"Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos OOmg recovery 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!"
A few months ago, I ordered the OOfos oolala sandals and have been loving the support and cushion that I get from them. When I got the opportunity to try the closed toe OOmg shoes, I jumped on it.
OOfos has it’s own “OOfoam technology”. It provides approximately 37% more cushion than traditional footwear. The OOFos OOmg low shoe is designed to enhance the recovery process., but to also be something you can wear all day, every day to take the stress off your tired soles, joints and give your feet the freedom of natural movement.
Since I have osteoarthritis in my knees, I look for the most cushiony shoes I can find. I wanted recovery shoes that provided the same type of support and also offers rejuvenation. The OOmg shoes have about the same amount of cushion as my running shoes, which is pretty darn incredible!
I love that these are a slip on shoe, they are super convenient to grab and go, whether it is to walk the dog or get the mail.
I gave these a try after an 8 mile training run. The cushion was incredible. I wore them running errands. I think they are casual and sporty at the same time.
Look at all this cushion -
My feet have plenty of room to move, and I wore them both barefoot and with socks. Comfy both ways. I think that this will be very handy at my next Ragnar in Michigan. It’s maybe a little too chilly for flip flops in between running my legs, but these closed toed shoes are a perfect recovery tool!
The OOfos OOmg is currently only available in women’s sizes, and comes in 3 colors - black, gray and citron.The men’s version is coming out sometime in 2018. The retail price is $120.00, which is about the same investment as a good pair of running shoes. The bottom of the shoes will wear out before the foam. Treat yourself to a pair for summer!
The BibRave Pros had a little fun trying out the OOmg, we definitely recommend these shoes!
"Disclaimer: I received an Eat Smart Precision Digital Scale to review as part of being a Fitfluential Ambassador.
I admit it, I am a measuring freak when it comes to portioning out my food. I have so many measuring cups and spoons that get dirty in one day, it’s rather ridiculous. My kitchen scale broke a few months back, so I haven’t been able to weigh any food. Some of the harder things to measure without a scale are cheese and meat. I was excited to try out the Eat Smart Precision Digital Scale to help me weigh these items.
When the scale arrived, I was surprised at just how light it is! It only weighs 8 ounces!
It runs on a lithium battery, which came installed. It took a little doing to open the battery compartment and get things going, but once the battery was all set, we were good to go.
This scale measures in both grams as well as ounces/pounds, with just the touch of a button. It’s very easy to read. The scale can also weigh food that is up to 11 pounds.
The COOLEST feature is the Tare/Zero feature. It allows you to weigh something that’s in a container and get the exact weight without the container weight. No math required! Just place the empty container on the scale, then hit ON/TARE, and put your contents in the container. Boom! You've got the exact weight of the contents without the bowl!
To test it’s accuracy, I placed an 8 oz block of cheese. The scale showed 8.3 oz, which included the plastic wrapper. It passed the test : )
This is a very nice, and affordable scale. It retails for just $9.99! It also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty. For more info, visit their page here. Eat Smart Products also make a variety of other health-related products like bath scales and food cooler packing & organizing systems.
"Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry for the Rock n Roll San Diego 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!"
As I mentioned in my last post, this is the 20th Anniversary of the Rock n Roll Marathon Series. Rock n Roll San Diego is sure to be an #EpicSummerRun. We're down to the last 4 weeks! So what can you expect?
The race starts at Balboa Park, and winds through the iconic Hillcrest, North Park, and Normal Heights signs. Plus, a downhill finish to the all new finish line at the Waterfront Park! You had me at downhill!
On course entertainment
Rock n Roll races are known for their live bands on course, and this will be no exception! Look for a variety of local bands, plus spirited cheer squads on course to help keep you motivated and energized.
Rock n Roll San Diego introduced new medals for 2017, and they spin!
Finish Line Beer
Don’t forget to swing by the beer tent and get your free Michelob Ultra finishers beer! And, if you see me in my BibRave orange shirt, please say hi!!! (I'm the one on the right!)
Make the most of your time in the San Diego area! From attractions to restaurants, this article has some of the best tips to experience San Diego in a weekend, so be sure to check it out.
Still haven’t commited? What are you waiting for? Right now, you can save $15 with BIBRAVE15 on the half or full.
See you next month!
"Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry for the Rock n Roll San Diego 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'm currently training for Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. This is the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Rock n Roll marathon, the original rock n roll race. It’s one you don’t want to miss!
I do have a bit of a history here. I ran the full marathon here in San Diego twice (in 2002 and 2003) and they rank as my top 2 best marathon finish times. Admittedly, I was MUCH younger!
This year, I will be taking on their half marathon. It’s going to be my first half marathon since knee surgery in October of 2016. I put on about 10 pounds with my knee injury and reduced activity. It’s been a real struggle to get the weight off, and I know dragging the extra pounds around are not helping my running (or arthritis). Because of this, I worry about being able to have a decent finish time (for me, under 2 hours). I am not looking to PR this race, but I would still like to have a finish time that I can be proud of.
I’m 1/3 of the way through my training, and it’s honestly going pretty well. Since I live in Arizona, RNR San Diego will be a close, convenient and beautiful place to run! Although the half does not go along the water, I think the views will still be a nice change.
Last week, new medals were just announced, the half and full medals spin!
If you need a spring full marathon or half, join me! Right now you can save $15 on either distance with BIBRAVE15!
Coming soon: My next Rock n Roll San Diego post will focus on the course and entertainment, as well as details on a BIBRAVE meet up!
Yee Haw! Ragnar Lukenbach is in the books! I have been looking forward to this event for many months, and now it’s over!
It all started when Erica, someone I met through BibRave and a twitter friend, announced she was building her own team for Ragnar Luckenbach, outside of Austin, TX. I have made my interest known that I am open to traveling to run a Ragnar pretty much anywhere, so I was all in! Then she recruited our mutual friend Jeremy and I convinced my Ragnar MI teammate Toby to join. Erica filled in the rest and I couldn’t wait.
Ragnar + Travel = Awesomeness in my book.
We arrived Thursday afternoon into Austin and crashed at a nearby hotel, got to bond a little during dinner. Erica’s friends Emi and Kevin rounded out our van 1 crew. We had an hour’s drive the next morning to get to the start in Bastrop. Our lineup was:
Runner 1 - Toby
Runner 2 - Erica
Runner 3 - Kevin (Big Kev)
Runner 4 - Emi
Runner 5 - Emily
Runner 6 - Jeremy
We started Just as the sun was coming up. I was in Van 1 (Van 1 for life is my motto), and Toby was our first runner. It was near perfect weather, 60’s at the start and sunny. We saw a lot of cattle. And blue bonnet flowers. This was our view at exchange 1 while waiting for Toby.
At exchange 3, we were treated to an adorable general store in Red Rock, TX. I got a cup of coffee that was brewing in a traditional old school pot, and it cost a whole 50 cents. The lady at the register said, someone left 50 cents here, so I guess yours is free! Love it.
I was runner #5. It was getting warmer, but still breezy. It was around 10:30 by the time I got to run, and my first run was only 2.1 miles! However, the run was full of hills I was not expecting. Geez! Jeremy was up next, so I got to hand off to him.
What came next was perhaps the longest afternoon of my life. We went and had tacos for lunch, freshened up a little, and then headed to the next major exchange, knowing that we had 4-5 hours before it was our turn again. This is the part of Ragnar that I dread. The massive down time. Everyone but me wanted to nap. So after trying to sleep, I gave up and headed outside to see what was around us. We were in the tiny town of Martindale, TX. Near the exchange was a grassy area, and once we walked around we discovered there was a river there. Great views and breezes. Toby and I walked around and found a path down to the bottom where people were taking a dip. Pretty cool.
It became apparent that something was off in our timing, Van 1 was right on schedule, but it seemed that van 2 was falling behind anticipated pace projections. It got hotter and hotter and we watched vans come and go with absolutely no sign of ours. We were supposed to start at 5:55pm but ended up around 7:30pm. The sun was setting as we left. I couldn’t round up enough people for euchre, even though Jeremy was a guaranteed player. This was us after 6+ hours of waiting.
Exchange 15 was at a honky tonk bar, the Happy Cow, in Hunter, TX. Live music was blaring from this place and since it was Friday night, boy was it tempting not to go in and check this place out. However, I was going to be the next runner up at the next exchange in an hour or so. I had to be good.
I always get anxious before my night runs. Let’s face it, the prospect of running in dark, sometimes desolate areas can be daunting. Especially for a female. I looked at the map and saw that a good portion of my run was along the Guadalupe river, so I thought that would be cool (if I could see anything in the dark). I ended up having THE BEST time on this night run, with the exception of dodging oncoming cars on a narrow road. My 6.7 mile leg started just past the fun nightlife of New Braunfels and Greune. There were so many cute places with patios lit up with colored lights. I just wanted to sit there and enjoy. Instead, I got ready to run. I started out on the main road, which was just a narrow 2 lane road. When cars would approach, there was not much room for me to get over out of the way. The weeds were about 2 ft high on the shoulder, and it was on a 45 degree slant in many places. So often I would stop and walk when a car approached since I couldn’t tell my footing in the weeded, uneven shoulder. It was hard to get into a good rhythm.
It started to become “fun”, once I turned the corner onto River Road and found myself running into a nature vacation playground. The River Road Ice house was a big corner bar that was bustling on a Friday night. People were outside drinking, yelling out encouragement to the runners. For a split second I wanted to take a detour for a cold one…the road started really getting into rolling hills, I could hear and occasionally see the river. We were down in a canyon and it just looked wicked cool, even in the dark. I ran past a bunch of campgrounds, under the stars, it was the best feeling. The downhills were going really fast and felt amazing. I had 4 “kills” that I passed along the way, I couldn’t believe it. I crossed the river at multiple points and was so wishing there were more lights so I could really see my incredible nature surroundings. I made a mental note to google New Braunfels/River Road when I got home, I just had to see what it looked like In the daylight. (see pics below). I was riding a total high when I got to hand off to Jeremy again, and promised him he would love his run too.
He did have a great run, but due to a misunderstanding of sorts, van 2 was not ready and waiting for him at the exchange, so he ran on to the next one. In the meantime, I joined Toby for a roasted marshmallow and searched for coffee. Yes, even at midnight…Fun fact: I looked on a map where we were and it said “Sattler, Texas”. Sattler is my maiden name. Imagine my surprise!
We drove on to the next big exchange and figured we would have 4-5 hours at a minimum of sleeping in the van. We each had our own rows in the van so it wasn’t completely awful, but I can’t say it was awesome. I manage on little sleep pretty well during Ragnar so I was awake by 5 when Toby had to start again. A storm was approaching, so they eliminated 2 legs from the race (from van 2). It was cloudy, sprinkling and humid. I was not really looking forward to another 6.1 miles, especially if it was raining. The majority of my last leg was along a freeway frontage road. There were ridiculous hills on this route and I was becoming more miserable by the second. I was dripping wet from rain and humidity. I walked on some of these hills, but took advantage of the downhills. I somehow passed 4 people on this leg. My teammate Kevin met me about .3 from the exchange and ran in with me. I was running out of gas.
While Jeremy finished up his last leg, we stopped at Joshua Creek Falls along the way, before meeting up with van 2. Below is a pic of his finish on his 10.5 mile run –
After he finished, we drove to Luckenbach which is really an attraction in Fredericksburg, a German town known for their wine. We grabbed lunch finally (only our second real meal in 36 hours) and then headed to the finish line to wait for van 2. Oh look, more waiting! Again, a pathetic attempt at sleep, and longer than anticipated time for our runner to get in. We didn’t’ officially finish until after 5pm. It dragged on forever. Luckenbach is a TX bar/dance hall, which on this particular day attracted a large number of bikers. Anyhoo, we finally finished!
It was fun to do this race with real life friends, which is a bit of a rarity for me being that the majority of my Ragnar experiences that have mostly been with strangers.
Thank you Ragnar and thank you Texas for a good time! I feel very fortunate that my knee cooperated for another Ragnar and let me run without any issues. Also happy everyone got along and our van was drama-free! The boys were all speedy and bonded well. It was Emi's first Ragnar and she had a great attitude about it. The guys were amazing well skilled drivers. Mad props to them! Toby, Jeremy and Emi are all in for Ragnar MI, less than 6 months from now, so that will be a blast too!!!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of Smellwell shoe pouches 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!"
Any runner (or any athlete) struggles with post workout odors in their clothes and shoes. I have the most trouble when I travel for a race and have to put the ghastly smelling wet clothes back into my luggage. I was sent 2 SmellWell shoe pouches to try out and I put them to work!
They are like little bean bags that have the freshest scent to them. They work by absorbing the moisture and removing the odor, leaving a refreshing smell. I first took them on my Ragnar Del Sol relay race. I thought the concept of being cooped up in a van with sweaty wet clothes would be a great test for these pouches.
I kept them in my gym bag until the first sweaty outfit was ready to be put away. I keep each relay leg outfit in a separate large Ziploc bag, in part to have somewhere to put the clothes back safely. After my first leg, I changed out of my outfit when I had a chance, and threw the pouches in with the clothes. I repeated the pattern after each leg, and also put them in my running shoes for the few hours we were able to stretch out and sleep. The result? Really fresh smelling items. They didn’t have enough time to fully absorb all the sweat, since I rotated them through the various outfits, but I think if they had more time, they would have.
I try to keep these pouches in my shoes when I’m not wearing them. I enjoy the smell, but if you have super sensitive sense of smell, you may not like it.
The 2-pack sells for $9.99 and they are available on Amazon
I will be putting these to the test once again at Ragnar Luckenbach in Texas this weekend. With a van of 3 boys and 3 girls, cooped up for 36 hours, I wanted to at least be able to ensure that my items smelled good!
Overall, I would say that these are worth the price, even though 3 months shelf life doesn't seem very long. If you use a gym bag, I would say it is worth it. Or if you have smelly teenagers who play sports, it's more than worth it!
Join us for #bibchat on Tuesday, April 4 at 8pm Central as we discuss Smellwell and what to do with wet smelly workout gear.
"Disclaimer: I received Luvo entrees 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!"
You may recall that I have tried Luvo entrees before and enjoyed them. I love having having healthy options available at my fingertips so I’m not overly tempted. I recently got the chance to try some more Luvo flavors and spread some more Luvo love!
Luvo has come out with a plethora of new flavors and creations – bowls, burritos and more. Unfortunately, the bowls and burritos were not available in my area. So I set out to try some other items that I haven’t tried before.
I hit 3 stores and picked up the following:
I reviewed some other Luvo entrees earlier this year, you can read my review here. I was super impressed with the quality and freshness of their products, so I jumped at the chance to try more flavors.
The first one I dug into was the tandoori spiced chicken. Whoa baby, it’s spicy! Not too much, but enough! I love jasmine rice, so the sides were perfect on this one. Cauliflower & broccoli were on the side too, and they didn’t come out soggy or tough.
Nutritional facts – 270 calories, 7 g fat, 19 g protein
Next I ate the turkey meatloaf and red potatoes. It was filling, hearty, and tasty. I think I tried this flavor before, but I actually enjoyed it more this time. This has really awesome macros, the carbs are just a few grams over the protein.
Nutiritional facts – 260 calories, 6g fat, 23 g protein
I love their pastas, I think I had tried all the raviolis except for the kale ricotta. It was in a fire roasted tomato sauce, which gives it a really unique flavor. I didn’t look like a lot on the plate, but the raviolis were pretty dense. I wish it had more protein of some sort. Especially enjoyable with a nice glass of wine :)
Nutritional facts – 250 calories, 6 g fat, 11 g protein
I’m a huge breakfast girl, so I was delighted to try the pancake. It’s oat bran and filled with ricotta cheese. It also came on a bed of cinnamon spiced apples. I was worried that it would come out soggy, so I cooked it in the microwave then, finished it up in the oven to crisp it up a bit. It was creamy and delicious. It also came with a pouch of syrup.. If you want that warm comfort that pancakes bring, but don’t feel like the hassle of making them, or are cooking just for one, this is perfect for you!
Nutrition facts – 310 calories, 12 g fat, 10 g protein
One of the cool things about Luvo (there are several!) is the way it cooks. It’s not sitting in a plastic tray that may or may not have BPA in it. It comes in a paper pouch that steams. It cooks a little longer than a traditional entrée (7 minutes or so), but gets thoroughly cooked so you don’t have cold spots. They call their technology “steamazing”. Here’s a link to my blog post with a video showing how beautifully it cooks in the bag.
You can feel good about their packaging. Luvo uses 100% recycled paperboard with 50% post-consumer waste. The meal comes in a pouch of unbleached paper made from 20% pre-consumer waste. The meal steams in the bag, and then you pour it out onto you plate. They call their pouch “steamazing”. The meals come out beautifully.
Luvo isn’t available everywhere - but where I live, I had my choice of over a dozen local supermarkets that carry it. You don’t need to go to a specialty or high end supermarket. You can find your closest location here.
I am dying to try these new bowls! Please come to Arizona soon!
We'll be talking about Luvo at #BibChat on Tuesday, March 28 at 8pm Central. Join the conversation!
Have you tried Luvo?
"Disclaimer: I received a pair of xx2i France2 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!"
I have been a fan of xx2i for the last few years, I have enjoyed both sporty and casual frames from their collection and have found them to be high quality, durable and stylish.
I was sent a pair of XX2i France2 Pro Racing Sunglasses. Doesn’t’ that just sound cool? They are considered “half rim sport sunglasses”, as there is only a frame around the top half. As usual, the packaging they came in was awesome. It was in a hard case with lots of cushioning and a spot for the lenses to fit in and be protected. They also came with a soft pouch to carry them in, as well as a strap
Product specs –
I planned to take these out for a run the next day. I looked all over for them and then discovered that my husband took them to work, without even asking me if he could borrow them! He really likes them, apparently.
So, the next day I took them out when I walked the dog.They fit great.
Then it was time to put them to the real test – running! I wore them in the Hot Chocolate Las Vegas race, and they stayed perfectly in place, no slipping, no fogging up. I'm so glad I had them handy, as it ended up being much brighter than I thought for the race and would have been in real trouble without them..
Next up was Ragnar! I wore these for my two daytime legs and they looked and felt great. It was very hot and sunny! Not only did they look great and stay in place, but they survived a weekend of getting thrown into a backpack when not in use, riding around in a van full of stuff!
The France 2 model comes in 14 sporty colors. These particular glasses retail for $59.99 on xx2i.com. The polarized versions go for $99.99. HOWEVER - They are offering a killer 50% discount with code “marchbibrave" now through March 28. Personally feel like it’s a great deal for solid, sporty glasses for running.
I’m totally buying my husband a pair for his upcoming birthday since he keeps stealing these from me. Shhh, don’t say anything!
Also 2 big plusses here –
Lifetime warranty - Lifetime Warranty! No questions asked, you break or scratch them, send them back to be replaced for a nominal shipping and handling fee!
365 day return policy – you can return up to a full year after purchase (who does that?) and get a full refund minus S&H.
Want some other opinions before you commit? Read some reviews from other BibRave Pros, or tune into #bibchat this Tuesday, March 21 at 8pm Central for more conversation!
Another Ragnar is in the books! By now, you are probably familiar with my Ragnar obsession. Since Ragnar Del Sol is practically in my backyard, I of course had to be in on the fun again. I decided to join the same team from last year, the 12 Wandering Runners.
I had a blast with this team last year, but they moved some people around, a few dropped out, ,and a few dropped in, so we basically had a different team this year. Living by my Ragnar motto, Van 1 for life, I happily joined Van 1.
Our lineup in the van was:
Runner 1 – Erin
Runner 2 – Steve
Runner 3 – Shaun
Runner 4 – Me
Runner 5 – Chrystina (captain)
Runner 6 – Mary
Part of the team was coming from Prescott, and the rest from the Phoenix area. I met up with the van leaving Phoenix just before 4 am. Some of the van 2 runners were there. I first met Steve and somehow within 5 minutes the conversation turned to beer and a few minutes later we had become friends on Untappd. Then I met Bobbi and Ryan. I instantly bonded with Bobbi, only moments later discovering she was going to be in Van 2, so I basically wouldn’t get to talk to her at all. Boo! After fueling up with coffee, we headed to the start line in Wickenburg.
As I announced last week, I was delighted to be selected as a Scott James Sport Jewelry ambassador for 2017! I have been wearing their charms for over a year and love their look and quality. I run in them, sleep in them, shower in them, and they look as good as new!
All runners have a story – how you got into running, reasons you run, and why you love it.
For me, when I saw Scott James Sport Jewelry at Ragnar Del Sol last year, I knew that I had to have their charms! Running a Ragnar Relay race is something that I thought I never wanted to do. I looked at the description about riding around in a van all day and all night, running in the dark, etc. and thought “this is NOT for me!” Well, of course I was wrong.
So, Ragnar is special to me, not only for the great experiences that I have had over the last 4 relays I have ran, but it showed me that I can do hard things once I step out of my comfort zone.
Here are the charms I wear, practically every day:
I also just ordered another Ragnar charm for my collection, and hope to add TX after I run it later this month (see below)
These sterling silver charms range from $12-$20 each, so affordable! Plus, they offer free shipping over $50 or a flat $5 shipping fee if you fall under $50.
Check out their selection and save 15% with code AMB-ss7sce24. Share your running story. Ready to start shopping?
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!