Time is Running Out

Disclaimer: I’m promoting The Key West Half Marathon and 5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

The Key West Half Marathon and 5k is this weekend, have you signed up yet?  Well you better get on that, you don’t want to miss out on this race and the amazing weather they will be getting this weekend screenshot_20190114-181813_weather

You can go here to register https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/register-now/

and make sure you use code BIBRAVE20 to save 20%.  Also, here are the latest details about the race you can go here https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/event-details/

So hurry up, get over to that site and register for this fun race and get yourself away from this cold winter, cause who wants to run in the cold I don’t.

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Get away from Winter

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Key West Half Marathon & 5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Anyone who follows me on the socials knows how much I hate winter, and snow and ice and cold it is all terrible.  Having to run on the mill  or worse not run at all because of the weather is just awful.  So what do you do to get away???  Travel to a race, or a racecation as the cool kids call it, and man do I have a great race for you, The Key West Half Marathon and 5k.

https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/

The race takes place on January 20th and here are the usual temps for that time of year PicsArt_12-30-04.09.14

Yeah, that seems so much better then 20 – 30 degrees and snow, right, right.

So go click on that link and register for the race, also use code BIBRAVE20 to save 20% off the half.

Enjoy the warm weather, parties, great food and not being in winter for a bit and go run the Key West Half and 5k.

Review: Buff Dry Flx

“Disclaimer: I received a Buff DryFlx Head Band and Neckwarmer to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

 

Well it is winter in New England, and we all know that means very low temps.  I always try to run outside so finding things to keep me warm are a must, but I also need them to work with what I already wear, and the Buff Dry Flx does all this.

I tried out the neck gaiter and headband (I am not huge fan of hats, that’s me though) the gaiter is great, nice a soft, lose but warm, I didn’t think something so thin could be so warm, is also has reflective stuff on it, so keeps you warm and safe.  47681861_10212903876652001_4886476896449069056_o

The head band is nice and stretchy, it keeps my ears warm but also I can still wear sunglasses, they fit right under and it doesn’t push so hard on my ears that I end up in pain, which is great.47573022_10212903600925108_5054454201266995200_o

I am super excited to wear both things for the rest of winter (more excited for Spring to come back but I take the little victories) these are a great addition to my winter running gear, I would highly recommend them for anyone who has to run in cold weather.

Review: Knockaround Premium Shades

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

For a long time, I wouldn’t wear sunglasses when I would run, mainly cause I could never find a pair that would stay put on my face, and I do not want to be constantly adjusting glasses while I am out on a run.  Well, then I tried knockaround and I am now wearing shades for all my sunny runs.

They are so nice a light, and they do not move, no sliding no bouncing and they are super cute too.  You can go on knockaround.com to check out ALL the options for glasses that they have.  You can get all sorts of colors and you can also get them polarized to make sure your eyes are very protected.

I wore them for a track run, and also on 2 of my long runs 14 and 16 miles and they lasted through both of those and I had no issue at the track when I was picking up speed.40097758_10212233953784348_6672761564451307520_o

If you plan on getting  pair, and I really recommend that you do.  Until 9/30 you can use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS20 and you can save 20% off a pair (only one use per person) so hurry up and go to knockaround.com and get yourself some sunglasses that are stylish and also protect your eyes

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Dog approved as well

 

also, here are some reviews from my fellow Pros

https://marathang.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/game-day-ready/

http://themarathonlady.com/index.php/2018/09/01/knockaround-sunglasses-review-a-discount-code/

Review: NuGo Egg White Bars

Disclaimer: I received the NuGo Egg White Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews

First off, let me give you the base info about these bars:

*NuGo starts with the highest quality real fruits and nuts, then adds in three Non-GMO egg whites, resulting in 12-14 grams of protein per bar. Egg white protein is a complete protein, containing all of the amino acids the body needs, while being virtually fat and cholesterol free.*

*Enjoy three paleo flavors: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Maple Pecan and Blueberry. Also available in peanut butter for all those peanut lovers!*

*Features of NuGo Egg White Protein Bars:*
12-14g protein
Whole Food
Paleo (3 flavors)
Non-GMO
Certified Gluten-Free and Kosher Pareve
Real Fruits and Nuts
No Dairy, Soy or Artificial Ingredients
No Added Sugars

So I got to try all of the flavors, and I really only like 2, not because the other ones are not tasty, it’s because I don’t like huge chunks of nuts, and the dark chocolate and maple pecan have large pieces of nuts in them.  But I know many, of the other pros who tried these LOVED the Maple Pecan (I will link to their blogs below)

Blueberry was my absolute favorite flavor, and I plan to purchase more of these, mainly cause I love these bars to eat before long runs.  They do have a sticky texture, but with a bottle of water, I find them fine to eat.  Before a long run I find them to be perfect, not too heavy, but keep my stomach happy for the extended time running.  They are also great to travel with, and I took them along when I went to Seattle to eat on the plan rides and to have one before my half.IMG_20180608_045015_406

So rather then have to make myself a small breakfast, or make sure that I buy stuff when I travel, I will now use these as my pre long run/race snack.  Tasty, not too heavy, and keeps your stomach happy, I do recommend these, and you wish to purchase some you can go here

https://www.nugonutrition.com/products/egg-white-protein/   (and until August 3rd if you use code BIBRAVE you can get 15% off a box)

also if you wish to find a store that sells them, you can go here

http://www.nugonutrition.com/where-to-buy/

here are what some of the other pros think about these bars:

eggs aren’t just for breakfast | NuGo Review

http://sararunsthecape.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-perfect-protein-bar-nugo-nutrition.html

Review: Brooks Levitate

Disclaimer: I received the Brooks Levitate Sneakers to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I have worn Brooks before, I used to wear the Ghosts, but I found them to be a bit wide for my feet and they caused blisters.  So I had moved on to another brand, but when I was offered to test these I hopped on,  and I am glad I did.

I have run for the past few weeks exclusively33125703_10211631518843851_2094085234436866048_o in these shoes.  I ran 2 races, Bay to Breakers and Rock and Roll Seattle Half.  And, I love these shoes.  I have no blister issues, they are a bit heavier then other shoes, but I do not notice when I am running in them.  They have a great bounce back and I have had way less PF pain since I started wearing them.  Pretty sure these are now going to be my go to running shoe and I need to get myself some more pairs.

I normally wouldn’t get white sneakers (cause dirty) but these stayed clean for a while, until it started raining all the time.  Oh well, they were not going to stay white forever.  And then because it always rains in Seattle, they did get some mud on them, oh well.

Even after the race today, walking around town in them to find donuts, they were super comfy.  I really do recommend these shoes, they are great, I can’t wait to get more colors

Running for Fun

Disclaimer: I received a entry into the South Shore half and 5k to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews

So I am going my second BibRave race, the South Shore Half and 5k.  I am doing 5k, mainly because the race is the week before my goal race and I didn’t want to kill my legs.  I plan on running this for fun, just go out and enjoy the awesome fall scenery and enjoy the run.  I haven’t done too many races just for fun this year, and I think this one will be a great one to do for fun.

I would love if some of my friends wanted to come out and do a fun run with me, you can go here https://racewire.com/register.php?id=8114 to sign up for the race.  Come out and have a fun time, run a 5k, maybe have an after race beer, see all the pretty leaves.  It will be so much fun. Also, use code BRSSH10 to save yourself 10% BibRave-Badge-1 (1)

Brilliant Reflective Review

Disclaimer: I received a Brilliant Reflective Strips to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews

I was super excited to try these strips out, as most of you know, I get up at 4:30 am to run and now the fall is starting to come around, my morning runs start in the dark.  So I need to be reflective, I can’t just wear bright colors and hope drivers see me.  I will say, I am lucky to live where I live, as most of my route is pretty well lit, but not all of it, and I feel much better knowing that all cars can see me when I light up with my strips.

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I did only use the stick on, not the iron on.  I will use the iron on ones on my winter running clothes as those really need to reflective all the time.  I will say the clothes I put the stick on strips on, I have washed, and the strips stay and are still super reflective, so that is great.  The stick ons are super easy to apply and stay put, I put some shorts and shirts and had no issues with either.

If you would like to purchase some of your own, you can get a multi pack of stick on and iron on, go to https://www.brilliantreflective.com/ and use code BRPMulti to save yourself 20%

They are also doing an amazing giveaway:
The 500K Giveaway. Brilliant Reflective are giving away 500K Sample Packs of reflective to running groups, clubs, and non-profits. Their main goal is to reach all outdoor markets but with us, they’re focusing on the running community. The sample packs are about ¼ of the size of the regular pack and are Stick-On only

go here to get in on this great give away https://www.brilliantreflective.com/pages/giveaway

Check out some of my fellow bibrave pros and their reviews

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/106207238/posts/4299

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/6773948/posts/7782

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/10690257/posts/2404

 

DMSE Sports Classic

Disclaimer: I received free entry to DMSE Sports Classic as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

This weekend I ran the DMSE Sports Classic 5 and Dime, which, for those who don’t know, is running a 5k and a 10k in the same day.  With the Sports classic you can run either a 5k, 10k or a half, or 2 or all 3 (that is called the Hat Trick)

The races were both on Saturday, and boy did we get lucky with the weather.  While Saturday was warm, it wasn’t crazy sticky and the 5k starts at 7am, so that helps a lot.  Bib pick up was easy and breezy.  Everything is well done, and went super smoothly.  The ladies got tech ts while the guys got cotton, which is odd.  Also, the races all take place at Merrimack college in Andover, MA, so parking, is awesome and plentiful.  THe volunteers are great at directing you.  The races all start in the same place and you self seed (I hate self seed but I have discussed that before in BAA10k and 5k) They had a lovely group sing the National Anthem, and then we were off, both races take about the sameish route (obviously the 10k goes out slightly longer) Both have some mild hills, but nothing crazy, and the routes are both lovely, lots of nice houses to see and plenty of trees for shade.  Plenty of water stops in the 10k and they even had a singing one, which, how cool is that.

The after party, is so nice, plenty of water and Gatorade, the Yasso Bar truck is there and I love me some Yasso bars.  They had a food and beer tent, you could only get popcorn or a pretzel, but they were good and I gave my BF the beer, since I don’t drink beer, he said it was really good.

We also got the watch the Celebrity Mile, which is a bunch of local celebrities, runners, news people, former athletes and Boston Marathon bombing survivors run a mile, and it was so fun to watch and just inspiring.  I would recommend that if you do this race, that you stay and watch that, because they was the cherry on top of a fun day.

I would recommend this race or races, I love the medals, and lots of fun and it is very family friendly (they have kid races too) So if you are in the Andover area or not, and want to run a lot and enjoy, I would sign up for the DMSE Sports Classic.

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Me and Becca Pizzi 

Reviews on Luvo Meals

Disclaimer: I received free Luvo Meals as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

So I am going to list out the ones I tried, and let you know what I thought of each.  Overall, I really enjoyed these meals, as I found them to be WAY less salty then typical freezer meals and they had much better flavor.  If you want to buy some or know what stores to get them at, here is a link to their site.

http://luvoinc.com/#gbXDgjdYxSJzrsTQ.97

Also, I bought mine at Stop and Shop and Wegmans, but found that Wegmans had a better selection.

Chicken Chile Verde:  (with polenta and black beans) Loved this one, great spice, but not too much.  The polenta is super yummy with the sauce

Orange Mango Chicken: (with whole grains kale and broccoli) the sauce in this one is amazing and I just dunked the broccoli in it.  Overall like this one too

Chicken Enchiladas (with black beans and brown rice) nice kick to this one and obviously I really like chicken

Red Wine braised beef and polenta (with butternut squash, brussel sprouts and cranberries) I overcooked this one, so my fault the beef got super dry, but overall, I could tell this one was tasty

Roasted Cauliflower mac and cheese:  THE BEST ONE GO GET THIS ONE!!!! SO cheesy and good even if you don’t like cauliflower you will like this one.

Quinoa and Veggie Enchilada verde:  So yummy and spicey, loved this one.

Chicken and Corn chowder: this is the only one I did not like.  I found it to be too think and had more spinach then corn or chicken.

Overall, I really liked these meals, and I do recommend them if you are trying to eat right and don’t have a lot of time.  They are great for work lunches.  Give them a go