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Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta Winner

Millions of gallons of fresh drinking water in Bull Run Reservoir 1. (And my son's elbow on the railing.)
Millions of gallons of fresh drinking water in Bull Run Reservoir 1. (And my son's scrawny elbow on the railing.)

"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.

Mother runner Kathy, who ran 3:35 at last month's Boston Marathon, posing for a dam picture.
Mother runner Kathy, who ran 3:35 at last month's Boston Marathon, posing for a dam picture.

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.

The dam stairs we had to descend--then climb back up.
A portion of the dam stairs we had to descend--then climb back up.

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!).

Ultimate Direction's Ultra Vesta doesn't need a dam for its 70-ounce reservoir.
Ultimate Direction's Ultra Vesta doesn't need a dam for its 70-ounce reservoir.

Now for the winner of our giveaway for an Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta, and her answer to what feels like an ultramarathon in her life right now.

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!"

Flanked by my third-grade twins, who are sucking on some oxalis (sourgrass).
Flanked by my third-grade twins, who are sucking on some oxalis (sourgrass).

 

3 responses to “Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta Winner

  1. Dam…you crack me up SBS! You look fab, fab, fab – Love the cute picture of you with your kids. Take care & thank you for all that you do for the tribe. Love from Maryland.

  2. Since staring work full time last fall and running my own part time business, life has become an ultra marathon. We are now into summer with 3 kids in rep sports and life is about “what town are we in now??” All of my running revolves around which diamond or sports field we are at and how far I can go while they are playing!

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