Book: Finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, by Dale Matson ($12.95, 143 pages, available at Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/ dp/B005WTR9ZI).
What makes the Western States 100 Mile Run so compelling is not necessarily those speedy ultra-elites who finish in 16 hours and still look fresh.
It's the back-of-the-packers, out there for close to 30 hours.
Dale Matson's book is part elegy, part training manual, for the back of the pack. Matson, an Anglican priest, retired plumber, heavy equipment operator and psychologist who lives in Fresno, Calif., imparts many aphorisms, including this: "When they tell you you are too thin, then you are ready to face WS."
A few weeks ago, Provisions told you about The Buff craze. It's a merino wool hat-scarf-balaclava-headband, etc., in one.
Turns out, a Carmichael, Calif., woman, Gail Ellison, has been marketing the six-in-one Headgator ($19) since 1985. The Headgator is made of polypropylene and Lycra.
Peanut Butter GU, https://guenergy.com/. Why didn't the makers of the leading gels for endurance athletes think of this sooner?
Oh, well, at least they've marketed it now. The new GU flavor is on sale now.
There are two things wrong with this site: 1. It uses the word "jog" instead of "run," a pet peeve; 2. It makes fun of people exercising.
OK, lighten up, right? Yes, it is mildly amusing to see photos of people pounding pavement in jeans, but at least they're not sprawled on the couch, pounding down cinnamon rolls.