I’m loving the new (to me anyway) iPhone photo app called Darkr for processing my B&W images lately. Styled after a traditional darkroom, it brings back all kinds of nostalgia from my early photo days.

As I hit the trail at Zion National Park last week to run the Zion Traverse, I had all the usual gear… water, shoes, sunscreen, extra socks, merino layer and something new: Electro-Bites Fuel100 pouches in place of gels.

These are awesome, to say the least. Combining potato starch, coconut oil and agave syrup in lightly flavored options like Cocoa, Vanilla, Vinegar, Apple Cinnamon and seasonal flavors, these 100-calorie energy snacks are bite sized and deliver quick energy for the run ahead. I used the Cocoa, Vanilla and unflavored our first day and found they dissolved easily in my mouth, all had a pleasing light flavor… not too overpowering. And the texture was fine as well… it gave my stomach something with slightly more substance to work on while I ran (which I prefer), plus it required less water to go down compared to a traditional gel. Bonus! With the sodium/magnesium/potassium balance, it practically replaces your hydration drink.

The Fuel100 sustained me every bit as much as a gel + snack combination, so you can really replace two things in your pack with each Fuel100 pouch. In addition, the price is on par with the typical gel scale… 6 pouches for around $14, definitely worth it!

I give it two thumbs up!

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample pack for review, and the opinions shared here are my own. I was not paid to write this review!




I am super excited to announce that I have been selected as a nuun ambassador for the 2017 season! nuun has been my go-to hydration solution since I started running a few years ago, and I’m honored to promote a product that has helped me through so many long runs. And I’m looking forward to trying out some of their new products! So stay tuned for updates throughout the year as I train for Yamacraw 50k and the 50-mile Zion Traverse in October plus a handful of local races! Let’s do this!

2017 Goals!


My goals for this year are:

  1. Fully recover from an IT Band tweak I had during my first marathon in November
  2. First 50k in April at Yamacraw
  3. Zion Traverse with my running group in October
  4. Continue a podcast with some friends covering the trail & ultra scene in the Southeast US (cleverly called the Southeastern Trail Runner Podcast) so we’ll keep building that. (see above) Cheers!

New Project!



In a break with my usual photo projects, I have embarked on a new direction with the Southeastern Trail Runner Podcast, where I co-host with 4 other trail runners in our group from Bowling Green. We are excited to get this out of our pub run talks and into production!

We currently have one show posted, another in the bag, and recording one this weekend, so stay tuned while we do our best to cover the trail and ultra running scene in the Southeastern US.

We can’t do this without you… please subscribe, comment and share the show with anyone (and everyone) that you know. And join us for a run!

Seeing the photos of the American Climber Science Program’s expedition this summer has really bummed me out. Reasons? 1. I’m not there. 2. The glaciers are gone. Not just a little bit, but completely and drastically different. So I grabbed pics from this year’s crew and compared them to my last trip in 2013. Let’s just say the comparison should speak for itself, especially Ranrapalca & Andevite. Peru is in a unique position with it’s region of the Andes… tropical glaciers are the canary in the mine, if you will, the first signal of a changing planet. I just hope the rest of the world recognized and addresses the issue before its too late.

It may not be shields up/red alert just yet, but it sure is on the horizon. And having been there personally, and seen a change from 2011 to 2013 first hand, the difference in 2016 is alarming.

toc ranrapalca maparaju bc cayesh glacier andevite




I’ve been quiet since last summer, but it’s because I’ve been busy! (Sorry)

Over the past few months I have completed my second half marathon, traveled to New Zealand and started training for my first full marathon coming up in November. My non-profit Bowling Green Riverfront Foundation is riding a huge wave of momentum and activity in regards to new recreation opportunities in BG. My youngest son graduated high school. And I’m taking on an Intro to Digital Photography class for the PJ Dept. at WKU. Whew! Oh, and I’m still taking pictures everyday for WKU, too. Do they sell extra hours at Walmart?

Anyway, I hope to share more in the coming weeks and get back in gear review rotation. And check out my new website design at clintonlewis.com! I’m loving it!