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Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

Newsflash: It’s hot.

Summer’s scorching weather may have you longing for last winter’s polar vortex, but with the right gear you still can work up a sweat outside without being completely miserable.

These six hydration systems let you comfortably carry enough water and fuel to get through more miles.

Sneak peek: In the gym with Army vet Wayne Waldon and Military Muscle

Sneak peek: In the gym with Army vet Wayne Waldon and Military Muscle

Photographer Mike Morones and I met up with retired Army Capt. Wayne Waldon, 32, last week in Washington, D.C., to shoot Bob Thomas’ Military Muscle column on back exercises.

Waldon — who was injured in Iraq in 2007 — has competed in the French, New Zealand, and U.S. World Cups and was invited to try out for the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. He’s the CEO of Reveille Group, LLC.

Look for this workout in the August 4 issue of OFFduty, on newsstands Monday.

Do you want to be in an upcoming issue? Here’s how.

PT365 Run Plans | 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

PT365 Run Plans | 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

Whether you’re tying on running shoes for one of the first times or training for a longer race, runners of all levels can benefit from incorporating yoga into a workout routine.

But you don’t have to go to a yoga class to reap the benefits the practice can provide. There are many poses you can incorporate into your running routine that will increase strength and flexibility as well as help prevent injuries.

When practicing yoga, it is important to focus on the breath, following the inhales and exhales as you hold each pose. I often use this breath awareness when I’m running, deepening my inhales and exhales as I run hills to help relax both my body and mind.

As a yoga teacher, the most common complaints I hear from the runners I teach are about tight hips and hamstrings, IT Band soreness and shoulder stiffness.

Here are a few poses you can do before or after a run — or even in front of the TV at night — that target those specific areas.

Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu to run Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon on July 21

Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu to run Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon on July 21

On Monday, 27-year old Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu will start the Badwater Ultramarathon.

But he won’t be in Death Valley.

A National Parks Service safety review has forced the race to change the traditional route — one that started at Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California — to one that starts in Lone Pine, California. The race will still end at its usual place at Whitney Portal.

Purdeu isn’t turned off by the course change.

“Badwater is Badwater,” he said in a recent phone interview, “It’ll be challenging in its own right.”

Challenging is right. The old Badwater course had 13,000 feet of assent, race officials said on the race website. The new course will have three big climbs totaling 17,000 feet of assent.

And while runners won’t have to suffer through Death Valley’s 130-degree heat, they’ll still be running through toasty conditions. Purdeu, who is based at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, isn’t worried. He explained how he’s training for the heat this way:

“I’m not,” he said, “I just run in Oklahoma.”

He said he feels good about his training, and clocked 350 miles in June alone.

For now, his race goal is to have fun and be the best version of himself come race day.

The other military runner in this year’s Badwater is Chief Special Operator (SEAL) David Goggins.

For updates on both runners, follow us @PT365.

Turn it up: Billboard, Spotify create mother of all workout playlists

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Anyone who’s ever been to boot camp knows the power of music when it comes to amping up exercise and boosting motivation.

But you can only listen to variations of “C-130 rolling down the strip” so many times.

That’s why the always musically-minded folks at Billboard teamed up with Spotify to ping more than 1.5 billion playlists built by 40 million users to create the mother of all sweat-soaking song compilations, a Top 25 of all-time workout greats.

“The results are an accurate cross-section of the music that may come to mind when you think of hitting it hard – ” ‘Let the Bodies Hit the Floor,’ anyone? ‘Bulls On Parade,’ of course. Metallica, naturally,” reads Billboard’s write-up of the results. “But also some less predictable choices from the data pool: Dropkick Murphys’ ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston,’ made famous by the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed,’ as well as Kanye’s mega-politik ‘Black Skinhead.’ Ok, maybe ‘Black Skinhead’ makes sense, considering it starts off with the sound of someone obviously straining on a stairmaster.”