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!

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.

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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.