Running Around with Knockaround Sunglasses

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Disclaimer: I received an two pairs of Knockaround Sunglasses 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’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!

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Fuel Your Workouts with Detach Coconut Water

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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.

 

Don’t be a Doofus, get yourself some Oofos…

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos OOMG Fibre Low shoes 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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You may have seen Oofos sandals in your local running store before. The company focuses on making recovery footwear for runners (and other active people). Their footwear is made from Oofoam which is scientifically proven to help you recover faster and better.

How does it work? The revolutionary Oofoam absorbs 37% more shock in every step. It reduces stress on sore feet, knees and back. On top of that, the shoes have amazing arch support, allowing the feet to move in a natural motion.

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How do You replenish after a workout?

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher 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!

Athletes have so many options these days when it comes to “sports drinks” designed to replace electrolytes. What attracted me to Ultima Replenisher was the fact their formula contains zero carbs, zero sugar and zero artificial ingredients.

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Go Farther with Gatorade Endurance

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance formula and energy gels 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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If you’ve been following my Instagram feed and/or Twitter feed recently, you’ll know I’ve been using Gatorade Endurance formula and energy gels in my training runs. Gatorade Endurance are releasing new flavors and I received some samples (via BibRave) to review on my blog.

The timing of this review couldn’t be better. We’ve had some really unseasonably hot weather here in North Carolina. Morning runs have been in mid-eighties with high humidity, and evening runs have been close to one hundred degrees.

The Gatorade Endurance line of products are not like the normal Gatorade you buy in the store. Gatorade Endurance is designed for endurance athletes and adds extra sodium and potassium to take you farther.

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Be Brilliant, This Time in Green

Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective strips 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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Be Brilliant — It sounds like a Bill and Ted mantra. “Be Brilliant to each other!” In this post we’re going to look at how we can be brilliant, from a visibility and brightness perspective.

By the way, where did the male crop top go to?

I have reviewed Brilliant Reflective’s stick-on reflective strips before and guess what, those strips are still stuck tight. None of the edges have lifted either. I can’t tell you how many washes those items of clothing have had.

So why review again? Well, Brilliant Reflective are launching two new colors – Gold and Green!

Iron On

I’m quite fussy about which color of strips I apply to which color of clothing. I happen to think green goes really well with the color Orange, aaaand I just happen to have an Orange shirt, courtesy of BibRave. So, I got out the iron board and laid out my shirt to plan where I’d put the strips.

I decided to go with 2 strips on the back, and one on the front.

Since I did not use the iron-on strips for my original review, I carefully read the instructions a few times. They are conveniently printed inside of the packaging. It’s not complicated at all. Once I figured out how to turn on the iron all was good.

Top Tip: Be careful if your shirt has existing print on it. Doh! Even though I used kitchen paper as suggested, I made the mistake of holding the iron over the BibRave print on the back. The paper ended up sticking to the print a little but I managed to get it off without any noticeable damage.

Stick On

Earlier in the week I also give one of my running hats the Brilliant Reflective treatment and posted the steps in my Instagram story — I’ll keep it on my profile as a highlight for a while if you want to check it out.

I cut the strips to fit neatly on both sides of the bill. The strips are blue, so work with well with the hat color, and then glow white when the light shines on them. It truly is an excellent way to keep me more visible on the road.

The hat has been through it’s first wash yesterday and the strips are stuck tight – good as new.

What Will You Use It For?

The applications for this product are vast. You could use on kid’s bicycles, strollers, helmets, adult bicycles, school bags, skateboards, phones, coats, shoes, mail boxes, water bottles, etc.

Brilliant Reflective makes it easy to enhance your safety when outside in the dark. Nobody likes scary surprises, especially drivers in cars swerving around runners on the road (happens too often). So be brilliant to each other, in both senses of the word, and help others to see you in good time.

Why not take part in Brilliant Reflective’s fun creativity contest. Post your creative uses of the strips to Instagram and tag @brilliantreflective.

 

Race Recap: 2018 Running Of The Bulls 8K

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One of my favorite races of the year, is the Running Of The Bulls 8K in Durham, NC. It’s a really great course with a few challenging hills and a finish on the track at the old Durham Bulls stadium. It always coincides with the Food Truck Rodeo in Durham which is a fun reason to hang out after the race and enjoy some food!

I knew this year would be a bit slower for me. We have been experiencing very humid weather and higher temperatures than normal for this time of year, so that was bound to affect my performance.

In the end it didn’t turn out too bad when the official results came back. In 2017, I completed the course in 39:56. This year I officially completed the course in 40:40 (although Strava has 41:46!).

You may remember I ran this race last year with my son, Noah. He was also signed up to run this year but came down sick and wasn’t well enough to run. Fortunately my friend Niles was there and we ended up running the majority of the race together.

The medal this year was a functioning cowbell again. I’m only going to have so much room on my medal rack for these things. 😉

There is one thing I’ve noticed about Bull City Running Co. races. They like to take you close to finish line when you still have 1-2 miles to run. It one way it’s great to see all the runners coming back toward you to finish, in another way it’s just plain agonizing to know you still have 15-20 minutes left. Race Across Durham also employed this feature.

Immediately after the race there was plenty of Nuun, Fullsteam beer, fruit, granola bars, etc. but it can get a little crowded in there. Niles and I stayed for a little while before leaving for home. She said she’d run it again. I know I will.