Review: Whitepaw RunMitts

Disclaimer: I received Whitepaw RunMitts 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!”

Do you live in an area with a harsh winter, you know, regularly gets below freezing with windchills making it even colder? Do you also have to go outside in that weather, be it running, or walking, or just have to go to the grocery store. Then you need to get yourself a pair of Whitepaw RunMitts.

I got the wind and water resistant ones but you could get the double velour fleece ones or the lightweight ones, depending on your hand warming needs. These are thumbless, which was odd at first, but man, it really helps keep your hands warm. They do fold over, so if you need to use your hand, it is very easy to do.

So super easy to still get to your watch, or phone if you need to.

I wore mine on some of the coldest and windiest days in February, like -10 windchill days and my hands would sweat, that’s how warm they were.

They are super soft, very comfy, they do come in sizes, I have VERY small hands and wear a small, so I would size up if you are not like me with the tiny hands.

Whitepaw RunMitts is also a women owned/black owned business and she is a baseball fan (that may matter only to me but hey, had to mention) so it is a great company to support. I have heard from non running friends who have bought these and claim this is the warmest their hands have been, so hey, you don’t need to be a runner to want these.

Go to https://runmitts.com/ to purchase them, and use code BIBRAVE5 to save $5. (Good until March 31st 2021) She sells other things as well, so purchase some other stuff while you are there too.

Stepping up

Disclaimer: I received an Amazon gift card to  review and promote the FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden 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 the past month I have been in a step challenge on the Fitness Bank app, and the one and only Des Linden was part of it too. Having this challenge this month has been great.  Having everything cancelled was a quite a downer and this was a nice positive thing to force me to get outside and get some walking in, Rosie very much approved of that.

The Fitness Bank app was super easy to set up and use.  There are lots of other challenges to join in so if you are looking for something to help you get out and walk, join in. You do not need to sign up for an account to use the step tracker, if you want to, cool but it is not required.  You can also get your friends to join and set up some step challenges with them, nothing like a little friendly competition to get you motivated.

While I am no where close to winning this, as my steps have gone way down with less running, that is ok, I still enjoyed it, and it was nice to say I got to compete against Des Linden, cause that will never happen again.IMG_20200421_112150_674

Handful Bra

Disclaimer: I received the Handful Bra 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, I will start with this, I am a 34B in bras.  I know this will help with your decision in deciding to try this bra out yourself.

I got the Y back bra from Handful

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also, a lovely purple color, my fave. My first thought when I opened the package was how very soft it was. It does come with removable pads, I do leave them in, my personal preference.

My biggest issues with sports bra is that they chafe me horribly right at the band line right below my breasts.  I had one bra rip me so bad I bled.  So I went in with this bra to give it real tests.  I wore it for multiple long runs and multiple long speed work outs, and you know what, no chaffing.  None what so ever.  Yes I did still use my squirrel nut butter with it, but even with that my other bras still cause chaffing.  I am so pleased with this bra, comfy, soft and no chaffing.  I am so happy with it that I plan in buying more and pretty much making it my go to bra for long runs and races.

If you would like to try them out, you can use code BIBRAVE20 for 20% off.

Also, check out reviews from my fellow pros

https://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2020/02/a-running-horror-story-tale-of-ultra.html

Review: Handful Bra

RAW Series

So I have mentioned this a few times in other blog posts, but never really talked about it, so I figured I would do a post today.  The RAW Series stands for Race Around Waltham, I did it in 2019 and I am signed up to do it again in 2020.

2019 requirement was to run/walk or volunteer a certain 6 races, they were…

JB Blastoff 5k
Moody St 5K
St Jude 5K
Prospect Bandit Run
Shopper’s Cafe 5K
Western Greenway 5K

I did complete all the races, and doing so, I got myself a sweet RAW Series vest and gloves.  We also had a party for all the finishers and food was provided, it was quite nice.  I enjoyed most of the races (I did not like the Prospect bandit run) and I walked the Western Greenway race as it was between Detroit and NYC.

For 2020, you have to run/walk or volunteer for at least 6 races (one of them HAS to be the Prospect Bandit run) ( boo to that) out of a list of 12.  Here is the list

  • Shifter’s 5K to benefit the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge – Saturday, April 4, 2020, www.Shifters5K.com
  • JB Blastoff to benefit Brain Cancer/local family – Saturday, April 25, 2020 Pending
  • Moody Street 5K to benefit Waltham public secondary schools – May 3, 2020, www.moodyst5K.com
  • Saint Jude School 5K Road Race and Family Fun Walk – St. Jude School to benefit the school – May TBD, http://saintjudewaltham.com
  • FitzGerald Elementary 4th Annual Fun Run/Walk – Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm  
  • Waltham YMCA – Five to Thrive – Waltham YMCA – July 25, 2020 at 9:00 am
  • Prospect Bandit Run  – Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm   www.rawseries.org  
  • Waltham Track Mile at Leary Field benefiting Waltham HS Track and XC  – Date TBD
  • Mighty Squirrel 4 Miler – Sunday, September 27, 2020
  • Shopper’s Cafe 5K Sponsored by Marathon Sports – September TBD                                 
  • Western Greenway 5K – October TBD
  • Piggy’s 5K to benefit the Paul Logue Charitable Trust – November TBD

I have already signed up for Shifter’s, I will not be able to do JB or Moody’s this year due to OKC Memorial Marathon so the next one for me will probably be St Jude.  Also, Lars is joining me in doing the series this year, his first race will be Moody St and I will be out there cheering him on.  I will most likely volunteer for the Prospect Bandit run, as I don’t want to race it again.  If you are local , you can easily sign up for the series, it is free, you just have to pay the race fees for each race you do.  You can go to https://www.rawseries.org/ and sign up there.  It’s a great way to check out Waltham and hang out with fellow runners.

Review: Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen 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!

As someone who pretty much always runs outside, sunscreen is necessary, year round.  (The sun still comes out the winter I swear it does) I have tried tons a brands, and they keep me covered, but always were super goopy or would have to be reapplied more often because they would just sweat off. I have finally found the perfect running sunscreen and that is Sawyer  Stay put sunscreen.

It goes on easily, doesn’t leave streaks all over.  Also is dries quickly, so I can put it on, then touch my phone, and I don’t end up with sunscreen all over my phone.  It stays on through all my long runs.  I worn is for multiple hours and never once have I burned in the sun.  Also, doesn’t come off in my all my runs through sprinklers. It also doesn’t smell, which I really enjoy, I don’t need to smell like a giant coconut on my runs, plus I think that helps keeps the bugs away from me, since I don’t smell like food.

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I have a cute model 

I did use it for pretty much everything, running, walking, and sitting by the pool, loved it for all things.  If you are an outdoor athelete I would highly recommend this sunscreen for you, you can go here to purchase it. https://amzn.to/315wuwX

Check out my fellow pros reviews, we all kinda like it

http://roadbacktoboston.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-sunscreen-for-high-mileage-month.html

Protect Your Skin From The Summer Sun!

 

The Best Sunscreen for Runners

https://kenstandsonthings.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/product-review-sawyer-sunscreen/

Review: Road ID Wrist ID

Disclaimer: I received an Road ID Wrist ID 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 known about Road ID for a while, an always meant to get one, because, extra safety precautions is never ever a bad thing, but I just kept putting it off and not getting one, so when Bibrave offered this to us I jumped at it and I am so glad I did.

I got the Wrist ID with the pin tuck band, in red and gold.  I was worried about it fitting on my wrist, since I do have such tiny wrists, but no issues.  It fits nicely, doesn’t move much and is very comfortable.  For my ID, I put my name, location and 2 emergency contacts, and a mantra.  You can also had any allergies you might have.  I wear this 24/7 now, I never take it off, I even sleep in it, and no issues with that.pic_shot_1564850594713

If you do any outdoor sport, I highly recommend you get one of these.  They have all sorts of products, not just the wrist ID, so if this isn’t your jam, you can get a sidekick which attaches to your garmin watch.  Also, Road ID has an app, it’s free, and it can track you while you run, and also list on emergency contacts and allergies.  If you want to get a Road ID, and I suggest you do, then go here and you will get 20% off

https://road.id/BibRave

Review: Knockaround Fast Lanes

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Fast Lane 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!

As you know, I already love Knockaround sunglasses, in fact, if you see a pic of me in sunglasses, they are Knockarounds.  They are well priced, comfy and cute, I may have about 5 pairs…maybe, who knows.  So it is established that I already love this brand, when I was offered the opportunity to test their new Fast Lanes, I jumped at it.

And guess what, I love these too.  In fast, these will now be my new running sunglasses.  The thinner arms, which work much better with my aftershokz head phones, and these do not bounce at all, I usually have that issue with my small nose I had no issues with these.  I have also warn them to drive and just hang outside and they are great.  These are meant for bigger faces and they really do fit my face the best.  Here is a snippet about them from knockaround.com

What makes Fast Lanes different from other Knockaround frame styles? These bad boys are designed to look great on medium and larger face shapes. And like all Knockaround sunglasses, each pair benefits from FDA-approved and impact-resistant lenses with full UV400 protection. With a pair of Fast Lanes there’s no pumping the brakes; these highway heroes are impossibly durable and strong enough to stand up to your fast-paced lifestyle without breaking the bank. Fast Lanes are finished with embedded “K” logos on the arms and come with a protective pouch, so they’re ready for you whenever you need to kick it into high gear.

Would you like a pair?? Of course you do, well I have a coupon code for you, use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 and save 20% off your entire order.  (this is good from 3/25 – 4/18 so get to buying) (also, one use per customer)

want to know what my fellow pros think…

http://themarathonlady.com/index.php/2019/04/14/brp-review-knockaround-fast-lane-sunglasses/

https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/join-me-in-the-fast-lane-knockaround-fast-lanes-product-review/

Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses Review!

https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/04/life-on-fast-lanes.html

REVIEW: Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses

Review: Knockaround Fast Lanes

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Fast Lane 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!

As you know, I already love Knockaround sunglasses, in fact, if you see a pic of me in sunglasses, they are Knockarounds.  They are well priced, comfy and cute, I may have about 5 pairs…maybe, who knows.  So it is established that I already love this brand, when I was offered the opportunity to test their new Fast Lanes, I jumped at it.

And guess what, I love these too.  In fast, these will now be my new running sunglasses.  The thinner arms, which work much better with my aftershokz head phones, and these do not bounce at all, I usually have that issue with my small nose I had no issues with these.  I have also warn them to drive and just hang outside and they are great.  These are meant for bigger faces and they really do fit my face the best.  Here is a snippet about them from knockaround.com

What makes Fast Lanes different from other Knockaround frame styles? These bad boys are designed to look great on medium and larger face shapes. And like all Knockaround sunglasses, each pair benefits from FDA-approved and impact-resistant lenses with full UV400 protection. With a pair of Fast Lanes there’s no pumping the brakes; these highway heroes are impossibly durable and strong enough to stand up to your fast-paced lifestyle without breaking the bank. Fast Lanes are finished with embedded “K” logos on the arms and come with a protective pouch, so they’re ready for you whenever you need to kick it into high gear.

Would you like a pair?? Of course you do, well I have a coupon code for you, use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 and save 20% off your entire order.  (this is good from 3/25 – 4/18 so get to buying) (also, one use per customer)

want to know what my fellow pros think…

BRP Review: Knockaround Fast Lane Sunglasses

https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/join-me-in-the-fast-lane-knockaround-fast-lanes-product-review/

Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses Review!

https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/04/life-on-fast-lanes.html

REVIEW: Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses

Review: CEP 3.0 Tall Socks

Disclaimer: I received an CEP 3.0 Tall Socks 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!

After my calf issues last training cycle, I have been trying compression sleeves and socks.  The socks I had tried before were soooo tight and so difficult to get over my large calves, which made me just not want to use them, struggling with someone at 4:30 am, not pleasant at all.  Then I tried the CEP 3.0 tall socks and boom they hit the spot.

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First off, they are easy to get on, without sacrificing the compression part, they are soft and roll right over my calves and hence, much easier to deal with at 4:30 am.  I have warn them for all my track workouts and long runs and they are comfy for both.  They are thicker in the foot area as well, so that felt nice while running, also super nice when winter running, a nice bonus when you have some extra layers for warmth.

If you wish to get some and try them for yourself, you can go here https://www.cepcompression.com/

I do really recommend these and I will be buying myself another pair because I do love them so much.  These will be my race socks for all my upcoming races.  Which reminds me, I need to go update that blog post, cause there are more races in my future.

Review: Addaday Massage Roller

“Disclaimer: I received an Addaday Pro Roller to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

All runners know about the foam rollers or stick rollers, you have a love hate relationship with them, they hurt but man, do they help.  I have a foam roller and a stick roller to travel with, but when given the chance to try the addaday massage roller, I had to try it, it looked so different from what I have already, and hey could only help.

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You will notice this roller, looks quite different, let me tell you, all those notches on it, they dig DEEP, and when my hammy was tightening up last week, it got right in there to loosen it up.  also, that lovely little red knob, great for your feet, as someone who has dealt with PF, this is great, trust me it stings at first, but your feet will feel so much better after 52440829_10213412523647858_7659066491483979776_o

If you are a runner, or do any sort of work outs, I would recommend this roller, it gets in so much deeper then regular rollers and really pushes on the points you need pushed.  You can go to http://www.addaday.com/ and buy it there, or check out your local runner store for it.  I have not traveled recently, but I would bet this is very easy to travel with and I will be taking it with me to Wisconsin when I do Run Madtown.

Overall, my advice, get this, it is great.