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 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!)


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


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.

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BibRave Product Review: Orange Mud Hydraquiver

Disclaimer: I received Orange Mud HydraQuiver as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check to review find and write race reviews!

Happy New Year’s to all! Here’s to an awesome 2016 and preparing to move to the west coast! I had the opportunity to try out Orange Mud’s HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1. I’ve tried out some Orange Mud stuff before (their Transition Wrap) in the past and was excited to try out some hydration products. I’ve always had issues finding one that I like since I hate running with a lot of stuff on me. So when I had a fun little package show up in the mail, I was excited:

I was lucky enough to run outside a few times with it. In Cleveland, we’ve gotten snow early the past few years, so to be able to run outside in short sleeves was a plus. There’s a few models, but the single barrel was perfect for me and actually fit pretty well for my size. It’s also adjustable with plenty of pockets

Look what gets to come running outside for a bit today: #elnino2015 #bibchat #hydraquiver #60incle

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You have plenty of room to put anything you need: keys, water, gels, phone/ipods, fill in the blank (just not another thing of water). I was able to use it pretty well and adjust it as I needed too. I wore it with short sleeved shirts and had no issues with chaffing or anything. The water bottle stayed in place and was easy to reach on runs too (and this from someone with short arms!!). Shorter arms than me? You can adjust the bottle height to fix the problem. Bonus! I know as a women, I have more up top, but that didn’t hinder fastening things up. No leaking issues for me in terms of the water bottle either!

I’m in love with this thing. I can’t wait to use it for some longer runs as I get into some more marathon training. My only concern is that I can’t carry more water on it. However, it’s light, not obstructive and not something I feel while I’m running. Check out Orange Mud as they have a few different models, something that’s a plus. This is something that’s a must look into, especially if you’re over running with hydration belts!

Join us Tuesday for #bibchat at 9/8 CST as we chat more with Orange Mud!

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What Happens When No One Is As Crazy As You?

Running Broad Street, a Philadelphia 10 Miler with me, myself and I

And no, I don’t mean your mental health.  I mean more of those who think it’s an awesome idea to do 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles (like Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor and all the Kenyans and Ethiopians) and then some.  But what happens when you’re the only one of your friends/family who are doing this?  I always think about that.  I’ve had roommates who’ve said that they do longer distances or vow to run in order to keep their sanity during the academic year and then it falls by the wayside and it’s still, only me, running for long periods of time and figuring out when I’m doing my long runs.  And yes, people sometimes worry about me when I do have to run long distances on my own, thus my reason for signing up for whatever race over 5 miles while training for a marathon.  At least my parents are in peace of mine that there’s help and volunteers around should something happen to me.  But what else do you do?

The Road ID

I actually have 2, one that goes around my ankle and one that attaches to my shoe laces (since I never know which pair of shoes I’ll be wearing).  You can put your name, contact info, critical health/allergy info on it.  You also have the option of adding an interactive option where, heaven forbid you end up on the way to the hospital so dehydrated or hurt, you can add any extended medical info that can be accessed by medical personal by a pin # and a 800# should you be out of it completely.  Good thing to have and my parents appreciate it.  Best of all, you can usually find a coupon code for it when you search the internet that can be used on the RoadID website


The Race Bib

There’s good reason the back of the Race Bibs for insane runners (anything longer then like 5 miles) have info for you to fill out.  If you’re running a race without a posse, not a bad idea.  At least know about how long it takes you to run certain distances, tell your family them and call your parents when you’re done so  they can stop worrying and congratulate you on finishing your race


Running a race and being under hydrated isn’t the best idea in the world so Gatorade/powerade and water will be your best friend in order to not pass out while your running (by yourself or not).  Take it from someone who finished the 2010 Chicago when it was 93*, I appreciated not feeling crampy, headach-y and not having double vision or that I didn’t have to stop for an IV on the course like so many runners did (I could just about walk but that’s what 26.2 miles will do to you

Where to Run

Running on your own can be tricky.  Recently on a surgery rotation, I was at the hospital everyday at 5 AM, meaning I was up at 4:30 and didn’t get done until 6 or 7.  This was an away rotation, so I didn’t know the area at all and ended up doing all my runs at the gym since there weren’t any safer places to run to begin with.  Know the areas you’re running in and run when there are people around, so if there is trouble, you’ll have a shot of people helping you.  Should you run at night, wear bright clothes or use some sort of light that attaches to your arm.  More than anything, be aware of any sort of creepers around or if there’s been recent suspicious activity where your running.  A gym membership can be your best friend.  That or search for a running group near you :-).

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