Monday, May 29, 2017

Product Review: BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves

BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves for hot weather!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews. 

I realized after I ordered my BUFF® UV arm sleeves, that being white and having a UPF rating to 40+, they were actually for HOT weather conditions.  I was thinking of them more for cool-cold weather conditions, or conditions where the weather starts off cool and goes to hot, say as the sun rises.  That said, they still work as I was thinking, (also having some reflective elements for low light conditions in early morning or early evening), but the idea of wearing them purposely when it is hot, throws up some interesting reservations, yet also, opportunities.

The BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves along with my BibRave tech tee are a great match!

My reservations about wearing arm sleeves in hot weather would they would leave funky weird tan lines.  As runners, we already have weird funky tan lines from wind burn, sun burn, and wearing various gadgets and strange clothes like knee high compression socks, Road ID, and various beard lengths/styles for the guys, and varying hair lengths for the ladies.  So, I guess, in some ways, what's one more weird tan line.  

What about too hot?  While I did notice a bit extra warmth on a trail run the other day in the woods, the next run I wore them on the roads, where there actually was probably more sun, but also more wind, they seemed just about right.  Being that I got a white pair, that seems to help as well.  A couple of other runners said that they actually should be cooler on days where you could burn easily, and there is alway the option to soak them in cold water or fill some with ice in order to help keep one's core temperature down on especially hot runs/races during the Summer.  

So, I guess that I can deal with my reservations, perhaps you can too.

Another great addition to the BUFF® product line.

Opportunities include a couple of the things just mentioned.  I have had some real scorcher runs/races in the past.  I can think of two races in back to back years in Nebraska where it was the hottest day of the Summer and soaking arm sleeves in ice or cold water actually might have really helped keep my core temp down.  I was already doing that with my cap at those races.

Not burning on bright, intense, hot Summer days would also be nice, especially around the cuff area of short sleeve shirts.  I am not a person who usually uses sunscreen when I run because I don't like it and I because of sweat/humidity issues.

Some reflective elements.
UPF 40+ is pretty useful!

Finally, the sleeves have light compression, wick, and are antimicrobial.  They also match well with many other BUFF® products including the UV Half BUFF® like the one pictured below that I got a couple of years ago at the Bangtail Divide race in Montana.

BUFF® Arm Sleeves with my BUFF® Half Buff from Bangtail Divide 38K 2015, and my Charlie's Old Goat Trail Run 2016 tech shirt.  A great matching set!!!

BUFF® always makes great products.  These are worth the investment, so head on over to  Enjoy!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 Racing Season: Preparations for the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon, Portland, ME

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews. 

Preparations for the Shipyard Old Port Half are they going you ask? Hmm...well...I am still fighting a continual and persistent case of plantar fasciitis.  I went to the chiropractor on Wednesday which seemed to help.  My last two runs, on Tuesday and Wednesday, (it's now Friday) both started with the first half mile basically being a torture-fest as my right heel screamed fire and pain at me to stop.  This morning I made the decision not to run again until next Tuesday to see if some downtime will help.  I will still have to work where I am almost constantly on my feet on hard floors, but maybe some stretching, icing, and rest will help it come back. I did an 11 mile run last week that went fine and I added in some bouldering over the weekend along with my kids.  That went well until I was hanging from a hold and while trying to swing to the next one, actually ripped the hold out of the bouldering cave...someone said it was brute strength...I noted it was more likely my brute weight...  I realized a couple of days later that the reason my upper right shin was on fire when I touched it was that when I fell, the hold was still in my grip and I must have slammed it against my leg when I dropped.  Ouch...

Other than that, I have a prep race in June set up as a test before the Old Port Half on July 8, 2017.  This will be a 10 mile trail race nearby and known as the Webster Trail Classic. (This gives me 1 race, 10 miles or longer, per month over the summer when you add in the A Midsummer Nights Madness Trail Half Marathon in August.)

The Old Port Half will be my first half marathon on the roads since September 2009.  The constant contact that I have from the race makes me believe it should be a pretty fun event. The food alone should be good with 2 Shipyard beers, pizza, ice cream, organic juices, and more.  The course map is below:

Believe it or not, I might actually have a problem with running a race that has this little of elevation change as I am use to running trail races with so much more.  Usually the hills are what help remind me to take it easy now and then, keeping something in reserve.  I have been running more roads this Spring, and several around here have some good hills, so hopefully I will be good, but I will definitely have to make sure I pace myself properly since road running and trail racing are very different.  I don't think a PR will be in the books, but hopefully I will finish with a respectable time.  I loved living in and around the Portland area long ago, so it will be pretty awesome to run around the area, including the Back Cove.

They recently voted on shirts for the race with option A winning.  The men's I believe has a rounded neck and the women's is more the scoop neck as seen below.  Neat images of the city for sure.

Well, I think that's all for now.  Hope to see some of you in Portland, ME on July 8, 2017.  It should be a great event! 

(BTW, if you are reading this on May 12, when I published it, prices increase tomorrow, so book your race tonight!)

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