Practicing for a PR

“Disclaimer: I received entry in the Scooby Doo, Scoobtober 10k/5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

Kona is back for more! She’s accomplished her first 5k and is ready to go after a PR with the Scoobtober Virtual 5k.

That’s right there is a second event in the Scooby Doo Virtual Run series. If you missed out on the first one, now is your chance! The October event also offers a 10k. You need to register by October 20th. *Code BIBRAVE will save you on your registration!

I am not sure what to expect, I do know there is room to improve her time, but the weather is not cooperating. As I write this it is hot and humid again, so I hope one day we will get fall again and e can attempt a PR.

Since we took part in the September Doo Good 5k, we also are working towards the challenge medal too. The challenge registration is closed, but you can see the size of the September medal to know what to expect for October.

Included with Scoobtober entry:

  • Official Scoobtober Backpack
  • Scoobtober Virtual Run Finisher Medal
  • Digital Finisher Certificate
  • Scoobtober Dog Bandana
  • Scoobtober Virtual Run Doggie Medal/Tag

Also don’t forget in support of the Scooby-Doo “Doo Good” campaign, a portion of your registration will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society.


Headed Back for the Medal

Headed Back for the Medal

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Madison Marathon Half Marathon 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!”

The title of this post gives away a lot, but keep reading…. I have a discount code for you!

I will be headed back to Madison for another race, and my 3rd time at the Madison Marathon fall event. I’ve run the spring event that coincides with the medal challenges, and I ran this marathon in 2016.

In 2017 I decided to try the half marathon, and they introduced a 4 year medal series. The medals will all go together when they are done. Of course, I need to try to get all these medals, so I am back for the 2018 event.

Here is my 2017 medal:


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If you are like me and sign up for races for silly reasons, here are some dates that might be of interest.

  • Online registration closes November 7 at 11:59pm CT
  • Expo and packet pick up will be Friday, November 9th & Saturday, November 10th
  • Race day is Sunday, November 11th. The marathon starts at 7, with the half to follow 10 minutes later.


Use “MMRAVE18” to save 10% through 11/7

Maybe I will see you there!


Scooby Doo Virtual Doo Good 5k Recap

“Disclaimer: I received entry in the Scooby Doo, Doo Good 5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

Friday, September 29th.

It was a gloomy, misty morning with temps near 50 ish degrees. The drizzle was perfect for keeping a dog cool too!

Kona and I were ready for race day, and as luck would have it Josh was able to join us. Ace even made a sign!!

The best thing about a virtual race is you can run anywhere, anytime. Whatever fits into your schedule. The Scooby Doo Doo Good 5k had one restriction, run it in the month of September.

We lined up at the crack in the sidewalk, I counted down and the race was on!

The goal was to finish the distance, we would run by Kona’s feel. This is hard enough anyway with the potty breaks, but since she had only run 2 miles in training…. I wanted to make sure she was ok to keep moving forward.

The route was an out and back all on paved sidewalks. There were also many hills. Also, if you pay attention to any of my other reviews, I note port-o-potties – which Josh had to use, there was one on the route near a dog park, and we passed a convenience store. Only mile markers were the beeps from my watch. 

We made it to the halfway point, and made sure to post our success on Instagram stories, took a short pause, and then kept motoring back to the finish line.

Kona did a great job, there was no time she had to be pulled, or she pulled us. There were many warmer training runs where she did not want to go and I had to tug her along.

Josh and I cheered Kona to the finish, which was when I pushed my watch to say 3.10. However – stinkin Strava rounded it to 3 miles.

this is the only proof of the time, LOL

I was so happy and proud for Kona. SHE DID IT!!!! Her official Garmin time is 33:24..

So what does this mean for her? Well she will get a finisher’s medal and bandana for completing her Doo Good 5k. This also means I can take her on my shorter runs and I also need to purchase a leash for running.

Also.. I think she is ready to do this again and run a better time… more on that later.

Enduring the Training

“Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance products to train for the IMT Des Moines Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

As you know, I am headed to Des Moines to run my 29th marathon, and my first in Des Moines. Lucky for me, Gatorade Endurance will be the product offered on the course.

I was fortunate to test the Gatorade Endurance product through the early months this summer. I ran Grandma’s Marathon, Run for Troops,The Limberlost Challenge and PCTR, all with Gatorade Endurance Watermelon in my hydration pack. The extra sodium and potassium gets me through a hot, sweaty run, without the post run dehydration headache.

I ran out of this product, and it wasn’t good… resorting to eating table salt is never the best option, but it works. I am hoping one day this will be something on the shelves in convenience stores…..anyway…..

I was sent a variety pack of Gatorade Endurance products. A tub of Watermelon drink mix, Fruit Punch and Orange chews, Apple Pear and Vanilla gels and pouches of the Lemon Lime drink powder.

While I am not sure which actual flavor will be on the Des Moines Marathon course, I know I have an inventory of product to try, so race day wont be a surprise.

What am I talking about? Have you ever trained for a race that doesn’t advertise the electrolyte on course? Then get to race day and find out it, it’s not what you trained with? Now what? Think about it, train with X and race day has Y, and you spend the entire race in the port-o-potty. Maybe…. that’s a little dramatic, but training with what is provided on course is having an advantage.

*Ok, so maybe you also tried what was on course and you know you don’t like it. You also have an advantage as you know what to bring with you.

Is anyone else training for Des Moines? Or maybe you are on the fence? Well maybe saving $10 on registration with code “dmmbibravediscount18″ will help, in addition to knowing Gatorade Endurance will be there.

Training Kona for her first 5k

Training Kona for her first 5k

“Disclaimer: I received entry in the Scooby Doo, Doo Good 5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

If you didn’t know, we have two dogs – Kona and Ace. They are both mixed breed dogs. Kona is bred with a labrador and Ace is part corgi. They are also both rescues. We have had Kona since a puppy, and she will be 10 years old, I believe, this fall. Ace on the other hand… maybe he’s 8 …no clue as we got him second hand as a rescue.

Kona has always loved to play frisbee, she would play forever if you let her. Ace likes to sit around and watch and chase the occasional grasshopper while dreaming of a squirrel.

I have taken them on short one mile runs here and there. They seem to do ok, but Ace needs to mark everything, and is spent after that distance. I would like to be able to run with them more or for longer distances.

Then the opportunity came up for a virtual 5k, the Scooby Doo Run Series, I had to give it a try. There are 2 different events available. In September there is the Doo Good 5k and in October the Scoobtober 5k/10k. Each event rewards you and your dog with swag, plus you can do them both for an additional challenge medal

So… my thought is I can get Kona – the frisbee playing phenom  – in shape to run a virtual 5k, all why earning more bling?

What is a virtual race? This is an event you can run anywhere, anytime. No need to wake up before the sun on a weekend to get to the starting line. You can just run from your front step using your own timing and maps.

Kona and I have been running on what I would call my rest days. I am on a run streak, so I will run one plus miles to keep the streak going. Currently, Kona is up to two miles in distance. Our major hurdle has been the weather. It seems the heat and humidity will not go away. I am hesitant to pick a date to complete this 5k.

Kona has been doing well on her runs, I wish I would have started running with her when she was younger. I believe she will be able to accomplish the 5k, and will monitor her condition if we need to walk.

I am hoping to continue running with her, so we can set a 5k time and then break it in the Scoobtober 5k.

Wish us luck and follow us on IG stories – @amaskeberka.

The Doo Good 5k needs to be completed in the month of September, and you need to be registered by September 20th. The Scoobtober 5k or 10k needs to be run in the month of October, and you need to register by October 20. If you want to do the challenge, you need to be registered by September 20. Code BIBRAVE will save 10%.

In support of the Scooby-Doo “Doo Good” campaign, a portion of your registration will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society.

Game Day Ready

Knockaround Sunglasses Review

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I don’t want to hear it…. but YES I need more sunglasses in my life! I couldn’t resist this opportunity when I saw the black frames with yellow polarized lenses.

You see, it’s football season, which brings tailgating season. While eye safety on the run is something I have blogged about in the past, and I rarely if ever leave the house without sunglasses….sometimes fashion is also important. This season, I will be GAME DAY READY!!

Look Good, Feel Good!

Alright, I was able to choose from the Premiums line. I chose the Expedition (rubber black/yellow polarized) and Knockaround was kind enough to send an additional pair – Frosted Black Ice/Smoke Polarized.

The Premiums are a “modern take on a classic design.” They offer poloarized lenses with UV400 Protection. Many styles and colors to choose from. They come with a soft pouch that doubles as a lens cleaner.

I have mostly been wearing the black and gold ones, I really like the mirrored lens. I have been trying them on the run too. While these work for running and fit with my hat and headphones, I will probably use them on shorter runs. I am a girl that prefers a frame with adjustable nose pads for running. Don’t get me wrong they work for running, and have minimal or no bounce, PLUS you look cool!.

The one thing that really has me interested is the price! You can drop a lot of money on shades, these top out around $25. They do not feel like low quality  – they are much better than those promotional shades you may pick up at an expo. Plus no matter what sports team you cheer for, there is a color combo for you!

Looking for more feedback? Check out these additional reviews: KatyBrendaVanessaAlastairJennDanielleAndreaBen Gina

I have even purchased a second pair in yellow and black. Get game day ready and grab yourself a pair at PLUS 20% savings use code “BibRaveKnocks20” one use per person, expires 9/30.

Also I would encourage you to follow them on social media, always a great sale featured on Instagram. They are also very engaging on Twitter. Don’t forget to check em out on Facebook.

First Time for Everything

“When Was The Last Time, You Did Something For The First Time?” – Darius Rucker

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the IMT Des Moines Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

I have run A LOT of races, including 28 marathons, and yet I have never run the IMT Des Moines Marathon…. and it’s right down the road. This year, that’s going to change, I will be at the starting line.

The event is part of a whole weekend of festivities. It takes place October 20 & 21, including multiple challenge events or virtual runs. I will only have time for the marathon on Sunday the 21st.

Saturday, October 20

  •  5 Mile Run or 1 Mile walk
  • Kansas City Marathon / Half Marathon

Sunday, October 21

  • Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, Relay

ChallengesI-35 Challenge, Marathon 5 Mile loop challenge

Virtual Run – Complete the Marathon or Half Marathon on race day anywhere

If you are considering the Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon, Use code “dmmbibravediscount18” for $10 off the Marathon or Half Marathon!

I also have a code to share for the Kansas City Marathon, not sure how it works with the challenge.  Code “BIBRAVE2018KCM” to save 15% on race entry.

Now, to figure out the logistics of getting my packet as there is a home Iowa Football game. Happy training, hope to see you in Des Moines!