Holiday Wish List For Runners – Women’s Edition

Posted November 30th, 2015 by Brian Hock

We know the ladies of the Simple Hydration Ultra Racing and Run Teams love the Simple Hydration Bottle. But what we don’t know is what other running-related products they either use and would recommend or simply want for 2016. So the following ladies were happy to share what products they would put on this holiday wish list for runners. Note that the following items are in no specific order.

Sharon Hanks

It keeps your keys and phone in without jiggling or moving around. Holds the Simply Hydration bottle well!

Awesome for hydration. Love that they have lots of flavors and tastes good.

Garmin Forerunner 230
Pricey but worth it! Love all the features (activity tracker, picks up satellite fast, phone notifications, apps, etc.).

Amy Caine

Gift Card (to running store or race entry)
Let us make our own choices or help us reach our goals.

So useful for carrying keys, phone, etc even on non-running activities, barely know it’s there.

Feetures! Running Socks
Best fitting socks, no blisters or discomfort and they’re soft.

Keeps all our running parts healthy and happy!

Silke Koester

Naked Belt
Small runner-owned company (like Simple Hydration!) based in Malibu makes these belts and they are fantastic. I ran all of Big Horn 100 with it and it fit everything I needed including 2 Simple Hydration Bottles. While they don’t have women’s specific sizing I found the fit to be good and comfortable – in fact I got a size up from what my actual waist size is. I stuffed all kinds of things in there during the race (Patagonia houdini jacket, gel flask, zip lock baggie with some CarboPro powder, sunglasses/headlamp, a little tub of vaseline, gloves and 2 SH bottles) and it was perfect. I loved not having to carry a pack during the race and I was really impressed that it didn’t wobble.

Suunto Ambit2 R
The smallest of the Suunto watches and the one with the most comfortable wrist band material this is the only one of the Suunto watches that I actually don’t mind wearing. As someone who has very small wrists, I find all of these big giant GPS watches to be awful and even painful to wear. But this one is actually really comfortable. The battery life is still great (24hrs) and the GPS accuracy is fantastic. I used to never wear a watch but now I hardly run without it.

Feetures! Running Socks
Obviously I’m a bit partial to these socks but I wear them because I love them. I have small feet and these socks have fit me the best of any socks I’ve ever tried. I’ve worn them for long before I became an ambassador for them. Their “elite merino+” line is my absolute favorite year-round for every distance. These socks are built-to-last, comfortable and cute!

Meredith Terranova

Eating and Living Healthy, LLC Gift Certificate
My favorite gift to recommend is a gift certificate for Eating and Living Healthy, LLC (ok ok a little self promotion). Mention you saw this post and get $20 off a gift certificate purchase.

Bonk Breaker Bars
It’s a great product that taste great and works.

Cycle Dog Orange MAX Reflective Collar
This is our very favorite dog collar for us pup runners. Plus it has a beer opener for an added bonus!

Elle Park

Ear Bags
Keeps my ears warm and cozy when there’s cold wind blowing about.

Headsweats Beanies
Keeps my head warm, but not too warm while out running. Wicks away sweat very nicely.

Ink n Burn Pull Over
This one is for the ladies, but Ink n Burn has long sleeved shirts for the men too. I love Ink n Burn’s designs. They have unique designs and are limited runs, so once they sell out, they’re out.

The Oatmeal’s The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
Matthew Inman parlays his humor into explain why he (actually pretty much all runners) do this crazy thing called running.

Running with the Kenyans
Who doesn’t want to know what it’s like to run with the best of the best?

Valeri Gatlin

These could be stocking stuffer items.

Grabber Warmers Brand Hand Warmers
I use most every winter run. If my hands get too hot with them, I can move them around. Put them in my pockets, in the waistband of my pants. You get the idea. I love them!

Throw Away Gloves
I race most weekends and need gloves I can ditch. They are then donated to charity by the races.

Head Lamp – (inexpensive Energizer Battery brand)
The head lamp is new for me to use this year! I’m excited to try it out.

I’m also hoping to use a set of Yaktrax. They attach to your shoes for running in the ice and snow. Last year, we had ice and I nearly fell many times. Hope this is the fix.

Simple Hydration Helping Veterans Reconnect to Civilian Life

Posted November 2nd, 2015 by Brian Hock

Simple Hydration was proud to sponsor the 2015 Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) Trail Running Camp held October 9-12 at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, Texas. Team RWB’s mission is to improve veterans’ lives by helping them reconnect and reintegrate with civilian life in a positive, active environment. This was also Simple Hydration Ultra Racing Team’s Meredith and Paul Terranova’s 3rd year volunteering. Meredith helped coordinate all of the camp’s healthy meals as well as the nutrition lecture sessions while Paul served as a trail running civilian/veteran elite mentor.

The camp draws veterans and civilians from Texas as well as from Team RWB Chapters throughout the country and the world (including England and Poland). CNN recently named this one of the 11 best running camps! Following are a couple of testimonials from camp attendees.

‪”Thank you to all the mentors/leaders. This was an absolutely amazing and life changing experience. I cannot wait to set up some events and share this information with my chapter!” – Lisa Forlow‬

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!! My head is still processing the amount of information that was delivered over the last couple of days. What the four of you, as well as others, have designed is a beautiful blend of experiential education, demonstrated leadership, and meaningful moments that go far beyond the hard-skills of trail running. Thank you.” – Ricky Haro

Learn more about Team RWB and the Trail Running Camp: