Product Review: FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butters

Disclaimer: I received FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butters 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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When snack time comes around, I can think of no better quick bite than ripping open a pack of FBOMB nut butter and enjoying the amazing powerful taste of NATURAL ENERGY!

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Product Review: NUUN Rest

Disclaimer: I received Nuun Rest 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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Hydration is key during a workout, long run, race, and in general if you’re going to be active and sweating. There are a few products in the market that can help you hydrate, but none better than Nuun (pronounced “noon”). Now, hydration aside, Nuun is now tackling the second most important aspect of training: Rest!

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Race Registration: Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Hot Chocolate 15K Race in Philadelphia 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!

It’s that time of the year! Hot Chocolate registration is now open for your favorite city’s location! 2020 will be my 5th year running the Hot Chocolate 15k and I can wait to share the experience with all of you! But, don’t just take my word for it, sign-up and start making your own memories!

The HC15k Experience

When I initially lost around 40 lbs of weight, I was super eager to get back into running. I remember being really nervous about signing up for a race, let along actually being able to run 9.3 miles continuously. With the encouragement of my Mom, her and I both signed up for what proved to be a memorable experience.

Pre-running Ken didn’t care about shoes or gear or any of the stuff I find myself obsessing over today- all I could focus on was finishing a race over 9 miles.

We when got into the city, it was dreary and rainy, but our spirits were high, we couldn’t wait to tackle the course and enjoy the sweet reward of the chocolate finishers mug.

The crowd was amazing, and we found our friends and gathered in our corral. The pre-race hype was unreal, I could barely focus. All I remember is how much fun everyone was having despite a slow and steady mist-like rain that filled the air.

We had drawstring bags to hold our belongings, looking back we should have just checked our bags in, but I remember having to hold the strings to keep the pack from bouncing around too much. I remember second guessing my decision to hold my pack. And just like that, the gun went off and our corral was on our way.

I remember thinking to myself after the first 5k marker… “Am I going to finish this?” Spoiler alert: I made it! Turns out the weather was damp and cool and perfect for the slow and steady pace my Mom and I adopted.

There we are, having a blast nearing the finish of the race! I remember the crowd at the finish was so loud you could hear them cheering before seeing them as you rounded the hill to the finish.

It was such a great way to kick off my running “career” and the perfect start to my running obsessive hobby!

What’s in it for you?

Make memories with your friends and family and be sure to sign up for this awesome race! I’ll see you there in 2020! And receive a sweeter deal using code BRHCPHILLY20 that automatically adds an exclusive hot chocolate running hat to your order!

Register here: https://ramraces.enmotive.com/events/register/2020-allstate-hot-chocolate-15k-5k-philadelphia?_ga=2.22956603.1480010941.1566520832-661909190.1566520832

Product Review: Sawyer Sunscreen

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen 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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I’m good about protecting my eyes, and always make sure to wear a hat to protect my noggin, but sunscreen is always last on my mind. I blame my childhood. Do you remember those moments just before getting to the beach when Mom would lather you up in that smelly greasy lotion? You know, the kind that sand immediate stuck to and made you feel like a walking piece of 60-grit sandpaper? Yuck.

Sawyer Sunscreen boasts a non-greasy, non-chemical smelly easy wear, that’s sweat-proof and tough against the sun’s UV rays. That’s why when the chance presented itself to give Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen a test I was eager to see the difference.

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Race Registration: NYRR New York City Marathon Virtual 5K

Disclaimer: I’m running and Promoting the NYRR Virtual Race Series 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!

Looking for a FREE virtual race and a good challenge?! The New York Road Runners have paired with Strava to bring you their awesome virtual run series!

I signed up for the New York City Marathon Virtual 5K… as well as a few other races that looked appealing!

Catch all the details here, it’s super easy, just sign-up, link your Strava account and run!

Link: https://www.nyrr.org/races/tcsnewyorkcitymarathonvirtual5k

Join in the fun! I’ll see you out there!

Product Review: Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo Harness

Disclaimer: I received the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo Harness 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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The Great Outdoors

Tillie enjoys the outdoors, rolling around in the grass, chasing rabbits and squirrels… but Tillie doesn’t like collars. Being a Pug, her head and neck have relatively the same widths, so collars don’t work for her full figure frame. What’s a pooch with her physique to do?

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Race Recap: The Great Inflatable Race:

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It was HOT!

As a runner, I’m willing to accept that most race conditions come as they are. The weather being the one major thing that no one can control. So when we found out the July temps were going to +96°F with high humidity and a warning for an excessive heat index, we dressed appropriately and decided to roll with the punches. After all, what did we expect for summer weather in the NorthEast? So for this review, the weather (even though it was as hot and humid as the sun) won’t be the focus.

The Good Stuff

I feel like I should start off with all the good stuff about the Great Inflatable Race because I love the concept and it genuinely got the kids fired up for race day.

Despite the hot hot heat, the kids gave it a hearty thumbs-up. Even though the sun-scorched the slides into lava rocks, and we all experienced brush burns from hell, a hyper-extended/rolled ankle, and sweat beyond belief, we had a good time. After all, it’s the GREAT INFLATABLE Race, how cool is that?!

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