Get on Your Feet with OOFOS – OOmg Low Shoe Review

Disclosure: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg low shoes 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! All opinions are my own.

For quite some time I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a good casual pair of athletic shoes to wear on the weekends when I want the comfort of a full shoe, without increasing the mileage on my Brooks. When I saw that OOFOS, a company specializing in recovery footwear, was coming out with the OOmg, I thought the shoe might fit the bill.

What’s so special?

For runners especially, pounding the pavement all the time can cause a lot of wear and tear on your muscles/joints, especially if you’re not being smart about it. Sure, having the right running shoe helps, but what you do when you finish running – be it foam rolling, eating protein, whatever – can also help prevent long-term damage by helping you recover.

That’s what makes OOFOS different from other footwear. OOFOS are designed to help you recover faster, with a proprietary foam technology that is lightweight, while absorbing the shock of walking around and staying active after a long run or race. From OOFOS’ research, their OOfoam absorbs up to 37% more impact than regular foam. They also have arch support, while remaining squishy and soft, which is excellent for those tired, swollen feet and helps keep you walking smoothly.

These shoes, in particular, are designed as a “lifestyle shoe” – meaning you can wear them anywhere and they go with clothes other than running gear.

Why I’m a fan

Both trendy and comfy, I have found myself wearing these even more often than I thought possible. I love that they are so breathable that I don’t even have to worry about wearing socks with them. They can also be worn in wet conditions because the foam doesn’t soak up moisture, which keeps them from getting stinky.

They have officially become my new dog-walking shoes, which helps me get a head start on getting rid of the lactic acid build-up. I’ve been experiencing less soreness lately, and I think that’s a large part of the reason why. It’s also nice that I have some shoes I can throw on when I’m running errands after the gym – no more putting excess miles on my running shoes.

They are even washable. Simply regular ‘ole detergent and cold water. Leave the bleach, fabric softener, and use of the dryer for other stuff – no need to use them here.

However…

…with all of the awesome things about these shoes, there are some trade offs. One thing I’m not keen on is the price point ($120). I get that they are priced highly because it’s a unique technology, but I still think they are a little high because they aren’t meant to be worn working out. Competitors in that price category the casual footwear market are comfortable and still make good cross training shoes. I also wasn’t crazy about the white soles. They seemed to pick up dirt far more easily than other white-soled shoes I’ve owned; however, OOFOS does offer the OOmg in other colors (grey and lime green) with dark soles.

Curious to try for yourself? Head on over to the OOFOS website, oofos.com, to purchase your very own pair. Gents, if you’re under a size 10, they also have some available for you, too!

Today’s question: how do you recover from an intense workout?

Cheers to staying active and on your feet.

On the Road with Road ID – Wrist ID Elite Review

Disclosure: I received a Road ID Wrist ID Elite 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! All opinions are my own.

As someone who spends hours outside and away from my loved ones to pursue this wonderful thing called running, making it back home is incredibly important to me. Because we never know what the road holds for us, we have to be conscious of safety. Even before I started running, I’d helped out with races and had heard all about how Road ID helps athletes (or just active people) stay safe.

Naturally, when the opportunity came to try out the Wrist ID Elite, I accepted without hesitation.

The concept is quite simple: if you run into trouble out on the road/trail/track, Road ID ensures whoever finds you can access your emergency contacts and know of any health issues. Frankly, I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without one. There are plenty of testimonials of how this life-saving information has, well, saved lives. If the time comes where information is needed, every second counts; if I were being rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, I’d want my power of attorney to be notified ASAP, to be able to share any medical records they needed. I’d also just want my family to be there. 

Ordering online was quite simple.

I loved having the ability to choose customization options to suit my needs. I picked out the black edition faceplate with a black collection band. Sometimes, I end up forgetting to take my jewelry off, and if I ever find myself going from a run to a big meeting, I won’t look unprofessional. Plus, the peek of purple is just fun! There are also unique little badges, but I personally wanted the black edition more than the badges. I opted to save a line to write my own message (that I have asthma and my blog moniker). With 6 lines, there was plenty of space to write my name, location, all emergency contacts, leaving one more line for a message of my choosing.

Because of the customization aspect, shipping took a little over a week, which actually isn’t bad at all (though I grew impatient because I was pretty excited). My Road ID arrived in a lovely black box, and was packaged well!

Once unboxed, I loved that the Road ID Wrist ID Elite was simple to fit perfectly to my wrist size. My wrists are tiny, so it’s difficult to find bracelets, watches, etc. that fit. I had a little bit of trouble figuring out how to open the clasp to adjust the band, but once I watched this handy video, it was smooth sailing.

As far as wearing it goes, the Road ID is lightweight and I barely notice it. I don’t find it gets sweaty or feels heavy on my wrist. The attention to detail with a double clasp is also nice, in case I hit one of the buttons on the side during my run, the extra protection keeps it from coming off.

The only aspects I wasn’t crazy about was that the Road ID is another thing to wear on my wrist, adding a little bulk, and that the black edition hasn’t been super durable so far. To solve this problem, Road ID does offer options for wearable devices (which I’m fully planning on purchasing when I receive some birthday money)! I haven’t been wearing it constantly, but I do wear other bracelets that I think have rubbed and made minor scratches on the material. Just be mindful of this – with a $10 up-charge, I would hope there would be a little more durability (since they have a rugged option that costs less).

The Road ID Wrist ID Elite starts at $29.99, and you can get $5 off by using the link here: bit.ly/2ocFWMl

Question: what customization options are most important to you in an accessory?

Cheers to staying safe out there!

Nutrition Made Simpler: Beachbody Performance Review

Disclosure: I received Beachbody Performance’s Advanced Performance Stack 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! All opinions are my own.

​​I’ve long been curious about performance supplements, especially because I feel like it’s not as common to use them in the running community. Maybe that’s an incorrect perception, but I just don’t feel like I hear about it as much from other runners as I do from weight lifters, cross fitters, etc. However, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been paying as much attention to my nutrition, and when I got the opportunity to test Beachbody Performance products, it seemed like kismet.

Beachbody generously sent me four of their performance products: Energize, Hydrate, Recover and Recharge. Each of these products serves a different purpose:

  • Energize: a pre-workout drink made with green tea extract to give you an extra energy and hydration boost.
  • Hydrate: a during workout beverage to replenish your electrolytes so you don’t become dehydrated.
  • Recover: a post-workout shake to quickly give you protein and nutrients to speed along the recovery process.
  • Recharge: a before-bed shake that is supposed to reduce soreness and offer additional muscle recovery support.

What I liked

I truly enjoyed that these products were simple and effective to use. With my busy schedule lately, it’s been important to me to make sure I’ve been properly fueling, and I like that I don’t have to think too much about this routine. All there is to do is mix one scoop with 8 oz. of water. The amount of water per scoop is the same across the board, so that also makes it easy!

Taste is also very important to me. While many fitness enthusiasts sacrifice a little in this department, I just don’t think it’s worth it to work so hard to eat something that tastes nasty! The good thing about the taste of the Beachbody Performance products, though, is that they taste pretty darn good, and have minimal ingredients.

One would thing that there would either be a ton of sugar or strong stevia flavor to give these products a good taste, but that was not the case. None of these has more than nine grams of sugar per serving; actually, everything but the Hydrate formula had six grams or less. I also liked that they don’t include creatine right off the bat (it’s an added supplement, if you are into that); creatine just doesn’t agree with me!

 

Most importantly, I did feel like following the diligent regimen helped my performance on runs. Especially by using Energize, I had a lot of energy towards the end of tough days. I also felt less sore after using the Recover (post-workout) and Recharge (nighttime) drink mixes.

What I wasn’t crazy about

There wasn’t much I didn’t like, other than the price and consistency of some of the mixes. This set of products contains about 20 total servings, meaning if you work out 3 times a week and follow the routine to a T, this will last you 6-7 weeks. At $200, that’s a pretty steep investment, so I’d recommend finding which of the products work for you. I see myself using the Energize and Recharge mixes most often, because I like the flavor and found they seemed to consistently work the best, without some ingredients that I don’t like.

The consistency can also be a little grainy, so if you’re a texture person, you might find this bothersome.

Another important note is the Energize mix does contain green tea extract, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine, it might not be a good idea to consume this during an evening workout.


At $199.95, you can purchase this full set here, or items can be purchased a la carte for the following prices:

Have you ever tried exercise supplements before? What was your experience?

Cheers to good health (and clinking plastic shaker bottles)!

SmellWell Product Review: Scent-sational Stink Protection

Disclosure: I received SmellWell products 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! All opinions are my own.

Growing up, my mom would give us these floral sachets to put in our closets to soak up the odors from our shoes. Since running, I haven’t had quite as many issues with my running shoes, though I have noticed it more lately. I do have issues though with my gym clothes. I’ve tried several products that attempt to remove the stink from my shoes, clothes, etc., to varying degrees of success. When I heard about SmellWell, it sounded different from remedies I’ve tried recently, but similar to something I knew worked in the past.

These tiny packets arrived by mail and the second I opened them, I knew I liked them. They have a nice, floral scent that is not too overpowering. And the design is really fun!

Using them is even better! I’ve noticed a difference in the odor of the clothes, shoes, etc. since I’ve been using them. By keeping them in my gym bag and in my laundry basket, the stench of running has been drastically reduced. I also enjoy using it with my flat shoes because get stinky so quickly (you can’t always wear socks with them).


I also appreciated how versatile the pouches were. You can use them pretty much anywhere there are sweaty odors, since they work by absorbing the moisture that causes them. That opens them up to being useful for gym lockers, your car, shoe racks, etc.

By their very nature, they’re not messy at all! I liked that I didn’t have to worry about them discoloring my stuff, waiting for them to dry out, etc. 


Most of all, they really do work. You’ll have to replace them every couple of months, but so far, I’ve had mine for about 6 weeks and they’re still going strong.

My one wish is that they were offered in more colors (I’m not a camo or animal print kinda girl). That’s very minor, though. Who cares what they look like, really?

Sold on SmellWell?

You can purchase some for yourself at www.bluechip-usa.com for $10! And if you buy three sets (moms, I see you), you’ll get an additional set for free.

How do you keep your running clothes smelling flower-fresh?

Cheers to not having your whole house smell like sweat!

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

Disclosure: I received a complimentary entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 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! All opinions are my own.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Dallas, Texas. Having a work event last Saturday in none other than Dallas, Texas added a little extra motivation to make the trip worthwhile, so I was thrilled to sign up!

Rock ‘n’ Roll is an international race series that’s unique due to the live music throughout the course. It was so much fun to run the Austin Half last year and enjoy all the live music, so I knew I’d have a great time at this race.

Pre-Race

Sign ups were easy and there was ample communication beforehand, though it was almost information overload!


The expo, what I saw of it, was expansive and really nice. Lots of great Brooks gear was available, and I really wish I would have had some time to stop and shop. I grabbed a few quick pics and that was that.

However, the caveat is that one must physically be present to pick up their packet, which was buried on the website (and I looked because I had to plan due to my work obligations). I had planned to have my husband visit the expo to make sure I got my packet in case anything came up; then, I’d stop by after I finished working. I went to print out my confirmation sheet, which you MUST have to pickup your packet, and saw this printed at the top. I had to leave work to make sure I got over to the convention center to pick it up, and was in and out in under 10 minutes. My main piece of constructive criticism is this: if you’re going to have a lot of information, don’t over communicate on the ordinary.

Race Day!

Race day morning was pretty easy. An 8 a.m. start time allowed an extra hour of sleep. We used an app called Parking Panda to reserve a spot in a paid lot. While I appreciated that the race offered this option, I think we could have found parking elsewhere.

The start line was bustling, and RnR Dallas was definitely one of the largest races I’ve participated in. Downtown Dallas also provided a lot of photo ops! The corrals were clearly marked and staggered a minute apart. They had a spirited couple of emcees that kept the mood going, and kept each group excited. I loved the way they did this. My group made it up to the starting line and we took off in the near-70 degree heat.

The course itself was pretty tough – lots and lots of hills, including one part where you run up an on-ramp to get to a highway bridge. You literally run under the path of the bridge. But the view at the top was pretty sweet, I’ve gotta say! However, the hills combined with the heat made for a tough race.

A recommendation this brings to light is to add another water station for warmer climates. There were people passed out on the side of the road. That shouldn’t happen, and with a race that’s sometimes charging over 100 dollars for admission, I’d expect a bit more attention to this.

Throughout the course, I was encouraged by all of the music and surprises on the course. Of course, the music was fantastic (I’d actually rather them sacrifice a little there to have another water station). There were also dedicated cheer stations, lots of spectators and even stilt performers – that was such a delight.

While I thought I could grasp a PR at one point, the heat got the best of me and I didn’t have any more energy to gun it the last few miles. The final stretch was bliss – downhill to the finish line and a street lined with people; up one last miserable hill and it was over!

Post Race Party

The finish line festival was put together nicely. I enjoyed the live music and ample space. and it was also nice to have chocolate milk waiting there when I finished; it’s one of my favorite post-run indulgences.

Swag was cool too! I really like the fit and design of the shirt; the medium fits me perfectly. I will wear it a lot! And the medal was nice – fitting because the post race party takes place right in front of the actual Dallas “ball.”


Overall, this was a good race, but there were just a couple things that would make it better! Due to the lack of water stations, I wouldn’t recommend this for a first-timer. This is a bummer, because everything else is pretty awesome! I also think the lack of effective communication is disappointing. I expect more of a race that has the resources to fine tune the most important details to communicate. I still would recommend this race to a friend!

Cheers to the unexpected challenges of each race day!

Falling in Love All Over Again: UV Reflective Half BUFF® Review

Disclosure: I received a UV Reflective Half BUFF® 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! All opinions are my own.

I’ve written about the UV Half BUFF® before, and was so excited when I found out BUFF® would be sending me a new one – this time with reflective material!

Here’s why I’m in love with the BUFF® all over again.

What makes the UV Reflective Half BUFF® stand out from other BUFF® headwear is that it is half the length of the original BUFF®. This is the perfect weight for summer, and it’s even better for summer mornings and evenings when trying to beat the heat. It’s so important to make sure you are wearing some sort of reflective equipment in low light conditions. No one wants to get run over!

You can also enjoy the same key benefits that are synonymous with BUFF® brand products, including superior odor control. For something that ends up soaking up all your sweat, I can’t stress how important this is. I don’t have a single piece of clothing that’s done as well as BUFF® products have.
I love the versatile, fun, solid colors available. I received the citron color, which is nice and bright. Also love that they are unisex, which is nice if you’re buying as A gift.

As I’ve stated, the UV Half BUFF® was a little stretchier and seemed a little more slippery, but I didn’t have that issue here. 

The versatility of BUFF® Products is another benefit. The UV Reflective Half BUFF in particular offers a method to guard your face from dust and wind, as well as a headband or hair tie. My favorite way to wear is as a headband. It soaks up the sweat and keeps hair off my face during workouts, and it keeps the hair off my neck if I’m wearing it down. Pro tip: during the blistering summer heat, you can freeze your UV Reflective Half BUFF for about a 10 minute cool blast.

You can check out past reviews of the UV Half BUFF®UV BUFF®, Merino Wool BUFF® and BUFF® Hoodie.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – I never met a BUFF® product that I didn’t like.

You can purchase one for yourself at www.buffusa.com for $14.99! It’s comparable in price to so many other headbands I’ve used, but is so much more versatile. 

What’s your favorite BUFF® product?

Cheers to another great BUFF product! 

Currently Wearing: XX2i Brazil1 (Plus a SPECIAL Discount)

Disclosure: I received a pair of XX2i Brazil1 Sunglasses 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! All opinions are my own.

Does XX2i sound familiar to you? That’s because I reviewed the XX2i USA1 awhile back. XX2i recently came out with a new line of causal sunglasses, the Brazil1, so I wanted to give them a shot.

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To refresh your memory, I loved that the USA1 was fairly comfortable and that the quality seemed great for the cost of the glasses. The Brazil1 sunglasses are different because they’re meant to be worn as casual sunglasses. That is, they are not for running specifically like the USA1.

What I noticed right out of the box is that the Brazil1 comes with many of the accessories that accompany the regular running sunglasses. This includes a nice case, a soft, microfiber pouch, croakies and a set of stickers.

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Another benefit is in the lenses themselves. These are nice lenses, and they are also polarized. That’s awesome for those who spend a lot of time outdoors (it reduces glare), like myself. Prescription sunglasses are also available from XX2i. For people like my husband who hate contacts, but are blind without glasses, that’s also wonderful!

Other things I liked about the XX2i Brazil1:

  • The classic silhouette. It’s still on-trend, but a simple style that will be stylish for years to come.
  • There are also a variety of colors available (
  • Unisex design means that, were he wearing contacts, my husband could wear these, too.
  • Lightweight design means they don’t weight my purse down.
  • 365 day return policy: I love that XX2i stands by their products, especially because sunglasses are such a personal purchase.
  • Another example of their commitment to their products is their outstanding warranty. If you break or scratch them, send them back for a replacement. No questions asked (there is a small shipping/handling fee).

img_0169Despite all the positives, there were a few aspects that I was less than enthused about. While on their website, these are listed under women’s specific glasses, these are not made specifically for women. They’re also listed as a men’s style. Like the XX2i glasses before these, the glasses were very large on me because they are unisex and I am a small woman. They fit my husband, but don’t fit me half as well. I would totally recommend them for guys, but the style is very large on me, personally. The frame material also felt inexpensive, and I don’t know if I would pay full price because of that. However, it could be that matte black color has an odd texture/feel.

img_0162Overall, these glasses would make a good gift for a special guy in your life that is constantly outdoors. Today, XX2i has given us a great discount code, bringing the cost for these to $39.99 when you buy them at xx2i.com. The code is BRAZIL1, and it will get you 60% off through midnight Tuesday, November 22. I do think that you get a solid pair of glasses for that cost. The value is definitely there for $40. Who says all the best deals come after Thanksgiving?

Cheers to

Stuff-Stasher for Endurance Athletes – SPIbelt Performance Series Review & Discount

Disclosure: I received a SPIbelt Performance Series running belt 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! All opinions are my own.

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I purchased a running belt to house my essentials in during races. I got it at TJ Maxx, it cost me $20, and I used it for a couple of months, basically until I started getting sick of putting all my fuel in my pocket and having to fish it out during races. That was before I tried the SPI H2O Venture Series early in the summer (you can view my full review here). After trying this hydration belt and realizing better hydration solutions existed, I wanted to try one of their running belts to see if I felt the same way. When I received the opportunity to test out the SPIbelt Performance Series, I couldn’t wait to come home to my new SPIbelt in the mailbox.

Showing y’all everything that fits inside. Sometimes, I like to take my Buff and loop it on the outside of my belt.

As I have mentioned, SPIbelt was designed by a woman who needed a place for her essentials – ID, phone, keys, etc. – that wasn’t her sports bra. Can’t we all relate? Using the tension of what’s in the pouch, combined with a high-quality elastic, the SPIbelt functions as a stuff-stasher with a smooth ride.

The key difference here between the SPIbelt Performance Series and the Venture Series that I’ve tested previously is that the Performance Series is lighter-weight. The elastic is thinner, and the belt has 4 gel loops. Personally, if you are running around ample water stations, the SPIbelt Performance Series is an excellent choice for long runs and races. So far, I’ve taken the SPIbelt Performance Series on all of my long runs lately.

The SPIbelt is meant to be worn at the hips. I normally wear belts at my natural waist, so I was unsure how well this would work. To my delight, this results in a seamless and comfortable ride. The belt also carries just enough fuel for an 18 mile run. I have been able to fit two Gu’s in the gel loops for marathon training long runs. Note: this is probably not recommended by the company, as you might stretch out the elastic. However, the elastic seems pretty sturdy from my experience; if you don’t double up all the time, your SPIbelt should last.

I also like that you can purchase bottles to use with this SPIbelt, meaning it can be worn with or without a hydration option. The same is true of the Venture, but the belt is thicker, offering stability for the two water bottles. Personally, I would opt for the Performance Series if you plan to solely use the belt more often. Which option you choose solely depends on how you plan to use it.

Other pros include:

– Water resistant pocket, which should protect your belongings from most sweat and light rain.

– A spacious pocket that fits larger phones, like the iPhone 7 Plus.

– Bounce-free (even on the hips)!

– Highly adjustable on both sides, to fit a variety of shapes, sizes and body types.

– Thin elastic band that is very comfortable!

– Economical (I spent nearly the same cost on a simple running belt, without loops for gels, that was mesh/not water resistant).

Cons? Well, nothing structurally. Because of where it rests, I am slightly nervous about putting my phone in the pouch, leaving it on to listen to music. Call me a worry-wart, but I am wary of the potential effects. That’s more of a preference than reason not to purchase, though.

Overall, I’ve been super happy with the SPIbelt Performance Series. For just $26, it offers such useful features that comparably-priced belts do not.

The SPIbelt without the Gu’s – Still comfy and free of bouncing!

You can purchase your SPIbelt Performance Series for yourself at www.spibelt.com. AND with code “bibchat2016” you can take 20% off through 11/18! That makes this belt less than $21 before tax.

Thanks as always for reading and cheers to not carrying your phone in your sports bra!

Today’s question: what do you carry with you when you run?

A Runner’s Snack: UCAN Snack Bars Review (& Discount)

Disclosure: I received samples of UCAN Snack Bars 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! All opinions are my own.

In my attempts to eat healthier to fuel my body, I tend to reach for bars when I’m on the go, or don’t have enough time to grab a proper meal. These are especially good for days when I unexpectedly have to work late – a fairly regular, but unpredictable occurrence for me. Still, most snack bars are protein-heavy and low in carbs, AKA the opposite of what I need heading to run. UCAN Snack Bars are different, and I’m excited to share my experience with them.

UCAN Snack Bars

The UCAN Snack Bars are unique due to a proprietary SuperStarch that the company has developed, which is carbohydrate-dense. These bars still contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats – all of those things you need to keep from being super hungry – but the unique carb content makes them a highly suitable pre-run snack.

What I loved most about UCAN Bars was that they were tasty, while still being low in sugar and gluten-free. I don’t have celiac or a gluten intolerance, but I still think it’s important that nutritional supplements cater to the dietary needs of many people. In terms of flavor, they even passed the highly-scientific Chris Flores taste test. They must be good if my non-runner husband likes them.

UCAN Snack Bars also come in a variety of flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, ChocolateCinnamon Swirl, Coffee Bean and Peach Passion. I tried out everything but the Chocolate Peanut Butter, which wasn’t part of my sample package. My personal favorites were the Chocolate and Coffee. Everyone I’ve known that has tested these out seems to have a different flavor preference. Therefore, it’s a good idea to purchase the Multi Flavor Box first to decide what flavors you prefer.

How to Use:

Well, obviously, you eat them! I found that eating the UCAN Snack Bars before a run/as a snack on a carbloading day gave me a good amount of energy during the subsequent workout. The caveat here is with food products, what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for everyone. I know of some other Bib Rave Pros that also tried the bars on their actual runs – this isn’t the right application for me personally, but if you need to refuel during a run, or if you’re doing an all-day race like an ironman, and you can handle solid food, I would consider the UCAN Snack Bars.

The only aspect I wasn’t crazy about was the actual texture. It is to be expected that any time you are eating something starchy, it’s going to be a bit dry. That’s what I found with these bars. I don’t think that’s a huge difference from any other comparable snack bar; no snack bar is going to taste or feel exactly like its fresh food counterpart. It was not bothersome to me initially, but I did notice I needed to get a glass of water to wash everything down. However, I don’t really see a way to avoid this because of what makes them so great – having a lot of carbs! I just point it out to help manage your expectations in case you are a texture person.

To try the snack bars for yourself, visit store.generationucan.com. The Multi Flavor Box described above is 10 bars for $20, which is comparable to other bars on the market. AND with discount code BIBRAVE you can take 15% off UCAN’s website!

Which UCAN Snack Bar will you try first?

Cheers to eating healthier as we move into the holiday season.

Can’t Get the Stink Out? 2Toms StinkFree Review (& Discount!)

Disclosure: I received a sample of 2Toms StinkFree Detergent and Spray 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! All opinions are my own.

Anyone who runs or works out regularly has probably run into the issue of clothes that just won’t stop stinking – no matter how many times they are washed. A couple of my tops unfortunately have a slightly lingering stench of runs, but, more importantly, my armband reeks of sweat. I used to keep it in my purse for convenience and I’ve had to start leaving it at home because I was scared my coworkers would think I did not shower! So I decided to put two of the products 2Toms offers to rectify this situation to the test: the StinkFree Spray and the StinkFree Detergent. Here’s how they’ve held up.

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2Toms Stink Free Spray is like a baby wipe or shower for your gear. All you have to do is spray down your gear (get all the nooks and crannies) and voila, the stink is gone. Simple as that. 2Toms has created a technically advanced formula that cleans the “pores” of your gear, rather than masking the smell, which is why it is supposed to work so well.

But the big kicker is: did it pass the armband test?

Yes – it took a few applications, but eventually (after following the manufacturer instructions to reapply), the stink was gone. The armband was also the only article of clothing I had to use multiple applications with. I don’t have problems with my running shoes stinking as much as my other clothes, but I think that would be one of the best applications of it, because you won’t mess up your shoes in the wash. It works almost instantly and I have no complaints here. I’m probably going to have to use it on my dog at some point. Is that bad?

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2Toms StinkFree Detergent

You may already know that it’s wise to air-dry your running clothes, but why is detergent so important in washing them? This is a question I’ve asked myself, and it took some digging to figure it out. What I discovered was that normal detergents can compromise the integrity of your running clothes (aka, if you have moisture-wicking shirts, they might become less breathable over time). That’s the key difference between the 2Toms StinkFree Spray and Detergent – the detergent actually works to remove build-up/residue.

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Honestly, I was not as impressed with the detergent when compared the spray (it didn’t pass the armband test), but I do think there are some important positive aspects to focus on here.

First off, it’s a bit easier to implement the detergent into your routine, since you have to wash your clothes (or at least, I HOPE you do). For those who travel, the stink free detergent comes in easily packable packets, and it doesn’t require you to use a washing machine.

What was initially most intriguing about the detergent is how runny it is and it’s scent-free. For all of you who are concerned about (or allergic to) fragrances, this product also contains no perfumes or phosphates, working to eliminate the odor by neutralizing it. I found that this scent-free aspect still had a slight odor, similar to what I imagine dry cleaning solution smells like. The runnyness seems to be an indicator of the lack of additives that could essentially thicken the detergent to make a lather and potentially create buildup in your clothes.

I am not sure how much of an impact 2Toms had on the breathability of my running clothes, but I can say that they have felt great on my runs since I’ve used it. However, it’s cooled off significantly, so I think that has probably also impacted things.

Overall, I like 2Toms’ products. I have been happy with their SportShield line, and I look forward to using the StinkFree products in the future. 

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You can purchase 2Toms StinkFree Spray and Detergent to test these products for yourself at 2Toms.com. They are super reasonably priced at $10 and $2, respectively. With the code “2Toms20” you’ll receive an additional 20% off (valid through 12/31/16).

What’s the first thing you’d use 2Toms StinkFree products on? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers to stink-free marathon training!