Destination: Santa Barbara

Running and Wine. Two things in my life that should theoretically go hand in hand. Come May, 2017, I’ll be in Santa Barbara for a weekend of running, wine country and everything in between! Destination Races has eight races, which include locations like Santa Barbara, Virginia, Napa to Sanoma, and British Columbia. All include a race in a place with Wine Country galore!

What’s to look forward in just over 249 days? And why should you look into Running for some wine?!

  1. Good exercise
  2. Post race wine tasting
  3. Scenic running through Wine Country California

Destination also provides a whole bunch of race options: run the whole race, or register as a team. Wine tasting or no wine tasting (but why would you go to wine country and not taste wine?). VIP experiences, extras all weekend.

If this doesn’t sell you, join me in the VIP Experience. Whatcha get?

  • Personalized VIP Race Bib
  • Express Packet Pick-Up at Race Expo with VIP Gift
  • Transportation to Race Start from Select Pick-up Locations
  • Pre-Race Energizing Breakfast Items at Start Line
  • Exclusive Warm-Up & Stretching Zone with Private Restrooms at the Start Line. Start line VIP area provided by The Burger Barn.
  • Private Gear Check with Pick-up at Finish Line VIP Tent
  • Access to VIP Tent at Post-Race Wine & Music Festival
  • Complimentary Invitation to All Race Extra Events
  • Private Wine Glass Pick-Up in Festival VIP Tent
  • Complimentary Recovery Brunch at Festival VIP Tent
  • Post-Race Food & Wine Experience
  • Contribution to Local Charity

Hopefully, this floats your boat! And if it doesn’t take $10 off with BIBRAVE10 and look for us in the orange on race day!

As always, race reviews happen over at Bibrave!


BibRave Product Review: Amphipod Hydraform Bottle

Disclaimer: I received an Amphipod Water Bottle 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!

Summer is in full swing as I write this, likely my last review as a Cleveland resident before moving to Spokane, Washington. It’s been consistently in the 80s here recently and I’m sans gym membership (no LA Fitnesses in Spokane unfortunately, it’s been a good run!). That just means more reason to get out and enjoy the long days after work and get some runs in on the pavements. And with summer, all the more reason to stay hydrated!!


When presented the option to try an Amphipod water bottle, I was intrigued. I’ve tried a few other hydration options that I’ve liked, but I’ve never been able to find a hand held water bottle that I’ve actually liked. Enter Amphipod Hydraform Ergo Lite. We had the option of doing a 16 or 20 oz bottle and I went 20 oz.


The nice thing about the Hydraform Ergo Lite is that it’s made for function and safety while keeping in mind runner’s input at the same time. It’s light weight, so for me, I don’t mind carrying it on my runs (though, I’ll probably end up keeping it for shorter runs). Also, it has a pouch on the side of the carrier, big enough for an iPhone 6 (especially if you need to call for help!). I had no problem carrying my phone, IDs and cash/credit cards- still plenty of space. Another perk? A clip for your keys! No more worries about dropping your car and apartment keys into the port-a-potties or down a sewage pipe.


Now, drinking from this sucker. The mouth piece is a one way thing, so either suck or squirt. Easy as pie! no struggling to twist off a lid or go searching for a water bottle. Also, there’s more than enough room to through on some gels if you’d like

Because of being int the midst of moving, I haven’t had the chance to try longer runs or races with it, but I’m more than looking forward to a few of the ones I have scheduled already on the west coast. I’m already looking forward to trying this on some longer runs. My only suggestion would be to make the carrier insulated for the warmer weather so it would keep the water cool on the run, especially with the summer weather.


Either way, go find yourself an Amphipod water bottle and see why we love it! Join us on Tuesday at 9EST/6PST with Amphipod to chat for an hour!

What are other pros saying: Sarah  Alex   Jessica

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IG: @amphipodrunning  Twitter: @amphipod  Facebook:  Amphipod

Catching Kayla

Take a good 15 minutes to watch this video.  A little Friday motivation and a tear jerker to boot

Catching Kayla

Meg’s Miles

On Jan. 13, Meg Menzies went out for her regular morning run.  She never made it back to her home and 3 kids.  While running opposite of traffic (like all good runners do), she was hit and killed by a drunk driver.  This weekend, runners took to the roads/treadmills/tracks to run for Meg in Meg’s Miles.  If you ran, head over to the Facebook page to join the group.

You can also head over to #megsmiles google doc to dedicate your miles and leave a message for her family and kids.

As always, be careful on the roads.  And to those driving, be sure to watch out for runners/cyclists and whom ever else is sharing the road…



Happy Pay Week!!

Thursday was payday and despite having to work today, I’ll be off to WV tonight for the Marshall Univ. 1/2 Marathon.  Since I firmly believe in not paying full price, here’s some help!

  1. Mercerville Fire Company 5K (12/14/13- Mercerville, NJ)- 10% off with mercerville10fc
  2. Cleveland Marathon and Half Marathon (5/18/14, Cleveland, OH)- $10 off the Marathon with 2014RACM and $5 off the Half Marathon with 2014RACHM
  3. Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Columbus (11/17/2013, Columbus, OH) $5 off with ACTIVECBUS5OFF
  4. Go Santa Go 5K (12/1/13, Chicago, IL)- $10 off with GOSTANTA10CGA

Enjoy and happy running!

For your football halftime entertainment…

…enjoy some online running deals!

  1. The Runner’s World Running Festival (Bethleham, PA Oct. 18-20): If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time but it’s running out! Enjoy 10% off the Half Marathon  with runningbecauseRWHalf or 10% off the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon with runningbecauseRWHat 
  2. If you’re running the Chicago Marathon this weekend, relax and enjoy 25% off Second City tomorrow after running the 26.2!  Use CM13 at checkout!
  3. Run Chat Compression Socks: Buy 2 and get 50% off with RC50
  4. Potomac River Running (Washington DC): 15% off for federal and military employees in DC through the end of the Government Shutdown (in store only)
  5. NYC Cupcake Run (October 19, 2013, NYC): 20% off through 10/13/13 with CUPCAKERUN
  6. New Milford Ed Fondation 10K and 3 Mile Fun Run (New Milford, NJ 10/27/13): $5 off with RRSPORTS

Hump Day and…

…that much closer to pay day!  Here some ways to enjoy

  1. Rock n Roll Cleveland Runner Tracking: The first 3,000 runners and spectators enjoy FREE RUNNER TRACKING the code TRVLCLE (normally a $5 charge)
  2. Pro Compression Socks40% off with JJ40
  3. LivingSocial: 10% off their best travel deals with BEST10
  4. Running Warehouse: 35% off select apparel for men and women


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