A Long Distance Runner Selects his Go-To Gear

first_imgErick White wasn’t always a long-distance runner. The 23-year-old Philadelphia native grew up playing soccer and running the 800 on his school’s track team, but after moving to Atlanta in August, he discovered his love (and talent) for running distance. This year, White won the StumpJump 15K, a fast, technical trail race on Lookout Mountain outside of Chattanooga, and placed fourth overall at the Georgia Marathon. It was White’s first time running a marathon, and the finish earned him the chance to compete in the Boston Marathon in the fall. The StumpJump win was just as surprising to White. “I hadn’t raced on trails in years, and then it was all singletrack so there’s no room to maneuver,” White says. “The terrain was so different than most races—rocky, trails that aren’t well defined. Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t get lost.”White, who races for Front Runners, Atlanta’s LGBT running club, is still getting used to running in the Southern heat. But he’s enjoying exploring Atlanta’s surprisingly robust trail scene. “Running is such a great way to relieve stress. It’s so meditative, and you can always find a good group of people to run with.”We asked White to detail the gear he relies on during his runs. Here’s his minimalist take on running gear.Mizuno Wave Rider 20 ($120)I have to run in these. I have a light pronation, and these provide good stability. They’re lightweight, but really soft. And they make a waterproof version now.Feeture Elite Merino ($16.99)I like the slim, snug feel of these socks, and they don’t rub or chafe on my ankle. There’s no toe seam, and the Merino wool wicks pretty well.Columbia Montrail Caldarado II ($120)A featherweight 10.4 ounces, these nimble trail shoes are quick and responsive on technical terrain. Completely redesigned, the Caldarado II features an easy-fit, fully integrated tongue and a seamless toe cap. Built for speed on rugged trails, these shoes offer a fun, fast, fluid ride.Under Armour No Breaks ($60)I’m always looking to cut weight, so I usually run without a shirt, and I prefer wearing split shirts. In the winter, I run warm and I can handle the cold pretty well. But if it’s really cold, I make sure I have tights on my legs to keep them warm. I like Under Armour No Breaks tights. These have built-in briefs, a key pocket and just enough compression in the fabric.Showers Pass Crosspoint Hardshell Gloves ($95)These are the gloves you want for winter adventure in the mountains. Waterproof, rugged, and durable, they can handle rip-roaring snowsports action or burly winter summits. Yet they are also flexible and maneuverable, providing outstanding dexterity. Most importantly, they keep digits toasty warm even on frigid nights in the backcountry.AfterShokz Titanium Trekz Headphones ($130)Lightweight and sweatproof, these wireless bluetooth headphones use bone conduction technology and an open-ear design to provide stereo sound and crystal clear communication while still allowing you to hear your surroundings safely.Electric Knoxville XL-S ($120)These lightweight, full-coverage frames are built for performance. Polarized polycarbonate lenses protect from UV and blue light, and the scratch-resistant, hydrophobic lens coatings hold up well on rugged backcountry outings.The Marathon Stick ($31.95)I always bring The Stick to roll out my legs before and after the run. I think it helps with recovery after a long run.Gel Blocks ($2.79)Obviously, food is important on longer runs. I like those Clif Gel Blocks. I can manage to keep a few of them in my shorts while I’m running. Sometimes I keep it simple with oranges and bananas too, for the electrolytes. Those Sport Beans do well too. They’re quick and easy and I can get them down without too much effort.last_img read more

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Guyana thrash Barbados 5-1 to keep podium-finish hopes alive

first_img… to play Trinidad and Tobago today TEAM Guyana thrashed Barbados 5-1 last evening to keep their hopes alive to play for a ‘podium finish’ in this year’s Pan American Indoor Hockey Championships.Having lost their three earlier games, coach Dwayne Scott had told Chronicle Sport that his ladies might be down, but certainly not out of the tournament, and their showing against the Women from the ‘Land of the Flying Fish’ at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall suggested that the home side are going all-out to win their remaining games.Gabriella Xavier scored back-to-back goals from a penalty corner (5th and 14th minutes) to send the home crowd into frenzy.Kerensa Fernandes scored a field goal just after Xavier’s strike, to put the ‘GT’ women up 3-0, but Barbados, through Cher King, pulled one back just before halftime to give the Bajans a glimmer of hope in their fightback bid.Gabriella Xavier embraced by Kerensa Fiedtkou after scoring the game’s opening goal against Barbados (Samuel Maughn photo)In the second stanza, Guyana continued to dominate possession and after coming up short on several promising plays, Nicole Eastman scored in the 24th minute – a field goal which gave the home side a three-goal cushion (4-1).Marzana Fiedtkou’s scored a penalty in the 32nd minute to put the icing on the cake for Guyana and also ensured that Barbados remain win-less after three outings.Guyana will play Trinidad and Tobago today from 14:00hrs and based on the Trinis’ current form in the tournament, a win is on the horizon for Guyana as they attempt the herculean task of coming out victorious in their remaining games to contest for a spot on the podium on Saturday.At the conclusion of yesterday’s matches in the female pool of the tournament, Argentina sit on top of the group with a superior goal difference (16), despite picking up a loss and having the same number of points (nine), with second-place USA (nine) and Canada (nine).Uruguay, with wins against Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, sit fourth (six points), followed by Guyana (three points).The top two teams will play in the gold medal game, while third- and fourth-placers will play each other in the bronze medal game.last_img read more

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