Monday, February 24, 2020

Hot Chocolate 15K Charlotte - Race Recap - 2020

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Hot Chocolate 15K Charlotte 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!


This past weekend I was able to run one of my all-time favorite races, the Hot Chocolate 15K in Charlotte!!



I missed packet pick up on Friday due to my commute to Charlotte so Kim picked mine up for me.

My daughter has moved to Charlotte after graduating college so I was able to go down Friday night and spend the night with her so I wouldn't have to drive so early on Saturday!

She and I had a fun night doing some shopping, grabbing a pizza and stopping for some fro-yo before heading back to the apartment to get some sleep. 

Kim had also stayed the night in Charlotte and we planned to meet up for dinner but then we realized it would be too late and while we were only a few miles from each other Charlotte traffic would add an additional 30 minutes to the commute. We decided we'd just see each other in the morning. 

I woke up super early and drove to Kim's hotel to pick her up and find parking. We made a full circle around the block to realize that I had parked in the parking deck right at her hotel! LOL!



It was a little chilly when we got to the race so we went to the park, met up with some friends and then headed back to the car for a bit to stay warm.



I was able to meet up with my fellow BibRave Pros there too!!



Just before the race start we headed down and got into our corals and then we were off!!



This course is great! It is well marked and so well supported. There was an officer every 1/4 mile or so and there were other volunteers along the course too! We ran through a couple of neighborhoods, main roads and a short section of greenway! 

The aid stations were awesome! I didn't stop at all of them but they had yummy goodies like Gummy Bears, Chocolate and Marshmallows! The stations also had Nuun and Water. I tend to carry Nuun so I go for the water usually!

I have really been struggling lately in my training. Life is so busy right now and I feel pulled in several directions and I am also struggling with sleep a bit. I also feel that after running my last 50K I have been in a running slump. I am working to push through this and find my joy of running again. Running a happy race like this one sure does help!! Everyone is happy and joy-filled at the Hot Chocolate races!!

My official time was 1:38! A minute faster than last year!! I was super happy about that!! Especially considering my inconsistent training!  All is not lost and hope is found!!



After the race, we got our medals and then ventured into First Ward Park to get our Hot Chocolate!!



The park was full of things to see and do!! There was a cute spot to take a pic with your time, lots of fun giveaways including sport beans, All State Beanies, etc. There was a gear store, several fun photo ops and loads and loads of chocolate!



I had planned to meet up with the other pros after for some breakfast but I really needed to get back to my daughters so I missed it. Next year I won't though I had total fomo!!

The medals, as always, were the best!!! Who doesn't love a medal shaped like a chocolate bar???

I absolutely love these races!!! I am already looking forward to running again next year!



Be sure to check out my review on Bibrave.com and see my results on Athlinks!! 

Hot Chocolate hosts races all across the country!! Check them out and find one near you!! Maybe I will see you there!!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Training for the HC15K

Uggggg I think I forgot how to run!! I am seriously on the struggle bus. It's been so cold and I've been so sleepy!! 

I hope I can kick it into gear! In 2019 I ran 1,285 miles!!!! It was a killer year for me!! The very best yet!! 

And then the wheels fell off...

So far this year I have run only 19 miles in January and will probably finish February about the same!!


I am soooo glad I have the Hot Chocolate 15K in Charlotte coming up. Having this on my calendar makes me get out of the door at least most of the time!!

Hot Chocolate Races really are my favorites. I love the 15k distance so much! It's a challenge but totally doable!! 

Who else is running it? Want to join me? Use code “BRHCCharlotte19” on posts and add to your blog discount page. This code is good for a Free Hot Chocolate Running Hat!!

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

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