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.

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Review: SPI Belt Beam Hat

Disclaimer: I received an SPI belt Beam Hat 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!

UPDATE:  DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU use BIBRAVE to get 20% off any SPIBelt Item

So I won’t lie, I am not much of a hat person, I have a large dome and I usually find hats uncomfortable.  They pinch my head or fall off, so I generally avoid them and just use a head band.  But a hat with lights, I had to give this a try, and I am really glad I did.

I do run early in the morning, usually around 5 am, and this time of year, that means it is dark out and dark for my entire run.  I do wear knucklelights and they are great, but they move with my hands, so having a light that would just say forward and steady would be nice.  This hat does that and doesn’t bother my dome.

The directions to get it working were a bit hard to follow, but I figured it out and got it all set up.  I did notice the battery for the front lights, was inside that hat and I was worried that it would dig into my head, it didn’t.  Overall the hat is super comfy, nice wicking material and also has reflective stuff on the top of it.  The lights on the front are nice and bright, and send a nice beam of light out ahead.  It also has lights on the back that flash, which is great too.

The hat didn’t move during any runs, stayed in place but didn’t squeeze my head, it is adjustable so should be able to fit just about everyone.

If you are a person who runs in the dark like me, you should really look into getting this hat, it would be great for you see and be seen, I do highly recommend it.44474698_10212571199855289_8669870715131920384_o

Review: NOW Foods BCAAS

Disclaimer: I received NOW Foods BCAAS 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’m always interested to try new things that will help me recover, especially after a long run.  When I am marathon training, the runger that comes after a long run can be a bit ridiculous, like I basically eat all day.  So trying something that actually helps calm down my runger was great.  I would drink the NOW BCAAS right after my long run, and obviously help get water into me, but it really calmed down the runger.  I’m not saying I didn’t eat at all, I did, I just didn’t need to eat everything all day, which is nice, and helps my grocery bill.

The NOW BCAAS come in 2 flavors, grape and watermelon, and I have to say I prefer the grape.  The watermelon didn’t taste bad, I just found it had a bit of an odd aftertaste, that the grape did not have.  Also, make sure you either get the NOW shaker or have a good water bottle to shake this up in, because it really needs to be mixed like that,. stirring just doesn’t work as well.

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Branched Chain Amino Acids are essential amino acids that serve as the building blocks of protein, which helps to fuel your muscles during workout and can also help support muscle recovery post-workout. They’re called essential because the body doesn’t make them on its own, so you need to supplement or get from them from your diet.

There is a discount if you would like to try some, you can go to Amazon.com and use code 20NOWBCAA or you can use this link https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A1G65M39SCQHX5 and you get 20% off (one time use only) and this is only good until November 15th, so hurry up

If you are looking for some extra help in run recovery I would give this a try, I am excited to keep using it to help with all my training.

 

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

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: Oofos Fiber Low Shoes

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos OOMG Fibre Low shoes 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! All opinions are my own

I should mention that this is not my first go around with Oofos, in 2016 I was training for the Boston Marathon with team DFMC and Oofos offered all of us free sandals, so of course, I got myself a pair. And they were pretty great, but these shoes, are really so much better.

The shoes are sooo comfortable, the really support your feet and they do not wreck the top of your feet, like the sandals did to me.  After a long run, I love to throw on the shoes to walk around in, as not only do my feet feel better, but my knees, and hips just feel so great too.  These shoes are just amazing and if you run, you should get yourself a pair.

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Here is some info about the shoes:

OOFOS are made of OOfoam
OOfoam recovery technology absorbs 37% more impact than other footwear foams
OOfoam impact absorbing recovery technology has been scientifically proven to reduce stress
on your body while walking, allowing you to recover faster after a workout and feel better all
day.
The Footbed Design
Our footbeds are designed to cradle your arches and move with your feet, allowing for a more natural
feel through your gate cycle
Also, if you were wondering why, Oofos was so generous to team DFMC,  Duncan Finigan, the Director of Marketing for Oofos was diagnosed with cancer, and was getting treatment at Dana Farber.  Now, when you buy Project Pink shoes, $10 is donated to project pink, and any shoes you buy on oofos.com 3% of sales goes to Dana Farber, a cause near and dear to my heart.
So not only do you get shoes that will totally help your feet and legs, you can donate to a great cause, it really is a win win
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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 of Aftershokz Trekz Air

Disclaimer: I received the Aftershokz Trekz Air Headphones 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!

 

Before I get into reviewing the Air, let me repost my review of the Trekz Titanium which I loved

https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/aftershokz-trekz-titanium/

I love the technology of these headphones, being able to hear things while still getting my music is amazing, but I went over that in my previous blog, so I will just tell you more about the air and what makes them different and to me better.

First off, they are lighter, which is so much more comfortable on the ears, in fact they are 20% lighter.  Also, the sound is better, now I have been biking more because of my knee issues, so I have mostly been indoors, but the sound just seems so much better and crisper than the titanium.  I have gotten to run with them as well, and they do bounce way less and again, don’t hurt the ears 31688200_10211481630496736_5472659904227442688_o

They do now come in colors, though I believe they are currently sold out, so just get the regular airs and you will love them.  The comfort of these and the safety they provide just really can’t be beat.  I also have a link for you to save $30 off a pair for yourself go to

bibrave.aftershokz.com

Better get to it, cause they probably will sell out.

Also if you wish to read up on aftershokz and either they air or titanium go here

https://aftershokz.com/

You really can’t go wrong with either one, and I will say, when I first tried them, I was skeptical, but I am a believer and I will never use another type of head phone again, these are perfect

 

Review of CTM Band

Disclaimer: I received a CTM Band 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!

Let’s just get right to it, I LOVE THIS THING!!!

It really works your muscles, and as someone who has super tight calves, this gets right into them and really works them out.  It is easy to use, and it is adjustable to the size of your legs or feet or arms.  As you can see in the pic it is a band with what looks like golf balls on it, those balls are what dig into your muscles.  it comes with 4 on there but you can easily remove them and put them back on, They just twist on and off.  With my calves, I used 2 balls, with my foot I only used one.

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When you wrapped it onto whatever body part you are using, you then have to move, so I would flex my foot, and when on my calves I would do heel dips, either on my work out bench or on my stairs.  You only have to use it for 2 minutes at a time, so it is quick recovery and this thing is so easy to travel with, so much easier then trying to pack a foam roller, it also gets so much deeper into the muscle then any foam roller I have ever tried.

No matter what workout you do, I would highly recommend getting one of these for your recovery.  You can go to https://ctm.band/ and use code CTMBIBRAVE to save yourself 20% on one.  Great deal for a great product.

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Also, it comes with directions on how to use it, but you can go on the site for video for those who do better with video directions.

Review: Health Warrior Chia Bars

Disclaimer: I received Health Warrior Chia Bars and coloring book 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! 

Right now, I know what you’re thinking…chia bars?  Really??  Seriously, they’re good.  I got to try 2 flavors, Apple Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate.  I enjoyed both, but I really liked Apple Cinnamon better.  I found the dark chocolate to not be super deep chocolaty flavor, it was still good though.  The apple cinnamon tasted like little apple pies, and well, I love apple pies.

I did already enjoy chia, and use it often in foods but I had never had a chia bar and wondered if I would like the texture.  Other then then the chia getting stuck in your teeth, the texture is great and like eating a regular granola bar, but so much better for you. The are certified gluten free, 100% Vegan, only 4 g of fiber and 3 g of protein and only 3 g of sugar.  And they do help you feel full, they are a great in between meal snack.  While recovering from my hip injury, I have been going to PT, and I go after work, so I end up eating dinner late, I always brought a chia bar with me and it helped me get through PT without getting hangry, and my PT appreciates that.

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where I ate most of them, in my car

They have many more flavors, you don’t just have to get the 2 I tried. They have Acai Berry, Banana Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry, and Mango and you can also get mix packs, but let me tell you about something even cooler, if you order your bars with this link

http://healthwarrior.link/colorbookbr

You can get a super cool marathon training coloring book with your order, and I mean, who doesn’t love coloring, I know I do and this book is full of funny pics to color in and many you will know all about if you are a runner

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why yes that is poop

I highly recommend these bars, in fact, when I am done with what I have, I will order more, they are super tasty, good for you, and keeps me full until I can have a meal.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do

also check out a fellow pros review

https://funsizeathleteblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/bibrave-product-review-superfoods-to-the-rescue-with-healthwarrior/

Southern Fried Half

I usually don’t theme a race, they generally have their own.  But the training for this race was just so bad, and in memory of the great Tom Petty, I made the theme of this race, I Won’t Back Down.  And you know what, I didn’t

You all know about my hip issues and being sick, I was hoping this would be my try at a sub 2 hour half, but my body just said no to that.  I have written posts about it, so I won’t go into it again.  But I was able to run the whole thing and I finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes, so I happy and I know I can run again.

Getting to the Outer Banks was not bad easy flight, easy drive.  I will say, in the off season, this place is pretty quiet, but still really pretty.  We stayed at Shutters on the Banks and I would highly recommend that hotel, very nice and great prices, and they have an indoor pool and hot tub WIN.  There are tons of other hotels as well.  There are plenty of places to eat, my favorites were Black Pelican, Kill Devil Grill and Outer Banks Brewing Station.  We also checked out were the Wright Bros took their first flight, that was really cool, and I would recommend that as well.

The expo was small, but nice plenty of cool things to buy and bib pick up was easy.  Race morning, drop off was easy, Lars was able to drop me off then head off to get his coffee with only a few detours and then head to the finish line.  This is a point to point race, so for those he usually just hangs at the finish line.  They had us in corrals that were not over crowded, I could totally move around and even get some last minute stretches in.  The race is overall pretty flat, there is not a lot of crowd support, but people were out cheering us on.  Plenty of water stations and tons of portapotties.  Then at mile 9 you start to go up the bridge, the bridge from hell.  Such a long steep hill, holy crap but once you are over and down, it’s all flat again.  The finish line in Matteo is so nice, and it is such a cute little town.  There was music and all sorts of food and drink, a really nice after party.  They had shuttles for everyone to get you back to your car and then getting back to the hotel (after a stop at Duck Donuts GO THERE) was pretty smooth.

Overall I liked the race and enjoyed my time on the Outer Banks. I would recommend anyone to visit it, even if you don’t race, just a cool area.  And this makes state 16 done in my quest to run the 50.23591995_10210296584111317_747950760469316964_o