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Hood to Coast is a few weeks away. What to bring?

Hood to Coast

Hood to Coast is a few weeks away. I’m making a list of what I need to bring with me. It’s never too early to plan. Plus I love making lists. Oh, and buying new gear.

Hood to Coast has a great recommended packing list here. I used their list and added/removed items to make my own list.

□ Three sets of running clothes
□ Running shoes – Hard to run without my running shoes!
□ Change of clothes for beach
□ Gloves for running – Just in case, but most likely won’t nee them.
□ Sandals – Bringing a pair of flip flops.
□ Glasses – Can’t run without my glasses. I will run the wrong way!
□ Towel
Sleeping bag/small pillow – Will just use a hoodie or rolled up clothes.
□ Toiletries (Deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.)
□ Reusable water bottles – Have plenty to bring!
□ Reflective vest (for nighttime legs) – Recently bought the Amphipod Xinglet Flash LED
□ Plastic Bags/Ziploc bags for wet clothes
□ Handy Wipes, antibacterial
□ Extra Batteries for headlamp
□ Cell phone/charger
□ Petzl headlamp
□ Sunscreen
□ Camera/charger – So my iPhone doesn’t die taking a bizillion pictures 😉
□ GoPro Camera plus head mount and cables – It will be fun to document the journey!
□ Hoodie  for the “cold” nights
□ Compression sleeves – A must for recovery.
□ Headphones to listen to tunes between legs
□ Backpack to hold all my stuff
□ Arm strap to hold iPhone while I run

Cytomax was generous to donate a lot of nutrition for the team. They are the best! Thank you Cytomax!

I’m sure stuff not on this list will make its way into my bag. Never fails.


Giveaway: Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves

My friends over at Trailheads are giving away a pair of these awesome running gloves! I have reviewed a pair of the Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves (which you can read here!). Let me tell you, I absolutely love them. One of the most comfortable pair of running gloves that I have owned!

Image courtesy of Trailheads

Image courtesy of Trailheads

What do you need to do to win these awesome gloves?

  1. Follow me
  2. Follow Trailheads
  3. Like Trailheads on Facebook
  4. Retweet
  5. And finally, comment and tell me why you need these awesome gloves!

Giveaway ends December 21st at 12:00PM PST. Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents. 

The giveaway is now closed!


The winner of the Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves is…


Congrats! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Giveaway: Under Armour Charged Storm Full Zip Hoody

Did you read my review on the Men’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody? Awesome hoody, right?!

I’m giving away 1 Men’s OR Women’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody courtesy of Under Armour!

Picture copyright Under Armour.

Picture copyright Under Armour.

Now what do you need to do to win this awesome hoody (color may vary)?

  1. Follow me
  2. Follow Under Armour
  3. Retweet
  4. And finally, comment and tell me how you will use your Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody!

Giveaway ends December 10th at 11:59PM PST. The giveaway is now closed!


The winner of the Under Armour Full Zip Hoody is…

Accountable Running (@AccountableRun)

Congrats! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Review: Under Armour Charged Storm Hoody

Under Armour was gracious enough to send me a Men’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody to review!

First Impressions

The inside of the hoody is very soft. The fit was nice –  not too tight, but just loose enough. It was long enough to come down to my waist covering the top part of my shorts. The length of the sleeves is just right – meets right at my wrists no more.

Me wearing the Men's Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody

Me wearing the Men’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody

The hoody has a nice mesh material. The overall material of the full zip hoody will definitely will keep you warm on a cold day and dry on a wet day! Very sturdy and durable. I must note that the material of the full zip hoody is not a light nor breathable material.

Up close view of the hoody material

Up close view of the hoody material

In Action

I wore the hoody on my training run today. It was cold, about 46 degrees and dry. The hoody did not ride up nor did it bunch up, it stayed in the place my entire run. It was very comfortable to run in! No compilants!

The hoody would also be good for pre or post race since it provides a good amount of warmth on those chilly race days!

If this hoody didn’t interest you, check out more types and styles on Under Armour’s website.

If you have any questions about the hoody, I would be more than happy to answer them!

Giveaway from BRDSports!

BRDSports has offered to giveaway one  Achilles Ankle Brace!

This brace is by far one of the best, if not THE best, brace I have ever used. It is super comfortable and fits great! The back of the brace has the perfect amount of support and cushion for the Achilles.

Image from BRD Sports

What will you win?

You will win one Achilles Ankle Brace, in your preferred size, shipped directly from BRDSports!

What do you need to do to win a BRDSports Achilles Ankle Brace?

  1. Follow on Twitter.
  2. Retweet the giveaway. “Enter to win the @runwithwes Achilles Ankle Brace giveaway courtesy of @BRDSports!”
  3. Comment below that you did all of the above!

Giveaway runs from August 27th 12:01PM PST to September 17th 11:59PM.


And the winner is… @psndotcom!! CONGRATS!

Thank you Powersox!

Please note that in no way endorsed or paid for my commentary on PoweSox products.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter that I heard that PowerSox APF were pretty good running socks. I was contacted by PowerSox and they sent me a complimentary pair of their APF socks! Wow, very awesome of them!


Today I finally had a chance to try them out during my 8 mile run. The socks are fitted for the left and right foot. There is a L and R  to distinguish which foot they go on. The socks were a perfect fit on each foot – very snug without much leftover material. They were VERY confortable to run in. I almost forgot I was wearing them! I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a comfortable pair of running socks.

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