No More Pins With BibBoards

Disclaimer: I received BibBoards 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! All opinions are my own.

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If you’re a runner, you’re very familiar with using safety pins to attach your bib to your shirt for a race. You also probably know that using pins means getting poked and puncturing multiple holes in your race shirt. I’ve tried other alternatives to pins, like magnets, and they just were too heavy and were a pain to put on correctly and to take off.

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BibBoards makes it so much easier. They are made of plastic. I originally thought that it was too light to do much, but I was wrong. I recently tested them out on a 5K race with my husband. We were both wearing BibBoards. His had a 13.1 on it because we’re doing the runDisney Dark Side Half Marathon in April and mine say I love to Run. They have other designs to choose from and you can even customize your own design. So, if you have a run group or something similar and want to have your own custom BibBoards made, you can! I’ve been authorized to share with you promo code #BibChat” for 20% off.

Check out my YouTube video below were Jim explains some tips on wearing BibBoards and what we learned from trying them out.

Bay Area Running Streakers

During my New Year’s Eve race in Fremont, I noticed that one of the racers had the word “streaker” printed on her bib. I asked her about it and then spent the next 20 minutes talking about it.

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Brazen Racing has something that I think is unique. Runners that completes all the Brazen Racing races for the calendar year is named a streaker. This person gets a special number, a special t-shirt with the number, a framed case for all the medals won in the year and a special ceremony. The number the streaker is assigned is not given out again to another runner. Even if the runner only “streaks” for one year, they get to keep their number forever.

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What’s the challenge?

  • Well, Brazen Racing has 27 races scheduled for 2018. That’s a little over 2 races a month. In order to streak, you have to participate in all 27 races. This would be a show stopper for me. I travel a lot and I also participate in other races like Hot Chocolate, Rock N Roll, and runDisney, to name a few. Running just Brazen races would severely limit my racing calendar to just local races, which is fine for some people, but not for me.
  • You can choose what distance you want to do. If you’re not ready for half or full marathons, that’s fine, just do the distance that meets your strengths and goals.
  • All races are trail races and the elevation gain is significant in some of the races. If you’re not willing to do hilly runs, you’ll have a hard time getting to streak.

So, what do you think? Are you a streaker in the making?

How to Keep Your Sports Watch Clean

Disclaimer: I received Sweat X Sport 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!”

Some workout/ sports gear you can’t throw into the washer. It’s not easy to get the smell off of helmets, gloves, shin pads, etc.

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My FitBit Blaze is something I love and I use on all my workouts. It’s something that’s always on my wrist and does get sweaty as I run. I can’t throw my watch band in the washer, instead, I tried spraying it with Sweat X Sport Odor Eliminator.

This is what I did: I put a small towel down. I took off the center part of the watch so that I could focus on just the watch band. I sprayed the band a few times both on top and on the bottom. I used a cloth to wipe it down and my watch was smelling fresh and clean again.

 

Want to try Sweat X Sport products? Go to https://sweatxsport.com/shop and use promo code BibRave15″ for 15% off your purchase.

 

 

Hot Chocolate 15K San Francisco 2018 Review

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 15K 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!”

What a great day! I can see how Hot Chocolate races are so popular. They’re so much fun!

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If you’ve traveled to San Francisco before you know that traffic and parking are a problem. I purchase a shuttle and parking pass ahead of time online. It was perfect. When I arrived at the parking lot I quickly found a parking spot. The shuttle service was fast. I didn’t have to wait a long time in line to get in a shuttle and the same was true for coming back to the car.

I was able to meet up with Christine and Stephanie, both are fellow BibRave Pros. Christine flew in for the race from Washington and Stephanie was one of the pacers. Christine and I were in different corrals, so we were only able to chat before the race.

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The weather was good. It was 48 degrees F in January, cloudy, with no rain. I didn’t do sweat check because I didn’t need to this time. The bib had a tear-off part on the top for sweat check.

I always invite my followers to Run with Me. Today I got to meet Bertha who was doing the 5K. It’s nice when you meet your friends in person, not just online.

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There was music at the entrance of the race. The announcer was actually quite funny. I enjoyed listening to him as I moved forward in my corral.

There were a lot of portapotties available strategically placed throughout the race.

The aid stations were awesome. There were plenty of volunteers with Nuun and water in hand to give out. Some stations had chocolate chips and even marshmallows.

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The views along the course were amazing. Golden Gate Park is so beautiful! The course even led us by the ocean and pass some buffalos. Surfers were trying to get past us on their way to catch waves.

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At the finish line, we were handed our medal with a special San Francisco keychain.

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I then headed over to find where to get my finisher’s mug. The bottom of the bib had a tear-off for the finisher’s mug. It included a lot of yummy goodies: hot chocolate, dipping chocolate, pretzels, biscotti cookies, rice crispies, and a banana. Once we were done with our finishers mug, we went back to catch the shuttle and quickly made it back to the parking lot to pick up our car.

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It was a great experience and I hope to do this race again.

Once home, I went online to Athlinks where I claimed my results for this race. Athlinks does a good job of keeping all my stats in one place. Once you’ve done several races, it’s hard to keep track of all the results. Athlinks makes that easy and you can also keep track of the results of your friends and loved ones.

 

Run the HC15KSF and Help Make a Wish Come True

Disclaimer: I received free entry to HC15KSF 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!

As of today, there are only 8 days left until the Hot Chocolate 15K in San Francisco. There is still time to register for the race. Keep in mind that the race benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. You can both have an impact on a child’s life and start the New Year with healthy exercise habits.

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Click here to register. Use code”BRHCSF18″ for a bonus HC Cap!

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Prepping for the Sedona Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Sedona Marathon 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!

As of today, there are 36 days, 15 hours, 7 minutes and 10 seconds left for the Sedona Marathon. How do I know this? Simple. I downloaded the Race Joy app. It has a built-in Race Countdown.

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It looks like the Race Joy app allows you to track the progress of other participants and send them both generic and custom cheers. I look forward to testing these features out on race day and cheer on my fellow BibRave Pros.

In preparation for the Sedona Marathon, I jumped onto Athlinks and added my name to the start list. It’s a really cool feature that allows you to check out other runners who will be running the same race and you can totally scout out your competition!

I booked the airline tickets, hotel, and car. Jim and I are flying to Phoenix, renting a car and driving to Sedona.

I chose a pet-friendly hotel in Sedona since I’ll be taking my new doggie with me. tempNo, she won’t be running, but she’ll give me emotional support before and after the race. Besides, she’s a chihuahua, they don’t run anyway.

I also started to look at what my sightseeing options are in Sedona. I found a website called Visit Sedona, which seems to have a lot of good information. I’ve heard that the area of Sedona is known for having Vortex’s similar to those in other parts of the world like in Macchu Picchu and Stonehenge. I’ve been to both of those places already so it will be interesting to see if I feel anything different there. Of course, Sedona looks like a natural beauty, so I’m excited to get out there and take lots of photos.

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I always invite my followers to run with me. If you run in a race that I’m in, feel free to approach me and say hi. I love meeting my followers in person.

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If you haven’t registered for the Sedona Marathon yet, hurry! Prices increase on January 2, 2018. Use code 18BibRave” for 20% off.

Sedona Marathon Here I Come

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Sedona Marathon 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!”

Sedona is one of those places that I’ve heard is so beautiful that I wanted to visit it one day. The red rock mountains in Sedona are just breathtaking.

When I was told of the opportunity to run it as a BibRave Pro, I jumped on the opportunity. I signed up to do the 10K. I have other BibRave Pros joining me for the marathon weekend, so I’m looking forward to meeting them and cheering them on.

Use code 18BibRave” for 20% off.

For the cost of registration, you get a t-shirt, medal, and Cliff Bar products at each of the aid stations.

I love technology. I was excited to hear that the Sedona Marathon uses a free app called Race Joy. It allows you to track yourself and other runners on the course and send either custom or generic cheers. Another feature is that it alerts you when the runner you are tracking is close by, so you can get ready for to take that perfect running photo.

I’ll be using the built-in race countdown to keep track of how many days I have until the race and to plan my daily workouts.

Join me in Sedona on February 3, 2018. I’ll be wearing my bright orange BibRave Pro shirt. Make sure to say hi.