measuring stick although given the choice between this and the trail run on the same day, probably will do the trail run.

*8/6&7 RRCA Coaching Certification.  The Road Runners Club of America puts on training classes to become a certified running coach.  I’ve thought about doing this for a couple years but either missed the registration period or couldn’t afford the time.  Made a special effort this year to make sure I got in.

8/11 Lifetime Fitness Trail Series.  5 Miles, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. One of the nice thing about this series is that the races are during the week which frees up the weekend.

8/13 Rockford River Run 5k   I ran this 5k last year and would like to do it again this year for comparison’s sake.

8/21 Minneapolis 13.1 This is where things get interesting. Considering my plan of training for the shorter races, why would I consider this? Two reasons, (a) To give myself a second chance to redeem myself, especially after doing some speed work, (b) I might get comped to do this–more detail in a later post.  They also have a 5k that would make more sense.

8/25 Lifetime Fitness Trail Series.  3.2 Miles, Clifton E. French Regional Park. One of the nice thing about this series is that the races are during the week which frees up the weekend.

*8/31 Solomon Autumn Trail Series.  This is the third year of this 4-part trail series.  I’ve run all eight races in this series’ history–a feet only matched by my nemesis, Scott– so I feel obligated to continue the streak.

9/8 Lifetime Fitness Trail Series. 5 Miles, Carver Park Reserve.  I ran this edition last summer since it is close to home.  This is also where I screwed up my knee a couple weeks ago.

*9/14  Solomon Autumn Trail Series.  This series is also run weeknights so it doesn’t interfere with weekend plans.

9/17 Fall Frolic 5k.  This 5k is put on to support the Chippewa Falls Cross Country team.  I’ve run it couple times before, including once where I ran the loop part–it is a lollipop course–backwards and had to meet all the other runners.  Oooops!

9/22 Lifetime Fitness Trail Series.  5.2 Miles, Elm Creek Park Reserve.

* 9/28  Solomon Autumn Trail Series.  The money from this series supports skier, Audrey Weber.

*10/12  Solomon Autumn Trail Series.  It always has great door prizes for the participants.  Great Sponsors.

10/15 Whistlestop Marathon. I probably won’t run the Half Marathon but this is another race close to where I grew up and is run on nice, soft crushed rock trail.  But it is on my radar.

10/29 Carson Park 10 Miler.  Another race I probably won’t do but this is my favorite race of all time.  Perfect time of year, love the distance.  I have not run the new course but it use to be a point-to-point race with an awkward bus ride to the start.  Unfortunately, this is now two hours from where I live.

11/6 Rocky’s Run 11/6 5k/8k This is a CC-style race at the University of Minnesota’s Golf Course.  It seems like a good way to finish off the season.

Garry Bjorklund 13.1 Round-Up

July 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Between getting injured and being away from home, I didn’t spend as much time looking for race reports from Bjorklund as I would have liked to.  And when I did, I didn’t find as many as I thought I would.

Without any more fanfare, here are others’ race reports that I found:

Shutdown

July 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I got about a week head-start from the rest of the State of Minnesota and shutdown my running a week before July 1st.

 

Following Bjorklund, my calf was still hurting.  I eased my way through a 2-miler two days after the race and then a 3-miler after that.  Six days after the race, I went for a four-miler on the horse trails at  Carver Park Reserve and things didn’t go so well.  I think my legs were still vulnerable and the uneven footing ate up my legs.  Later that night while dealing with our dog, I ended up twisting my sore right knee and Ouch!

Since then, I haven’t run.  I’ve rested it, I’ve iced it. It actually feels a lot better so far today (although I’ve spent most of today composing this post).  I have an appointment in 5 days at an orthopediatrician and hopefully it will be mostly heeled by then.

For now, I rest.  Kind of–still have a ton of yard work I’ll hobble through (not smart).

So far, I have not gotten too nutty from not running–I had planned to take two easy weeks after Bjorklund anyhow. so I’m not feeling like I’m losing training. 

 We’ve had some end-of-fiscal-year projects due (I do work for the state of Minnesota but am not laid off due to the shutdown) that needed some extra attention this past week so I’ve thrown some extra energy into those and that has helped my sanity.

I had a passing thought about running another half on the 4th to  redeem myself a bit but I threw that idea out when I tweaked my knee.  There is a 5k in my small town a week from today that I haven’t completely ruled out.

But for now, I’m just hoping to heal.  Not going to run until I can at least walk without worrying about hurting myself.

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