Buff Tech Fleece Headband

“Disclaimer: I received a Buff tech fleece headband 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!”

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Winter will be here soon enough and we all know that Wisconsin winters can be brutal. I am super stoked that I am able to test out this awesome Buff tech fleece headband for just that reason! It came just in the nick of time too as the weather has already started to cool down. Bring on the cold and snow! Well, okay maybe not….BUT, I am ready when it gets here and my ears will be protected against the elements!

The tech fleece headband provides warmth and wind resistance while drying quickly, perfect for winter wear! It is made of brushed Carvico fabric. Stretchy polyester elastane with soft brushed fleece inside makes this not only lightweight but soft against your ears.

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They have a few different colors to choose from. I chose blue because that is my favorite color.

I do have a bit of a smaller head so sometimes the headband will slide up a bit which isn’t too much of an issue except when I want to keep my ears covered completely. But then I just grab some bobbie pins and it’s all good!

I have several different types, colors and patterns of Buffs and I love them all so I’m thrilled to have been able to add this to my growing collection! They offer free shipping on orders over $40 and returns are easy and painless.

To get 15% OFF, visit https://buffusa.com/bibrave & sign up for BUFF® emails.

Check out what some other BibRave Pros had to say!

Becky  Brandy  Corey  Jeremy 

Emily

Keep your ears warm!

Renee

Oofos Ooahh Project Pink Sandal – What if your pair of Oofos ended breast cancer?

“Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos OOahh Project Pink sandals 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!”

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This is my second pair of Oofos and my first pair from the project pink collection. I have to say that I think I love these slides even more than my other pair of Oofos!

After suffering from Plantar Fasciitis since February I needed/wanted something that is not only comfortable but fashionable, and these check both of those boxes for me. These truly have been amazing during my injury recovery. In fact, they are practically the only footwear that I can wear that do not cause me discomfort.

And the BEST part is that with any purchase you make from the project pink collection OR any other collection on oofos.com, Oofos will donate 3% toward breast cancer research. Oofos is dedicated to raising awareness and donating to this cause all year long.

Several aunts of mine have been affected by breast cancer so this cause is near and dear to my heart. I myself have also had a scare several years ago but I’m very thankful that everything turned out just fine. Do you have a story to share on how breast cancer impacted your life or the life of someone you know?

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Here are a few facts about Oofos:

OOfoam recovery technology absorbs 37% more impact than other footwear foams.

OOfoam impact absorbing recovery technology has been scientifically proven to reduce stress on your body while walking, allowing you to recover faster after a workout and feel better all day.

The footbed is designed to cradle your arches and move with your feet, which allows for a more natural feel. Trust me, your feet and legs will thank you!

They are easy to keep clean as they are machine washable.

Duncan Finigan is a longtime member of the OOFOS Family as the Director of Marketing. In 2014 , she was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. 3% of EVERY pair sold on OOFOS.com, will be donated to Project Pink. This contribution goes directly towards the critical work the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is doing in their research department to increase the survival rate of women with breast cancer. We all know someone whose life this terrible disease has impacted so that’s even more reason to give them a try. I may even have to get a third pair.

They also have an awesome rewards program. Head over to the Oofoos rewards page to check it out for yourself and start earning points right away!

Check out what other BibRave Pros had to say…

Stephanie B.

Brandy

Juan

Tori

Becky

Vanessa

Stephanie

Lisha

Keep your feet happy and help fight breast cancer!

Renee

BibRave Summit and Rock N Roll Chicago!

This year I was excited that I was able to attend the BibRave Summit in Chicago as well as run the Rock N Roll Chicago 10k.Fellow friend and BibRave Pro Amy and I left for our adventure Thursday night. We spent the night in Kenosha so that we didn’t have to get up so early to catch the train. This was my first time taking the train to Chicago (I usually drive in) and it was super easy and convenient.

 

On the ride into Chicago we found out that the service project that we were going to be doing was canceled due to the heat. I was a bit bummed because I was really looking forward to that. But, we were still going to meet up with the Orange crew.We had a short walk from the train station to our hotel. We were rooming with three other BibRave Pros (Stephanie, Jenn and Jessica) that we had never met in person.

These ladies were just as awesome as I thought they would be and we all hit it off immediately. It was like we had known each other forever! In a sense we did because we have been communicating online as well as on slack for quite some time.After dropping our stuff off at the hotel Amy and I grabbed a lyft and headed to the park to meet up with the BibRave crew. It was so great finally getting to meet the founders behind the BibRave community Tim and Jessica. They were so sweet and welcoming. And we found out that Tim was originally from Wisconsin too! We also got to meet Julia, Andy, Don and Carolyn as well as several other pros. They all were so welcoming and sweet. While most of the others went for a run, Amy, Don and I stayed back and shared some cheese curds 😍. After that we went for donuts, hung out a bit then headed back to the hotel to get ready to go to the expo. We met up with the rest of our roomies and started our journey to the expo.

After the expo we went back to get ready for the Orange carpet event at City Winery which was sponsored by Knockaround sunglasses. We had a professional photographer there taking pictures which was fun.

There were drinks and a fabulous dinner. We also were gifted two pair of sunglasses from Knockaround. One custom pair of BibRave orange and a new limited collection pair (second wind). We also got an awesome orange shirt to wear to the Cubs game the next day.Saturday we met up on the lakefront for a shakeout run and an awesome professional photo shoot. I didn’t want to run because of my plantar fasciitis but I didn’t want to miss the photo shoot so I hung out while the others ran. When they were done we had coffee and donuts and had more pictures taken. It was so cool!

We walked back to the hotel after and got ready for the Cubs game. This was my first time at Wrigley Field so that was a great experience. It was 106° with the heat index so it was a bit steamy there but we had fun.

Had to have a Chicago dog and then around the 5th inning we left to get ready for dinner that night.Dinner was at Current Kitchen and sponsored by Aftershokz.

The photographer was there again for more pictures! We also were the live audience for the recording of the BibRave Podcast with hosts Tim and Jessica, as well as guest Cindy Kuzma, author of the upcoming book, Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries which is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Some of what she talked about really resonated with me and I knew I had to talk one on one with her after.

She was super sweet and thanked me for sharing my story with her. Dinner was awesome and we had some special BibRave themed desserts.

We woke up early Sunday morning and got ready for the race. It was warm but thankfully not as warm as Friday and Saturday had been. We walked to the start line and met up with the BibRave crew for pics and then hit the port o potty line. By the time I got near the corrals it was so packed I couldn’t get in and had to wait until several other corrals ahead of us took off. The half and the 10k were together for a short time then they split off. I have run the half twice before and did the 10k this year. I loved the course which was mostly along the lake. You can read my full race review on the BibRave site.

We waited until all of the BibRave Pros finished the race then we walked back to the hotel, showered, packed and met everyone for lunch before heading back home on the train. It was a whirlwind weekend and one I’ll NEVER forget. My roomies and I are already working on trying to plan our next adventure!

If you love running and reviewing races and testing cool running products, BibRave is now accepting applications to become a BibRave Pro! This is an amazing community to be a part of and the perks are pretty nice too 😉 Head on over to bit.ly/2FxiKT7 and apply now! We would love to have you on the Orange crew!

Happy running!

Renee

Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting Byline Bank Spring Chicago 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!”

I have always loved Chicago and I try to race there as often as possible, which isn’t nearly enough. I would have really liked to run the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon this year but it just did not fit into my calendar or budget this year. Hopefully next year!

Chicago is an amazing city that really knows how to put on a race! From the great course to the fun finish line party, and I am sure this race will not disappoint! Not only will you get beautiful lake views, you will also get views of the spectacular Chicago city skyline!

They have a half marathon, a 10K and a kids race. If you are not racing that weekend but still want to be involved why not volunteer?! Races cannot run without the help of great volunteers.

Register for the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon or 10K and receive the following:

Access to the Spring Market Finish Festival which includes:

  • Gourmet hot-breakfast buffet for all participants
  • Complimentary beer (must be 21 with a valid ID)
  • Live music
  • Spring flower station – free to take home
  • Finisher medal for half marathon, 10K and Junior Dash participants
    • Featuring a spinning Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (half & 10k)

If you would like to run this spring half marathon or the 10K use code BRCHISPRING19 to save $10 off the half or $5 off the 10K! But you better hurry because the race is over 90% sold out! So don’t wait!

Happy racing!

Renee

Eau Claire Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry into the Eau Claire 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!

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About a month left before the Eau Claire Half Marathon. Am I ready? No. Will I be ready? Probably not. But I will do my best, finish the race no matter how much I have to walk and how slow I have to go. Most importantly though, I will have a blast! I have had a tough year so far with injuries, weight gain and depression and my training has really taken a hit. But thankfully I’ll have the crowds and the views to carry me through!

I have several friends who have ran this race in the past and they have nothing but good things to say about it. They have a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and a kids race. The Marathon relay is sold out. But, if you are not up for running/walking one of the races, please consider being a volunteer. They could always use more! There are bridges galore and so many beautiful views. And I hear there will be donuts there too 😉 I am all for that! There is a huge finish line party that includes the following:

Food Trucks at the Finish Line…. and we can’t forget to mention the Beer Tent. All runners will receive a free beer or root beer with their race bib tag. Food trucks include:

10% of the proceeds from the Food Trucks will be going to Make-a-Wish.

There is something for everyone! Music, food, drinks and the Kid’s zone, so bring the entire family and make a day of it!

Kids’ Zone

Sponsored by Xcel Energy and Larson Orthodontics

  • Bouncy Houses
  • Face Painters
  • Balloon Fun
  • and much more!

There is still time to join in the fun with me and some of my fellow BibRave Pros!PLUS you can save some cash by using code Bibrave10 for $10 off the Full or Half Marathon and Bibrave5 for $5 off the 5K or kids run. If you see me or any of my fellow BibRave Pros make sure to stop and say hi!

Happy Training!

Renee

Byline Bank Spring Chicago Half Marathon

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting Byline Bank Spring Chicago 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!”

 

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I was hoping to run this race this year but unfortunately it is not in my budget. Hopefully next year I can though! Chicago is one of my favorite cities. I lived there for a year when I was younger and it captured my heart so any chance I am able to head back there I go. there is so much to see and do in Chicago so that makes it a perfect race destination! The race starts and finishes on Columbus Drive alongside Maggie Daley Park. You will have amazing views of the famed skyline as well as the shores of Lake Michigan and Soldier Field!

They offer a half marathon, 10k and the junior dash. But, if you are unable to participate why not volunteer? No race is complete without the awesome volunteers!

 

Register for the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon or 10K and receive the following:

  • Access to the Spring Market Finish Festival:
    • Gourmet hot-breakfast buffet for all participants
    • Complimentary beer (must be 21 with a valid ID)
    • Live music
    • Spring flower station – free to take home
  • Finisher medal for half marathon, 10K and Junior Dash participants
    • Featuring a spinning Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (half & 10k)

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If you would like to run this spring half marathon or the 10K use code BRCHISPRING19 to save $10 off the half or $5 off the 10K!

 

Happy Training!

 

Renee

Eau Claire Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry into the Eau Claire 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!

I recently registered for the Eau Claire Half Marathon and I’m super excited to run a home state race! This race was named number 5 on the BibRave 100 list making it a “must run” race to see what all the hype is about. There are some races that I love, and will run year after year but for the most part I like to try to find new races to run, so this year I picked Eau Claire. The race is only a few hours drive for me so I will get a mini get a way but not have to spend an arm and a leg on travel.

2,000 runners participate in the Half Marathon and are supported by the entire community cheering and lining the entire course. They also have a full Marathon, Marathon Relay (which is already sold out), 5K and a kids race. But, if you are not up to run/walk then why not volunteer? All races need a lot of volunteers to help make things run smoothly.

I also have heard from various runners who have ran this race that the Blugold Mile at mile 10.5 is one of their favorite parts of the course, with over 1,000 students and volunteers from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire that are there to cheer and support the runners. There are 11 very cool bridges that runners/walkers will cross as well as some breathtaking views!

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I have checked out the list of vendors that will be at the expo and I have to say I am pretty excited! There are some really great ones that will be there. Maybe I better start working some OT?

The finish line has a beer tent and food trucks. 10% of the proceeds from the Food Trucks will be going to Make-a-Wish.  They also have a kids zone with a lot of fun things for the kids to check out! If you are looking for a cool spring Marathon why not sign up and run Eau Claire Marathon with me and some of my fellow BibRave Pros? Use code Bibrave10 to save $10 off the full or the half and code Bibrave5 to save $5 off the 5k or kids race.

 

Happy Training!

 

Renee