SKINS’ DNAmic Review: the Beauty isn’t Only Skin-Deep

Disclosure: I received a sample of SKINS’ DNAmic Compression Long Tights and Speed Sports Bra as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

One of my goals for the year is to talk more about life both inside and outside of running/fitness, so to test SKINS’ DNAmic line of compression pants and sports bras was a great opportunity to try something new that fits into all aspects of my life. Serendipitously, I was getting ready to replace my one pair of full-length running tights (because it’s rarely cold enough to wear them, I only have one ill-fitting TJ Maxx pair).

The Style.

The sports bra itself is really well made, incredibly flattering and super comfortable. The actual look of it and the details are adorable – I opted for the plum “Exotica” print, which matches perfectly with the “Merlot” pants. The bra also has a very cute translucent detail on the straps, which adds a little extra something to it!

To be honest, I’m actually a reluctant fan of the mesh sportswear trend; when your whole pair of leggings end up looking like they’re all mesh, it seems they’re no longer functional and you might as well just wear shorts. However, I LOVE that these leggings have a super cute mesh accent that makes them trendy, so I can be hip and stylish without detracting from the functionality of wearing a pair of compression pants.

The Substance.

The greater news is that what’s awesome about these products doesn’t just stop at how pretty they are.

Both the pants and the bra have done what they are supposed to do. When I’ve worn the pants, I’ve noticed a difference in my post-workout fatigue; I definitely felt less fatigued, less quickly when running in these pants, and didn’t experience some of the typical soreness after a hard workout. I really do think compression makes a difference in recovery, or at least it does for me.

Additionally, the bra straps are really thick and supportive. For reference, I typically wear size small shirts and am a size 4 in dresses; I ordered the medium per the size guide, which fits perfectly (my band size is a little wider than the average 5’2” person).

The Fit.

I mentioned the fit of the bra, so let’s talk tights.

The size guide recommended a small, and while they’re fine in the length, and they fit tightly. Yes, that’s how compression pants are supposed to fit, but I still think I could have fit a medium because of the waist band. It’s a bit tighter than I’m comfortable with and I am not the biggest fan of elastic waistbands (I prefer the combination of an adjustable waistband and a bit of elastic). The fabric is also a little bit sheerer than I expected, so I wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable wearing these for activities other than running.

Both pieces can be found on here in the US at $99.99 for the leggings is actually pretty comparable to other luxury athleisure brands, and I really like that these marry both form and function. The matching bra is $49.99, and you can use the code “20BIBRAVE” for 20% for both (as well as any other full priced items).

How has compression factored into your routine? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers to gear that is both cute and functional!

Product Review: Pjuractive 2skin Anti-Chafing Gel

Disclosure: I received a sample of Pjuractive 2skin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

At this point in my running journey, I’ve tried several different ways to avoid the dreaded chafing problem. This includes using nothing, which resulted me thanking the running gods for volunteers with Vaseline at Rock N Roll San Antonio. When I heard about Pjuractive’s 2skin product, I wanted to see how it stacked up against other products that I’ve had positive experiences with.


Pjuractive 2skin is a water and sweat resistant gel that helps protect against chafing and blisters for athletes (including runners). It creates an invisible, protective film directly on the problem area. I have been testing the product for a month, including during the Austin Half Marathon and through my training for the Cap 10K, and it definitely does what it claims to do!

What sets it apart:


The application of 2skin is pretty simple – simply squeeze a pearl-sized amount at a time and apply with your hands to the desired area. With other products, I’ve had to wash my hands due to the dry time/sticky feeling, 2skin dries almost instantly and doesn’t leave a residue. I was skeptical of the application method at first – I’ve used stick and roller ball products previously – but it turned out to be surprisingly convenient. I had a lot more control with this method, and for those who want to apply multiple layers, I imagine you would like that, too. 


I also loved the texture/feel of 2skin when it was on. It didn’t feel like I was wearing any product once it dried, and while my skin felt soft, it never felt oily, waxy, or wet.

Other benefits I found worked for me:

  • Non-pore clogging formula
  • Lasted for several hours
  • Sensitive skin-safe
  • Worked in the hot and cold temperatures of Texas
  • Didn’t stain my clothes

What’s the rub (pun intended):

Well, there was no rub to be seen on my feet, waistband, thighs or arms (or anywhere)!

Honestly, the only thing I’m unsure about is the ingredients (they are not ingredients I’ve heard of before). I did some quick Google searching and didn’t see anything truly alarming, though I’m not an expert. I also place a fair amount of trust in the folks at BibRave who work directly with a lot of the companies whose products I test. They are like-minded people and research the opportunities presented to us to ensure the products are reputable. I recommend you learn more about each of the ingredients, if they are a major concern to you.

About a minute after this, the product was completely dry. 

2skin can be purchased on  While $21.99 for 3.4 ounces may seem pricy initially, it actually costs less per ounce than other products I’ve tried for this same issue.

Thanks for stopping by, as always. Let me know if you have any funny chafing stories in the comments.

Cheers to helping reduce the number of said funny chafing stories!

Product Review: Getting My Running Life Organized with Athlinks

Who else out there has been on the struggle bus of constantly looking up their old race times when trying to set goals?

Well, the new year is here, and there’s a free resource that can help solve this problem when you’re goal setting in 2018. It’s called Athlinks!

Each new year, I find it’s helpful to reassess and reevaluate how I organize my life, spend my time, and approach my goals. Timing was perfect, as I found out about Athlinks through my friends over at BibRave just a couple of weeks ago. Now that I’m all set up on the platform, I’m excited to share with all of my runner friends, because it’s such a helpful tool. And the best part is: it’s FREE.

Signing up was really easy – I actually signed up from my phone browser in less than five minutes. Once I picked a password and username that worked, I got started in no time. The website prompted me to claim my race results, which it pulled from their database using my first and last name. I simply went down the list and clicked “claim” on the ones that were mine. Users also have the ability to search, which may be easier for folks that haven’t done a ton of races recently, to avoid scrolling. After claiming my results, my personal records, as well as my rankings for each race, were saved in a user-friendly dashboard.

The app for iPhone and Android devices is also intuitive to use, and I like the flexibility of being able to look up my results while I’m at a race. You can even get competitive by following along with friends’ progress (just ask for a link to their profile and there will be a follow button – easy, right?).

When following other people, Athlinks also makes it possible for you to see what races they have coming up; you can show everyone what your goals are by searching for an upcoming race, clicking on their profile, and adding yourself to the start line.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be able to quickly look back at my progress over the years and reflect on how hard races back in the day would now be much easier for me. I am hopeful I will be able to hit a 2:20 half marathon this year, and it now seems much more within reach. Athlinks has definitely helped motivate me in that way. 

All you have to do to use this for yourself is visit and click “sign up” in the top right hand corner. Once you get situated, let’s follow each other! Here’s a link to my profile:

As I chase my sub 2:20 half marathon, I am excited to see what kind of goals you accomplish in 2018!

Cheers to getting organized for the new year.

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon – Race Recap and Review

Disclosure: I received a complimentary entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Growing up with both sets of my grandparents in San Antonio, I’ve been more times than I can count. And since I moved to Austin (less than two hours away), I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to make it down to San Antonio for a race. After enjoying the race in Dallas so much earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to see what Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio had to offer.


Sign ups were easy and there was ample communication beforehand, though it was almost information overload! As it turns out, a conflict came up and I wasn’t able to make it to the expo, but from my last experience, I’m sure it was expansive and I wish I would have had time to stop by and shop around.

Race Day

Race day morning this time was a bit more complicated than last time, as we were driving from New Braunfels to San Antonio (we’d driven to New Braunfels late the night before). However, thanks to all of the information that they sent ahead of time via email, the morning wasn’t as frantic as I thought it would be to make it to the race’s 7:15 a.m. call time. We followed the directions to runner drop off areas downtown, and found ample surface parking lots along the way. The walk to the start line was short, but when I got there, I couldn’t believe how massive the crowd was. The race was one of, if not THE largest I’ve run and felt much larger than RNR Dallas, which also felt large. It was pretty tough to get around to my corral because there were just so many people.  They prepared though – there were so many porta potties and I was even able to find a section without a line (*gasp*).

Side note: you may be wondering how I got my packet. It’s not commonly known, but there is a solutions tent that can be utilized in extenuating circumstances on race day morning to pick up your packet.


After taking a quick restroom stop, I headed to my corral to wait for the crowd to move up. I was in one of the earlier corrals, but it still took about 30 minutes for us to make it to the start. Knowing that there was a course time limit, it’s tough to imagine what the runners even further back (who were likely run/walking or running at a slower pace) would have to do to finish within the time limit.

However, the emcees were still spirited and once I made it across the start line, the real challenge began.

Selfie with the Alamo!

Overall, the course was interesting and relatively flat, which was quite enjoyable. It wound in and out of downtown San Antonio, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas! There were also not too many hills. Due to the size of the race, I found that there was a ton of crowd support the whole way through.

My favorite part of the course was running through the park (I believe it was Brackenridge Park). The leaves normally change colors around Thanksgiving or in December here in Texas, so all of the tree leaves had turned into a lovely yellow canopy. At the same spot, a veterans group placed memorial signs for fallen service members that ended with a lengthy flag salute. We were running through a picturesque fall canopy surrounded by reminders of those that have given everything for our country’s safety and security. It literally took the breath from my lungs because it was so beautiful and is a sight I’ll never forget.

Pictures are not doing it justice, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

The weather itself was not ideal, with rain for about three miles soaking everyone and creating so many puddles on the course. It wasn’t the race’s fault of course, and I think this race would have been nearly unbeatable on a good weather day.

Oh, and who could forget the music? All of the bands stationed on the course were fantastic, and there was a good amount of variety. There was even a local mariachi band spread out all the way up one of the course’s only hills, which was a fun, festive and local touch.

Post Race Party

Tucked away a little bit behind the finish line, the post-race party was on point. There were so many snacks once I crossed and so many places to grab a photo with the photographer. Meb was there (Kolbe met him!) and there were great live bands playing. I had to head back to Austin for a baby shower, but was really happy to see that the finish line festival lived up to my expectations. The swag did not disappoint either – the shirts provided were so nice and the medal was too!

Ultimately, no PR for me this time, but I’m still thankful that I got the opportunity and truly enjoyed everything from the race’s perspective. This would be a fantastic race for just about any runner, due to the simple course, amazing crowd support, and organized race management. If you’ve never run a race before, I caution you to bring plenty of water (especially if the Texas weather takes a turn for warmth), because there aren’t as many water stations as other races provide.

Once again, cheers to the unexpected challenges of each race day!

Happy Taste Buds, Meet Healthy Body – Health Warrior Chia Bars Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples of Health Warrior’s Chia Bars as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Quick read for you guys this evening – I’m sharing my thoughts about the Health Warrior Chia Bars, which I’ve been tasting and testing for the past month! Health Warrior sent me 15 of the Vanilla Almond and 15 of the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored chia bars to test, as well as a fun marathon training coloring book. 

As you may recall, I’m not super picky about the specs of the food I’m eating – I don’t have any allergies or specific restrictions on my diet, and I mainly just try to avoid eating too much junk and processed foods. Given that Health Warrior products are so “clean,” and because sometimes things that are so clean taste gross, I was pleasantly surprised I liked them. A mid-afternoon Chocolate Peanut Butter binge has successfully replaced my routine raid of the candy drawer at my office. This makes me feel better about my life choices, and makes my actual body feel better. I also had Chris, my husband who’s less of a health nut than I am, try them. He actually enjoyed the Vanilla Almond flavor as well (dude amazingly doesn’t like peanut butter).

Of course, Health Warrior’s Chia Bars are largely comprised of chia seeds, which are rich in nutrients like fiber, anti-oxidants, protein, calcium, omega-3’s and healthier carbs. The goal is for the chia seeds to expand in your stomach and also make you feel fuller, without all of the extra calories and processed junk that makes other bars, well, bar-like. 

It’s also reassuring that I understand everything that’s in each of these bars. Everything is pronounceable, not that it’s a bad thing if there’s something that’s difficult to pronounce, as long as I know what it is.

In terms of when I eat them, I’ve tried a couple for breakfast, as a snack, and as a pre-workout fuel, and they’ve worked pretty well for all three. Because they are so high in fiber, I worried that they would not make a good source of pre-long-run fuel. However, they gave me a little extra burst of carbs without making me feel weighed down (and I didn’t have any GI issues, which I’m sure is the real question you all have). That says a lot – there are a ton of foods that I just can’t eat before a long run. Anything with any amount of dairy (aka most breakfast food), pop tarts, apples and oatmeal are all foods that work for other runners but are disastrous for me. These work for my running routine and that’s what’s most important. 

My one complaint is that I wish they had a bit more protein, as there are 110 calories in each and only 3-4 grams of protein (at least in the flavors I tried). For this reason, while they filled me up temporarily (thanks, chia seeds), and they filled me up more than chips or other junk I reach for when I’m unprepared, they didn’t keep me full for longer than similar protein-rich snacks. You can guarantee I’ll be trying out their Protein Bars when I finish the samples they gave me.

The other great thing about this company is that they understand how much of being healthy is mental. The branding of warrior is just something I like, but I really did find the coloring book to be therapeutic. It helps to visualize yourself as a warrior, cheesy as it sounds. 🙂 I’ve been goal setting and considering what will be a success at the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll race in San Antonio, and taking the time to color has been a big part of it.

#goals: to hit 2:20 this season, which may require a unicorn cloud of magic to accomplish.

You can try out samples of the different bars by visiting the Health Warrior website, and you only have to pay shipping and handling. Be sure to try the coloring book with this unique link: They also sell them at Target, Whole Foods, Wegmans and Sprouts. To give you an idea of price, their sampler pack has gone for 16 bars for $19.99, though it’s currently sold out. That’s quite reasonable!

What’s your favorite pre-run food?

Cheers to finding something that makes my taste buds happy and keeps me healthy!

2017 Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon Recap

Disclosure: I received a complimentary race entry for the Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

As mentioned last week, I kicked off my racing season with the Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon again this year, and was really looking forward to a well-run race with awesome swag. Well, Mother Nature had other plans – sadly, they ended up having to call off the race part. However, that made me realize just how much else a race does that makes it successful, so let me tell you about all of the parts that made me love this race even more.


Before race weekend, management was communicative well ahead of time. There aren’t many updates made to the website, so most of their communication was through email (for example, all parking information is sent via email). The race did a great job of notifying everyone via Facebook to check their email, so once I knew to do that, I had everything I needed in my inbox.

Additionally, the race also has social media giveaways just about every week, so there are really great opportunities to win everything from Lululemon to nutrition supplements. I love that they do this because it keeps everyone engaged!

They also partnered with the Stella Hotel in Bryan this year, to give runners a killer rate. I had to sign up a little later and missed out on this, but the hotel is normally over $200/night and it was under $130 a night if you signed up for the race’s block of rooms.


I mentioned last year that the expo was quite small, but they definitely stepped it up this year. It was still small relative to other expos, but they improved on variety and activities. There were booths representing nutrition supplements, head gear, a local running club and a local running store. The race also had a fun photo booth were you could get a nice printout to commemorate the event. Well done, guys!

Race Day Communication

This is where their excellent planning truly showed. When a cold front blows through right at start time, there’s not a whole lot you can do to control the situation, but you CAN communicate. Via social media and email they did let us know the race had been delayed multiple times (first to 8:00, then to 9:00). When we didn’t see any additional updates at 8:45, we figured they were probably only going to have minor delays, as it appeared to be clearing off slightly. We headed to the start line and they had just made the decision to call off the race. It was a bummer, but they made the best of it and ushered us all to the after party, which was still ready to go!

Post-race Party and SWAG

The post race party had all the bells and whistles, with delicious craft beer, plenty of food to go around, and of course, swag. Since I didn’t race, I decided to forgo some of the food this year (I had, after all, carb-loaded thinking I was going to be racing). I did, however, take full advantage of the swag.

They went ahead and handed out finisher medals – not totally sure how I feel about having a medal for a race I didn’t actually run, but it’s really pretty, so I decided not to be legalistic and took it. The medal was large, colorful and complete with a bottle opener. We also received really soft finisher’s tees (in some ways, I’d rather have more of these than tech tees, because they’re so darn comfy) and a sweet tote bag at the expo. They definitely think outside the box with race day swag.

Moral of the story: just because a race gets cancelled doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Race management handled a difficult, unpredictable situation well and I was impressed.

Have you ever had a race get cancelled? How did they handle it?

There’s always next year and I hope to be back. Cheers to that!

The definitive guide to getting your carb on: Bryan/College Station

Never been to College Station (or just never had a race there)? Have no fear – the first in my series of restaurant guides for race weekend is here.

Check out some of my favorite places to eat that are pretty unique to the area when I’m in C-Stat for a race. And look for me on Sunday right here at Kyle Field for the Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon post-race party!

Layne’s Chicken Fingers

106 Walton Dr.
College Station, TX 77840

A College Station original decked out in Aggie maroon and white, Layne’s offers delicious, lightly breaded and crisp chicken and a secret, peppery comeback sauce. They also have fresh, buttery Texas toast, and an authentic vibe that will make you reminisce of the holes in the walls you frequented in college. Plus, true to college life, it’s super-affordable ($5-6 per person) and near campus.

Hungry Howie’s

105 Southwest Pkwy. #400
College Station, TX 77840

Pizza can get a little old if you’re eating it often to carbload. Flavored crusts add another level to elevate the take-out pizza (garlic herb, anyone?). Plus, when you’re traveling, it’s great to have an inexpensive meal option, since you’re paying for gas and a hotel as it is.

Caffe Capri

222 North Main Street
Bryan, Texas 77803

For those looking for a pasta party the night before a big race, in historic downtown Bryan, Caffe Capri has the most delicious Italian fare in the area. They serve the best bread as an intro, and their pasta is to die for. Be sure to call ahead or get there early if it’s a Friday or Saturday – it gets pretty crowded!

Grub Burger Bar

980 University Dr E #400
College Station, TX 77840

Grub is the home of some of the best burgers in modern history, and has delicious fries to boot (and milkshakes, if they don’t upset your stomach). When you walk in, the aroma of their fresh buns wafts in your direction, so you know it’s going to be good. And they have a lot of different flavor options, so you’re bound to find something you like on the menu.

Fuego Tortilla Grill

108 Poplar Street
College Station, TX 77840

Tacos, and especially breakfast tacos, are a Texas staple. Fuego does them really well, 24/7. They are made to order and have so many fresh salsas to choose from. I have to get the Fuego Steak every time I go, but their chorizo breakfast taco is also what got me hooked on chorizo. They also have fantastic chips and queso, if you have time to sit down.

Blue Baker

201 Dominik Drive
College Station, TX 77840

What runner doesn’t like homemade baked goods? This place is like a local version of Panera. My favorite menu item is the Club Bleu on a croissant; they also have delicious bread bowls, sweet breads, scones and pastries. And if you’re short on cash, just wear all blue and you’ll get a free cookie.

Atami Steak & Sushi

800 University Dr E #200
College Station, TX 77840

I love their sushi here – if you’re looking for something a little lighter to load up on carbs and protein, I highly recommend this place.

Not quite a carb:

Sweet Eugene’s

1702 George Bush Dr. E.
College Station, TX 77840

If you need coffee in an IV, Sweet Eugene’s is one of the best local places and has a really quirky, comfy atmosphere. They have delicious pastries and donuts, too (I recommend the white chocolate cranberry scone warmed up).

If you try any of these local eateries while you’re in town, or if you try something new, I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers to getting your carb on for a successful race. 🙂

Training Update: September – Do You Remember?

Well, I don’t remember… how my runs shaped up, that is.

This past month was like Murphy’s Law for my running in some ways (thankfully no injuries, but everything else). People often ask how I juggle running, work and the rest of my life. It seems running got the short end of the stick this month.

That’s okay, though.

The world that we portray on social media portrays the glossy version of the truth. However, we all have real lives and get off track sometimes. Perseverance it’s what’s most important.

Part of the challenge was that Chris and I took a short vacation, and then the following weekend I planned a visit to my parent’s house and was trying to run around and catch up with friends all weekend. My training got a little off, and then I got confused which week in my schedule I was on. And now, I’m looking back at what I got done and I’m even more confused.

I do remember the good runs and the bad, so I’ll do my best to piece it together for you guys.

From our trip to Magnolia Market.

Week of September 3 (Week 10):

6 mi. | 50 min. tempo | 9 mi.

This week was the week we were catching up from vacation. I don’t know where my runs are – I could have sworn I did them, but they aren’t on either app I use (Garmin and Nike Run Club). I think I was just so relaxed that I either ran a couple on the treadmill and forgot to track it, or I didn’t get them done. It’s all good though, right?

Total mileage: I honestly don’t know!

Week of September 10 (Week 11):

4 mi. | 3 mi. pace | 10K race

Well, this was the week I went to visit my parents, and I didn’t quite make it to doing the 10K. The morning I set out to do it was hot and humid (true to Houston style). But I did go ahead and do a 9 mile for the following week when I got back to Austin. Though it was also a hot one, I got it done and it felt great.

Total mileage: 12.2 18.7 mi.

Week of September 17 (Week 12):

6 mi. | 5 mi. | 9 mi.

I basically switched the prior week and this week in terms of total mileage. I think the positive is that I got a lot done. I remember all my runs feeling slow, and this was really the week I started to feel a little burnt out on training and work. Plus, it was Chris’ birthday, and all I wanted to do was relax together. This training cycle went so well up until September, and I was starting to feel the fruits of my labor in the form of burnout. It’s been hot, I’ve been tired from work, and I’ve been short on time to tend to things at home.

So it was definitely a tough week, but onward and upward.

Total mileage:  20 10 mi.

Week of September 24 (Week 13):

6 mi. | 6 mi. | 10 mi.

One of these runs was one I broke into two shorter runs, due to time and a hectic schedule. However, the big win here was during my 10 mile (which I also had to shorten to 9.5 miles due to time), I ran 9.5 miles in the time it took to finish 9 miles during week 11. The weather was amazing at 65 degrees because we got a cold front. It’s really encouraging to look back and see the improvement, especially when this month was so inconsistent.

Total mileage: 22 21.2 mi.

And that’s a wrap! I feel like I’ve gotten back on track since September.

Again, onward and upward; the Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon is this weekend. Cheers to kicking off the racing season!

Guest Blog: Daisy the Dog – Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Dry Collar Review

Disclosure: I received Stunt Puppy's Go Dog Glo™ Dry Collar™ to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Daisy is the star of today’s blog post! She’s been testing the Go Dog Glo™ Dry Collar™ from our new friends at Stunt Puppy. They’re an active pet gear brand with products made in the USA, so we were really excited to see what everyone’s been barking about.

I wanted to try this collar because it’s waterproof, stinkproof and has a highly-reflective strip down the center. It’s also made of a material called “BioThane” which reminds me of a flexible plastic or nylon. It functions like fabric, but it looks fresh all the time!

Without further ado, I’ll let Daisy share her thoughts on this collar.

Hey guys! Daisy here – sometimes, my pawrents call me “Daisy Doodle Dandy.” Whateva that means.

Anywho, Mawm says I can be a wittle ruff around the edges. I think that’s because I follow my nose wherever it takes me. She worries a wittle when I do that, so I think it makes her relax knowing I’m wearin’ reflective collar in case I wander off. Mawm and Paw also work a lot, meaning it’s dusk when we go walking sometimes. I feel confident knowing the reflection can help protect my mawm when we’re together.

I’ve heard Mawm talking ’bout all the pups in my hometown of Houston who’ve been separated from their pawrents. I bet they’re real scared, being away from their hoomans, and since I was picked up as a stray, I can understand how they feel. These things called cars go so fast, and you never know if they’re headed straight for ya. Plus, if you’re all wet and anxious, your reaction time might not be as quick. Now, cars can see me if I ever get lost, or if my ma is out searching for me, the reflection on my collar will be SO bright if she shines a flashlight on me. And the reflection won’t go away if I’m all wet.

But on to more pawsitive territory. This collar has two hooks on it, one for my identifications, the other for a leash. They’re both strong and can hold onto me if I run after a squirrel; I sure do love my walks, but those squirrels are annoying. 

I’m not a vain pup, but I still love the way this looks on me. Hoomans also think I look like a boy dog, and while I don’t believe in conforming to stereotypical gender norms (I am perty pawgressive, you guys), I just want to dress a wittle bit feminine sometimes. That bright pink just barks “girl power!” I am a bit fluffy, too, but other hoomans are able to see it perty easily, which is real nice. In a real effort to defy gender stereotypes, i love getting dirty and rolling around in the wet grass, but this collar can take it no matter what the activity.

I’m a dog, so I see the best in everything. I really don’t have any thing that I don’t love about this collar. I do recommend double checking the sizing; I’m normally a medium, but these collars are sized differently than standard collars, and every mutt is different.

Well, that’s all for now guys. Time for me to go beg my mom to take me to the dog park. Thanks, Stunt Puppy – you’re one of my new best fwiends!

Man, I pretty much feel like a failure now, since she said all of that and doesn’t even have opposable thumbs. 😉

I’d recommend this collar to any pet owner for its unbeatable safety features that give me peace of mind. It’s $26 and can be purchased at

What’s your favorite activity to take your pooch to do?

Cheers to smart products to protect our not-so-smart-sometimes puppers!

Time to Toss Those Earbuds: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Review

Disclosure: I received AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Question: how often do you actually take the time to clean your earbuds?

My answer is: maybe once a year.

I understand if you think I’m gross for this, because I honestly feel gross when I think about it.

BUT I also happen to think most of you probably have a grimy set of earbuds that you’re similarly embarrassed about.

Luckily, I don’t really need to worry about the grossness as much these days. This summer, I’ve been testing the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones, and they’re definitely a workout game-changer.

What’s so special about these headphones?

They don’t actually need to go inside your ear canal to work. Crazy, right? They use a proprietary bone conducting technology that delivers the sound through a combination of the bone on the exterior of your ear and the ear canal.

The technology benefits both runners and active people. Namely, it leaves the ear open to hearing other sounds outside. Not only is this important for safety purposes/being aware of surroundings, but you can actually hear and respond when someone says something to you.

The other benefit, is, of course, no grimy earbuds. Seriously though, I’m sure traditional earbuds harbor bacteria that you do not want inside your ear. My Trekz Titanium may get sweaty, but are a lot easier to clean and only touch areas of your body that are also easy to clean. The clean freak inside of me rejoices.

I also enjoyed:

  • The freedom from having nothing in my ear – it just feels comfortable.
  • No crazy adjusting like I’ve had to do with other bluetooth earbuds to get them just right.
  • They stay put – the in-ear bluetooth headphones I’ve tried tend to fall out (obviously, I didn’t have that issue here).
  • Fun colors – I got black so my husband could borrow them if he wanted, but the pink, lime green, and blue options are all pretty!
  • Easy to pair – I’ve never had any issues with the headphones syncing up to my iPhone when I turn them on.
  • Battery life – the battery charges quickly and lasts for a long time. It also lets you know well before that the battery is getting low, so there’s time to finish your workout and then find a charger.

Other considerations:

  • The regular size fit a little loosely for my taste. Luckily they offer a Mini-sized option for those like myself with petite heads.
  • I didn’t like that a single jerk of the head in the wrong direction messes up the sound, but it’s to be expected. They’re really good for running and lifting weights, but I don’t know how they would fare with cross fit or another really dynamic workout.
  • My husband, who is a musician/audio engineer, noted he wasn’t a huge fan of the sound quality compared to traditional earbuds. I found the sound quality difference was there, but minimal; I was actually pleasantly surprised/a little shocked by how much I could hear.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium will run you $129.95 (which is pretty realistic for bluetooth headphones). They can be purchased through the company’s website,, though I’ve seen them go on sale on Amazon from time to time.

Today’s question: what do you enjoy listening to on your runs? Podcasts? Classical music?

Cheers to modern technology! 🙂