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

 

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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

South Shore Half and 5k

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the South Shore Half and 5k 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 race since recovering from my hip issues (still recovering just feeling so much better) and it went so well.  Let me tell you about the race, then I can tell you about how it went.

First off, parking, so great.  They have you park at a local mall, which is pretty much right off the highway.  They bus you to the start line, super quick, super easy.  The bib pick up and baggage check was efficient and they even had bags for you if you didn’t bring your own.  The start line is also right near a HUGE field, so you have plenty of room to sit, stretch, or do your warm ups which is always nice. Also, plenty of portapotties

The race itself (I only did the 5k I cannot comment on the whole half) was really nice, some rolling hills, nothing crazy and the last 1/2 mile is ALL DOWN HILL!!! You read that right, all down hill, is there anything better, NOPE.  The race scenery is so nice, a beautiful neighborhood to run through.  The streets were closed and had plenty of volunteer and cops to keep you safe. Not a lot of people out cheering, but I enjoyed the quiet and the pretty houses and trees, it was nice.

The finish line is great and you walk through to get plenty of water and food, and if you wanted a beer, they had plenty (I’m not into beer) I then hopped on a bus and was driven back to my car.  Great race, well run, would highly recommend it and would do it again. and oh yeah FREE RACE PHOTOS!!!!

Now for me, I averaged a 10:06 pace SO HAPPY, and no pain.  A little stiffness at the beginning but it went away quickly.  I felt like I could run forever and man, did I miss that feeling.0033956_00d3bd95-db3b-4ff3-9ae9-aa1ffecb2af7

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

Disclaimer: I received the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium 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!

I won’t lie, when I first got these I was pretty skeptical.  Would I really hear the sound well?  Would they bother my ears?

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So, I tried them out, and well, I love them, especially for my early morning runs.  At first they did rub the top of my ears a bit, but they come with some rubber things to put around them, and that helped stop that.  I love that I can hear my music but still hear everything going on around me, which is so important when you are running at 0 dark 30 every morning.  These headphones do NOT go in your ears, at all, here is the blurb about how that all works

THE AFTERSHOKZ WAY

Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process—sound travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously. We’ve taken the concept to the next level through development of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents. The result: headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort.

HOW THEY WORK

Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.

And it works, great, the only issue I have found is for races, first time I used them at a race I wasn’t sure they were on because the noise of race starts is so loud, but, still didn’t mind it, and was nice to be able to hear everything through out the race.

I have had no issues with sweat or moving, and it has been very humid here and I haven’t had a problem at all.

If you are a runner or any athlete who does your thing outdoors, especially in the dark, I would highly recommend getting these, they are super worth it, just for the safety factor.

If you do decide to get some, awesome, go here http://bibrave.aftershokz.com/.

and use code FREECASE to get yourself a nice case to go with your fancy new headphones.

Also check out my fellow bibravers reviews on these head phones.

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/46624153/posts/1530504697

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/112262952/posts/961

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/82089550/posts/35399

 

2Toms Foot Shield Review

Disclaimer: I received 2Toms Foot Shield 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!

2Toms foot shield is a roll on product to help keep your feet dry an odor free, a thing most runners needs, cause, well, stinky feet aren’t pleasant.  Per the bottle, the product contains tea tree and other essential oils, helps prevent athlete’s foot (another good thing) and is fast drying.

I first tried it with running, it is fast drying and when it dries, seems similar to powder, but we less messy.  I thought it worked really well, my feet didn’t get super sweaty and the smell was way less.  But, my favorite way to use this product, is with my regular shoes.  In the summer I hate wearing socks, but wearing loafers and ballet flats does also equal smelly feet, especially during the very humid months.  So I wore this daily to work with my loafers or ballet flats and my feet stayed dry and my shoes and feet are WAY less smelly.  I will very much keep using this product all summer, because it just works so great and it isn’t goopy or messy to apply and doesn’t stain shoes.  I will say, it does dry out your feet, so be sure to use lotion at night so your skin doesn’t totally dry out.

Here is the site, which goes into more description about the product, if you do wish to buy it, use code 2TOMS20 to get 20% off a bottle.  I hope you do try it and like it as much as I do

http://www.2toms.com/footshield/