runDisney Star Wars Dark Side 2018 Half Marathon

Friends will ask me if the expense is worth it to do a runDisney race and the answer is, absolutely! It’s a race like no other. It has Disney magic and motivating.

It was an early morning wake up at 2:00am so that we could catch the 3am bus to the race. I’m not a morning person, so at that point, I was doubting myself. However, once I got to the event and saw all the wonderful costumes and character meetings, I was pumped and ready to go.

I was able to wait in line for two characters meets and then went to the corral line-up. We had our photos taken with BB-8 and Darth Vader. There were other Star Wars characters I didn’t recognize, and here I thought I was up to date with the newest characters.

The race was amazing. Before sunlight, the runDisney team set up lights and sounds effects from the Star Wars movies. It was like running through one of the scenes in the movie. At different points in the race, there were clips of the Star Wars movies playing on a big screen. There were plenty of water stations along the way and it’s always great to see the Disney Cast Members come out and cheer us on.

I never stop to do the photo opportunities along the route. I’m too slow of a runner to pull that off and not get swept up, but I still enjoyed seeing other runners line-up for to have their photos taken. This year’s race started in one of Disney’s parking lots and ended in Epcot. We ran through Animal Kingdom and got to see the World of Pandora first hand. It was so cool!

Review: AftersShokz Trekz Air

Disclaimer: I received AfterShokz Trekz Air 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!

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My first experience with the AfterShokz brand was while waiting in my corral for the runDisney Avengers 10K in November 2017. I saw a runner next to me wearing AfterShokz Trekz, so I asked him many questions, which he was more than happy to answer. He also took his headphones off and put them on me for me to listen to the sound quality. At first, I thought, that’s a little weird for a stranger to do that, but then I literally heard the difference in sound. The sound has clear and loud even when I was surrounded by a very loud crowd of people and the announcer was releasing other corrals. At that point, I was sold.

Later in March, I had the opportunity through BibRave to receive a pair of the new AfterShokz Trekz Air. I already knew it was a brand I not only enjoyed, but one I personally trust, so I had no objections.

I ran the Castaway Cay 5K with my AfterShokz Trekz Air and even though the weather changed to windy and raining, the sound quality did not change. I was still able to hear my music and my headphones stayed put. I like how the AfterShokz are designed to hang right over your ears, so I no longer have the problem I had with hired headphones where I had to keep adjusting them and putting them back in place. Extreme weather conditions test passed.

I also ran the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon in 2018 in Orlando, FL with my AfterShokz Trekz Air. For me, that race was a test on how long the battery on these headphones would last. I’m nowhere near being a speedy runner, so I wondered if the headphones would die on me. The answer is, no, they didn’t. I turned on the AfterShokz Trekz Air at 3am to keep me awake on the bus ride over to the starting line. I ran 13.1 miles and wore them on the bus ride back to my hotel at 10:30am and they still were working properly. Battery life test passed.

I’ve done some dog walking for Wag, which I love! I know to take my AfterShokz Air with me on dog walks, because I know my ear is open and I can hear traffic and pedestrians. I would have never taken my regular headphones with me on walks. It would be so unsafe. Street safety test passed. 

By the way, if you’re interested in getting your first dog walk free with Wag, click on this link.

There’s also the cool factor. I get tons of compliments and questions as to what type of headphones they are and do they work. I also answer phone calls with my AfterShokz Trekz Air. Of course, I get the occasional stare like, “why are you talking to yourself?” LOL! With the touch of a button, I can answer a phone call and skip songs.

My advice is to try a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air. I’m sure you will love them too. Through our partnership with AfterShokz, you can now get  $30 off air + a free trucker hat. To purchase go to bibrave.aftershokz.com

Review: Rudy Project Rydon Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received Rudy Rydon Sunglasses 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!

These were my first pair of sports sunglasses. They arrived in the mail with two lenses: the multilaser orange and transparent. I was getting ready to travel, so I packed my Rudy Rydon Sunglasses. I took them running, on the beach, and site seeing.

  

They performed beautifully. I’ve had other sunglasses that were a cheaper brand that didn’t allow me to see the colors correctly. I remember being in Aruba telling my husband to look at the red shirt when it wasn’t red at all! I realized then that cheap doesn’t always mean good quality. I didn’t have that problem with my Rudy Rydon sunglasses! The colors were sharp and they kept the suns glare out of my eyes. I didn’t have to take them off in order to do anything. It was like they weren’t there.

The adjustable temples of the Rudy Rydon sunglasses allowed them to custom fit my face. Most sunglasses have stiff temples that don’t allow you to adjust them. For people who also wear prescription glasses, Rudy Project offers RX-able lenses or an optical adapter. There’s no reason sun protection needs to compromise your vision.

On the Rudy Project webpage, you can search by sport. This makes it easy to pick the frames and lenses that will specifically help you in your desired sports activity. I’ve learned so much from looking at these pages. For example, the green lenses are best for golf. I thought the color choices were based on what you liked, I didn’t realize they had a functional purpose. Rudy makes picking the right lenses easy.

The documentary Godspeed: Race Across America hits theaters May 22. Make sure to watch it. You can read my movie review here.

Big Bunny 5K 2018 in Cupertino

The Big Bunny 5K was loads of fun. It was my first year doing it. I love themed races, and I wasn’t going to miss out on dressing up as a bunny. My outfit included a bunny shirt from Gone for a Run, FlipBelt Crops, Zensah leg sleeves, BibBoards, and Brooks sneakers.

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Expo

The expo was small with some local companies present. It included a local yoga studio, other local races, and informational booth with kids programs.

Swag

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I picked up my swag on race day. The line was very long. They did have a system in place, but they really needed more people helping out. The shirt was a dark blue with a pocket painted on the shirt. I have to say it was one of the worst race shirts I’ve gotten. This race did include a finishers medal and age group medals. There was a kids race on a smaller course, which was very cute.

Course

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The course was all through residential streets. They did not close fully those streets and we had to on a couple of occasions tell drivers to turn around. It’s amazing how stubborn people can be. The entire course was flat and some of the homeowners came out to cheer the runners on and wish them a Happy Easter.

Aid Stations

There was one water station along the way, which was plenty for such a short distance. There were some portapotties at the beginning of the race and none throughout the course.

Atmosphere

It was a family-friendly event. There were many mom, dad, kids, and grandparents running or walking together. There were raffle prizes at the end. The firefighters were there and encouraged runners as they made their way to the finish line.

Post-race

After the race, there was plenty of green areas for people to sit and recover and wait for the raffle prizes to be called. Kids had some toss games to play with and plenty of space to run around and enjoy the day.

A definite repeat for next year.

Movie Review: Godspeed: Race Across America

Disclaimer: I received a preview of the movie Godspeed 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!

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The movie Godspeed: The Race Across America is a documentary of the journey of two cyclists: Brad Cooper and Jerry Schemmel as they face one of the toughest challenges in their lives, cycling across the U.S. The race benefited the creation of an orphanage in Haiti for special need children. This movie hits theaters May 22.

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Christian Themes

If the title of the movie didn’t give you a hint, there are Christian themes present in the movie. There were times where the cyclists were exhausted to the extreme and their crew prayed with them. It’s that faith in a greater power that gets us through the impossible.

Friendship

This was a two-man race. They trusted in one another and knew that each member had something valuable to contribute. There were times where Brad and Jerry disagreed with one another but didn’t fight about it, instead, they trusted that the other had both of their interests at heart and would make the right decision. It’s not worth it to fight and lose a friendship during stressful times.

Determination

Can you imagine cycling 3,000 Miles? I can’t. It takes some serious determination and grit to get you through to the end. Physical and mental exhaustion were present as they did not have an 8 hour night ever during the race and one point Brad even hallucinates. It was during these very hard times that the cyclists surrendered to their faith and trusted that God would guide them through.

Trusting in Others

I was surprised to see how many people they had in their support crew. Each cyclist had a group of people that were working on logistics, medical, mechanics, coordinating stops, snacks, and more. It was heartwarming to see some of their children in the crew, not only cheering them on but helping them accomplish their goal. It was evident that if time allowed, Jerry would have probably wanted to be more involved in the smaller details of the trip, but with how exhausting the ride, putting nearly 200 miles each a day, they had to trust that their teams were on track and they were working to help them get to the finish line. The crew did make some mistakes, but the demeanor of the cyclists was amazing. They just accepted it and focused on how to resolve the problem.

Truly an inspirational movie that is family friendly.

First Impressions: New FlipBelt Crops

Disclaimer: I received FlipBelt Crops 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! All opinions are my own.

You might be familiar with the FlipBelt. It is a belt used to store items while you run, bike, exercise. I own one of the original FlipBelts and I can tell you that I was not of a fan of it. However, the FlipBelt Crops are completely different.

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These crops are not compression pants, which for me is a plus. I’m not a fan of having super tight pants on because then I’m focusing on how uncomfortable I am instead of on my race performance.

I was worried about how long they were because the weather for race day was going to be 80 F. I thought for sure I would overheat and have to stop, but I was so wrong. Thes material is one of the best features of these pants. Not only are they soft and stretchy, they are also moisture wicking, a feature that as a new runner has learned is very important, especially on long runs.

Length

When I put them on, I noticed that they were long on me. I’m only 5’4″ and they are longer than crops would be on me and the fit at an inch about my ankle. A little long, but not something a little tailoring won’t fix. For now, I’m leaving them long, because I’m liking the long pants look to them.

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Pockets

The belt pockets are attached to the crops and are not a separate piece. The front has a keychain plastic hook where you can clip your keys to. I have an iPhone 7 and it fit just fine in the front pocket. Their front pockets are long and stretchable so you can fit snacks, money, keys, and much more. The back of the crops has a zipped pocket.

At the end of the race when I was done taking my medal photos, I wanted to put away my medal, because it was too heavy for me to continue hanging around my neck. I remembered that I had a back pocket. To my surprise the medal not only fit, but it wasn’t weighing the back of pants down. I could feel that I had something there, but it was not bothering me.

I wore the FlipBelt Crops to run a 5K. The crops and the items inside my pockets stayed in place. I was never worried about losing or dropping something.

Versatility

In addition to running, I also travel a lot. I have an upcoming trip where I am planning on taking these crops with me. In a foreign country, I try to not carry a big purse and be as minimalistic as I can be. With the FlipBelt Crops I will be able to put my ID, money, credit cards, and phone, and still, have room to spare. I would say that these crops are not limited to just running, they can be used in a variety of situations from running errands, playing sports, and travel.

Want to try them out? Promo code BIBRAVE saves you 25% off FlipBelt Crops.

 

Food Truck 5K Weekend

Disclaimer: I received free entry to SV Half 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!

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While the race weekend is called Silicon Valley Half, it’s not just a half, there will be other distances as well, like a 5K and a 10K. It will be a weekend of epic fun, here’s the schedule:

Saturday: April 14th, 2018

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: 5k Packet Pickup
  • 2:30 – 7:30pm: 10k/Half Marathon Packet Pickup
  • 3:00pm: Food Truck 5k Start
  • 3:30pm – 7:30pm: Local Live Music & Local Food Trucks
  • 4:15pm: Silicon Valley Kids Run
  • 6:00pm: Sunset Yoga
  • 7:30pm: Food Truck Music Festival Ends

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

  • 6:30am – 7:45am: Gear Check open for 10k/Half Marathoners
  • 8:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Start
  • 8:00am – 1:00pm: Post-Race Festival Open
  • 10:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 1:00pm: Post-Race Festival Ends

Some of my personal favorite events include the Sunset Yoga on Saturday and of course, the live music and food trucks! I love having a variety of food choices right there after the race. I somehow always manage to be starving after a run.

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Can’t make it on race day? No, problem. There’s a virtual option. In fact, while my BibRavePro partner Catherine runs the Half on Sunday, I’ll be running it virtually. You can even use the promo code for the virtual race. Promo code BIBRAVE gives you 10% off.

What kind of race swag will you get if you run?

Half Marathoners Receive:

  • Custom designed Runner’s Bag (pictured below)
  • Quarter zip long sleeve tech shirt
  • Finisher medal

10k & 5k  Runners Receive:

  • Long sleeve tech shirt
  • Finisher medal

 

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