Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running

Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 – The Best Seat Saver Around

Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 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!

Hello hello again! I just came back from a trip to Taiwan and boy am I exhausted! I can’t wait to tell you all about the trip, but today, I’d like to talk to you about the best seat saver around – the Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0.

BibRave Pros were able to try the v1.0 awhile back and I missed the opportunity to try it then so when the opportunity came to try the 2.0 version, I was all in. This wrap is hands down a game changer for anyone with an active lifestyle and I’m never going back to not having this.

As a runner, I sweat…a lot and unfortunately, I’ve begun to notice that my sweat is not the nicest smelling anymore. 😦 I’m not in the habit of changing after I run since I go home anyway to change so most often than not, I sit in my car immediately after my run and sweat in the seat. I used to keep a towel on my car seat so I could sweat on that, but the towel didn’t stay on the seat for very long and after a lot of fussing around, I just gave up and stopped using it. The transition wrap is PERFECT to protect my car seat. It has this zipper to create a little hoodie and I just slip the hoodie on the headrest of the seat and it hangs there perfectly on my seat without any fuss. And after a week or two of using, I just throw it in the laundry to wash and re-use. I’ve also used it to protect my boyfriend’s car seat when I am a passenger and he loves it. LOL.

IMG-9489It has also been super useful for swimming too. After I swim, I don’t have to worry about any residual chlorine affecting my car seats. 🙂

The transition wrap, as the name implies, is also great for transitioning into other clothes. 🙂 The wrap has an adjustable belt with a secure clip that allows you to easily slip out of your running shorts/swimsuit and into your non-sweaty clothes. 🙂 Gone are the days where you’re juggling your towel and your shorts and trying not to accidentally flash someone. 00100sPORTRAIT-00100-BURST20191012194422766-COVER

You can also use this microfiber wrap to towel off and keep yourself warm after a run like I did. LOL.

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To say that I enjoy using this is an understatement. I absolutely LOVE using this and honestly, it’s way better than any old towel I had been using previously. 🙂 I highly recommend it to anyone looking to prevent their seats from being smelly or just has trouble transitioning out of sweaty clothes. 🙂

If you want your own or are just a fan of Orange Mud products, use code BIBRAVEWRAP for 15% off your order. Other BibRave Pros have also reviewed this so if you’re interested, their reviews are below.

KelliKarenCoreyRyanRenee – Charline

Posted in BibRave Reviews, Race Reports, Running

My Long Beach Half Race Report

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.

Six days ago, I ran the Long Beach half and boy, I had all of the feels.

Expo

Parking for bib pick up is tricky as the expo is held at the Long Beach Convention Center and so parking is a little difficult to find. We parked a few blocks away and walked over to avoid spending $10+ to park at the center itself. Once parked, bib pick up was easy peasy. They do have metal detectors so don’t be carrying any knives with you when you enter. 🙂 I picked up my bib, shirt, some last minute supplies, found my name on their banner and out I went.

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Can you spot my name?

They also sell parking passes for the following day if needed.

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Race Day

The half marathon started at 7:30 so I was dropped off around 7 and made my way to the starting area. The full started at 6 and both the half/full courses circle back towards the start around mile 6 so we all got to cheer on the marathoners as they passed us by.

The start for the half was smooth sailing. I found myself near a 1:55 pacer and ran with them knowing full well that I haven’t been able to run that fast in a few years or so. LOL. I knew it was too fast a pace to keep with my training for this race, but I was being stubborn as usual and held on for as long as I could. Apparently that was 7 miles and honestly, it was a glorious 7 miles. I am a crazy person and love rolling hills and turns and for the first 7 or so miles, there are a lot of it. I had a blast running along the course and seeing all the sights for those first set of miles.

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Then, at mile 7, it straightens out and you’re just along the beach for 3 miles before you make your way back towards the finish. That part was brutal. Since the race started at 7:30 am, by the time I got to mile 7, it was around 8:30 and the sun was out beating down on us with no shade. Luckily, I brought shades and a visor, but yeahhhh, I was pretty drained from the sun. For miles 10-12, I was on the struggle bus. I started run/walking and beating myself up for not being faster. I also forgot my flip belt and body glide, which meant that I was holding my phone the entire race AND got some unwanted chafing. No bueno. 😦 Luckily, my friend was stationed at mile 12 and once I saw her, I quickened my pace and headed to the finish. HOORAY!

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I didn’t get to enjoy much of the post-race festivities as I was super duper tired and couldn’t reach anyone due to low cell reception. I did enjoy the coconut water, which I chugged down in a minute. LOL.

Pro tips

Bring a hat/shades for that stretch along the beach. If it’s not overcast, the sun will take a toll on your body (unless you train in a hot climate).

If you are planning on meeting anyone, make sure to have a plan before you race. That way, they know where to meet you. Due to the congestion of all the runners, cell reception is extremely poor and I didn’t get reception until I left the area.

If you are planning on getting picked up, walk a few blocks out of the convention center. Your driver will 100% appreciate it as there is quite a bit of traffic due to the road closures.

Enjoy the course! When I wasn’t beating myself up about being faster, I had a lovely time! LOL.

The Long Beach half was my 29th half marathon and in all honesty, it hasn’t felt like that many. 🙂 Every half I’ve participated in has brought up the same feelings – pre-race anxiety, pre-race excitement, on course awe, on course pain, on course “OMG I can see the finish line”, and post-race joy that I finished. And although I’ve experienced these feelings before, it’s still surprising to me that I haven’t gotten bored of them. LOL. I guess, that means that I’m in the right sport, yeah?

Posted in Discount Codes, Running, Training

It’s Race Week for the Long Beach Half Marathon

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.

Woohoo! It’s race week again and I’m super excited. I haven’t raced since the first week of August and I was going through withdrawal from not doing double digit long runs. LOL A few weeks ago, I mustered the motivation to do 10 miles and uh, let’s say that I was strong up to mile 8 and then was on the struggle bus for miles 9 and 10. In my defense, miles 9 and 10 were when it was getting real warm and the sun was just beating down on me.

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My 10 miler a few weeks ago

Nevertheless, I am not deterred. I am a bit nervous, but I’m always nervous before a race so I don’t think this is out of the ordinary. I don’t think I’ve ever come to a race with the confidence that I’ll do well. LOL.

My plantar fascitiis is still ever so present and I have just come to accept that it will go away when it wants and that all the stretching in the world is not going to fix it. I’m just glad that it hasn’t gotten worse over time. 🙂 It just takes a few miles of running for the plantar to ease up and I can run without pain.

Like all my previous races this year, I do not have any goals except to enjoy the distance and finish. I ran this race in 2015 and had such a great time. The course is truly beautiful and for 90% of the course, you can see the ocean. 🙂 I’m a fan of the pretty water. LOL.

I have a few more runs left to do this week, but I feel confident that I’ll have a great time. Plantar has definitely taught me to enjoy the process more and I think I’ll be getting a lot more out of this race than when I ran it 4 years ago. Wish me luck!

If you haven’t signed up and still want to, you can use code LBMBR10 for 10% off your half/full registration and I’ll see you there. 🙂 

 

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Running Around with KnockArounds

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Sport Premium Sunglasses 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!

Hey there! It’s been almost a month since my last post and I’m oh so sorry about that. I’ve been going through some personal and professional things and I just lost the motivation to blog. But, I’m back now and this time, it’s to tell you about KnockAround’s Sport Sunglasses that have come out recently.

KnockAround, as you may have already guessed, makes sunglasses and they’re based in San Diego. It was founded by Adam “Ace” Moyer, a graduate student of UCSD and as a San Diego native and UCSD alum, this brings me great joy. 🙂 What’s even better is that these sunglasses are awesome.

Their newest collection is their Sport sunglasses, which have a nice little rubber nosepad that prevents the sunglasses from slipping down your nose when you’re living your active lifestyle. I’ve worn them for several weeks now and they’re as comfy as be. The nose pad doesn’t leave any indentation on my nose even after several hours of wearing them and they prevent the sunglasses from bouncing up and down when I run.

The most common issue I’ve had with sunglasses over the years is that the tint of the lenses will start to peel off shortly after a few weeks. Even though I’ve only been testing this pair for only 4 weeks, I’ve had other KnockAround pairs for much longer and the tint has never peeled off. Hallelujah. Having a tint peel affects my visuals and is really annoying.

One other issue that I have is keeping the sunglasses on my head. I’m not usually aware of what’s on my head and I flail a lot, which results in a lot of dropped sunglasses. I’ve dropped these a few times and they’re still in perfect condition. 🙂

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The Knockaround sunglasses start at $10 and come in a bunch of different colors with both standard UV400 protection and polarized lenses. If they don’t have the combination you want, they can also customize it for you. My particular sunglasses are the Premium Sports in Aquamarine/Fuscia and honestly, I love this color combination. I’ve always been worried about matching in clothes, but these color combinations are so vibrant that I just don’t care anymore. Match or don’t match with my clothes, I’m still going to wear them. LOL.

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If you want your own pair or any of their other sunglasses, use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS3 for 20% off your entire order. 🙂 And if you don’t believe me when I say how great they are, please feel free to read any of my other BibRave Pros’ reviews linked below.

Ben – Renee – Brandy – Tim

 

Posted in Running

Dropping Fbombs left and right – A Fbomb product review

Disclaimer: I received a 16 pack variety count of Fbomb macadamia nut butters 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!

When Bibrave gave the Bibrave Pros a chance to test the FBomb macadamia nut butters, I was intrigued. I am a huge fan of peanut butter and more recently when I went on the whole 30 diet – which I only completed 21 days of – I tried almond butter and was pleasantly surprised at how addicted I was to it.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been snacking on these Fbomb nut butters in various forms and have found that they are fairly versatile for snacking and can actually help me curb my snack cravings a bit. 🙂 If you haven’t heard of Fbomb, here are a few tidbits about Love You Foods LLC, the company that makes them.

The company is founded by Kara and Ross, two strong supporters of the low-carb/high-fat diet (think Keto, Paleo, whole 30, etc). While it was easy for them to find healthy proteins and vegetables while traveling, the same could not be said for fats. Thus, Fbombs, a quality source of healthy fats, were born.

The Fbomb macadamia nut variety 16 count pack comes with 4 different flavors – salted chocolate macadamia, macadamia with coconut, macadamia pecan with sea salt, and macadamia with sea salt. The butter comes in a easy to rip packaging where you can just throw it into a lunch bag, knead the packaging to mix, rip the top off, and eat as is. Thank goodness for that. They’ve saved me in a few instances where I haven’t been able to cook the night before and pack a healthy lunch for the next day.

I’ve tried all the flavors and my favorite is the macadamia with coconut. I’ve tried all of them as is and they’re all yummy, but I have a slight bias towards the one with coconut. 🙂  The consistency is runnier than peanut butter so it’s easier to eat as is without having to dilute it with anything, although I’d still have water on hand if possible.

You might ask, “Where else could I use these nut butters?” Well, I can tell you that I tried them in both overnight oats and granola and both snacks go great with the nut butter. For overnight oats, I used this recipe and substituted the peanut butter with the macadamia nut butter and it was delicious. I did the same for the granola recipe.

Honestly, if you’re looking for a healthy source of fats, I’d recommend trying these out. They are keto friendly, paleo friendly, no sugar added, gluten free, non-GMO, vegetarian friendly, vegan friendly, dairy free, and peanut free. Honestly, if you have a dietary restriction, you can still probably eat these. I wish I had found these earlier. Maybe I would have lasted the entire month of my whole 30 challenge. LOL.

To find out more about what other Bibrave Pros had to say, click below.

Meridith – Ash – Deborah – Lissa – Erica – Ken – Scott – Barb – Juan – Ryan

 

 

Posted in Running, Thoughts

Runner Skincare and my Sawyer SPF 30 StayPut Sunscreen

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer SPF 30 Stay Put Sunscreen 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!

Hello you all! I’m back with another review and this time it’s of the Sawyer SPF 30 Stay Put Sunscreen. 🙂

As I’m getting older, I’m beginning to understand the importance of skin care. Wrinkles are more or less permanent so if I can delay the presence of them, I’m going to try. Also, skin cancer is bad and I obviously don’t want that.

As a runner, I spend hours pounding the pavement under the hot sun and so if I don’t protect my skin, it’s going to burn, age more quickly, and ultimately deteriorate. For skin protection, I wear trucker hats/visors to shield my face, sunnies to shield my eyes, and sunscreen to shield everything else. 🙂

Finding the right kind of sunscreen is also super duper important. You don’t want one that is super greasy (or maybe you do), has an overpowering smell, or that comes off within minutes of movement, right? At least, I don’t. I want one that feels lightweight, has a very light fragrant smell to it, and stays on for longer. Sawyer’s SPF 30 Stay Put Sunscreen literally all of that.

Lightweight – Many sunscreens will say that they have a lightweight feel to them, but really don’t. My boyfriend is super picky about his sunscreens. If it feels at all greasy, he doesn’t want it on his skin because it just sits on his skin and he feels uncomfortable the entire time. I was SHOCKED when I put it on and it felt SUPER smooth. I liked it so much I used way more than I should have because it had this nice lotion feel to it without it being greasy or sticky once applied. I was even more thrilled when I put it on my boyfriend and he was not bothered by it. WINNER WINNER! 🙂

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Smell – The Stay Put sunscreen has a nice light fragrance to it. It’s not overpowering in the least and I’m pretty sensitive to colognes/perfumes.

Application – Most of the sunscreens I use leave white streaks around my elbows and behind the knees. This one DOES NOT.  Normally after I run, all the sweat causes the sunscreen to travel to my creases leaving these white streaks. However, when I ran with the Stay Put sunscreen, I didn’t get any streaks at all! Sawyer’s proprietary bonding formula has a longer lasting effect on your skin. The sweat and water pass over the sunscreen without wiping them away, which makes it ideal for runners and possibly swimmers. 🙂 Once applied, it takes a few minutes to bond and then you’re off. This bonding technology is kind of great. I also have an issue with sunscreen getting into my eyes when I sweat and oh my, the burning sensation is great. I don’t have that issue with this sunscreen. Hallelujah. 🙂

So there you have it, my review of this freaking amazing sunscreen. They currently sell it through various avenues and of course through Amazon. 🙂 If you’ve ever tried it, please let me know what you think. I will probably never go back. LOL.

For more reviews, see what my fellow BibRave Pros had to say below.

Alastair – Ken – Brenda M. – Lissa – Vanessa J. – Danielle WhitneyAmy – Virginia – Nicole Nicole 

Question for you? What do you do to protect your skin from the sun? 🙂 Any creams you recommend? I’m not getting any younger. LOL 

 

 

 

 

 

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FriYay – A Getaway to Exuma, Bahamas

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Exuma Half Marathon as part of the BibRave Bahamas Getaway package and for 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.

It’s only been 2 weeks since my last racecation and I’m thrilled to let you all know that I already have another one planned (LOL) because honestly, why not, right? I might have mentioned it before, but back in graduate school, I met someone who’s goal was to make out to a new country every year and since 2015, I’ve been trying to make that happen and make up for lost time. So far, I’ve been to Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Canada, France, and Spain. I’ll be heading off to Taiwan in October and in November, I’ll be headed to the Bahamas for the Exuma half marathon!

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The Deets

Dates: Thursday, Nov 7th through Monday, Nov 11th, 2019

Race distance: This race has distances from ranging from a 2k to a 50k and since I wanted to actually be able to walk around post-race, I opted in for the half marathon. It is my favorite distance after all.

Getaway package: BibRave has partnered up with Grand Isle Resort and the Exuma marathon to provide this all inclusive package, which includes the following:

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • VIP Registration on Property
  • Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
  • Race Day Shuttle
  • Race Registration and Entry Fee
  • Post-Race Celebration Dinner
  • Breakfast included daily
  • $200 resort credit

If you’re concerned about cost, honestly, convince a bunch of your running friends to go with you and make a vacation out of it. 🙂 They have VILLAS at the resort. I’ve never stayed at a villa so excuse my excitement. LOL.

To book it, you can go here.

Flights: Oh this was a tricky one for me. Coming from the west coast, it’s not extremely easy to get to the Bahamas. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights into the Bahamas, but I definitely found a ton that go into Florida and then you’re only an hour and a half flight out. If you’re based on the east coast, this is such a easy racecation spot to get to and if you’re on the west coast and really want to go, do your research and book your flights early. My flights ended up costing around $650 RT, but for the perks of being in Exuma, it’s worth it.

Other perks of racecation-ing in Exuma? SWIMMING WITH THE PIGS! Honestly, I’m probably most excited for this. I mean, how cute are these little piggies? Don’t you want to swim with them? I know I do and I’m going to try my very best to see them and even swim with them if I can. ExumapigsI’ve also never snorkeled before so I’m pretty excited to do all of the things. Feed iguanas, island hop, swim with the pigs, and maybe even visit Thunderball Grotto because again, why not? LOL. I was never a YOLO type of girl growing up, but as I’m getting older, I can see why people live by it. I mean, I’m not going to go out and sky dive. That’s not going to happen, but I’m going to try and enjoy life a bit, while I still can. 🙂

Soooooooo yeah, I’m excited. 😀

Question for you: Have you been to the Bahamas before? Any thing I must see or do?