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Staying hydrated – Orange Mud P.F.V product review & a discount code

Disclaimer: I received an OrangeMud Phone.Flask.Vest..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! All opinions are my own. 

I am in full swing of marathon training and with the summer heat, a hydration pack was something I desperately needed. I had been scouring the sites in hopes of finding one that wasn’t too heavy and wouldn’t chafe in the humid temperatures. Luckily, BibRave gave us the opportunity to try Orange Mud’s Phone. Flask.Vest (P.F.V.) and I jumped at the chance.

The basics of the P.F.V.

Like the name implies, it’s a vest that can hold both your phone and a hydration flask. On the front of the vest, there are two main pockets – one for your flask and one for your phone. The flask is a soft flask that can hold up to 450 (15 oz) or 600 mL (20 oz) of fluids (it comes witht he 450 mL one) and deflates the more you drink from it. On one side of the vest, there is a shoulder pocket that you can store gels/chews/whatever nutrition you may need. There’s also a key clip that you can use to store your key while running. On the other side of the vest is a dust cover for the bite valve in case you don’t want it to get dirty while running. No one likes biting onto a valve that’s covered with dirt. Gross. On the back of the vest, there’s another pocket for a light jacket. The vest also has adjustable straps to tighten or loosen to your liking. Its cost? $99.95.

My experience

Weight – This vest is extremely lightweight. It may look like a lot to wear, but it’s actually not. Even after runs, I would just keep it on when I ran my errands.

Bounce – When I first tried this vest on, I found that it bounced a bit. After playing with it a bit, I found that if I tightened the straps enough, the bounce was very minimal and I had no problem with it. I ran a half marathon with it on and the vest didn’t bother me at all. I will note that other people that I’ve talked to have experienced more of a bounce. I am a bit more flat chested (I’m a B cup), which might be beneficial to me in this situation.

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Wearing the PFV during the Craft Classic Half marathon

Breathability – Even with the addition of the vest, my body didn’t seem to heat up. The material (mesh) that the vest is made out of makes it very breathable.

Chafe – This was such a big concern for me. With summer comes heat, humidity, and the high probability of chafing. I am super happy to report that I didn’t experience any chafing even after running a half marathon. I will note that I put bodyglide on my neck during that race because it was my first time running 13.1 miles with that vest on and I didn’t want to take any chances. I have run 6 miles in a sports bra with no bodyglide and the vest didn’t rub on me at all. Hooray! I will mention that I did wear a necklace once on a run and the vest rubbed the necklace against my collar bone. So just don’t wear necklaces while running and you’ll be good to go.

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On SportsBraSquad day!

Hydration and fuel – I do wish that the flask was a little larger so I could take it with me on longer runs. I usually finish up the water by mile 6 or 7. However, I can easily solve this issue by running by places that have water fountains. I can just refill the flask and continue on my run. On my half marathon, I stopped by 3 aid stations in addition to sipping water from my vest and that was just the perfect amount of water for me. I love using the pockets to hide my gels. This will definitely come in handy when I start running longer distances. 🙂

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Stay hydrated everyone!

Other – There was one thing I didn’t like about the vest, which was the fact that my flask initially leaks when I first use it. Although I don’t really feel the leak, it does soak part of the pocket, making it difficult to put my phone in the front pocket. (I have never put my phone in the front pocket since I have a flipbelt and use that instead; I also don’t want to overload the front of the vest). It doesn’t seem to leak at all after the initial leak and it might have to do with me adding too much water to the flask.

So there you have it, my review on the newest Orange Mud product, the Phone. Flask. Vest. You can bet that I’ll be wearing it a lot more often as the heat increases. If you are interested in any of their products, you can use the code “BRPPFV” for 10% off all their stuff. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me about it or check out any of the other BRPs’ reviews below. You can also join us on Tuesday, July 25th for our #bibchat on Twitter for a chance to win 1 of 2 P.F.V.s!

Fallon – Casey – Bradley – Heather – Angie

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Top 5 reasons to run America’s Finest City Half – Discount code included!

I just finished the San Diego Craft Classic and I already want to run another summer race. LOL. There are a few summer races left and I’m considering running America’s Finest City….again. I know. I know.  I didn’t have the best AFC experience a few years ago, but I feel like it’s time to redeem myself. I also came up with my top five reasons for others to run it.

  1. It’ll be their 40th anniversary so you know they’ll be pulling out all the stops for this special milestone. I don’t know about you, but I love anniversaries. I’m hoping for a really nice finisher’s medal. 🙂 They promised a custom “40th edition, dazzling finisher’s medal” so I’m pretty excited to see its reveal. It’s rumored to be a spinning disco ball medal. Yay!
  2. This race is the last of the three races that you must complete for the Triple Crown. For those unfamiliar with the Triple Crown challenge, it’s a series of three races (Carlsbad half or full, La Jolla Half, and AFC half) that must be completed within the same calendar year. Once you complete it, you get bragging rights, a ton of photo opps, and a BIG Triple Crown Medal. I completed the series in 2015 and it’s an accomplishment I like bringing up from time to time. LOL. Even if you didn’t do the other two races, doing the AFC this year will prepare you for next year. 🙂

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    Carlsbad, La Jolla, America’s Finest City (AFC), and my Triple Crown medal from 2015
  3. The neighborhood support is great. San Diego races are awesome. People wake up at the crack of dawn to cheer on friends and strangers alike. The volunteers and neighbors come out and bring their A game even in the summer. When I ran this race, I was having a tough time regulating my body temperature. It was hot and I wasn’t used to summer running. However, at mile 10, there was a volunteer group that grilled up mini sliders for all the runners. Can you believe that? They were grilling up food for us in the heat! If that isn’t dedication, I don’t know what is.
  4. The course is a pretty scenic point-to-point course. I love these types of courses. It’s the best way to see a city. 🙂 You start off at the historic Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, run by the Embarcadero along the bay into downtown, and finish in Balboa Park. If you’re a tourist, this is the best way to end a race. Balboa Park always has something going on during the weekends. There are yoga classes, museums, street performers, and beautiful gardens.17309657_1627117090637954_1504000611218057106_n
  5. And this year, they’ve also included complimentary Ballast Point beer and Rubio’s chips, salsa, and guacamole in the finish line beer garden. Run for beer anyone?

If you’re interested in running a summer half marathon in San Diego (and I mean, who wouldn’t), you should definitely look into the AFC. You can also use the code “BIBRAVEAFC20” to save $20 off the registration for the half marathon. Even if you’re not ready for the half marathon, AFC also has a 5k option if you want to try part of the route. The half marathon and 5k are at $115 and $45, respectively, through July 19th so sign up before the price increase!

If you’re worried about the heat, think of it this way. Once you cross that finish line, every other half marathon will be a piece of cake. 🙂 Seriously.

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XX2i Optics France 2 Review (Discount code included)

Disclaimer: I received a pair of France2 sunglasses from XX2i Optics  to review as part of being a BibRavePro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

After having gone through some winter training this year, I find that I’m more of a summer training kind of gal. I had a blast training for the NYC marathon last year. There was more daylight and oh the WARMTH, I just loved the warmth (except when it was 80°F+). Unfortunately more daylight meant more sun and more sun meant my eyes were constantly blinded when I ran towards the sun. I would sometimes wear my YELP sunglasses from time to time, but they’d fog up so often that I would just go without them, which wasn’t the smartest idea since I’m pretty sure I blinded my eyes, but those are just the details. 🙂

The France2 sunglasses are amazing and I swear I will probably never go back to running without them. Never.

Pros
Fog free – When I run, I need to see where I’m going and if there’s fog build up, that’s not going to happen. The adjustability of the sunglasses prevents fog build up, which I appreciate immensely.XX2iopticsFrance2

Headache free and bounce free – I’m prone to headaches whenever I wear glasses (Thank goodness for 20/20 vision) or have tight headbands so this is a HUGE issue for me. I’ve worn these sunglasses for hours and I haven’t developed headaches from them. Yay. It also helps that these sunglasses don’t bounce up and down when I run.

Durability – I’ve had these sunglasses for about a month now and they’re pretty durable despite their light weight (26 g). I was in a rush one day and I accidentally put them into my backpack along with my laptop and papers and when I took it out, it was good as new. Thank god. I would have been super sad had they broken.

Variety – I chose the Crystal Green Flash Lenses Green Tips to try out, but they have quite a variety of sunglasses if those don’t suit you. And if you’re not a fan of the color that the nose bridge and tips come in, your sunglasses will include nose bridges and tips in red and blue. My sunglasses even came with a little mini screwdriver if I wanted to change up the colors.IMG_7848

Affordability – Right now, they’re having a sale where you can get a pair of their sunglasses for 50% off using code MARCHBIBRAVE. This code is valid until 03/28/2017 and applies to everything on their site. MSRP for the France2s are $59.99 so you’d be getting an entire $30 off your purchase. Every pair also comes back with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty – even against scratches. YAY.

 Cons 
Reflectivity – This is completely nitpicking and I’m super grateful for its ability to prevent reflect the sun, but I honestly could not take a photo without the reflection of the photographer (being me for selfies) in the photo. Other than that, I have no complaints. 🙂

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Can you see my friend in the reflection? LOL

So there you have it – my review of my first Bib Rave Pro product. Hooray! I could not have started off with a better one. Again, use code MARCHBIBRAVE on their site to receive 50% off anything. And feel free to ask me any questions regarding this product and have a happy rest of your weekend!

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Rock N Roll Race Series Promo Codes

This year is turning out to be an amazing year (political things aside). BibRave, the group I recently became an ambassador for, has partnered up with the Rock N Roll Race Series and you know what that means, right? I have promo codes for all of you on ALL of their races. Yes, you heard me. All of their races. Yippee! There are some races that aren’t open for registration yet (like Las Vegas), but once they open, you bet that I will have a code for you. 🙂

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Yippee!!! Me jumping for joy.

If you’re just joining me now on my adventures , you should know that I love the Rock N Roll Series. The Rock N Roll San Diego Half Marathon was my first half marathon. It also happened to be my 10th and in a few months, it’ll also be my 14th half marathon. You get my gist? I love these races. The energy that these races emit is contagious.

This year, I’m also scheduled to also run their Carlsbad5000 in April and the Las Vegas Half in November! The Carlsbad5000 is on one of the fastest 5k courses and I’m hoping to PR in the 5k distance here meaning I’ll have to run a sub 24 min 5k. This will be my second time running Carlsbad5000 and so I’ll know what to expect, but damn, I’m going to have to gun it from the start. EEK! I’m scared because my run streak has tired me out a lot these days, but I’m hopeful that once I finish my run streak in early March, I’ll have enough time to train for the 5k on April 2! As for the Las Vegas Half, I get to run on the Las Vegas strip AT NIGHT. How cool is that?

If you want to join me for the Carlsbad5000, you can use the code: BIBRAVE15 and save $15 on registration. That’s a great deal considering the full price is $45.99 right now. The code BIBRAVE15 can be used for any of the following Rock N Roll races:

Washington DC – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 3/4

Mexico City – $15 or 270 Pesos off Half, valid until 3/12

Dallas, TX – $15 off Half, valid until 3/12

San Francisco, CA – $15 off Half, valid until 3/19

Carlsbad – $15 off 20k or 5k, valid until 3/26

Raleigh, NC – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 3/26

Madrid – 3 €/£ off Half and Full, valid until 4/16

Nashville, TN – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 4/23

San Diego, CA – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 5/28

Seattle, WA – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 6/11

Chicago, IL – $15 off Half, valid until 7/9

Dublin – 3 €/£ off Half, valid until 8/6

Queretaro – $15 or 270 Pesos off Half and Full, valid until 9/24

Lisbon – 3 €/£ off Half and Full, valid until 10/8

Merida – $15 or 270 Pesos off Half, valid until 10/28

Updates for discount codes can also be found on my discount page here.

Also, if you have a race in mind, let me know and I’ll keep an eye out for a discount code for you. So, have you run a Rock N Roll race? Which one? And how was it?