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: Rock and Roll Seattle

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Rock and Roll Seattle 1/2 marathon 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 was my first ever Rock and Roll race, I have heard both good and bad about it.  I would say my overall experience was good, and I quite enjoyed the race, let me tell you about it.

First off, Rock and Roll does great with the emails, I knew where things were, what times they were, when the park would open for the race, all of that, never had a question about anything and what time it was.  Also, they have an app, that also has all the info, which also tracked me as well.  The Expo was small, mostly Brooks stuff (their shoe sponsor) and then about 3 rows of other things.  I walked through fairly quickly, but getting my bid and bag and shirt was all super quick and smooth.  They have lots of shirts and sweatshirts to get if you want one, I did end up getting a sweatshirt.

Race Morning, was early, but I don’t mind that.  Race started at 6:30 am, and the park near where the race started and ended, opened up at 4:30 for runners.  I stayed at a hotel that was a bit out of the way, so I made sure to get my lyft early and I got there around 5:30 am, which was nice, the park was fairly quiet, I dropped my bag off at bag check (all UPS trucks, pretty easy to spot) and then made a visit to the portopotties, which they had tons, but being one of the first people there, I got a never used one (race gods smiling upon me) I then just relaxed and waited until it was time to get into my corral.

Once in my corral, I didn’t have to wait too long for the race to start.  I was in Corral 13, so I did have to wait a bit, but they sent the corrals off about every 2 minutes.  Also the corrals were not packed, which was nice, I could stretch and warm up without smacking people.  Once off, it was hills, oh yes hills.  The course was really nice, lots of see and while not tons of people out, there were people out there cheering us on.  Also, HILLS, not easy hills, SUPER STEEP hills, but hey, not all races can be flat.  I will say, by the end the water stations were a bit bare, there was always water, but they were pouring it sometimes.  There is also a mile where they put of pics of Military members who were KIA and then their families are there holding flags, holy moly, that was amazing and I think I picked up speed there with all their cheers.  Also, after the steepest hill, you go through the St Jude section with pics of kids who have survived cancer, which was just awesome.  After that we got to run on the freeway and I got this shot IMG_20180610_160417_412

One last hill, then you finish and they send you through the shoot, and you get water, your medal, and chocolate milk, there was also fruit cups, and KIND bars and bananas, then you could go hang out in the park and stretch and just relax, it was a beautiful day so I hung out for a bit, then went off to find Donuts.IMG_20180611_175920_215

Overall, I really enjoyed the race, and I really enjoyed visiting Seattle.  I thought the race was well run and even though the course had some seriously tough hills, I enjoyed it.  I would recommend it.

 

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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.

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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 

Big News

So, I recently discovered this site, Bib Rave, a place where you can go and review races.  Great site to find about a race you want to do and what others have thought about them.  They also have a fun chat on Tuesday nights, called #bibchat starts at 9pm EST.  Well I liked it so much, I signed up to become a BibRave Pro, and I got in.  So now I will be reviewing more races and maybe some cool products.  Of course I will always give my honest thoughts on things, because I want all my runner friends to enjoy things, or not use things if they are not great.  I hope you enjoy the new posts and hope you can find a new race to run  or new product to use and help with running.

Also, I have a link in my menu to get discounts on lots of races, check it out, who doesn’t like a discount on a race.BibRave-Badge-1 (1)