Disclaimer:  I received a bottle of wine and some yummy treats from Clif Family Winery 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. If you take a look at my logo you’ll quickly see two things I love; wine and staying fit! Imagine my delight when I recently found out that the makers of Clif Bars, the energy bars I’m sure you are all very familiar with, also own a winery! How did I miss that? The Clif Family Winery was started by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford,Read More →

Happy New Year! It’s the first weekend of 2020, and that means it’s time to pour yourself a cup of coffee (or whatever you prefer) and sit down for a chat! If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. For one, I think it can set us up for failure, followed by feelings of guilt and shame for not having stuck with whatever resolution or goal was set. Plus, I think it’s pretty silly to wait for a specific day to make a change. Why wait until January 1st? If you have a goal inRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received AfterShokz Aeropex bone conduction headphones 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. Now that I have been using AfterShokz headphones for almost a year, I was excited to try the newest product in their lineup. Like all of their headphones, the Aeropex version uses bone conduction technology, which delivers a great sound without compromising your ability to hear ambient noises around you. This is important to me for reasons of safety, since these headphones allow the user to hear approaching cyclists,Read More →

It always amazes me how quickly a year goes by, and it’s even more amazing to look back and see what I accomplished during that year. As I gathered my 2019 race medals for this post, I was surprised at how many races I ran this year. In total there are 18 medals in the above photo, representing 16 races and including two challenge medals. Race distances ranged from 1 mile to 26.2 miles, and included three World Marathon Majors. I’d say 2019 was a pretty good year!       Surf City Cowabunga Mile and Half Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA, February 2 & 3,Read More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon 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. Hold a race in one of my favorite cities on earth, and it’s sure to be a good time. Throw in a meet-up with my best college friend and anything can (and will) happen! When the opportunity to run the Strip at Night came up, I was all in! Las Vegas is one of my favorite places – it has everything I love: Read More →

Disclaimer:  I received a generous supply of Gatorade Endurance 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. And so ends my 2019 race year, and what a fabulous year it has been! I started training with Gatorade Endurance Formula and Energy Gels in August, and it has carried me through not only my training, but also through a 5K, two 10Ks, two half marathons, and two full marathons. With Gatorade Endurance products, I think I’ve found my magic. Gatorade Endurance Formula is different than ‘regular’ Gatorade in thatRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received the opportunity to run the New York City marathon as a fundraiser for Team in Training 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. As part of my quest to become an Abbott World Marathon Majors Six Star Finisher, I received my fourth star in New York City earlier this month. With no chance of entering using a qualifying time, my options were to try the ballot (lottery) or to enter via the charity route. My son and I were not chosen for theRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon 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 recently ran the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky and I am still reeling with excitement over such a great race! I love Louisville and I haven’t been there in a number of years, so I was really looking forward to hitting up some of my favorite places while in town (insider’s tip:  DO visit Seviche Restaurant if you ever travel to Louisville). ThisRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received an Orange Mud Transition and Seat 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. Sweat much? Yeah, me too. Especially after long runs. I’m actually otherwise not much of a sweater, but certainly after long runs or races I can get pretty soaked. This year more than any other, I did a bunch of races in Chicago. That meant a number of early morning drives into the city and then immediately driving back home after the race. I typicallyRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone conduction headphones 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’ve been using AfterShokz Trekz Air bone conduction headphones for a while, and I have nothing but good things to say about them. My biggest concern when running outside alone is safety, and I love that I have the ability to listen to music while still being able to hear sounds around me. I had gotten away from listening to music on my runs, and having the abilityRead More →