Episode 184 – Brian Hock Simple Hydration

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 184 – Brian Hock Simple Hydration

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Show intro by:

Mary McManus  – http://marymcmanus.com/


Hello and welcome to the Vacation Homes of Cape Cod Podcast where we review the cottages and castles that cling to this hook of glacial sand deposit curling out conspicuously into the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts’s Eastern shore. This is Chris your host and Buddy and I are on vacation this week.  Even so, we have a great show for you today.  We are going to speak with Brian Hock about his new water bottle company and hear from some of our other friends as well.

I’m on vacation from running still.  I have been doing some killer core workouts and lots of riding – so I think I’m still in pretty good shape, but I’m starting to think a 50 mile ultra in September is probably a bad idea.  I could probably do it, but I’m not going to do it if it is just a suffer-fest.  I already know I’m tough, I don’t need to prove anything and as I’ve said before, there’s no personal glory in suffering for the sake of suffering.

That being said I’ve got my eye on a couple mountain bike ultras in the next few weeks.  There’s a 100k race in New Hampshire that looks fairly hairy and a 180K race the following weekend that looks good too.  That would reasonably fulfill my summer season with 2 triathlons and two mountain bike ultras.

I did a nice long MTB around my house on Saturday.  Rolling time was 4 -5 hours but stop time was much longer because I had to change two flats.

At one point I went into Great Woods State Park in Carlisle – which is some excellent riding.  The little picnic shelter there was full of roadies wearing race bibs.  It was a hot day and they looked a little miserable.  They were doing a 100k charity roadie thing and this was one of the way-stations.  I chatted them up a little, helped myself to their Gatorade and sped off into the hot afternoon woods.

Hope everyone is resting up because we are about to turn the seasonal corner into that busy fall period when work gets crazy and the kids go back to school.

Keep putting one foot in from of the other my friends.

On with the Show!

Audio clips in this episode:

Amanda in Texas

Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Speed work exercises – http://www.runrunlive.com/7-track-exercises-to-make-you-stronger-and-faster

Featured Interview:

Brian Hock – Simple Hydration – http://simplehydration.com/

Thanks for visiting and learning about my project. 

With your help I would love to bring the Simple Hydration water bottle to runners and active individuals everywhere.

When I started this project over nine months ago I had no idea what was to come. As a designer you always try to simplify things. The original concept started as a type of water carrier but then evolved to simply modifying the bottle itself to do what I wanted – slide onto the waistband of my running shorts.

I then tapped into social sites like LinkedIn and the Dailymile to conduct research to see what other issues needed to be addressed with this new bottle design. What I found out was that other runners were a lot like me and had many of the same issues. Such as:

– Didn’t like to carry water bottles with their hands as it hinders form.
– Didn’t like to use hydration belts because they are clunky.
– Small bottles are hard to put back in hydration belt holsters.
– Didn’t like small cap openings on bottles (harder to fill and clean).
– Didn’t like how the bottle neck/caps were slanted.
– Didn’t like it when a bottle leaked.

I incorporated their feedback into my final bottle design. Whether a runner is sliding it on a waistband/race belt or an active individual sliding it into a pocket it’s never been easier to take water with you.


Quick Tip:

Energy, efficiency and excellence – http://www.runrunlive.com/energy-efficiency-and-excellence


Ok my friends, that’s it,  you have lain in the sunny hammock of life through yet another RunRunLive Podcast. Episode 184 in the can.

We’ve got some great shows coming up for you so keep your ear to the Victrola and try to keep up.

I have managed to put up a few more audio stories from my book onto my website at www.runrunlive.com.  I have also put up a few more chapters of the boys novel from 1913 that I’m reading into audio called Fred Fenton Marathon Runner.  It’s hard for me to read that into audio because of the anachronistic language.

My favorite expression this week from the book is “Bully!” it means good or grand as in ‘that’s a Bully idea Bob!’  I’m going to use it in every conversation this week.  It makes me want to wear a monocle.

Work is going to get crazy again for me.  I’ll try to keep up as best I can but we have been super successful lately and customers are barking at my gates like rabid coyotes.  It’s funny how when things are going poorly I have to tell people not to panic and then when things are going well I have to tell people not to panic!

Vacationing is a difficult and lost art.  I live in New England where there are the historical traces of an age when vacations were summer-long affairs.  Where the whole extended family retired to a remote redoubt on a lake in Maine or to the shore.  What did they do?  How did they survive without TV and internet?

As you go through your life your holidays morph according to conditions.  The romantic getaway is a far cry from the shore cabin with little kids and this is a different country all together from herding moody teens somewhere.

But, in all cases, the good vacation snaps you from the clutches of routine and forces on you some objectivity.  It pulls you out of your normal life and sets you aside the stream of affairs so that you may view, ponder and cogitate on what it is that consumes you.

By being removed from the daily, weekly flow you are forced into the moment.  And in the moment you approach the zen of your life.  This may bring perspective and it may bring strength.

So, don’t force it.  Don’t over schedule. Let your holiday come to you and think about the divergence of time and place and how you fit into the firmament.

And when you do I’ll see you out there.


Don’t relax so much that you can’t find me at Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

If you have a decent connection from your vacation hidey-hole give me a call at – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends me an audio file.

Need some new intros folks, take a little time out from your vacation and cut one for me.  You will find the instructions for reading the show intro and all my content on my website www.runrunlive.com

Music to take you out is a rather sedate offering by ian_knapp called into_these_oceans”.  It’s almost 4 minutes long so relax and enjoy your vacation from me.



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Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804

Chris Russelllives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad.

Email me at cyktrussell at Gmail dot com

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