New Years Eve 5K

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting the New Years Eve 5K 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!”

Are you looking for a fun short 5K race before you begin your New Years Eve festivities?  Chicago Sport & Social Club is hosting this year’s 5K and it will start and end at the Theater on the Lake.  The scenic 5K loop runs along Lincoln Park and the Lakefront.  All runners will receive a custom winter wearable and finisher toast and will be greeted with hot chocolate and warming blankets at the finish line.  There’s no better way to start your day and earn your right to party into the New Year!

REGISTER HERE!

5k registration fees
$35.00 – Nov 14 to Nov 27
$45.00 – Nov 28 to Dec 15
$55.00 – Dec 16 to Dec 31

Packet Pick-Up
Saturday, December 30
Fleet Feet Sports, Old Town (1620 N. Wells St.)
11am – 5 pm

and

Race Day
Race Village – Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lakeshore Drive
7:30am – 8:30am

The New Year’s Eve 5K is proud to support Special Olympics Chicago as the charity partner.

Event Times
7:30am – gear check opens
8:30am – group stretch & warm up
8:45am – start corral opens
9:00am – 5k race begins
9:30AM – post race celebration
12:00pm – celebration ends

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Orange Mud Adventure Pack 12L

I’ve been using the Orange Mud products for quite some time and own half of their products.  The latest item that I’m loving is the 12L Adventure Pack.  This pack caught my eye as I was planning a running/hiking trip out east in Maine.   I needed something to carry my water and gear that I planned to bring along for full day hikes.

On first inspection, the Adventure Pack was the perfect size and I was happy about the size of the storage area.  Besides water, I planned on carrying some photography and GoPro gear, light jacket, snacks, and other small items.  The pack itself was extremely comfortable and easily adjusted to fit me and how I prefer a snug fit.  Completely loaded with gear and water, the Adventure Pack was super comfortable to wear even while climbing aggressive rocks.

I tested this pack thoroughly through some technical climbs and tight spaces as well as on my long trail runs and mountain bike treks.  Not once did I have any issues with the weight or shifting or thought that it may affect my performance.  The quality of the pack was notable and I appreciated the details put into it.  I carry the large iPhone 7 plus and it fit well into the front small pockets and can be cinched snug.  Not one time did my phone come loose during the testing.  The 2 liter bladder fits in its own Velcro pocket and was snug enough that it didn’t slosh around.

With upcoming trips out west and longer trails and hikes, I plan on getting the 20L Adventure Pack for carrying even more while still having a choice in size for the water bladders.

Here’s a quick video of the type of hiking I did with my Adventure Pack!

Knuckle Lights COLORS – Initial Impression

“Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Knuckle Lights COLORS 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 do a lot of my runs early morning or right at dusk and most of the time I’m wearing darker clothes.  Being safe was always an afterthought.  This was until I was given the opportunity to try out the Knuckle Lights.  I’ve only had a few runs in with these lights and not sure why I hadn’t given them a try earlier.  They are ergonomic and comfortable to carry and pretty lightweight.  The high beams on these lights are just impressive.  I’ve run a few times with only a headlamp and it just didn’t hit the area in front of me unless I turned my head the right way.  The Knuckle Lights lit up my path much brighter and I could aim them with ease!

I look forward to more thorough testing in the coming weeks and will write up a full review with all of the great features.

 

Which Orange Mud Pack Should I Get?

Orange Mud makes the best hydration packs out there. I own most of them for a multitude of activities like running, hiking, and biking. They now have a great photo of the different vests and sizes to help you decide. Scroll through some of my previous posts for photos of the various packs!

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2017 North Shore Turkey Trot

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Register HERE now before the price increases!  Use the code BibraveTT17 to get a free gift when you pick up your packet!

This year the North Shore Turkey Trot is proud to be supporting a North Shore family in need with Love for Landon. Meet Landon Dragicevich: an energetic 10-year-old who loves his parents, step-brother, friends, school, all animals, especially dogs, swimming, and of course running track and cross-country.

After months of suffering from seizures with no definite diagnosis the Dragicevich family received an inconceivable diagnosis, Landon has brain cancer. A rare Grade 11 brain tumor, Anaplastic Astrocytoma, affecting only roughly 50 kids a year. Surgery is unfortunately not an option. He will however, begin chemo and radiation therapies in the coming weeks.

Please consider helping this phenomenal little boy and his family during an unexpected time in their lives. Donations will go directing to the Dragicevich family.

 

Garmin Forerunner 935

“Disclaimer: I received a *Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch* from Garmin 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 was extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to test out the Garmin Forerunner 935 thanks to Garmin and Bibrave this past week.  While I’ve run with a Garmin watch for years, my old running watch was a basic, no-frills, simple 220.  It did what I needed but after using the Forerunner 935 for the past week during my runs and biking, there was so much data that I was missing that opened my eyes to where my training was.

What do I mean by that?  Well, some of the features that I’m really paying attention to are:

  • Sleep activity – Shows how much rest I’m actually getting and how much deep sleep versus how much moving around I do while trying to sleep.  Rest in incredibly important for recovery and giving the body what it needs to repair itself.
  • Heart Rate – This is one of my favorite features considering I have SVT and can keep an eye on the heart levels I should be training at.  It tells me my peaks and my resting heart rates and shows me how much time it takes to recover.
  • Steps per day – I love how I can set a goal for how much activity and movement I should get per day.
  • Race predictions – This is such a great way to see how effective my training is going if I expect to have realistic goals when I race.
  • Recover time – This is a great feature to let me know what the proper length of time it will take for my body to completely recover from my recent activity.

I’ve learned so much in a short time using only a small portion of what this watch does.  I look forward to more time using many of the features I have yet to dive into to.  Stay tuned to more evaluations in the near future!

 

2017 North Shore Turkey Trot

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting the North Shore Turkey Trot 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 @RamRacing North Shore Turkey Trot is coming up on November 23rd and there’s still plenty of time to register for the race.  When you use the code BibRavTT17, you will get a free gift from Ram Racing!  Prices go up on November 6th!

The race is held in Highland Park, Illinois and you have the option to run the 5K at 7:30am or the 10K at 8:10am.  Parking is plentiful around the downtown district in plenty of covered lots or street parking.

Packet Pickup:

Fleet Feet Sports Deerfield
800 Waukegan Rd.
Deerfield, Illinois 60015

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – TBA
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – TBA

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