Bibrave Race Review: Onward Shay Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Onward Shay Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

One would think that living on the west side of the country and 30 (ish) minutes from the Washington/Idaho boarder would mean I’d hit a half marathon in Idaho before now. believe it or not, I was suppose to do a half marathon in Coeur d’Alene a few weeks ago, but dropped down to the quarter marathon. This weekend I flew out to Boise for the Onward Shay Half Marathon. I signed up for it last year (a whole $25) on Black Friday. I was so excited when Bibrave partnered up with them so I hopped on board.

Boise is a quick 45 min flight from Spokane if you can get a direct flight from Spokane. I’d take that over a 6 hour drive. I flew out Friday night and took an Lyft to the hotel. I ended up booking a hotel that was about 1/2 mile from the start/finish line and the expo. I spent most of Friday night trying to (and failing to stay up all 18 innings) watch the World Series. I ended up sleeping until 9:45 am before waking up. I headed over to the expo and picked up my bib. It took all of 5 minutes. When you walked in, your bib was assigned to you at check in (although there was one runner race morning where there were mishaps. Whoops). Some of the sponsors had tables set up at Payette Brewing and there were plenty of shirts to go around.

After getting my bib and shirt, I hit up 2 different farmer’s markets in Boise. The weather had stayed nice though the weekend and people were still out with produce, meats, home grown stuff, etc. At the second market, there were around 40+ vendors and an opportunity for trick or treat with the kids. I even found a place that did rolled ice cream. In the words of mom, I run to eat (partially true).

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I hung out most of the day, watched football found dinner and mainly chilled out after going out for a shake out run.

 

Sunday Morning, I woke up just after 7 AM. The race had a 9 AM start time, which was probably a good thing since the sun was still coming up. I had my clothes set out from the night before. After multiple trips to the bathroom and stalking up on tissues (I’ve been dealing with a URI and a cough for the past week) and throwing cough drops in my Spibelt before heading out to the start (an easy 1/2 mile walk). I even met up with fellow Bibrave Pro Bridget, who came out from Oregon! Bart Yasso happened to be at the race, but a Bartie (selfie with Bart Yasso) wasn’t in the cards today.

The full and half marathon started at 9 AM (followed by the 5K at 915 and the 10K at 920). The course itself is fairly flat, though some minor bunny hills going under underpasses. The first 5 miles was a loop that took you along the Greenbelt running trail. The first mile took you past the Boise Zoo before crossing the Boise River and through Boise State. We passed by Ann Morrison park and went to Bernadine Quinn Riverside Park. We headed back and around mile 5 passed where we started. We continued on, crossed the Boise River again before taking a left and heading along the river. We past more of BSU including the football stadium (couldn’t see the blue turf however) and more of scenic Boise. Just past mile 9, the half marathon turned around, while the full marathon kept going. Just after the turn around, I passed Bart Yasso and I got a wave out of it. The last 4 miles (10-13) were essentially unmarked for the half marathon. The course itself is fairly scenic, which is kind of nice. There were people out cheering and a good amount of direction on course, especially around areas that could have been confusing. Water stops ever 1.5-2 miles with water, gatorade and gels. The finish ended up being right at the start with some good announcing going on. Fun thing about this race is it’s Wizard of Oz themed, lots of Dorothy with Toto, the tin man, witches and fun costumes to see.

Post race, there was food (hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies and beer if you’re a fan). I hung out for 10 min or so, before rushing back to the hotel to take a shower and head to the airport for my flight home. Plenty of water, though I would have loved some chocolate milk (I always wonder why chocolate milk isn’t a post race must).

Overall, a great race in Idaho. The course this year was all on the Greenbelt Running path, which takes out the issue of closing down streets. It’s on the bigger side of small, but still plenty of people involved so you don’t feel left behind or lonely. It’s a good scenic race in a decent size city that is overall flat (coming from Spokane, this is a welcome change). Don’t forget to also go claim your results on Athlinks, they’re already up to claim! Good nuts and bolts race, I just wish that we’d have some chocolate milk at the end!

 

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Onward Shay Race Week!

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Onward Shay Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

It’s race week for Onward Shay! It’s my last long race before the NYC Marathon in 2 weeks so taper time is setting in at it’s finest🙌🏻. Didn’t have a chance to register? Limited registrations will be available at the expo.

Some things to keep in mind for race weekend:

The Expo: Takes place Saturday morning from 10-5 pm at Payette Brewing (733 S. Pioneer St in Boise). Gear, packet pick up, speakers, The Run Toto Run Kids Fun Run. wThere’s even a VIP Cocktail event at Powerhouse (621 17th St, Boise)

Race Day: Gear check will be available, but the race will provide clear bags to use. The half and full marathon start at 9 AM, the 5K at 915 AM and the 10K at 930 AM.

Things to Do: no home Boise State Football this weekend, but take advantage of the wine and food scene, the territorial priosn, the Basque Museum and the Cultural District. Nature fan? 16 miles from town is the Center for Birds of Prey

Any Idahoans have any additional suggestions? Let me know and see you race weekend!!

Bibrave Product Review: Oofos

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos 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!

Pre race and recovery. Something every athlete thinks about on a regular basis, especially if you’re racing every other weekend. When I travel for races, I always tend to be on my feet way too much and walk around wherever I’m at and my feet end up tired and beat up. In come Oofos. I got my first pair of Oofos last year (take a look here) and loved them, so I was more than excited when we were on the board to test them again.

This time around, I had the chance to test the OOlala Orange version (last year, we were in on Oofos’ project pink line). Oofos started up 7 years ago as with recovery in mind. Technology wise, it takes the pressure off your feet, knees, and back, especially when they’re sore on top of absorbing 37% more impact than other foams. Because of this, there’s some faster recovery time.

My trainers will tell you the amount of torture I put myself through with weight training and endurance training (because gaining muscle and endurance totally go together…or not). I’ve gotten to the point where I throw my Oofos in the back of my car to switch into after work outs, especially if I’m going somewhere after a work out. This past weekend, I was walking a whole bunch around Coeur d’Alene and had my Oofos on all weekend and my feet weren’t screaming at me

Another perk about the Oofos is their arch support. They give extra cushion to your feet so you’re feet aren’t yelling at you and if you’re short like me, an extra inch. Even if you don’t need Oofos for some height, they allow for a more natural gait while you walk.

Up until the beginning of this year, I was primarily a runner. I’ve been putting my hat in to some triathlons as well and have been waring my oofos pre race to keep my feet in line. They’re durable and can be hosed off easily (or thrown in the washer). They’re very durable and made to last which is also appreciated.

If that’s not enough, 3% of all sales go to Project Pink for Breast Cancer Research, in support of their Direct of Marketing, who’s been fighting stage IV breast cancer.

Head on over and get your pair. I’m going to be looking at some of their clogs to try and get me through work, where I’m on my feet 12 hours a day 7 days straight every other week. Don’t forget to join us for #bibchat on Tuesday 9PM EST/6 PM PST!

Bibrave Product Review: KT Tape Blister Prevention and Treatment

Disclaimer: I received KT Tape Blister Tape & Treatment 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!

Blisters. The one thing, that along with disgusting toe nails, runners deal with on a regular basis. I’ve had more than a few blisters between toes, on my heels, the sides of my feet, you name it. Back in March, I tested some KT Tape and had seen KT Tape’s Blister Prevention Tape back then. I was more than excited when we partnered again with KT Tape to actually give the Blister Protection and Blister treatment products a try.

The fact they come in their own little containers is fun enough, but it keeps everything together so you can throw it in your gym bag, car, purse, luggage, you name it. I got it just in time for my first triathlon of the year (or let’s face it, ever). It was easy enough to have the prevention tape out and ready from when I got out of the swim and was transitioning to the bike (can you find them?!?!).

 

Most of the time, I used the blister prevention tape for the feet. It actually works well on the toes (even the little toes) and the side of the feet to prevent rubbing against the side of your shoes. My clogs for work are a touch loose, and the prevention tape is a good barrier if I feel like my feet are starting to rub.

I haven’t had any blisters yet, but they happen. KT Tape also has a blister treatment patch. The fun thing about this is it lasts up to a week before needing to change and speeds up healing.

 

Some fellow Pros have given the blister treatment patch a try (head over and read Katy’s Blog) and it blends in with your skin so it’s hard to see! Another perk of the the treatment patch? Water proof and latex free!

Some helpful tips for both of them

  • Apply to dry skin. Pretty sure one of my Prevention tapes fell off during my triathlon because it went on a somewhat wet foot
  • Don’t over stretch it
  • Keep it on skin. If you put the blister prevention tape on skin, it’ll stay on if the ends overlap on each other!

Interested? Get your own for 30% off with BIBRAVE30. Also, join us for #bibchat on June 19, 2018 at 6 pm PST/9 PM EST and get questions answered from KT Tape!

 

Hot Chocolate San Francisco

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Hot Chocolate 15K San Francisco 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!

I’m trying to figure out where 2017 went! I spent my first weekend off of work of the year (all the way back in January) in San Fransisco for the Hot Chocolate 15K. Forgot about that race? Read about it here. The weather got bad enough on race day (gusts of wind, rain, craziness), that the race was shortened to just over 5 miles. I’m hoping for this year, that the weather cooperates and I get the full 15K in. Honestly, I’m hoping to get a PR for the 15K distance (I’ve been chomping at the bit for that one).

Here’s some need to know stuff:

Shuttle tickets: spots are limited, so if you haven’t gotten tickets, hurry!

Still haven’t registered?? Time’s running out so chop chop! BRHCSF18 even gets you a free hat!

Check out this year’s bling, because it’s awesome!

Also look over the Pre Race Guide, especially if you’re coming from out of town!

Take a look at the course beforehand so you can be prepared ahead of time!

Bibrave Product Review: Buff Thermonet

Disclaimer: I received BUFF® ThermoNet Gear 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!

One week down in the PNW and we’ve already hit winter. Yup, 3 days of snow already in November (although places in MT decided Sept/Oct was a good time to get snow). No really, we’ve hit winter.

 

This makes the ThermoNet series from Buff a good product to have anywhere that gets winter, cold or snow. I’ve got my fair share of Buff Products and getting to add the ThermoNet to the mix came at the right time.

The Nitty Gritty

The ThermoNet Series uses PrimaLoft Yarn. What that means for you is the heat gets kept in, the cold and moisture out and that it’s 4 times warmer than microfiber. It also means there’s a high warmth to weight ratio so there’s less bulk needed to keep you warm. When you’re like me and hate having a bunch of extra layers on, this is a plus!

Ways to Wear

The ThermoNet series has a Buff and a Hat. It’s easy enough to use the hat only, the buff only or combine the two. The buff has 12 ways to wear it

Multifunctional!

I’m a fan of the neckerchief, neck goiter and face mask options. The hair tie is something I’d like to try, but I don’t have long enough hair for it.

 

Cost

The hat and the Buff are $27 each ($54 for both). If you hurry, you can get 20% off the ThermoNet series with BIBRAVETHERMONET20  Through 11/17/2017

When to Wear

Think of this as more of your cool to cold weather days. I feel like I could wear it on days where it’s 40-50* out or when it’s cold enough for snow (and trust me I’ve done both

 

Buff Care

Expect them to smell after awhile after sweating in them. ThermoNet series can be machine washed warm and then laid out to try flat.

Overall

If you’re somewhere that sees cold, snow, or winter, look into the ThermoNet series. It does a lot to keep you warm without a bunch of bulk and is easy to pack and take care of. I’m more of a fan over the Buff than the hat, but that’s just personal preference.

Don’t forget to join us for Bibchat at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST on 11/14/2017 with Buff to win your own!

Product Review: Fun Run Box

Disclaimer: I received a FunRunBox 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!

Box subscriptions are something that’s big these days. Some are fashion related, some are make up related, some are fitness related. One that’s running related is the Fun Run Box. I’d never heard of it before Bibrave, so I was curious. What is it exactly?

  • A “running subscription box with a running experience” as they like to describe themselves
  • Good for novices up to experts
  • A monthly box with gear and challenges to inspire to get engaged.

Sounds simple enough! I had the chance to try the Oktoberfest box over the month of September. When it came in the mail, here’s what I opened up:

I got a shirt, hat, massage stick, beer flavored jelly beans, a bib number, a magnet and a granola bar. Additionally, you got a challange with two different routes to go down in terms of miles and time. For the month, it was the 5 Mile Dasch challenge. You were also assigned a team, for me, it was Team Diggity.

Over the course of the month, the goal was to get pictures of you using or somehow engaging with everything in your box. Whether it be rolling out with your massage stick, working out in your shirt or hat, completing your 5 mile challenge, afterwards you posted pictures with different hashtags. After the month was up, whichever picture got the most likes, engagements etc, was the winner (can we say gift cards and free $$??).

My training got mixed in with the amount of halves I’ve been doing. My 5 miles ended up being the first 5 miles of a hilly half marathon so my time was not that great, but I still have the over/under work outs to go off

Cost: only $45 for $70+ of gear. AND you can use BIBRAVE for 15% off your order by going through here

Fun Run Box is a good way to stay motivated and get competitive for any range of runner, whether it be getting back into running or starting out. Hey, it’s even something that can be used amongst a running group for some good fun. I personally had a hard time getting into it, but it’s solely because I was in marathon training mode, so I felt like I was trying to do two completely separate things. Part of what I also struggled with was the beer flavored jelly beans/granola bar as I’m not a fan of the taste of beer (I ran a race this weekend and gave another BRP my beer if that says anything!). Regardless, take a look at FunRunBox for yourself and give it a try!

Join us for Bibchat on October, 17 at 9pm EST/6 pm PST with Fun Run Box and get more questions answered!

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