Today's run was up at Wild River State Park. Not a marathon in length, but a marathon of fighting deer flies and mosquitos.
Here's a nice view of Pete's back and flies hovering above and hitching a ride.
At first, I would swat them off his back when there were more than 3. After mile 5, I only swatted them off when I couldn't see his shirt any longer.
Finally, we got smart and started swatting them with switches:
This is me in my new GoLite Rush hydration system. I need lots of liquid. I like having one bottle of something other than water. But, the waist pack drove me nuts at Afton last week. This test run of the GoLite was very encouraging.
Problems: the water bladder sinks toward the bottom of the pack. The Camelbak is constructed so that the bladder is held up. Also, the GoLie has less insulation; the water got warmer (the temp of my back) faster. Other than that, I enjoyed having access to stuff in the side pockets and the extra bottle was not too cumbersome to reach.
Feet: blister on heel did well today. Now I have a seem rubbing on toes. I need HELP with Socks!!!