Friday, June 23, 2017

Smell Well #Giveaway No More Stinky Summer Feet!

I received 2 sets of Smell Well Pouches as a BibRave Pro (Ambassador) for the purposes of this review and giveaway! Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews!

If you read the blog, then you know I am obsessed with Smell Well! I have been using Smell Well for a few months now, and I cannot get enough. When I was given the chance to host a giveaway, I couldn't raise my hand fast enough!
Smell Well keeps your kicks fresh and prevents bacteria from growing. They say it works for up to 3 months but I think it has been longer and my original set is still going strong! They are all natural and non toxic, so don't stress if your pup picks one up. Well, maybe stress a little, you don't want dog germs on your Smell Wells!
How do I use Smell Well?
Well, as you can see in the pic above, I just popped 2 into my running bag. That is the bag I take to group runs 3 days a week, and it is starting to get a little ripe in this SC heat!


In my boxing gloves. They get so sweaty and nasty, so I just pop one in each glove when I'm not using them. They smell fresh and clean all the time!


I pop one in each shoe. When I am running, I leave them on the table in the front hallway where I keep my car keys. When I get home and throw my keys in the bowl on the table, I pick up my Smell Wells and put them back in my shoes. 

Want to win your own Smell Wells? I have a pair of black and blue Zebra Print, as shown in the pic at the top of this post with your name on it! How do you win? Check out the Rafflecopter below...



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I will announce the winner on July 1.

What pattern would you pick if you had a choice? Where will you put them if you win?

Don't want to wait for the winner? Check them out at Amazon and use the code BIBPRO10 to get one pair free when you buy 2!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Marathon Training with 2 Toms Foot Shield

I received 2 Toms Foot Shield as a Bib Rave Pro (Ambassador) for the purposes of this review. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews.



Marathon Training is rough on your feet. This should come as no surprise, but I'm just putting it out there. You end up with blisters, rough skin, and let's not even talk about the stink. I live in the South y'all and if the heat doesn't kill you, the humidity will!

Everyone has their favorite ways of preventing blisters, but what if your cure could also help with that very special stank that comes with long runs?



I tried Foot Shield for the first time during Ragnar. (blogger fail, no pics) I know, I know, don't try something new during a race. BUT. I have this spot between my big toe and the next toe that just rubs and rubs on my longer runs. I have a blistery callousy spot there, and nothing seems to help. It doesn't hurt, except when I run more than 4 miles. Then the rubbing starts. Ugh.
So I tried Foot Shield and there was no rubbing. No discomfort. No smell, either, although it didn't seem as important at the time.

It's my new best friend now. I use Foot Shield before every run. I even have a little routine going.

1. Grab my shoes, socks, and phone, plus Foot Shield, and park my butt on the stairs.
2. Shake the bottle and then apply to my feet and between my toes. It.smells.so.good.
3. Check Facebook. Granted, it's 5 am and not much is going on, but Foot Shield needs to dry. It doesn't take long.
4. Put on my socks and shoes, and continue on my merry way. Well, as merry as one can be at 5 am.

So Easy!



2 Toms contains a natural antifungal, reduces and prevents sweaty feet, bacteria growth, athletes foot, blisters, and stinky shoes. Winning! It smells nice and fresh as well, not overpowering at all.

The folks at 2 Toms have given us a discount code to share. Use the code 2Toms20 for 20% off until September 30th!
Tell me what you think of it, I know you will love it as much as I do.

Have you ever tried something new at a race?
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Ragnar Pennsylvania Continued....

A long race weekend deserves several posts, don't you think?
After Van 1, my van, finished their first round, it was time to shop. There was a Merch tent set up at the first Van exchange. We also took some pics with Van 2 since we rarely get to see them!



On to lunch! It was a thrill to get out of that van, and we were all giddy about the real food. We went to a Ruby Tuesday and charged our electronics and enjoyed some real food, with actual vegetables.



After that we had to zip over to the next van exchange so that we could rest a bit before it was time to start again. These legs would be done at night, and they were mostly short legs. Mine was 3.5 miles and many of the others were similar.



My leg began at a satellite campus for Penn State. It started out on a road and then turned down a dirt path that ran along a river. It was very pretty and very dark. It was also just a little terrifying. There was a story about a woman being attacked during a Ragnar event a few weeks back and it was definitely on my mind.



After the dirt path we turned onto a highway, which made me feel so much better. For about 5 minutes. Then we were back on a side road running through pitch black neighborhoods. Don't get me wrong, I never truly felt unsafe, it was just mega creepy.
The leg ended uphill, of course, at a church. The volunteers were all lovely, and I gladly passed the slap bracelet on to Tim!



After Morgan finished her leg, we passed the bracelet on to Van 2 and made our way to the exchange and some real buildings to sleep in.....
Actually that's not what happened. When we got there, the building was closed. No real school floor to sleep on (there were rumors of cots, too), no real bathrooms to pee in. No bathrooms of any kind at all.
We slept in the van. We peed in the woods. Two of our teammates slept on the grass outside the tent, Morgan slept on the van floor, and the rest of us slept on the seats. It was ugly. We got 3 hours of sleep. Tops. Probably closer to 2.



At around 4 am it started raining. Erica and Tim came in from their outdoor sleeping area and we all started packing up. It was almost time to meet up with Van 2, so figured out how to get to the exchange and waited for them in the Van. Van 2 got to sleep in the school. And pee in real bathrooms. I'm not bitter. Much.
While we waited for our first runner to finish, we found a real bathroom and they had a fire pit going, and I believe they were serving coffee. Erica, our team captain, got a text saying there was a bear sighting on leg 3. Runners of leg 3 were allowed to skip the leg if they chose, with no penalty. Darlene decided to run and we followed along as much as we could. She kicked butt and then it was my turn.



This was, by far, my favorite leg. It was the longest, the hardest, and the prettiest. It was an 8 mile leg that started just as the rain stopped, and brought me through some very pretty roads.... and then down some very muddy dirt roads.



These little guys were at the bottom of one of those dirt roads. It was a steep, muddy, hole filled road, but at the bottom was an actual road where I got to see Santa Claus. For real, y'all. He was cheering runners from the back of his every day car, with Mrs Claus and their dogs. He was incognito, though. No fancy red suit on this guy.
Soon after seeing Santa, I came upon my spirit animal.



They were all over the shoulder of the road for about a half mile. At first I thought it was cute, but then I was stressed because some were squished! I starting walking very carefully so I wouldn't commit Snailicide. It's very real. I was also trying to simultaneously post a pic of said snail to Facebook. This is why I didn't see this guy right away....



Holy heck!
It surprised me so much that I almost didn't realize it was dead. The runner behind me leaped over it, thinking it was alive as well. Crazy! A member of van 2 saw a rattlesnake and Morgan saw a brightly colored one on her last leg. Hers was dead but I think the rattler was alive! Yikes!



Back to the dirt roads. I was ok with it since it was around mile 6 by now. It was super steep though and it really slowed me down. It was getting hot as well. I finally finished, and Tim started his final leg. While we were getting situated, an official came over and told us that we needed to finish by 8. No way that was happening so they said all of our runners could start their legs simultaneously, so that we could finish on time.
This took some serious wrangling.
I waited for Morgan to finish her leg, which Tim started, since Morgan hurt her ankle in her first leg...



Our Van helped drive Van 2 runners around and we cheered them on instead of eating or resting. We were starving. And tired.
Once all of their runners were running and we picked up Wendy from her last leg, we headed to the finish. There was free pizza, which was cold, but still food. They also had an overpriced food stand, which we bought from so that we wouldn't starve.
After about an hour of waiting, which was glorious, our last runner was approaching.



We all got to run through the finisher chute together. It was pretty emotional. A lot of teams were finishing at once, so we waited on line for our medals, car decals, and photo op...





After the official photo, we grabbed some strangers to help us with the fun photo....



Whew! We did it. We all ran our legs, incurred no infractions, and had an amazing time. Now we just needed dinner, the hot tub, and a bed.



Would I do it again? Hell yeah! We are already planning Cape Cod 2018.... We just gotta win the Ragnar Lottery!
Have you ever done Ragnar?

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Adidas Ultra Boost Sneakers

I received these super cute Ultraboost Running shoes by Adidas as a BibRave Pro (Ambassador). Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews.

Okay, if you've been reading my blog at all for the last little while, you know I'm pretty much a one shoe kind of girl. Practically every pair of shoes I've run in for the last 5 years has been the same brand in a different color. When I was given the chance to try the Ultra Boost kicks, I tried to go in with an open mind.



I wore them for the first time to a group run held at night, and there were many ooohs and ahhhhs over them! They are so unique looking, but I'm not gonna lie. I was NOT liking the way they felt on my feet at first. After hanging out in the store for awhile, I totally forgot I was wearing them. They felt comfy on my feet and I ran the 3 or so miles with no problem.



I've worn them to a bunch of different runs, usually running anywhere between 3 and 5 miles, and I'm really liking the way they feel on my feet. No aches or pains while I run, or after, and the fit is perfect.



I recently took them with me to run a relay race, because I didn't want to rely on just one pair of sneaks. I wore them for the 2nd of 3 legs and they were divine. They hugged my feet and carried me through 3.5 miles of crazy Pennsylvania hills (mountains. They were mountains.)



Will I wear these on my long runs? Probably not. I am a nervous Nellie, and I like the support that my regular shoe gives me. I will definitely be wearing them for my short runs, while I train for Chicago. I gladly add these to my rotation!

Sidenote: These are a neutral shoe, and the cool rubber soles are great for wet or dry running! I ran my 2nd leg at night and it was very damp out, but I had no problems with slippage!

Have you ever tried a new sneaker and just loved it, or are you more of a creature of habit?
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ragnar Pennsylvania, Part 1

I'm not even sure how to begin, it was such an amazing, overwhelming, exhilarating, exhausting weekend. I was Runner 4 in Van 1, and was blessed with amazing Van Mates.



We all met for the first time the night before. We decorated the vans, picked up our packets, and got maybe 4 hours sleep before we needed to get to the start.



Our start time was 5 am, the earliest start because we were a slow team. We cheered our first runner and then hopped into the Van to meet her at the first exchange.



We kind of sucked at first, it was hard to get to the exchanges on time, but by the time we finished we were pros!



I was 4th to run and my first leg was 5.9 miles. The bills were nuts, more like mountains, but it was so beautiful that I didn't care. I was in Amish country, and it smelled like manure for miles. I absolutely adored my entire 6 miles.



Best.sign.ever.



We had a really great first round (is it a round? a leg? I don't know.) and met Van 2 at the first big exchange.



Time for lunch, or first real meal of the day. It was amazing to sit down and eat actual food! Then it was on to the next exchange so we could run through the night!



Part 2 coming soon..... Have you run a Ragnar? We are already discussing our next race!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Jimmie Johnson Fit Fest 8k Trail Race

Wow! That's a mouthful!
I almost don't know where to start with this! Are you a NASCAR fan? I'm not, so I had no idea who Jimmie was. I spoke to more than one person who drive in from our of state just because he would be there. (As well as Lance Armstrong and Jason Sehorn!)
The event was amazing, I'm not gonna lie. You definitely don't need to be a fan to appreciate it. There was a 5k and 8k trail race, a 2k Spartan Kids race, and 2 bicycle trail races. The Spartan races ran all day, the 8k started at 8, with the other races following.

We had to park at a nearby high school and take a short shuttle ride to the park, so I got there nice and early. Maybe a little too early, but that's okay.



I walked around a bit, checking everything out, and met up with some friends....





We talked until it was time to line up. The race director gave directions, the anthem was sung, Jimmie made a speech, and then we were off.



Most of the first mile was a rocky road, but then we hit the actual trail, and then it got real. I have Ragnar in less than a week, so I was super cautious. I walked a lot. It was beautiful, and I enjoyed the view.



The humidity also took its toll, and there was a group of 5 back of the packers all walking together for mile 4. We all separated at the end, so we could finish strong.



One of my friends placed in her age group and the prize was pretty great. A cap and a cooling cloth with Jimmie' s number on it.



There was live music and food trucks at the finish, but I high tailed it out of there and met the hubs for waffles instead.
I really enjoyed the race and I'll definitely try it again next year! It was super well marked and the volunteers are awesome!
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