Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals!

Happy Thanksgiving [Eve]! Here’s some early heads up on some Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals, a lot of which we’ve done at BibRave!

  1. Mestrength: VeryMerryMestrength (case sensitive) for 25% off
  2. 2XU: Spend and Save:  Spend $50, save 20%, Spend $100, save 30%, Spend $150, save 40%
  3. Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Half Marathon: Now through Black Friday, 20% off with BLACKFRIDAY (come and run with me!)
  4. Willimantic Classic: $6 dollar off with CYBER on Cyber Monday for any distance
    ALSO announcing their Hop TWO It Relay option for the 1/2 Marathon!
    ~Two person teams, with the handoff at the Jillson Square midpoint of the race – convenient one stop parking, running AND cheering! Normal pricing of $60, but $55 off on CYBER MONDAY ONLY!
  5. Mad Marathon: From Sunday 27th to Monday 28th midnight deadline. $60 for the Full Mad Marathon or the Mad Half Marathon on 7/10/2016
  6. Hospital Hill Run: On 11/28, get 20% off with Cyber17 (except for family pricing package)
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BibRave Product Review: 2XU VECTR Socks and Performance Calf Sleeves

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Performance Calf Sleeves and VECTR Socks 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!

2XU is at it again, and this particular testing opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. I ran the One City Marathon a week ago and am set up to run the Lincoln Presidential Half in 2 weeks in addition to the Vermont City Half Memorial Day Weekend. This time around, the opportunity came up to test 2XU’s Performance Calf Sleeves and VECTR socks.

First up: the socks. I’m in the process of starting to toss my crappy socks (or the socks I haven’t warn forever), because the less stuff I have to drag 2100 miles cross country the better. I was also a touch hesitant because socks can be finicky in their sizing, so smalls might not even fit right on me, depending on the brand.

These will get some good use the next few days @2xu_usa #bibchat

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For starters, they do feel as if they have some cushion to them, which is appreciated. They’re designed to fit to your foot, provide some ventilation/air to your foot and prevent friction and blisters on your run. It also has stabilization for your arch and ankle (cool stuff, huh?). I had the chance to wear these to a few races, which included a short distance XC style 5k and for long distance (oh, say a marathon). I could feel the compression for sure in these things and never got any blisters during the One City Marathon (and that race got hot and humid during the second half!). And in case you’re not sure which sock is for which foot, they even label them for you!! Please feel free to throw them in the wash after each use. 2XU doesn’t recommend drying them….should have read that before doing some laundry (it’s all good though)

Now for the Calf Sleeves. I’m all about compression. I torture my legs running, so they at least deserve a little bit of love in return so they can hate me less after races. The Calf Performance Sleeves are a must have for any runner. If you love having a whole bunch of color choices, this is something to look at (try filling out the preferred color request for  this one, it definitely took a few minutes. I’m all about the fun colors, so I went with orange. Each pair is 2 toned and again sized. With my bilateral short leg syndrome (i.e., I’m short!), I went with the smalls. Be prepared for some snugness and realize that they’re doing their compression job!

Trying out my @2xu_usa compression sleeves and VECTR socks too! #bibchat #2xu

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The Performance Calf Sleeves target your calves (shocker) and shins, but you also get some ankle in that too. After running marathon #7 last weekend, these were key in my 9 hour turned 12 hour drive back home. My calves felt pretty daggon good afterwards. My hamstrings and quads, not so much (I looked like I was walking with arthritis).

The calf sleeves are definitely something you could wear while running a race if that floats your boat. I’ve done it a few times and had good results (but last weekend, I was more in the I need something that won’t smell up the car on the ride home). They’re ok to wash cold, but hang them dry!!!

Overall, another strong set of products by 2XU and something to add to your collection. If you’re on the fence, be sure to treat yourself and save 15% while you’re at it with TRAIN15 (because 2XU loves you that much!). Come join us during Bibchat on Tuesday 3/22 at 9/8 EST/CST with 2XU. Who knows, there may be some free stuff there too!

Happy Valentine’s Day Running Style

Enjoy some of these races with some discounts!

  1. The Lost Dutchman Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 8K (Apache Junction, AZ): 20% off with RRSVIP
  2. Augusta 1/2 Marathon (Augusta, GA): $5 off with AUG5OF
  3. Olde Gridled Grit 50K, Marathon and Half Marathon (Concord, OH): $10 off with OGG
  4. Running the Shoals Marathon and Half Marathon (Muscle Shoals, AL): 10% off with MRUNS10
  5. Platte River Half Marathon (Littleton, CO): 10% off with bibrave10
  6. 20/10 Mile Drop (Fairport Harbor, OH): $10 off for the 20 Miler, $5 off for the 10 Miler with DROP
  7. Pittsburgh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (Pittsburgh, PA): $10 off with SHARETHELOVE
  8. Blooms To Brews Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and Relay (Woodland, WA): $8 off with flatandbeautiful
  9. Vermont City Marathon (Burlington, VT): $5 off with BibRave5
  10. Mad Marathon: $10 off with BRAVEBrenda, BRAVEEmily

The Extras

  1. Nuun: 20% off with nuunlove16
  2. 2Toms: 20% off with 2Toms20
  3. 2XU: 20% off with RUN20
  4. XX2i: 50% off with XX2iRocks

Bibrave Review: 2XU Hyoptik 3/4 Length Thermal Tights

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Hyoptik Thermal 3/4 Length Tights 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!

It’s currently winter in Cleveland and who would have thunk that we would have had 50-60* weather in December and less snow in January than what the East Coast got hit with this weekend. I had the chance to try some 2XU thermal tights which I utterly love! I tried a pair of 2XU  MCS compression tights not so long ago and was excited to try them again.

We were given the option of 3/4 length or Full Length. I opted for the 3/4th length because I often get overly hot in full tights and full tights often don’t fit me right in the ankles.

If drivers weren't being stupid I'd run these outside! Very warm though 🏁 @2xu_usa #runhyoptik #bibchat

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First of all, these nice little things are warm! I know there were some pros that thought they didn’t cut it on the warmness front, but I felt like I could wear them in 20* weather without any problem. I got to wear them in Spokane, WA for a short little run when it was on the chilly side and I felt like they did the job just fine. I was also a fan of the waist band on this pair of capris. I felt like it fit better than the MCS tights I tried out a few months ago.

In general, here’s the good stuff about these tights

  • Thermal (read warm)
  • 3.5 cm flat waist band
  • pocket in the waist band
  • Compression
  • Hyoptik reflection logos for better visibility

Another way to use the Hyoptik tights is to use them as a base layer with an additional layer over them for added warmth. This could be for those who get cold easily or for those in negative degree areas (holla Alaska!).

Get to wear my @2xu_usa in Spokane today! #hyoptik #bibchat #2xu

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Downside to 2XU?

  • A tad high maintenance in the washing department. I always have to be on the look out since they can’t go through the drier
  • Mine seemed a tad small and I got a size up (a medium). They did the job, but I felt like I was pulling at them a little bit more than necessary.
  • A tad pricey. Anywhere between $99-$130 depending on what length you got

As far as I’m concerned, good compression is a must. I’ll continue going back for some 2XU. Please join us for #Bibchat on 1/26 with 2XU at 9EST/8 CST pm!

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 

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

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 BibRave.com 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

More fun testing materials from @2xu_usa! Early birthday presents galore today #bibchat #2xu

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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!

A pair of running tights that don't bunch at the ankles! #bibchat #2xu #mcsrun @2xu_usa

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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!

A colorful flat @2xu_usa flat Christine! yay for new toys #bibchat #runchat #2xu #mcsrun

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