Gearing Up for the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon!

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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.

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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!

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