Monthly Archives: November 2014

Gearing Up for the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon!

Covered Bridge 1 JPEG

Photo by Aaron Jones

The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon is only three days away and I’m looking forward to running the Half as a member of Team GORE-TEX®!  I’ll be heading down to the Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Saturday to check out the GORE-TEX® booth and hang out with the folks from Gore Running Wear®, Team GORE-TEX®, and Back On My Feet (BOMF) Philly.

I’ve been training and racing in the Gore Running Wear® and the Saucony Ride 7 GTX® shoes I received after my visit to the W. L. Gore facilities back in September.  I’ve put a lot of miles on the gear and the shoes and I’ve tried different combinations and layers for different weather conditions.

Gore Running Wear®

This past Sunday I ran on the trails of Valley Forge National Park, including a trek up Mt. Misery.  In the picture below, I’m running on the Valley Creek Trail along the base of Mt. Misery.  I’m wearing the Mythos 2.0 Shirt Long and the Air Windstopper® Tights.

Covered Bridge 3

Photo by Aaron Jones

I’ve run in this combination a lot during early morning runs when it’s dark outside.  The neon colors and reflective features are great for running in places where there are cars and road crossings.

Photo by Aaron Jones

Photo by Aaron Jones

When we took to the hills of Mt. Misery I added the Mythos 2.0 Windstopper® Soft Shell Jacket shown in the video below.  I’m running up the south side of Mt. Misery here:

Video by Aaron Jones

The Mythos 2.0 Windstopper® Soft Shell Jacket is one of those items that becomes an instant favorite.  It has a snug fleece-lined collar and a media pocket with a cable outlet that makes it easy to run with an iPhone and ear buds.  It also has extended sleeves with thumb slots so there’s no gap when wearing gloves.

All my Gore Running Wear® has been extremely comfortable.  It feels light, has well-designed storage pockets, and it wicks away sweat very well.  I am noticeably dryer than I am with other technical running wear.  Overall, the quality is exceptional and I like the styles and the different collections.

I have quickly become a huge fan of Gore Running Wear®, and I’ve even started to purchase more gear from their online store.  Turns out their customer service is first-rate too, but that’s no surprise!

Check them out here: http://www.goreapparel.com/running-wear/grw,default,sc.html

You can read more about my experience with Gore Running Wear here:  Training for the Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Marathon in Gore Running Wear® http://therunningjones.com/?p=345

GORE-TEX® Running Shoes

Ride 7 GTX

Photo by Aaron Jones

Can you believe these GORE-TEX® Saucony Ride 7 GTX® running shoes have over three-hundred miles on them?  The picture above was taken this past Sunday and they still look and feel new!  I’ve run in the rain and through puddles and wet grass and my feet have stayed totally dry.

It seems like GORE-TEX® does more than just protect against wet rainy conditions; it controls moisture all the time, letting sweat and heat escape.  These shoes are very light and super comfortable.  The GORE-TEX® adds very little weight; at 10.6 ounces they are lighter than my old non-GORE-TEX® trainers.

I took my first long run in my Ride 7 GTX® shoes on 20 September, two days after I got them during my visit to the W. L. Gore facilities in Delaware.  I ran with Terry Kelly, Regional Manager with Valley Forge Running Company, and Lisa Hamilton (@ConsciousRunner, ConsciousRunner.com).

21 Sep Morning Run with Lisa & Terry

Me, Terry, and Lisa

Terry and Lisa are a lot speedier than me, but it was an easy-run day for them, so we hung together for about ten miles.  I turned back and logged another three-or-so cool-down miles.  I knew I loved these shoes after that long run.  Fast-forward to today and I have just about three-hundred and twenty-five miles on my Ride 7 GTX® shoes.  These shoes will definitely see me through the winter, but now I’m thinking of running in GORE-TEX® shoes all year-long!

You can read more about my trip to W. L. Gore and my new favorite pair of running shoes here:  These are not your Father’s GORE-TEX® Running Shoes! http://therunningjones.com/?p=255

Race Day!

It looks like we’re going to have good weather on race day.  If rain does creep into the picture, I’ll have several lightweight GORE-TEX® options to keep me dry.  If it doesn’t rain, I’ll wear either my X-Running 2.0 Shorts or my Air 2in1 Shorts along with my X-Running Zip Shirt, and I’m definitely lacing up the Ride 7 GTX® shoes for the race.

If you’re at the Expo on Saturday, don’t forget to stop by the GORE-TEX® Booth and say hello!

New Trail Standing JPEG

Photo by Aaron Jones

Training for the Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Marathon in Gore Running Wear®

Decked out in my Gore Running WearThe Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Marathon is only two weeks away and I’m looking forward to running the Half Marathon as a member of Team Gore-Tex®.  I’m training five or six days a week in my Gore Running Wear® and Saucony Ride 7 GTX® running shoes and loving every warm and dry step I take out there on the roads and trails here in suburban Philly.

The Gore Running Wear® product line uses the same fabrics, including GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER®, that have been long-proven in harsh environments including military, firefighting, mountaineering, and biking applications around the globe under the most extreme conditions.

Two of my favorites are the Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket, which has detachable zip-off sleeves, and the Mythos 2.0 Shirt Long.

I’ve put a lot of mileage on these two, much of it during our weekly five o’clock Friday morning group runs.  Tina took this runfie on a Friday morning in October just before a ten-miler:

The Friday Morning Wegmans Runners

The Friday Morning Wegmans Runners

Standing Out in the Dark with my Mythos 2.0 Shirt Long

It was dark when we started out on the Chester Valley Trail that morning, and there are many road crossings just at the time when suburban Philly rush hour traffic is getting heavy.  It’s important to be seen by cars at the crosswalks and traffic lights.  The Mythos collection, with its 360-degree reflectivity and neon colors, is designed for the urban runner who might be training for a 10K or half marathon, so it suits me well.  On this particular Friday morning I wore the Mythos 2.0 Shirt Long and the AIR 2in1 Shorts.

After a 10-Miler in my Mythos 2.0 Shirt Long and the AIR 2in1 Shorts

After a 10-Miler in my Mythos 2.0 Shirt Long and the AIR 2in1 Shorts

I liked the Mythos Shirt’s long sleeves with the thumb slots, and the pocket on the back of the AIR 2in1 Shorts shorts provided a snug no-bounce fit for my iPhone so I could track my run on RunKeeper®.

AIR 2in1 Shorts

AIR 2in1 Shorts

A Sunny Sunday in my Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket

Two days later, Natalie, Jamie, and I met for a Sunday morning workout, but this time in daylight conditions.  It was sunny with a light breeze and I wore my Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket and Magnitude Compression Tights.

Natalie, Jamie, and Me

Me, Jamie, and Natalie

Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket

Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket

After getting through the warm up miles, I unzipped the sleeves and put them in the side pockets, easily accomplished on-the-run without slowing down.  Natalie was nice enough to take a short video of Jamie and me running along the trail at the end of our run.

The combination of the Mythos Jacket and Magnitude Compression Tights kept me comfortable and dry.  I didn’t feel soaking wet after the run even though we ran twelve miles total, including a 3×2 threshold workout, and I sweated a lot.

Stopping the Wind in my Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket

The following Sunday did not offer the same beautiful weather. We had some high winds and chilly temperatures. This time the group was Natalie, Lisa (@ConsciousRunner, consciousrunner.com), Mark, and me.

Me, Mark, Lisah, and Natalie

Me, Mark, Lisa, and Natalie

We ran just under seventeen miles and I called on the Mythos 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Zip Off Light Jacket once again, this time with a base layer, combined with the X-RUNNING 2.0 Shorts.  Natalie was again gracious enough to snap a few pics using my iPhone’s burst mode and caught this frame of Lisa and me after we had finished all those miles.

Lisah and Me

Lisa and Me

For this run I used the media pocket of the Mythos 2.0 Jacket for my iPhone, and it provided another bounce-free experience while RunKeeper® worked its magic.  I was able to swipe the iPhone’s screen through the mesh pocket, making it easy to pause and resume RunKeeper®.

Mythos 2.0 Jacket Media Pocket

Mythos 2.0 Jacket Media Pocket

I also removed the zip-off sleeves on-the-run again with no problem.  We averaged 8:41 per mile and dipped under 7:20 for one of the up-tempo miles in the middle of the run, which says a lot about the ease of unzipping and removing those sleeves.  I like the removable sleeves so much because I normally feel warmer once I’m a few miles into any run, and it’s great to be able to adapt on the fly even when I’m picking up the pace.

Mythos 2.0 Jacket Zip Off Sleeves

Mythos 2.0 Jacket Zip Off Sleeves

A Low-Maintenance Long-Term Relationship

I’ve machine-washed and dried all of my Gore Running Wear® items numerous times now and they have come through looking brand new.  That’s no surprise based on my September visit, with fellow run bloggers Jason and Kate, to the W. L. Gore plants in Delaware and Maryland (http://therunningjones.com/?p=255).  As Gore Associate Louise described to us, Gore has over two hundred washing machines that can be run twenty-four hours a day to simulate field-usage and to test for abrasion performance using fabric swatches. A normal wash cycle is a piece of cake for any of the Gore Running Wear® products.  I’m looking forward to a low-maintenance long-term relationship with my Gore Running Wear®.

Me and Louise in the Washing Machine Fabric Testing Lab at Gore

Me and Gore Associate Louise in the Washing Machine Fabric Testing Lab at Gore (photo by Jason)

The Color of Quality

The folks at Gore are not only obsessive about the high performance of their fabrics, they are also fanatical about the colors.  They have a Shade Lab where fabric colors are tested and examined under different light conditions to ensure that the shades are consistent across the wide spectrum of real-world lighting environments.  Gore Associate Brandon regularly undergoes rigorous testing of his own vision to ensure that he is able to see color differences that most human beings cannot distinguish; believe me, he proved that to us when he tested us using a series of his color charts.  He could see slight shade differences in the color patterns that were not discernible to the rest of us.  Think Superman or Bionic Man Steve Austin here.

The Value is in the Details

It’s this kind of attention to detail that we saw in every Gore Associate we met during our visit to W. L. Gore, and it shows in the products that I’ve been using now for nearly two months.  I highly recommend Gore Running Wear®; it looks great, works great, and there are product families and systems for all types of runners, weather conditions, and environments. You can check them out here:

http://www.goreapparel.com/running-wear/grw,default,sc.html

My next post will be on my Saucony Ride 7 GTX® running shoes now that I have several hundred miles on them.  If you missed my previous two posts about our visit to W. L. Gore and my run in the rain with my Mythos 2.0 Gore-Tex® Active Jacket, you can catch up here:

These are not your Father’s GORE-TEX® Running Shoes! http://therunningjones.com/?p=255

A Rainy Thursday in my Mythos 2.0 Gore-Tex® Active Jacket http://therunningjones.com/?p=315

You can check out my fellow run bloggers and Gore Running teammates at:

Jason Saltmarsh
http://saltmarshrunning.com/
@SaltyRuns

Kate McElroy
rowdyrunning.com
@rowdy406

Are you running the Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Marathon or Half Marathon? Leave a comment or follow me on Twitter.