Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Most Important Piece of Race Gear | Runderwear Review

Disclaimer: I received Runderwear Low-Rise Hipster in exchange for my 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!

Fargo Marathon race week is upon us and what better time to talk running underwear than today?! Undie talk is a little awkward. That's for sure.

Our bags are being packed up for the trip and, as I'm working out my race day gear line up, it's worth mentioning that running undergarments are possibly the most important pieces of running gear on race day. They really can make or break majorly chafe you!

As a BibRave Pro, I received the Runderwear Low-Rise Hipster which claim to be chafe free. I happily tested these out during the peak of my marathon training. Do you think they passed the test?


After running through workouts of varying distances and speeds, numerous washes and daily wear, my experience with Runderwear's Women's Low-Rise Hipster is that they live up to the Chafe-Free Guarantee! A good pair of running undies is unnoticeable throughout the run (and after) and that's exactly what the Runderwear Hipsters are like.


The seamless, tagless design along with the breathable material of Runderwear Hipsters is to thank for the lack of chafing in these hipsters. Personally I would to try Runderwear's Women's Brief as well. The hipsters fit comfortably but for those with a little more "behind them", I think the brief may offer more "full coverage".

The low-rise waist wasn't as low as I expected and that I like! Supportive undies are a plus on those long runs and races. If you're sick of mid-run wedgies or painful chafing, I recommend checking Runderwear out. They know the importance of a runner's undies!

DISCOUNT CODE: Use "BIBRAVE20" for 20% off your Runderwear purchase. Valid until Friday, May 31 May.


Runderwear Low-Rise Hipster Specs

  • Technical fabric is lightweight, label-free and designed to wick sweat away
  • High performance moisture-wicking fabric with mesh panels containing micro perforations
  • 360 degree seamless design
  • Enable you to run comfortably chafe-free!
  • Available in black, white, cyan and pink
  • $23.00 for Hipster and $25.00 for Brief on Runderwear.com
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Must Have for On-The-Go Pups | Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl Review

Disclaimer: I received the Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl in exchange for my 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!

The beautiful weather has arrived and we have taken full advantage by taking daily walks and frequent adventures to the park. I pack up a lunch for the kids and I when we head out for a longer stretch and, of course, we need to bring something for our dog, Saul, too.

I used to pack Saul's metal dog food bowl in the bottom of the stroller and it just seemed to take up space. Not to mention making everything else down there dog-slobbery as well! But, just like us humans, our dog needs a drink too! Thankfully, there was another way...

As a BibRave Pro Dog, Saul received the Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl to try on our park trips, after which, he took notes and passed them on to me for this post ;)


The Nano Bowl arrived folded up into a handy little square, small enough to fit in my pocket and weighing in at only 1 oz! The Stunt Puppy website notes that you can attach it to your dog's collar but I preferred to toss it in our stroller. After a quick unfold, I poured a water-bottle's worth into the bowl. The Nanopore Waterproof™ Membrane is indeed waterproof. Not a drop leaked on to our sidewalk, which proves this would be a handy indoor portable water bowl as well.


We brought it on our trek to the park and Saul was very impressed. The bowl holds up to 3.5 cups of water and is easily hand or machine washable. I'm thankful for that because Saul always leaves his bowl quite drooly! On our summer camping trips, we will be using this bowl and could certainly use another Nano Bowl to hold his dry food.

The Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl is a well-thought out product for active pet owners. I have reviewed a few products by Stunt Puppy and they know their pet-loving customers well! Saul is now too old to go on very long runs with me, though I could see this being perfect for a four-legged running partner who needs a hydration break on the run.

I highly recommend this Minnesota-made product. Stunt Puppy knows pets and their owners!


Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl Specs

  • Holds 3.5 cups of water
  • 5" diameter, 5" deep
  • Weighs only 1 oz!
  • Nanopore Waterproof™ Membrane, FDA-certified non-toxic and chemical free
  • Available in grey (pictured above)
  • Hand and machine washable
  • American-made fabric & construction (actually made in Minnesota!)
  • $20.00 on StuntPuppy.com
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Monday, April 22, 2019

Music City Favorites | Nashville Notes Runner's Guide

Disclaimer: I'm promoting the Nashville Notes Runner’s Guide 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!

If you're heading to Rock 'n' Roll Nashville, there is SO much to take in during your visit. My family and I flew there for a family reunion last November and we enjoyed the amazing sights and perfect weather. Even though we had a ton of fun, there was much more to see and too little time to hit it all!

I'm going to give you a quick run down of my favorite family stops and some that we missed in Music City. For a thorough list of stops, check out the BibRave Nashville Notes Guide to Music City presented by Brooks on Pinterest and Google Maps (see below).

First things first, you're there to run, right? Stop by Brooks Running for all things running:



Take in the Sights

"If you love art and classic architecture, then the Parthenon is the perfect trip for a relaxing afternoon in Nashville. Built in 1987, the Parthenon is not only a full size replica of the original Parthenon in Greece, but also home to an art museum which features 63 regular paintings and regular rotating exhibits. Situated within the 132 acre Centennial Park, a visit to the Parthenon makes for a perfect cool-down after a morning run through the park." — Nashville Notes
The Parthenon was a hit with our family, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents included. I so enjoyed the sights in the park area surrounding the Parthenon and that was before even getting into the building! It's huge, amazing and such a great learning experience. The kids ran around and burned off energy while we were able to read up on the history.

We had a picnic lunch by the nearby bike path with our families and later went back that evening, just the adults, to see the Parthenon in lights. I highly recommend checking out the Parthenon, both day and night!




Downtown Stops

"Have your running socks ready to be knocked off by soon-to-be stars and maybe even a music legend or two while you make your way through Ole Red’s redneck-themed menus. Ole Red is setup as a bar, restaurant, and concert venue created by country music superstar Blake Shelton. The ‘Ole Redneck Fashioned’ is an ideal post-race drink and is sure to get your toes tapping again. If you’re looking to keep the party going after your race, Ole Red’s is a must add for your list." — Nashville Notes
While the kids were well cared for and heading to bed, the parents and siblings went out to explore the Nashville night life! Downtown Nashville was swarming with people and full of action. We enjoyed a drink on the rooftop of Blake Shelton's Ole Red while listening to live music.


"Tootsie’s is one of the most iconic and historic honky tonks in Nashville. Step through the door and you’ll be walking into 60 years of country music history. Nearly every name you’ve heard of in the industry, and thousands you haven't heard of, have passed through the doors at Tootsie’s. " — Nashville Notes
The history behind downtown Nashville is just amazing! We spent much of our time downtown looking at old photos that told the story of these historic honky tonks. Thinking about the amazing musicians that have walked through the door at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge just blows my mind!


The Eats

"Red Bicycle Coffee has three convenient Nashville locations ready to greet you with their boutique coffee shop charm. To pair with their high-end coffee selections, The Red Bicycle has a wide range of crepe choices ranging from savory to sweet making this a perfect start to power your Nashville morning." — Nashville Notes
One can never have too much coffee, am I right? We didn't make it to this stop during our Nashville trip but I would love to have a sweet latte paired with crepes on a return trip. The drinks at Red Bicycle Coffee look absolutely drool-worthy!


What will be YOUR first stop in Nashville? 

Plan your trip using this ultimate guide designed with runners (like you) in mind:




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Friday, April 19, 2019

Making Strides with Strava | Strava Review

Disclaimer: I received a Strava Summit Subscription and additional Strava swag 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 all! Hope spring training is treating you well! The peak of Fargo Marathon training is near and, praise the Lord, I am running healthy and un-injured. I am thrilled to make it this far in the Hansons Marathon Method program without a replay of last Fall.

Let's talk training. 


I have tracked my training over the past ten marathons in various ways, from daily journal entries to blog posts to physical training logs to online logs. I had used DailyMile in the past but they recently shutdown. That was a bummer but, as a BibRave Pro, I was presented with an opportunity to work with Strava just in the knick of time!

Strava is a program that offers tracking for running and cyclists with a "social networking for athletes" appeal. Users are able to track their mileage on Strava.com OR on their Strava app, which is the #1 app for runners and cyclists.


As a brand new Strava user, I signed up for a free account on their website and later downloaded the app to my iPhone.



With my free account, I am able to link-up my Garmin Forerunner which automatically syncs my workouts from Garmin Connect to Strava. That is SO handy because I don't need to physically enter any of my workout data! Though I can log in to add description/workout details and photos if desired.

My Strava account tracks my mileage, saves a map of each workout and includes basic analytics (pace, elevation, etc) all saved on my profile. I am able to connect with other runners and of course my BibRave Pro team, too. We have a Run Club and keep each other on track through that!


I appreciate the ease of set up and syncing workouts. As I continue to make strides and gain experience with this platform, I will share an update with you here on the blog!

Sign up for a free Strava account at Strava.com or download the app in the App Store.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Sun's Out! | Knockaround Fast Lanes Review

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Fast Lanes in exchange for my 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!

The sun! It has returned and brought some bright Spring days along with it. Marathon training mileage has been ramping up and feeling the sun beat down on my weekend long run has been so wonderful. Oh how I've missed that feeling over the past long, looonnggg winter months.

In timely fashion, as a BibRave Pro, I received a pair of Knockaround Fast Lane shades to review. I have worn Knockaround Premium shades in the past but this is my first pair of Fast Lanes. The Fast Lane style features a clean-cut, rectangular silhouette that is very flattering.


The general rule is to not try anything new for, say, your first 16-mile run in a year. Well, I broke that rule when the Fast Lanes showed up on my doorstep. I am very picky about the sunglasses I wear running, as glasses that slip down my sweaty nose are just plain annoying.

That wasn't the case with the Fast Lanes! They are a perfect fit for my face type and I was shocked to find that they are only $25 for polarized glasses. They feel like high-quality glasses but are affordably priced. LOVE that about Knockaround!


I chose the Glossy Black and Amber Ice/Gold color and of course they come in a whole variety of other colors that Knockaround is known for. My shades are holding up well and I wear them everywhere; on the run, out on errands with the kids, spending time outdoors.

My overall thoughts are: AWESOME shades and great, affordable price. Throw the below discount on that and it's a deal you can't beat!

Use the discount code "BIBRAVEKNOCKS1" for 20% off your entire Knockaround order. This offer is available from 3/25 to 4/18 and is limited to one use per person.


- Knockaround Fast Lane Specs -

  • Clean-cut, rectangular silhouette, ideal for medium to larger face shapes
  • 16 color options listed on Knockaround.com
  • $25.00 for polarized, $20 for non-polarized
    Specs from Knockaround.com
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My First Run Happy Experience | Brooks Glycerin 17 Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Brooks Glycerin 17 running shoes in exchange for my 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!

The snow is gradually melting around these parts, marathon training is speeding by and my shoes are finally able to feel that glorious pavement underfoot. YES, I can finally pack away my traction aids for a few months!

This month I have hit the road and occasional treadmill in a fancy new shoe style, also worn by the 2018 Boston Marathon Ladies' Champion, Des Linden. I wanna be like Des — that's right! As a BibRave Pro, I received the newly released Brooks Glycerin 17, my very first pair of Brooks shoes, to review:


Right out of the box, I will say these shoes are sharp! The purple/black shoe looks great on the run and nice for casual everyday wear as well. They're stylin' ;)  The Glycerin 17 does have five color options, so everyone's personal taste should be covered.

Let's Get to the Run

I started with a few low mileage easy runs and then worked up to the long run with the Glycerin 17's. The DNA LOFT technology made each stride feel smooth and the landing soft, even while running on the road.

The Glycerin 17 shoe is on the heavier side compared to my usual shoe style but the cushion benefit is worth a little extra weight. Brooks' motto is "Run Happy" and that cushioned feel definitely keeps my joints happy!


As you cover the long miles on hard surfaces, the Glycerin 17 feels like a gentle way to break some of that road-pounding impact. I thought these shoes felt too heavy for interval/speed efforts but they shine on long, steady workouts and even my strength training workouts.


My Final Thoughts

The Glycerin 17's are everything I hoped my first Brooks Run Happy experience would be! Though they are heavier and more cushioned than my usual running shoes, the neutral fit was perfect for me and that DNA LOFT cushion makes for a soft, smooth feel. That makes my legs happy.

I'm considering wearing these for my upcoming road marathon because these shoes really do shine on the road and my body will thank me for the extra cushioning at mile 26! (Isn't that last .2 mile always the hardest?!)

Do you have a favorite Brooks shoe? 


- Brooks Women's Glycerin 17 Specs -

  • Support: Neutral
  • Weight: 9.2 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 10mm
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Technology: DNA LOFT
  • NEW OrthoLite sock liner offers a plush feel
  • $150.00 on BrooksRunning.com
    Specs from BrooksRunning.com
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Calling All Super Heroes!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the DC Wonder Woman Half Marathon - Fargo 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!

Life has been very exciting lately, to say the least, as we moved to a new town on March 2nd. As I write this now, we're in the middle of a blizzard in our new-to-us house. Surprise, surprise, more snow and wind (and rain) to finish off the cold weather season.

Along with all of the excitement lately, I was able to add a new race opportunity to my calendar - the DC Wonder Woman Half Marathon in Fargo, ND. Fitting in time to train for the Fargo Marathon in May and then the Wonder Woman Half following in June has been tricky, but that comes with the territory and crazy business of uprooting one's life and moving. Things will mellow out, I tell myself. Some day I will even be able to run outside again. Yeahhhh!!!

Looking for another race to pencil in on your calendar?

First Thing: Save the date for the DC Wonder Woman Run in Fargo on Friday, June 28th & Saturday, June 29th.


Second Thing: Register with discount code "WWBIBRAVE" for 10% off across all DC Wonder Woman Run events. The Half Marathon is currently priced at $94 so catch it now before a price jump and be sure to apply the above discount code.

The race swag is epic (see pics below!), this running community looks so full of energy and they are coming to Fargo, North Dakota for the first time in 2019! I'm looking forward to it and hope to see you there.