5 Reasons You Should Wear a ROADiD

Disclaimer: I received an ROADiD Sidekick & Kids iD 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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According to a 2016 Runner’s World Magazine survey, 56% of American runners prefer to run alone. I’m one of them. It’s not that I don’t like the company — cause I really do! — it’s just easier for me to run alone. I get out of bed, don’t have to drive anywhere, then quickly get back home in time to get my son ready for school and myself ready for work. But running alone has its downfalls, like what if I were to actually fall? If a runner falls while on the run and no one sees it, did it really happen? Um, yeah it really happens and it’s a scary thought. This is why I opted-in as a BibRave Pro to test out the ROADiD Sidekick iD for my Garmin feñix 5S.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should wear a ROADiD.

1️⃣ ID that’s always on you:

This is a biggie for me. I run with a hydration vest because I love to carry all of my gear with me: phone, sunscreen, whistle, water, fuel, keys, a small hand towel but one thing I rarely ever carry is my identification. IDK exactly why I don’t carry my iD with me but once I started writing this blog post, I figured it out. I don’t like digging into my wallet before each run to pull it out then remember to put it back when I get back. Hence the ease of the Sidekick iD. Since I wear my Garmin watch daily, it’s a no brainer to have a Sidekick iD. My iD is always with me.

2️⃣ Contact info that is easily visible:

I position my ROADiD on the interior of my wrist. That serves two purposes: 1. it’s easily visible to a bystander or EMT or another runner. I had fellow runner ask me about because they noticed it! There is 6 lines of copy you can include on your ROADiD Sidekick iD. That was enough space for me to include my name, year of birth, the city I currently live in, two contact names and phone numbers and my personal mantra. 2. Easily visible to myself so I can read my mantra.

3️⃣ My mantra is always with me:

(^‿^) FIND JOY ALWAYS. this is my mantra and it’s not even running related. Sometimes I forget it (I have WAY too much on my mind) and I know having a visual reminder is best for a visual person like myself. The cool thing about the ROADiD Sidekick iD is that you have 6 lines of copy space. Since I don’t have any medical information to include on my iD, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to write out a mantra. I was happy to know that ROADiD was able to include my kawaii emoji face too!

The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.

The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.

4️⃣ It looks good with my Garmin:

I love it when accessories match. One of the biggest reasons I even opted-in for the ROADiD Sidekick iD is purely a vain one, they had a rose gold option. I’m obsessed with my Garmin feñix 5S. It’s an expensive watch. I rarely ever take it off because it’s so much more than just a running watch, it’s a fashion statement too. So, in order for me to add ANYTHING to my watch, it had to match. I’m pleased that the rose gold Sidekick iD rose gold tones match very well to the Garmin rose gold tones. It’s very pretty. One missed opportunity though is that I wish ROADiD could make the Sidekick for the Garmin and Fitbit to fit more like how it fits on the Apple watch. IE: no bungee adapter. The bungee adds extra bulk. Also, I noticed that the bungee would get soaking wet if I washed my hands too vigorously or during a major sweat sesh run. I recommend alternating between the 2 bungees you get with your Sidekick iD. This ensures that one can dry out while the other holds your id to your wrist.

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5️⃣ Excellent for kids:

I was lucky enough to also test out the Kids iD. I got the Sandcastle color for my son. There was enough room for 5 lines of type which I was able to include his name, year of birth, two contact phone numbers and names and his own personal mantra: Be Awesome Today. He loved it so much that he thought his younger cousin would also like one. I purchased her the same colored band with her own emergency contact info and kept the same mantra. It’s hard for kids to remember phone numbers and not kids carry their own cell phone around. I like how easy it is for a child to point to their Kids iD when alerting an adult on how to reach their emergency contacts.


Get one for yourself

I only opt-in for products that I feel I have a strong connection to, that I believe in and that I trust. I really love ROADiD products. They impressed me with their quality and excellent communication throughout the entire purchasing process. If you’d like to purchase one for yourself, please follow this link for 20% off: https://road.id/BibRave.

Knockaround Sunglasses: The Fun Pair

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround 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.

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It’s obvious according to my blogs that I’m a big fan of Knockaround sunglasses (see my previous blog posts below.) Their sunnies are the best. Why? They are made well, pretty much all frames cost under $30 and their styles are cute as all heck. When BibRave asked the pros a month ago who wants to opt-in to test a Run-pair and Fun-pair of Knockaround I jumped up and down for the opportunity. But before you get all confused about what is considered a Run-pair and what is a Fun-pair, I’ll let you in on a little secret. ALL of their sunglasses are suitable for Run or for Fun! Yeah, even their new Seventy Nines style. Although the Seventy Nines are durable, I mostly wore them during fun activities. Their gold accents and blocky thick frames was the modern yet retro look I wanted to wear during fun outings.


Seventy Nines are Tough and Stylish

When asked to choose a Fun-pair of sunglasses, I immediately wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something totally new. I love how Knockaround offers a wide variety of frame styles. Their Seventy Nines caught my eye because they looked fashion-forward yet had a vintage vibe to them. The gold hardware and details like the logo and rivet in the front, got my attention. Same with the gradient lenses. I love to wear that style while driving or being outdoors because of the easier viewability in the lower portion of the lens. According to the Knockaround website, Seventy Nines have durable 5-barrel hinges. That means they will last because I don’t have to budget to purchase new sunglasses every year. The frame are smaller than what I’d like because I have such a wide face. They recommend this frame style to small to medium-sized faces. Still, I feel they looked nice on me. The color I tested was the Beverly Peach. The soft warm color is flattering with my skin tone. Their blocky frames are super fun. I got many compliments while wearing these frames.

Here are some key features:

  • Beverly peach frames

  • Amber gradient lenses, polarized option available

  • Gold hardware

  • UV400 protection

  • FDA approved, impact resistant lenses with laser etch logo

  • Protective pouch included

  • Lens Width: 45 mm

  • Lens Height: 38 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 146 mm

  • $25

  • Seventy Nines come in 10 other colors too!

Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.

Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.


Run? Fun? Both!

I’ll be honest. The campaign for Knockaround was to find a pair of their sunglasses suitable for Run and another for Fun but you can’t. ALL of their frames, even the stylish ones, are a good choice for running or outdoor strength training. If you are curious to try a pair out for yourself then go to Knockaround.com to check out.

Knockaround Sunglasses: The Run Pair

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround 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.

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If you’ve been following my blogs you’d notice that I’m a big fan of Knockaround sunglasses (see my previous blog posts below.) Their sunnies are the best. Why? They are made well, pretty much all frames cost under $30 and their styles are cute as all heck. When BibRave asked the pros a month ago who wants to opt-in to test a Run-pair and Fun-pair of Knockaround I jumped up and down for the opportunity. But before you get all confused about what is considered a Run-pair and what is a Fun-pair, I’ll let you in on a little secret. ALL of their sunglasses are suitable for Run or for Fun! Yeah, even their Mile High aviators. This is exactly why I wanted to test out their Mile High’s during my running activities. I wanted to really put their metal frames to the test when it comes to being active. And their Mile Highs did not let me down.


Mile High Aviators are Tough and Stylish

When you think of aviator sunglasses do you think military? Top Gun? Badassness? Trendy? Maybe you don’t think running. I love the style of aviators because of their military background and I wanted to feel and look badass when running. Also, I like how typical aviator lenses are HUGE so that means major sun blockage. According to Wikipedia, aviators are characterised by dark, often reflective lenses having an area two or three times of area of the eyeball, and have very thin metal frames with a double or triple bridge. They say the design attempts to cover the entire range of the human eye to prevent as much light as possible from entering the eye from any angle. This is probably why pilots wear them. So why can’t a runner wear them? Knockaround’s version of the aviator is the Mile High or the Mount Evans. I opted in to test the Mile High in Rose Gold and Copper. Here are some Mile High specs:

Here are some key features:

  • Rose gold metal frame

  • Tortoise shell rubber detailing

  • Polarized copper lenses

  • Full UV400 protection

  • FDA approved impact resistant lenses

  • Lens Width: 58 mm

  • Lens Height: 54 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 21 mm

  • Arm Length: 132 mm

  • $30

  • Mile High’s come in 8 other colors too!


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Durable, Cute & Willing to Go the Distance

The Knockaround website doesn’t exactly say the Mile Highs are ment for running. Still, I knew these would be my Run-pair to test. Typically, I never see any runners wear metal framed glasses while running and I wasn’t sure why. For the past month, I wore my Mile Highs during most training runs and during one 4th of July 4 mile race. During every run they stayed on my face, never bounced, completely blocked the sun, made me look 100% like a badass. And then, while wearing them during the 4th of July 4 miler race with Arizona Road Racers, I PR’ed the course! The last time I ran the course this fast was in 2015 and I was 4 years YOUNGER! This was a huge confidence boost for me. Was it the Mile High’s? I wouldn’t doubt it. I know those sunnies are magical.

Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!

Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!


Run? Fun? Both!

I’ll be honest. The campaign for Knockaround was to find a pair of their sunglasses suitable for Run and another for Fun but you can’t. ALL of their frames, even the metal ones, are a good choice for running or outdoor strength training. Check out my slideshow below of all the fun places I took the Mile High’s with me. If you are curious to try a pair out for yourself then go to Knockaround.com and apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS2 for 20% OFF your entire order. Limited to one use per user and the coupon is valid until tomorrow on 7/15.

Science in Sport Go Energy Gel Review and a Giveaway!

"Disclaimer: I received SiS isotonic gels 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!"

Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.

Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.

On the run fuel is super important for every runner. There are so many brands on the market, so finding one that you like could get difficult. Just recently through BibRave and as a BibRave Pro, I’ve been testing isotonic gels by Science in Sport. These gels are a quality product and I actually enjoy consuming them. I tested out 4 different flavors (Espresso, Apple, Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint) so I’ll give you my top 4 reasons why I recommend SIS.


Fun with fuel. Salted Strawberry + Electrolytes by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Salted Strawberry + Electrolytes by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

1️⃣ It has less than one gram of sugar per serving.

I try not to consume extra sugar, but I get that as a runner I need the carbs to get me through some serious runs. SIS has approximately 22 grams of carbs per serving but only one gram of that is sugar! IDK how they did that, but I like the fact that I'm not consuming extra sugar for the sake of getting carbs.


Fun with fuel. Apple by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Apple by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

2️⃣ You don’t need water.

The size of each gel pack is 2oz. Some would say that is huge because other brands are about half that size. I get it, 1oz extra of something to carry or consume could be annoying, but SIS is that size for a reason. The consistency of SIS is smooth, light and slightly liquidy, meaning you don't need water to consume it, like how you need water with other brands. On the 4th of July, I raced a 4 miler and I ate SIS 15 minutes before gun time. I really like the fact how I could just eat SIS and not choke. I was able to eat it without water and that’s a good thing especially when you are at a start line for a race.


Fun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

3️⃣ So many electrolytes packed in one small package.

Two of the flavors I tested were specifically made with extra electrolytes: Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint. Each of these flavors are part of the SIS GO Energy + Electrolyte Gel line. According to SIS, electrolytes including sodium, potassium and magnesium are lost through sweat and need to be replaced in order to help the body maintain fluid balance, alongside an appropriate fluid intake. Each of these 2oz gels have 118mg sodium, 9.5mg potassium and 1.5mg magnesium per gel. I consumed one gel about an hour before my 4th of the July 4 miler race and another 15 minutes prior to gun time and I know that it was the SIS gels that helped me PR my time on this course! I haven’t beaten that time in 4 years!


Fun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

4️⃣Huge caffeine kick

The buzz from the Espresso with caffeine is real! I was bouncing off the walls 20 minutes after eating. This was the jolt I needed for my 3 mile morning speed sesh run. Since the caffeine is is incredibly intense, I recommend consuming this for morning runs. I did take one in the evening as a test and I ended up staying up to late. There is 150mg of caffeine in the Espresso flavor which is about 55mg more caffeine than in an 8oz cup of coffee. Oh, and here’s a tip I discovered! Try chilling the Espresso flavor. When I first tested the flavor, I ate it at room temp. That reminded me of drinking a room temp day old coffee. Not the taste I wanted. The next time, I chilled it in the fridge overnight. Boom! It was like having an iced coffee. So, I recommend eating this flavor during prior to your runs, so you have the opportunity to chill it beforehand.


Win some for yourself

Yep, I’m giving away a free 6-pack of gels to two of my Instagram followers. Please head over to my IG post and tag a fellow runner that you’d like to try SIS with, because testing products is much better with friends! If you don’t win, that’s ok. BibRave and SIS are offering a discount code on future purchases. Apply code TRYSIS25 for 25% off all products excluding sale items. Check out Science in Sport products and let me know which one you’d like to try.

If you’d like to read what other BibRavePro’s have to say about Science in Sport, check out their reviews at the links below:
https://funsizeathlete.com/2019/07/09/bibrave-product-review-and-giveaway-science-in-sport-isotonic-gels/
http://fitnewtonblog.com/review-science-in-sport-isotonic-gels/
https://kenstandsonthings.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/product-giveaway-science-in-sport-gels/
https://runbeckyrun.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/giveaway-science-in-sport-isotonic-energy-gels-six-pack/
http://ampdwellness.crazyhamster.run/sis-energy-pure-and-simple-fuel-and-you-can-get-yours-free/
http://runcanvas.com/2019/07/08/science-in-sport-sis-energy-gels-product-review-and-giveaway/

Electrolyte Drink with Zero Carbs, Sugar & Calories

Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.

Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher 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.

Do you sweat a ton? I do. I’m not embarrassed about it. Actually, I like sweating because it feels fantastic. What I don’t like is the crashed feeling I get 4 hours after a sweat sesh. My electrolytes are depleted and I end up getting a headache and I want to nap. I found that energy drinks help in my crash, but the extra calories and sugar from the big brands really get me down. This is where Ultima Replenisher comes into play. As a BibRave Pro, I get to test out a variety of running products and fuel products. I jumped on the opportunity to test out Ultima Replenisher because it’s a sugar-free and carb-free way to get electrolytes back in the body after a serious sweat sesh. I’ll explain what Ultima is, the flavors they offer, how to drink it to get the most benefit and Ultima recipe hacks! At the very end is a discount code, so please don’t miss out on that.


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More than a typical energy drink

Think of Ultima Replenisher as an energy drink but better for the body. There are tons of pre-activity, during-activity and post-activity drinks on the market. They basically all do the same thing: replenish your body with electrolytes and minerals lost from working out and sweating. The thing that sets Ultima apart from the rest is that it is natural (nothing artificial is in it, even the coloring), has zero calories-sugar-carbs and has 6 of the body’s most needed electrolytes and support minerals. Ultima is also 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, paleo and keto-friendly! This is huge because many people I know are following these types of eating lifestyles and finding products that fit within is difficult.

Replacing lost minerals and electrolytes after an activity and building them up before an activity is important to feeling good. Since I’ve been consuming Ultima before, during and after working out, I’ve noticed my headaches are gone. These are the ingredients that help combat that feeling of fatigue after a tough workout and the first six minerals are the ones that make up the electrolyte spectrum:
✨ Chloride ✨ Calcium ✨ Sodium ✨ Magnesium ✨ Potassium ✨ Phosphorus ✨ Vitamin C ✨ Zinc ✨ Manganese

According to Ultimate Replenisher, electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They have an impact on how your muscles function and how much water you have in your body. In addition to their individual roles, electrolytes often work in harmony with vitamins and other minerals in the body to keep you feeling good and performing at your best. 


I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.

I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.

All the Flavors!

Ultima Replenisher has a flavor for you. Current flavors are:
💗🍋 Pink Lemonade 🍒❤️ Cherry Pomegranate 🍇 Grape 🍋 Lemonade 🍊 Orange 💗 Raspberry 🍓 Toddler Berry Punch

The only two flavors I didn’t test were the Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch. My absolute favorite flavor is the Lemonade! It taste like real lemons and isn’t that sweet. It has the perfect amount of tartness and it taste great cold, hot and mixed in smoothies. It’s so versatile! All other flavors were good, but the one I liked the least is the Grape. It was too sweet for my liking and kinda had a bitter taste. I only had 3 single serving packets of that flavor to test and I wasn’t able to try it in different ways or in recipes.


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When do you drink it?

That’s easy! Before, during and after your activities. According to Ultima Replenisher, proper hydration during an activity follows something similar to this: 1️⃣ 16oz of water + one serving (1/2 teaspoon) of Ulitma Replenisher 2 hours prior to activity. 2️⃣ 8oz of water 30 minutes prior to activity. 3️⃣ 4-6oz of water every 20 minutes during activity. 4️⃣16oz of water + one serving (1/2 teaspoon) of Ultima Replenisher after activities over 1 hour to replenish minerals lost during sweating. If you sweat a lot with activities that are under an hour, then use your discretion in taking the extra Ultima or not. I’ll run a hard 5k in 30 minutes and I’m always drenched after, so I will consume extra Ultima after only 30 minutes of strenuous activity.


Ultima Replenisher is Versatile!

If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts and following me on Pinterest, you’d know that I have been experimenting with Ultima Replenisher. You don’t have to only add it to cold water! I made a warm drink with the Lemonade flavor that I call Hot Lemon Bar. I’ve added it to my favorite smoothie recipe during blend mode and added Ultima in a pre-made smoothie. I’ve also added Ultima to yogurt! The possibilities are endless. Experiment a little and you might find a new way enjoy getting the electrolytes you need.


I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.

I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.

Curious to try Ultima?

If you are curious about adding more electrolytes to you day without extra sugar and calories, then apply ULBRAVE19 for 10% off when your order on Amazon: amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher.

Let me know what you think and if you have any recipe ideas you’d like to share!

Curious on what other BibRave Pros think? Read their reviews for a different POV.
➡️ https://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-ultimate-summer-hydration.html
➡️https://wanderingwonthanh.com/2019/05/28/ultima-replenisher-review/
➡️ https://get-fit-stay-fit-be-fit.com/2019/05/17/hydrating-for-summer-training-ultima-replenisher/
➡️https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-cure-for-hydration-blues.html
➡️jennarunsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/review-ultima-replenisher-discount-code-inside/
➡️ https://anotherhalfplease.com/2019/05/27/ultima-review/

ULTIMA REPLENISHER RECIPE: Raspberry Spinach Turmeric Smoothie

Ultima Replenisher isn’t just for water! You can add it to smoothies for a delicious new way to get in your electrolytes.

Ultima Replenisher isn’t just for water! You can add it to smoothies for a delicious new way to get in your electrolytes.

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher 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.

It’s been about a month and Ultima Replenisher is one of the most versatile food products I’ve tested as BibRave Pro. It’s not just for water! Sure, adding to water is the easiest way to get your electrolytes replenished from Ultima Replenisher but DYK you can add it to smoothies? Here is my favorite summer smoothie recipe.

All the Nutrients & no sugar

The versatility of Ultima Replenisher is fantastic. See my recipe for a Raspberry Spinach Turmeric Smoothie and enjoy getting electrolytes in a new way.

The versatility of Ultima Replenisher is fantastic. See my recipe for a Raspberry Spinach Turmeric Smoothie and enjoy getting electrolytes in a new way.

I love that Ultima Replenisher gives you so many nutrients without the added sugar. It’s carb-free and sugar-free! Here are some of the vitamins & minerals that I enjoy getting from Ultima:
✨ 100mg - vit C
✨ 65mg - calcium
✨ 100mg - magnesium
✨ 1mg - zinc
✨ 78mg - chloride
✨ 250mg - potassium
✨ 0 - calories
✨ 0 - carbs & sugars

Raspberry Spinach Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

I read from the Ultima Replenisher website that it can be added to hot or cold water. But, what else could it be added to? Don’t get me wrong, I love the ease of gulping down Ultima mixed in cold water but what about if I wanted to try it in a new way? Decided to try Ultima in one of my go-to smoothie recipes. Thrilled I wasn’t afraid to experiment! The raspberry adds a wonderful tartness to my smoothie and sweetens it up a bit without adding any sugar or carbs!

✅1 scoop (1/2 tsp) @GoUltima Raspberry flavor
✅1c unsweetened almond milk
✅1c frozen spinach
✅1/2 tsp ground turmeric
✅1 scoop of your fav vanilla flavored protein powder

😍🥤Blend & enjoy electrolytes the benefits of electrolytes as a smoothie!

But I already blended my smoothie and forgot to add Ultima, now what?

Made your smoothie but forgot to add Ultima Replenisher? No worries. Just stir it in post blend. Ultima Replenisher dissolves quickly in cold or hot substances. The Lemonade flavor added a delicious tart punch to my spinach turmeric smoothie.

Oops, forgot to blend in Ultima Replenisher. No biggie. Just stir it in post blend! This is a perfect hack when ordering pre-made smoothies! Try it!

Oops, forgot to blend in Ultima Replenisher. No biggie. Just stir it in post blend! This is a perfect hack when ordering pre-made smoothies! Try it!

What will you add Ulitma Replenisher to?

If you are curious about adding more electrolytes to you day without extra sugar and calories, then apply ULBRAVE19 for 10% off when your order on Amazon: amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher.

Let me know what you think and if you have any recipe ideas you’d like to share!

Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud and its 10 Storage Options

Disclaimer: I received a Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud 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 explain what all of those pockets are for on the Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud. Photo by Andrea Heser 2019 ©

I explain what all of those pockets are for on the Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud. Photo by Andrea Heser 2019 ©

You did it. You bought your first Orange Mud product and it’s the Gear Vest Pro! Smart decision. This pack will take you anywhere your heart imagines. I’ve been running trail races and doing all of my training runs exclusively in the Gear Vest Pro. It’s my new favorite because it’s lightweight, breathable, doesn’t bounce, has tons of storage and just look at that Coyote Brown color! You are finally ready to take it out on a run or ride, but first, what the heck are all of those pockets for?

1️⃣ Rear Cargo

This open ended storage pocket is perfect for items you need to get to quickly. It’s perfect for fuel, extra clothing and gear. Since the top is open and doesn’t have a zipper, I wouldn’t store valuable things here, just items you need quick access to. Cinching the shock cord helps keep items in this part of the pack more secure.

2️⃣ Hydration Bladder

The Orange Mud hydration bladder is one of the best I’ve used and tested. It’s soft, easy to fill and easy to drink from. The Gear Vest Pro can fit the 1L/35oz sized bladder in the back and gives you hydration that is good for about 1 to 1.5 hours of activity.

3️⃣ Shock Cord

If you need to carry lightweight outerwear like a windbreaker or light jacket, then store it in the shock cord area. This is a perfect spot for extra clothing or even a blanket.

4️⃣ Zippered Pocket with Key Clip

ID, cash, keys and anything valuable should be stored in the secure zippered pocket. This is the only pocket on the Gear Vest Pro that has a zipper. You can store a ton here although it would have been a good idea to have a zippered pocket on the front for easier accessibility. Still, this pocket is easy to access by sliding the vest off of one shoulder.

I explain what all of those pockets are for on the Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud. Photo by Andrea Heser 2019 ©

I explain what all of those pockets are for on the Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud. Photo by Andrea Heser 2019 ©

5️⃣& 6️⃣ Shoulder Pockets

The Gear Vest Pro has two large front shoulder pockets. The openings are stretchy and they are secured by hook and loop closure. They are secure enough for fuel, lip balm, sunscreen, wet wipes and other non-valuable items that you need quick access too. Keep you valuables in the back zippered pocket.

7️⃣& 8️⃣ Front Pockets

These huge front pockets are perfect for extra Orange Mud hydration flasks. They can even fit a standard 16oz water bottle. They do have a drawstring closure so you could store fuel, phone, tripod and even your keys. Be careful though, I did have my keys slip out while bending over to tie my shoe because I didn’t cinch the drawstring properly.

9️⃣& 1️⃣0️⃣ Trash Pockets

These are handy little front pockets that are primarily used to store trash from fuel. I found you could easily store lip balm, tissues and even tuck in the valve of the hydration bladder here.


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Ready to Run

Isn’t the Gear Vest Pro extremely versatile? If you already own one, good! If not, then apply promo code BIBRAVEGVPRO for 15% off ALL Orange Mud gear.

Ultima Replenisher Recipe: Hot Lemon Bar Drink

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher 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.

Ultima Replenisher comes in a variety of flavors including: Cherry Pomegranate, Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch.

Ultima Replenisher comes in a variety of flavors including: Cherry Pomegranate, Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch.

Summer is coming. Preparation is a must! The weather is going to be sticking in the triple-digits soon and that doesn’t mean I bunker down in my A/C controlled house for the rest of the summer and wait it out. I’ll still be running, doing other outdoor activities and taking to my son to swim team practice 4x a week. Since I’ll be out in the sun so much and sweating buckets, I’ll need my electrolytes replenished. I’m thankful that I was chosen to test out Ultima Replenisher as a BibRave Pro.


All the Nutrients & no sugar

Does sugar give you a little boost? It does for me too but then I come crashing down. I hate when that happens when I consume sugary drinks. I love that Ultima Replenisher gives you all the nutrients that give you a boost, but doesn’t have any sugar that would cause a crash. I'm getting some extra electrolytes, Here are some of the vitamins & minerals that I enjoy getting from Ultima:
✨ 0 - calories
✨ 0 - carbs & sugars
✨ 100mg - vit C
✨ 65mg - calcium
✨ 100mg - magnesium
✨ 1mg - zinc
✨ 78mg - chloride
✨ 250mg - potassium


Super excited to share my Hot Lemon Bar drink recipe with you that uses Ultima Replenisher!

Super excited to share my Hot Lemon Bar drink recipe with you that uses Ultima Replenisher!

Hot Lemon Bar Recipe

I read from the Ultima Replenisher website that it can be added to hot or cold water. Usually, my mornings consist of hot coffee & cream. It's the warmness that helps me wake up, not the caffeine. I also enjoy hot tea with cream. Decided to try Ultima this morning, hot with cream to see how'd I like it. Well, this might be my new routine because I'm getting some extra electrolytes, vitamins & minerals that I wouldn't get with coffee:

✅1 scoop @GoUltima Lemonade flavor
✅12oz hot water
✅2 tbsp heavy cream or your fav dairy or non dairy creamer

😍🍋☕️Stir, sip & enjoy the benefits of electrolytes as a hot drink!


Try some and save some money

If you are curious about adding more electrolytes to you day without extra sugar and calories, then apply ULBRAVE19 for 10% off when your order on Amazon: amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher.

Let me know what you think and if you have any recipe ideas you’d like to share!

Put Your Paws Up for the Nano Bowl by Stunt Puppy

Disclaimer: I received a Nano Bowl by Stunt Puppy 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!

Keepy my dog hydrated during our walks is important to me. The Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl makes it easy.

Keepy my dog hydrated during our walks is important to me. The Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl makes it easy.

As a BibRave Pro, I get to test out the most innovative and fun running gear. Sometimes the gear goes to the dogs, but in a GOOD way! Every once in a while we are given the opportunity to test out a product for our furry best friends and when that happens, you know I opt-in. Recently the BibRave Pro’s were given the chance to test out the Nano Bowl, a portable dog water bowl made by Stunt Puppy. Wally and I are always out exploring our neighborhood and he doesn’t have his very own water bowl. Yes, Wally and I both jumped up and down when we found out we were lucky enough to test the bowl. I’ll go over what makes this bowl better than others and specs and two different ways you can carry it with you while out and about with your pup.


Wally took the Nano Bowl instantly. I think he knows an excellent product when he sees one.

Wally took the Nano Bowl instantly. I think he knows an excellent product when he sees one.

What Makes the Nano Bowl Better

There are plenty of portable dog products on the market so why go with the Nano Bowl? This thought honestly came to my mind. At first glance the Nano Bowl appears to be similar to others in that it’s portable, but the comparisons stop there. The Nano Bowl is a quality product. It’s made by Stunt Puppy and I know their products hold up well because I recently tested out their Stunt Runner leash and I was ecstatic over how well made it was. Here are my favorite features:

  • It’s made with Nanopore Waterproof Membrane material. It’s patent-pending and is super durable.

  • 1 ounce is all it weighs! This is a big deal because that means I can carry more things with me like toys and treats and not feel weighed down.

  • The double layering is super durable. This is what sets apart the Nano Bowl from the others. In the past, I purchased cheap-o portable dog water bowls and they only lasted about a week. The plastic dried out and ripped in days.

  • The membrane material is FDA-certified non-toxic and chemical free. My dog is like my first born. I get all of you dog dads and dog moms, you want the best for your dog and it’s great that this product is certified safe from them to eat and drink out of.

  • The 5” opening is wide enough to accommodate my Wally dogs large mouth.

  • Other good things to note about the Nano Bowl is that it holds 28 ounces of water, has American-made fabric and construction, you can hand or machine wash it and you can attach it to your leash with the elastic bungee cord.


Two Quick Ways to Attach the Nano Bowl to a Leash

One of my favorite features of the Nano Bowl is how it can attach to a leash. I discovered that it could be done two ways. Option #1 can look a little sloppy on leash, but you never have to unattach from your dog if you are using the the hands-free Stunt Runner leash. Option #2 looks very neat on leash, but you have to unattach from your dog if you are using the hands-free Stunt Runner leash.


Option 1: No need to unattach from pup, but end result isn’t pretty


Option 2: End result is so pretty, but you have to unattach from pup


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Wally’s a Stunt Puppy for Life

We are so pleased with the quality of products from Stunt Puppy that Wally decided to be a Stunt Puppy! It’s not official, but he likes to think so. If you are interested in purchasing a Nano Bowl for yourself, check the out the link: https://www.stuntpuppy.com/collections/home/products/nano-bowl

Curious about what other BibRave Pro’s think? Please see their blog post reviews on the Nano Bowl below:
http://www.scootadoot.org/2019/05/03/road-tested-stunt-puppy-nano-bowl/
https://mmaynard11.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/stunt-puppy-making-hydration-easy/
https://husbandfatherathletemarathoner.blogspot.com/2019/05/my-bibravepro-review-of-stunt-puppy.html
https://kenstandsonthings.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/product-review-stunt-puppy-nano-bowl/
https://funsizeathlete.com/2019/05/03/bibrave-product-review-stunt-puppy-nano-bowl/

13 Trail Run Necessities

Disclaimer: I received a Gear Vest Pro by Orange Mud 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!

Finish line feels!

Finish line feels!

I was so flippin’ excited about my trail race last Saturday that I made an annotated infographic on my favorite necessities to take on a trail run 🙌. I explain all 13 items just a bit lower in this post.

Last year, I signed up for the Cactus Flower Trail Series with Race Timers that consists of 6 trail races: 3 in the Spring and 3 in the Fall. Last Saturday, April 20th, was the 1st one of the season, called the Saguaro 7k in the beautiful White Tank Mountains. It's been a little over 2 years since I raced -- or even ran -- in the White Tanks park. It's was a beautiful day and I got to meet up with @sarahfaith327!! As promised, here are my trail running necessities and why:

Photo by Andrea Heser, Featherpress©

Photo by Andrea Heser, Featherpress©

7️⃣ @balega_international socks because they are the only socks that don't give me blisters. Even on my 50k with @aravaiparunning, I did not get one blister while wearing these socks.

8️⃣ @altrarunning Olympus 3 are my new trail shoes. They are super supportive and the wide toe box give my toes lots of wiggle room. The color is modern and pretty too.

9️⃣ Sunblock always and I even carry it with me. I sweat a ton while I run and I need to reapply often. Getting sunburned while running isn't good because the body will take blood from your muscles and send to the skin to help the healing process. I need my blood to stay in my leg muscles so I could run faster!

1️⃣0️⃣ @guenergylabs is easy for me to take on runs and the toasted marshmallow flavor is my favorite! I'll eat this 15 minutes before I race.

1️⃣1️⃣ @aftershokz Trekz Air will be on my head during the race. Wearing headphones is a controversial subject while on a trail. I get it. You need to hear your surroundings. The cool thing is, #aftershokz lets you hear your surroundings because they apply bone conduction technology. The ear canal is never compromised, no speaker goes in there. I won't have the volume all the way up as I listen to my running playlist just to be on the extra safe side.

1️⃣2️⃣ @buff_usa is something I keep tucked in my front pocket in case I get sweat in my eyes.

1️⃣3️⃣ A long sleeve! Yeah, I'll wear a white long sleeve tech shirt today. It helps protect my skin from the sun. Light colors are best to deflect the sun rays too.

1️⃣ @athleta Racer Run 2 in 1 Shorts are great for me because they have extra coverage, yet fantastic ventilation. Also, the Black Olive color seems perfect for a desert surrounding.

2️⃣ @Garmin feñix 5s is the watch I bought over 2 years ago as a birthday/anniversary/Christmas gift LOL. It's my everyday watch. Pretty enough for work and smart enough for workouts. It will keep my check by monitoring my HR so I don't overdo it while on the trail.

3️⃣ @Orangemud Gear Vest Pro is a new product I'm testing with @BibRave. I opted in for the Coyote Brown color because it just fits in well with the desert and because it's subtle and modern color. I love the mesh back to help keep me cool, the built-in whistle on the top chest strap and the abundance of pockets. The Gear Vest Pro makes it easy for me to carry all of my goodies. Also, the 35oz bladder is perfect for shorter distance trail runs. I'll have enough water and won't be weighed down by it. BibRave is offering a 15% off all Orange Mud gear with code BIBRAVEGVPRO. Apply it at checkout.

4️⃣ A cell phone is something I always carry with me while I run. Safety first.

5️⃣ @knockaround Fast Lane sunglasses are large enough to completely block the sun from my eyes and in my peripheral vision. I wear regular glasses and what I hate most about glasses is that I can see the frames in my peripherals. There isn't that problem with the Fast Lanes because they are bigger all around.

6️⃣ Trucker hat because isn't that what all the trail runner kids wear? Seriously though, I need the mesh back to keep me cool and the hat bill to keep the sun off of my forehead and face.


Running is better with friends.

Running is better with friends.

Who’s A Trail Racer?

What types of gear to you wear on trail? Are you trail racing this spring and summer? Tell me more! My next race is the Desert Marigold 6k on Saturday, May 11th in the Estrella mountains. I’ll be wearing the gear I have featured above and also thinking about testing out some trail shoe gaiters.

Which Knockarounds Work Best For You? Fast Lanes vs. Premiums

Disclaimer: I received a pairs of Knockarounds Fast Lane 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!

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

We are all a snob at something (particular running gear, the car we drive, brand of phone we have) but one thing is for sure, I am NOT a sunglasses snob! I can’t afford to be. It’s because I need my sunglasses for work, play, commute time and I’m short on cash (aka - tight budget!) There’s no time for me to baby a $300+ pair of sunnies!

So let me introduce you again to the Knockaround brand of sunglasses. I reviewed their Premium line about a year ago in a September 2018 blog post. The idea behind them is as simple as saying their name out loud: knock around. Sunglasses that you can literally knock around and they will still last. The original two pairs of from their Premium line are still with me with no scratches and holding up like a champ. Believe me, they get knocked around my duffle bag, dash of my car and side pocket of my purse daily. But, get this, they are reasonable. Their prices range from $15-$30 a pair and they even have $5 sales!

When the opportunity came along from BibRave to test out their Fast Lane line of sunglasses, I hopped on it faster than the Easter bunny. The Fast Lanes kinda look like the Premiums, just slightly different. I’m going to compare them to each other so you can see if the Fast Lanes are the Knockarounds for you.


Fast Lane vs. Premium

They kinda look alike, they kinda don’t. I don’t know which frames to choose! I’ll break down the differences and similarities of both so you could decide which pair of sunglasses pair better with your face.

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Fast Lane

  • Rectangular Lenses

  • Made for Medium Face Shapes

  • Thinner Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 53 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 17 mm

  • Arm Length: 142 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • Not as many color combos

  • $20-25

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Premium

  • Rounder Lenses

  • Made for Small Face Shapes

  • Thicker Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 51 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 143 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • More color combos

  • $15-20


My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

Get ‘em Both

If you are still undecided, then get them both! Both styles of sunglasses offer no bounce while running. Each style I tested were polarized, so I didn’t experience any glare from the sun or shiny objects. Both are crazy affordable. I’m on a tight budget and can’t afford to deal with triple digit sunglasses so the Knockaround brand is meant for people like me. Here is a discount code to get you started: Apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 for 20% your entire order. Good till 4/18 and one code per person. https://knockaround.com/ Happy Shopping!


So, You Wanna Do a Mud Run? 3 Tips on Doing It Right

I’m promoting the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Run & Mud Run: Phoenix 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!

Cool-Mom alert.. It was my her idea! My Mom asked me if I’d do a 5k Mud Run Obstacle Course Race with her and you bet I said yes. This was at the finish line in 2015. She was 54-years-young at the time and I’m 35.

Cool-Mom alert.. It was my her idea! My Mom asked me if I’d do a 5k Mud Run Obstacle Course Race with her and you bet I said yes. This was at the finish line in 2015. She was 54-years-young at the time and I’m 35.

The weather is absolutely perfect in Arizona right now. Temps peak in the mid-80s, full sun, zero humidity. so no wonder race companies pick this time of the year for races in AZ. The people behind the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race Series knew this too and that’s why in 6 days their Spring 2019 5k race will be going down in Chandler. Never ran a mud run before? Want to, but unsure? Don’t be scared! My mother and I ran one a few years ago. It was HER idea and she was 54-years-old at the time. Yep, you read that age right! We succeeded and had an absolute blast. Here are 3 tips from my experience on how to do a mud the right way.


Wear shorts and a tank but don’t forget to slather up your body with sunblock and anti-chafing product too.

Wear shorts and a tank but don’t forget to slather up your body with sunblock and anti-chafing product too.

Dress Less

Yep, you heard me right. There is no reason to be modest here. EVERYONE will be covered head-to-toe with mud. No one cares if you have or don’t have the perfect body for booty shorts and a tank. This was the mistake I made when I ran my first mud run. For some very odd reason, I wore a long sleeve top and leggings that were bootcut. WTF was I thinking? My problem was I didn’t look for a runner blogger to get advice from! My mom was on point though, for the most part. She did wear shorts, but she wore a very baggy unisex t-shirt. The long-sleeve shirt and long pants totally weighed me down on race day. They got soaked in mud and got HEAVY. It wasn’t bad during the parts where I was crawling in mud, or in the water obstacles. It was when I had to climb nets, go over walls and do the running parts. My clothing just hung onto the mud and water and I felt like I had a 20-lb weighted vest on! If you are going to sign up for this weekends Rugged Maniac, then dress for success:

  • Do try to find old tech clothes you have that you don’t mind throwing away. Lightweight shorts and tanks work well. Poly-blends work way better than cotton. Even though you’ll be covered in mud, the poly-blend tech clothes will help you stay dry.

  • Don’t wear a crap sports bra or swim top. Ladies, please don’t wear a unsupportive sports bra because you are thinking you’ll just end up tossing it. You’ll end up spilling out! Go to a thrift store or dig up one of your older yet supportive sports bras instead. You’ll need something that fits you tightly so when you get wet your boobs won’t fall out.

  • Do wear trail running shoes, not hikers. I had an old pair of trail running shoes that past its prime in the support department but still had tons of tread left. The tread is good for grip. Regular running shoes have a sole that is too smooth and you’ll slip. If you don’t have a pair a lightweight trailies, then again, go to a thrift store and find some on the cheap. I threw away my old trail runners after the mud run. At least they had their one last hurrah and I walked away from my mud run unscathed.

  • Don’t wear jewelry. This applies to both men and women. If you want to wear that statement coaker or motivational wrist-wrap then fine. But don’t cry if you lose it. Mud and water makes everything slippery and prone to fall off. Also, you don’t want your ring to get snagged or bent while holding a rope or monkey bars. Keep your wedding bands at home.

  • Do wear some sort of anti-chafing product and sunscreen. You might be able to race a 5k in under 20-minutes, but a mud run race is totally different. It could take you 45 minutes to an hour because of the added obstacles and mud. This means your body has more time to burn from the sun and chafe from the water and mud. Slap on your favorite products so you don’t end up screaming while taking that post shower and you only end up screaming when enter the Feed The Beast obstacle.


Don’t drink the water at the bottom of Accelerator 3.0! Instead, drink plenty of water before your race.

Don’t drink the water at the bottom of Accelerator 3.0! Instead, drink plenty of water before your race.

Hydrate Profusely

Remember, this event will take you about an hour even if you are a fast runner. One hour outside in the full Arizona sun is dangerous and more so when you are huffing and puffing during an obstacle course run. When I ran my first mud run with my mom we both realized there weren’t any water stations on course. That was shocking because we didn’t carry any water with us.

  • Do drink extra water a few days before the race even starts. Try to limit caffeine or beer before your race too. You want to stay hydrated before you run and remember, there is free beer at the finish line!

  • Do try to drink about 16oz of water before your race starts and stop at the aid stations along the course to sip extra water.

  • Do grab some water FIRST when you pass the finish line then grab that beer. You’ll be hot and you’ll want that beer, but safety first so hydrate with water before.


Have Fun

Rugged Maniac races are more like camaraderie events. Strangers are there to help each other.

Rugged Maniac races are more like camaraderie events. Strangers are there to help each other.

OMG, mud runs are a blast! To me, it’s more of a camaraderie event than a competition race. People are just out there for eachother. You need that gal to help push your butt up Mount Maniac? Go ahead and ask ‘cause she’ll need to dude behind her to help push her up. See that guy at the top of The Warped Wall with his hand reached out? Grab it! It’s just an expected notion to help one another out at a mud run.

  • Do try to do this event with a friend or a group of people. Mud runs are more like festivals. You are there to laugh, people watch and drink beer. Only a few people do them for competing. If you have to do it alone, then go in prepared to meet a new friend or two.

  • Don’t be surprised if you find mud in strange places a week after your event. You heard me right LOL! You might find some mud in the crevices in your ears, under your finger nails and hiding in parts of your scalp a few days later. Take a bath or jump in a pool after your shower the initial mud off your body.


Are You Ready For It?

Of course you are! If my MOTHER can run a mud run then um, you can too. In six short days the Rugged Maniac crew is coming to Arizona for their Spring 2019 obstacle course in Chandler. The event is already 95% full! Sign up today and apply code RUN10 for 10% off registration fees. Then tell me how you liked it!

Check out the links below if you’d like to read point of views from other BibRave Pro’s:
This Old Runner: Are You a Rugged Maniac Obstacle Racer?
This Old Runner: See the Newest Rugged Maniac Obstacles!

5 New Ways to Get Dirty at the 2019 PHX Rugged Maniac

I’m promoting the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Run & Mud Run: Phoenix 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!

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Rugged Maniac does not want to bore you. Last year you might have gotten muddy in one of the Fall Rugged Maniac races and you might be like, BTDT. Not so fast! The April, 6, 2019 Phoenix race brings 5 new obstacles to the Rugged Maniac series and I’m going to break ‘em down for you.


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1️⃣ 👹 Feed The Beast

Yep, you’re the food! Please tell me you didn’t think differently? Enter the belly through its mouth and you’ll be met with a series of inflatable challenges where you’ll have to climb and squeeze your way through to glory. 


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2️⃣ 🤼‍♀️ Barzan

Are you the queen or king of the jungle? This is like the monkey bars on steroids. Channel your inner kid and kick it up a notch. To make it across the pipes, you’ll need shoulder strength, a strong grip, and hand-eye coordination. 



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3️⃣ 👿💦 Hell & High Water

Don’t. Fall. In. Your goal is to make it to the other side, without getting wet. You better hope you did your balancing workouts prior to this obstacle. You are going to need it. To successfully make it across, you'll have to dodge swinging mats, balance on floating lily pads, and reach out to hanging ropes just to stay afloat!



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4️⃣ 🛠 Iron Curtain 

Don’t rely on sloshing through this wet pit, because there are drop-offs hidden beneath the muddy water! Your view will be obstructed so take your time… or don’t!



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5️⃣ 📉 Slippery Slope

Grab your buddies or make a new one, you’re gonna need it. You scale a slippery 8 foot wall and then traverse down the other side. Teamwork is important here! You’ll need an arm — or two — to grab to pull yourself up.



Ready for the challenge?

Sign up today ruggedmaniac.com/events/phoenix/ and apply code RUN10 for 10% registration fees! 

Cross the Finish Line in a Baseball Field, With Friends! 

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Scottsdale 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!

Emily waited for me at the finish line! She ran the 10k and I the 5k. Check us out representing BibRave! Go team Orange!

Emily waited for me at the finish line! She ran the 10k and I the 5k. Check us out representing BibRave! Go team Orange!

I met up with my Instagram friend Anne.

I met up with my Instagram friend Anne.

If you are a fan of the San Francisco Giants, love perfect weather, enjoy people-watching, touring a town on foot and running in general, then the Giants Race is for you. My goal was to PR my 5k time at this race. That didn’t happen but I remember that “There’s No Crying in Baseball!” and I didn’t shed a tear because I met with with fellow BibRave Pro Emily, met an Instagram friend Anne and a made a new friend that was a total stranger! I’ve come to realize that races aren’t only about ‘you’ but it’s about the community. The Giant Race hits a grandslam because their race is about community and friendship and having a ball! Here is my race recap:

The people behind the Giant Race are excellent at communication. Email updates were sent regularly. If you follow them on social on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you got up-to-date info and they will actually respond to you. Even if you tag them in your posts! To me, that gives a personal experience to the race that I appreciate. 

Making friends with total strangers! That’s what race day is about.

Making friends with total strangers! That’s what race day is about.

Packet pickup is on the small side. I didn’t expect an expo but it did meet my expectations with lots of volunteers, easy bib pickup, free parking and a course map. Delivery options were made if you weren’t able to pick up your bib the day before. Also, if your time was really crunched, you could pick up your bib on race day although they recommend picking it up early.

Race day was a blast! The energy was one of the highest I experienced at a race start. They had a singing cowboy, a cowboy on a horse greeting everyone and Native American dancers. It was VERY Scottsdale and I loved it. Seeing all the runners dressed in orange, black and white was surreal. 

My Strava data and the 5k course.

My Strava data and the 5k course.

Many people traveled from out of state for the Giant Race, I could tell by the locations the emcee was calling out after each racer crossed the finish line. I ran the 5k with 816 other people! The course was jam packed. The 10k had 423 entires. Although the course was beautiful and I enjoyed touring parts of downtown Scottsdale, the large amount of people made it hard to maneuver the course. Giant Race told runners that there wasn’t starting corrals and to find your spot in the corral based on how fast or slow you go. I stood in the middle of the pack at the start line because that’s usually where I fall. Instead, I should have stayed in the very front. I realized that many people walk the 5k and I had to bob and weave around other runners. Not a bad thing, but now I know to stay in the front part of the corral next year.

Running through the finish line was exciting! We entered through the back of Scottsdale Stadium and headed down the dirt part on the outside of left field. A cowboy on a horse greeted us and we crossed the finish line under a canopy of orange, black and white balloons. After we received our medals, we had the option to sit in the stands or head to the food court area of the stadium for snacks. There were lots of places to sit and eat post-race and enjoy the beautiful Scottsdale weather. 

Thank you Giant Race for the fun time!

Finish line crossing on the Scottsdale Stadium field!

Finish line crossing on the Scottsdale Stadium field!