Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Run with me in beautiful Savannah, GA!

I was super excited to sign up to run the Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon in Savannah, Georgia, again next year! 

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon 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!

Last year was my first time running it, and I fell in LOVE!! I have always LOVED Savannah, and it's authentic southern charm! 

My daughter and I made a girl's weekend out of the race last year. Read all about it here!! So naturally, I am super excited to rerun it. I really had a fantastic experience! 

I would LOVE for ALL my girlfriends to register to run with me in Savannah at the @savwomenshalf on 4/4/2020!!

Register today and use code BIBRAVE for 15% off 💰 This course is fantastic and I can not wait to be there again in the spring 💜 I hope you will join me!

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

That's a Wrap!!

Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 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!

Man, I wish I had this Orange Mud Transition Wrap sooner!! I always struggle at races with whether to change or not after the race. 

Most of the races I do are relatively close to home. I try to only travel to races a couple of times a year. This helps keep the cost of my crazy hobby down, lol!

We almost always plan to grab pizza after a race and my options are:
1- Stay in what I have one from the race, often sweaty and smelly...
2- Change in the port-a-john... Not happening...
3- Change in the parking lot... Also not happening...

My girlfriends and I recently did a photoshoot weekend for a running apparel company and needed to change running skirts on the top of a mountain. Naturally, there aren't port-a-johns or parking lots at the top of the mountain. I had been seeing the Orange Mud Transition Wrap advertised and so I thought to grab a towel to wrap around us as we changed that day on top of the mountain. It was frayed and short but kept us somewhat covered as we changed skirts.

When I had the opportunity to test out the Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0, I immediately signed up!!

I opted for the black one.... I'm so basic, lol! I should have picked a pretty color, but I figured black would hide the mud, sweat, blood, and tears best ha! #trailrunnerprobs

This wrap is much longer than a traditional towel, it is more beach towel size, so it covers very well. It is also super soft and absorbing! Think Microfiber.

The wrap works exceptionally well as a towel to wipe off with after your run. It absorbs sweat and wipes off mud easily! I have found myself especially grateful to have this in the car after a rain run!

The wrap has a feature that allows you to zip up a hood that slips over your headrest, and then the wrap completely covers your car seats, making your ride home 100% more comfortable. 

The latching feature makes it fully adjustable, and once latch, you can change out of whatever article you need to wherever and in a flash! Pun intended!!

I am so glad I opted in for the Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0. This has quickly become a runner must-have for me and a staple for all of my runs!! I keep it in the car all the time and throw it in the wash when needed!!

Try one for yourself! Use code BIBRAVEWRAP for 15% off!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Will run for choclate!

Who's with me??

*Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Charlotte Hot Chocolate 15K 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 know you know this already but love the Hot Chocolate races. It seems each year there is always some story, and that is to be expected when the race is in mid-winter, and you just never know what kind of weather you may encounter. 

I love gathering up a group of friends and planning to meet up at a race! It makes going to the event that much more exciting. Last year was the first year I ran the Hot Chocolate Race as a BibRave Pro, and so in addition to my running friends going, I had the opportunity to meet up with other BibRave Pro's who I only previously knew through social media!  

I am super excited now to be coming back to one of my all-time favorite races!! The 15K race is one of my favorite distances. It is just far enough to feel like a challenge, but not so far that you feel completely empty at the finish! Plus at the Hot Chocolate, there is no shortage of yummy fuel at all the aid stations!! 

It's even better with all your friends!!

 Use code BRHCCharlotte19 for a Free Hot Chocolate Running Hat added to your swag bag when you register!! 

Come on and join me in Charlotte on 2/22/20!! I hope to see you there!! #HCCharBR #BibChat #willrunforchocolate #bibravepro

Monday, August 12, 2019

Summer Running… Yuck!

I’m over it! I am ready for fall. Summer has made me sleepier than normal and hot. I don’t think I enjoy summer running at all. 

June was better than July and July was way better than August has been thus far lol!

I also can’t decide if I love or loathe this run streak either. I don’t want to run right now and so I loathe it but I know that if it weren’t for the streak I would not be running right now and so I think I love it lol!

The run streak has definitely has kept me accountable.  I can’t say I am killing my runs or even running much more than a mile a day but I am getting out there swimming, I mean running, through the thick humid summer air!

In June I managed to run 146 miles and 101 miles in July.  I am pretty happy with that! Last year I ran 54 miles in June and 74 miles in July, they were two of my lowest mileage months. Looks like I am trending lol!

I’ve been giving myself some grace. Since I am not really training for anything yet I am cutting myself some slack and just listen to my body and not push too hard or too far. 

I am super ready for fall though! Bring on the cool crisp running air!!

How do you stay cool on your summer runs? What’s the best summer running tip you have?

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Harness Review - LeRoy's feedback included ;)

Disclaimer: I received the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Harness 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!

This puppy of mine is so freaking cute I can hardly stand it! He absolutely goes nuts when I tell him he has mail. I knew that the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Harness had arrived and when we got home I told him he had a package. He seriously knows what that means and made a bee line to the house. He was so excited to find out what had come in the mail for him. 

Watch his unboxing video:

LeRoy is a little pup, he is a soon to be two year old Havanese. I kind of can’t believe he is already almost two!! While he is not cut out for long runs with me (his cute little legs just can’t) he loves to go on my short easy run days!! I typically take him with me on Monday’s. For my run streak this year we have made Monday’s our easy day and so we run one mail to maintain the streak and walk two miles to shake out our legs from the weekend’s long runs. 

Truth be told we haven’t done many long runs this summer, it is so hot and we have been a bit slack since we aren’t in the midst of training for anything. This is how we feel about summer lol:

I feel in love with Stunt Puppy products when we tested out the Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner, we also carry with us all the time the Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl, I actually keep this in my car at all times, but we had not yet tried out the harness. 

We have tried so many harnesses but they all fit LeRoy funny. Again he is little but has a longer torso with short legs. A lot of harnesses are bulk, heavy or are cut weird around his legs and they seem uncomfortable for him. If he could only talk… LOL!

As of late we have just used his collar which I also don’t love for runs because he get excited (like me) and starts off too fast, pulling and then making that heavy breath/choking sound that dogs do! Ugggg it’s the worst!

I was a bit worried about the sizing. I consider him a small dog but there are dogs much smaller. I ordered the size small and it actually fit perfectly. 

It is fully adjustable and so I was able to adjust to make it just right for him. 

He loves it!! I love it! It is now our go to harness for all activities where he is on the leash!

We both highly recommend you check out Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Harness and all of their awesome products!!

Want to learn even more? Check out what my BibRave Pro Buddies have to say about the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Harness:

Emily Brenda Brittany Cassie Eddie Fallon Christine Jessica Ken Kim Lindsey Matt Mer 

Follow all of our adventures on Instagram @leroy.avery and @gooutsidegirl

Monday, July 15, 2019

Science in Sport Review - Fuel for the long run

Disclaimer: I received my Science In Sport Energy + Electrolye and 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!

I am pretty religious about taking in fuel for my long runs every half hour. I have learned the hard way that I completely bonk if I fall behind in my fueling strategy. Essentially for a half marathon or longer I make sure that I follow that strategy to a T! I have it down to a science and when I tried out Sports In Science I'd say that so do they!

I was super excited to get to try out the Science In Sport Energy Gels.

I kinda wish I had started trying out SIS before I ran the Black Mountain Monster! I feel like the double espresso might have bumped me up in place lol!!

I had the opportunity to try out the GO Isotonic Energy Gel : Apple, GO Energy + Electrolyte: Salted Strawberry and Lemon Mint and the GO Energy Double Caffeine: Double Espresso. They have a slew of other flavors so be sure to check them all out!! 

In testing out these products I have also done some extra research on electrolyte and fueling and interestingly enough I have listened to several podcasts lately that all were discussing fueling for the long run. I love it when the universe aligns like this! Many nutritional experts also recommend following my same strategy for fueling, in taking 100 calories every 30 minutes for long runs. The thing that I have learned that I didn't realize is that the fuel is not processed the same way food is when you are eating a normal meal for example. The product, rather than being digested, is absorbed to provide you with the quick energy response you need for your endurance activity. Makes sense!! So the easier the product is on your stomach the better! 

The product is different that a traditional gel. It's hard for me to call SIS a gel. The product is not thick and gel like really at all. The consistency is thinner and more drinkable than a gel. Gels that you typically pick up at your local sporting good store are thick and require more of an active swallow to get them down whereas the SIS product goes down a bit more smoothly like a liquid. 

I was a little worried on the flavor options I had to try because I always select the chocolate/vanilla type flavors over the fruit flavors of gels. I will for sure be ordering those flavors to give them a try! I was however pleasantly surprised. The flavor of the products was great!! I of course had a couple of favorites so here is my personal preference in flavor in order:

GO Energy + Electrolyte: Salted Strawberry - SOOOOOOOO Good!!! Kind of like a strawberry margarita!!! Without the alcohol of course lol!! I'm some what of a saltaholic, which I know one day will get me, but still this one was my absolute favorite!! Salty and Sweet and hit the spot oh so perfectly!!

GO Energy Double Caffeine: Double Espresso: I also love coffee so this one I was sure would be a favorite! The package says to take 30 minutes before activity. I was worried I may have too much caffeine with my normal pre-run coffee so I waited and took this along for the run! I definitely knew when it kicked in!

GO Energy + Electrolyte: Lemon Mint : Super light and refreshing! 

GO Isotonic Energy Gel, Apple: Tasted like a non sour jolly rancher lol!! I am not a huge apple flavored things person, although I love apples, it's weird I know. It's the same way I love chocolate and cookies but not chocolate chip cookies lol!

With all of the energy products I felt that they were a great solution for meeting my fueling needs. When I shared that I was trying them I received lots of feedback from other runners that this is the product they use and love too!! 
I had absolutely no GI issues with the product and while the packets are larger than other gels they still fit perfectly in my hydration vest, handheld and skirt pockets!
If you are in search of a product that is easy on the tummy, packed with everything you need to fuel your next big endurance activity I suggest giving Science in Sport a try! Use code ‘TRYSIS25’ for 25% off!

Check out my Instagram Contest too for a chance to win one of two great giveaways!!

And if you want to learn more and see what others are saying about this product check out these reviews from some of my fellow BibRave Pros:

Monday, July 8, 2019

Charlotte Firecracker 5K – Race Recap - July 3, 2019

Pushing a jogging stroller is HARD! I give major props to all you momma’s running with your babies!! 

Elizabeth and I signed up to run the Charlotte Firecracker 5K again this year. 

We ran it in 2016 and 2017

This year would be different though, we’d have a cute little firecracker with us and a jogging stroller. 

I told Elizabeth that I would push the stroller. 

Whew, that was harder than I expected!

We love this 5K, it is the perfect way to start our Independence Day celebrations. We typically do this race for fun and so we dress up in red white and blue and enjoy seeing everyone else dressed up too!

The course takes you through a quaint neighborhood and so many residents come out to spectate. 

Many will have sprinklers at the street for you to run through, some write words of encouragement and patriotism in sidewalk chalk on the streets, kids fill up water guns and squirt them at the runners as they jolt by, all of them cheer!! It is great!! 

July evenings can get pretty hot in NC so all the water fun along the course is welcomed by the runners! 

There are ample water stations too!

The race concludes with a great big pool party at the neighborhood pool with pizza and beer and tons of vendors set up with other fun goodies. 

All participants get a race shirt and finisher medal and they are always super cute!

If you are in or around Charlotte for the 4th of July I strongly recommend this super fun race! 

Come on out and join us here next year!

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