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RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Running with a 20% increase in body weight.
31-Mar-2012 06:23:13 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

My fully weighted pack is about 20% of my body weight.  I wasn't sure how it was going to feel, but surprisingly it didn't feel too bad and I could actually run....well, maybe shuffle, but still, I was moving forward!!

Darren Nichols and I headed out today and got about 18 km of trail under our feet with fully loaded packs.  The single track trails were still pretty ice covered in sections, slowing us to a walk or creating detours through scrubby brush to get back onto paved trails.  The plan was to see how a weighted pack felt for me (Darren is a pro at this!), to make adjustments and see if there was any opportunity to make changes.  All in all I was pretty happy with how it went.  There are a few things I planned on taking that I probably won't, and a few things that I still need to pack.

I ordered the RaidLight front pack and am so happy with it!  Once I got the waist belt on my back pack cinched up tight enough it eliminated the bouncing of the front pack.  I look like a peddlar as I have about 6 caribiners hanging off my pack and have an assorted # of "things" hanging off them to create more space in my pack.  Things like my sleeping mat, lip sunscreen, compass, whistle and my backup flashlight.  Nothing seemed to annoy me or get in the way, so was a good test.

I will be sure to take the pack out for a few more runs just to ensure that the set up is optimal and will adjust the items that I plan on taking.  Only 6 more weeks!!!

My fully loaded pack!!

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MARY NIELSEN
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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I am a Health & Fitness Specialist in an employee fitness facility at the U of A hospital in Edmonton. I help health professionals make healthy lifestyle changes, provide personal training and teach fitness classes. And it is the most fun I've ever

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I worked for 15 years in a corporate setting as an HR specialist. About 6 years ago I decided to take the leap and make a major career change and do what I love and became a personal trainer and health & fitness specialist at the U of A Hospital's employee fitness centre. I am fortunate to work at something that I truly love, which is sharing my passion for health & fitness with others. My success is defined by seeing individuals make lifestyle changes that ultimately make them stronger, healthier people.

Hometown
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Profession
I am a Health & Fitness Specialist in an employee
fitness facility at the U of A hospital in
Edmonton. I help health professionals make
healthy lifestyle changes, provide personal
training and teach fitness classes. And it is the
most fun I've ever

Why are you competing?
My reason for running in Jordan is to challenge
myself. I also look at it as an opportunity to
see an amazing part of the world, meet amazing
people from all over the world and take part in an
amazing experience.

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