Did it even happen…

Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Summit subscription and Strava merchandise 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!

If it isn’t on Strava?  Have you signed up yet?  You should, it’s a great tracking app and it is free.  You get so  many cool features with it, challenges, you can join groups and running clubs, you can join a group for an up coming race you are in.

I love being able to look up my stats easily and just see how I have improved from week to week, month to month and year to year.  Also, Strava emails you your monthly stats which is always cool to get.

I have used other tracking apps and Strava is by far my favorite and one of the easiest to use, I hope you are enjoying it as much as I do

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.

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

Where is Spring??

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Rhode Races Newport 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!

Less then a month until Rhode Races Newport, and we are about to get hit with another snow storm.  Spring is going to show up right? RIGHT???!!!  Well let’s all hope that April 14th in Newport is a beautiful Spring day and that all the snow is loooooonnnngggg gone.  Make sure you sign up soon, you don’t want to miss out

http://runri.us/newport-race-info/

Did you know you will get free, yes FREE race pictures, I mean what runner doesn’t love that, even they are bad, you know you really love them.  There is free athlete tracking through Race Joy (I have used this app before, it is great and works quite well).  Mobile Locker Co will be one site to make sure your gear is safe. There will also be pacers, to help you reach whatever race goal you have.  And then, most important, after race beers provided by local RI breweries

Be sure when you do sign up, because you know you want to do this race, that you use code BIBRAVE to save 10%

I hope the weather is lovely that day, and Newport is the spring is one of the best places to be.

More Love for Brilliant Reflective

Disclaimer: I received a Brilliant Reflective Strips 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, as you know, I have tested these before

https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/brilliant-reflective-review/

And I quite liked them, but I mainly used the stick on ones.  This time, I decided to try out the iron on ones.  I should state, all the clothes I put the stick on ones on, are still there, even after many washes. The iron on ones, are just as great, it just requires a little more work to get them on.

First off, make sure your clothes are clean and can be ironed.  Set your iron to a lower setting, one for synthetic fabrics.  Lay whatever you are using flat, and place the strips where you would like them to be.  Put a piece of paper towel over the strips, then place the iron on top.  Hold the iron down and move it around a bit, I would say I left it on for about 5 minutes, once done and look stuck on, DO NOT TOUCH THEM.  Let them cool, then you remove the top layer so they are reflective, and then you are good to go.

Easy right

I love these as much as the stick ons, just as bright and they wash fine too (I do wash all my workout clothes on the delicate cycle) I would really recommend anyone who runs in the dark to get these, and right now, I have a deal for you go to bit.ly/BRP25 and you can get 25% off a multipack, how great is that.

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now you see me

please check out my fellow Bibrave pros and what they thought about Brilliant Reflective Strips

http://www.andreaheser.com/blog/2018/2/3/its-my-time-to-shine

http://bipolarfatherathletemarathoner.blogspot.com/2018/01/my-review-of-brilliant-reflective.html

Be Brilliant, Be Seen!

https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2018/01/be-seen-be-safe.html

Training with a bum foot

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!

As you remember from a previous blog, or maybe you don’t, no worries, I am running the 5 & Dime at the DMSE Sports Classic on July 22.  Well, I was planning on running twice a day to get myself prepped to run 2 races in one day, yeah, that’s not happening.  I have gotten PF in my right foot now, so running twice a day, not a great idea.  Instead I am trying to get more strength training in to get myself ready.  I am back to taking boot camp classes twice a week, and I have added in a daily squat, lunge and push up thing, (I add one on everyday, starting with 10 and going up).  The PF is not too bad this time, so I think I will be fine to race, and I am still running, but just once a day.  I do have a race on the 15th, the Run to Homebase, so will see how I feel after that.  Injuries come with this whole running thing, this one seems to be pretty mild so I am still looking forward to all my races coming up.  I hope to see some of you there.

Don’t forget, if you want to run in the DMSE Sports Classic, you have 3 races to choose from, sign up with code BIBRAVE2017 to save $5.

My First BibRave Pro Race

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to DMSE Classic in Andover, MA 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 I picked my first Bib Rave Pro race and  DUN DUN DUN it is the DMSE Classic in Andover, MA.  With this, there are 3 races you can do, or, you can do more then 1.  There is a 5k, 10k and a Half Marathon.  If you do the 5k and 10k it is called the 5 and Dime, if you want to be daring at do all 3 races, that is called The Hat Trick (catchy right) also, if you want to sign up for any of these races, use code BIBRAVE2017 to save $5.

I decided to do the 5 and Dime, why not and it will be my first time doing 2 races in one day.  I am pretty excited about it.  Not really going to do either one for a time, as it is 2 in a day and the races are on July 22, 23 so probably going to be hot.  I think to prep I will do some 2 a day running at the end of June beginning of July and will let you all know how it goes.

If you want to join me, here is the link to sign up

http://www.dmsesports.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&content_id=140

and don’t forget code BIBRAVE2017 to save $5, always great to save some money.  Hope to see some of you there.

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Tracking Me on Race Day

So the Flying Pig Marathon is a week away, very excited to get out to Cincinnati and run.  Feeling good and ready to go, hopefully all goes well.

I know not everyone can get out to Cinci to watch, so if you want to track me there are 2 ways.  First is through the RaceJoy app, you can find the Flying Pig Marathon, then search for me by name.  I do have the app on my phone and will be running with my phone.

The other is the Flying Pig App, look for me by name and there you go.

Also, if you maybe want to run the race, you can still sign up, use code PIG2017BR  to get $10 off any of the races.

Thanks to all who keep track of me, on this blog, or through twitter or FB, I appreciate it and hope to get some cheers from all of you on race day.

Updating the goals

So far 2017 is going well, running is going great, life, overall, is great.  The new apartment is amazing and having a porch is the best, so excited to start using it.  I have some big things coming up in May, Marathon #5, going to see Metallica for the first time since 2004, and oh yeah, 2 new tattoos (pumped) so you will hear about all those things soon, but I noticed I need to update some of my goals, I like to be accountable to them, and telling the world about them helps with that, so without further ado…here are the updates.

Sub 2 hour half:  Still doing this, I just finally picked the race, it is the Southern Fried Half Marathon, and it is on November 12th.  Training for this will begin at the end of July, so I will have some time off after my marathon.

Run a 25 minute 5k:  Still want to do this, but I have to change the race.  The PawSox 5k got moved to May (no email about it, they are terrible about advertising it) so I must pick a new 5k to try at.  I am thinking one the weekend of 9/30 – 10/1, so if you know of a cool flat 5k that weekend let me know.

Also, non goal news, I am doing my first BibRave Pro race or races, I am running the 5 and Dime at the DMSE Sports Classic in Andover, MA.  It means I run a 5k and 10k in the same day, first time ever running 2 races in 1 day, should be fun and I will be doing some promo blogs for it.  So be on the look out for those, and if you want to run the race, or races too (they also have a half) then use the code BIBRAVE2017 and you $5 off any race.

That’s all for now, hope everyone is kicking butt with their 2017 goals, keep up the great work.

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)