Buff Pack Run Visor. Closing thoughts

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF® Pack Run Visor to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) at BibRave.com/BibRavePro, and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Alright! I’m back! After taking a brief hiatus from running (and sweating in general) due to a cyst removal surgery (I’m fine don’t worry) I am here to RAVE about this visor again, buckle up!

As soon as the stitches came out, I was back on the proverbial horse and went out on my way for a nice run! The weather wasn’t ideal, but that’s where my visor came into play! A mixture of heat/humidity and rain stood no chance against this bad boy. As I said in my previous post this thing absorbs moisture like a sponge!

Honestly, my favorite thing about it, is that I was able to throw it right in the wash, which I’m SUPER hesitant to do with any other hat/visor I own.

I would also like to point out, that my mother was with me when I was wearing it, and then asked me to borrow it for a day at the beach the next day!!! In her words: ‘It worked great! I love it’

Anyway! I love this thing, and if you are compelled by my rave reviews, you should totally sign up for their mailing list on their website to get 15% off your purchase!!!

Not convinced? Check out these other BibRavePro reviews!

RyanJessLishaBeckyStephKimKellyMichelle

Buff Pack Run Cap/Visor

Disclaimer: I received a Buff Pack Run Visor 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!

Hey guys! I’m back, been a little bit of a hiatus with the remote learning (yup) school year ending and my step daughter coming to visit for a little bit. In that time I was fortunate enough to be chosen to try out a visor from Buff USA.

First Impressions: I received the R-Cape Blue color visor to try out (honestly my top choice, because look at that color!) but its so light! Like to the point where I forget that I’m wearing it.

Oh! And this visor works like a sponge!! I’ve gotten rained on, as well as just accumulating sweat and none of it got in my eyes! All absorbed by the visor, btw its completely washable 😍.

Anywho, I’m going to test some more and I’ll check back in soon!

BRP Virtual Summit 2020

So this year, as a member of the BibRave Community, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Virtual Summit, as the in person summit was unable to be held due to the current state of affairs.

Each Pro that was participating was given a care package! We got a shirt, a pair of Knockaround sunglasses (see how much I love them HERE), a BibRave hat, some tattoos and a pom pom!! (Though I’m told some pros received a cowbell instead of a pom pom and a a fanny pack instead of a hat)

Our coordinators had scheduled a kickoff scavenger hunt, through the app HollarHype, which was really cool, because as long as you are a member of the selected group you can send live motivational voice messages to your friends! With some technical difficulties, the pros decided to send each other random things to find as we were all on our ~5 mile runs! Kelly and I met up for a run for the first time in what seems like forever to scavenger hunt and run together! Check this link to see the scavenger hunt video we put together, and even more on her page!

First thing we did as a group was a large group zoom call, with everyone involved joined! We did two breakout sessions where we got to meet some other pros, which was really cool, because I got to have a conversation with some of the pros that ive only been able to connect with via social media and messaging!

Don’t mind my Pizza Hut email

After the breakout sessions, the first days sessions began, and there was a Live Q&A Session with co-founders Tim and Jess, where they were able to talk about the company and answer questions that the pro’s had for them! Following that, there was a TikTok tutorial with Kim, where she gave some pro tips on how to make a cool video!

The remainder of the day, leading into the next morning were left up to the pros to view some prerecorded seminars from nutritionist Steph Howe, and a mental health checkin and checkup with sports psychologist Dr. Ross!

Sunday morning I went out for. another run as the HollarHype app was primed and ready to go (we were essentially testers as its a new app) and I was tasked with finding: a landmark from my area, flowers with my knockarounds, a sign that speaks to my inner runner, and to answer a riddle “A sundial is a time piece with the least amount of moving pieces, which time piece has the most?”

A Landmark in my area (a train museum inside of an old train car
Flowers with my Knockaround
a sign that speaks to your inner runner

After my run, I got ready for the social media best practices live zoom with Caitlin and learned about proactive hash tagging and making my stories more personal and less preachy!

Finally we all met up in zoom for a final get together, where our leaders presented awards to our friends who have been pros for 5 years! I hope I get to stick around long enough for that! Finally awards were presented to members who participated in the TikTok challenge, Nicki won the award for most improved TikTok, Riley for most creative, and I (with the help of Kelly) won the scavenger hunt TikTok for the fun way we made our hunt! (see my link before)

All in all it was such a fun weekend, and if it was this much fun virtually, I can’t even imagine how fun it will be next year in person! Thank you BibRave for allowing me to be a part of the weekend!

RoadiD – My thoughts (and a coupon)

Disclaimer: I received my ROADiD to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

SO! I’ve been wearing my RoadiD for just about a month now and I gotta say, I love it. I legitimately tell everyone I’ve seen about it, because it just makes sense. We’re in a time where its not always safe to be out, and accidents happen all the time!

One moment that sticks out in my mind was towards the end of the year last year when Kelly and I went out for a run and this boy on a bicycle zoomed by us, clearly showing off by doing tricks. We saw this kid EAT DIRT like it was a hard fall so we sprinted over to him to check on him. Fortunately he just had the wind knocked out of him and he was a little scraped up, but it took a few minutes for him to be able to tell us a phone number of a parent for us to call for help since he was trying to regain his breath! Wearing this RoadiD now makes me think of how much smoother that could have gone if he had had one on to just show us the bracelet that would have his dads number on it, god forbid this was something more serious and he needed more help than just a ride home.

So lightweight, you hardly know its on!

Wearing one of these gives me the peace of mind that if something should happen to me I would be able to convey who to contact without having to have someone try and figure out my phone or smart watch to get the info.

Not convinced of its usefulness? This doesn’t have to be used for runners only, despite the target audience! Do you have children, maybe an elder who’s living with you (or not with you)? These ID’s can be purchased as bracelets as well, and not just smart watch accessories! You can rest easy knowing that if there were a situation where you were separated and your loved one was located by a stranger, their emergency contact information would be at the ready!

You can use the code SAVE25BRP to save 25% off any ROADiD on their website.

This is the sample image from their site, I apologize if this number is yours!

Check out my fellow BRP’s for some more insight on the product, and check out their website as well HERE

Chris , Steph, Ken, Ebony, Cassie, Nicki, Becky, Meredith, Randy, Lisha, Lisa

RoadID and Ready To Go

Disclaimer: I received my own personalized RoadID 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!

When running alone you always want to be as safe as you can. Whether that means you carry your phone on you as you run, or tell someone where you’ll be and where you plan to go, safety is key.

RoadID has come up with a helpful way to make sure there’s alway a way to get help while you’re out, and that’s their customizable bracelets! You put your name and city, and up to 3 emergency contacts! Plus you can make it your own by throwing your running motto on there!

Now I know you’re thinking, but I already wear so much out, I don’t want to wear even more things while Im out running!! If that’s the case then do I have some news for you! Not only do they make bracelets, but they also make clips that slip right on to your smart watch (Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin) to lighten the load!

Look at that! No cumbersome extra weight! I forget its there its so light

All in all I feel much safer wearing this. Yes smart phones have the accessibility to show medical id when looked at to get emergency information, but what if something happens and your phone breaks, or (like me up until a week ago) you don’t know how to access that information?

Personal recommendation, get yourself over to RoadID’s website and get your own now! Use code “SAVE25BRP” to save 25% off any ID!!

Bonus points if you know where my Motto is from “Hobey Ho, Let’s Go”

Check out these awesome Pros and their reviews too!!

Meredith / Becky / Lisha / Tedrick / Brenda / Lisa / Randy / Nicki

Product Review: Knockaround Fast Lane Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround 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!

Blues on the water

Recently I have gotten to sample a pair of Knockaround‘s Fast Lane sunglasses, and after about a month of using them I can honestly give you my opinion: these things are great!!

Jude and I sporting our Fast Lanes… and our Buffs!

Let me highlight some things that I have noticed during the usage:

  • They don’t squeeze your face NOR do they shake around as you run. You know what I mean, sometimes you get those perfect sunglasses and they look great, but you get a headache because they are just a tad bit snug, these shades have a nice comfortable fit!
  • The colors are amazing! I had such a tough time choosing between samples that I ended up going and ordering myself a second pair and my husband a pair for himself because they looked so nice! (Fun fact! You can customize your own color combos for a unique flair!)
  • They didn’t get a sweat fog, which is awesome, but depending on the face mask you are wearing (you should be wearing one right now) it will fog, but that’s because of my breath, not sweat! (I wore them for a treadmill run with my garage door open for sunlight to test this out… your welcome!)
  • One thing I did notice was that there was a noted plastic smell on the glasses for a few days. Wearing them a few times and I guess exposing them to fresh air seems to have dissipated it
Purple and yellow, Blues on the Water, Mai Tai

If you wanna check out some reviews my friends and fellow Pro’s have done check them out HERE:

Montana / Deborah / Christine / Karen / Mark / Kelsey / Emily / Riley

Found these very easy to be photogenic in 😉

Some updates

Well, as you know, its quarantine season, races are cancelled, lockdowns are in order, all around not so much fun. I’ve taken this time to truly be thankful for what I have, what I can do, and where this will take me.

These core workouts are kicking my ass, @mattymaggiacomo

I can’t say that I’ve been doing this alone. My husband is also home from work and happily (read sometimes I have to convince him) has been participating in workouts with me, here’s looking at you Peloton, whether its a run, walk or workout.

We’re safe when we go for walks/play Pokemon Go with our Pokemon masks courtesy of Kelly

And I can’t forget to mention Kelly who is an absolute champion and is constantly knitting masks for friends and family, as seen modeled by Jude and I above. Not only that but she’s been my accountibilibuddy from afar as well! She persuaded me to sign up for peloton, and we’ve been doing virtual runs together!

virtual high fives! photoshop courtesy of Jude, we’re not actually next to each other

Something fun was inspiring the Bibrave community to take part in a Virtual High Five Challenge, which was really cool and fun to see how everyone virtually cheered on their friends! What a cool way to #releasetherunner

Do you have any virtual races coming up? I’m signed up for the 19 Crimes 19k which should be fun!

Also, remember to get those steps in for Fitness Bank’s step challenge!!! Every step counts!!

Life in the (Knockaround) FastLane

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Fastlane 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 love running outside! I used to be a treadmill guy ONLY, but with races comes the outdoors, and you don’t need me to tell you how DIFFERENT it is! The sounds, the smells, the sights… but oh the sights, when it’s a beautiful day it may be hard to take them in *gasp* because of the sun 🌞.

Can’t see a thing!

Knockaround has the solution for you! These not only look great, but they won’t break bank either!

Personally, I’ve tried wearing sunglasses while running before (you know you’ve tried it) but they bounced around, got sweaty from fog, the works. In my numerous runs wearing the fast lane style of shades has been great! The didn’t mess with my AirPods, stayed in place throughout my run, and I was able to see!

Relaxing after a nice long run!

Right now, through April 30th, you can get 20% off your entire purchase (one time use per customer) with code BibRaveKnocks4! And it DOES work in conjunction with their sale items, so if not now, WHEN?

Check them out!

Happy running my friends, and don’t forget to #releasetherunner

A Challenge to Chase the Blues Away!

Disclaimer: I received an Amazon gift card to review and promote the FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden 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!

Oof. Let’s start out by airing it all out, we have to acknowledge how FRUSTRATING it’s been, stuck at home, social distancing, races cancelled, work (more than likely) being flipped on its head, and the new normal not being easy.

For me, I try and look at some positives that are coming out of this. Being home, sans my commute, I can focus more on my fitness, being able to incorporate much more into my day without having to worry about the whole day being lost. My husband is also home from work, so we get to have some much appreciated time together. And finally, there IS something I can do to keep my goal oriented personality!

Lets get some stepping in!

As I previously wrote about, Fitness Bank is hosting a Spring Step Challenge with none ofter than Des Linden! Now for the deets. This challenge is 100% FREE to enter! All you have to do is this: Download the Fitness Bank Step Tracker App; Sign up for the step tracker (you don’t have to sign up for the banking portion, you could, but its not a requirement to participate, nor would it boost your chances of winning a prize, I see you); Once you’re all signed up just gotta link it to wherever you track your fitness (Garmin, FitBit, Apple Watch, etc..) in the app. Last step is to sign up for the challenge (pictured below)

Here it is!! Your ticket to the challenge

You’re in! The challenge starts today, 4/1, and runs all the way to 5/31! Now, this is the perfect way to get back into the swing of things! Not only are you competing against one of the greatest marathoners, but by participating you get a shot at winning tons of cool prizes, including signed gear by Des herself, free shoes, and A YEAR OF FREE RACES!

What better sense of accomplishment than having a glass of bourbon (and checking those steps)

Now get out there and start stepping people! But remember, be safe, social distance, stay hydrated, and a step is a step! If you’re pacing the kitchen, walking up and down your stairs, using your treadmill, or finding a route locally that you can do safely #releasetherunner in you!

We see you there Des! and we’re all starting on equal ground! Lets do this!

Check out some of my fellow BibRave Pros thoughts on the Fitness Bank Des Spring Step Challenge and how they are staying motivated below!

Amy | Samantha | Stephanie | Karen | Jess | Danielle | Sarah | Ken |

Step Challenge!

Disclaimer: I received an Amazon gift card to review and promote the FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden 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!

Want a fun way to get some exercise in?

Join the Des Linden Group on the @fitnessbank.fit APP! The official start date is April 1,2020 and finishes May 31,2020.

Des, featured with the Fitness Bank app in Runners World Magazine

Is doing a challenge with a renowned athlete like @des_linden not enough?? Well there’s prizes for top steppers, as well as community prizes to win just from entering!!

You can enter now thru April 30th. You can enter and have your steps counted for the entire challenge. Download the free FitnessBank app, (you do not need to open a savings account), this step challenge is TOTALLY FREE and open to the public. 😁

I did a step challenge with other @bibrave pros and I managed to place 15 out of 60 , knowing that there’s so many people out there doing what you’re doing was all the motivation I needed! Join me (and Des) and #makeeverystepcount

#bibravepro #bibchat #fitnessbankBR #steppingwithdes #stepchallenge