"Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink."
On Thursday, that was not The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but the lament of myself and another mother runner, Kathy, when we chaperoned a field trip with our 3rd-graders. We went to the Bull Run Watershed, the lovely, protected area from which Portland gets its water supply. It was a bright, sunny day with temps that climbed into the high 70s. We tromped through an old-growth forest, and we got a tour underneath a dam of one of the area's reservoirs, lead by an employee named Chad.
Blockaded behind the massive dam, the tree-rimmed reservoir was a tantalizing tease. Naturally, Kathy and I did what any mother runners do in a situation where they are hot and thirsty: got punchy and cracked jokes. Kathy started in with the "dam" jokes. "This is the best dam field trip....That dam guy Chad sure is nice....Now we have to climb the dam stairs."
Like the chucklehead I am on a run, I laughed at each and every one of Kathy's dam jokes. Not only because they were funny, but because they reminded me of the silly laughs my running buddies and I share on a run. I hope you have some crack-you-up puns and jokes on your runs this weekend.
But if you get thirsty like Kathy and me, Ultimate Direction has solutions for you: myriad water-holders, from hand-held water bottles to waist belts to the Ultra Vesta, which holds two 10-ounce water bottles on the front + a 70-ounce water bladder on the back. As any one of the kids on that dam field trip could tell you: That's 90 ounces of H2O (a.k.a. "a lot of damn water!).
Andrea: "What I’ve learned over the last 4 months…if you’re a mom, EVERYTHING is ‘ultra’. Having had my first baby in January (at age 41) I learned quickly that finding time to keep on my running/spinning schedule was going to take some serious work. Training for my second marathon starts later this year (Rock n Roll Raleigh 2015) and I’ve got my jogging stroller ready to go so my little man can log some training miles with me!"