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.

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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!?

Let’s talk recovery

I received products from Addaday, Arcanum, CEP Compression, NUUN, and Incrediwear 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.

Let’s talk about recovery. Running recovery. Do you do anything to aid in your post run recovery? Eat a snack high is protein right after? Stretch? Foam roll? Nothing?

The older I get I find that I need to concentrate on my recovery just as much as my runs. At The Running Event last month I received several products that I have come to enjoy and now added to my recovery routine.

Addaday Massage

The Deep Tissue Roller for Runners from Addaday Massage is an amazing recovery tool. I have issues with tight calves and a cranky IT band. This thing can really get in there and help work the kinks out. The balls really help you pinpoint the Massage and pressure too. Paired with my foam roller, they’ve been fantastic in getting me back on the road quicker and with less pain.

Addaday also makes a cool Runner’s Tea. It’s a high mountain oolong tea that’s a clean energy source before your run. I used it for my mid afternoon slump instead of my usual coffee a few times. I loved that you could steep each package multiple times. It had a nice flavor with a good boost of energy without all the coffee jitters.

CEP Compression

I love, love Compression socks. I love wearing them during a run and after a run.

I really enjoyed visiting the CEP Compression booth at The Running Event. These guys are passionate about Compression and know their stuff. I love, love, love the Women’s Run Sock 2.0. They have graduated Compression along the calf of 20-30mMHg. They felt so good after I put them in and while I was running. I think my favorite thing about these socks though is the padded cushioning and seamless toe closure on the foot of the sock. This is the first compression sock I’ve tried with padding under foot!! Wow. Felt so amazing.

I wore them after a couple of long runs for recovery and I really like that they offered good compression without overly squeezing my legs into oblivion. They are honestly comfortable enough that I could wear the to bed.

Arcanum Edge

Activated Hemp is the new thing in sports performance. I’m seeing it pop up everywhere. I’ve tried it out before I liked the benefits. What caught my eye for Arcanum is that is applied directly to your skin instead of ingested. They work with trusted industry leader Mary’s Nutritionals to create their performance and recovery products. We were given a Sarco Freeze (pinpointed recovery and topical cooling), The Quill (everyday use), and Sarco Breeze (Massage oil).

The Sarco Freeze felt so good on my sore knee these last several weeks. I would use it both preemptively right after a run and anytime my knee started to get cranky. The immediate cooling action was very soothing. The Quill is a patented activated hemp delivery pen for daily use. This was perfect for the daily stresses and unease of the Christmas holidays. It helped bring more restful sleep and took the anxiety edge off on stressful days. I only used the Sarco Breeze activated hemp massage oil a couple of times on a sore IT band. It seemed to help break up the soreness.

Incrediwear

Incrediwear was a great discovery at The Running Event. They make anti-inflammatory recovery wear. Their products can be worn 24/7 and they even encourage you wearing it to bed to optimize recovery while your body is resting. Their products have been shown to accelerate recovery up to 46%. Per their website:

Our technology incorporates semiconductor elements within our fabric, which when stimulated by body heat, release negative ions. The negative ions activate molecular vibrations that increase blood flow and speed. Increasing circulation helps bring more oxygen and nutrients to the target area, which optimizes the body’s natural healing process and accelerates recovery.

I tried out the Women’s Performance Capri and socks. I really liked both. The capris were a good thickness and comfortable. I wore them for a couple of runs during short runs and then a couple of times after runs. The tights felt good both during and after. I could see wearing these on longer runs. I really liked the socks too. They are nice and thin and we’re very comfortable.

NUUN

I’ve been a big fan of NUUN for a long time. I like to drink NUUN during my runs and during the day for extra hydration. I just started drinking the NUUN Immunity and Energy tabs for recovery too. I love the immunity and energy boosts they give me.

I recently started drinking it hot in the afternoon too! Who knew it was so good hot! I little stretching, rolling, and warm NUUN is just what the recovery ordered.

I’m most excited about this new release from NUUN: their new performance endurance drink for use during the run. It will be another good add to my post run recovery. Hydration, hydration, hydration is a huge key to quicker recovery.

The Running Event Recap

Disclaimer: I received a travel and hotel stipend and swag from The Running Event 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. If something was given for review purposes, it will be disclosed.

Last month I had the insane opportunity to attend The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, Texas. If you’re not familiar, The Running Event is the premier running event/conference/expo for running retailers. All the biggest running names are at this event showing off their latest up and coming products and designs. It’s generally not open to the public, but I was invited to attend as an influencer for BibRave. Such an amazing opportunity! I’m going break the two days of awesome down for you guys.

Zwift Running Event

We all began to trickle into Austin on that Thursday afternoon. We were to meet up at a conference room in the Hilton for a meet and greet, SWAG reveal, and Zwift Running Event.

We got so much amazing SWAG from so many wonderful vendors at TRE. I felt like a kid at Christmas! Many were some of my favorite brands I was already familiar with (Brooks, Altra, NUUN, CEP Compression) and there were several new brands I was excited to try out (Handful, Vuori, Addaday, Vooray, Incrediwear, and Arcanum)!

We settled in, getting to know each other better and then it was time for the Zwift running event!

Several of our Bibrave Pros jumped onto two treadmills and ran a virtual group run on the Zwift app with Bibrave Pros all over the country. It was so cool to watch the app and how it linked up runners from all over.

As we wrapped up the Zwift Running Event we got a huge surprise. We had all been invited to the Brooks after hours party!! But first up, dinner: Texas BBQ.

Brooks Party

With a belly full of BBQ we strolled over to The Brooks party being held in the Cedar Creek Courtyard.

Of course we had to wear our new Brooks Women’s Reflective LSD Jackets to the party. LOVE all the reflective print on it!

We were all just chilling, hanging out with a beer when who freaking walks in???? Des Freaking Linden (no, that’s not her middle name, but it should be) she graciously took photos with all of us runnerds fangirling over her. After that wish-come-true experience we rolled out to the dance floor to shake our booties. We had a great time dancing the night away to the cover band Suede. They were so good!

Bibrave Group Run

Early the next morning the whole Bibrave family met up for a fun group run through downtown Austin and up to the Capitol.

It was fun having our sea of orange running through downtown in the quiet, early morning hours.

The Running Event

Immediately after the group run we went over to the convention center to walk the expo floor and check out the latest and greatest products from running gear retailers such as CEP Compression, Brooks, Altra, Handful, Vooray, Vuori, Addaday, NUUN, Incrediwear, and Arcanum.

It was so interesting and exciting to learn about some of the new, up and coming products and the technology behind some of my favorite tried and true gear.

Overall, the Bibrave Running Event experience was so amazing. I’m still riding the high from all the fun. I’ve been testing all the gear out all month. I’ll be writing up a couple of blog posts on the gear in the next couple of days.

Better life, Better Performance with iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Extract

Disclaimer: I received a discount on the iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Extract delivery service 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 have been reading a lot about Hemp Extract and it’s benefits for anxiety and sleep but I hadn’t seen it being promoted as an athletic performance enhancer until iKOR Labs. So I opted in to try it out.

IKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil claims to assist with faster recovery by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, better performance through boosted mood, and faster delivery to the body through its liposomal encapsulation technology.

From iKOR’s website:

iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state. The most bio-available CBD product on the market, iKOR is a highly protective anti-oxidant, an effective anti-inflammatory and a powerful mood booster.

I used iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil for two cycles of 7 days. Immediately I noticed a calming effect after starting the cycle. My anxiety was much lower and my sleep was much better and more restful. I wasn’t as anxious before workouts. I ran three different races while on iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil and I did feel like I recovered quickly after each race. I wasn’t as sore as I have been in previous races.

The iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil worked well for me mostly in the respect that I felt more well rested and less stressed while on a 7 day cycle. This translated to my training well by giving me more energy for my workouts. My only con to report would be the taste. It’s an acquired taste. The citrus flavor just mixed oddly with the hemp oil in my opinion. I got used to it quickly though.

If you’re interested in trying out the Performance CBD hemp extract you can save 20% off w/ code BibRave20.

Trying out the UA HOVR Sonic Shoes

Disclaimer: I received a discount on the UA HOVR Sonic Running Shoes delivery service 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 recently had the opportunity to test out the UA HOVR Sonic Running Shoes as a BibRave Pro. I’ve tested out some other UA running shoes in the past and really liked them.

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The first thing I noticed about these shoes was the lightweight mesh upper. I love shoes with mesh uppers. They are so breathable and they hug your foot like a glove. These felt so good when I put them on. They just molded right to my foot. They are really flexible and responsive. Running in Louisiana in the summer months means your shoes get soaking wet with sweat. These shoes dry out quickly with the airy mesh uppers. This is a huge bonus on back-to-back run days. No-one likes running in wet shoes.19378-DEFAULT-l.jpg

These are a neutral shoe with a good amount of cushion. I liked how responsive they were on the road. I did several short runs (3 to 4 miles) and a couple of longer runs (10 miles or more) to test how they performed. I loved these for the shorter runs. They felt really good. I could feel some foot fatigue on these for the longer runs but nothing terrible. I think they would just require a little more build-up running to get my feet and legs used to them.

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Here are the specs on the shoe from UA:

  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Soft knit upper dries fast & provides a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers lightweight directional strength & unmatched comfort to help you go the distance
  • Ventilated midfoot panel increases breathability
  • Unique tongue construction is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot
  • External TPU heel counter for additional support & structure
  • Removable, anti-microbial Ortholite® sockliner molds to the foot for customized comfort & cushion
  • Blown rubber under the forefoot is lightweight yet incredibly responsive
  • High-abrasion rubber placed under the heel to help absorb ground contact
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Weight: 8oz/225g

I’ve enjoyed running in them and wearing them around town for errands. I’m looking forward to running in these more. They not only feel good, they are really cute and stylish.

Going the Extra Mile with Mercury Mile

Disclaimer: I received a discount on the Mercury Mile delivery service 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!

Being a runner who works from home a lot I tend to live in running clothes. I wear running clothes when I wake up, go for a run, shower, and then change into more running clothes to work. I love shopping for new running clothes. A new shirt or new pair of Capri tights somehow motivate me to go running.  I recently had the opportunity to try out the Mercury Mile delivery service for workout/running clothes. Before I hear you all groan, this is not a subscription service. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. You only sign up for a box when you want a box. You only get a box when you request one. AND you can receive more than one box a month is you want.

So, here’s how it works.

  1. You create an account and fill out a runner profile describing your running style, size, and you can even input notes in for your stylist for things you like and dislike. For example, I put in my notes that I do not like sleeves. I prefer tanks to t-shirts. And I like bright colors. This part is free.
  2. Whenever you’re ready select a delivery date to receive a box. There is a stylist fee of $20 charged up front.
  3. Get your box and try everything on in the comfort of your home. I LOVED this part. I could try it on and move around the house to see how it performed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked something at the store to only find out it fits weird after I get moving, bunches up, etc.
  4. Keep what you want. Send what you want back in the pre-paid postage envelope. This was SO easy. I just put the pieces I didn’t like back in the bag they sent and put it in my mailbox for pick-up. Within three days I had an email verifying they’d received it.
  5. They charge what you keep against your stored credit card minus the $20 stylist fee. If you keep nothing then you’re out the $20.

I ordered two different boxes this last month to see what all I would receive. Both had a good mix of shirts, shorts, and tights. I ended up keeping about 2 to 3 pieces out of every box. Size exchanges were super easy. I simply emailed my stylist and asked for a different size in one tank I really liked. She dropped it in the mail immediately and it was at my door in 2 to 3 days.

I would recommend following them on Instagram. They periodically have a huge sale where everything in your box is 50% off the normal price. I scored some really cute pieces that way!

I really enjoyed the Mercury Mile service. I received a few pieces that I would have never chosen for myself in the store but then ended up keeping them after trying them on. It made me venture outside my normal running clothes bubble and try out some new brands and new styles.

If you’re interested in trying out Mercury Mile you can use the code BIBRAVE10 to save $10 off your stylist fee.

Knockaround Premiums sunglasses Review

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Knockaround Premium Sungalsses 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!

Having light colored eyes they are very sensitive to sunlight. So, because of this I am a sunglasses hoarder. I keep several pairs in each car, in drawers on the house, at my desk at work, in the bathroom, in the playroom, etc. But I also have small children and I’m fairly active. I’m hard on sunglasses. I sit on them. I pull the earpieces off. I scratch the lenses. I need sunglasses that are reasonably priced. But I still want ones that are stylish and offer excellent eye protection.

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I had seen several other runners talking about Knockaround sunglasses on Twitter and Instagram and always thought they were cute but had never tried a pair. I was excited to be able to try them out as part of the Bibrave Pro program.

I tried out the Knockaround Premium sunglasses. They come is SO MANY cute, fun colors! It was so hard to decide what color to choose!! I chose a pair with mirrored lenses and a pair with matte lenses to test out the difference in lens quality and durability.

I love the look of mirrored lenses but they scratch so easily. So far these mirrored lenses have held up well! I just put them in the handy cloth protective pouch and throw them in my purse when I’m not using them. I saw no difference in lens quality between the mirrored and matte pairs.

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I really like the wider fit of the classic frames. They offer a really good amount of protection around the eye as well as UV400 protection

So, how they perform on a run?

GREAT! They didn’t budge! They didn’t flop around. They didn’t slide down. They stayed put, even on several of my really sweaty runs. I even wore them to a 5k race and they performed perfectly.

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Starting at only $15 a pair it’s hard not to snatch up every color they offer!! Plus you can customize your own pair for just a little bit more. It’s so much fun to pick out lens, earpiece and frame colors!! And they have some amazingly cool limited edition releases that you have to check out.

Right now you can save 20% off one single order at Knockaround with the code BIBRAVEKNOCKS. I highly recommend grabbing you a pair, or several.

The Wonders of KT Tape®

Disclaimer: I received a sample of KT Tape® 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’ve always seen people taped up at races with KT Tape® and have even asked, “What is that? What’s it supposed to do?” I kind of poo-pooed the idea that tape could really help with an injury and never bought into the idea.

Then I got injured.

Peroneal tendinitis and bursitis in my foot sidelined my running. The pediatrist recommended rest, icing, and then slowly get back into running and tape up the foot. Tape.

So, I bought some cheap athletic tape from the drug store and watched some videos on how to tape my foot. It helped. It really did. But it was also very, very stiff and uncomfortable. It would last a few hours and I was constantly re-taping.

Then I remembered I had received some pink KT Tape® as a gift. I got online, looked into it, watched their video on how to tape up my foot and set out about my day. It stretched! And breathed! and stayed put! and helped with my pain! WHAT???

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I’m telling you guys. It sold itself.

Then Bibrave offered the chance to test out several different types of KT Tape® and I quickly raised by hand. Yes, please!

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What is KT Tape®? To put it into the simplest terms it’s stretchy athletic tape. You can read all about the elastic fibers and benefits here. So, take basic, blah, athletic tape. Make it stretchy and breathable, better widths and add fun colors and you have KT Tape®!

It comes in several different fun colors and prints and widths and adhesive strengths to meet your taping and athletic needs. I was sent the following:

  • KT Tape® Cotton (pink) – this is their normal, basic tape and it was hands down my favorite. The cotton was breathable, stuck to my skin well, stretched, stayed put and didn’t irritate my skin.
  • KT Tape® Pro (blue) – Made with 100% synthetic fibers. It was very breathable and stretchy as well. It stayed on well too. I felt I didn’t get much more use out the synthetic as opposed to the cotton. They were pretty much the same to me. So it would come down to fiber preference honestly.
  • KT Tape® Pro Extreme (black) – This is the Pro tape but with a higher adhesive for wet (or really sweaty) application. I wore this on on a really, really humid, sweaty run and it stayed totally put. I was afraid the extra adhesive might make it painful to remove but that wasn’t the case! I really liked this one for those hot, ultra humid runs.

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  • KT Tape® Pro Wide – the strips are 4″ wide and made to be applied to large muscle groups like the lower back and quads. I didn’t have any injury of large muscle groups so I didn’t use this one, but it’s exactly like the Pro tape, just wider.
  • KT Tape® gentle tape – this one has lighter adhesive and good for everyday wear. I wore this one for work under my socks just for that extra little support while my foot was healing. Super comfortable and easy to remove.

I’ve been using KT Tape® now for over a month and I LOVE the stuff. My foot is healing and mostly better but still achey. So, I use KT Tape® religiously for long runs and races as an added bit of support and precaution.

And if you’re worried about how to use the tape for a specific body part they have tons of great videos that are easy to follow. They explain exactly how to apply the tape and step-by-step instructions. You can find the videos here.

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Check out KT Tape® and you can save 30% off your online order by using the code BIBRAVE30.

A Review of the Aftershokz Trekz Air

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Aftershokz Trekz Air wireless headphones 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!

If I’m running by myself, I often carry music with me as a motivator and to offset the boredom. Running with music can be a safety risk since headphones can block out the surrounding ambient noise. Being open and aware of your surroundings is important when you’re running outside.

When I got the chance to try out a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air bluetooth headphones I was anxious to try them. I liked the Trekz Titanium headphones and was curious how the Trekz Air compared.

The interesting thing about the Trekz Air headphones is that they are completely open. They do not go IN your ears, but rather slightly above your ears. They use bone conduction technology which delivers the music through your cheekbones. This allows your ear to be open to ambient sounds around you, providing a much safer listening experience.

The first time putting them on, they immediately connected with my iPhone’s bluetooth. And I easily started playing music from  one of my playlists. The music quality was GREAT!! AND I could hear everything going on around me! As I ran around my neighborhood I could easily hear cars approaching and people running behind me without losing music sound quality from the headphones. It was amazing!

They are extremely lightweight and flexible. The Trekz Air are 20% lighter than their counterparts and could immediately tell when I put them on. I could barely feel them on my head.. They never became uncomfortable or felt heavy on my ears. The back wraparound titanium connector also seemed to hug my neck a lot better, reducing how much my ponytail would bang around on it. I think this is part of their new “organic design” supposed to increase comfort.

There is a micro usb charging port right next to the volume buttons behind the earpiece. It didn’t take long to charge them fully and they’ve held a charge for over a week! Aftershokz says they’ll stay charged for up to 6 hours of continuous music play.

They are IP55 certified to repel sweat and moisture. I got caught in a pretty good downpour on one run and they performed great! I never lost connection or sound quality and I was completely soaked.

And music quality was excellent. I find that there is loss of music quality in a lot of headphones that are not “in ear” but the Trekz Air really delivers great quality music. The bass (they come with EQ presets) was shocking and music and podcasts were so clear. Their website states that “PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass”.

The only comment I have on the headphones is I wish the “power on” button was the first button on the earpiece as opposed to the second/middle button. The buttons are tiny and I found it a little hard to find and press the power button while I had the headphones on. Most of the times I would have to remove them to turn them on or off. This is not a huge issue, but then you don’t hear “Audrey” tell you if they’re on and connected until you start playing your music. After some practice I got a little better at it, but it would be easier if it was the first button on the earpiece.

All in all I was really impressed by these headphones. I applaud the open design. I feel so much better going on open roads with these things than I do with my earbuds (I usually have one in and one out – but lose a lot of sound quality that way!)  They’re lightweight, easy to use, great sound quality, and sweat/water resistant. These have quickly become my new favorite headphones for working out.