Discount Monday

Enjoy!

  1. Buff USA: 10% off with BUFFSAVE10 through 8/31/2015
  2. Discover Whitewater Series: 1/2 Marathon, 5K (9/20/2015; Whitewater, WI): $10 off 1/2 Marathon with 15MADMINI through 9/11/2015
  3. Brewers Mini Marathon and 10K (9/26/2015; Milwaukee, WI): $10 off with MADISONMINI2015 through 9/19/2015
  4. O’Hare 5K on the Runway (9/21/2015; Chicago, IL): $5 off with MINIOHARE
  5. Monster Run 5Miler/5K (10/17/2015; Milwaukee, WI): $5 off 5 Miler with MINI5M or $5 off 5K with MINI5K through 9/1/2015
  6. Madison Marathon and Half Marathon (11/8/2015; Madison, WI): $10 off with MINIVRB10 through 8/29/2015
  7. Rock n Sole (6/11/2016; Milwaukee, WI): $5 off with RNSMINI through 9/1/2015

Race Review: Madison Mini Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Madison Mini Marathon to review it 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!

In an effort to get Wisconsin checked off my 50 state list, I headed out to Madison for the Madison Mini Marathon and 5K and ran as part of the Bib Rave Pro team. It was my first time to Madison, despite living in Chicago for 4 years for college!

I headed out after work on Friday and flew from Cleveland to Madison by way of O’hare. I’m typically a Midway flyer (primarily Southwest) and forgot how big O’hare is. Needless to say, during my 2 hr and change layover, I got some dinner and recharged electronics. I also was in contact with fellow Bib Rave Pro Angie, because she was awesome and picked up my packet for me. After getting in to Madison, I picked up my Rental Car and headed over to my hotel. The main hotel was the DoubleTree and was about 1/3 of a mile from the start. It was sold out when I made my reservations, so I stayed out at the Sheraton and met up with Angie Saturday Morning with all my stuff. We walked over to the UW campus and I checked my bag with my extra stuff and put on my Bib (in addition to utilizing the indoor bathrooms!).

Corrals were lined up A-J (ish) so we headed to corral F and before we knew it we were off. The first few miles were through the Capitol and UW Madison’s campus. We got to run through some farmer’s markets, by the capitol building, by Camp Randall (and as an OSU fan, the closest I’m willing to go to the  stadium for the time being). The first few miles were relatively flat. I also literally ran into a friend of the family while on course. We were both in the just trying to finish the day type of mode.  We also went around Lake Wingra and through UW’s Arboretum through mile 7 or 8 before heading back towards downtown. We were lucky to have some shade the back half of the course, as it was getting on the warm side. However, there were hills that were involved, and especially the last mile, hills were the last thing I wanted to see. The last half a mile had inclines that my legs wanted to do with (although, we did get back onto UW’s campus)! We also got views like this towards then end of the race

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Seen on my run. @madisonminimarathon #bibchat

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In terms of support, the Madison Mini had different cheer stations set up throughout the course. One involved a dancing dolphin, there was memorial mile, a Girl Scout’s mile with a dressed up thin mint. I love stuff like that, but there were also areas that were on the quite side and little runner support. There were points where the cheer stations matched up with aid stations. The first few aid stations seemed spread out and as we got further on course, we got more water/gatorade stops. There was a good amount of bike support, PD support and ambulance support on course, which is always a plus.

Post race, there was the 14th Mile party. As you got through the chute, you got your medal and some food (bananas, chocolate milk, water, popcorn, granola bars). I wish races would start putting food in bags because that’s the last thing I want to worry about, is how much more I have to carry around. No foil sheets this race, but not needed by any means. You exited to the terrace, where there was live music playing and opportunities to purchase some food, get a free drink and relax along the lake. It was nice to just sit and chit chat with some of the Bib Rave Pros who also ran or who came in support.

Overall, I think it’s a well run race. It sounds like the course has changed each of the last few years. I personally wish it wouldn’t end with inclines the last few miles (partly due to me not training enough for the weekend, but I don’t like hills in general). I appreciate an expo that let you have a friend/family member pick up your packet. Here in particular, you could also pay $25 to pick up your packet on race day. I’d appreciate an option to have the packet mailed to me (that would have been awesome). I can’t speak to the expo, as I didn’t go so not sure what it was like, but they did have a set up of post race gear for people to buy. Good bling, a virtual race packet (less waste and things to lug back to cleveland with me!) with discounts and overall I think a race worth doing. They also have a deal where if you do Rock n Sole in Milwaukee and the Madison Mini, you get extra bling (an M2 Medal) and a special bib.

Mark down August 20, 2016 for next year’s race and don’t forget to review Madison Mini on Bibrave!

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Weekend swag from @madisonminimarathon #bibchat

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Bibrave Discounts

Enjoy some race savings from your Bibrave Friends! As always, be sure to review races at http://www.bibrave.com and join us for #bibchat at 9/8 EST/CST Every Tuesday

  1. Madison Mini, Madison, Wisconsin (8/22/2015): 10% off with MADISONBIBRAVE
  2. Fort2Base, Chicago, Illinois (8/23/2015): $14 off the 10 nautical mile or $7 off the 3 nautical mile with BIBRAVEDISC
  3. Monster Run, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (10/17/2015): 10% off with MONSTERBIBRAVE through here
  4. Urban Bourbon Half, Louisville, Kentucky (10/24/2015): 10% off with BourbonRave2015
  5. Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon, Las Vegas, Nevada: 25% off with RAVER1
  6. Sin City Shoot Out: 5K, 10K and Double Your Luck, Las Vegas, Nevada (1/17/16) 20% off with BibRave20  through 1/16/16
  7. Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, Hawaii (12/13/15), 20% off with TOMPRO

Product Review: Addaday

Disclaimer: I received an Addaday 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!

A few weeks ago, I received an Addaday in the mail as part of being a Bibrave Pro. Needless to say, I’ve been testing it out over the past few weeks, and even took it with me oversees to Portugal (it enjoyed it’s trip!).

Everyone probably has at least heard of a foam roller. I own two of them. That or other stick like products to try and roll your muscles out and help them post long runs and races. However, an adadday is different.

Addaday is set up to be lightweight, which is always a plus if you gravel a lot. However, it’s designed so that the massaging part of it is like finger tips and elbows in a sense and is more precise than your foam roller or other running ‘torture devises’ as I call them. The Addaday is design to help with post run recovery as well. Don’t believe me? Look at it close up:

http://www.addaday.com/#!about-addaday-massage-rollers/cd5e

I used my adadday after some runs with tired legs and could feel the knots coming out of my legs. I also ran it down my back a few times to try and work out some tired and tight low back muscles and really felt like it has some good deep tissue use.

Unlike some of the other BibRave Pros, I haven’t been able to do longer races as of recently, just because of work commitments, however, fellow pros swear by it especially after ultras and relays!

It’s website is super helpful. They have plenty of videos and tutorials to better use the adadday and ways that it can better help you. You don’t need to be a runner for this. Biker, athlete, whatever, it’s for anyone!

I strongly recommend the addaday. Head over and check them out!

Website: http://www.addaday.com

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BibRave Product Review: Half Buff USA

Disclaimer: I received a Buff 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!

A few weeks ago, I got a nice little thing in the mail courtesy of Bibrave. My new found friend was a Buff. I’m one who sweats a boatload, especially over the summer, and when sweats get into my eyes, it feels like sunscreen.

Another thing to know about me: I hate wearing hats. I hate wearing visors [ironic since I wore one while playing goalkeeper in high school]. I may or may not remember to grab my sunglasses on the way door. I’m one who doesn’t like a lot of crap on me when I run.

My Half Buff does wonders.

Fit: it’s lightweight so you don’t realize it’s there, but after a few miles, you wonder why there’s no sweat going into your eyes and then you remember you have something on your head. My one tiny suggestion is to maybe adapt it so there’s some sort of measurement component. I have a small head so there were a few times where I felt like it was a smidgen too loose.

Colors/Designs: can we say options? Definitely more than enough to choose from!

Function: Yes, you can use it for sweat absorption. I live in Cleveland where there’s this thing called winter and in a state where college and pro football happens, no mater the weather. I’m already counting down the days to when it can be used as a neck cover. Not a runner, but instead a biker? Definitely thin enough to fit under a bike helmet for a long bike (came in handy while in Portugal and trying to not kill myself on the bike!).

Sizing: tons of options. Short, long, take your pick. They have options for the cold junkies so that you can have neck and head covered.

Pricing: Typically start at $15

Overall, I’m a fan of the Buff. They’re social media team is awesome and all over tweeting/instagraming/facebooking. Are you convinced yet? Try one at 10% off with BIBRAVE10. Also, join us on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 9/8 EST to chat with other BibRave Pros about all things Buff and Buff USA!

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