Karma Ring Duo – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Karma Ring Duo as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”


Way back when, I lost a lot of weight, and one evening I was doing some yard work and lost my wedding ring. I was creating a new flower planter around our mailbox, my wedding ring could have been anywhere. I was in a panic! With a flashlight, I finally found my ring… it was too big for my ring finger and that is why it fell off. From that point on I have been wearing my wedding set on my middle finger. (I know I can get it resized, but when they fused the bands together, it turned into a mess.)

Enter Karma Ring, I thought this could be a great option for me to have a ring back on my ring finger.

First, I needed to decide what size my ring finger is. I went to the Karma Ring website and printed the ring sizing tool. This was not working for me, it wouldn’t print in the size that was suggested. I tried on 2 computers and still couldn’t get it to work. I then did what anyone would do, google. I tried to compare my current ring with a size chart. This lead me to ordering a man’s ring set as the women’s set only goes to a size 8.

I received the men’s set and of course it was too big. So, I went and tried to print the ring sizer again, with no luck. So, I measured my finger with a ruler which had me in a woman’s size 8, and I was sent a replacement. *Thank you!

As a Bibrave Pro we are testing the “Duo.” It is a ring that comes with 2 parts. There is a base part and then 3 colors, to which you can change. The company also makes just simple one piece bands too.

Currently there is one color option for men in the Duo series. Black with darker colored bands. Then for women you can choose from 2 options; a white band with pastel colors, or a brown band with lighter colors. As you can see, I went with the white band. I am looking forward to more color options in the future, hopefully something bright or even darker for women.

The concept behind the colors and changing them is that once you reach a goal, you would change the color, similar to martial arts. For me… I don’t want to mess with things, so I have worn the peachy/pink color since I received it.

Also you don’t have to be married or engaged to have a Karma Ring. Wearing a ring can simply be a fashions statement or a symbolic statement.

The ring arrived in a cool tin, with allows you to keep the bands you are not wearing all in one spot. The rings are very light weight and “bendy.” The inside is printed with the brand name and size.

I have been wearing this ring for at least 2 weeks now. It’s to the point I don’t even know it’s there. I was worried with the work I do and the white band, it would get dirty. In fact, I was cleaning and sorting for a sale and keeping an eye on it. It’s still bright white. I also had concerns about gunk getting caught in between the bands, but they lock together and don’t allow for outside debris.

In fact, these are the specifications:

Karma rings feature patent-pending, ergonomic contouring, and strong yet flexible materials, so that they feel as heavenly as they look.

  • Hypoallergenic – Even sensitive skin will love the specially formulated silicone used in every Karma Ring.

  • Non Porous – Doesn’t absorb germs, odors, and chemicals.

  • Ultra Durable – Wears like iron feels like silk

  • Non Conductive/Non Magnetic – Will not affect hand held mobile devices, Bluetooth technology, or magnetic strips on credit cards.

If you are looking for a silicone band for an active lifestyle, check out Karma Ring. Before you use code BIBRAVE to save 33% the Duo costs $24.99.

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Still looking for more? Check out the reviews from the pros: Lindsey KatyMeridithSamantha

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Pre-Race Prep

Pre-Race Preparations

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Big Ten Network B1G 10k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

On the eve of the Big Ten Network 10k, I am calm and confident. Why? I believe I have my race day prep under control.

Ok, so maybe it’s also because it’s the 4th time running this event. It is also what feels like my 100th 10k or something like that.

Don’t get me wrong, I still get a little nervous or worried about race day, but doing the following helps me “stay the course.”

First– I plan my outfit. Yes, there are some races where I have been known to wake up and just grab some gear. I can do that because I know what I like to run in, and I usually have planned my outfit in my head. Laying out my gear, and taking a picture of it, especially while traveling makes race morning that much easier. Also, it’s easy to visually see something you might have missed. Once, I have done this, I can just wake up and get ready as everything is together.

Second – I review the course. Sure, I have yet to lead a race, but there have been times I have been alone on the course. Having a general knowledge of what directions I should be headed is helpful.

Third – Checking race start times. This is probably the most critical, I then know when to wake up and start my morning routine.

Fourth – Logistics. Do I need to check a bag, where is that? Where is my corral entrance? Do I need to get there via public transportation? Do I have to pay to park? There can be so many little things that can throw a wrench in race morning.

Fifth – Fueling and hydration. For a longer race I make sure I have been drinking extra the week before, for shorter races I try to limit my alcohol. I also try to eat pretty bland before a race. I could push the limits, but I do best with food that is similar to cardboard.

Sixth – Sleep! This is one of the most crucial, in my opinion. It can be hard to catch some zzzz’s while traveling and race day nerves may have you up all night. I try to at the least crawl into bed earlier that normal, just resting my legs is a great place to start.

Finally, the seventh pre-race ritual – Coffee! This has been my routine since I can remember. I wake up at least an hour before I need to start, I drink coffee. This is the crucial step that leads me to a successful trip to the bathroom.

If I have prepared correctly and walked through all these steps, I am happily snapping selfies on the starting line with Herky tomorrow, or my fellow BibRave pals and Hawkeye friends.

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Good luck racers, rest up, eat cardboard and drink some coffee!

Nugo Nutrition, Egg White Protein Bars – Product Review

Product Review – Nugo Nutrition, egg white protein bars

“Disclaimer: I received Nugo Nutrition egg white protein bars as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Nugo Nutrition is at it again, they have added a new bar to their lineup. The egg white protein bar.

We start with the highest quality fruits and nuts, then add in non-GMO egg white protein, a complete protein. This whole food paleo bar has 12-14 grams of protein and is certified gluten free and OU Kosher Pareve

A while back I had the chance to try the Nugo dark chocolate bars, so I was ready to give the egg white protein bars a try. A mixed box of 4 flavors – maple pecan, blueberry, dark chocolate sea salt and peanut butter arrived at my house.

The first thing I noticed was the scent coming from them, especially the blueberry, They all smelled really good.

In addition to smelling great these bars are packed with protein, and not just any protein “a complete protein, containing all the amino acids your body needs, while being fat & cholesterol free.”  They are also gluten free and contain real food ingredients.

With all these benefits for my health it was time to give them a try. Due to the fragrant smell I opted for the blueberry first. The texture was something I had to get passed first. However, compared to most protein bars, this isn’t anything new or different.

Then over time I tested all the flavors, and while I can say the texture is still something that is not for me, I will say the maple pecan is my favorite. It’s like eating pancakes, maybe it’s because I liked to grab a bar before a run in the morning.

The bars are easier to eat if they are cooler, when they warm up they become more “flexible” and more chewy. I think they would be best kept in a refrigerator.

I can also say the protein does it’s job, I had a bar in my bag and couldn’t wait to for lunch, a few bites of a bar and my hunger pangs subsided.

That’s right, these are easy to pack and take with you anywhere. In fact if you want to give them a try use code *BIBRAVE* for 15% off NuGo Egg White Protein Bars until August 3, 2018! https://www.nugonutrition.com/

If you are looking for more thoughts, check out these reviews: Lindsey – Janelle – Sara – Danielle – Katy – Kim – Karen – Lissa – Stephanie –

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Product Review – Ultima Replenisher

Ultima Replenisher – Product Review

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

It’s been a hot summer, not even that, it’s been a humid summer. We’ve have numerous warnings for the heat, and it’s only mid July. As a runner, I pay even more attention to this because of dehydration, That is why I like the chance to try new things.

Ok – so because I am honest, I have tried Ultima before, it was at the Runner’s World Festival, that was in 2016. I remember I liked them way back when, even though I was skeptical about the Stevia sweetener.

Product Specs:

  • Nothing artificial – all colors come from fruits or vegetables
  • Electrolytes & support minerals – Potassium, Magnesium, Chloride, Calcium, Selenium, Phosphorus and Zinc
  • No high fructose corn syrup – sweetened with Stevia leaf
  • Zero Calories
  • Zero Carbs
  • Vegan
  • Non GMO
  • Gluten Free
  • Paleo & Keto friendly

What did I receive?

I received a stick pack variety box, which contained 5 different flavors – orange, lemonade, grape, raspberry and cherry pomegranate.  I also received a 30 serving canister of cherry pomegranate.

The first thing I did was mix up a batch of popsicles. I even added some cherries!

I chose the lemonade flavor, and even had enough left to drink. I like this flavor the best, I can’t taste the Stevia in this one as much and it’s very refreshing!

I then proceeded to try all the flavors, I can tell you some of them are not for me as the Stevia taste is more present in some than others, making it really sweet. I would say raspberry is my second favorite flavor.  Having the powder to mix your own, I can add more water to calm down the sweetness.

Another plus is the stickpacks are perfect for travel. I always bring my own reusable bottle with me. Most convenience stores will allow you to fill it up for little to no cost, you can just bring along your stick pack, and BAM, a refreshing Ultima on the go!

Ultima is perfect for the sweet tooth without all the bad things. If you would like to try some, head on over to their Amazon store front – Amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher and use code ULTIMABR to save 15%!!!

Not sold on my review, well you are in luck as other Pros have their thoughts too: KatyNicoleKevinJenn AmyRyanKimLindsey MelissaBarb

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Shady Rays Review

Shady Rays – Sunglasses Review

“Disclaimer: I received Shady Rays Signature Series Sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Before you all roll your eyes at another sunglasses review… let me tell you why I was interested in checking these out – “Our mission to fight hunger in America has led to over 1 million meals provided to date.”  That’s right, they are more than just looking good.

I was able to choose the colors I would like from the Signature Series. I went with the Purple Sunset Ice Polarized. (Which appear to be out of stock.) I wanted something fun! These are a clear plastic frame with a purple hued lens.

Here are the specs:

  • Durable gloss clear frame with metal hinges
  • Premium Polarized mirror lenses: 100% UV protection / shatter-resistant / salt water proof
  • Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty & Free Replacements if Lost or Broken – just pay S+H fee for lost/broken replacements.
  • Every order provides 11 meals to fight hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America

Size Specs: Front Height: 50 mm (2 in.), Front Width: 140 mm (5.5 in.), Bridge Width: 18 mm (.7 in.), Temple Arm Length: 146 mm (5.75 in.)

*Did you see they will replace a lost or broken pair?!?!?

Ok, so how does these measure up? You know I have tested and worn many pairs of sunglasses over the years, so I have some thoughts.

First I just wore them around, to work, out to eat, to the auction, kayaking – low key type activity. I will say I really like them as a fashion shade. They compare to other glasses on the market in that regards, you look good while protecting your eyes.

Then I put them to the running test. I am on a run streak, so I started with a mile. I also wear a hat and headphones. I will say they fit with all the things on my head. However, what I noticed while running. They do not have adjustable nose pads, which will allow you to set lower on your nose to allow ventilation to minimize foggy up. Also they just sit so close on your face. I did notice they will bounce if they are not in the perfect place on my face. *I also note these things as I have a few pairs of sunglasses specifically designed for running.

I also noticed that while the shades are fun mirrored purple color, they are not that dark. This does not take away from their polarization. They are also great on cloudier days or on trails.

That’s right, just because they are not my favorite pair for running, I find myself grabbing them to run a quick mile or because I am already wearing them when I go to run. For example, I ran a 5k in them as it was in the evening, and the glasses were on my head.

Overall thoughts: With the mission of feeding America and the warranty, these are worth the $45 price tag. However, as a running pair of glasses, I think I would reach for something else. For me these are more for looking fashionable…and I think I do!

If you would like to purchase a pair you can use code  “BIBRAVE” good for 50% off 2+ pairs: https://bit.ly/2rk7Hor 

If you would like more input, check out what the BibRave Pros have to say: VanessaKaty BenLissaJenn

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Kayaking in Iowa City

Live More Now – Kayaking

“Disclaimer: I received three BUFF®️ products to use on new adventures 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 finally did it… I tried kayaking.

I mentioned in a post related to this BUFF®️ campaign that I wanted to push myself and explore the urban adventure in Iowa City, kayaking was one of those activities.

It was a sunny, Sunday afternoon. I had some time, so I drove myself the 4 miles from my house to the Terry Trueblood recreational area. Lots of free parking spots available, bathrooms, ice cream and food.

The local outdoor store, Fin and Feather runs a rental business in the summer. You can rent a canoe, kayak, paddle board or paddle boat,

Once I parked my car, I grabbed my phone and plastic bag to put it in and my bottle of water.

I walked up to the rental area and was greeted by a worker, “would you like to rent?”

I remarked that I would like to try kayaking. I was given a form to sign – in 3 different places. Then I was given the oar and an oversized life jacket. If I went overboard, it was going to slip over my head.

I was told to then follow the trail to the water and I would be greeted and helped to a kayak. Well, there was someone there and they pointed to a kayak. I crawled in and was given a note about using my hips to balance, then shoved away from shore.

EEK! Ok, I should note that I have canoed a few times before, so I was familiar with this kind of water activity, but it’s different.

There was a slight breeze, so not only was I trying to feel comfortable, I was trying not to panic.

I paddled out further and noticed something weird.. I was sticking too close to the shore, I was hitting the bottom of the lake with my paddle, oops. SO I tried to go more towards the center of the lake. Hmmmm, where should I go?

The lake is not that big and after a few minutes I felt I had the hang of it, so I went a little further. Then I felt comfortable enough to take a photo. Whoa… it’s hard to selfie in a kayak, but I made the best of it.

After some people watching and just floating around, I was bored. Sure, it’s kinda fun. I just think if I had a task or somewhere to go, or if a friend were to join, I wouldn’t be bored.

I saw that some how I had wasted an hour of my time, so I paddled back to the shore. The rental is $13 and hour, and then they prorate the charge ever quarter hour.

When I got close, the workers were busy and I was not sure what to do. I did manage to successfully beach the boat, but to get out, I would have to step in the water. It looked shallow enough, and I had survived the time with not going overboard, now was not the time to fall in. Plus what do I do with the paddle?

I managed to gracefully exit the kayak, whew! I then pulled it up further onto the beach. I asked the worker if that was ok, she said “Yep.” SO, I just walked back to the rental place and returned my life jacket and paddle. They asked my name and I checked out. That’s it!

Now, I have always thought about doing this, I am glad I just went ahead and did it. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone is simple, easy and only takes an hour of your time.

So what’s next… hmm should or could I do stand up paddle boarding?

*This is unlike any other product campaign I have been a part of, a review is not required. However, I would like to share that this is a great visor!! It has an adjustable strap on the back, so it will fit any head. It also is made of a lightweight technical material. I also love the bright color.

Gatorade Endurance – Product Review

Gatorade Endurance – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance Formula and Energy Gel as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

There are a lot of hydration products on the market, and even more that contain electrolytes. I have always been a fan of the Gatorade drink products, so I was intrigued to test out the new watermelon flavor Gatorade Endurance, and I was willing to try the new mango energy gel.

What is so special about Gatorade Endurance Hydration? It contains two times the the sodium and more than three times the potassium as traditional Gatorade. It also contains no artificial flavors.

As a salty runner, I was ready to give the extra sodium a try. I have used Gatorade post run to fight off the dehydration headache, so maybe if I drank this during the run I would have no headache?

I have been mixing up my Gatorade as instructed on the canister, then drinking it before runs. I recently ran two different marathons carrying the drink with me. I am happy to say I had no post race headaches and no stomach issues. The flavor reminds me of candy, yet it’s not super sweet like a competing brand on the market. I can taste the saltiness and I like it!!!

What is so special about Gatorade Endurance Energy? The energy gels contain 20 grams of carbohydrates that are easy to get down.

Ok, time to be real… I am not a person that enjoys gels. I would rather eat real food. The main issue is the texture and taste. If I can’t get past that, it doesn’t go in my body.

I gave the mango gel a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the light fruit flavor, and how thin it was. It wasn’t goopy. It reminded me of syrup, and I really do think this would be great on waffles!!! I will note it is very sticky.

I look forward to giving it a try on a run. I wasn’t brave enough to try it on my last 2 long runs as they were marathons. I gave the drink a go as I have ran with Gatorade before.

Would I recommend this? I would definitely recommend the drink, especially if you are someone who requires more salt. It’s light and not super sweet. Also, the best thing when you mix a powder formula, you can adjust the taste to your liking.

The gel, while I am not certain how it would perform for running, I can get past the taste and texture, which is a win in my book.

For fun I decided to make popsicles. I am not sure if I missed a certain way to mix it up, but they just tasted like a salty ice cube. I will do this again, but I think I will add fruit. However, Gatorade ice cubes are a good idea too.

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If you need more insight, check out these reviews by other BibRave Pros: Lindsey Karen LissaKatyJessicaKevinAmyJennVanessa