Bibrave Product Review: Oofos

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos Project Pink Sandals 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!

Oofos. An interesting name but a brand that does recovery shoes. Lord knows with all the running I’ve been doing, I need some recovery for my feet. Bibrave teamed up with Oofos to test out their Project Pink line. What’s up with the Project Pink? It means $10 of every purchase from the Pink Line goes to cancer research. Recover your feet and support a good cause at the same time!

I first heard about Oofos through Bibrave a few months ago and saw them when I met up with fellow Bibrave Pro and Aussie, Erin T. while in Honolulu for the Marathon. She was raving about them there. Locally, our Fleet Feet carries them and I happened to see them while in looking at some sale running tights. Enter the chance to try them out for Bibrave and I was all over it.

The Pink Line has a few options, all in men’s and women’s

I was worried about the sizing, just because I run weird on shoe sizes. I can be anywhere between a 6 and a 7 depending on the brand. My Oofos were a size 7, but my regular flip flops are a 6. Then again, I have others that are 7s. Oh well

The perks of these nice pieces of footwear involve getting more shock absorption to the feet. They also give more cushion and cradle your feet more. This is huge after races when you’re walking more around town. It’s made out of a moisture resistant closed cell foam that can be machine washed. I haven’t gone as far as machine washing, but I’ve definitely wiped mine down a few times to clean them off.

I’ve been wearing mine a lot around the house because they’re that comfortable and when you’re on your feet 12 hours a day at work and then go running, your feet hate you at the end of the day. I’ve also worn them pre and post spin classes and after my most recent Half Marathon in San Antonio.

I love my Oofos! They really are that comfortable to wear and keep your feet happy. I wish I had a pair of the clogs on top of the sandals so I could get away with wearing them to work as well. You feel like you’re walking on something soft and your feet will love you for it. My only gripe about them is they’re a bit bulky, so packing them means they take up a little more space than I’d like (I don’t check bags 95% of the time I travel). Overall, though, a good investment for any runner or athlete who’s looking to give their feet a break after a race or event

Looking for Oofos? Check them out

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Check out what other Pros are saying about Oofos: Jeremy    John      Jenna      Mary Jo

Bibrave Race Review: Alamo 13.1

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Alamo 13.1 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!

Weekend getaways to warm places are always too short. This weekend, I was in San Antonio, TX for the Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon. I was last in San Antonio 4-5 years ago for a race (that ended up being short for whatever reason).

After getting stuff done throughout the week, I headed out to Texas Friday morning after waking up ridiculously early for a spin class. Needless to say, going from 40 degrees to 80 degrees was much needed! I took an Uber to the Menger Hotel downtown and checked in without any issues. I walked around downtown and the River Walk to find dinner. The amount of St. Patrick’s Day shinnanegans going on was insane!

Saturday was expo day. In the past, it had been held in downtown San Antonio, but this year it was moved to the Granberry Events Center about 15 min from downtown. I had the chance to talk to the RD, David, and in the past the expo had been downtown. With Spring Break and the Texas Rangers taking over downtown, the past year or two, people had been driving around for 40 minutes and paying $50 to park and walked in ready to beat someone. I ended up taking an Uber to the expo (about $15-$17 one way), which wasn’t all that bad. Packet pick up was easy. There were areas for the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. I wish before hand, you had the ability to look up your number instead of having to just give your name at the pick up. The Expo was small with some local places et up there and some photo op chances. If you were from out of town, you had the option of picking your bib up at The Menger Hotel that evening, but no expo vendors were there.

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Saturday afternoon, I found some lunch, went to church and found a wine bar with college basketball on for March Madness. There was the added amusement of sitting next to someone at the bar who asked for Coors Light and chips and salsa. What the what?

Race Options: Half Marathon (individual or 2 person relay), 10K and 5K.

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Sunday morning, I was up early and got changed and ready to go. The race was right in front of the hotel, so getting there was the easiest it’s been for me in a while. No parking, no shuttles, no issues what so ever. The half marathon was set to start at 7:15, but we headed off about 10 minutes late. The 5K and 10K were scheduled to start at 7:45 to give us a good amount of leg time. The first part of the race took you around downtown and back to the front of the Alamo. We then took some roads through some neighborhoods of San Antonio. Some parts weren’t the best and there were some parts that had someone not been there, I might have been a touch confused. We also went through Breckenridge Park and around some athletic complexes before turning back and ultimately ending up on the River Walk. Though I appreciate the amount of stuff we saw, here were my issues. We ran on no fewer than 5 surfaces: gravel, pavement, sidewalk, brick and brick with holes in it and pothole filled roads. I hardly ever get sore after halves anymore, but I was feeling this one. The mile markers seemed a little off to me as well. I wish the course had less of the iffy areas and less of the river walk with amount of narrowness that there was (it was only 2-3 people across along the river!).

Aid Stations: every 1-2 miles it felt like with some impromptu ones set up along the way.

The Finish: literally, right in front of the Alamo with announcers calling out people as they came across. Post race there was plenty of food, but the line to get it was long. It would have been helpful to have people be able to go either side of the food tent in order to move things along a little bit quicker. They also had music, massages, medical tents and the ability to check your time. The Krispy Kreme Donut truck was an added perk if you could stomach it!

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Overall I think this was a good race. Definitely one to look into if you need Texas! A few things to work on though: getting the course a little bit fine tuned (not so many surfaces, less of the iffy areas), faster food lines, etc.  I also think social media could be improved. I don’t think their twitter account has been used in a few years!!! The Race Director, David, was a good guy and I think is one who takes all suggestions to heart in order to improve the race! Keep this race on your radar, because it’s one to do every March!

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It’s Alamo (13.1) Week!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry into Alamo 13.1 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!”
It’s officially race week for Alamo 13.1! San Antonio can’t come soon enough (though the PNW is officially not being hit by super snow storms). Here’s all the info you need for this weekend!
The Expo
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Location: The Granberry Events Center (6390 Granberry, San Antonio, TX
  • Free parking and beer if you’d like!
  • Need someone to pick up for you? Take a look and sign the waiver!
  • Staying at the Menger Hotel? Special Packet Pick up (though no vendors) from 6-7 at the hotel

Race Day

  • Starts at the Alamo!
  • Bag Check opens at 6:15 AM
  • Half Marathon Start time: 7:15 AM
  • Doughnut Dash 10K, Alamo 5K: 7:45 AM
  • Course Limit: 4 Hrs (18 min pace, not to shabby!)

 

 

 

Bibrave Product Review: UV Reflective Half Buff

Disclaimer: I received a UV Reflective Half Buff 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!

Buff! I love me some Buffs. Over the course of my time as a pro, I’ve tried quite a few of their products (Full Buffs, Merino Buffs, Half BuffsOriginal Buffs, Hoodies) and have loved them. When I forget one of them for a race, it’s a sad day.

When the Reflective Buff came out, I was excited to try it!  What I love about the half buffs in general, is that they’re perfect for small headed people like me. While the full buffs are good for winters and head coverage, the half buffs are just enough fabric to do the job of catching sweat, keeping your neck warm or keeping the hair back.

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What’s so great about this? You get the thermal aspect of the buff, 95% UV protection, Reflective Strips so you’re seen in dim/dark circumstances, moisture wicking and odor control. My first few times wearing the reflective buff, I wore it to spin class. Did wonders for keeping the sweat off and controlled and glows in the dark if you have white light! I also wore it for the Hot Chocolate 15K in Seattle over the weekend. It kept the sweat in control and the hair off my face at the same time. Needed a little adjustment here and there, but such is life. By the end of the race, it was soaked through! Need some suggestions how to wear it? Take a look below!

 

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I still love the buffs, but one minor critique is I feel like my head is touch small for it sometimes- it seems looser than my other buffs and I’m adjusting it maybe a little bit more, but that isn’t a reason to hold up getting it. I haven’t had the chance to run at night with it yet, just because the weather is being temperamental here in the PNW (apparently we still need snow here in March).

Item Specifics:

  • 100% microfiber polyester
  • Polygiene Odor Control
  • Coolmax Extreme!
  • 95% UV protection
  • Reflex

Interested in Buff? Check them out:

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Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon

Last summer, I was all signed up and excited to run the Missoula Half Marathon after moving out to Washington State. When my furniture was delayed by 2 weeks, the race went to the wayside in order to study for boards until my life from Cleveland showed up at my front door. This year, I’m signed up again and determined to make the best of it (second time’s a charm, right?).

Race weekend is over 3 days, July 7-9 and quite frankly a good excuse to prolong the 4th of July. What’s more, if you complete 3 races (read, the Missoula Big 3 Challenge), you get more bling! Friday night, enjoy the Beer Run that starts at 6 pm (and is Free!!). Come bright and early Saturday morning (8 AM), get out and about for the 5K (this one costs some money, sorry guys!). Then, make sure you’re also registered for the half or full marathon on Sunday. Complete all 3 races (and be sure to check the Big 3 Challenge while registering) and pick up your reward at the finish!

I’m looking forward to some down hill running, knocking off the state of Montana on my Half Marathon list and hopefully running with some pros. The fact that this is a race I can drive to is a huge plus for me (I’ve been flying all over as of recently!). And if this course map isn’t convincing, I’m not sure what is:2016 MM Course Map Working V4

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Rock n Roll Liverpool

Recently, Bibrave connected with Rock n Roll on races to help promote their races. I lucked out in that Liverpool was open, and who doesn’t enjoy a vacation?! I had been looking for a race Memorial Day weekend prior to Bibrave’s agreement, but this takes the cake.

Currently, Liverpool has a 5K on May 27 and the half and full on May 28th. Though I’m only signed up for the half, I’ll likely make it a double race weekend and sign up for the 5K as well. Part of why I’m excited is this is my first overseas race.

The course itself for the half looks (at least on paper) to cover some area by the Mersey River, as well as some of the inner parts of the city. We all know how much I love (read: hate) hills, so I suppose I’ll be doing some hill work outs as well. Don’t believe me? Check out the course map!

Interested in joining me? Review general information here and go register!

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Hot Chocolate 15K Seattle

What’s a weekend off without a race! I flew to Seattle for the weekend for the Hot Chocolate 15K for some redemption for the SF Hot Chocolate 15K that ended up getting rained on heavily and run on a shortened course. This is one of the few races I did not for Bibrave, but that doesn’t mean pros weren’t represented.

I got in Friday around noon and headed to the hotel to drop off my stuff. I did a late lunch with a friend of mine from Cleveland. I also did some work clothes shopping, because let’s face it, being 5’2″ means stuff gets hemmed 95% off the time. As all this is going on, it’s pouring down rain. Instead of doing the smart thing and waiting until Saturday when it was sunny, I caught a ride to the expo for packet pick up

The Expo: relatively small, as are the Hot Chocolate races. A few local vendors, some races and some HC gear. Relatively empty and in an out. The sweatshirt hoodies were the same ones we got for HC SF. We also had zip ties given to us that were already connected, making them utterly useless for bag check if you went that route, though making them useful to keep your safety pins in line.

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Race Day: 5K started at 6:55, 15K started at 7:55. It would make more sense if the 15K started first, more time to get it done and over with, but such is life. When I showed up to the Seattle Center at 720, the last group of 5K runners were getting ready to be let loose onto the course. It was 30s-40s and the rain decided to hold off until after the run, which was more than appreciated, because nothing’s worse than wet and cold.

The Course: Hills. Lots of Hills. Have I mentioned ever how much I hate them? Yet it’s Seattle, so you’d expect there to be some. The first mile went out towards Pike Place, and we ended up doing a U turn about 1.5 miles in back towards the market. We then took some hills back towards the Seattle Center and went out on some of the residential roads of Seattle. Through mile 4, it wasn’t horrible, then we started hitting hills. The hill around mile 5 was doable, until you looked up when you finished it to see a hill that looked like it was about a 60* incline in the distance. Wonderful! After the beast was conquered, we subsequently turned around at the top and went back down. We ultimately ended up back at the Seattle Center and the Space Needle with an overall course of 9.4 miles. Makes up a little for SF I guess? While on course, I saw 3 Bibrave Pros, and was able to catch up with Amanda, who ultimately PRed the course!

Post Race: more spread out than some of the other HC runs I’ve done, but they had the parking lots to do it. Easy to get in and out of the HC and to enjoy post race snacks. Merchandise for sale and bag pick up if you went that route.

Decent course, though I’m not sure if I could have gutted out another 4 miles of hills in Seattle for a race! Goal is to make hills be less hated.

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