Bibrave Product Review: OOFOS

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos Project Pink Sandals 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!

Oofos. An interesting name but a brand that does recovery shoes. Lord knows with all the running I’ve been doing, I need some recovery for my feet. Bibrave teamed up with Oofos to test out their Project Pink line. What’s up with the Project Pink? It means $10 of every purchase from the Pink Line goes to cancer research. Recover your feet and support a good cause at the same time!

I first heard about Oofos through Bibrave a few months ago and saw them when I met up with fellow Bibrave Pro and Aussie, Erin T. while in Honolulu for the Marathon. She was raving about them there. Locally, our Fleet Feet carries them and I happened to see them while in looking at some sale running tights. Enter the chance to try them out for Bibrave and I was all over it.

The Pink Line has a few options, all in men’s and women’s

I was worried about the sizing, just because I run weird on shoe sizes. I can be anywhere between a 6 and a 7 depending on the brand. My Oofos were a size 7, but my regular flip flops are a 6. Then again, I have others that are 7s. Oh well

The perks of these nice pieces of footwear involve getting more shock absorption to the feet. They also give more cushion and cradle your feet more. This is huge after races when you’re walking more around town. It’s made out of a moisture resistant closed cell foam that can be machine washed. I haven’t gone as far as machine washing, but I’ve definitely wiped mine down a few times to clean them off.

I’ve been wearing mine a lot around the house because they’re that comfortable and when you’re on your feet 12 hours a day at work and then go running, your feet hate you at the end of the day. I’ve also worn them pre and post spin classes and after my most recent Half Marathon in San Antonio.

I love my Oofos! They really are that comfortable to wear and keep your feet happy. I wish I had a pair of the clogs on top of the sandals so I could get away with wearing them to work as well. You feel like you’re walking on something soft and your feet will love you for it. My only gripe about them is they’re a bit bulky, so packing them means they take up a little more space than I’d like (I don’t check bags 95% of the time I travel). Overall, though, a good investment for any runner or athlete who’s looking to give their feet a break after a race or event

Looking for Oofos? Check them out

Website: Oofos

Instagram/Twitter: @oofos

Facebook: oofosfootwear

Check out what other Pros are saying about Oofos: Jeremy    John      Jenna      Mary Jo

Bibrave Product Review: Ekiden Coaching

Disclaimer: I received a trial of Ekiden Coaching as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out www.bibrave.com to review, find and write race reviews.

Running Coaches. I’ve never had one in the however many years I’ve been running. When we were offered the chance to try out Ekiden Coaching, I was interested in trying it out. With just coming off of studying for my Internal Medicine Boards where my running was bare minimum and with working every other week, minimum 80 hrs, it seemed like something that would help me get ready for Honolulu in December.

Ekiden was started by Peter Duyan who was at a whole number of active sites before starting Ekiden. He’s joined by Mario Fraioli, the Head Coach, who was at Competitor Magazine prior to Ekiden and has worked with a number of high profile coaches and athletes. The idea? Help athletes reach their goals. Since not everyone can physically meet up with a running coach, they brought it online.

How It Works

  1. When signing up, choose how long of a program you’re looking for depending on what race you’re looking at training for
  2. Fill out their multi question questionnaire. Everything from training, to what you’re looking to improve and what your goals are
  3. Look out for an email about what’s coming next
  4. You’ll get a call from your coach, then your plan is adjusted for you!
  5. Weekly training updates on line and daily texts coming your way!

My Experience

Pre Coach Jenny

The first few weeks were a little rocky, not going to lie. Ekiden is still new, Just started over the summer, so there were some kinks that needed worked out. I filled out all the online info and signed up like I was suppose to and then I didn’t hear anything. There were behind the scenes stuff that in turn, led to some of us not hearing anything. After a little frustration and things being reworked, I finally got assigned to Jenny M.

My first week however, she was out of town on vacay. I can’t fault anyone for taking vacations, so Mario ended uploading a schedule for me. In a sense, it was nice just because it gave me something to go off of and to figure out if it was something that I liked and wanted to continue. What I learned (more of confirmed what I already knew), is I like something mile based and not timed based. No two people are the same and some people love the time thing. I’m not one of them.

Post Coach Jenny Conversation

After I was finally able to connect with Jenny, things were finally going in the right direction. With my job, I work at least a week straight and (mostly) get a week off. In the weeks I work, long runs don’t happen. If you’re at a hospital 14 hours a day, getting up 3 hrs before you work for a long run isn’t going to happen. What we were able to work out is more of a macro plan for me, with the goal being for me to adjust around work as needed. If it means long runs get pushed to during my off week, that’s what ended up happening and I would send a message to Jenny. How you might ask? Either through the online message function or the text messaging capabilities of Ekiden. The other bonus is that she adjusted things based off prescheduled races (read Surf City 10 Miler a few weekends ago). Right now I’m in the mist of training for the Honolulu Marathon so I think we’re going in the right direction.

Thoughts

I’m still on the fence about running coaching in general (and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Ekiden). I’m trying to figure out if it’s right for me, but I think seeing things through to Honolulu will definitely help things. I think Ekiden is definitely going in the right direction and spot on for a lot of people. The communication part of things when it comes to getting coaches assigned needs a bit of tweeking just so people aren’t left in the dark (some of us had 2 weeks of coaching before others even had a coach). Love the idea and can’t wait to see how this grows!

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Bibrave Product Review: SPIBelt H20 Venture Series SPIBelt

Disclaimer: I received a SPIBelt H2O Venture series to reviewas 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 one who’s all over the place in terms of carrying hydration of some sort on me. Most of the time I deal with whatever’s on course, however, I have a few races coming up where the water stops are spread out and the races involve me running 26.2 miles. Sometimes I like vest type things, other times not so much. I was excited to try out the SPIBelt H2O series because I lost my old spibelt and I wanted to give the smaller hydration carriers a try again.

A few weeks back, I ran the Toledo Glass City Half Marathon and ran home after work for a few things before driving 2 hours to Toledo. I got lucky in that my SPIBelt had shown up in the mail, so perfect timing!!

 

For the Glass City Half Marathon, I just did the SPIBelt, no hydration clips this time around, just out of preference (it’s been awhile since I’d used them and didn’t want to start on a 13.1 mile race with them). The belt it self is wonderful. It stays in place well, doesn’t move around and is very secure. Since it’s also made to hold hydration clips, the belt size is bigger than the standard SPIBelt, which is nice to have. It also comes with bungees to attach your bib to your belt if you’re not a safety pin person.

Other Perks of the belt:

  • 2 loops for gels if you’re a gel person. I plan on trying to see if a payday bar will fit in one
  • Reflective
  • Decent Size pocket on the belt

Don’t believe me on the belt size?! It’s large enough for at least an iPhone 6 and ID cards (ignore the iTunes gift card, using it for demonstration purposes!)

Taking bets as to how much fits in a @spibelt! Big enough for at least an iPhone 6 & IDs! #bibchat

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The water bottles I used on a handful of runs. I unfortunately didn’t get to use them more because I got knocked down with acute bronchitis, ended up on a 5 day course of antibiotics and wasn’t feeling up to running. I’m still getting use to them. I didn’t have any issues with leaking and the clips stayed on well when the water bottles were full. I felt like they were on the looser side the less water that was in them though. They are big enough for ice to be put in the opening and you can run them through the [top shelf] of the dishwasher when you’re done!

The overall fit of the belt is great and adjustable and the water bottles fit well to your body

As if you needed reasons for @spibelt h2o venture series… #bibchat

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I think the big thing for me will be figuring out the best way for me personally to carry the water bottles around and where they fit best.

Interested in trying out SPIBelt’s H20 Venture series?? Try 10% off with christine10! Join us on 5/24 at 9/8 et/ct for #bibchat with Spibelt if you’re available!

  • Cost: $44.95
  • Website: https://spibelt.com/shop/spibelt/the-spi-h2o-venture-series/
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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 BibRave.com 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.

New fun toys from @theorangemud! Towel that doubles as a car seat cover!! #bibchat #orangemud

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Towel or sear cover? Take your pick!!!! #bibchat #orangemud @theorangemud

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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!!

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

Product Review: StrideBox

As a runner, any time there’s something to try, I’m willing to try it once. My mom decided to send me a 6 month subscription of StrideBox, a service that sends out running related samples once a month for people who subscribe.

The basics- where to find them!

Website: http://www.stridebox.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stridebox

Instagram: https://instagram.com/stridebox/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StrideBox

How it works

If you have a runner you love, you can send it as a gift as a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or year long subscription. Fees range from $20 to $180 depending on how many boxes you want to send over the year. If you’re buying for yourself, $15 as a sign up fee and $15/mo. Your first box ships the Friday after you sign up and the first Friday of the month.  Each box has 6-8 running related samples in it.

Stridebox, a perfect small box of goodness for any runner!

Stridebox, a perfect small box of goodness for any runner!

February Box

My box came on Friday, so a nice little end of the week surprise to kick off the weekend! What’d I get this month?

  1. Nuun Hydration tab. I get to throw it in a bottle of water and give it a try on this weekend’s run. Hopefully I can find it likable so I can get some flavor into water so I drink more of it
  2. iGloves. Perfect for the negative windchill we’ve been having in Cleveland this winter so I can save my hands and still take calls on my phone
  3. Picky Bars. Never heard of them but excited to try them!
  4. High Protein coffee. Never been a coffee drinker, so this will likely be going to my mom 🙂
  5. Joshua Tree Lip Balm
  6. Skratch hydration
  7. Chia Surge. Another energy supplement it looks like. We’ll see if it agrees with me!
What you get: 6-8 running related samples. February included: iGloves, High Protein coffee mix, Chi Surge, Picky Bars, Nuun, chapstick, and stickers

What you get: 6-8 running related samples. February included: iGloves, High Protein coffee mix, Chi Surge, Picky Bars, Nuun, chapstick, and stickers

I love the idea of this. It’s like a Birch Box for runners and we’re always trying to find new things that work for us, so this gives us the opportunity to try some samples before spending a boatload on something, only to find out it doesn’t work. You can start/stop receiving it whenever you’d like, but hopefully I’ll stick with this for awhile!

Happy Friday Eve!

Winter in NE Ohio means minimal races (although, I’m missing a Chili Dash 5K because of being on call this weekend. Sad!).  To celebrate being stuck in side, pre Friday the 13th and pre Valentine’s Day, enjoy some discounts!

  1. Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon (2/15/15, Fort Lauderdale, FL): $10 off with 2015A1ACANADA
  2. Single’s Dash (2/14/15, Indianapolis, IN): 15% off with CUPIDISSTUPID through 2/13/15
  3. Pro Football HOF Marathon/Half Marathon/5K (4/26/15, Canton, OH): Personalized bibs to couples who register together and an added treat for registering on 2/14 with LOVEHOF! If you’re already registered, email them and they’ll fix it
  4. San Diego Half Marathon (3/8/15, San Diego, CA): $10 off with ATHLINKS10
  5. Cleveland Marathon and Half Marathon (5/17/15, Cleveland, OH): $10 off the Full Marathon with 2015RACM and $5 off the 1/2 Marathon with 2015RACHM through 2/15/15
  6. Diva’s Half Marathon and 5K (5/17/2015, Branson, MO): $10 off with DB510 through 2/18/15
  7. Austin 10/20 (3/29/15, Austin, TX): $10 off with Ready2RUN

Enjoy!

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