San Francisco Giant Race (Half, 10K, 5K, & Kids)

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to the SF Giant 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.

The San Francisco Giant Race will be held on September 9, 2018.

Promo code:

RACESF2018 gets you $10 off half, 10K or 5K.

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I’ll be running the 5K if you want to give me a shout out when you see me. I’ll be wearing my bright orange BibRave shirt.

  • This is a super family friendly race with lots of distances, including a Kids/Family Relay.
  • Virtual races available. Run/ walk on your own schedule.
  • Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Swag includes shirt, finishers medal, & a Bruce Bochy bobblehead!
  • Scenic route along the water.
  • The flattest course in San Francisco.

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Come and join the fun!

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Product Review: Karma Rings

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Disclaimer: I received Karma 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.

If you do running or other sports, you’ve probably seen someone wearing a plastic ring and wondered what that was about. I take off my wedding ring to run. For one thing, my hands swell when I run and then I can’t get my wedding ring off my finger.

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After trying Karma rings for myself, I have some feedback for you.

  1. It’s an interchangeable ring. In my set the base color was white and then I had 3 different color bands that I could swap on the base ring.
  2. I liked that I didn’t have to worry about where to put my valuable wedding ring. I could put my hands in anything and wasn’t concerned with it slipping off my finger or getting dirty since I could easily rinse it off.
  3. These rings are versatile. You could use each color band to represent an achievement in either your personal or your sport of choice. Let’s say you are training to do a full marathon. You probably worked out a training plan to get you there. You probably started running 5K’s, then 10K’s, etc. until you were able to run a full marathon. Each color band could in this example represent one of those levels of achievement.
  4. Karma rings are not heavy and it didn’t bother me. If a ring or bracelet bothers me, that’s all I’ll focus on and it will drive me crazy. Not with Karma rings. I would put on my Karma ring and forget I had it on.
  5. I liked the nice tin case the rings come in. It makes them look fancy, which makes a good gift container.

 

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Blacklight Run San Jose 2018

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!

A blacklight race is when you run through color stations, similar to a color run, and get powder thrown on you. This race is at night and has blacklight lamps along the race so you can see the colors light-up.

The entrance fee included: a t-shirt, a sticker, and a race number. The race wasn’t chipped or timed, so the race number was just an accessory.

This was my first blacklight run. When we arrived there was a DJ playing music and pumping up the crowd. He was throwing color packs and other small prizes to the crowd.

Once we were told to the line-up, I waited for the race to start for at least 30 minutes. I took that time to look around at how much paint other people already had on, and their outfits. The race trail took us on uneven dirt paths. Once it got dark, there was no light to guide the way. Experience racers had headlamps and glow in the dark lights on. I didn’t have any of that on. I struggled to see where I was stepping and at times where I needed to turn to continue on the path.

The powder stations had a lot of powder and were happy to throw some extra powder your way if you told them. I went through two of the color stations twice in order to get more powder on me, and that wasn’t a problem. Do close your mouth as you run through. Many people made the mistake of talking or laughing and consequently ended up with a mouthful of colored powder. Yikes!

  

The blacklight lamps were neat. They were often crowded as everyone wants to get there picture taken there.

There was no medal at the end. Our bib had a tear-off coupon for an extra colored powder pack that I didn’t claim. I figured I had already gotten my fair share of powder for the day.

I used a Buff to first hold my hair back and later to keep the powder out of my mouth.

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.

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.