Ravenswood Run 5K

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Ravenswood Run 5K 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!”

I’m excited to be able to run the Ravenswood Run 5K for BibRave on April 23rd, 2017.  This will be my first race back after surgery that I’m training for.  I think it’s perfect to start out slow and make my debut at a great 5K.  This race runs through one of my favorite neighborhoods and my all time favorite pizza place!  This years shirt looks pretty cool too!

Most importantly, the Ravenswood Run 5K supports the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry at All Saints Episcopal Church and the student health centers at Lakeview and Amundsen High Schools.  Running a race that gives back to the community is about as good as it gets.  There is also a link HERE for donations to help out!  Plus, for an additional $10 donation, there are stacks of pancakes at the post race party with all proceeds going back to the Community Services

There is still plenty of time to register at RAM Racing HERE!!  Plus, if you use the code BibRaveRR17, you will get some extra swag at your packet pickup!

Check out all of their social media presence here:

https://www.ravenswoodrun.com/
Twitter: @ramracing
Instagram: @ramracingorg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamRacingOrg/

Oofos Footwear Review

Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Oofos Recovery Footwear 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 take care of your feet?  Are you a runner or biker or even just hard on your feet in your career?  You need to take a look at the Oofos Recovery Footwear!  When given the opportunity to try out a pair thanks to BibRave, I did not hesitate.  I think I’ve neglected my feet for far too long.

So, what makes these Oofos special?  Hmm, let’s see the benefits:

  • ABSORBS MORE SHOCK THAN TRADITIONAL FOAMS – Athletic shoe foams are designed to “rebound” and propel you forward. Revolutionary OOfoam does the opposite, absorbing 37% more shock with every step than traditional footwear foam.
  • REDUCES STRESS ON SORE FEET, KNEES AND BACK – Your feet and joints take a pounding on hard surfaces. Slipping on OOFOS after a workout provides them with relief and a chance to recover.
  • CRADLES YOUR ARCHES – Unlike flip-flops, the OOFOS patented footbed is designed with tremendous arch support to take the pressure off of ankles, knees and hips, as well as your lower back.
  • ENABLES MORE NATURAL MOTION – Biomechanically designed, OOFOS flex with both your foot and the ground. The soft, flexible OOfoam material enables your foot to articulate the way nature intended.
  • Durable OOfoam holds its cushion its entire life
  • Soft, conforming toe post eliminates chafing
  • Moisture resistant closed cell foam is shower-ready and machine washable
  • So light they float

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The pair I was given to try were the Project Pink Sandals in size 11.  Please check out the link to learn about how great this program is!  For every pair of Project Pink Oofos sandals sold, Oofos will donate 100% of the proceeds to Dana-Farber breast cancer research. As one of the world’s leading cancer care centers, the Dana-Farber team works tirelessly to find a cure to help the millions around the world that are affected.  See the Oofos mission here.

While I’ve only had them a very short time, I have used them almost every single day with great results.  Once your feet slide into the sandals, you instantly feel a very forgiving foam that conforms to your feet and absorbs the hard ground impacts.  I love the way they feel when walking around after wearing my firefighting boots all day or even after long pavement pounding.  The arch support is evident and my low back is grateful.

Oofos has a great assortment of recovery shoes on their website for both men and women with a few variations (clogs and sandals).

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Do you wear recovery footwear?

How do you take care of your feet after strenuous activity?

See the review from dome of my fellow BibRave Pros here:  Mark, Jeremy, GinaMaryJohnDawana, Casey

You can join us on Tuesday March 14th at 8pm CST on Twitter for #BibChat and your chance to win a pair.

Luvo Meals

Disclaimer: I received a free supply of Luvo meals 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!”

Being part of BibRave, we get to try out some great products for running, fitness, health, biking, and nutrition.  This time, I get to try the Luvo healthy meals.  After my injury, I obviously wasn’t running and gained a few more pounds than I planned on.  I found myself snacking a little too much.  After getting the opportunity to try out these healthy and tasty meals, I knew my craving for junk food would be minimized.  The Luvo meals come in a few selections below:

Steam in Pouch™ Meals – Veggies, whole grains & protein in our signature pouch

Bowls – Veggies, whole grains & protein – in our convenient paperboard bowl

Planted™ Power Bowls – Veggies, whole grains & plant protein – in our convenient paperboard bowl

Breakfasts – Whole grain and high protein options

I’ve only tried a couple so far, but look forward to trying out some other flavors soon with a full review in the coming weeks!

2017 North Shore Classic

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the North Shore Classic Half 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!”

I’ve run the Ram Racing North Shore Classic race a few times seeing that it’s my home town!  I can happily say that I am excited to run it once again for BibRave!  This course travels through the beautiful town of Highland Park through some beautiful residential neighborhoods, the busy downtown, and the Fort Sheridan property with some breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and enormous public support!

Check out the swag from last year!
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Join me and other fellow BibRave Pros as we set out to conquer the half marathon course on June 4th!!  Remember to use the code BibRaveNSC17 to get extra swag when you register!  Plus you can check out the website for course maps, parking info, and more information: https://www.northshoreclassic.com/

UV Reflective Half BUFF

Disclaimer: I received a UV Reflective Half 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!”

UV REFLECTIVE HALF BUFF®

Shorter than the Original BUFF® , the UV Reflective Half BUFF® offers style, sun protection plus reflective strips for added visibility. It wicks away perspiration to keep you comfortable in the gym, on the road, at the yoga studio, or on the trails. Cyclists especially love the way it sits comfortably under a helmet without bunching.

BUFF® is a well known name in headwear and hats and with a vast assortment of shapes, styles, and colors for any activity you do.  I’ve been a fan and have quite a collection of their products.  Most of the time, I am wearing the headwear as a headband.  That’s where that Half BUFF® comes into play.  It is less bulky and still accomplishes what I wear it for during the heavy workouts or warmer weather.  You can see all of my other BUFF® headwear reviews here, here, and here.

The Reflective Half BUFF® comes in five colors: Citron, Black, Sport Blue, Yellow Fluorescent, and Waterfall and for only $15, how can you not have one?  And what about the reflective strips?  Many of us get out early before heading to work or just begin our day with a little positive motivation and those dark hours can be a tad dangerous depending on where you run.  It’s nice to have a safety factor of reflective strips on the BUFF®.

What a great idea for having reflective strips on the Half!  The reflective strips are durable and pretty bright when hit with the right lighting.  I’ve washed mine quite a few times and it’s still as bold as ever.  If you run early in the morning or late in the evening, you know how much safety is needed to keep you visible.  I highly recommend adding this to your safety equipment.  I’ve also used this on my dog when I take him for his morning walk.  Do yourself a favor and take a look at their lineup for yourself here

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See some of the reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros:

Caroline, Mai, Sarah, Christine, Dodie, Amanda, Haley, Jessica, Jeannine, Tedrick, Andrey, Jodi, JanelleShannon, Dyenna, Eddie, Jennifer

NuGo Dark Bars

Disclaimer: I received a NuGo Dark assortment 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 given a great opportunity to try the NuGo Dark bars and received an assortment box full of 12 bars.  My box contained Chocolate Pretzel, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Mint Chocolate Chip.  They were delivered here a little chilled since our current weather is a little frigid.  That’s perfect because that’s how I prefer them anyway!

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Look at these incredible benefits:

  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO
  • High Protein
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Real Dark Chocolate
  • Flavonol Antioxidants

I’ll admit that I was skeptical when it came to many of the bars on the market.  I’ve had so many that were bland and tasted chalky.  I am so glad that I found these bars.  They are by far, the best bars I have ever eaten.  So much so, that I’ve already ordered a few refill boxes.  Anytime I’m feeling like having a snack, these are tops on the list to prevent me from eating junk food.
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Where else can you find a company that uses REAL dark chocolate that have infinite benefits?  Right here at NuGo!  I’m still in shock how much it tastes like a candy bar instead of the healthy protein bar it is.  Many have asked what my favorite flavor is and to be honest, I’m a fan of all of them but the Peanut Butter Cup and Spicy seem to find there way into my stomach most often.

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NuGo offers plenty of flavors and bars and the dark flavors include Chocolate Pretzel, Chocolate Coconut, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup, and Spicy Chocolate.  Almost all of the bars have 1-2 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein, and 14-15 grams of sugar.
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So why REAL dark chocolate?  Great question and you can check out the link on their website chock full of information HERE.  Mainly for me, the real dark chocolates have non fat cocoa solids and not full of saturated fats.  This helps with my elevated cholesterol!  Plus, it’s heart healthy with antioxidants.

You can try them for yourself to see just how delicious they are and purchase them online at  https://www.nugonutrition.com. Use the code BIBRAVE1 to save 15% off the dark bar boxes valid through February 8th, 2017!

Please join us on Tuesday January 31st at 8pm CST for #BibChat and your chance to win some!  And don’t forget to follow them on social media Twitter and Facebook and Instagram!

Also, take a look at some of the reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros: Angie, Brad, Gina, …, …, …, …, …, …, …

Orange Mud Ambassador

I’m so excited to be part of the Orange Mud team for 2017 after getting such a great email.  I’ve always been a huge fan of the gear and clothing and rarely run/hike/bike without it and that’s apparent if you’ve followed me on Instagram or Twitter.

2017 is going to be a great year and I cannot wait to finish healing to get back out there and live life to the fullest.  I already have a bunch of races scheduled for the year and a ton of traveling.

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