Run Team’s Favorite Races

Posted August 29th, 2017 by Brian Hock


We asked our 2017 Simple Hydration Run Team members a variety of running-related questions. In this fourth post we share their favorite races. You might just find a race to add to your wish list.

What is your favorite race?

Pris Chew
Currently it’s the Gold Coast Airport Marathon cause the course is flat and weather is cool and that’s where I achieved a 45-minute PB. Haha.

Sarah Dudek
I run the Cherry Festival of Races every year in Traverse City (Michigan) and just love the atmosphere.

But I am going to have to say that I really love the Run For The Red Poconos Marathon. Perhaps it was my PR and BQ that sealed the deal but I just thought the course was beautiful and the race was directed quite well.

Jaja Ferrer
Road race would be the Milo Marathon because it always gives you that chills and excitement! I have yet to discover my favorite trail race.

Valeri Gatlin
Gosh! It’s a small marathon in Texas. Marathon to Marathon. It’s point to point and takes place in the open Big Bend National Park area in South Texas. Beautiful desert landscape. Small but very well staffed and lots of perks. You basically run 25.5 miles and make a right turn to the finish line!!! My Marathon PR!

Sharon Hanks
Bay to Breakers because it’s a fun time and I love all of the costumes!

Sherry Minkiewicz
I would have to say my last marathon, Vernonia Marathon because that’s where I got my first BQ.

Robin Zehnder Muskopf
Any tri put on by HFP Racing (Ohio) or M3S Sports (Cap City Half)

Lisa Ospitale
Boston, epitomy of a marathon.

Elle Park
Wineglass Half/Marathon is an awesome race. It’s expertly organized, the course is beautiful, and the pre-race pasta dinner is fantastic! I love everything about this race (except for the dearth of hotel rooms and AirBnB homes in Corning, NY).

Another race that is rapidly becoming a favorite is the Run for the Red Poconos Half/Marathon. This is a fast fast fast downhill course that’s made for PRs and BQs.

Jodi Stuber
I am loving trail races more and more. One of my favorites is a local one that I have run 3 years in a row called the Squirrelly Tail Twail Wun. It’s a half marathon run in February and you never know what the weather will be like. I have run on top of hard snow/ice, in freezing cold melted mush, and on dry ground with some amazing mud to splash through. It’s something to look forward to in the dead cold of PA winter and to try to coerce as many of your friends to run with you as you can!

Jon Bohnsack
My next race, it’s the one I am looking forward to.

Reman Chim Tat Wee
Walt Disney World® Marathon. Running in the Disney Worlds would be magical. It would be great to run all the races for the event.

Alberto Gomez Monteseguro
Zegama Marathon in Basque Country, because of the technical race, the professional runners that come and the public that is in all the marathon.

Hafisz Nosly Wazid
Climbathon Kinabalu, a mountain race held in Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, because it was the place that made me falling in love with trail running.

Brian Hock
Air Force Marathon as it just has a right-size feel to it.

And Ironman Coeur d’Alene as the course is beautiful and the city embraces the race.

Ian Lye
Gosh, so many! Of all the races I have done, it would have to be the Marathon des Sables, simply because I had dreamt of running in the Sahara desert for so many years, and I never imagined that I’d actually get to do it. The scale of the challenge was something that both frightened and excited me, and it was an amazing feeling to cross that finish line. Right now though, I’m obsessed with completing the UTMB.

Tony Allen Riggs
Blue Ridge Marathon – USA’s toughest road race.

Run Team’s Favorite Run Movies

Posted August 21st, 2017 by Brian Hock

We asked our 2017 Simple Hydration Run Team members a variety of running-related questions. This third post we share their favorite run movies. You might just discover a new run movie to watch.

What is your favorite run movie?

Pris Chew
“Chariots of Fire”

Sarah Dudek
I love both “Spirit of the Marathon” movies. They are bound to inspire you and I highly recommend watching the first one before your first marathon or 20 miler. It will keep you going.

Valeri Gatlin
“Run, Fat Boy, Run.” A British movie that is hilarious!!!! Simon Pegg stars. Best example of hitting the wall ever! Very funny!

Sharon Hanks
“McFarland, USA”

Sherry Minkiewicz
“Forest Gump”

Robin Zehnder Muskopf
“McFarland, USA”

Lisa Ospitale
“McFarland, USA”

Elle Park
“The Barkley Marathons” – Seriously the craziest running event in the world. I love it.

Jacqueline Ann C. Santos
“Spirit of the Marathon”

Jodi Stuber
“From Fat to Finish Line” on Netflix had me in tears. It’s easy to think all runners or athletes are supposed to be one size/shape and this documentary shows you how far from the truth that is. So inspirational!

Jon Bohnsack
“Running Brave” (based on fellow University of Kansas alum Billy Mills)

Reman Chim Tat Wee
“Summits of my Life”

Alberto Gomez Monteseguro
“Everest” (is more of hiking)

Hafisz Nosly Wazid
“McFarland, USA”

Brian Hock
“Saint Ralph”

and “The Long Green Line” (fan of Cross Country)

Ian Lye
“Mont Blanc” by Billy Yang Films.
It’s not exactly a movie, but a short film on Youtube. I must have watched it at least 10 times by now!

Tony Allen Riggs
“Boston, The Documentary”

BOSTON Official Trailer from Jon Dunham on Vimeo.

“You need to try this bottle!” Q&A with Michelle Jager

Posted August 17th, 2017 by Brian Hock

It’s always great when we see a post from a happy customer. Back on August 2nd Michelle Jager (@plantpowered.princess) posted a photo of her using the Simple Hydration Bottle for a bike ride. She stated that she couldn’t find her normal bike bottles and was delighted with the versatility of the Simple Hydration Bottle. “I couldn’t find a single one this afternoon so my @simplehydrationbottle saved the day! When people start running there should be a welcome package that includes this bottle – it is really that awesome!” This wonderful comment prompted us to reach out to Michelle and learn more about her and why she loves our bottle. We hope you enjoy our Q&A with Michelle Jager.

Q. How did you first hear about the Simple Hydration Bottle?

A. I first heard of the Simple Hydration Bottle when a runner I follow on Instagram posted a picture with it. As someone who has tried belts, handhelds, and backpacks – and not really loved anything – I was very interested in trying it.

Q. What was your reaction to using the bottle the first time?

A. My biggest concern about the bottle was it wouldn’t be comfortable. Within 2kms I forgot I was wearing it. I also noticed the sound of the water for about a km until I forgot about that too. Now I am so used to it that I have actually come home from a run and forgotten to take it off until I change!

Q. How do you use the bottle?

A. I tend to use it mostly in my sports bra, but I like that it fits in my waistband if I’m wearing a jacket or shirt that makes it harder to reach. I have also recently ordered another one so that I can take two on my longer runs – either one in my sports bra and one in my waistband, or both in my waistband.

Q. How do you describe yourself as a runner?

A. I have been running about 2.5 years, so I still consider myself a fairly new runner – I am still learning what I like! I started running to train for a half marathon, and while I loved that (I have 4 complete and two more coming up this winter), I am realizing I also really enjoy the shorter races (5km-10km). I ran 100m and 200m track in high school so I think I’ve always had a thing for speed! I love to race and I can be quite competitive, but I also love the community feeling among runners.

Q. What is a typical week of training?

A. My typical week is 4 runs (totaling around 55kms) and as much cross training as I can manage. Usually looks something like this:
Monday – Yoga
Tuesday – Speed workout on the track
Wednesday – Cycle and Strength training
Thursday – Easy run
Friday – Yoga and Strength Training
Saturday – Tempo Run
Sunday – Long Run

Q. Do you have a running goal?

A. I feel like the usual answer here is “Boston”! While that is definitely on my radar, I would say my ultimate goal in running is to break 20 minutes in the 5km (my current PB is 22:22 I have some work to do!). A secondary goal (which is probably even more important) is to take care of my body and train smart so I can always run. I admire the men and women that have made it a lifelong habit!

Q. What is the most rewarding part of running?

A. The feeling when you accomplish something you once thought impossible. Every time I set a goal and reach it I feel amazing because I know the results come from hard work and dedication – and no one can do that work for you. I am lucky to have amazing support system but I am the one that actually has to train if I want results. Running is something I do just for me!

Q. When did you start running?

A. I ran track and cross country in high school, but we never really trained other than practicing our handoffs for relay. There was so much I didn’t know – I had no idea I could train to get better! I didn’t start running again until after I had my second daughter and turned 28; I was struggling with PPD and looking for a healthy outlet for my stress. I had always admired runners and wanted to be one, but I just never really had the willpower to stick with it. Then I saw a friend of mine (and fellow mom of 2) had done the Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney (10km on Sat and Half Marathon on Sun) and I was so inspired by her accomplishment that I signed up for the challenge the next year. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could run a half marathon, but as soon as I crossed the finish I thought “I need to do that again!” I keep running because it helps me remember who I am outside of “Mom” (and that makes me a better one!)

Q. What has been your greatest running accomplishment?

A. The accomplishment I am proudest of so far is that I haven’t given up on myself, despite setbacks, injury, and disappointing races. Running can be heartbreaking – the work you put in doesn’t always equal the time you want on race day, and sometimes you want to give up. But if you can keep moving forwards the results always come.

Q. What is it like running in Ontario, Canada?

A. In Ontario, we experience all four seasons pretty clearly. I struggle in the winter because I hate to be cold, and I live for the hot sweaty runs of summer. I am lucky enough to live in a town along the St. Lawrence River, so that makes for some awesome views no matter what the season. Our town is small, so on a 20km long run we can cover downtown, uptown, backroads, paths, a little bit of everything! We also have a pretty solid community of runners, so there are many people for me to learn from and be inspired by.

Q. How did you convert your Run Club members to using the bottle?

A. I have been with my run club for a year now, and we just started doing our long Sunday runs together this past spring of 2017. I will never forget showing up to that first run with my hydration pack and they all laughed at me! Most of them are seasoned runners and either went without or had small handhelds. I am a runner that needs to stay hydrated, and at the time the backpack was the only thing I could stand for longer than an hour. A few weeks later I saw a runner on my Insta feed post about her love for the simple bottle. I was so curious but skeptical because I had tried so much before that fell short. How could something so simple actually work, was it really comfortable? I actually won my first bottle from a Simple Hydration Giveaway and instantly fell in love (I ordered a second within a week!) When I showed up to my first group run with the Simple bottle I was excited to share the love! I encouraged a lot of the girls to try it over the next couple of weeks and 5 of them now have one or two bottles of their own. Its hard to get runners who have used the same thing (or nothing at all!) for years to get used to something else, but they all agree that after a couple kms you really forget about the bottle and no longer feel or hear it. As a newer runner, I often think about the things I wish I had known when I first started – there should be a welcome package for all new runners and this bottle should definitely be a part of it! If you are a minimalist runner that also understands how important it is to stay hydrated you need to try this bottle!

Run Team’s Favorite Run Books

Posted August 10th, 2017 by Brian Hock

We asked our 2017 Simple Hydration Run Team members a variety of running-related questions. This second post we share their favorite run books. See if you like the same book.

What is your favorite run book?

Pris Chew
“Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall

Sarah Dudek
Last year I read “Once A Runner” and just fell in love with it. I feel like it is the “Catcher In The Rye” of running.

Jaja Ferrer
“What I Talk When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami

Valeri Gatlin
“Born To Run” by Christopher McDoughall

Sharon Hanks
“Born To Run” by Christopher McDoughall

Sherry Minkiewicz
“Born To Run” by Christopher McDoughall

Robin Zehnder Muskopf
“Born To Run” by Christopher McDoughall

Lisa Ospitale
Google! lol I really haven’t found a book I love. Instead I read tons of stories and articles on the web.

Elle Park
“Running with the Kenyans” by Adharanand Finn. Finn is a British journalist who spent a number of months living in Iten with his family to learn about the secrets of the great Kalenjen runners. His prose is infused with British dry humor, which kept me going, despite my aggravation with his penchant for leaving story threads hanging.

Jodi Stuber
Does “Run Fast, Eat Slow” count? Food and reading, what more can you want.

Jon Bohnsack
“The Ultra Mindset” by Travis Macy

Reman Chim Tat Wee
“Run or Die” by Kilian Jornet

Alberto Gomez Monteseguro
“Born To Run” by Christopher McDoughall

Hafisz Nosly Wazid
“Run or Die” by Kilian Jornet. The only book on running that I own.

Brian Hock
“Running With The Buffaloes” by Chris Lear

Ian Lye
Ryan Sandes’ autobiography “Trailblazer” is a really funny, entertaining read. However, Jason Koop’s “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” has really revolutionized my mindset on and approach to training this past year.

Tony Allen Riggs
“Run Fast, Eat Slow” by Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky

Run Team’s Favorite Run Songs

Posted August 1st, 2017 by Brian Hock

We asked our 2017 Simple Hydration Run Team members a variety of running-related questions. In this first post we share their favorite run songs. Give them a listen and you might share song or find a new one to add to your playlist.

What is your favorite running song?

Pris Chew
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Sarah Dudek
I have a very eclectic playlist for running. It spans all genres from classical to rap to country. I always love how each long run is a little different and a certain song can come on and inspire you differently.

Jaja Ferrer
“Liztomania” by Phoenix

Valeri Gatlin
“All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor. It has a great beat/cadence. And is just an awesome song!!!

Sharon Hanks
“The Script – Hall of Fame” feat. will.i.am

Sherry Minkiewicz
I like a lot of songs but I’ll say “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

Robin Zehnder Muskopf
“Migrane” by Twenty One Pilots
(the lyrics just define me in my head and running clarifies those thoughts).

Lisa Ospitale
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Elle Park
I don’t have one anymore because I no longer listen to music while running.

Jhay Ann Santos
“Ready for Anything” by Landon Austin

Jodi Stuber
I actually don’t listen to music much anymore while running. Every now and then when I need some extra motivation on my run, I tend to go for more hip hop music or something with a catchy beat.

Jon Bohnsack
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Reman Chim Tat Wee
“Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay

Alberto Gomez Monteseguro
“Go Solo” by Tom Rosenthal

and “Only If You Run” by Julian Plenti

Hafisz Nosly Wazid
I don’t listen to songs while running nowadays, but I used to be listening to punk rock stuff while running, and my favorite is “New Beginnings” by Finch.

Brian Hock
“God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

and I like to finish hard runs with Snow Patrol’s “Open Your Eyes” as it builds nicely when trying to finish strong.

Ian Lye
It really depends on whether I’m doing a tempo workout or whether I’m going on a chilled, long run. But right now, it’s probably “Interlude” by Sleevenotes.

Tony Allen Riggs
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor