Not Just For Running

Disclaimer: I received some Buff products 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!

I’m always seeking my next adventure. This time, it was a family cruise to Mexico. We decided to do something new. We would rent ATV’s and go on a tour of the town. It was very hot and humid. I last minute changed my mind and decided to ride a double with Jim, instead of driving my own. I have driven an ATV before. I thought it would be easier for us to chat along the way.

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We got instructions on how to drive the ATV’s. Even though we were in a large group of people, there was a guide for every two smaller groups or so. We were handed helmets goggles and handkerchiefs. I had already planned ahead and had a Buff for each of us. I knew that the lightweight material would be better for this sort of excursion than a normal bandana. Buff’s are made to be breathable, multi-functional, moisture wicking, and fast drying.

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Austin drove his own ATV. He was in the front of the line and had no problem keeping up. _MG_4500

Our tour took us through town and out onto dirt roads up and down hills. We first used our Buffs to keep the sun off our necks and then to cover our mouth from the dirt and exhaust from the ATV’s in front of us.

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After about 40 minutes, we arrived at the top of a mountain where there were restrooms and a restaurant where we ordered lunch. It was a much-needed break. I didn’t bring my swimsuit with me and there was a nice little pool at the restaurant location. I could have had a swim while waiting for my meal. I at least got to put my feet in the cool water, which felt amazing. After lunch, we were given a tequila tasting. I guess Mexicans don’t follow the concept of drinking and driving. At least we didn’t get large amounts of alcohol, just enough to taste the various flavors of tequila that they had for sale. Then we hopped back on our ATV’s and went back down the dirt paths back to where we started.

After the tour was over, we returned our helmets and goggles. I then switched my Buff from my neck to hold back my unruly hair.

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A Buff at Sea

Disclaimer: I received a Buff 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!

Many of you are probably already familiar with Buff’s for doing sports like running or cycling, but did you know that there are many other types and uses for a Buff? I recently received a Merino Wool Infinity Scarf. I love how it is lightweight and yet, provides that extra layer of warmth. I went on a family cruise. While leaving the port of Long Beach, California, I got chilled. I remembered I had packed my Merino Wool Infitiy Scarf, so I looked for it and put it on. It was exactly the amount of warmth that I needed.

I also like the colors on it. I love tye-dye. It has a little bit of a tye-dye on it. I can loop it around my neck once or twice and I can wear it to work or play. Lots of possibilities with this scarf.

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.

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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A Weekend of Racing Fun With SV Half

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the SV Half 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 called the Silicon Valley Half, but it’s not just a half marathon, it’s a 10K, 5K, and a weekend full of fun activities. The event takes place April 14-15, 2018.

Use Discount Code: BIBRAVE for 10% off

Do you like getting medals?

The SV Half allows you to earn up to 3 medals in one weekend! 
1️⃣ Saturday, Food Truck 5k
2️⃣ Sunday, 10k Run/Wak
3️⃣ Sunday, Half Marathon
4️⃣ Bonus Medal for running both Saturday and Sunday

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Half Marathoners also receive a runner’s bag.

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