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Running Together with Sabre

Disclaimer: I received Sabre Run Productsย as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outย BibRave.comย to review, find, and write race reviews!

Yes, I’m back with another gear review and this time, it’s for Sabre Red, a company who’s mission is to make us feel safer when we’re alone, out and about, and even at home.

I have had panic attacks on a few night runs within the last few years and so I was super excited to be able to try their products out. I was givenย their pepper gel, their personal alarm with clip and LED light, and their runner personal alarm with wristband and night reflective logo.

Pepper Gel – It has a 12 foot range so whether your attacker is up close or 12 feet away, you’ll be able to spray this gel to sting their faces and run away. The switch to lock and unlock is easy enough to turn, but not so easy that you’ll accidentally unlock it and spray yourself in the face. Much appreciated, Sabre. ๐Ÿ™‚

Personal alarm with clip and LED light – Treat this as a LED light that also has the capability of emitting a high pitched frequency that is LOUD when you press a button. It also has the added perk of clipping onto a running belt or a pair of shorts when on a run.

My running essentials

Runner personal alarm with wristband and night reflective logo – It doesn’t have a LED light, but does have a reflective logo to increase your visibility. It, like the other alarm also emits a high pitched frequency and honestly, it scared the shit out of me when I first tested it. This alarm is triggered when you pull a key ring out and the alarm fits into a wristband that you can carry around. If you’re not a fan of the wristband, like I am, and wear a running belt instead, you can also stick it in there and in a pinch, pull the key ring and scare the living daylights out of your attacker. ๐Ÿ™‚

Luckily, I haven’t had to use it in a life-threatening situation, but I’m glad to have it on hand. If I need to run alone at night, I’ll definitely be bringing an alarm and my pepper gel with me. If you’re interested in some of these products, you can use “SABRERUN” for 20% off their items. ๐Ÿ™‚

For more reviews on these products, check out what my fellow BibRave Pros have to say.

Meridithย –ย Taushahย –ย Fallonย –ย Lisa

Question for you: Have you ever found yourself in a scary situation when running? Several months ago, I got spooked by a cyclist while running at night. I screamed bloody murder and couldn’t run at night for a few weeks.ย 

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Global Running Day and Another Racing Event added to the 2019 Calendar

I received an entry into the Long Beach Half Marathon 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! All opinions are my own.

Happy belated Global Running day!!! I know I’m two days late, but work got kind of hectic and I just haven’t had as much time to blog. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Sorry!

Every year when global running day comes around, I get kind of excited because it’s somewhat of an unofficial holiday for runners.

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  1. There is a lot of running going on, obviously. ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of running shoe stores will have group runs. For instance, I spent my Wednesday night running with friends at The Big Run event held by Fleet Feet. Every year, they have this event on global running day where they have runners come out and join them in a free 5k fun run. There are sometimes bib, medals, giveaways, and tasty treats to eat post race. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. A lot of races and running gear go on sale for the day. Think of it as a mid year black Friday. And if you’re lucky, their sale goes on a few days. ๐Ÿ™‚ One particular sale that was extended until this Friday 6/7/2019 (11:59 PM PST) is that of Motiv Runnings.

Who is Motiv Running? They’re an organization that puts on 14 races, most notably the Long Beach Half/full marathon and the the Surf City Half/full in Southern California. I’ve signed up for the Long Beach half and I would highly recommend this one if you’ve never run it before. I think it’s a beautiful course that takes you through Downtown Long Beach and curves along the water. I’m a sucker for scenic runs along the water. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank goodness I live by the ocean.

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My first time running the Long Beach Half Marathon in 2015

Anyway, their current sale has a lot of their races being discounted for up to 40% so I would recommend heading over there if you’re looking to find a good deal on a race. Their sale ends tonight at 11:59 pm PST so make sure to sign up soon and if you end up signing up for Long Beach, let me know!

Also, if you missed the sale (post 6/7/2019) , you can still use the code “LBMBR10” for 15% off the Long Beach Half/full marathon registration. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Question for you: Did you register for any races on global running day or buy any fancy new running gear? ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

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5 Years and 25 Half Marathons Later – My RnR San Diego Race Report

I received an entry into the Rock N Roll San Diego Half Marathon 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! All opinions are my own.

Yes, that’s right. You read that header correctly. In 5 years almost to the day, I have completed 25 half marathons plus some other races and it all started with Rock N Roll San Diego.

It gave me such a good experience the first time around that I kept choosing to run it again and again and two days ago, I completed it for the 4th time.

Looking back on it, I really believe the reason I continued to race half marathons was because of this race.

Rock N Roll San Diego just knows how to put on a good time and after having a ton of pre-race anxiety, this was just what I needed.

Let’s summarize shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

Pre-race: I stayed with friends that lived close to a trolley station and at 4:30 am, we were out the door to get to SDCCU stadium. We then took a 15 min trolley ride to the Little Italy trolley stop and briskly walked about a mile to the start giving us a nice warm up. We arrived, gear checked, my friends did their porta potty thing, and chit chatted for about 30 min until the start of the race at 6:15 am.

Race:

The start – The race started on time, but due to there being so many corrals, it took quite a bit of time to release everyone. I was in corral 8 and I started at 6:30 am. This year, they had a new design to release runners more slowly. They had gates that funneled everyone through narrower paths so only a 10 runners or so could be released and get a running start to the official start line. This made the first 0.25 miles easier to run through because there weren’t as many runners to maneuver around. I appreciated them, but I think others were annoyed.

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The course – Starting out, I was a bit nervous. My plantar fasciitis still wasn’t terribly better and although I was running through it, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to complete the race. Fast forward two miles and everything started to move more quickly. My plantar wasn’t acting up as much and when we entered Hillcrest, I could see all the drag queens in colorful wigs and boobs screaming up and down for us. LOL. It’s one of my favorite parts of the race. Then up and down we go for a mile or two before we hit the blue mile, where runners are encouraged to wear blue to remember our fallen military heroes. I had run through this section the past three times I ran it and this was probably the first time I truly looked at the photos and honestly, it tugged at my heartstrings seeing all those young men and women who were killed in action.

Shortly after, the unofficial alcohol stations starting popping up and every year, I swear more and more start popping up. I counted maybe 4 or 5 houses that brought their A game (and by A game, I of course mean Alcohol). Some neighbors were providing shots of whiskey, some donuts and whiskey, some were handing out beer, and some were making some unidentified drink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did not partake as I did not want to throw up, but seeing them definitely brought a smile to my face. I even saw a Doctor Who themed alcoholic station!

The latter half of the race was kind of a blur, but I do remember how I felt at different parts of the course in previous years.

At mile 1.5 where I started out too fast one year and had forgotten about the rolling hills.

At mile 7 where I had started walking and crying because it had gotten so warm.

Around mile 11 where I had seen a friend and she ran with me the rest of the way encouraging me to continue.

At mile 12.5 where I had run with a friend for her first half marathon and she was so in the zone, I told her to keep going without me.

And of course at the finish line, where I had finished 3 times prior.

It’s hard for me to put into words how I felt during the race, but maybe the word that best describes it is JOY.

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I started this race with the sole intention of trying to finish. I had no time goal and no expectation to run fast. And then I went out, enjoyed the course, even played some Pokemon Go, and ran my 6th fastest half marathon (Official time: 1:58:50). If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. 

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So tell me, has there ever been a time where you blew your own expectations out of the water? I’d love to hear about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

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Ready or not, here I come

I received an entry into the Rock N Roll San Diego Half Marathon 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! All opinions are my own.

Yes, that’s right. It’s that time again. Time for me to run the Rock N Roll San Diego Half, the first half I’ve ever run, for the 4th time. LOL. You would think that I would be bored of it by now, but honestly I’m not. It’s a wonderfully run race and a LOT of locals run it. I even have friends who have moved away are coming back to run it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m super excited to meet up with everyone at the expos on Saturday and at the race itself so if you see me, please don’t be shy. Come and say hi. ๐Ÿ™‚

That being said, I’m also a bit worried that I’ll I won’t finish the half. My plantar was feeling a bit better a few weeks ago where the pain was minimal. I obviously took that as a sign to start running 20+ miles a week and bam, the pain came back annoyingly. It’s really my fault though. The moment I had a few good runs, I felt like I was a puppy who was just released from its cage. I wanted to run free and wild and uhh, my body had other plans.

I was hoping I’d be in better shape by this point, but truth is, I’m not. I have good runs and I have bad runs and unfortunately, this year happens to consist of more bad than good ones. I have high hopes that it won’t always be like this as it’s only been two months, but honestly, two months where I can’t just go out and run every day is getting to me.

It hasn’t been all bad though. I’ve resumed playing Pokemon Go when I do run to distract me from the fact that I can’t run far. I run a bit, stop to catch a pokemon, and continue on. It puts less stress on my legs by breaking the mileage apart and although my endurance has suffered a bit, I’m at least able to find joy in playing an offshoot of a game I really loved as a child. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, because of Pokemon Go, I’ve been able to take it easy and just enjoy the sights. I even stopped mid run to eat some ice cream. I then resumed my run. LOL.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that being injured as taught me to enjoy my runs in a different way so maybe this race will also be new experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wish me luck!

 

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Are you Team Commando or Team RunderWear?

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Women’s RunderWear hipsters 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!

A few weeks ago, Bibrave asked the BibRave Pros about whether they’d be interested in testing out some running underwear and I, of course, was intrigued. I’ll admit the concept of running underwear was a bit foreign to me. I definitely do wear undies when I run, but apparently half of the running population does not, which SHOCKED me. LOL.

Trust me when I say that when the BibRave Pros discussed our undie preferences, I was in disbelief that some of my closest friends do not typically wear undies when running. Seriously, it took me days to wrap my head around it. LOL. But after talking to a few of them about the reasons, I get it. What are those reasons? Well, let me tell you.

CHAFING – This is probably the main reason most runners will end up going commando. Many pairs of underwear have seams where they rub against the skin and I have experienced this first hand. The showers after my first few half marathons started with yelps because of the water hitting my lower back where I had chafing from the band or label of the underwear.

So some of you may ask, why just not wear undies at all? Many running shorts have an underliner so you could just go commando. Well, to those people, I say No! LOL. I personally prefer to change my undies daily rather than my running shorts. I love wearing my shorts for multiple runs throughout the week and if I go commando underneath my shorts, well let’s just say that ruins everything. ๐Ÿ™‚

RunderWear’s Solution to chafing? – No side seams and no labels on the undies so there’s no irritation and rubbing. The company is so confident about this that they have a chafe-free guarantee. They have a 28 day, no fuss guarantee. If they cause you to chafe, they’ll refund you. I’ve run in them for up to 8 miles in rain/humid weather and had no issues.

Restriction of movement – Depending on the type of underwear you wear, you can wear some are not the most comfortable and when running, you want the most free range of movement possible so many just go without it.

RunderWear’s Solution to restrictive fabric? – Runderwear has ergonomically designed their undies to move with your body. The fabric they use is very soft, breathable, and kind of reminds me of spandex, which allow me to move freely without feeling restrictive. I will mention that the hipsters do cover a lot more of my bottom than I’m used to, but I noticed that I don’t get wedgies with these, which is a bonus. Hah. I also forsee this as being a bonus in the winter time when it gets cold and the more coverage, the better.

If you’re interested in purchasing a pair for yourself, use code “BIBRAVE20” for 20% off your purchase. Valid only until May 30th, 2019. They have both men’s and women’s undergarments and also sell other performance wear. 

So tell me, are you team undies or team commando? 

 

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Summer Racing at the Craft Classic SD Half

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the SD Craft Classic 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! All opinions are my own.

I think I’m a glutton for punishment. I’m still not fully recovered from Plantar Fasciitis and decided that it would be a smart idea to sign up for another half marathon in July. There are no regrets though. LOL. It’s going to be a fun one. I’m sure of it.

If you live somewhere where it gets super warm during the summer and racing is just out of the question, come to San Diego where you can race a half (or 5k is halves aren’t your thing) and get free beer after the race.

This year, it’s being run by the San Diego Running Company, which is responsible for putting on really interesting events. I participated in their PB Beachfest last year, which is a 5k along the beach. I destroyed my ankles there, but it was an interesting experience nonetheless. In December, they also have a Santa Run, where registration includes a Santa costume and you just run around in Santa suits. LOL Doesn’t that sound like fun?

I’m super excited to see what they do with the Craft Classic this year. Like the theme implies, it is centered around beer.

With your registration, you get a commemorative pint glass, a race shirt/tank that says “On a Beer Run”, free race photos, a beer related medal, and of course a complimentary Green Flash beer.

What things am I looking forward to? 

  1. Free race photos, obviously. I love races that provide this. Registration for races is not cheap so free race photos are greatly appreciated. You know I’ll be getting my photos snapped everywhere chance I get.
  2. All of the beer – I don’t drink beer, but I LOVE the fact that the first male and female winner of the half marathon wins their weight in beer. THAT’S RIGHT. You read that here. They win their WEIGHT in beer. Isn’t that insane? I wouldn’t even know what to do with that. Maybe pour it into a pool to chill out in.
  3. The MEDAL – I love unique medals and this one since it’s beer centered, is a bottle opener. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t drink, but I can definitely use this for my soda pop. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. The Course – This is not an extremely flat course, but I love it nonetheless. There’s nothing like a challenging hill mid course to get you to really appreciate that finish line. I had to walk up the BIG hill last time I ran it so I’ll be excited to see if I can redeem myself. Also, I finished with a 2:00:01 last time soooo it’s time for redemption.
  5. The PEOPLE – I really miss running with others. Since being injured and moving away from my main run group, it’s been hard to try and run with others and also keep pace while injured.

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If you’re interested in running this race, use code “BIBRAVE10” for $10 off the half and if halves aren’t your thing, use code “BIBRAVE5” for $5 off the 5k. 

So have you ever run a Craft Classic Race OR have you ever done a beer mile? I never have and it amazes me that humans are able to chug 4 beers within a mile. Let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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To Streak or Not to Streak…with BibRave

Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Subscription and Strava merchandise 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!

To streak or not to streak, that is the question. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now what am I talking about, right? If you thought I was talking about anything other than a run/walk streak, get your mind out of the gutter. ๐Ÿ™‚

For 31 days, the BibRave group is run/walk streaking and we want you to join us on Strava. A run/walk streak consists of someone running or walking 1 mile a day for however many days. If you miss a day though, the streak starts over.

Back in 2016, I participated in a run streak held by Runner’s World. From Thanksgiving to New Years day, I had to run/walk 1 mile a day. I had so much fun with it that I kept it going for 120 days until I got too busy and too tired to run every day. LOL That being said, I’m pretty excited to try another run streak and lucky for me, it’s only for 31 days. I still have plantar fasciitis, but I’m still determined to try.

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I think it’ll a great way for me to start increasing my miles again. Even though it’s 1 mile a day, it’s still 1 more mile than I’d normally do during my rest days and that adds up.

If anyone is looking to start running or just get back into it, this is a great opportunity. There is no cost to it. Just sign up to Strava, join our group, and start logging those miles in. ๐Ÿ™‚

And I promise to give as many kudos as possible to get you all motivated. So how about it? Will you be joining me? Feel free to add me on Strava and I’ll add you back. ๐Ÿ™‚