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.


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.


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/

I’m a Zwifter!

Disclaimer: I received an Zwift RunPod 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 dream of running in far away places but simply can’t? I do. My husband, son and job are my number one priority and unfortunately, I can’t run or race in dreamy distant places. Not in real-life that is. BibRave recently introduced me to Zwift, a virtual platform to run and bike in with others from around the world in distant places around the world all from the comfort of my own home or gym. Now, this I can do!

Cool to run virtually & you see a real map on Strava!Cool to run virtually & you see a real map on Strava!

Cool to run virtually & you see a real map on Strava!

What Does It Mean to Zwift

Zwift is an app that connects to indoor training gear (a bike or foot pod) that allows you to run or bike on hundreds of miles in 5 worlds with other athletes from around the world. Think if it as playing Halo on your Xbox with other people but instead of your thumbs getting a workout, your entire body is getting a workout. You can just start running on your own with Zwift or you can train with one of their structured workouts. They have training plans for 5ks, half marathons and even triathlon events. Do you prefer to run with groups? This is where Zwift is awesome. They host hundreds of events — fun group runs like the BibRave 5k I participated in lat month to intense races with real prizes to be won. On Strava? Zwift connects with third party apps like Strava and Garmin Connect so you can share your virtual runs from Zwift to those platforms and your friends can actually see the virtual map you ran! All of this got me super excited. Back in my teenager days, I was a gamer. Gosh, I wish Zwift was invented back then, I would have been getting fit instead of gaining weight because Zwift reminds me so much of playing a video game. It made running on a treadmill fun for me.


Becoming a Zwifter

I tested out Zwift using their RunPod. It’s the RunPod that allows you to connect to the app while you are on your home treadmill or on a gym treadmill. The RunPod pairs with Zwift via Bluetooth and attaches to the laces on your running shoes. It will measure your speed, cadence and distance through the Zwift app and thankfully it only weighs less than a half an ounce, so you don’t notice it’s on. It takes a standard CR2032 battery that is easy to replace. Zwift recommends removing the battery after each use to extend the life. 

Attaching the RunPod onto your laces — as well as removing the battery — is simple: hold the bottom and top of the RunPod in each hand, twist counter clockwise to remove base from pod. Now you can see the bottom of the pod and grab a coin or flathead screwdriver to remove the bottom to insert the battery. Match plus side of battery to the plus side of the foam backing on the bottom of the pod. Use a coin or flathead screwdriver to reattach the bottom while the battery is inserted. Now, grab a pair of your running shoes. Tip: It’s easier to attach the pod onto shoes that you haven’t put on your feet yet. Slide the base of the pod under two of your laces. I attached mine on the 4th and 5th row of laces. That worked best for me. Now, place the top of the pod on the base and turn clockwise until you hear an audible click. Make sure it’s attached properly because you don’t want to lose your RunPod. Tap your RunPod a few times and you’ll notice a green light glows. That means your pod is on and ready to link up to the app.

Ima Zwifter

Now that your RunPod is attached to you, it’s time to sync up to your app. Like I said earlier, there are a few ways to sync to the Zwift app. I decided to connect through a MacBook. It was easy to download the app. Once it was launched, make sure the Bluetooth on your device — laptop or phone — is turned on. You’ll see the RunPod syncing up. I took the extra time to customize my avatar. Although, I wish it had more facial and body customizations. Like, my body isn’t skinny like my avatar. I’d like her to be a size medium versus a size extra small LOL! Also, I’d rather my person have brown eyes than the blue default. Maybe I need to run more to get more options. I did notice that there were special clothing, shoes and accessories that could only be applied if they were unlocked. 

Now that all of my settings were updated, I was ready to run! You could either sign up for a group for a scheduled group run. There is a calendar on the right to see what runs are available, or you can check your Zwift Companion App for events that will start soon. Or, if you just want to run right now, you can. Click on the orange run button and start running. Once you are in the Zwift environment, you can see other runners. Sometimes you’ll see a cyclist. I notice some people chat with each other, I’m sure I’d trip on the treadmill if I tried to chat and run at the same time! The interface shows your speed, targets you’d like to make, other Zwifters, you can even change the view of your runs. One of the difficult things I found was selecting the turns. I like to do the bare minimum while running and deciding which way to turn is cumbersome. When I participated in the BibRave Group Run 5k, I realized I was going in a different direction than the group. It wasn’t until later that I noticed I could have gone their same direction if I chose that route during the prompts. 

Zwifting is Cool

I don’t own a treadmill, but after testing out Zwift, I’m thinking I should have asked Santa for one! Phoenix weather is dreamy right now and outdoor running is where it’s at. But come summer time, treadmill running will have to be done because no one wants to run in 115 degree full sun temps. It’s great how Zwift could keep you motivated during terrible weather either it be snow or full sun. Also, I like how I can be part of a group run even though I don’t have to be in their physical presence. I’m not the only one who thinks Zwift is cool. According to this Forbes article posted last week, Zwift raised $120 million (yeah, million) to expand its platform to running competitions as well as eSports tournaments. 

Do You Wanna Be a Zwifter?

Ok, I know you do. It’s reasonable to join to Zwifting community. An account for runners is free (cyclists pay about $15 a month) and runners only need to purchase a RunPod. BibRave and Zwift partnered to offer 15% the cost of a RunPod with discount code BibRave15. That makes it $25.49 with free shipping in the U.S. Come Zwift with me and tell me what you think! 

Gear Review: Knockaround Sunglasses

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Disclaimer: I received two pairs of Knockarounds 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!

Last month I had the opportunity to test another cool product with BibRave. On the review docket for the month of August were two pairs of Knockaround Sunglasses. These sunnies really have it all: superior quality, adorable colors, awesome for activities and they are crazy affordable. I put in my request to test their Premiums in Pool Blue with Sunset polarized lenses and to my surprise they mailed me those and a more modest pair of Premiums in Glossy Tortoise Shell with polarized Amber lenses. Let’s get to the nitty gritty on Knockarounds. 

Superior Quality

These shades hold up! I’m rough and tough with sunglasses. That’s why I don’t purchase sunnies with a triple digit price tag! I have been careful to keep these in their soft carry case while transporting from my laptop duffle to purse to running vest and they are holding up. Also dropped them a few times, lens down and no scratches. Check out the annotated infographic I designed to see some of the great quality features Knockarounds have:

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Adorable Colors 

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From themed running races, to favorite sports teams, to everyday looks, Knockarounds has a color for you. I choose Pool Blue with Sunset lenses because I know how good the blue would look against my skin tone and against my BibRave orange singlet! I had no idea they would send me a Glossy Tortoise Shell which looks fab with my natural hair color. They also design limited edition pairs that are seriously super cool. If I were to set myself up with Knockaround entourage, these would be the colors I’d choose. 

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Awesome for Activities

No bouncy bounce for me when I ran a fast 5k in my Pool Blue Sunsets. They fit my face perfectly. I like how the frames are wide. It’s like they were made for my wide round face. No glare from the polarized lenses either. Check me out at mile 2.85 at the StartLine Racing last race of their Sunrise Series in Glendale, AZ. Happy runner indeed!

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Crazy Affordable

You heard me mention this before. I’m on a budget. NBD though cause Knockarounds are crazy affordable. They range from $15-35 a pair. You read that correctly. No triple digit price tags. Low double-digit price tags here! That means I can sign up for more races and continue to keep my son on swim team. Every penny counts in my household. 

Happy Shopping

You know that pretty much all of my gear reviews come with a discount code, so here it is! Apply code BibRaveKnocks20 to your order for 20%. Good till 9/30 and one code per person. https://knockaround.com/ Happy Shopping!

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