Superfood Bites pack Superfood Flavor!

“Disclaimer: I received Superfood Bites from Food Groove Mission 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!”

If you know me, you know how important nutrition is to me and how I strive to maintain a healthy consumption of whole and natural foods. I mean, the reason Beyond24Days was created was to show off our love of food… real food! I’m all about nonprocessed foods, that use whole, and natural ingredients with labels that are easy to read – basically, I want to know exactly what I’m eating.

Enter: Superfood Bites by Food Groove Mission

Food Groove Mission hit the nail on the head with these Superfood Bites! The bites come in three flavors, The Nutty Adventurer, Holy Truffle Punch, and Mother Earth. All flavors are made from simple ingredients and boast BIG flavor, you can literally TASTE the ingredients and complex flavors that balance each other in a smooth and satisfying bite.  Each serving comes in its own re-sealable pouch, which makes it super convenient to eat what you like and save some for later.  I found them easy to carry on a long run, snacking on one or two bites here and there.

The Nutty Adventurer.
Peanut Butter is life. Seriously, I love peanut butter and any snack that has that peanut buttery flavor is usually the first to go. Likewise, when I received these Superfood Bites, The Nutty Adventurer’s were the first to go. These have a smooth and rich taste, with the added crunch from the nuts and coconut flakes. These are my favorite. (pictured above)

Holy Truffle Punch.
First impression, I thought these were going to taste like fruit punch mixed with chocolate, so I was reluctant to give them a try. I’m mad I waited so long – imagine rich chocolate flavor combined with berries and nuts. I packed some of these for snacking just before “The Frozen Snot” and I was floored by the amazing punch of flavor these little bites deliver. Holy Truffle Punch is my second favorite.

Mother Earth.
I should know by now, not to judge a book by it’s cover. When I initially saw these I thought of grass and dirt, but after reading the ingredient list I came to realize this was the berry and nut flavor I was after! The Mother Earth blend is simple, yet raw, and carries a rich berry flavor that makes it stand out from the rest. Just before my long Sunday run, I snacked on a few of these bites and was graced by their fruity presence in my mouth throughout my run. I couldn’t wait to get back to my car to finish off the pouch! Mother Earth is tied as my second favorite.

The beauty of these bites is that they cater to any taste, whatever your taste buds are in the mood for, these superfood bites are sure to satisfy! If you like what you’ve read and these bites sound like something you’d like to try I have an offer for you!

Use code: BIBRAVE15 to save 15% off your first order! Enjoy these simply awesome and flavorful treats anytime! P.S. Save some Nutty Adventurers for me!

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Race Recap: The Frozen Snot

Holy s*** that was intense! Honestly I’m completely at a loss for words, that was by far the most intense race I have ever run. I should preface this by saying I’m not a hardcore trail runner, I’m mediocre at best, this was my first time in the big leagues.

Despite all of the heartache, the views were out of this world.

Edit: If you don’t know what the Frozen Snot is, it is the toughest race, mile for mile in the WORLD. Source and image: Frozen Snot

Race prep included several layers to deal with the cold. Layers that could be easily shed to help cool down. Several gloves, three pairs of socks, two buffs, goggles (which fogged up and became useless), hydration pack, shoes, Kahtoola microspikes, race fuel… and my sanity.

The race starts off with an easy 1 mile run along a nice paved road, a mere tease for things to come.

After warming up with a nice jog, you slip on your spikes and pretty much say goodbye to any thoughts of comfort and ease.

Photo: Dave Seasholtz

The trail takes start with an immediate climb, and just when you think you’ve reached the top- you’re wrong, you enter a boulder field, and surprise, you have to climb again.

The downhill sections in the beginning are “forgiving” and let you come down the mountain with ease. After almost an hour of trail-time you hear the hooting and hollering of the next checkpoint. Throw in another climb to break your spirits, and welcome to the first 2 miles.

The fire was nice and warm, but honestly it’s there for the volunteers benefit. Dilly-dally for too long and you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

After this point I ran down one of the longest and smoothest downhill sections of the race. At one point I paused because I was convinced I was lost and running the wrong way along the course. After seeing fellow Snotters in the distance, I regained my quest to continue onward.

After a nice downhill it all became a blur. I don’t know if I went up or down the hill, but we kept on trekking. There was a bacon aid station on the way and my good friend Roxanne snapped this picture of me in all my glory afterward. Full of whiskey, and salty bacon, we continued on.

The last hill was by far the worst climb ever. I honestly felt like it was never going to end. I stared at my feet and just kept focusing on my breath and taking one step at a time. One foot in front of the other just moving forward.

Once you get to the top of the hill you have a brief moment of solace. You see the beauty of the mountains and all their glory, and yet at the same time your legs are thrashed. And that’s when you see it, the rocky downhill climb.

And it gets worse. To add insult to injury you have a climb down the backside of the mountain you’ve just climbed, with thrashed legs and some of the worst conditions possible. It’s not pretty. The Kahtoola microspikes were essential in making or breaking your experience. I’m glad I made that purchase, those spikes saved my a** more than a handful of times.

Miraculously, I made it. It wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t ugly, it was okay. For my first time becoming a Snotter, I feel I did alright. Albeit my finish being mediocre, and the course being pretty dangerous, it was a good time. Unofficial results was finishing one loop in 4:59:15. I’ll see ya in 2020 and I’m looking forward to those souls crushing hills again (almost 4,000 ft of elevation gains), no race will compare for the rest of the year.

Major THANKS to everyone that made this race possible!

Feeling up for the challenge? Check the Snot’s Website and Facebook to keep up to date! Want to see more of my race reviews? Check out BibRave.com, the link to this review can be found Here!

Race Registration: Freedom’s Run Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Freedom’s Run Half Marathon race 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!”

Well, I’m super excited to announce, that come this October I’ll be running in the Freedom’s Run Half Marathon! 2019 is going to be a great year for running, and my race calendar is slowly filling up.

We love Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, WV! I can’t wait share this adventure with everyone, so stay tuned! I’ll be updating the blog with a Half-Marathon training plan and meal ideas for when you are on the go!

You can save $5 off your race registration by using the discount code “BIBRAVE5WV” on checkout.

The Frozen Snot, Part I

Photo Source: http://frozen-snot.com/photos.html

I just want to start off by saying that I love my family and friends very much.

Have you ever signed up for a race without really, and I mean really, knowing what you are signing up for?! I thought I had my work cutout for me when I signed up for the Hex Hollow Half… enter “The Frozen Snot”.

My friends have a great way of getting me to sign up for races, races that sound like sheer hell. After a 10 mile trail run in absolute crap weather my friend mentioned this little race called the Frozen Snot, and suggested I sign up for it. Because “It’ll be fun” are his exact words, if I recall.

So I did, without batting an eye I signed up for the Frozen Snot and that’s when the sheer panic set in. As my eyes read through the race details I could feel them opening wider and wider, corresponding to my jaw that eventually hit the floor.

Fun is what he said right?!

If your idea of fun is climbing death hills close to 4,000 ft in elevation gains, in the Frozen tundra of Northern Pennsylvania, then God Bless ya!

The website lists several warnings, reminding you this ain’t Grandma’s leisure stroll around the neighborhood. This is a serious race, with obstacles that demand respect. They even go as far to remind you that you’ll need the appropriate gear or else you’ll get turned away at the start… and did I just read: *serious injuries and death?!

I love my family and friends, we’re all crazy.

Welcome to the big leagues.

I’m not looking to win, by no means will I be pushing myself to my limits and going “all out” in a mad dash to make a name for myself. I’m going for the raw experience of everything this course has to offer. It sounds really difficult, it sounds like a lot of work, and yeah, it sounds like fun.

In preparation for the Frozen Snot I’ve secured my Kahtoola Microspikes and have been working on climbing exercises at the gym, as well as strength training in my legs. Am I 100% confident that I’m prepared? Not in the very least, but I plan on maintaining my gym regimen right up to the event. I mean, it can’t hurt right?

Training Plan

So far my training looks like Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Warm-up with a 30 min run (Zone 2-3) followed by machine strength training. Back Extensions, Upper Thigh, and Lower Leg Raises.

Tuesday and Thursday usually end up being short run days, or a lazy day sleeping in and resisting going out in the cold.

Saturday and/or Sunday are long run days. If I run on Saturday I’ll rest on Sunday, vise versa. I try to maintain my heart rate in Zones 2 & 3, per my Garmin Forerunner.

Anyway, February 2nd will be first Frozen Snot experience, and depending on the outcome may or may not be the last.

What’s the hardest race you’ve signed up for? How was your training in preparation for the big day? Are you as crazy as I am, signing up for races without really reading the details?

Stay tuned for the conclusion (Part II) and my take away from this gnarly adventure race!

*Course Details

Zwift Run, Let’s get Virtual!

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Run Pod 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!

It’s here, WINTER WEATHER, and if you live in the NorthEast of the good old USA like me: it’s dark and cold when you wake up, and chances are it’s dark and cold when you return home from work. I’m not a huge fan of running in the dark, so my running shoes typically see a lot of treadmill time during the cold winter months.

As a runner who flat-out hates treadmills, this time of the year is when my training suffers the most. Enter the Zwift Run Pod! The Zwift Run Pod is an amazingly simple device you attach to your shoe, that allows you to run in a virtual world using your smart device and a treadmill. If you dread indoor running like me, the Zwift Run Pod is a game changer!

When the pod arrived and I couldn’t wait to tear into the package and get running.  The pod is shipped in a small box, that includes the Zwift Run Pod, Battery, and Quick-Start Users manual. Now, I was pretty impatient so I downloaded the app well before receiving my pod, so you’ll need to download the App to your smart device and create an account before diving right in.

Once you unbox your pod the rest is pretty easy. Installing the battery is an easy job, with a coin or other flat object, just a quick twist on the bottom of the pod will remove the cover.  Insert the battery and simply tighten the cover back into place.

Connecting your Run Pod to your shoes is super simple. Just twist the pod off its base to expose the “mounting plate”, slip the plate under your laces matching the location in the user’s manual, and then twist the pod back on to secure it in place. It should make an audible “click” to let you know it’s secured.

Easy right?! That’s all you need to be up and running… so speaking of which:
LET’S GET RUNNING!

Zwift offers various training plans to get you up and moving toward your goals. The starting program is Zwift 101, where you are introduced to the app, it runs through the various functions and displays to help you get the most from your run.  From there you can work on running your fastest mile, training for a 5K, and even marathon training, the choice is up to you.  You can also fire up the app to run with a group, run with friends, or just log some miles without a predetermined time or finish. The possibilities Zwift has to offer means you’ll never have to settle for another plain old boring treadmill run again!

I found the interface of the app very intuitive and easy to use. I’m running Zwift off my iPhone X which is a little smaller than I would like, so I imagine using a Tablet or Computer will help you “see” a little better. However, the iPhone still gets the job done and the overall experience is still a lot of fun when you can virtually log miles in all the different places Zwift has to offer.

*GASP* Did I just read what I wrote: Running on the treadmill can be fun? Yes, I said it, running on the treadmill is FUN… with Zwift.

When I first saw the Run Pod in use, I was sold… literally, I bought one! The simplicity of the design, the ease of use, and the awesome user interface immediately caught my attention. Anything to brighten those dreary treadmill miles is a game changer in my book. I really enjoy my Run Pod… and you will too, use the discount code “BIBRAVE15” and save 15% off your very own Zwift Run Pod!

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Just Announced: BibRave Pro

Guys I’m super stoked to share that I’ve partnered up with BibRave as an ambassador for 2019! I can’t wait to dive in and really put my talents to work.

I’ve got a lot of plans for 2019, and I’m really hoping to kick things off on the right foot! What you can expect to see from me in the near future:

  • Race Reviews and Promo Codes
  • Product and gear Reviews
  • Interactive Runs
  • Podcast updates
  • And much more!

To all my friends and family: Thank you all for your support! And to all my runner friends and fellow BibRavePros here’s to a successful and wonderful year ahead! Also, if anyone wants to collaborate and join in the podcast, the more the merrier!

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