Since I finished IMCdA I have been getting all kinds of ready for Lean Horse and that has included some trial runs of a few products that I hope will help me survive. I selected two items to keep me cool and on item to keep my feet from exploding. The cooling items include the Moeben Sleeves and a Cool Off Bandana.
The Cool Off Bandana is pretty much a regular bandana but it is sewn in half to form a pouch for ice. There is also an absorbent piece of material in it to slow the loss of water. You load the thing up with ice, tie it around your neck and it melts and evaporates. The cold water drips down your back and your neck stays nice and cool. As long as you get it ties right it is awesome. I’ve taken it running in temps in the low 90s and felt great. (I can't get the website to come up right now but you can go to Zombie Runner to find the cool Off Bandana.
The Moeben sleeves are supposed to function as arm coolers. I went for the Moebens because they come in a variety of sizes instead of a one size fits all. I ordered the XL which are as large as they come. I took them for a run this morning and by the time I hit mile 3 my arms were hurting, these guns just won’t be holstered so I’m going bare armed.
Finally I ordered a pair of compression socks. When I ran my 50 miler my feet blew up like balloons and while I have gotten a couple pairs of larger shoes it would also be great to keep the swelling down. I wore then out on my long run this morning and they worked great. I ran 15.2 miles at a pretty good pace and normally this would have left my legs a little stiff after sitting around a bit but my legs feel great so my next test of them will be an the Vineman and if all goes well there they will accompany m to Lean Horse.
I also have a few pics from El Scorcho