The main reason I used to avoid Ragnar races is now the reason why I’m addicted.
Being with strangers, fear of the unknown, and not wanting to get out of your comfort zone is now a good thing.
A few months ago, I put my name on a few different Ragnar race pages as an interested runner looking for a team. One week before Ragnar Great River, someone replied to my message and asked if I was still looking for a team. I just assumed she was talking about Ragnar Michigan and started typing back “nope, I’m all set”, and then it dawned on me that she was talking about Minnesota! I dropped everything and had to google when this race actually was. She had a FREE spot on a team that she was just going to hand over! How do I turn that down???!!!
Once it was cleared with the boss and hubby, I set out to find a great airfare deal. By the next morning, the price had jumped up $200. After much deliberation and searching, I got my original low price and flew all the way to La Crosse, Wisconsin, just 30 minutes from the start. I worked the afternoon from a cool coffee shop downtown and then had a delicious dinner before ubering over to Winona. At the end of dinner, it started raining cats and dogs.
My friend Jenn was in town with her team and met me for drinks while I waited for the rest of my vanmates to arrive from Minneapolis. Luckily the rain finally stopped before we left.
When the team arrived, they were so easy going, efficient and organized. They have done the race together for years, except there was 2 new girls this time. They put their stuff down and were in bed 10 minutes later. I was in van 1. Our team started at 5am from Winona.
Van 1 lineup:
Runner 1 - Kristina
Runner 2 – Brandy
Runner 3 – Tim (Shanny)
Runner 4- Amy
Runner 5 – Ruth
Runner 6 - ME
Our first legs were all very long, most of us had over 7 miles. So even though we had a 5am start, I didn’t run until noon and it was HOT. My leg was 7.6 miles. And a never ending hill.
After handing off to van 2, we drove to Pepin, WI and had lunch an outdoor café. Fabulous. It was VERY hard to resist having some local fried cheese curds from the cheese curd capital of nearby Ellsworth (and in hindsight, maybe I should have just given in!).
We chilled out at a campground while we waited for our turn. There was one charger in the van and our rides in the van were so short that our phones like never charged. It was a personal van, not a rental van, so it didn't charge when the engine was off, unfortunately. We were all hovering around 20% for the weekend, which makes me mental. I found an outlet there and managed to get up to 40%.
I am completely fascinated by water. I loved that we were near the river most of the way, and how it divided the two states. I did not know it was so hilly in southeastern Minnesota/western Wisconsin. Oh, and it seems like trains were going by like once an hour. No matter where we were. Lots of bluffs like this…and bugs!
My night leg was only 3.6 miles, yay! It was mainly country roads, but I pretty much always had someone in sight, which was great. The temps were in the low 60's and it felt great. I finished sometime before 2am and we drove off to Stillwater, MN to sleep. Two of us slept in the van and the other 4 either slept in the gym or outside. It felt great to stretch out and get some sleep. I slept terrible on the hotel floor the night before.
We started seeing teams skip legs or double up and were wondering if we should be doing that. We were running behind schedule, and I had an 8 pm flight home (8pm is when the finish line closes). We had a race official come up to us at exchange 28 and ask if we thought we would make it and she offered us the chance to do the same, basically to get van 2 started right away while we were still running our last few legs in van 1. We decided to go for it, and I’m so glad we did. I really wanted to cross the finish line together and celebrate as a team if possible before I had to leave.
These were some of the views at Exchange 28 at Afton State Park. Really pretty. When Ruth took off running, and we saw her as we drove away, she looked amazing in a sea of gold flower fields around her. Where was the official race photographer when you need them?
I headed out on my last leg, a 4 miler. Once again it was hot but it was hazy so it didn’t feel quite so bad. I found some good energy on this leg and had my best pace of the 3 legs. Gotta love ending on a high note! We grabbed some burgers and then headed straight for the finish. No time to shower in between. We had time for a beer or so while we waited for van 2 to finish. The finish area down by the river at University of Minnesota was beautiful. I’d love to see it in fall colors. Our team name was the "Knight Owls", because the captain's last name is Knight.
I earned my bonus medal, the fanatic. I love it!
In the end, I was happy to meet this new group of people and see this course. They were sweet enough to drop me off at the airport – I looked like a total freakshow at the airport with my Ragnar tat, sparkle skirt and compression socks! I mean what is considered "normal" at a Ragnar relay is not normal at an airport LOL. I made it to my gate an hour before flight and was stoked.
Special shoutout to Lori, whose spot I took - she really went out of her way to make it as easy for me as possible. And I appreciated how welcoming and friendly everyone was. I will say that I've never been with a group of ladies who was so uninterested in taking photos. Not of the scenery, not of each other, nothing. Our team had a really wide age range from 20's to 60's? Great dynamic, though. Hope to run with you all sometime again in the future!
"Disclaimer: I received a set of Karma rings 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!"
As much as I ADORE my wedding ring, there are times that it is not comfortable to wear it. For me, that is lifting weights (the clinking bothers me), or doing any muy thai/boxing where you have to wear a glove. During a humid race, my fingers do tend swell, making it next to impossible to get my already tight ring off.
I had seen a few ads for silicone rings and wondered if this might be a solution. Enter Karma rings! I received a set that came in a super cool tin (hint: you'll want to keep this tin to store your jewelry in when you travel! Mine contained a white “base” ring and then 3 colored “core” bands that slip over the base. I chose the pastel set – a pale pink, a hot pink, and a lavender. The rings are heat save and non - conductive for added safety.
I was most anxious to try these during body pump class. They slip on easily, and are very comfortable on. You definitely forget you are wearing them.
I also took them out on some runs, and still no slippage even when sweaty!
Rings can also serve as symbols – and Karma believes that wearing your karma ring can be a symbol of something you stand for. From the Karma website –
Individual Finger Symbolism
Thumb (Will Power) – The thumb is independent, while working in tandem with our other fingers to accomplish various tasks. The thumb represents logic and will power, a symbol of controlling ones thoughts and actions.
Index Finger (Authority and Ambition) – Also known as the “Power Finger”, the index finger represents Authority, Power, Leadership, and Ambition. Historically, Kings, Priests, and healers wore rings on the index finger because it was believed to be especially powerful.
Middle Finger (Identity and Materialism) – The middle finger, being the tallest, is associated with ones purpose in life. As the center of the hand, it symbolizes personal identity and things most important to us.
Ring Finger (Emotion, Creativity, and Heart) – The ring finger connects to the artery that runs directly to our heart. It symbolizes feelings of affection and love. It is also characteristic of one’s creativity and artistic self.
Little Finger (Relationships) – The little finger or “pinky” is associated with confidence in both personal and business relationships. It is related to our attitudes towards other people, intimacy, and personal attitudes toward oneself. The little finger faces the world, and watches our back as our friends do.
It can also serve as a reminder for something you are committed to – like losing weight, quitting smoking, etc.
Karma sets come in 2 colors for women, the pastel and cinnamon collection – plus a dark colored set for men. Personally, I think they are an AMAZING solution for men. Some men don’t like to wear “flashy” jewelry and work out a lot so the traditional rings may not be the best idea. My husband takes his off the minute he gets home. He also takes it off to swim, golf, mow the lawn, bike ride, you name it! Frustrating. I do believe this could easily be solved with one of these rings which WILL NOT FALL OFF! The men's duo ring sets come in a variety set of dark colors, but also in some cool solo colors of slate blue, iron grey and sage green.
Karma sets retail for $24.99, and individual bands cost $9.99 each. Right now, you can save 33% on set with code BIBRAVE33, plus flatrate shipping of only $1.95, and free shipping over $15! I think I just figured out a stocking stuffer for my hubby!
And, because good karma brings good karma, Karma Ring Co donates a percentage from each sale to a meaningful cause, like Feed the Children!
"Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air Headphones 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!"
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to try the Trekz Titanium headhphones, wireless headphones that sit just outside your ear, not inside them, and conduct sound through your bones. They were super cool. Recently, Aftershokz came out with an EVEN BETTER model, the Trekz Air.
The box comes with a carrying case, charger and earplugs. Those are in case you need to block out more sound (like on an airplane). But part of the beauty of these headphones is that you get to hear your rockin’ music but still hear the ambient noise around you – birds singing, cars approaching, etc. Safe!
The totally unique aspect of these headphones is the use of bone conduction technology. The sound is just as great as if they were sitting inside your ears, honestly. But your ears are left open to hear approaching cars, etc.
Setup was easy –synching and pairing the headphones to Bluetooth was a piece of cake. I feel like the Trekz Air is a sleeker model - not only lighter, but also a more compact, slim profile that work with any hat and sunglasses combo. You can easily forget you have them on. They only weigh 1.06 oz!!!!
I mostly listened to podcasts with them while I was running or walking. I also listened to music while on the treadmill at the gym. On one particularly hot day, I walked by my favorite local waterfall and could easily hear the soothing sound of the water, even while listening to my podcast. The sound is honestly very crisp and clear.
Took them out for some training runs in the heat. Even sweat didn’t make them slip. These have a nice battery life, too. It says you can count on 6 + hours of battery life. Charging was easy peasy. My one tip is to make sure you press and hear "power off" after you finish your workout. Otherwise when your phone rings it will attempt to have you answer them on your headphones - which maybe you want, but I wasn't quite prepared for that.
I am more than happy with these Trekz Air! They retail for $149.95, and come in 4 colors, including the new canyon red, which has me dreaming of fall.
Special offer below: Right now you can get a bundle of goodies for the same price as the Trekz Air alone!
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You can order Trekz Air headphones in Canyon Red (which is what I have), Slate Grey, Midnight Blue or Forest Green. Use code "BRBUNDLE" here to take $55 off the bundle price of $204.95. You get EVERYTHING shown below for less than the cost of a pair Trekz Air headphones alone!
Parting thought: Aftershokz also has amazing customer service, I have personally witnessed them take care of running friends. They really care about you having the best experience possible. Give them a try!
"Disclaimer: I received a variety pack of NuGo Egg White Protein Bars 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!"
I am a snacker through and through, and occasionally eat protein bars after workouts - depending on the texture. The texture can make or break the bar, I have found. I prefer crunchy to chewy.
I received the following:
As soon as I got my sample pack, my son was trying to steal my bars. He promptly ate 2 blueberry and a maple pecan, and I was like “whoa, slow down! Momma still needs to try these”!!! Overall I am not a fruity flavor loving person, so this particular flavor was not my favorite, but it was my son’s favorite.
Blueberry ingredients: Dates, Egg Whites, Cashews, Blueberries, Almonds, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors.
160 cal, 5g fat, 22 g carbs, 12 g protein
Peanut Butter ingredients: Dates, Egg Whites, Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.
200 cal, 8 g fat, 19 g carbs, 14 g protein
I had this one after my body pump class. Definitely chewy but a good peanut butter flavor too. This was the first flavor I tried. The texture definitely takes a little time to get used to. Chewier than some bars.
Dark Chocolate ingredients: Dates, Egg Whites, Cashews, Almonds, Cocoa, Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors.
190 cal , 8 g fat, 22 g carbs, 13 g protein
I had the dark chocolate flavor on my way to packet pickup mid afternoon for my 50k (yikes!). It took the edge off of my hunger temporarily and eased my nerves just a teeny bit.
Maple Pecan ingredients: Dates, Egg Whites, Cashews, Pecans, Almonds, Sea Salt, Natural Maple Flavor.
200 cal, 8 g fat, 19 g carbs, 14 protein
I saved the best for last. Maple pecan was a pleasant surprise, it did feel like a sweet breakfast treat, full of maple flavors. It blows my mind how they can make these breakfast flavors pop!!!
I have been following (sort of ) a keto friendly diet for the last 6 months where I’m really trying to up my protein and limit my carbs. The one bummer about these NuGo egg white protein bars is that they have a pretty high carb content, compared to the protein.
I loved, loved, loved, the NuGo dark bars and was hoping to love these equally as much. These deliver more protein, which is great, but I do prefer the flavor and texture of the regular dark chocolate bars way better. My son is a true fan of these egg white protein bars though! With school starting in just over a week (yikes), I need to stock up.
Ready to try them for yourself? Use code BIBRAVE for 15% off your online order. Trying the variety pack is a plus, so you can pick your favorite flavor before you purchase a whole box!
"Disclaimer: I received a supply of ORB Wellness Sleep Complex in exchange for an honest review through my relationship with SweatPink and FitApproach. Learn more about becoming a SweatPink Ambassador at FitApproach.com.
Sleep is such an important part of taking care of yourself. I go to bed early (in bed by 9:30) and wake up early without need for an alarm. This is my busy season at work, so my mind is going 90 miles and hour, and can be hard to turn off. I don’t typically have trouble falling asleep, my trouble is staying asleep. I will wake up and dwell on tasks I still need to complete, ugh!
Because of this, I have been taking Melatonin on and off for the last year or two. I was recently given the chance to try a new product – ORB Wellness Sleep Complex – which combines Melatonin with Vitamin B12 and essential oils like lavender.
The packaging looks like it’s taking us into the future of sleep technology. The capsules are liquid and flow kind of like a lava lamp. Cool!
I have been taking it for a few weeks now. I take 2 capsules 30 minutes before bedtime. Even though there is less actual melatonin in here than what I was taking previously, the combination of the valerian root, and essential oils definitely feel like they have a stronger effect to get me sleeping and keep me there. The first time I took it, I did feel a little groggy from sleeping so hard, but I feel like the more I take it, the better I feel. I wake up ready to get my morning run in and tackle the day.
It was super easy to find at my local Costco. And right now they are packaging a 2 month supply for $29.99, which is a great value.
I’m so glad I was able to try this product at such a critical time in my workload. You just can’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep!
"Disclaimer: I am promoting the Missoula 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!"
WEEKEND EVENT GUIDE
It’s almost here! The Missoula Marathon is one of Missoula’s premier events, and it’s only a week away! Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your race experience:
You MUST pick up your race packet and chip on Saturday, July 14th at the Expo, at the Caras Park Pavilion, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be NO packet pick up on race day. You may have a friend pick up your packet for you. For late arrival into Missoula, they have made arrangements for a late packet pick up at the Missoula Airport from 5:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.(they have thought of everything!). Please contact email@example.com if you have a flight that is scheduled to arrive at the Missoula Airport after 10:30 PM.
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Running an ultra has been in the back of my mind somewhere for a few years, but I wasn’t sure that it would ever happen. It’s never been a big priority. Then, I was listening to a podcast about an ultra and started thinking “hmmm…running a 50k the year that I turn 50, that sounds interesting”. And so it began. Then one of my running besties made the leap to 50k and made it look easy. So I searched for the right one – the right timing, the right terrain, climate, etc. and started to train.
I picked the Titletown Ultra because of it’s terrain (not technical, but still a soft trail), and the fact that 2 of my running friends had already done it and loved it, and would do it again with me. So it became a girls weekend. Renee and Jen were on my Ragnar Michigan team 2 years ago, and Rory and Renee are in BibRave with me.
I approached the training just like training for a marathon, and threw a marathon on the schedule just because I needed it – for confidence building if nothing else.
I was in town for some work events for the days leading up to the race, so I was able to start acclimating to the insane humidity. As race day approached, heat warnings were being posted. Renee and I went and picked up our packet, it was already a heat index of 108 the afternoon before. We walked the first .25 mile of the race course down to the water. At least I’d get a water view for about a minute of each lap!
I met up with Renee, Jen and Rory and we carb loaded and tried to get some sleep before rolling out at 4:15am.
We got to the race literally 10 minutes before the start (something I NEVER do), and picked up our timing chip, aka monitoring device that went on our ankle and made us look like we were being watched by the cops. In my hurry, I realized I had not grabbed my wallet – no ID, no money, yikes! Notice how clean these shoes are at the beginning.
The Titletown Ultra is a timed race – you choose either 6, 8 or 15.5 hours. You go as far as you can (or want to) in that period of time. Rory chose 6. I chose 8 and Renee and Jen chose 15.5 as they were shooting for 50 miles. Once we saw the weather forecast, we all started having doubts about reaching our goals.
The course is a looped course through the woods of the Arboretum Trail at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Each loop is 4.75 miles. To reach my 50k goal, I would have to complete 6.5 loops. There were 3 aid stations. You could set up a little campsite with drop bags, coolers, etc. and pass your supplies every loop.
The race started at 5:10am, to allow the 15.5 hour runners to finish by dark. We started off and it was already close to 80 degrees. Crowded at the start, but thinned out pretty quickly. The course is a combination of gravel, then packed dirt and woodchips, then back to gravel, and finishing with a little concrete.
My first loop was my fastest, but it honestly felt terrible. Like I was wearing a wet sweater. Most of the course is shaded in the woods and the heat was thick. Lots of ups and downs through the woods. I started having doubts about going all the way to 50k. Maybe a half marathon was enough?
The volunteers were AMAZING. I always had ICE cold water and electrolytes. They were great about knowing what you wanted even before you could communicate it. I started putting ice down my sports bra. It seemed to help. They also had washcloths that they would wet down with cold water, then hang back up with a clothespin that had your bib# on it. Every lap you’d just ask for your towel again.
As the laps ticked off, I was getting a little excited, but also a little concerned about the cutoff, now that I was taking more walking breaks. I got a little extra energy around loops 4-5, but during my 6th loop when I should be on cloud nine, as I approached the last aid station, I started wobbling a bit and felt like I was seeing spots. Then a wave of nausea came over me. I was so close. I had been drinking fluids NONSTOP but didn’t eat anything other than my 3 gatorade endurance gels. Nothing sounded good. I decided to walk, I didn’t throw up, but felt a little scared that I just might fall over on the trail. Walking was eating up my time buffer that I had. I came to the conclusion that I should just end it at 28.5 miles (6 laps) instead of trying to go out for another half lap (2.5 miles) and have to come back to the finish ( I forgot that I could get a ride on a golf cart and not have to walk back). It seemed like the right thing to do rather than to try to push it given that I was so close to the cutoff and was afraid to run again, thinking that would only make me more nauseous. I clocked in at just over 7 hrs 20 minutes. So I did leave almost 40 minutes on the table – but even my walking was more like 17-18 min miles, I just couldn’t guarantee a 50k finish by the cutoff.
So I turned in my timing chip and laid down for a little bit. Heat index was 103! My legs were covered in dirt. I took a quick Ragnar-style bath to clean up and then headed out for lunch with a friend while we waited for our last runner to finish. One of the girls who was going for 50 miles called it quits at 19 due to dehydration. The other called it quits at 28.5 miles after giving it her all. Here’s our squad at the finish:
Overall, I felt pretty fabulous that night and the next day. Way better than after a road marathon. I attribute that to the softer surface I was running on, and also that I was doing a run/walk combo. Looking back at race day now, I am disappointed that I didn’t go out for that last ½ loop. It was mainly the cutoff that kept me back, otherwise I could have just walked it all. I did not want to be a DNF. I knew that 28.5 was enough to call myself an ultramarathoner, but not reaching the 50k mark bothers me. So you know what that means…I have to do this AGAIN!
Despite the intense heat, I did enjoy my first ultra and learned a lot. It’s not as scary as I thought. I finished 14th out of 26 females in the 8 hour time category. Now I have this finishers mug to remind me of what is possible. I'm an ultramarathoner!
"Disclaimer: I received a supply of Gatorade Endurance formula and gels 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!"
As I write this review, I am a week out from my first ultramarathon. Over the course of my training, I have been experimenting with various supplements, gels, powders and just fueling in general to get me through this race. That’s why when I received the opportunity to review the brand new Gatorade Endurance formula flavors, I jumped at the chance.
As part of my training, I decided to run a marathon. For that race, I was using a “superstarch” type of product for fuel. I also used some really thick gels that I picked up at the expo. Well, I got pretty tired of both of them during the race. Once the liquid was warm, it was disgusting since it was a little on the thicker side. And the gels? That felt like a commitment to open one of those thick packets and work on getting it down.
Even though the new endurance formula is specially formulated for well…endurance events…I tried it out for the first time on a shorter run here in AZ. It was very warm out and I was glad that I had it with me. The watermelon flavor honestly tastes JUST like fresh watermelon, maybe with a hint of salt. Really light flavor, but enough electrolytes to carry you through! It has 2x the sodium and 3x the potassium of regular Gatorade.
Ok so now I needed to put it through more of a test. I took it on my last “long” training run – 12 miles. Again, it was a super warm morning and I knew I would need an extra boost to get me through. I brought 2 gels with me – the new Mango flavor. I had been keeping them in the refrigerator ever since they had arrived. I filled two flasks – one scoop each and added water.
I had also ran 12 miles the previous Sunday..I don’t know if it was definitely due to the Gatorade endurance, but I cut out a good 20 minutes from my overall time from week to week. I ended up just using one gel instead of two – didn’t need it. I did not feel the urge to take all the walking breaks that I did before, and I had basically the exact same weather conditions. I would consider that a win for Gatorade Endurance!
Halfway into my 12 miler, I tried a gel. This gel was the polar opposite of what I tried at my last marathon. Really light – actually tasted like mango – and it didn’t have that fake gel flavor or texture. Yesss!
Each serving of Gatorade Endurance formula Thirst Quencher Powder has:
- 22 g carbohydrates
- 0 fat
- 140 g potassium
- 300 mg sodium
- 13 g sugar
Available flavors: orange, lemon lime, watermelon and cherry
Compared to the other product I was using, this has more potassium and more sodium – all good things – but also more sugar. The new formulation contains no artificial sweetener or flavors and has a lighter flavor designed for athletes training/racing for prolonged periods of time. In addition, Gatorade Endurance Formula now offers a multi-carbohydrate blend to help endurance athletes maintain performance and lower the risk of stomach discomfort during a hard training session or race.
Each serving of Gatorade Endurance gel has:
- 20 g carbohydrates
- 0 fat
- 90 mg sodium
- 6 g sugar
Available flavors: mango, apple pear, blackberry and vanilla
A 21 pack sells for $29.99
This was only a 2 week test, but it was enough to convince me to use it in my ultra, and for my long runs in the future. I will definitely be buying more when this runs out! It truly is #FormulatedForFarther!
"Disclaimer: I received an assortment of KT Tape 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!"
It seems like no one thinks much about getting blisters…until they get one. I have been caught off guard on more than one occasion – with new shoes, new socks or just bad luck! And I have regretted not taking a more proactive approach. For my last marathon, I had a certain pair of shoes that was rubbing my heel in a not nice way, so I threw a band aid on it. Sometimes they stay on, sometimes they don’t. If you sweat, odds are good it will come off.
Enter KT Tape blister prevention tape! The same brand that provides awesome support using kinesiology tape (which I tried and reviewed earlier this year), now makes blister prevention tape AND blister treatment patches!
The prevention tape comes in a roll, pre cut into 30 strips, with an adhesive backing that comes off easily. For my long run last weekend, I put a strip on the back of my troublesome heel and was immediately struck by the incredible stickiness of the tape strip. It wasn’t going ANYWHERE. Love that. It didn’t feel like a bandage, it felt like tape. I ran 12 miles in 90 degree temps and am happy to report it stayed put!
I have also heard of other uses for this magic tape – not just for blisters but basically for anywhere you may get chafing. I definitely get it under my sports bra. That seems like a good spot to try it. Another tip from my fellow BibRave pro Corey is to wear it on your hands when you are lifting weights. It’s a lot less bulk than gloves. I plan on giving this a try in next week’s body pump class.
The other product I was sent to try was the blister treatment patch. How invaluable is this? Without even trying it yet, I already know that BOTH of these products need to be in my race-cation travel kit as well as a must for long runs. I didn’t have any blisters in the few weeks I had to try this product out (because I was using the prevention strips!!!) - but having this on hand is a must.
The patches sell in a box of 6 for $9.99 (but we have a discount below!!!) Here are the product features:
KT Tape is offering a special discount for you BIBRAVE30 - for 30% off! I am going to stock up on some of these essentials for sure! I have my first – and possibly only – ultramarathon in 2 weeks and this is coming with me, ON my person during the race. If anything comes up while I am trapesing through the woods for 5-6 hours, I will be READY!
Last summer, I shared a personal story on my blog about how a lifesaving blood donation helped my dad, who was suffering from Multiple Myeloma, on my wedding day. You can read more about thathere.
Since then, I made a commitment to start donating blood. I made an appointment at my local center and was surprised at how easy it was and how little time it took to make such a difference. I even received a text message a few days after one of my donations that totally made my day.
Blood donation helps so many people. Did you know that:
I hope you join me in making a difference!
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!