Science in Sport Go Energy Gel Review and a Giveaway!

“Disclaimer: I received SiS isotonic gels 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!”


Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.

Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.

On the run fuel is super important for every runner. There are so many brands on the market, so finding one that you like could get difficult. Just recently through BibRave and as a BibRave Pro, I’ve been testing isotonic gels by Science in Sport. These gels are a quality product and I actually enjoy consuming them. I tested out 4 different flavors (Espresso, Apple, Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint) so I’ll give you my top 4 reasons why I recommend SIS.



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Fun with fuel. Salted Strawberry + Electrolytes by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

1️⃣ It has less than one gram of sugar per serving.

I try not to consume extra sugar, but I get that as a runner I need the carbs to get me through some serious runs. SIS has approximately 22 grams of carbs per serving but only one gram of that is sugar! IDK how they did that, but I like the fact that I’m not consuming extra sugar for the sake of getting carbs.



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Fun with fuel. Apple by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

2️⃣ You don’t need water.

The size of each gel pack is 2oz. Some would say that is huge because other brands are about half that size. I get it, 1oz extra of something to carry or consume could be annoying, but SIS is that size for a reason. The consistency of SIS is smooth, light and slightly liquidy, meaning you don’t need water to consume it, like how you need water with other brands. On the 4th of July, I raced a 4 miler and I ate SIS 15 minutes before gun time. I really like the fact how I could just eat SIS and not choke. I was able to eat it without water and that’s a good thing especially when you are at a start line for a race.



Fun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea HeserFun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

3️⃣ So many electrolytes packed in one small package.

Two of the flavors I tested were specifically made with extra electrolytes: Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint. Each of these flavors are part of the SIS GO Energy + Electrolyte Gel line. According to SIS, electrolytes including sodium, potassium and magnesium are lost through sweat and need to be replaced in order to help the body maintain fluid balance, alongside an appropriate fluid intake. Each of these 2oz gels have 118mg sodium, 9.5mg potassium and 1.5mg magnesium per gel. I consumed one gel about an hour before my 4th of the July 4 miler race and another 15 minutes prior to gun time and I know that it was the SIS gels that helped me PR my time on this course! I haven’t beaten that time in 4 years!



Fun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea HeserFun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

4️⃣Huge caffeine kick

The buzz from the Espresso with caffeine is real! I was bouncing off the walls 20 minutes after eating. This was the jolt I needed for my 3 mile morning speed sesh run. Since the caffeine is is incredibly intense, I recommend consuming this for morning runs. I did take one in the evening as a test and I ended up staying up to late. There is 150mg of caffeine in the Espresso flavor which is about 55mg more caffeine than in an 8oz cup of coffee. Oh, and here’s a tip I discovered! Try chilling the Espresso flavor. When I first tested the flavor, I ate it at room temp. That reminded me of drinking a room temp day old coffee. Not the taste I wanted. The next time, I chilled it in the fridge overnight. Boom! It was like having an iced coffee. So, I recommend eating this flavor during prior to your runs, so you have the opportunity to chill it beforehand.


Win some for yourself

Yep, I’m giving away a free 6-pack of gels to two of my Instagram followers. Please head over to my IG post and tag a fellow runner that you’d like to try SIS with, because testing products is much better with friends! If you don’t win, that’s ok. BibRave and SIS are offering a discount code on future purchases. Apply code TRYSIS25 for 25% off all products excluding sale items. Check out Science in Sport products and let me know which one you’d like to try.

If you’d like to read what other BibRavePro’s have to say about Science in Sport, check out their reviews at the links below:
https://funsizeathlete.com/2019/07/09/bibrave-product-review-and-giveaway-science-in-sport-isotonic-gels/
http://fitnewtonblog.com/review-science-in-sport-isotonic-gels/
https://kenstandsonthings.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/product-giveaway-science-in-sport-gels/
https://runbeckyrun.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/giveaway-science-in-sport-isotonic-energy-gels-six-pack/
http://ampdwellness.crazyhamster.run/sis-energy-pure-and-simple-fuel-and-you-can-get-yours-free/
http://runcanvas.com/2019/07/08/science-in-sport-sis-energy-gels-product-review-and-giveaway/

Electrolyte Drink with Zero Carbs, Sugar & Calories


Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.

Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher 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 sweat a ton? I do. I’m not embarrassed about it. Actually, I like sweating because it feels fantastic. What I don’t like is the crashed feeling I get 4 hours after a sweat sesh. My electrolytes are depleted and I end up getting a headache and I want to nap. I found that energy drinks help in my crash, but the extra calories and sugar from the big brands really get me down. This is where Ultima Replenisher comes into play. As a BibRave Pro, I get to test out a variety of running products and fuel products. I jumped on the opportunity to test out Ultima Replenisher because it’s a sugar-free and carb-free way to get electrolytes back in the body after a serious sweat sesh. I’ll explain what Ultima is, the flavors they offer, how to drink it to get the most benefit and Ultima recipe hacks! At the very end is a discount code, so please don’t miss out on that.



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More than a typical energy drink

Think of Ultima Replenisher as an energy drink but better for the body. There are tons of pre-activity, during-activity and post-activity drinks on the market. They basically all do the same thing: replenish your body with electrolytes and minerals lost from working out and sweating. The thing that sets Ultima apart from the rest is that it is natural (nothing artificial is in it, even the coloring), has zero calories-sugar-carbs and has 6 of the body’s most needed electrolytes and support minerals. Ultima is also 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, paleo and keto-friendly! This is huge because many people I know are following these types of eating lifestyles and finding products that fit within is difficult.

Replacing lost minerals and electrolytes after an activity and building them up before an activity is important to feeling good. Since I’ve been consuming Ultima before, during and after working out, I’ve noticed my headaches are gone. These are the ingredients that help combat that feeling of fatigue after a tough workout and the first six minerals are the ones that make up the electrolyte spectrum:
✨ Chloride ✨ Calcium ✨ Sodium ✨ Magnesium ✨ Potassium ✨ Phosphorus ✨ Vitamin C ✨ Zinc ✨ Manganese

According to Ultimate Replenisher, electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They have an impact on how your muscles function and how much water you have in your body. In addition to their individual roles, electrolytes often work in harmony with vitamins and other minerals in the body to keep you feeling good and performing at your best. 



I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.

I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.

All the Flavors!

Ultima Replenisher has a flavor for you. Current flavors are:
💗🍋 Pink Lemonade 🍒❤️ Cherry Pomegranate 🍇 Grape 🍋 Lemonade 🍊 Orange 💗 Raspberry 🍓 Toddler Berry Punch

The only two flavors I didn’t test were the Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch. My absolute favorite flavor is the Lemonade! It taste like real lemons and isn’t that sweet. It has the perfect amount of tartness and it taste great cold, hot and mixed in smoothies. It’s so versatile! All other flavors were good, but the one I liked the least is the Grape. It was too sweet for my liking and kinda had a bitter taste. I only had 3 single serving packets of that flavor to test and I wasn’t able to try it in different ways or in recipes.



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When do you drink it?

That’s easy! Before, during and after your activities. According to Ultima Replenisher, proper hydration during an activity follows something similar to this: 1️⃣ 16oz of water + one serving (1/2 teaspoon) of Ulitma Replenisher 2 hours prior to activity. 2️⃣ 8oz of water 30 minutes prior to activity. 3️⃣ 4-6oz of water every 20 minutes during activity. 4️⃣16oz of water + one serving (1/2 teaspoon) of Ultima Replenisher after activities over 1 hour to replenish minerals lost during sweating. If you sweat a lot with activities that are under an hour, then use your discretion in taking the extra Ultima or not. I’ll run a hard 5k in 30 minutes and I’m always drenched after, so I will consume extra Ultima after only 30 minutes of strenuous activity.


Ultima Replenisher is Versatile!

If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts and following me on Pinterest, you’d know that I have been experimenting with Ultima Replenisher. You don’t have to only add it to cold water! I made a warm drink with the Lemonade flavor that I call Hot Lemon Bar. I’ve added it to my favorite smoothie recipe during blend mode and added Ultima in a pre-made smoothie. I’ve also added Ultima to yogurt! The possibilities are endless. Experiment a little and you might find a new way enjoy getting the electrolytes you need.



I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.

I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.

Curious to try Ultima?

If you are curious about adding more electrolytes to you day without extra sugar and calories, then apply ULBRAVE19 for 10% off when your order on Amazon: amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher.

Let me know what you think and if you have any recipe ideas you’d like to share!

Curious on what other BibRave Pros think? Read their reviews for a different POV.
➡️ https://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-ultimate-summer-hydration.html
➡️https://wanderingwonthanh.com/2019/05/28/ultima-replenisher-review/
➡️ https://get-fit-stay-fit-be-fit.com/2019/05/17/hydrating-for-summer-training-ultima-replenisher/
➡️https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-cure-for-hydration-blues.html
➡️jennarunsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/review-ultima-replenisher-discount-code-inside/
➡️ https://anotherhalfplease.com/2019/05/27/ultima-review/

Let’s Streaking Do This!


Join me and my fellow BibRave Pro’s on a month long run streak. Just log one mile a day. 17 minute mile or 7 minute mile, just as long as you do a mile!Join me and my fellow BibRave Pro’s on a month long run streak. Just log one mile a day. 17 minute mile or 7 minute mile, just as long as you do a mile!

Join me and my fellow BibRave Pro’s on a month long run streak. Just log one mile a day. 17 minute mile or 7 minute mile, just as long as you do a mile!

It’s happening 😱 I’m participating in my very first month long running streak with BibRave and Stava. I never done anything this streaking crazy in my life. Yeah, I’m nervous. Running every day?! Here’s the thing, I can do my miles at my pace!

Starting today, I will log at least one mile day on Strava for the entire month of May. Yep, 31 days. You can join me by posting your runs on Strava and while you are there, will you give me a follow? I’ll follow you right back.

I’ve been uploading my runs and other activities to Strava for over 4 years. You can join activity challenges as well as clubs. Make sure you stop by the BibRave Run Club and join. Kudos!


For streaks sake! Sign up on Strava and join me on a month long running streak from May 1-31. Just one mile a day.For streaks sake! Sign up on Strava and join me on a month long running streak from May 1-31. Just one mile a day.

For streaks sake! Sign up on Strava and join me on a month long running streak from May 1-31. Just one mile a day.

Which Knockarounds Work Best For You? Fast Lanes vs. Premiums

Disclaimer: I received a pairs of Knockarounds Fast Lane 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!


Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

We are all a snob at something (particular running gear, the car we drive, brand of phone we have) but one thing is for sure, I am NOT a sunglasses snob! I can’t afford to be. It’s because I need my sunglasses for work, play, commute time and I’m short on cash (aka – tight budget!) There’s no time for me to baby a $300+ pair of sunnies!

So let me introduce you again to the Knockaround brand of sunglasses. I reviewed their Premium line about a year ago in a September 2018 blog post. The idea behind them is as simple as saying their name out loud: knock around. Sunglasses that you can literally knock around and they will still last. The original two pairs of from their Premium line are still with me with no scratches and holding up like a champ. Believe me, they get knocked around my duffle bag, dash of my car and side pocket of my purse daily. But, get this, they are reasonable. Their prices range from $15-$30 a pair and they even have $5 sales!

When the opportunity came along from BibRave to test out their Fast Lane line of sunglasses, I hopped on it faster than the Easter bunny. The Fast Lanes kinda look like the Premiums, just slightly different. I’m going to compare them to each other so you can see if the Fast Lanes are the Knockarounds for you.


Fast Lane vs. Premium

They kinda look alike, they kinda don’t. I don’t know which frames to choose! I’ll break down the differences and similarities of both so you could decide which pair of sunglasses pair better with your face.


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Fast Lane

  • Rectangular Lenses

  • Made for Medium Face Shapes

  • Thinner Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 53 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 17 mm

  • Arm Length: 142 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • Not as many color combos

  • $20-25


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Premium

  • Rounder Lenses

  • Made for Small Face Shapes

  • Thicker Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 51 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 143 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • More color combos

  • $15-20



My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

Get ‘em Both

If you are still undecided, then get them both! Both styles of sunglasses offer no bounce while running. Each style I tested were polarized, so I didn’t experience any glare from the sun or shiny objects. Both are crazy affordable. I’m on a tight budget and can’t afford to deal with triple digit sunglasses so the Knockaround brand is meant for people like me. Here is a discount code to get you started: Apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 for 20% your entire order. Good till 4/18 and one code per person. https://knockaround.com/ Happy Shopping!


Different POV?

Read what other BibRave Pro’s have to say about the Fast Lane by Knockaround:
https://funsizeathlete.com/2019/04/09/bibrave-product-review-knockaround-fast-lanes/
http://www.runandsmile.com/review/knockaround-sunglasses/
http://www.sherunsbyfaith.com/2019/04/knockaround-fastlanes.html
http://fitnewtonblog.com/review-knockaround-fast-lanes-sunglasses/
https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/04/life-on-fast-lanes.html
http://joyfulmiles.com/knockaround-fast-lanes-review/
https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/join-me-in-the-fast-lane-knockaround-fast-lanes-product-review/
http://themarathonlady.com/index.php/2019/04/14/brp-review-knockaround-fast-lane-sunglasses/
https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/review-knockaround-fast-lanes/

5 Tips For a Fantastic Giants Race


Checking out the Scottsdale Stadium before this Saturday’s Giant Race.Checking out the Scottsdale Stadium before this Saturday’s Giant Race.

Checking out the Scottsdale Stadium before this Saturday’s Giant Race.

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Scottsdale Giant Race 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 ever check out the course before the race? I had a little time this morning before work to do a little Scottsdale Stadium scope-out shuffling for this Saturday’s Giant Race. 🕵️ I was able to see where Gate E was for packet pick-up this Friday ✔️ What the stadium looked like in general ✔️ and BONUS see some players. It didn’t occur to me why there were a few police officers standing around and a handful of people with binders hovering near this one gate. Then I realized that the players were driving in to start their practice for today’s spring training game against the Reds.


I was curious on why there were a handful of people standing around this gate as fancy cars drove in. Then I realized the players were arriving for their practice!I was curious on why there were a handful of people standing around this gate as fancy cars drove in. Then I realized the players were arriving for their practice!

I was curious on why there were a handful of people standing around this gate as fancy cars drove in. Then I realized the players were arriving for their practice!


⬇️ Here are some tips I thought to share if you are attending packet pick-up this Friday or racing this Saturday.


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1️⃣ Gate E: Go to the west side of the stadium that faces Drinkwater Blvd, that is where you’ll find Gate E. You’ll need to go there to pick-up your packet and bib this Friday, March 1st from 1pm-7:30pm. 

2️⃣ Parking: Don’t try to park at the stadium. That little parking lot off of Osborn Road is for players only! There are tons of free parking garages near the stadium or take a free ride on the Scottsdale Trolley.

3️⃣ Start line: The start line is at Scottsdale Stadium and starts on Drinkwater Blvd. The 10K starts at 7am. The 5k starts at 7:15am.

4️⃣ New Course Route: There has been recent construction in Scottsdale, and minor adjustments were made to both the 5K and 10K course. I’ll be running the 5k course. Click to see the new course map.

5️⃣ Save Money: There is time to run this race. Registration ends in a day. Sign-up here: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/19721/2019-scottsdale-giant-race-presented-by-alaska-airlines. Save $10 with code WERUNAZ19


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Scoobtober 10k — Can Wally Do It?

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Scooby-Doo Virtual Run Series 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!


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Earlier this month, Wally and I decided to the 10k distance of the Scooby-Doo Scoobtober Virtual Run. We did so well last month during the Scooby-Doo Do Good 5k, that we decided to take on the challenge of the extra 3.1 miles for the the Halloween-themed run. I try to be the best dog-mom, but I noticed I haven’t been walking Wally much. The Scooby-Doo run series helped me get Wally out the door which made him a happier pup!



Happy Birthday to you Wally! Yes, I made him a hat and this is him on his actual birthday earlier this month. Hear how he asks for a hotdog treat  here .Happy Birthday to you Wally! Yes, I made him a hat and this is him on his actual birthday earlier this month. Hear how he asks for a hotdog treat  here .

Happy Birthday to you Wally! Yes, I made him a hat and this is him on his actual birthday earlier this month. Hear how he asks for a hotdog treat here.

On October 1st, Wally turned 9-years-old! In human years, that’s about 56-years-old, which means technically he just entered the senior category of dog ages according to Pet Health Network. Wally still might act like a puppy with his playful ways, but that doesn’t mean he has the stamina of one.



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Our Scoobtober 10k effort must be deliberate. We only go for a half a mile maximum. His pace varies from a 14 to a 20 minute mile. Also, even though it’s cooler out, the pavement is still warm. I try to get him outside before noon or after 6 p.m. for our 25 minute average walks.



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We only have 4 more walks to go until we reach our goal! The swag he’ll get is really pretty and will look nice against his cream colored fur. I’ll keep you posted on how Wally does on his last leg of this 10k. So far, so good!


The Importance of Expressing Myself on the Run


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Disclaimer: I received BibBoards 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!

Flashy, smiley, happy, mouth-open, grinning from ear-to-ear, arms up, bright, sparkly, patterns.

These are adjectives that describe me on race day runs. Running didn’t come easy for me. I worked hard to get faster and go longer distances over the past four years and I’m proud of what I achieved. Expressing myself on race day is important because it reminds me to think positive during the tough times. This is why I was tickled pink to test out BibBoards as a BibRave Pro. Not only does BibBoards save your favorite race shirts from holes and rust, they actually look adorable and are another way to express your personality on the run.

You better believe it that I went with the Heart Eyes BibBoards. Look how cute they are! They would go perfect with my race day outfits. I officially tested them out during the Runner’s Den Pancake Run last weekend. 


Straight bib after one hour of racing.Straight bib after one hour of racing.

Straight bib after one hour of racing.

Quality: Overall the quality of Bibboards is great. The plastic is tough and rigid and the printing of the graphic looks crisp and bright. They felt good in my hands. Not too light but a bit heavier than a safety pin. They reminded me of a rivet or a snap fastener.   

Application: Putting them on was much easier than I expected. I noticed that the back fastener part of the BibBoard has a flat side. 1️⃣ Grab the opposite side of the flat side, lift up and the backing will quickly pop off. Repeat for all 4 fasteners. 2️⃣ While your race shirt is on, position your bib to the exact spot you want it on your shirt. With one hand, push the front piece stud through the one of the top race bib holes. Snap the back piece onto the stud from the inside of your shirt fastening the shirt and bib between the two pieces. 3️⃣ Finish up by fastening the other three corners of your bib. 

In Action: For the first time I raced with a flat bib. Not only do safety pins ruin shirts with rust and holes but I never was able to position my bibs correctly. They would be on my shirt crooked, flap, bunch, get crinkled and sometimes tear away. Also the sound of a floppy bib while racing is enough to make me pull my hair out. BibBoards solved those problems during my 10k.


My perfect set, 3 custom orders.My perfect set, 3 custom orders.

My perfect set, 3 custom orders.


No race? That's ok, wear them as buttons!No race? That's ok, wear them as buttons!

No race? That’s ok, wear them as buttons!

Expression: Remember how much I love to express myself on the run? BibBoards is another fun way to do that. I choose the Heart Eyes graphic because I love running and hearts look so darn cute. But did you know that BibBoards takes custom orders? This would be perfect for track clubs, run teams, Ragnar runners or anyone who wants to show off a little bit of who they are while they are running. Check out my dream set of BibBoards. Remember that this set would be one order of Heart Eyes and three custom orders because you have to order custom BibBoards in a pack of four. I thought this set would be perfect for my 50k run squad friends. No race? No problem. I discovered that BibBoards could be placed anywhere if the fabric is thin enough. I think of them as buttons on non-race days and apply them to my shirt in a creative display.

Do you like to express yourself on your runs and also like the idea of not ruining race shirts? Oh good! BibBoards is offering 20% off orders with code #BibChat. Please let me know what you think and send me a photo of you on race day or of your custom order.  

 

It’s My Time To Shine

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Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective 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.Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective 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.

Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective 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.

Simple and monotone was the look of the Runner’s World Jan/Feb issue’s Run Outfit of the Day. Too bad that’s not my style, I’m afraid I’d blend into the streets and sidewalks. See, I want to be seen! My running wardrobe consists mostly of ultra-bright colors, neon accents and — when possible — reflective details. I need to be seen because my miles happen mostly during the pre-sunrise or post-sunrise. This is what we call working-married-mom-life. Family comes first and I need to run while they sleep or after dinner during down time.

Not all clothing or shoes for that matter have the reflection that I yearn for. Um, hello Brooks Levitate? Running shoe purchases are big purchases in my world. I didn’t bat an eyelash when I paid $150 for my silver Levitates back in October 2017. When I got home I noticed something that was different from the other Brooks I’ve owned in the past. Where was the reflection details? I knew they weren’t going to be as bright as my Altra Impulse Flash, but these didn’t give one bit of reflective detail! Still, I wore them during the dark hours and honestly I didn’t feel all that safe in them.

As a BibRave Pro I get the opportunity to test, try and review new products. When the team was asked to test Brilliant Reflective, I jumped on the opportunity. This was my time to make my Levitate’s shine! Application was easy, their instructions were straightforward, and the results are brilliant.

Here is my step-by-step process for applying Brilliant Reflective iron-on to my Brooks Levitates:

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Step 1:  Read instructions. Twice. Clear off your work space and gather your supplies. Heat up iron and face it away from you. One thin strip of black Brilliant Reflective cut in half was used or my Levitate's. Gently clean the surface of your shoes.Step 1:  Read instructions. Twice. Clear off your work space and gather your supplies. Heat up iron and face it away from you. One thin strip of black Brilliant Reflective cut in half was used or my Levitate's. Gently clean the surface of your shoes.

Step 1: Read instructions. Twice. Clear off your work space and gather your supplies. Heat up iron and face it away from you. One thin strip of black Brilliant Reflective cut in half was used or my Levitate’s. Gently clean the surface of your shoes.


Step 2:  Place the strip on the area you want reflection. This was tricky for me because of my shoe's convex shape at the heel. Be very careful when ironing on these rounded surfaces. Gently, I ironed the bottom of the strip first then the top for 30-60 seconds. Not seen is the paper towel I placed in between the strip and iron.Step 2:  Place the strip on the area you want reflection. This was tricky for me because of my shoe's convex shape at the heel. Be very careful when ironing on these rounded surfaces. Gently, I ironed the bottom of the strip first then the top for 30-60 seconds. Not seen is the paper towel I placed in between the strip and iron.

Step 2: Place the strip on the area you want reflection. This was tricky for me because of my shoe’s convex shape at the heel. Be very careful when ironing on these rounded surfaces. Gently, I ironed the bottom of the strip first then the top for 30-60 seconds. Not seen is the paper towel I placed in between the strip and iron.


Step 3:  Repeat on other shoe. After the strips cooled for a minute, remove the clear layer from them. Time to shine!Step 3:  Repeat on other shoe. After the strips cooled for a minute, remove the clear layer from them. Time to shine!

Step 3: Repeat on other shoe. After the strips cooled for a minute, remove the clear layer from them. Time to shine!

The Brilliant Reflective strips have been holding up well on my shoes. I’ve put about 30 miles on them so far and they have been sticking great. If lifting occurs, all I need to do is re-iron that area. It is a product for me because I need to be seen during my low-light runs and this is an easy way to achieve that. The other areas I applied the iron-on strips to were my Foxelli headlamp (see my application process on IG) and the stick-on to my face! If you too run in the dark, I recommend that you give Brilliant Reflective a try. Save a few dollars by applying code BRP25 to save 25% off of all Multi/Assortment Packs. Shine bright friends!

Rock n Roll AZ 2018 Half Marathon Recap with BibRave


"Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon race 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!""Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon race 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!"

“Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon race 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!”

 

My 2018 Rock n Roll half marathon recap in storyteller mode. This is totally out of my comfort zone so enjoy!


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It was Sunday early morning when I turned off my 3:30 a.m. phone alarm. Thankfully I did a flat runner Instagram post the night before because all of my gear was set up and ready to go. I’m pretty good at knowing how my tummy reacts to race day so having a small cup of coffee didn’t bother me. I poured hot water on my steel cut oats and left them to cool. Next up was applying pjuractive 2skin and putting on my race clothes. I was proudly wearing my bright orange BibRave shirt and trucker hat. I had to represent team orange, I wouldn’t have ran this race without them. Tucked my ID and one credit card in the back zip-up pocket of my running tights, grabbed my oats, water bottle belt and car keys and I was out the door at 4:40 a.m.

The drive to Katey’s house was quiet besides the bumping music coming from my trucks stereo. I know I shouldn’t but I had to eat my oats while driving. Totally not safe but very efficient. I arrived at her doorstep a little after 5 a.m. I had some jitters but mostly I was pumped for running my second RnR with Katey. See, last year I helped her PR and this year I wanted her to PR again. She wanted me to PR too and that means we would have to get faster than 2:22. I wasn’t sure that was possible. I did the training but I was just getting over a cold and I had my doubts with myself. Still, I was committed to run the 10:30 pace and see where it would take us! We loaded up in her SUV with our friend Deborah and jumped on the I-17 to make the 45 mile trek from Anthem to Tempe. 

In the past I never raced with friends, we would meet up at a race but then run our own paces. Gosh, it felt good knowing that I would be running with Katey. My pre-race jitters were getting more intense on the ride into Tempe. It was about time to find a parking spot and since we arrived so early we decided to try to park as close to the starting line as possible. Thank goodness ASU was offering structure parking for free! We got a spot that was steps from the start line. It was perfect. We waited for Katey’s husband Ray and our friend Fine to park. Once they arrived, we all squeezed in Katey’s SUV to keep warm and chat, laugh and get even more pumped for the race.


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Our Garmin’s told us it was getting close to 7:30 a.m. so it was time for potty breaks and stretches and getting in our assigned corrals. It was a nice touch that the RnR crew had bananas and water for us runners at the start line. That was a huge help for me cause my 4:45 a.m. oats were pretty much digested and my body needed more fuel. I quickly ate one and we all headed to the dreaded bathroom lines. The lines were awkward. The potties were lined up parallel to each other, maybe 25 on each side. There wasn’t much space in between them so people were lined up facing east for the east potties and facing west for the west potties. Lines moved quickly but when it was my turn a man jumped in front of me and was about to snatch my potty. I looked up at him straight in the eye and said “Excuse me?” and he backed down. Bathrooms were stinky but clean and stocked. Did my business real quick and headed out to find Katey and the rest of my run crew.

The corrals were getting jam packed at this point. We had to get in there now! We found an open spot and that’s when I was getting super pumped! The emcee was fantastic, they were playing music too. The garbage bag I was wearing to keep warm was just overheating me so I took it off. Next came off my long sleeve tech tee. I was sad to see it go but RnR donates the tossed clothes, it will be recycled. Holly and her husband Antonio arrived and we started our selfie ritual. It was obvious I was happy cause in every photo I have my mouth wide open like a goofball. 

The count down was on. GPS signals were found and start buttons ready to be pushed. Katey staring happily at me, we were ready to RUN! We were off and past the start line. Our goal was 2:20 and we each had our pace bands on. Gosh we were feeling so good. The first two miles flew by, like seriously flew by. Then mile 4 hit and that’s when we started to feel the slight uphill. This is the deceitfulness of this course. It’s a hard race. There is approximately 226 feet of elevation gain. That doesn’t seem like much but it is when you are trying to PR. Even though the slight uphill was eating away at us. The roars from the spectators helped tremendously. At every turn of the road, the crowds were there with their bells, signs and screams. It felt good to hear them. 

Our pace was slowing down a bit. We knew what was ahead of us. Were we in denial of the big hill? No, we trained for it. It was going to kick our butts and we were ready. 

Katey told me her goal was a 12 minute per mile pace up and we started trucking up. Where were the drummers? I was counting on their beats to get me up and I didn’t have any music on me so I was wondering if they weren’t there this year. Boom, boom, boooooom, boom. Finally, they were there and it was just what I needed. We bounded up, did the u-turn and started heading down. I wanted to fly but I knew to save my legs so the pace was only dropped down a bit. This is where the rest of the course gets deceiving. You think you are done with hills but another baby one appears. I was getting grumpy. Where is the huge blow-up Brooks man? That vision got me motivated to keep pushing along. Katey told me she wanted to make up some lost time earlier. We actually picked up the pace on mile 10 and mile 11. We were pushing our bodies so hard. The sun was shining brightly and I could tell my arms were turning from being sun tanned to sun burned. And the salt on our faces! That was proof this race was kicking our butts. At mile 12.2 we started to slow down and we started to walk. I didn’t mind. We were still going to get Katey a PR. I could tell something was bothering her. I had a feeling it was because she wanted us to both PR at the same time. I understood that. I told her this was her race! And it’s all about her PR’ing. It was obvious that this point that she would get close to a 30 minute PR which is huge IMO over the course of year. 


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Let’s start running again. Our Garmin’s told us we were at mile 12.7, getting close to the bridge that goes over Tempe Town Lake and the finish chute. Our legs were heavy, the crowds around us screaming. It was now or never. We turned the corner and there was the glorious chute and that finish line. We gave it all we got and ran it in. It was magic. Running is magic. We finished at 2:30:54. That was a 28 minute PR for Katey and I am so proud of her. Running is hard. I used to think it’s for everyone but it really isn’t. It’s for the dedicated and focused and is something Katey is. We proudly took selfies and scarfed down snacks. I was craving chocolate milk since the expo. Chugging it quickly is not a good idea after running 13.1 miles, ugh, I had a tummy ache. 

Where was the family reunion area? My brain was foggy, I didn’t know where I was. A volunteer shouting in a mega phone near my ear was yelling at us finishers to get out of the finish area and keep on moving. I plugged my ears and followed Katey. She was able to get some information from a helpful volunteer at the info tent and found our letter A and dry patch of dead grass. Sitting never felt so good. I was on cloud nine. 

Ray and Deborah met up with us and we chatted a bit before deciding to make the trek back to the parking garage. Where exactly was the parking garage? It was actually a long walk. My phone told us 30 minutes. Seriously? No. Yep! The lactic acid in our legs thanked us. Katey got a call from Fine, she was lost. We ended up meeting with her at the parking garage at last. This was the perfect moment for us to sit in Cupz Coffee for tea and carbs. 

Our ride home consisted mostly of girl talk and race memories and talk of what’s next on the race docket. One thing I know for sure is that racing with Katey is the best. I never knew racing and running with someone could be so wonderful. I’m thankful for her. And thankful for BibRave to give me the opportunity to represent them.

Um, Chafing… Ick. I Don’t Want To Talk About It.


Disclaimer: I received pjuractive 2skin 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!Disclaimer: I received pjuractive 2skin 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!

Disclaimer: I received pjuractive 2skin 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 a runner I noticed topics that used to be embarrassing to talk about —snot rockets, potty habits before a run and spitting — were not so uncommon to discuss in the running community. Except for… um, chafing. Yuck, that word even feels icky to type. But the rubbing of skin and blistering (aka, chafing, ick) is a reality to many runners! It was only when I got closer to my squad of Sunday Runner gals that I felt safe enough to talk about it.

A New Product To Try

I thought I found the perfect product a few months ago. It’s a lanolin based cream that is mostly used for nursing mothers. I had some left over from when my son was a baby and tested it out for the 50k I did in September 2017. It worked well and I didn’t chafe, but my clothes were stained and pretty much ruined and it left my body greasy.

This is why I was thrilled to test a new product just in time for the Arizona Rock ’n’ Roll half. Just a week ago I got the opportunity to test 2skin by pjuractive as being a BibRave Pro, They are actually a 20+ year old company, I had no idea. 2skin is quite an innovative product because it’s gel based and that means it doesn’t have the gunk in it (wax or oil) that will ruin your clothes but is strong enough to aid against chafing. 

Here are some of the technical details: 

  • It’s gel/silicone based
  • It’s sweat and water resistant and forms an invisible film. That’s what protects the skin.
  • It doesn’t block pores
  • It’s dermatologist approved

Putting It To The Test

2skin came in the mail the same day I was headed out to the Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona expo and I was excited to meet the pjuractive team, introduce myself and ask questions. Jon Hughes was helpful and even knew me by my Instagram handle and that impressed me a ton. He asked me what distances I ran and what other products I used for skin issues during running. I told him about the lanolin staining issue and Jon reassured me that staining is not an issue with 2skin. Also he gave me a helpful tip: a little goes a long way and an example of that is a dime size amount is enough to cover an entire foot, toes and in between toes. I’m thankful Jon let me know and I applied that advice to Sunday’s RnR half. 

The high for Sunday was going to be 78 and that means I was going to sweat a bunch on the course. That morning, on clean skin, I applied 2skin pjuractive around the area at the bottom band of my sports bra, under the waist band of my running tights and my inner thighs. It took about 2 dime sized amount for each of these areas and 10 seconds for it to dry. I ran hard at the RnR half and wasn’t able to shower for a while afterwards cause of the 45 minute walk back to the car and 32 mile drive back home. When I got home I didn’t chafe or blister on areas that I applied 2skin! I’m pleased to report that there were no ‘Psycho’ screams coming from the shower. I did get a blister on one of my baby toes but that’s my fault. I didn’t apply pjuractive 2skin there. I should have taken Jon’s advice and took care of my feet. I usually never blister there so boo to that! And my clothes didn’t stain. This is also important to me because tech clothes are expensive. 

The Bottomline

Overall, I recommend pjuractive 2skin. It’s actually sitting in my running wardrobe now as one of the products I will use on every run, sitting right next to deodorant and sunblock! 

Here is my pros and cons list for pjuractive 2skin:

Pros:

  • No chafing whatsoever even after 2 and a half hours of running in 70 degree Arizona temps.
  • Easy to apply and no weird residue after
  • No scent while in use. Some anti-blister creams and waxes that have nut butters in them usually give off a funky smell once mixed with sweat, it’s gross.
  • Removed quickly in the shower with soap and water. I didn’t have to scrub it off like the lanolin.

Cons:

  • Since the product is so smooth and silky, it kinda comes out of the packaging fast! So be careful and work with small amounts so it doesn’t get all over.
  • It’s clear so it was unclear for me if I put too much on or not enough. With practice, I’m getting better at application. And I’m using the ‘dime-size’ rule for one foot from Jon as guidance. 
  • Packaging is not female friendly-looking. I know this isn’t a biggie. But when I Iook at the packaging I think this is just for dudes. So if I were in the store, I might have passed this up thinking it’s just for men. Not asking for florals, but maybe something with a more simple design, I’m not sure! The design is modern though.