Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i 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!
Summer running is my absolute favorite! If you have followed my blog for sometime, you know I love summer. I can’t run as fast in the car, but it doesn’t slow me down too much. Plus the sunshine, tan lines and gorgeous weather make up for me running a little slower. I am really excited about the XX2i Bahamas1 as they are both functional sunglasses as well as stylish. Continue reading Summer Sunglasses: XX2i Bahamas1 Review→
Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS 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!
Since I started running, when I go get a pedicure, someone almost always makes a comment about how beat up my feet are. I don’t think my feet look that bad, but I do get the occasional blister or bruised toenail & I get more calluses than an average person. #RUNNERPROBLEMS. When you are logging #allthemiles, it can take a toll of your feet – not only aesthetically on the outside but also on the inside. Thanks to OOFOS, your feet have some help to recover from a hard workout too.
Post race recovery usually includes compression, self miofascial release, or even take an ice bath. None of these techniques, however, address one of the body parts that may need some attention: your feet! No matter how comfortable your running shoes are, after a long run or race, your feet need some relief. I remember when I finished my first marathon, my feet felt like they weighed 100 pounds. I couldn’t wait to get my running shoes off!
My Feet Earned This – OOFOS Sandals
I usually just bring a pair of flip flops with me to change into post race. Now that I have a pair of OOFOS sport sandals, I make sure to bring my OOFOS instead of my everyday flip flops. Why?? Because OOFOS are so much more comfortable! They have special cushion that absorbs impact and make your feet feel AHHHMAZING! It is literally like walking on air, especially after a long run. See what I am talking about in this 53 second video:
How I use my OOFOS Sandals
While OOFOS sandals feel amazing post run, they are also great for everyday use. Since it is summer, I try to be in flip flops as much as possible. I have worn my OOFOS to take my dog on a evening walk.
I have worn them out and about post run.
I have even used them to go to the lake and stand up paddling board.
Fun Fact: My mom tried my OOFOS on and liked them so much she almost didn’t give them back to me. Now I know what to get her for her birthday!! LOL.
OOFOS are extremely versatile and not to mention comfortable. These sandals are biomechanically engineered to alleviate foot stress and soreness… how cool is that?!
Interested in learning more?
They have men’s and women’s styles, lots of fun colors and you can even choose between a slip-on and a flip flop. Check out OOFOS Sport Sandal (the one I have). I also really love the OOlala Sandal.
I am thankful to have OOFOS as another way to help me bounce back into my next workout quicker and keep my feet a little happier!
Disclaimer: I received a pair of CloudSurfers to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. I value authenticity & honesty; all options are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
What makes the perfect running shoe? For me, it’s comfort, function & style. I strongly believe that if you look good when you workout, you workout harder, so the shoes need to be cute. I also want a shoe that is going to work for me, not against me. I need the shoe to support me and make me a better runner, not just look good. I also don’t want a shoe I can feel; I want to forget I’m wearing it.
When I got the opportunity to do a Cloudsurfer review, I was really excited. It seemed like this shoe would be all those things: comfortable, stylish, & high-tech. The Cloudsurfer definitely delivered! I can’t wait to put more miles on these shoes.
The Cloudsurfer is one of the many shoes made my the company, On-Running. ‘On’ is a Swiss company that reinvented the cushioning in running shoes. All shoes made by On feature ‘Cloud Tech‘, which is a really unique technology that allows the shoes to work for you and cushion your run in ways that no other shoe can. Cloud tech allows runners to run with lighter effort and less pounding. Check this out:
1) land soft, push off hard
With cloud tech, you get a soft and cushioned landing, followed by an explosive and firm push off. Not a soft landing followed by a soft push off. This allows you to have a cushioned yet fast ride. The Cloudsurfers have as much cushion as a Hoka shoe, it is just presented in a different way.
2) both horizontal and vertical impact is cushioned
On-Running shoes are the only shoes that address horizontal impact, not just vertical impact. The outsole of the shoe is adaptive and can address many different strides.
3) speed board
The speed board in the shoe reduces foot slapping the ground. It rolls your foot forward in the natural motion and actually propels you forward. I really felt this when I was running. I felt propelled forward even when my legs were tired and didn’t want to go!
These Shoes Turn You ON!
There really is something to the name of these shoes. The brand is called “On-Running’ because these shoes turn the muscles in your legs and core ‘ON’. The technology in these shoes engages all the muscles that should be doing the work when running. The postural muscles, the hamstrings, the glutes, they all get turned ON! You literally cannot heel strike in the Cloudsurfer! This is good because we want our leg muscles to stabilize us, not the cushion in a shoe.
Why I’m in Love with On-Running Shoes
The reason I started with all the detailed info is because these shoes are much more than just looking cool. These high-tech, light weight, performance running shoes are the bomb.com!
I was skeptical at first that the ‘bubbles’ on the bottom of the shoe really did more than just make the shoes look cool. They do add a ‘cool’ factor to your runs, but they also do so much more than that! The cushion is amazing, the response is great, and they really do propel you forward and engage the muscles for proper running form.
You can feel good about the fact that there is a lot of research and technology behind the way these shoes are designed. It’s not just a bunch of hype, these shoes are the real deal and make me a better runner.
How I Use Them
I have taken this shoe on every different kind of run. I have worn them on long runs, shorter training runs, slow runs and fast runs. I also broke the cardinal running rule and tried something new on race day. In my defense, I had worn them on at least one run prior. Breaking the rule paid off though, I ran the race much faster than last year and PR’d my 10K distance!
YAY or NAY?
YAY!!! I highly recommend locating a running store near you and at least trying a pair on. (no pun intended!) Everyone is unique and requires a different type of running shoe. On-Running makes several different kinds of shoes and there is something for everyone. The cushioning and technology in these shoes is amazing. I will certainly be buying another pair. They not only feel great, they also improve my performance and make me a better runner.
Disclaimer: I received a pair of Vectr socks to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. I value authenticity & honesty; all opinions are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
If you have been reading my blog for some time, you know that since I started running, I’ve fallen in love with 2XU. It all started when my sports doctor recommended a pair of 2XU compression tights. Since then, my collection of compression gear has grown. Compression is a HOT topic in the running world. There are many benefits of compression, and it’s a tool that I like to use both on runs and in recovery.
My most recent addition to my compression collection are the performance run calf sleeves and vectr socks from 2XU.
The great thing about compression calf sleeves vs full compression socks is that you can wear your favorite running sock with them. The kind of running socks you wear can literally make or break your run!
Bad socks = blisters, rubbing and painful miles. Good socks = blissful miles! I don’t want to feel my socks on my run. The best sock is one you forget you are wearing, and the vectr sock is exactly that!
To find the best sock, look for one with strategic padding and high quality material. The vectr socks feature X-LOCK technology that reduces friction which reduces the chance of blisters. The X-LOCK also supports the arch of your foot and ankle for impact cushioning.
You will notice there is a specific sock for the right and left foot – this is not because you don’t know how to put socks on. Each sock has specific padding and fit for the corresponding foot.
The vectr socks are breathable (no stinky feet here!) and lightweight making them perfect for any season of running. They are also cute & come in fun colors (major plus in my book)!
I pair my 2XU vectr socks with the performance calf sleeves. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!Could they be worn separately? Yes, but I wear them together. This allows me to get all the compression benefits from the sleeves, like faster muscle warm up & reduced muscle soreness, and the supreme comfort of the vectr socks.
The compression sleeves are also perfect for all seasons. They are made from a PWX compression fabric that is breathable & sweat wicking. They feature a seamless construction for maximum comfort and come in all different colors from neutrals to brights.
How I use them
Compression sleeves I use mainly on runs or during some sort of activity. I especially like to use them when my muscles are tired or sore. The vectr socks are great on runs too. The padding and cushioning makes for some really comfortable miles.
This combo can also be worn for recovery purposes. If my legs feel tired in the morning, I will put these on to get my legs psyched up for a run later. I also will leave them on for a little bit post run!
Wearing 2XU gear may induce jumping on runs 😛
Why I’m in love!
All my 2XU gear is extremely comfortable and really helps with my performance. That is what they are all about: human performance multiplied.
They compression sleeves and vectr socks are no exception. They are so comfortable I forget I am wearing them and they make my muscles and feet happy. These are an awesome addition to my compression collection and a great tool to have for long runs & recovery.
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Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Hyoptik tights 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 January and I’m still running outside. Last year I took the winter months ‘off’ of running because I couldn’t fathom the idea of running in the cold, wind & rain. Sure, I live in the PNW, so our weather is not as extreme as some other areas of the USA, but it is certainly not ideal running weather. This year I signed up for a few winter races, so I am training outdoors. Like I mentioned last week, winter running conditions can be tough, but thankfully there are a lot of great products to make it more tolerable.
I have long legs and I am always cold, so finding a way to keep my legs warm in cold temps was a must. A pair of regular leggings just wasn’t cutting it, so when I was introduced to the 2XU hyoptik thermal compression tights, they became another one of my winter running must-haves. Not only do you get all the benefits of a compression tight, these thermal tights are lined with fleece so they keep you nice and warm. The fleece is not bulky or hot, they feel like other leggings I own, yet are much warmer. Unlike some other thermal leggings I have tried, these are really comfortable and easy to move in. They also have reflective logos so you are more visible in low lights. This is super important year around, but especially in winter when the days are so short.
With our temps in the PNW, wearing these tights alone keeps me plenty warm. The coldest I have worn these in is 30 degrees. Some of my BibRavePro buddies that live in colder places have used the hyoptik tights as a base layer with a pair of sweats over and stayed plenty warm.
For me, the hyoptik compression tights have really cut the wind chill I used to feel on runs. I really feel warm and toasty after the first half mile. Once my muscles warm up, these tights keep them insulated. It’s not a stuffy insulated, however, the hyoptik tights are still breathable. They let the sweat out and keep the warmth in!
The hyoptik tights are not only functional, but they are also very comfortable. They have a thick waistband that doesn’t cut in and sits very comfortably on runs & zero chaffing with the flat seams. They are also great to wear for recovery if you are out and about on a chilly day. The 2XU hyoptik tights would also be a great base layer for snow sports! Since I dislocated my shoulder the last time I was on the mountain, I have not tried this yet, but next time I go, I will be wearing my 2XU!
I am so thankful to have added these to my running wardrobe this season. They have made winter runs much more tolerable and allow me to get out and train on a regular basis. These will be my go to tights until the weather warms back up.
If you aren’t a fan of full length tights, 2XU also makes these in a 7/8 tight and a crop. Check out the 2XU Hyoptik collection HERE.
Do you take your workouts outdoors in the winter?
Wanna read more? Check out what other BibRavePros thought
Disclaimer: I received a Hydraquiver Vest Pack 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 started Orange Mud with the sole goal of changing the way runners look at hydration” – Josh, the founder of Orange Mud.
Josh, you were successful! Before trying this hydraquiver vest, I was annoyed with ‘hydration’. I had a small water bottle attachment that I would carry on my running belt, but only if it was hot. I basically didn’t drink on runs. *gasp* Surprisingly, this never bothered me. I really don’t get thirsty or crave water during runs, except in the summer. My regular runs are shorter distances relatively speaking, 3 to 5 miles, but seeing that I want to start marathon training, I knew I needed a solution. I have found it – the Orange Mud Hydraquiver Vest Pack!
I get really excited when I talk about this, so to avoid rambling & lots of punctuation (!!) let me break it down. 🙂
I’ve got a super short video, pros and cons, pics of me using the hydra quiver in various ways & a discount code at the end!
Let’s start with the video.
I show you how easy it is to grab the water bottle, you’ll see that the hydraquiver really doesn’t bounce, I’ll show you where I keep all my goodies & you can see first hand how excited it makes me!
In case you can’t tell from my giddiness, I really like the hydraquiver! Let’s get into detail as to why.
LOTS of pockets
easy to put on
super easy to clean the bottle
easy to refill quickly
easy squeeze bottle
made in the USA
I know what you are thinking, “really, not a single con??” I seriously sat for a long time trying to come up with at least one ‘con’ and I couldn’t! Orange Mud has literally thought of everything. The hydraquiver covers ALL bases. Storage, ease of use, comfort. It’s all there. BONUS feature: you can even use the chest strap to hold your gloves!
This is the best part!
All the ways I’ve used it. I have had so much fun with my hydraquiver and I can’t wait to take it on more adventures with me.
I’ve used it on almost all my training runs. It doesn’t slow you down!
on race day
funny story, they ran out of water at this race, so boy was I glad I had AN ENTIRE water bottle for myself!
I even took the hydraquiver snowboarding! I kept snacks in it, some extra hand warmers & gum. It really came in handy.
the adjustable straps came in handy here to make sure it fit over my coat
Get your own Hydraquiver
One of Orange Mud’s tag lines is ‘innovation from frustration’ and it is very apparent in their products. They have literally thought of everything and solved so many problems that we runners ‘run’ into. While these products were created for endurance athletes, they can be used by any and all athletes. They are high quality and you will not be disappointed.
they have lots of other cool gear too! Be sure to use the code BIBRAVE for 15% off !
As you have probably gathered, I love my hydraquiver! I am really thankful that it is now become part of my favorite running accessories. If you are looking for a easy to use hydration system, this will be a life saver for you.
Runners, what do you use for hydration?
Don’t just take my word for it, check out my fellow BibRave Pros thoughts on Orange Mud
I am a huge fan of breakfast, if you read my blog on a regular basis, you probably know that. It is my favorite meal of the day. I am always looking for new ideas to make my breakfast more exciting, and I am so excited to share this new creation, a gluten free blueberry crisp, with you. Also, I am giving away one of the ingredients used in this recipe & the baked apple recipe I shared earlier this week .Be sure to enter to win below!
Usually crisps are made for dessert, but I have recreated one that is perfect for breakfast time. What can I say, I’m a rebel. Heck, you could also have this for dessert, it’s interchangeable!
There are 2 things that make me particularly excited about this recipe:
1) It’s individual servings! You can double or triple the recipe to make more than one, but you don’t have to. Then when you eat it feels like you get to eat a whole crisp yourself. 😀
2) You don’t have to get tons of dishes dirty. It is almost a one pot wonder, but not quite. It’s really easy to throw together, and clean up is a breeze too!
Using honey crystals in this recipe allowed me to be much more creative. If you aren’t familiar with honey crystals, they are “honey without the sticky mess.” They have been available in packets, but Nektar Naturals just made honey crystals available in a easy pour bottle. It’s available for purchase at Walmart, which means it’s not some obscure ingredient that is hard to find. It’s great to use in tea, oatmeal and recipes as a natural sweetener.
Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp
serves 1 (can multiply recipe to make into larger serving)
1/3 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 T maple syrup or Nektar Naturals honey crystals
1/2 T arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1/2 T lemon juice
dash of cinnamon
1/4 gluten free oats
2 T almond meal
1 T sliced almonds
1 T honey crystals
1 T coconut oil, melted (can substitute butter or ghee)
Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In an individual baking dish or oven safe bowl, mix together the blueberries, maple syrup or honey crystals, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, lemon juice and cinnamon.
2. In a separate bowl, combine oats, almond meal/flour, sliced almonds & honey crystals. Mix in the coconut oil. Stir until the mixture is moistened throughout.
3. Sprinkle topping over the filling until it is evenly distributed (no need to smash it down).
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling around the edges and the top is lightly golden. Let the crisp rest for 5 to 10 minutes before devouring!!!!
For a boost of protein: add 1/2 scoop of protein powder to the topping!! Vanilla flavored works best. Not a blueberry fan? You can use any kind of berry, would be great with blackberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen. Not a fan of sweet?? or you have really sweet berries? only use 1T of maple syrup or honey crystals in the filling. Can’t find honey crystals? Look for them at Walmart! Or you can substitute liquid honey. Preparing this for more than one? I recommend you still use individual baking dishes, it’s so much more fun to eat that way!
I was given a bottle of honey crystals from Nektar Naturals to review as well as a bottle to giveaway thru my association with Sweat Pink. I was not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.