Best Towel Ever! The Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0

Disclaimer: I received a sample of the Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 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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As a runner I get super sweaty. As a runner in the South I get SUPER sweaty and SUPER stanky. During the warmer months I am absolutely drenched in sweat. There’s not a dry inch on my body. Not wanted to get my car seats gross I usually carry a towel to throw on the seat to sit on during my drive home. But the towel always slides down and bunches up behind my back. It’s frustrating. The Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 has solved this problem and more!

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One end of the towel sips up into an integrated hoodie pocket to slip securely over your head rest. And it’s big enough to cover your entire seat (A nice, big 30″ x 60″). I love this feature! My seats stay stink free!

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But wait! There’s more! The Transition Wrap 2.0 also has an adjustable belt with a secure clip that you can wrap around your body to discretely change out of your sweaty clothes into drier, cleaner clothes. It doesn’t slip down. It stays put while you change.

And it’s made of super soft, plush microfiber. It’s really absorbent! I know this because one of my kids spilled a huge glass of water in the back and it made for quick and efficient clean-up. I keep one in my car at all times now. It’s so versatile we are always using it. Spilled a drink? No problem. Easy clean-up with the Transition Wrap 2.0. Need to quickly change into workout clothes after work? No problem. Wrap the Transition Wrap 2.0 around your waist and change. Caught in a rainstorm? No problem. Dry off with the Transition Wrap 2.0.

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And as a mom, I love that it’s easily machine washable. Just throw it in the washing machine. No special cycle or treatment. Just wash and go!

And it comes it a ton of fun colors. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself or a friend or family member, use code BIBRAVEWRAP to get 15% off your purchase! This would make a great Christmas gift!

 

OOFOS Project Pink – Giving Back

Disclaimer: I received a sample of the OOFOS OOahh Sport Project Pink Sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I love my OOFOS sandals and shoes. Like, love, love them. I have several pair and I practically live in them. I swear they help keep my heel pain and achilles pain at bay. They are my go-to shoe for recovery and just lounging around the house or town.

But in addition to soothing our tired bodies, did you know that OOFOS has a whole Project Pink line to support breast cancer research? $10 from every Project Pink Collection shoe purchased will go to the Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research team. But that’s not all, 3% of all other shoe sales will go to the Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research team as well! OOFOS was personally hit by cancer when their marketing director was diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s why they are dedicated to giving back to breast cancer research and finding a cure. What if your pair of shoes made that happen?

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I love these sport sandals. But, with narrow feet, they can be hit or miss on the fit. If they’re too wide, they just flop right off. Thes OOFOS OOahh Sport Sandals are just perfect! Narrow enough that my feet fit in them snugly, but not too narrow that they were squeezed in.  Plus they have the super cute pink writing on the sides.

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These sandals are made with the same specially engineered OOfoam footbed that have made OOFOS so popular. They are soooo squishy and sooo comfy. Your feet seriously go “Ahhh” as soon as you put them on. It’s like walking on a bed of pillows. And the pillows don’t compress. They STAY FLUFFY and SQUISHY all day!

The technology behind the OOfoam allows the foam to absorb 37% more impact than traditional shoes, reducing the stress on your feet and body. This helps your joints and feet rest, relax, and recover. They also provide superior arch support and just really cradle your feet.

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I really like these OOahh Sport Project Pink Sandals a lot. They are super comfy and a good sandal option for the upcoming cooler months since you can easily slip them on over a pair of fun SpOOky Halloween socks.

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The OOlala Luxe Sandal is a party for your tired feet.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of the OOFOS OOlala Luxe Sandal to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I LOVE my OOfos. I wear them almost anytime I don’t have running shoes or dress shoes on. You could even say I’m not OObsessed! 🙂 These things are like magic. They are a staple of recovery and comfort around my house. When other shoes come off, these babies go on.

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These sandals are made with the specially engineered OOfoam footbed that have made OOFOS so popular. They are soooo squishy and sooo comfy. Your feet seriously go “Ahhh” as soon as you put them on. It’s like walking on a bed of pillows. And the pillows don’t compress. They STAY FLUFFY and SQUISHY all day!

The technology behind the OOfoam allows the foam to absorb 37% more impact than traditional shoes, reducing the stress on your feet and body. This helps your joints and feet rest, relax, and recover. They also provide superior arch support and just really cradle your feet.

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I love all of the new colors that OOfos has released with the OOlala Luxe Sandal too. I was a bit skeptical about the white soles looking dirty quickly, but I’ve had them over a month and they still look great. They’re a cute addition for fun, summer colors.

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I keep mine by the front door and wear them heading out for errands and I throw them in my car to slip on right after a run. I’ve been dealing with a nagging achilles pain. I swear, wearing these sandals has really helped with that initial “just got out of bed”heel pain. I slip them on for a few minutes and my heel stretches out and relaxes.

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I highly recommend the OOFOS OOlala Luxe Sandal. They’re not only comfy but they’re super cute. They don’t scream “recovery sandal” when you wear them out and about. Your feet deserve a little OOh-la-la and pampering. You won’t regret it.

Harnessing the Cuteness with Stunt Puppy

Disclaimer: I received a Go-Dog-Glo™ Harness from Stunt Puppy 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! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

We got a new rescue puppy back in October and she has such a sweet personality. She’s very patient with the boys and loves to play. But, being a puppy, she’s also very high energy. I’ve been taking her out for walks and slowly building up running with her and she LOVES it. She loves to run and loves to run fast. But with the summer heat we have to go either early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s dark. She’s black. So I worry about visibility and cars with her. That’s why I was excited to try out the new Go-Dog-Glo™ harness from Stunt Puppy.

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This harness has reflective strips down the front breastplate of the harness to increase nighttime visibility. When I tested it out with my camera it lit up like a Christmas tree!

It’s made of very durable and sturdy materials and is easily adjustable to fit her (she’s pretty tall and slim). I like that the breastplate is padded to give her a little more comfort when we’re walking and running.  The Martingale-Style leash attachment pulls and loosens when you pull back on the leash or loosen up the slack. It give her a little more freedom and comfort while still being in control. And I like that it hooks behind her shoulders so there’s less chance or her getting tangled up in the leash.

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We’ve been using the harness for the last few weeks and I really like it. I see it holding up well for a long time and many miles.

If you’re interested in a Go-Dog-Glo™ Harness, you can purchase one here.

SiS Energy Gels Are Tummy Pleasers

Disclaimer: I received several products from Science in Sport (SiS) 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! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

Fueling on the long run is always hit or miss with me. I have stomach issues with anything too sugary. I can’t stand the tongue-coating stickiness of a lot of gu/gels. I’ve done a lot of trial and error (sometimes BAD error) with different formulas to see what works. The Science in Sport Energy Gels really intrigued me. Their Isotonic Energy Gels are designed to digest quickly and easily – without the need for water to wash them down!

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I received four different flavors to try out: Apple GO Isotonic Energy Gel, Salted Strawberry GO Energy + Electrolyte Gel, Lemon & Mint GO Energy + Electrolyte, and Double Espresso GO Energy + Caffeine gel.

Apple GO Isotonic Energy Gel

These had a nice, mild apple flavor. Not overly sweet. I would describe the consistency as a watery jello. I had no problems taking it without water. It went down easily and I had zero aftertaste or tongue coating. I didn’t feel the need to wash it down with extra water. This has 22 g of carbohydrates per gel. I took one before my long run and another midway (8 miler) and I had good energy and zero stomach distress.

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Salted Strawberry GO Energy + Electrolyte Gel, Lemon & Mint GO Energy + Electrolyte

While I liked the apple flavor a lot, I REALLY like these two flavors. Something about the added salt mixed with the subtle sweetness of the strawberry and lemon & mint made these really refreshing. Out of everything these were my favorites and I’d totally buy these again. They have 22g of carbohydrates, like the regular GO Energy Gels, but they have added 300 mg of salt to help replace key electrolytes during sweaty, sweat sessions. Living in the South with high humidity we sweat A LOT. I sometimes take salt tabs on long runs to help with the salt loss through sweat. These helped sustain my long runs really well. The consistency is the same and I didn’t have any stomach distress at all.

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Double Espresso GO Energy + Caffeine gel

The Double Espresso GO Energy + Caffeine gel was interesting. Each energy gel has 22g of carbohydrates like the other, but this one has an added 150mg of caffeine. That’s equivalent to about a cup and a half of coffee. It definitely got me going. These were double the caffeine. They also make a caffeine gel with 75mg of caffeine if you don’t want that much kick. I can see these being effective to take before the run and then switch to a normal or electrolyte gel during. Otherwise that would be way too much caffeine for me. The taste was ok. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like as much as the others.

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All in all, I really liked the Science in Sport Energy Gels a lot. They were definitely easy to digest and easy on the tongue. They sustained my long run without stomach issues and I didn’t get mouth fatigue from trying to get them down. I would purchase these again in a heartbeat.

If you want to try out some Science in Sport Energy Gels you can save 25% off your purchase with code TRYSIS25.

Staying Safe on the Road with Sabre

Disclaimer: I received several products from Sabre Safety 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! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

Summer’s in the South are brutal. The heat and humidity make it really rough. I often have to run around the sun to avoid overheating. That means lots of early morning and late night runs in the dark. And I don’t always have the luxury of running with someone. So I was thankful to be able to try out several of the runner safety products from Sabre Safety.

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The Pepper Gel is really lightweight and fits over my hand comfortably. The strap easily adjusts and sits over the palm of my hand. I can run without having to hold onto it or it jiggling around. I like that it’s gel as opposed to spray too. The gel has a better chance of hitting just the target and not impacting you as well. It doesn’t have the possible blow-back like the spray can. It’s an isolated single stream that has a 20% greater range (12 ft) with up to 35 spray bursts.

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The Personal Alarms were so cool too. The Personal Alarm with Clip & LED light is really lightweight and clips onto your running clothes easily. The alarm is super loud at 120 dB and will definitely make someone stop in their tracks. It easily activates and deactivates with a push of the side button. The LED light is a nice little bonus that helps with visibility at night. And I really like the weatherproof design. With our frequent rain storms that’s an added bonus.

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img_1267The Runner Personal Alarm with Wrist Strap is a powerhouse of an alarm. It screams out a deafening 130 dB alarm that is easily heard from up to 1,000 feet away. It activates with the pull of a pin (kind of like a grenade). To deactivate it, you have to put the pin back into the unit. The adjustable wrist strap was soft and comfortable and fit my small wrists with ease.

If you’re interested in trying out any of the Sabre Safety products you can save 20% off Sabre with code SABRERUN.

Shading my eyes with Shady Rays

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Shady Rays X Series Shades  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! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

I was able to try out the Shady Rays X Series sunglasses for BibRave as part of being a BibRave Pro. I’m addicted to sunglasses. I need them for my sensitive blue eyes. But I can be picky about shades too. I need them to be lightweight, comfortable, stay put during my runs, and not fog up easily. The Shady Rays X Series delivered on all accounts.

I received the Shady Rays X Series Black Glacier Polarized sunglasses. The first thing I noticed was how lightweight they are. They’re super light and did not pinch or squeeze my head at any of the normal pressure points. I sometimes even forgot I had them on. They’re really comfortable to wear.

The wrap around frame and nose grips help the sunglasses stay put during even the sweatiest of running mileage. They didn’t slip down my nose or flop around at all.

The polarized lenses are really sharp and clear and I love that they offer 100% UV protection and they are also shatter-resistant and even salt water proof.

I can be hard on my sunglasses so the Lifetime Craftmanship warranty and the FREE lost or stolen replacements was a huge bonus. You just pay the shipping and handling fee and Boom, replacement pair mailed to you!

I have a very narrow face and I was a bit worried that they  might be too big or wide for me, but they actually weren’t bad at all. I might like them to be a little smaller for my face, but they were definitely comfortable and didn’t feel overly huge on me.

One of the really great thing about Shady Rays is that they donate 10 meals to fight hunger through Feeding America with every order placed. So you get sunglasses, a family gets fed. Wins all the way around. Such a cool company!

Overall I really liked the Shady Rays X Series sunglasses. The price point is very reasonable for a good pair of running sunglasses. The crystal clear lenses and free replacement was a huge bonus.

If you’re interested in trying out a pair (or two) of Shady Rays sunglasses, you can use code “RAVE50″ for 50% off 2 or more items on their site.

 

Powering up with Super Food Bites

Disclaimer: I received a package of Food Groove Mission Super Food Bites 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! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

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I have a sensitive tummy. I have to be careful what I eat pre-run. I need something easy on the tummy, not loaded with processed sugars, and lightweight or else I have issues. I have been trying these Food Groove Mission Super Food Bites before my long runs with good success. Each pouch comes with 10 bites. At about 200 calories per pouch they’re the perfect fuel up for a run.

They are made with all natural, organic ingredients and are gluten-free, Non GMO, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and Grain Free.  So good for the body and easy on the tummy. But most importantly they taste great!!

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I really like that they come in a re-sealable bag too. I can pop a few before a short run, re-seal the bag and then finish them after. I also took some along for the ride on a couple of excursions with the kids and I gotta say they loved them. And I loved that I didn’t feel guilty about giving them a healthy snack.

Food Groove Mission was founded in Dallas, TX by a husband and wife team who are both endurance athletes. They wanted a healthy, portable, energy packed snack that would fit their on-the-go lifestyle. They not only developed a snack that checked all these boxes but they loaded them with superfood like organic dates, organic peanut butter, and dark chocolate.

From their site:

“Superfoods are Mother Earth’s most nutritious powerhouses, providing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These natural power sources can help increase energy, improve brain function and memory, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, and even extend your lifespan. We believe that incorporating these unique and diverse superfoods into your diet will enhance your well-being. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals and discover your superpowers by giving you the highest quality superfoods to fuel your journey.”

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✔️ Good for you.

✔️ Easy to transport.

✔️ Taste Great!

They fit all my snack goals in one nifty pouch.

If you’re interested in trying Food Groove Mission Super Food Bites you can purchase them online direct from their site here. Code BIBRAVE15 gets you 15% off your order too!

Beat Treadmill Boredom with GoZwift

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Runpod  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! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

Happy New Year everyone! I always get so excited about the new year. New year. New goals! New opportunities to start fresh. 2018 was a good running year for me. Lots of races and decent mileage, even battling a couple of injuries. This year I plan to focus on strength more and that means heading to the gym. This also means possibly incorporating more treadmill runs. I’m not a good treadmill runner. I get bored easily. I will run in the rain over running on a treadmill. But Zwift is taking the boredom out of treadmill running.

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Zwift is an app you can download to your smart device. It connects via bluetooth to a footpod that launches your running avatar on the Zwift app. Through Zwift you can run virtually with people all over the world.

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Once you download the app, set up an account, connect your footpod, and find a treadmill you are ready to go! You can plan to meet up with running friends across the country to all virtually run together at the same time on the same route (as we did for a recent BibRave run below). It’s fun to see other runner’s avatars and run alongside them. You can even chat with fellow runners and message the group.

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You can choose what route you want to run to change things up too. You can run through Central London and explore Richmond, Virginia, run through the jungle or even inside a volcano. Run routes aren’t the only thing customizable. You can even customize your avatar to make it look however you want.

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Zwift has 1,000+ structured runs that you can do on the treadmill. For example it will give you tempo intervals on your run, signaling when to start and when to stop your current tempo interval. You can also put in running goals and it will develop a training plan for you. Just want to run and do your own thing? You can customize and build your own workout with Zwift as well. And you can look at your upcoming runs throughout the week.

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At the end of every Zwift run you receive a detailed run report showing you all sorts of running data from your run.

If you run on the treadmill at all I recommend investing in the Zwift footpod and getting the Zwift Run app. It really made treadmill running almost fun and the miles seemed to go by much quicker.

New Runner Gear for a New Year!

I received products from Brooks, Altra, Vuori, Handful, and Vooray 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 we run into 2019  (see what I did there) we’re all setting our running goals for the upcoming year. 1,000 miles? PR in the half marathon? Run a marathon? No matter your running goal, having the right running gear is super important. I thought I’d go over some of my favorite running gear from The Running Event.

Brooks Running

The Brooks Running Ghost 11 shoes are like buttah. There’s so much cushion! These shoes are so great they won the Runner’s World Editor’s Choice award! And I can see why. The mesh uppers are a FAVE. So flexible and comfy. No pesky seams to rub blisters or annoy you. And the mesh upper molds to you foot so well. It’s like wearing a sock with a cushiony sole! They are a neutral shoe with a lot of cushion and a cool DNA LOFT heel crash pad to give you a softer landing. They’re engineered to give you a soft landing no matter where you strike on your stride landing (heel striker here!) They have a good balance between cushion without losing responsiveness. I can see these shoes being great for extended miles and long runs.


Another of my favorite pieces from Brooks Running is the Women’s LSD Jacket. This thing lights up like a Christmas tree!!!! It’s a great, lightweight jacket which is perfect for our Southern winters. I’ve worn it several times on misty, rainy runs and it works like a charm to cut down on the wind and dampness.

Another really cool feather of the LSD Jacket is that it folds in on itself for compact storage. AND it has an elastic arm band so you can throw is over your arm on the run if you decide you don’t need it or want to bring it along just in case. Such a cool, fun feature! I get so many compliments on this jacket every time I wear it.

Altra Running

Another shoe I’m adding to the running rotation is the Altra Escalante 1.5. I’ve always been curious about the Altra shoes. I love that they have a Footshape™ Toe Box. It was one of the first things I noticed when I put them on. My toe had so much room to spread and plant naturally during my stride. It was great! And the Escalante 1.5 had a new stretchy upper (I’m ALLLLL about stretchy uppers now!)

Another cool feature about the Altra Escalante 1.5 is that the shoe is specifically designed for a woman’s foot! The Fit4Her™ technology is engineered for women’s feet!

They are a zero drop shoe so you need to ease into them if you’re used to running with a high heel to toe drop. I used to run exclusively in low to zero drop shoes so it was nice to get back into a lower drop. Zero drop is supposed to encourage a more natural heel and forefoot strike. Another thing to note for the Altras is they’re super lightweight at only 6.5 oz. Almost like wearing air! I can see these being great for shorter distances as I get used to the lower drop and they’re making me itch to get back out on the trails again!

Vuori Clothing

I hadn’t honestly heard of Vuori Clothing before The Running Event, but I’m quickly becoming a convert. The Omni Performance short is really comfy. I was a little leary of the shorter inseam (2.5″) than what I usually run in, but they material is so soft and stretchy that they performed really well. I love the back zipper pocket and the internal key pocket in the shorts. I’m a big stickler for pockets, pockets, and more pockets.

The wide waistband was very flattering and really comfortable as well. They didn’t pinch or bind at all.  The material, as I mentioned earlier, is so stretchy and super soft. I love wearing these not only for running, but also for just running around town for errands. They are really, really comfortable.

Every piece of clothing I saw of Vuori’s at The Running Event was so luxurious and soft! I wanted one of everything! I am lusting after these Halo Performance Shorts!!!

Handful

I’m always on the lookout for a good running bra. Finding one with the right amount of compression without looking like a uni-boob is tough!. Can I just say that OMG their bras are amazing. So soft! Yet still super supportive and the pretty ruching seam in front is flattering for a more natural Silhouette. I got their Y-Back Bra and it performs like a champ! No chafing. No pinching. I could seriously sleep in this thing and not realize it’s on. Many of their bras are fully adjustable which is a godsend for someone with short boob to shoulder height like me (no more loose, falling straps). And all of their bras have an internal pocket for stashing stuff (YEAH POCKETS!!)

And it’s an amazing company full of empowering, “supportive” (see what I did there) women. I need about four more of these bras now!

And their clothing line is Uber cute too! I’m wearing their Squeeze Play Capri in this picture. I love the cute mesh paneling on the side. They’re high waisted (no muffin top – yay!) and have an internal pocket in the waistband (POCKET!!!)

Their shirts are adorable too! The Flippin’ Awesome Scoop Tank is so cute and versatile! It has a really cool reversible design with a front to back scoop option. And I’m coveting the Peek-A-Breeze Long Sleeve top. Sooo cute with a really great cut out back design. Definitely go check them out!

Vooray

Lastly you need a great bag to carry all your gym gear? Vooray has you covered! They have the cutest gym bags I’ve ever seen. I love all the fun prints and designs of their bags. And they are all just the right size. The ACE Backback (pictured here) has become one of my go-to bags whether it be for lugging stuff to a race or fun trips downtown with the boys.

It has comfortable, padded shoulder straps, water pockets on either side, a large padded interior pocket and additional front pocket. It’s a great backpack for travel, gym, or fun.

They had some GORGEOUS print bags at The Running Event that were so fun and stylish. Who needs a boring gym bag when you can have a floral print one from Vooray!?