Recently we were asked to come up with a 90 second (max) video for a Bibboards campaign that I was involved in for BibRave. As a BibRave Pro, I get to test out various running products and run races in exchange for reviews on my blog and social media channels.
Bibboards are plastic fasteners that secure your race bib to your shirt without damaging the shirt. They are also much less fiddly than safety pins and don’t need a lot of readjusting that come with that.
My favorite feature however, is the fact you can get your own logo or text printed to them using their online designer.
Here’s the song I wrote for the campaign. I got the idea from the actual bibboards packaging, which had the hash-tag #nopinrev printed on it.
The first cut of the song was just over 2 minutes, so I had to remove a verse and some of the outro to make it fit to the required 90 seconds.
It’s been a while since I’ve had my guitar out and actually wrote anything, so this was a fun (but scary) project for me.
On a cold, crisp October morning, a few friends and I headed into Durham, NC for the Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon.
It was my fourth half marathon (1-Tobacco Road; 2-Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh; 3-Umstead Half) this year and to be honest, I wasn’t feeling in good shape for it — not compared to my fitness levels back in March. Training through the summer in North Carolina was not easy with the constant humidity.
My running buddy, Zach, had ran the course a couple of years back, his first half marathon in fact, and confirmed all the reports I’d been hearing of its hills. I’d only ran the 5 mile course before and was looking forward to the half.
I’ve never really been deterred from entering a race because of hills. I simply adjust my expectations based on it.
Zach had yet to run a half marathon in under two hours, so my plan was to run a steady pace together and push him to a PR. After our hilly half marathon at Umstead, back in June, I knew this may not be easy (for me!).
The race started according to our plan. For the first mile we hovered in around 9:00/mi. If we kept this up and we’ll rock in just under the goal time.
I checked my watch at Mile 2 — 8:40/mi. We probably need to slow down a little bit, we thought. Nope, miles 3-6 flew by easy at the same pace. Yikes! We were going too fast! We were too concerned about catching up with AJ, who shot off like a rocket at the start.
At mile 6 we eventually caught up with AJ. That’s when the first of the hills started rolling in. Mile 7, while not the toughest hill-wise, was our slowest at 9:04/mi, but all was still good. Runners are always doing the math in their heads. We had time to spare.
My fueling plan was the usual, Gatorade Endurance gel pack every 45 mins, and a drink of water at every other aid station. This didn’t go exactly to plan.
I waited a little too long for the first gel pack which maybe explains mile 7. There were some hills during the last third of the course, so I took another one around mile 9.
Mile 9 is when I usually start to suffer in a half marathon, but this time I didn’t feel that. I felt much stronger than normal. The last third of the course hardly slowed our efforts at all. Maybe all that training in North Carolina’s humidity prepared me for this after all?
Again, doing the math, we rocked into mile 10 with big grins on our faces. We knew we had this race in the bag. It would take a really bad 5K now to miss our goal time.
In a final what the heck moment, I consumed an additional gel at mile 12 for the last stretch!
The course kept throwing hills at us in the last couple of miles, but my last two miles were my fastest on the course. I kept my eyes on the prize — the cold beverages at the end.
A lot of our team walked away with HUGE PRs — #breaking2 baby! 😉 Did Zach and I smash our goal? Of course we did! We came in well under the 2 hour goal. Turned out to be my 2nd fastest half marathon after Tobacco Road.
I’m so happy about that. It definitely helped me overcome my summer training slump and restored some confidence as I reach for bigger goals next year.
This race was supposed to be on Oct 13th, but they had to move it due to Hurricane Florence. I was a little concerned as this new date was the day before a half marathon race I was running!
I love this 5K race though. It’s local and we always try to get the family involved. In fact this year I managed to get free entries in exchange for a photo of our family from last year. The race directors used it to promote this year’s race — much to my daughter’s embarrassment. 😉
We’ve ran this race twice before, but this was the first year I ran without pushing Xander in a stroller! With this new-found freedom, I probably ran this race a little harder than I should have and I was worried it would affect my race the following day.
(It didn’t though, as you can read later in another post).
The Cupcake Race At Brier Creek is an out-and-back course, and has a few hills to keep it interesting. Lots of kids from local elementary schools use this race to close out their running programs, so it’s very family oriented.
After the race, everyone gets a big tasty cupcake from Gigi’s cupcakes. Unfortunately, the actual Brier Creek store didn’t open until 10am otherwise I would have bought a load more to bring home as well.
I got to test out my bibboards for the first time on this race. They remove the need for safety pins and securely attach your bib to your shirt without damaging your clothing. Check them out!
Disclaimer: I received a SPIBeams LED Hat 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 do a lot of running early in the mornings before work, and it’s always pretty much pitch black outside. I’m also planning a good amount of training on the American Tobacco Trail as I will run a full Marathon there in March.
While the trail is paved, it is not lit at all. I was actually shopping around for a head lamp when the opportunity to test the new SPIBeams LED hat came along.
The hat has four white LEDs built into the bill which do a great job of lighting up the path in front of you (128 lumens), and it also has two red LEDs embedded into the back strap that can operated in two modes (flash, or constant).
It is super-light and comfortable to wear and feels just like any other running hat that I own. The battery packs for boths sets of LEDs are very acccessible for replacing the batteries (CR2032) — I’ve not had to replace any yet.
The only thing I was slightly concerned about was washing the hat. Everyone is different, but I normally wash ALL my running gear after each run, including hats, belts, etc.
The information on their website specifies the hat must be hand washed. The battery packs can be removed from the hat, but not entirely, meaning you could not submerge the hat fully in water.
Even though I have used my SPIBeams hat quite frequently since getting it, I have not yet attempted to wash it. The hat material dries out well and doesn’t seem to hold odor (yet). So, while it is passing the sniff test I’ll keep on wearing it and eventually get around to washing it. 😉
Aside from the benefits of lighting up your path, and weighing much less than most head lamps, there is another great thing about this hat — and that is the sense of safety it provides.
I definitley feel much safer on the road. I know that cars can see me coming or going, no matter which direction I happen to be facing.
When I’m crossing intersections, a quick look in the direction of any car immediately alerts them to my presence on the road. This is a big deal for any runner who needs to get their runs in outside of daylight hours.
The hat comes in three colors: black, hot pink and lime for $29.99. A visor is also available for the same price. If you use the code BIBRAVE on SPIBelt.com, you’ll receive 20% off any SPIBelt item including the hats and visors.
The SPIBeams Hat is from the same great company who make the SPIBelt, one of the most popular running belts on the market.
Disclaimer: I received a Luvo Bundle 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!
Anyone that knows me, knows I enjoy a bit of spicy food. Indian cuisine is by far my favorite food, followed closely by Thai. So I was very pleased to get a chance to test one of Luvo’s frozen meal bundles — the “hint of spice” bundle in particular.
The “Hint of Spice” bundle included 8 meals, 2 of each of the following:
Mighty Masala & Greens
Great Karma Coconut Curry
Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken
All the meals in my bundle were gluten and diary free, and all meals except for the Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken were vegan. These dishes are just packed full of goodness.
Quality protein, whole grains and vegetables
Very low sodium and sugar
No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
And this shows! The vegetables taste so fresh and delicious!
When I received my bundle I was sure my favorite would be the Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken, simply because it had meat in it.
But, no! The one I thought I’d like least jumped right to the top — Mighty Masala & Greens, with a close second being Chana Masala.
Aside from the delicious blend of vegetables and spices, I found the Luvo bundle really convenient. It took the thought out of what I would do for lunch everyday — quite the dilemma, I can assure you.
All I had to do was grab one of these from the freezer and head off to work. I kept the box in a cool-bag along with an ice-pack and it remained frozen until I needed it. Perfect!
All the dishes took around 4-5 minutes in the microwave, and when I opened the door they smelt so good — every time! A few people at work were asking about them because of that.
I’ve never been one to spend a lot of money on sunglasses. The main reason is that I tend to lose them, or get them scratched up, etc. When the opportunity came along to test Knockaround, the timing was perfect as my current sunglasses were about done.
It was a nice surprise to get two pairs in the post to review. These glasses are well put together, are lightweight, comfortable and have polarized lenses. You get all this from only $15 per pair!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of DETACH 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!
Detach is a coconut water based drink, with a hint of lemon/lime. It’s designed to be consumed prior to your workout to help you feel energized, hydrated and refreshed.
The coconut water is definitely not the dominant flavor, it blends really well with the lemon/lime flavors. There are no “diet” sugars in it, so the texture is smooth and it’s still only 60 calories.
To keep you hydrated, the right amount of purified sea salt is added, and organic superfood ingredients like coconut nectar and wildflower honey provide sustained energy. Key amino acids (protein building blocks) beta-alanine, citrulline and theanine to get you activated.
I have also used Detach during and after workouts. It had no negative impact on my stomach at all when I used it as a fuel source on the run. I carried it inside one of my vest bottles and it did not leave any stains or smells in the bottle itself.
Before testing Detach, I’d never tried any kind of coconut water before so I was a little dubious. If you’re not a coconut water fan, do still give Detach a try. I would never have considered it something I would have liked until I tried it.
I have a discount coupon for you if you want to try some. Use code “BIBRAVE” at drink-detach.com to get 1 FREE case of Detach. You’ll just pay shipping & handling at $14.95.