Cyber Monday Discounts

Be sure to take advantage of some awesome Cyber Monday Deals!

BibRave Associated Races and Companies

  1. Inside Tracker: Huge savings with BFRIDAY2015
  2. BuluBox: 25% off with CYBERMONDAY
  3. Orange Mud: 20% off and free paracord bracelet with cmon20gift
  4. 2xu: 45% off entire website and free shipping
  5. Zensah: 50% off select compression sleeves with ZensahCM50
  6. Kentucky Derby Marathon and Mini Marathon: $10 off with CyberRace
  7. Sin City Run: 30% off with  GVPcyber
  8. Mad Marathon: Cyber Monday Marathon pricing at $55 and an additional $10 off with BRAVEBrenda

Other Race Discounts

  1. Rudolph Ramble 8K (Chicago, IL): $5 off with cyberrudy
  2. Soldier Field 10 Miler (Chicago, IL): $5 off with cybersf10
  3. Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon (Pittsburgh, PA): $10 off with 10OFFTHANKFUL
  4. P3R: 30% off select Running Gear with CYBERRUNDAY
  5. Race 13.1: 10% off with ChatR131
  6. Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon (Roanoke, VA): 10% off with RUNCHAT10
  7. Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10K: 10% off with ITSHERE
  8. Raccoon Marathon and Half Marathon: $15 off afternoon Half Marathon with CyberHalf or $40 off Double Half with CYBERDOUBLE
  9. Jingle Bell Run (Cleveland, OH): $5 off with FLEETFEET
  10. Finisher’s Pride: 30% off Skinni/mini frame and multi medal frames with cyber15 

Race Review: Hot Chocolate 15K Columbus

A little over a week ago, I was back in Columbus for the weekend for the Hot Chocolate 15K. Unlike a few days ago when it was pouring down rain, it was actually pretty nice out for the race, which is always a plus! My furball Moe the Cat got to take his first car ride for the weekend with me and hit in the back seat the entire time, but what can you do.

The Expo: I missed out on this. My mom had to be in Columbus earlier Friday and picked up our bibs and swag bags. This year’s jacket was sweatshirt like or so. Easy in and out and fairly consistent expo from what I’m told.

We stayed up in Columbus for the race. We stayed at the Hyatt Convention Center, which was <1 mile from the start. Good location for sure by the Arena District and < 1/2 mile from the finish (even better!)

The start: Off of Long and Spring street in downtown Columbus. 2 waves of people, each with ~6 corrals in each

The Course: very similar to last year. The first 2.5 miles were with the 5K, before they split off back to the finish in the arena district. The 15K spent a few miles down High Street and around OSU’s campus. This year, we were more around campus than through campus compared to last year (or so I thought). We hit OSU stadium, the Schottenstein Center and a few other must sees in Columbus. We also ran through German Village and a few other areas that were the same from last year. Finish was in the arena district, same as the 2015 race. Greeted with medals and water. Kind of a short walk to get to the post race chocolate and I hit a post race rush of people in line.

Weekend swag! #hc15k #bibchat @hotchocolate15k Columbus

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Post race, I went back to the hotel to shower and met my mom and a friend of hers back there. Love the million dollar showers for sure. Good race put on, so one could say RAM Racing has redeemed themselves some

Bibrave Product Review: Orange Mud Transition Wrap

Disclaimer: I received the Orange Mud Transition Towel to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

How many times have you ran a race, gone swimming/hiking/off roading, whatever and came back to your car drippy with sweat, soaking wet and filthy without anything to sit on?? [Raising my hand along with every other runner out there].

I had never heard of Orange Mud prior to volunteer to test their towel and transition wrap, but as soon as I heard about it, I was in love with it. I always have a towel in my car to begin with, but it never stays on my seat so my seat ends up have soaked with sweat after a race.  It ships folded like a regular towel which is awesome. Open it up and and it has a section with a zipper on it that zips up and goes over your seat head.

Perk: it fits over seats in my Rogue [think small size cross over car].

The wrap side of things is also a huge plus. It has a heavy duty clip type shindig that hooks into an adjustable latch on the edge, so you can adjust to your size. It frees up your hands to care your other race stuff back to your car. Word of warning, not kid sized!!

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Look, stays on no hands!! @theorangemud #bibchat #thewrap

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Best of all, throw into the wash [on cold] to get all the dirt and grime off it when you’re done! Just be sure to air dry [I think]. I actually bought myself a second one so no one dirties up my car! I haven’t had a chance to try it in this aspect yet, but come colder races that have no heat sheets, I’m coming up with a way to hook it around my shoulders to provide a little extra warmth.

A definite good buy for anyone outdoorsy for sure. It’s already been bought as a Christmas present! Also, Join us for #bibchat on Tuesdays at 9/8 EST/CST

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Discount Code: 15% off with BIBRAVE

Retail Price: $39.99

BibRave: Runner Discounts

Enjoy Cyber Monday a few weeks early!

  1. XX2i: 50% off with XX2iRocks
  2. 2XU: 20% off with BIBRAVE20
  3. Orange Mud: 15% off with BIBRAVE
  4. First Responders Half Marathon: 10% off with BIBRaveRocks
  5. Santa Hustle: $7 off Chicago, Galveston, Indianapolis with BIBRAVESH
  6. Honolulu Marathon: 20% off with TOMPRO
  7. F3 Half Marathon and 5K (Chicago): $6 off 1/2 Marathon with BIBRAVEHALF, $5 5K with BIBRAVE5K
  8. Sedona Marathon: 20% off with bibrave16
  9. Vermont City Marathon: $5 off with Bibrave5
  10. Platte River Marathon: 10% off with bibrave10

Race Review: Autumn Leaves 5 Miler

This is my first cross country race in who knows how long [middle school maybe?]. Who can say no to a race that’s 15 minutes away and a 5 miler, when it’s still decently nice in Cleveland. Weather today was better than yesterday- sunny, mid 50s and not as chilly. I signed up when I was on call Monday night and paid $30….if I were smarter, I would have signed up Sunday before the race fee went up $5!

Packet pick up was at Second Sole in Mentor yesterday. I should have gone then, but was sick of driving all over the place. They did have race day packet pick up, which I opted for. Long sleeved shirt that wasn’t a mesh tech shirt

Location: Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Parking: paved lot that was free. yay!

The Course: it’s a combination of pavement, gravel, grass and corn maze. Yes, corn maze. There were some hills to this course. It was made more difficult in that it rained last night, so the grass was wet and the corn maze portion was so muddy, I had to walk through it because I kept slipping, Kind of hard to run when you have no traction with your shoes! You go through the Equine Center, barns, around grass fields and have to watch for nooks and crannies on the gravel and grass. Mile markers every 1 mile with someone calling out times. 2 water stops on course. You finish close to where you start and have some post race food and water.

Time: 59:33. I blame the corn maze and the slipperiness of the grass

A decent race. Wish it wouldn’t have rained overnight because it affected the course. I was just glad it wasn’t raining and that it was at least warmer today than yesterday. Now the question is more XC races in the future or not.

BibRave Product Review: 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights

Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! Also don’t forget to join us Tuesday at 9/8 CST for #bibchat!

Compression tights. I always salivate over these things at expos, but am never willing to spend boat loads of money on them. I jumped at the chance to try 2xu’s [2 times you] new compression tights, the Elite MCS compression tights. Whenever I do longer runs, the option of keep walking afterwards doesn’t always sound fun

Before you even get to trying the MCS compression tights, be sure to look at the sizing charts to get your correct size/length etc.

I ended up going with the medium sized pants, because compression tights always fit me weirdly. It ended up being a good decision, as they fit just right. They do have a pocket locked on the inside front, but no zipper for them. A bonus was they fit like a glove! They do appear small to the eye, but don’t freak out about it

One issue I always have with full length running tights is they always bunch at the ankles because I’m so short. The fact that I had none of that was exciting!

I ran in these bad boys 1-2 times, but mainly used them for compression after some of my hillier half marathons and my half with rough pavement terrain. I’d come home, shower and then throw on my tights for a few hours to get some compression. I have to say, that they really do work and do their job well. The plus is that they’re full leg compression, as opposed to only calf or only thigh. 2xu’s goal with these compression tights is to get the right anatomical mapping in order to get the most appropriate and maximal support and to increase blood flow and circulation. I have to say I agree with them!

By far a good product that I would definitely recommend. My only qualm about them is the waist band. I feel like I could never get a good position for it and it was too thin for my liking. The other thing is my preference is for pockets on the back of my shorts/pants that have zippers. I usually use them for car keys, ID, etc so I don’t feel comfortable putting a key or something in an unsecured pocket.

If you want to give them a try, head over to their website and be sure to use BIBRAVE20 for 20% off [it’s good for their entire site!]. I may have gone a little hog wild for some of their other products. Ask me about their arm warmers and socks!

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