5 Reasons You Should Wear a ROADiD

Disclaimer: I received an ROADiD Sidekick & Kids 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.


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According to a 2016 Runner’s World Magazine survey, 56% of American runners prefer to run alone. I’m one of them. It’s not that I don’t like the company — cause I really do! — it’s just easier for me to run alone. I get out of bed, don’t have to drive anywhere, then quickly get back home in time to get my son ready for school and myself ready for work. But running alone has its downfalls, like what if I were to actually fall? If a runner falls while on the run and no one sees it, did it really happen? Um, yeah it really happens and it’s a scary thought. This is why I opted-in as a BibRave Pro to test out the ROADiD Sidekick iD for my Garmin feñix 5S.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should wear a ROADiD.

1️⃣ ID that’s always on you:

This is a biggie for me. I run with a hydration vest because I love to carry all of my gear with me: phone, sunscreen, whistle, water, fuel, keys, a small hand towel but one thing I rarely ever carry is my identification. IDK exactly why I don’t carry my iD with me but once I started writing this blog post, I figured it out. I don’t like digging into my wallet before each run to pull it out then remember to put it back when I get back. Hence the ease of the Sidekick iD. Since I wear my Garmin watch daily, it’s a no brainer to have a Sidekick iD. My iD is always with me.

2️⃣ Contact info that is easily visible:

I position my ROADiD on the interior of my wrist. That serves two purposes: 1. it’s easily visible to a bystander or EMT or another runner. I had fellow runner ask me about because they noticed it! There is 6 lines of copy you can include on your ROADiD Sidekick iD. That was enough space for me to include my name, year of birth, the city I currently live in, two contact names and phone numbers and my personal mantra. 2. Easily visible to myself so I can read my mantra.

3️⃣ My mantra is always with me:

(^‿^) FIND JOY ALWAYS. this is my mantra and it’s not even running related. Sometimes I forget it (I have WAY too much on my mind) and I know having a visual reminder is best for a visual person like myself. The cool thing about the ROADiD Sidekick iD is that you have 6 lines of copy space. Since I don’t have any medical information to include on my iD, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to write out a mantra. I was happy to know that ROADiD was able to include my kawaii emoji face too!


The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.

The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.

4️⃣ It looks good with my Garmin:

I love it when accessories match. One of the biggest reasons I even opted-in for the ROADiD Sidekick iD is purely a vain one, they had a rose gold option. I’m obsessed with my Garmin feñix 5S. It’s an expensive watch. I rarely ever take it off because it’s so much more than just a running watch, it’s a fashion statement too. So, in order for me to add ANYTHING to my watch, it had to match. I’m pleased that the rose gold Sidekick iD rose gold tones match very well to the Garmin rose gold tones. It’s very pretty. One missed opportunity though is that I wish ROADiD could make the Sidekick for the Garmin and Fitbit to fit more like how it fits on the Apple watch. IE: no bungee adapter. The bungee adds extra bulk. Also, I noticed that the bungee would get soaking wet if I washed my hands too vigorously or during a major sweat sesh run. I recommend alternating between the 2 bungees you get with your Sidekick iD. This ensures that one can dry out while the other holds your id to your wrist.


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5️⃣ Excellent for kids:

I was lucky enough to also test out the Kids iD. I got the Sandcastle color for my son. There was enough room for 5 lines of type which I was able to include his name, year of birth, two contact phone numbers and names and his own personal mantra: Be Awesome Today. He loved it so much that he thought his younger cousin would also like one. I purchased her the same colored band with her own emergency contact info and kept the same mantra. It’s hard for kids to remember phone numbers and not kids carry their own cell phone around. I like how easy it is for a child to point to their Kids iD when alerting an adult on how to reach their emergency contacts.


Get one for yourself

I only opt-in for products that I feel I have a strong connection to, that I believe in and that I trust. I really love ROADiD products. They impressed me with their quality and excellent communication throughout the entire purchasing process. If you’d like to purchase one for yourself, please follow this link for 20% off: https://road.id/BibRave.

Knockaround Sunglasses: The Fun Pair

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround 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.


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It’s obvious according to my blogs that I’m a big fan of Knockaround sunglasses (see my previous blog posts below.) Their sunnies are the best. Why? They are made well, pretty much all frames cost under $30 and their styles are cute as all heck. When BibRave asked the pros a month ago who wants to opt-in to test a Run-pair and Fun-pair of Knockaround I jumped up and down for the opportunity. But before you get all confused about what is considered a Run-pair and what is a Fun-pair, I’ll let you in on a little secret. ALL of their sunglasses are suitable for Run or for Fun! Yeah, even their new Seventy Nines style. Although the Seventy Nines are durable, I mostly wore them during fun activities. Their gold accents and blocky thick frames was the modern yet retro look I wanted to wear during fun outings.


Seventy Nines are Tough and Stylish

When asked to choose a Fun-pair of sunglasses, I immediately wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something totally new. I love how Knockaround offers a wide variety of frame styles. Their Seventy Nines caught my eye because they looked fashion-forward yet had a vintage vibe to them. The gold hardware and details like the logo and rivet in the front, got my attention. Same with the gradient lenses. I love to wear that style while driving or being outdoors because of the easier viewability in the lower portion of the lens. According to the Knockaround website, Seventy Nines have durable 5-barrel hinges. That means they will last because I don’t have to budget to purchase new sunglasses every year. The frame are smaller than what I’d like because I have such a wide face. They recommend this frame style to small to medium-sized faces. Still, I feel they looked nice on me. The color I tested was the Beverly Peach. The soft warm color is flattering with my skin tone. Their blocky frames are super fun. I got many compliments while wearing these frames.

Here are some key features:

  • Beverly peach frames

  • Amber gradient lenses, polarized option available

  • Gold hardware

  • UV400 protection

  • FDA approved, impact resistant lenses with laser etch logo

  • Protective pouch included

  • Lens Width: 45 mm

  • Lens Height: 38 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 146 mm

  • $25

  • Seventy Nines come in 10 other colors too!


Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.

Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.


Run? Fun? Both!

I’ll be honest. The campaign for Knockaround was to find a pair of their sunglasses suitable for Run and another for Fun but you can’t. ALL of their frames, even the stylish ones, are a good choice for running or outdoor strength training. If you are curious to try a pair out for yourself then go to Knockaround.com to check out.

Knockaround Sunglasses: The Run Pair

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround 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.


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If you’ve been following my blogs you’d notice that I’m a big fan of Knockaround sunglasses (see my previous blog posts below.) Their sunnies are the best. Why? They are made well, pretty much all frames cost under $30 and their styles are cute as all heck. When BibRave asked the pros a month ago who wants to opt-in to test a Run-pair and Fun-pair of Knockaround I jumped up and down for the opportunity. But before you get all confused about what is considered a Run-pair and what is a Fun-pair, I’ll let you in on a little secret. ALL of their sunglasses are suitable for Run or for Fun! Yeah, even their Mile High aviators. This is exactly why I wanted to test out their Mile High’s during my running activities. I wanted to really put their metal frames to the test when it comes to being active. And their Mile Highs did not let me down.


Mile High Aviators are Tough and Stylish

When you think of aviator sunglasses do you think military? Top Gun? Badassness? Trendy? Maybe you don’t think running. I love the style of aviators because of their military background and I wanted to feel and look badass when running. Also, I like how typical aviator lenses are HUGE so that means major sun blockage. According to Wikipedia, aviators are characterised by dark, often reflective lenses having an area two or three times of area of the eyeball, and have very thin metal frames with a double or triple bridge. They say the design attempts to cover the entire range of the human eye to prevent as much light as possible from entering the eye from any angle. This is probably why pilots wear them. So why can’t a runner wear them? Knockaround’s version of the aviator is the Mile High or the Mount Evans. I opted in to test the Mile High in Rose Gold and Copper. Here are some Mile High specs:

Here are some key features:

  • Rose gold metal frame

  • Tortoise shell rubber detailing

  • Polarized copper lenses

  • Full UV400 protection

  • FDA approved impact resistant lenses

  • Lens Width: 58 mm

  • Lens Height: 54 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 21 mm

  • Arm Length: 132 mm

  • $30

  • Mile High’s come in 8 other colors too!



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Durable, Cute & Willing to Go the Distance

The Knockaround website doesn’t exactly say the Mile Highs are ment for running. Still, I knew these would be my Run-pair to test. Typically, I never see any runners wear metal framed glasses while running and I wasn’t sure why. For the past month, I wore my Mile Highs during most training runs and during one 4th of July 4 mile race. During every run they stayed on my face, never bounced, completely blocked the sun, made me look 100% like a badass. And then, while wearing them during the 4th of July 4 miler race with Arizona Road Racers, I PR’ed the course! The last time I ran the course this fast was in 2015 and I was 4 years YOUNGER! This was a huge confidence boost for me. Was it the Mile High’s? I wouldn’t doubt it. I know those sunnies are magical.


Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!

Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!


Run? Fun? Both!

I’ll be honest. The campaign for Knockaround was to find a pair of their sunglasses suitable for Run and another for Fun but you can’t. ALL of their frames, even the metal ones, are a good choice for running or outdoor strength training. Check out my slideshow below of all the fun places I took the Mile High’s with me. If you are curious to try a pair out for yourself then go to Knockaround.com and apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS2 for 20% OFF your entire order. Limited to one use per user and the coupon is valid until tomorrow on 7/15.

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/

Ultima Replenisher Recipe: Hot Lemon Bar Drink

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.


Ultima Replenisher comes in a variety of flavors including: Cherry Pomegranate, Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch.Ultima Replenisher comes in a variety of flavors including: Cherry Pomegranate, Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch.

Ultima Replenisher comes in a variety of flavors including: Cherry Pomegranate, Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch.

Summer is coming. Preparation is a must! The weather is going to be sticking in the triple-digits soon and that doesn’t mean I bunker down in my A/C controlled house for the rest of the summer and wait it out. I’ll still be running, doing other outdoor activities and taking to my son to swim team practice 4x a week. Since I’ll be out in the sun so much and sweating buckets, I’ll need my electrolytes replenished. I’m thankful that I was chosen to test out Ultima Replenisher as a BibRave Pro.


All the Nutrients & no sugar

Does sugar give you a little boost? It does for me too but then I come crashing down. I hate when that happens when I consume sugary drinks. I love that Ultima Replenisher gives you all the nutrients that give you a boost, but doesn’t have any sugar that would cause a crash. I’m getting some extra electrolytes, Here are some of the vitamins & minerals that I enjoy getting from Ultima:
✨ 0 – calories
✨ 0 – carbs & sugars
✨ 100mg – vit C
✨ 65mg – calcium
✨ 100mg – magnesium
✨ 1mg – zinc
✨ 78mg – chloride
✨ 250mg – potassium



Super excited to share my Hot Lemon Bar drink recipe with you that uses Ultima Replenisher!Super excited to share my Hot Lemon Bar drink recipe with you that uses Ultima Replenisher!

Super excited to share my Hot Lemon Bar drink recipe with you that uses Ultima Replenisher!

Hot Lemon Bar Recipe

I read from the Ultima Replenisher website that it can be added to hot or cold water. Usually, my mornings consist of hot coffee & cream. It’s the warmness that helps me wake up, not the caffeine. I also enjoy hot tea with cream. Decided to try Ultima this morning, hot with cream to see how’d I like it. Well, this might be my new routine because I’m getting some extra electrolytes, vitamins & minerals that I wouldn’t get with coffee:

✅1 scoop @GoUltima Lemonade flavor
✅12oz hot water
✅2 tbsp heavy cream or your fav dairy or non dairy creamer

😍🍋☕️Stir, sip & enjoy the benefits of electrolytes as a hot drink!


Try some and save some money

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!

13 Trail Run Necessities

Disclaimer: I received a Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud 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!


Finish line feels!Finish line feels!

Finish line feels!

I was so flippin’ excited about my trail race last Saturday that I made an annotated infographic on my favorite necessities to take on a trail run 🙌. I explain all 13 items just a bit lower in this post.

Last year, I signed up for the Cactus Flower Trail Series with Race Timers that consists of 6 trail races: 3 in the Spring and 3 in the Fall. Last Saturday, April 20th, was the 1st one of the season, called the Saguaro 7k in the beautiful White Tank Mountains. It’s been a little over 2 years since I raced — or even ran — in the White Tanks park. It’s was a beautiful day and I got to meet up with @sarahfaith327!! As promised, here are my trail running necessities and why:


Photo by Andrea Heser, Featherpress©Photo by Andrea Heser, Featherpress©

Photo by Andrea Heser, Featherpress©

7️⃣ @balega_international socks because they are the only socks that don’t give me blisters. Even on my 50k with @aravaiparunning, I did not get one blister while wearing these socks.

8️⃣ @altrarunning Olympus 3 are my new trail shoes. They are super supportive and the wide toe box give my toes lots of wiggle room. The color is modern and pretty too.

9️⃣ Sunblock always and I even carry it with me. I sweat a ton while I run and I need to reapply often. Getting sunburned while running isn’t good because the body will take blood from your muscles and send to the skin to help the healing process. I need my blood to stay in my leg muscles so I could run faster!

1️⃣0️⃣ @guenergylabs is easy for me to take on runs and the toasted marshmallow flavor is my favorite! I’ll eat this 15 minutes before I race.

1️⃣1️⃣ @aftershokz Trekz Air will be on my head during the race. Wearing headphones is a controversial subject while on a trail. I get it. You need to hear your surroundings. The cool thing is, #aftershokz lets you hear your surroundings because they apply bone conduction technology. The ear canal is never compromised, no speaker goes in there. I won’t have the volume all the way up as I listen to my running playlist just to be on the extra safe side.

1️⃣2️⃣ @buff_usa is something I keep tucked in my front pocket in case I get sweat in my eyes.

1️⃣3️⃣ A long sleeve! Yeah, I’ll wear a white long sleeve tech shirt today. It helps protect my skin from the sun. Light colors are best to deflect the sun rays too.

1️⃣ @athleta Racer Run 2 in 1 Shorts are great for me because they have extra coverage, yet fantastic ventilation. Also, the Black Olive color seems perfect for a desert surrounding.

2️⃣ @Garmin feñix 5s is the watch I bought over 2 years ago as a birthday/anniversary/Christmas gift LOL. It’s my everyday watch. Pretty enough for work and smart enough for workouts. It will keep my check by monitoring my HR so I don’t overdo it while on the trail.

3️⃣ @Orangemud Gear Vest Pro is a new product I’m testing with @BibRave. I opted in for the Coyote Brown color because it just fits in well with the desert and because it’s subtle and modern color. I love the mesh back to help keep me cool, the built-in whistle on the top chest strap and the abundance of pockets. The Gear Vest Pro makes it easy for me to carry all of my goodies. Also, the 35oz bladder is perfect for shorter distance trail runs. I’ll have enough water and won’t be weighed down by it. BibRave is offering a 15% off all Orange Mud gear with code BIBRAVEGVPRO. Apply it at checkout.

4️⃣ A cell phone is something I always carry with me while I run. Safety first.

5️⃣ @knockaround Fast Lane sunglasses are large enough to completely block the sun from my eyes and in my peripheral vision. I wear regular glasses and what I hate most about glasses is that I can see the frames in my peripherals. There isn’t that problem with the Fast Lanes because they are bigger all around.

6️⃣ Trucker hat because isn’t that what all the trail runner kids wear? Seriously though, I need the mesh back to keep me cool and the hat bill to keep the sun off of my forehead and face.



Running is better with friends.Running is better with friends.

Running is better with friends.

Who’s A Trail Racer?

What types of gear to you wear on trail? Are you trail racing this spring and summer? Tell me more! My next race is the Desert Marigold 6k on Saturday, May 11th in the Estrella mountains. I’ll be wearing the gear I have featured above and also thinking about testing out some trail shoe gaiters.

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/

Hands-Free Leash That The Entire Family Could Enjoy


Wally, living his best life with the Stunt Runner by Stunt Puppy.Wally, living his best life with the Stunt Runner by Stunt Puppy.

Wally, living his best life with the Stunt Runner by Stunt Puppy.

Disclaimer: I received a Stunt Runner by Stunt Puppy 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!”

Testing out the Stunt Runner leash by Stunt Puppy

In my family, I am the one that takes my dog Wally out for walks/runs. Wally and I get some one-on-one time that we enjoy. The weather is absolutely perfect this time of year in Phoenix! Many out-of-town visitors come to Arizona to play outside and soak up the sunshine vs shoveling snow.

Earlier last month as a BibRave Pro, I started testing the Stunt Runner hands-free leash by Stunt Puppy with Wally. I never tried a hands-free leash before and I was eager to test one out. Of course I opted-in for the bright Orange color. Team BibRave, duh!


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Paws-itive First Impressions

My first impressions of the leash were more than I hoped for. The Stunt Puppy packaging was simple and vivid. The orange ink popped off of the kraft paper envelope! I showed Wally and he gave me an “Aaaah, rooo!” in approval. Quickly, I opened up the envelope and immediately felt the heft of this leash. This was not a cheap-o leash. it’s made from tubular webbing that is strong and durable, yet soft to the touch. This is good because I knew it wouldn’t snag any of my workout clothes since the leash wraps around the pet-parent. Since it’s so smooth, it also won’t mat the hair or pinch the skin of your pup. The Stunt Runner wasn’t heavy and I realized it’s because the hardware is lightweight. Little details are something I always pay attention too. I noticed right away that the stitching was something I never seen before. Stunt Puppy stitches their leashes with bar tack stitching and it’s the same type of stitching that is on firefighters’ gear and climbing harnesses. The buckles are Duraflex brand which gives me the confidence that they won’t bust or break while I’m out with Wally.



Wally is ready to go on a new adventure with his Stunt Runner leash by Stunt Puppy.Wally is ready to go on a new adventure with his Stunt Runner leash by Stunt Puppy.

Wally is ready to go on a new adventure with his Stunt Runner leash by Stunt Puppy.

My Lil’ Stunt Puppy

There was no transition period for either of us. Walking/running with Wally on the Stunt Runner was more natural than my hands-on leashes. I connected the Stunt Runner to Wally’s old chest harness and not his collar. Since he is a French Bulldog, he has a thick neck. I need to keep him safe with a harness because he doesn’t have the opportunity to slip out of it. The length of the leash is adjustable and I made it so there wasn’t much drag between Wally and me. He likes to be near me so this was perfect.



Consider the Stunt Runner if your kids are begging to walk the dog but need the confidence to do it.Consider the Stunt Runner if your kids are begging to walk the dog but need the confidence to do it.

Consider the Stunt Runner if your kids are begging to walk the dog but need the confidence to do it.


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Points I love about the Stunt Runner by Stunt Puppy

  • I could pick up doggie messes with no issues. My hands are free.

  • The super durable construction impressed me. This leash is well made.

  • The bungee is cool! The flex is great and there isn’t recoil when Wally moved ahead or behind me. It actually made him pull less.

  • Perfect for children wanting to help with taking their dog out. My son was nervous running and walking Wally. The hand-held leash we own would come out of his hands. It was just too hard to hold for a little hand. I put the Stunt Runner on him and the waist adjustment was quick to adjust, took me 30 seconds. I reminded my son that even though it’s a hands-free leash, we still have to monitor our dog. After our 30 minute outing, my son told me he loves the Stunt Runner! I know it gave him the confidence he needed to be out with Wally.

  • They are active and responsive on social media! That makes for a personal experience.



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Our New Go-To Leash

My family finally found our go-to leash! I recommend the Stunt Runner by Stunt Puppy and I’m now considering purchasing their Go Dog Glo Harness. If you are interested in finding out more about this product, here is their website: https://www.stuntpuppy.com/

The Powers of Super Food and the Ease of Getting Them With Food Groove Mission


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Disclaimer: I received Super Food Bites by Food Groove Mission 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!

It’s been a buzz word for a while: Super Foods. What are they? Should I be eating these daily? How do I get these foods in my diet? These are questions that I honestly asked myself. It’s difficult for me to meal plan/prep/cook. I’m more of a pre-packaged food type of gal for me and my family. It’s just what works. I want food quick that is also nutritious. I don’t think that is too much to ask for! Food Groove Mission helped me fill this void with their Super Food Bites. Quick to eat food that is packed with tons of nutrition and most of the ingredients inside are organic. Let me explain more about what super foods are, how Food Groove Mission packs their bites full of them and the ease of getting these foods in your diet.



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Super Food Powers

What the heck is a super food? I didn’t really know that either. I researched a bit and I discovered what sets apart regular food to super food. Super foods are more rich in nutrients, minerals and antioxidants, they are basically nutritionally dense and better for a persons health. So which food is a superfood food then? The FDA doesn’t regulate the term super food. Anyone or any company could classify a food or their product to be super. So it was difficult to find hard facts on what makes a super food, well super. But then I used some of my own common sense: find products with nutritionally dense ingredients that don’t have ADDED sugar in the ingredient list. Food Groove Mission does this. Each of their Super Food Bite flavors doesn’t have added sugars or corn syrup as a first ingredient. They do add raw New Zealand honey as a sweetener and that ingredient is at the very bottom of the ingredient list. 

The super foods that FGM includes in their products are: 

Organic dates: This is the main ingredient in all of FGM’s bites. It’s filled with vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium.

Manuka honey: This honey is from New Zealand and is rich in amino acids and has 4x the nutritional content of regular honey.

Organic rooibos powder: It’s a herb that is normally in teas and is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, could boost the immune system and is high in calcium.

Organic golden berries: Are high in antioxidant content. 

Organic goji berries: Help with energy levels and improve digestive health.

Organic Acai powder: Are high in antioxidant content.

Organic chia seeds: These tiny seeds are filled with omega-3, protein, fiber and calcium. 

Organic cacao nibs: These are one of the most magnesium filled foods available and filled with antioxidants. 

Organic pumpkin seeds: Rich in magnesium, zinc and omega-3.

Organic almonds: Have healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and a great source for protein, fiber and vitamin E.

Organic peanut butter: full of protein, healthy fats with a low glycemic index.

Organic dark chocolate: Soy and dairy free and made with unsweetened chocolate. It’s filled with magnesium electrolytes. 

Food Groove Mission acknowledged the power of these super foods and wanted to find a way to put them all together in one delicious (and portable) bite. They understood that some people don’t want to eat an entire ‘bar’ and would rather just have ‘bites’ to nibble on when  snacking on the go or snacking leisurely. 

They developed Super Food Bites and each of the three flavors is unique but all of them carry the same nutritionally dense super foods as their core ingredients: Mother Earth, Holy Truffle Punch, The Nutty Adventurer. FGM incorporated foods they found to be super into their bites to help with energy, improve brain function and memory, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and maintain a healthy lifestyle/weight/lifespan.

All of their bites are gluten free, non-gmo, dairy free, soy free and grain fee!


Ease of Getting These Super Foods

It’s easy to understand the benefits of super foods, but how to we get them into our diets quickly, fast, like right now-I-don’t-want-to-cook-or-prepare? Remember my problem about it being difficult for me to meal plan/prep/cook? I don’t think I’m the only one in the world with this problem. Portability is the number one thing I like about Super Food Bites. My commute to work is long, I have a desk job, my life picks back up right after my workouts. It’s safe to say that I am extremely busy and I simply do not have time to keep food cold or prepare food. 

The portability of Super Food Bites was a seller for me. I could easily slip them into the front pocket of my hydration vest to get my fuel immediately after running. The pouches could be stored in my car or my computer bag so I could snack during my 90 minute drive home. They have a shelf life of 9 months and the pouches are sealable. I love how I could eat 3 at at time if I want or the entire bag. It’s great that I could fuel my body with nutritious food while on the good. The sealable pouches are perfect and better than a bar wrapper. Many times I only have a bar but I can’t finish the entire thing. The wrapper doesn’t stay closed and now I have a half of a bar that’s all dried up. Glad that FGM solved the problem with a sealable pouch.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the taste, ease and nutrition of Super Food Bites by Food Groove Mission. They are partnering with BibRave and offering a discount if you’d like to try them. Apply code BIBRAVE15 for 15% off an entire order (one use per customer.) You can order here.