Review: Knockaround Sports Collection

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Sport Sunglasses 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!

You know I love me some Knockaround sunglasses, I mean I own, about 10 pairs. But when I learned we could test these out I couldn’t pass it up. How are these different you ask, well they have rubber nose pads, so they do not slip, move or bounce.

I made sure to really test them out, I took them on multiple long runs and even got to use them in some of my shorter speed work outs, and they are right, no bouncing. No slipping down my nose, which I generally have huge issues with, as I have a very tiny nose. If you are looking for great sports glasses at a really great price, I highly recommend these.

They come in some really cool colors, as per usual with Knockaround, and you cannot be their prices. These are really great quality glasses that will not cost you an arm and a leg.

Please go check out http://www.knockaround.com and you can use code BibRaveKnocks5 to save 20% off an entire order (only one time per customer)

Be sure to check out my fellow pros reviews….

https://runkaty.wordpress.com/2020/08/06/knockaround-sport-collection/

http://therift40.com/knockaround-a-review/

https://runwithcoachfischer.blogspot.com/2020/08/knockaround-sport-collection-review.html

Mask Up

Disclaimer: I received a Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask 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.

Strange times we are in right now, and with there being a pandemic, to be safe, you have to wear a mask.  I got to try out the Body Helix Ultra light face mask, and it was pretty great.

First off, there are sizes, not one size fits all, so it fits your face nicely.  It comes with extra filters it also has nose pieces to make sure it fits your nose perfectly.  The mask complies with CDC recommendations and it is washable, which is just what is needed right now. The parts that go over your ears are thick and comfy, no rubbing.

I wear this mask to walk Rosie everyday, easy to breathe with it on, and overall pretty great in the heat.IMG_20200817_135106_212

Also wore it out shopping, and let me tell you, doesn’t move at all I don’t have to constantly adjust it while I am looking at my grocery list. It’s really great.20200811_144225

You can go to the site to order one for yourself

https://bodyhelix.com/product/face-mask-helix/

make sure to use code BR15 to save 15% off an order of (sub) total $40 or more

also, check out what my fellow pros thought about it

 

https://bluegrassbamr.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/masking-up-to-runreview-of-the-body-helix-ultra-light-face-mask/

Road Tested: Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask

https://charbar1989.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/product-review-body-helix-ultra-light-face-mask/

https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/lets-face-it-its-the-new-norm-body-helix-ultra-light-face-mask-review/

BibRave Product Review: 2020 must-have Body Helix Ultra-Light face mask

It’s all Virtual

“Disclaimer: I received entry to Loco Racing Smuttynose Rockfest Half 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, I would say I am surprised but I am not, the Smuttynose Rockfest Half is now virtual.  We all know why, safety is top priority right now, and I get it.  I will still be running a half on October 4th, I will just being doing it on the local rail trail instead.  I will probably just do it as a fun run too, I have learned racing virtually just doesn’t work for me.  I can’t get myself geared up for it, so a nice 13.1 mile fun run will be nice.  Hopefully the weather will be great and I can get some great tree pics while out and about.

Not sure if I will be running anymore races in 2020, I Have one more that is still currently on, but we shall see on that.  Right now I will enjoy my virtual races and hope that I can race and travel again in 2021.

Times are a changing

“Disclaimer: I received entry to Urban Bourbon Half Marathon 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 have all of your races been cancelled like mine?  Well I’ve still got one on the calendar, Urban Bourbon Half Marathon.  For them to still have the race they have had to make a lot of changes so that way everyone can be safe.  I really respect the fact they are trying so hard to keep this going but also make sure everyone will be ok doing it.

First off, it is in a new location, so it will be more of the Suburban Bourbon half, and that is ok.  The new location is in the Parklands, so no running through the city, but I don’t mind running through parks, I bet the views will be lovely.

Also, there is a rolling start, no more all hanging out in a corral together, you can pick a time, or if you had already signed up, they assigned you a time.  You show up then and take off.  While I will miss hanging out with my fellow runners, I understand, standing around with them is not in any ones best interest right now. Also, as part of your swag, you will get a gaiter, so you know, you can cover your face when you are within 6 feet of someone.

There will be no post race bash, again understandable.  There will be some virtual bourbon experiences for those that run the race, so I am excited for that, always cool to learn more about bourbon.

The big thing, is, if we want this race to happen, we need people to sign up.  Louisville has authorized them to run this race, but if they do not reach 1900 paid registrations by September 26th, then they will have to cancel (you will get a refund or you can defer to 2021 if they do cancel) but sign up so this race can go off.  You can use code BOURBONRAVE2020 to save 10%

Also, check out the sweet medal you will get, so sign up

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Where have you been

“Disclaimer: I received entry to Loco Racing Smuttynose Rockfest Half 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!”

 

Covid =  not blogging

Sorry about that, not a whole lot going on, running, working, never leaving the house, that is life right now.

Still training for the Smuttynose Rockfast Half, as of now, the race is still on.  So hoping to get to NH and run a really good race.  Training was going along until this week and, I had just had it.  I could barely trudge along on Monday and yes it was hot, but it has been pretty hot all summer and Saturday and Monday were just horrible runs.  So I talked to my coach and we decided I needed a break.

I took the rest of this week off, I’ll get back to running on Monday and man, I already feel so much better.  I was also starting to get some tightness in my left leg, so I am hoping I cut that off before it got bad and really derailed my training.  Sometimes you just need a break, and with how weird everything has been, I am not surprised I needed some time off.  I caught up on sleep and just relaxed, it has been nice.  Hoping now, when I get back to it, that my body is ready to go cause I know my mind is.

I hope all of you are doing ok, I know this time is tough, so if you need a break, take one.  Your mental health is just as important has your physical one.

 

If you can make it to NH in October, I hope you will join me at the Smuttynose Rockfest Half use code SAVE10 to save 10%.  Go to https://hamptonrockfest.com/ to sign up.

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

Get Fast

“Disclaimer: I received entry to Loco Racing Smuttynose Rockfest Half 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 really haven’t done a personal post in a while, so I figured I would update you on what is going on in my running life right now.

So, no spring race, at all.  No OKC Memorial Marathon, it sucks, I’m sad, but I know and understand why.  I will get to OKC at some point, but will probably be in 2022.  So I took this past week off to rest, and starting tomorrow, I get back to training.  The next few months, I will be working on short speed, like training for a 5k or 10k (which I hope to maybe get in some summer races, shall see) and I will be adding in a second day of strength training.  For strength training I will be using the TTSL Daily from Constantly Varied Gear, you should check them out.  Great workouts and they have some awesome clothes too.  My very awesome coach is working with me through this very weird time and she will have me ready to race in the fall, when hopefully we can all race again.  Excited to go for a half PR at Smuttynose Rockfest Half in NH.

I hope to maybe, get in another trip this summer, since my March and April trips were both cancelled, I have some extra money so maybe in August I can add in another race and visit another state, again, I will only book this once I know for sure we can travel, so whenever that is.  I have been looking at flights and races in states I haven’t been to yet, cause man, I miss traveling.  I did find 2 races one in MN and one in OR, so we’ll see, that’s all I say now, we’ll see cause well, we just don’t know.

(I also do still have my job, I work from home now, I know I am very lucky for that)

Well I hope you are all staying safe and staying home, so we can flatten that curve and be able to race again.  I miss my races, I miss seeing my fellow runners in person and getting to read silly signs.  I hope to see you all in the fall, until then, stay home.

Another one gone

Disclaimer: I promoted Run Madtown  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, we are losing a lot of races this year.  Looks like there will be no spring racing this year.  Run Madtown has had to cancel, if you were planning on running please check your email or their website for more info.

If you would like to know more about the race, to get some ideas for 2021, then check out my review from running it last year

https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/run-madtown/

I hope you all are staying home and staying safe.  So that I can see you all racing in the fall

Looking for some goals?

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!

Has your race been cancelled? Mine has, and I know that itching need for a goal. So I have a fun one for you.  Join the FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden.  I mean, how often can you say you got to compete with one of the greatest marathoners.  It is really simple to join.  You just have to download the FitnessBank Step app

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you do not have to sign up for their banking part, just the step tracker.  Once you get it, just fill out all the info and make sure you connect to whatever you are using to track your steps 20200306_204022

once you have done that, you just need to find the challenge  and join up IMG_20200306_204613_889

Today is the first day of it. so get into the app soon and sign up.  We all need some goals and here is a fun way to have one

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

Y-Back Bra

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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