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

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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

Head over here to register and save $5 with BibRave2017!

 

 

 

 

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!

Use BIBRAVE15 to get 3 €/£ off the Half & Full races

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.

Destination Races Santa Barbara Half Marathon

In just over 2 months, it’ll be spring in Wine Country California, which means it’s time for Destination Races Santa Barbara and 13.1 miles full of wine country! I had the opportunity to meet up with the Destination Races gang while at Surf City earlier in February. Part of why I’m excited is because of the shirts I saw and the medals that were released. Not convinced? Take a look for yourself!

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If you’re on the fence, head over to the Destination Races Website to learn more and don’t forget, $10 off with BIBRAVE10!

Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon

As March approaches, so does Half Marathon #3 for the year. This time, I’m off to The Alamo 13.1 in San Antonio, TX! I was last there in 2013 for a different race and stayed across from the Alamo. This time, I’m Menger Hotel (can’t complain about group discounts!).

Haven’t registered yet? Here’s what you need to know!

  • 20% off with BIBRAVE17 when you register here. Race fees go up on March 5, 2017, so hurry and beat the price increase!
  • Races include the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 10K and 5K. The 10K and 5K may or may not involve Kirspy Kreme donuts!
  • Stay at the Menger Hotel or the Laquinta Hotel!

If you’re even considering the Alamo 13.1, hurry and sign up, we’re still looking for runners from Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming at the minimum!

I’m thrilled to be going back to San Antonio. Course seems flat and it’s warmer in Texas than Washington State at the moment. If I can get below 2:25 on course, I’d be thrilled!

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