Running Advice: What To Do on the Trails When Nature Calls

Running Advice: What To Do on the Trails When Nature Calls

When you're running and nature calls, you listen.If you’ve ever had the urge to go while on a run, you’re not alone. There’s a reason why organized races provide portable potties along their routes. But what happens when your course doesn’t offer that kind of bathroom support? Well, that’s when you get creative.

The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run is the granddaddy of ultra endurance trail races. Starting at the base of the Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe, the largely remote wilderness path goes for a hundred miles through the mountains and valleys of the Sierra Nevada and finishes in the town of Auburn, outside of Sacramento. The ultimate goal is to complete the trek within 24 hours, thus earning a coveted Western States 100 Silver Buckle. Only a portion of the starters achieve this ambition.

I first participated in the event back in 1994. I’d run a 50-mile qualifying race—which nearly killed me—and had no idea what to expect during a hundred mile nonstop footrace (through rugged backcountry, no less).

The Western States is a summertime event that’s traditionally held the last weekend of June—so it’s extremely hot in the afternoon. Temperatures in the valleys of the lower elevations routinely crest 100 degrees. Dehydration is a constant threat, and access to aid stations for resupplies is extremely sparse. Knowing this, racers carry handheld water bottles that they fill at the stops along the way.

I’ll never forget the sight I beheld running up a steep single-track section of trail around the halfway point. The air was extremely hot and still; stifling with almost no movement. Yet, there in the dirt, were the distinct squiggle marks of water. It appeared that someone’s water bottle was leaking, but that made no sense since most racers do all they can to conserve water between aid stations. Why would someone be emptying the contents of their bottles instead?

Then I came upon another runner and realized the source of these “liquid doodles.” Let’s just say it was a convenient way for him to relieve himself without slowing down. ‘Wow, that’s crazy,’ I thought. ‘What an efficiency freak.’ But then it dawned on me. I reflected on how much time I’d wasted standing idle along the trail while taking care of business. His strategy made perfect sense, I realized, so I adopted it myself.

Now, many years later, I’m a pro and able to complete the task without a single droplet landing on my shoes. There’s a certain knack to it: You kinda shuffle along in something of a modified waddle, like a drunken penguin, splaying your feet outward to keep them clear of the line of fire. It takes some practice, but as far as time-saving tactics during a 100-mile footrace go, this is one of the better ones.

Of course, being male has its advantages here. And you wouldn’t want to try it at, say, the NYC Marathon. But in an ultramarathon of great duration, when you’re running on remote trails and drinking massive quantities of liquid over the course of 24 hours, there’s no denying the utility of this practice.

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Running Advice: What To Do on the Trails When Nature Calls

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Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame |Championship Trailer

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame |Championship Trailer

Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame |Championship Trailer

Take part in an epic journey through the most exciting Supercross championship season ever: you own.

This journey begins at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, with legendary 450SX riders like Chad Reed, Cooper Webb, Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen ready to race to the top of the leaderboard. After dropping the gate in Anaheim, 250SXE riders take to the scene at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where Adam Cianciarulo comes out of the group leading the wild bunch against Joey Savargy. While the 450SX class continues their battle at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, athletes from 250SXW race off at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The competition concludes in Las Vegas, at Sam Boyd Stadium, with finalists cutting to the finish line. Who will win? #SUPERCROSSTHEGAME Available February 13th, 2018

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame will be available on February 13, 2018 on Xbox One.

Key Features include:
• The official 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season with special Monster Energy Cup access.
• Official bikes, iconic tracks, and athletes from both 250SX and 450SX Classes: Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, reigning champion Ryan Dungey and others will race across official challenging tracks.
• An exciting career mode with extreme customization options: Customize both riders and bikes for the maximum flexibility to advance in racing classes.
• A powerful track editor, for endless gameplay possibilities: Players can create, customize and share online their own tracks.
• Top notch graphics for a world-class game quality and a next-level immersive experience: accurate reproduction of bikes, tracks, accessories and athletes’ aspects.

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Microsoft Surface | Future Decoded: An Exclusive with Microsoft Head of Industrial Design

Microsoft Surface | Future Decoded: An Exclusive with Microsoft Head of Industrial Design

Microsoft Surface | Future Decoded: An Exclusive with Microsoft Head of Industrial Design

Microsoft Future Decoded is an annual event that offers an inspired vision of the digital business of tomorrow to forward-thinking decision makers. We were lucky enough to catch up with Ralf Groene, Head of Industrial Design to talk Surface inspiration,  the creative process, and the importance of fan feedback.
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Microsoft Surface | Under the Hood of Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface | Under the Hood of Surface Book 2

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