This week my order from Zombie Runner arrived! I needed a headtorch for the GOW in October and always have to pick up a few extra things when I order from them. I got a Fenix HP10 headtorch, an Ultimate Direction 10oz hand held water bottle, and a book on the Barkley Marathons.
I tested the head torch during the week. Without the batteries, when you put it on it is so light it doesn’t weigh anything! I actually weighed it while it was on my head and it was 0 grams. Fantastic! Then I put the batteries in and it was about 5kg. I didn’t wear the middle headstrap and that meant the battery pack did weigh it down and pull near the back of my head. This will be a dilemma as I will have to change my hairstyle so I can wear the middle strap. I don’t like low pony tails or plaits coz I can’t stand things on the back of my neck when I run but that will probably be the only way I can get around this middle strap. I’ll give that a go next week.
As for the lighting, it was pretty good. I only ran on a bike path so it was very clear, and I knew it very well. I should probably give it a go on some single trail, but I think it will be ok. It will light up 120 lumens for 7.5 hours and I don’t plan to be in the dark longer than that at GOW.
Today I used the small handheld bottle. Since my long runs are now time based, and at 2.5hours, I wanted a small handheld bottle. That time is not long enough for me to be bothered with a Camelbak, but I still get a headache after that time if I haven’t had anythink to drink. It’s adjustable so you really don’t need to grip it at all. And it has a pocket, which as you can see, fits my house key, and more if I needed.
I’ve wanted to read the Barkley Marathons book for a while now. The Barkley is the toughest ultra in the world. The run started in 1986 and to date only 9 runners have ever finished. There are so many quirks about this run – it is a completely bizarre concept and I recommend reading some race reports of this to get an idea, or even just find out how to enter! I look forward to reading the book.