Weather: Stunt run!
Extra cold today, so both pairs of mitts, warmest pants, warmest shoes and pre-run load of dishes to pre-warm my hands.
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It was still brutally cold, but I quite enjoyed the trail, and wearing my big hat for tomorrow. (a favourite athlete is going to make an announcement)
I ran Old Airport Road to the cemetery, where I turned in to the trail. Judi checked in on me there, and picked me up at the other end, Somba K’e Park.
Great day for a run, but cold on the feet, even with my Ice+ shoes.
Training Tip: What have I got in my pockets
On my stunt runs, I carry the following safety gear. I’ll list some of the reasons, but always remember your own kit will have to meet your needs and situation.
I would like to mention that the best of this kit is taken from other people. Share, compare and examine each others’ safety kits.
- Keychain whistle and ‘thumbnail knife’ – in the bush, a regularly used signal for help is three. If you hear three shots fired, three honks on a horn, or three whistles, someone needs help. (3 signal fires will work as well) This whistle is what I carry because it is loud and pea-less. (a pea-whistle can foul in a few ways, including icing) The keychain has a small blade about the size of a thumbnail. Not too sharp, but stout, and with a twig-handle inserted in the slot, can rip enough bark and small stuff to make kindling, or cut a bit if needed.
- Baggie and fur couple to protect my phone. A regular, disposable sandwich bag lasts a couple of weeks, keeping my sweaty moisture away from the phone, mainly. I also place a phone-sized piece of hair-on sealhide in the bag, which helps to hold a bit of heat, and provide an extra insulating layer between the phone and the cold outside. This is especially helpful since I like to take my phone out periodically along my run.
- Mylar ‘spaceblanket’. This simple reflective sheet is an easy to carry extra layer. It is ’emergency only’ but should preserve heat when it counts. Can be secured with the coban strip I carry.
- Garmin Forerunner 920 is my tracking device, and it includes a feature called ‘LiveTrack‘. LiveTrack works via an app called Garmin Connect (and so needs my phone to be working/connected). When it works, an email is sent to select people when I start my run, providing a link to near real-time updates about my location. When it doesn’t work, sometimes it is even removed from the app’s list of features. I use it, but try not to rely on it, since it is so irregular, even from Garmin’s side.
- Coban and bandage kit – I carefully folded a 6′ strip of coban around a few bandages, and place all this in another ziplock bag. It’s smaller than a phone, so no excuse not to carry it. I wish someone at 3M could make me a more suited packaging for this use. I’ll try reaching out to them via their website. Who knows – maybe they already have a more suitable size for this use.
- Chemical heat packs – I use Hothands because that is what was available. They work. I don’t use them in the sense that I open them, instead, they are emergency gear. If I find my toes or hands dangerously could, I can place these heaters in, and run for cover. Also, if I need to wait for help, these will provide a bit more heat for whatever my coldest spot is.
- Bluetooth headset. With this, I have the ability to make or answer a call without digging my phone out. It isn’t a big deal, but worth remembering if, for some reason, I can’t get at my phone.