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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Added: 2019 Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to Allscripts Tobacco Road 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!

Take a look at that photo. That is me from March 18th, 2018 at Tobacco Road. I’d just run my first ever HALF marathon race and crushed it. I remember the feeling so well. It was amazing!

Well, I’m hoping it’s all smiles once more when I complete my first FULL marathon at Tobacco Road in March 2019! Yes, I have signed up for 26.2 miles and I’m kind of freaking out!

Fortunately I’m not doing this alone. There’s a few of my running buddies taking the plunge and running their first FULL marathon also (including fellow BibRave Pro, Lissa). I’m such a social runner these days, so I know I’m going to need ALL that accountability to keep up the training when it gets tough.

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Added: 2019 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K – Charlotte, NC

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k Charlotte race 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!

Yes! I’m going back for a big pot of scrumptious Hot Chocolate! I have signed up for 2019 Hot Chocolate 15K in Charlotte, NC. I ran the race for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My wife Liz traveled with me and we really loved our wee stay in Charlotte over the race weekend. This time Liz has signed up to run as well (5K), and I think it was the race swag that swayed her. 🙂

If you remember the race shirts from my 2018 review, they are some of the best race race shirts I’ve ever received, and this year appears to be no different. Just look at those hoodies… and with the race being moved back into January, we may just need the extra warmth these will provide!

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I was really pleased with my pace at the 2018 Hot Chocolate race. I had not participated in a 15k road race before so I didn’t really know what to shoot for.

In 2019 I’m hoping for a big improvement. I will be putting in some serious training between now and then (because of an active race calendar) and I know it’ll pay off come January 2019 when I hit the streets of Charlotte for the second time.

 

HC armband giveaway

Sign up today and come run with Liz, myself and my fellow BibRave Pros! When you register use code “BRHCCharlotte” to get a trendy Hot Chocolate branded armband to carry your phone. Now, it won’t be as sexy as my fanny pack pictured at the top of this post, but there’s only room for so much style on the course!

Go Blazingly Fast with UA HOVR Sonics

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Soncis 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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My last five or six pairs of running shoes have been the same brand. When I’m shopping for new shoes I don’t even look at alternatives. Fortunately I had the opportunity to test new shoes from Under Armour which have opened my eyes a little.

The Under Armour HOVR Sonics come in two forms. Connected and Non-connected. The Connected shoes ($110) come with a built in sensor that feeds data back about your run to Map My Run (Under Armour’s running app).

For the review,  I was sent the Non-connected version ($100) as the Connected shoes have been flying off the shelves. While the geek in me would have loved to try the Connected version and see what stats it’s able to produce, it’s probably not something I’d use in the long term as I’m already heavily invested into other platforms.

First Impressions

I requested a light-grey pair of shoes, the first pair of running shoes I’ve owned in this color. In our house it seems to be the “in” color in shoes, at least with my kids. When they saw the HOVR Sonics for the first time, they were very impressed.

I was too. I loved how they have integrated the tongue with the shoe upper, and how comfortable that feels on your feet. The shoes feel snug, but not tight. The upper is made from a thin soft knit mesh and hugs nicely around my heel.

When I was ordering them, the sizing worried me a little. I ordered the same size as my regular running shoes and it was perfect. Very happy indeed.

First Run

For some reason, I had it in my head that these shoes were “zero drop” – as they did feel like I was running in flatter shoes. When I looked it up online later, I found out they are not and have an 8mm offset.

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What surprised me the most about my first outing was how fast they carried me. I ran two miles in 7:39/mi. I wasn’t trying to beat any records on this particular run, but if I’d continued at the same pace I would have ended up with a 5K PR.

A Good Hosing

Next I took the shoes out for a series of longer runs. On one of these runs we came back through an unfinished trail. It had been raining fiercely here in North Carolina, but it didn’t occur to me the trail might be muddy until it was too late.

My lovely light-gray shoes got caked in thick soggy mud.

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When I got back to my house I gave the shoes a good hosing with water. I was so relieved, they came up like new. Normally if I get my running shoes drenched it can take 2-3 days to dry. Thanks to the light soft knit upper, these shoes were dry in a day!

Long Runs, Hills and Energy Return

Probably because I’ve worn the same brand of shoes forever, the impact of the run feels different in the UA HOVR Sonics. I definitely feel my calf muscles a little more tender afterward, and I suspect it’s just a transition to slightly different running dynamics that the HOVR Sonics bring.

Because of this I was a bit apprehensive to using the shoes on a really long run, but today I decided to anyway. I knew I was writing this review today and wanted to know how the shoes felt over a longer distance.

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We ran 11 miles today, on a mixture of road, greenway and trail, with plenty of rolling hills. The shoes performed great the whole way, but especially on hills. This “energy return” Under Armour talk about on their website is freaking real! Seriously! Even when fatigued I felt the shoes propelling me up the hills.

Conclusion

I’m so happy to have a different pair of shoes now to add into my rotation. I’ve been reading recently about why it’s a good idea to throw a mix of shoes into your regular running routine. The UA HOVR Sonics are definitely here to stay.

 

 

Added: Race Across Durham 10 Miler

I am so pumped to be running the Race Across Durham 10 Miler again in December this year. I ran in the inaugural event last December and absolutely loved it. Like last year, registration opened on my birthday, so it’s instant (hopefully annual) happy birthday present to me. 🙂

This time, not only is my buddy Dillon (above) running it again, but so is his wife, AND SO ARE ARE A FEW of my Morrisville Run Club friends. It is going to be freeeeeaking awesome!

Yes, I’m a little excited. Looking forward to training for this one already. It’s such a beautiful place to run.