On the rocks….

JUST ADD ICE…..

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

If you have been reading along, you are familiar with my bourbon cooking series. I have made bourbon bacon cookies, gave bourbon caramels a try, thought about bourbon ice cream, and I whipped up a batch of bourbon caramel popcorn.

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What’s next? While these posts have been fun leading up to my 46th half marathon….

Screw it… just add ice…or heck, just add a shot glass! I am just gonna drink it!

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My favorite is this Evan Williams Cider Bourbon I picked up the first time I ran the Urban Bourbon. I brought it back to share, and my tailgating friends loved it soo much they went on a shopping spree. Even got their local stores to carry it.
This is also the easiest way to prepare bourbon. There is no measuring, there is no bringing it up to temperature. You just put in a glass – mix-ins or ice optional.

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Cheers!

I might leave the exotic bourbon recipes to those that know what they are doing… like the place where I will be picking up another bourbon caramel glazed donut and the candy store that has dark chocolate covered sea salt caramels.

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I will picking up my bourbon treats soon. The race is THIS SATURDAY!! (October 21) Online Registration closes Tuesday, October 17th at 11:59pm. So use code BourbonRave2017 for 10% off – http://www.urbanbourbonhalf.com/  NOW, before it’s too late!

Each runner will get to taste all the bourbon and the post race bourbon bash… so even more proof bourbon is best a drink. There will also be beer too.

Also, if you are registered, I want to remind you (and myself) that packet pickup has moved to Pigment Gallery at the Mellwood Arts Center. Packet pickup will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will need a valid photo ID that shows date of birth (e.g., driver’s license or student ID). A bourbon tasting will be offered at packet pick-up. (Does not require additional registration.)  Please note – there will be NO packet pick-up on race day.

See you and your drinking glass Saturday!

 

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Race Recap – Running 4 Kids 10k

CASA of Will County Running 4 the Kids 10k – Race Review 

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the CASA of Will County Running 4 the Kids 10k 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!”


Another weekend, another race… I just can’t stay away.

Sunday, October 1… 4:30 am…on the road again. That’s right – before the sun is shining, I was headed east to New Lenox, IL. It’s about a 3 hour drive, all on Interstate 80 – simple. I can also grab my packet before the race start at 9 am. No need to pay for hotel.

If you are looking for a little more background on the event and what CASA of Will County is all about, check out this blog post.

After a boring, uneventful trip on the super slab, I was at the race start location at about 7:45 am. It was at a school, so there was plenty of free parking.

I made the short trip to the packet pick up area. I was pre-registered and they were just laying out all the shirts with bibs. It took a little while for them to find my stuff as they hadn’t got their “system” down yet. I was then handed my bib, which was pinned to my short sleeved, cotton, unisex shirt. Note, it was pinned with one safety pin…not sure where the other pins were, but I have a race belt, so not an issue for me. I was also handed a drawstring cinch sack full of goods.

I made the trek back to my car, just in the back of the school, and opened the sack of goods. OMG!!! The bag was jam packed with stuff. In addition to flyers and area coupons, there was a fidget spinner, sunscreen, body lotion, a pen, notepad, stress ball, pedometer, resistance band…. and I am sure I am forgetting something. It took forever to look through it all.


It was near 8 am and I had an hour until the race start. I sat in my car to keep warm as the temps were on the cooler side, near 50 degrees and windy. I played with my new fidget spinner…. and then I remembered I was supposed to run 10 miles total…oops!  I mean I just ran 20 the day before, and I was going to race today, so how important would 10 miles be?

Ok, so after sitting in the car a little longer, I finally put my bib on my race belt, put my skirt on, and all the other gear… I went back to the starting area to see if anything was happening… nothing much, except pre-race setup.

Gear: Sparkle Athletic skirt, BibRave tank, Cubs hat, XX2i France 2, Aftershokz Trekz Air, Adidas shorts, Garmin Fenix 3, Road ID, New Balance shoes, Spi Belt, Zensah socks, BUFF(R)

I had time for a little pre-race run, so I ran a mile… It really was a great temp for running and the sun was shining.

It was time to line up under the inflatable arch, so everyone just piled in, no encouragement to self seed by pace, but it wasn’t super crowded either. There were some announcements, the person making them was using a microphone, but there was so much chatter among the participants, I had no clue what was said. Which, I was kinda worried as I didn’t look ahead to see if the 5k/10k were starting at the same time, I just knew I needed to start at 9 am.  Oops… oh well out of no where, everyone was moving forward…so I did too.


The race started at the school and went out and back on the Old Plank Trail, I believe this is an old rail bed. The course was all paved, including the trail, which was asphalt. There weren’t any hazards, but when paving a wooded trail with asphalt there are portions with cracks due to trees rooting, and asphalt shows user wear, so just be aware on this portion to not trip.  Oh, rail beds are flat as a pancake… my Strava/Garmin stats has a total of 74 feet over 6 miles.

I was feeling good, the weather was good, so I pushed the pace. There was a woman on my heels for the first mile, and I wasn’t giving up, so I guess she was kind of pacing me… I eventually shook her off. I then kept my sights ahead to the next person…. I wanted to keep passing them. I also am familiar with those who start out too fast, so I knew I had a chance of passing some more.

I slowed to drink some water from a paper cup, as it was slightly humid… I just kept trucking…miles kept beeping by… I never checked my watch once.

I came to the turnaround, and was able to count my place in the race. I was the 9th female overall. I wondered if I could improve…. and I did as I said above, kept my sights ahead on the next person… I still had 3 miles left, and needed to pace myself.

The next 2 women were kind of running close, but one was slowly fading…. I did stay with them for a little while to let them do the pacing work for me…..However, I could see another female in front of me, so I dropped those 2 and was the 7th overall female, by my count.

There were so many volunteers helping with the course, I made sure to thank them at the numerous road crossing and water stops. They were also very encouraging.

I was in the last mile, and I wanted to make sure I had enough left to give it a kick to the end…. I really tried to pass the next person, but I wasn’t making any head way. The 10k also met back up with the 5k in the last quarter mile or so. My pace met up with the families walking the 5k, thankfully there was enough room to pass around them, as I pushed towards the finish.

I crossed the finish line and paused my watch. I then was handed a medal. Dang….6 miles… not the 6.2, but a time near 55 minutes! I was soooooo happy with this overall time, considering my legs had just made it through 20 miles the day before. I then looked at my mile splits, wahoo, go me!!!  After a year of endurance running, it’s nice to feel a little speed return. Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer a 50k over a 10k.

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I reset my watch, put my medal in my Spibelt, and went out for a cool down mile, this would get me to 8 total miles on the day, which if you are doing my math, is close enough to the 10 training miles I needed for the Detroit Marathon.

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I came back to the finish area to find lots of post race activities. I was too late for the free kids race, that must have happened when I was out on the 10k course. The kids were able to get free pumpkins too!

There was a HUGE spread of post race food, bananas, apples, bagels, 2 styles of granola bars, fruit snacks, bottled water, chips, chocolate milk and pizza.  I needed more hands as I grabbed the pre-wrapped items to eat later. I just can’t do pizza after a race.

I walked over to the raffle prize table, they had pre-selected bib numbers to win some awesome prizes. I was not a winner, but they had some cookbooks to giveaway, so I grabbed one of those. By now, my hands were super full, and as luck would have it, they had extra drawstring cinch bags, so they were more than happy to give me another one, so I put my snacks in there.

I toured all the tents that were set up in the parking lot. More giveaways, you could buy a Jamba Juice and even tour a fire truck. This little race had all the big expo type feel, without all the hassle.

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It was time for the awards. I felt I did a good job, but I wasn’t sure how far out they would be awarding people. (Ooops, I probably could have read that online.) I was listening to the awards, and I was sure they did not announce my age group. The prizes they were awarding were really nice, so I thought I better check it out.

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I went to ask, and the lady looked at her sheet, and it did not have my age group on it. We walked over to the timing company and found out there was some sort of glitch, and they were re-downloading the results. I had time to wait, and things like this happen… so I stuck around.

It’s a good thing, I was the 30-39 female age group winner. WAHOO!!!! It was now time to get my prize, which was pre-determined. It was tickets to something local, and I told them it would be a long drive back, and I wouldn’t be able to use it. So they were more than accommodating in finding a prize I could use. I ended up with a Clique Nutrition gift card for $100, as they had an online store. How exciting!

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Everything was done, it was time to go home. I walked back to my car. I heard a shout, and it was Adrianne with the race, she is the person who was working with BibRave and she thanked me for driving over. Well, that was nice!

When I was going through the bag of goods, I saw a TCBY yogurt coupon… I thought, why not hit that place on the way out of town. I checked the hours online and it said they opened at 11:30…so I drove over and sat in my car the 10 minutes…However, I noticed the posted hours said noon…eek, I wasn’t going to wait that much longer. Lucky for me the nice owners were in and out of the door, so I asked, and they invited me in. Yum!

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Then for whatever reason when I got back into my car, I looked at the $100 Clique Nutrition gift card a little closer… “valid in store only.” Womp Womp…a quick check of google maps, and the store is kind of on the way home….

I made the detour over to the nutrition store… I was optimistic about what I would find. I have never been one for traditional protein bars, but I can always make use of protein powder.

I was greeted by Drew at the door, explained I won the gift card. I wondered around the store asking questions. I finally decided on protein powder, protein chocolate peanut butter, protein chips and all the protein cookies. Nice little reward! Thank you Clique!

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Alright enough .. time to get back on the road. I wanted to get home to take a nap. The drive was another uneventful trip. I was back in my driveway at 3:30pm, less than 12 hours later.

You might be asking, why the heck drive all that way for a 10k… well I do weird things, plus the race description reminded me of the local races that are put on in Iowa. I love the small community feeling, no fighting through crowds, no waiting in long port-o-potty lines, you can talk to someone if there is an issue.

The race was well priced too, and you got a lot of things! That was nice, but I really don’t need all that stuff, maybe monetary donations that go straight to the race could be a better option… however it does set the race apart from others.

If you get a chance, add this to your calendar for next year. This year it was a week before the Chicago Marathon… you could make a 6 mile run part of your taper and support the CASA of Will County.

For my no frills race review, check out bibrave.com

 

Second Thoughts?

Hmm another Marathon?

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

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Ok, so I am registered for the Madison Marathon in Madision, WI on November 12th. WHY? Well, the Hawkeyes will be playing at Camp Randall the day before, so it’s just good sense to run the race the next day.

However, I am having second thoughts on running the full marathon. I am capable of this, yes. Do I want to do it, no. My heart just isn’t in running another marathon, a month after the Detroit Marathon.

I am also not a stranger to this event. I ran the full last year as part of the Conquer the Capital Challenge. I was also running a marathon a month, and I was tired in November.

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So, now what? I have never not done something I said I was going to do. Yep, that’s me, I say I am going to do something and you can rest assured I will be doing it. Is this different though? Since I am not feeling the full distance, and I would be doing the smart thing by switching to the half?

First, I had to find out it this is possible, does the race allow me to switch?

Luckily there is a wonderful FAQ page – http://www.madisonmarathon.org/full-marathon/ That answered this question:

  • Online changes are allowed until Oct 23, or until a race has reached its maximum capacity.
    • There are no additional fees associated with online changes before Oct 23rd, unless the race distance you are changing to costs more than your original registration fee.
  • Changes after Oct 23 must be done on-site, at Expo & Packet Pick Up, for an additional $10 fee. When making changes to your registration at the Expo & Packet Pick Up, your shirt size is not guaranteed.Please pick up your original packet, then visit the Troubleshooting booth.

I started the process to do this, while it was an easy walk through, I was having some issues.

Finally after some emails, I am now running the half marathon!! Whew, life happens and sometimes you just need to do what is best for you.

Who else is traveling to Madison for the game and wants to run a race? Use code RAVE10 which is good for $10 off Madison Marathon or Half Marathon
Codes will expire Nov 8 at 11:59PM (close of online registration) http://www.madisonmarathon.org/

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Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon 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 a new installment in my bourbon cooking and an update on the race

After my failed attempt at bourbon caramels, I was thinking… caramel…what else could I make in this direction? I then remembered how simple caramel corn is to make, I thought, “What if I added bourbon at the end of the cooking process?”

As luck would have it, there is a recipe for that. Thank you food network 

I got the ol Stir Crazy popper out of the cupboard… and magically the dogs appeared…they love popcorn, and they hope I overfill the popper so it overflows and pops out of the machine onto the floor.

Anyway… I made a full batch, even though I only needed 10 cups. Who doesn’t like popcorn?


I followed the recipe… making the caramel first. I was so happy I didn’t have to bring it to a certain temperature… basically just melt and keep stirring, no one wants burnt caramel.


I then added the 3 tablespoons of bourbon, BAM! the whole kitchen smelled of the spirits and the sauce was bubbling!


I stirred it into the popcorn, then spread it out on cookie sheets to bake. I had to stir it in between the baking cycle…WHOA, opening that oven I was hit with a strong bourbon smell.


It was done cooking and time for it too cool… however, Josh and I couldn’t wait… and we began sampling it, and we couldn’t stop….. YUM!! This is soooo good!!!  We had to stop ourselves as I was bringing this as one of my tailgating treats.


When it was cool enough, I put it all in a bag. Game day couldn’t come soon enough!

I pulled the popcorn out at the tailgate, and I knew it was sooo good, so I immediately opened to share with my friends. They had mixed reviews, some thought they couldn’t taste the bourbon and others could taste it. I know when the day was over, I brought home crumbs, so I would say it was a hit!

I am loving the creative challenge this is bringing out it me, what should I make next?

Oh about that race update….. the packet pick up location has changed!! Please read the below note and make the proper changes to ensure you will get your packet on time

Due to Lou City FC’s success, they’ll be hosting a playoff match race weekend at Slugger Field. To ensure that the two events don’t overlap in the same facility, #UBHM packet pick-up will now take place at Mellwood Arts &Entertainment Center (1860 Mellwood Ave, 40206). It will still occur on Friday, Oct. 20 from 11a-8p, and yes–we’ll still have Jim Beambourbon tastings. Fleet Feet Louisville will also be on site with your last-minute racing needs, and we’ll have #UBHM swag for sale.
Packet pick-up will be in the Pigment Gallery. Parking is free and ample, and it’s a cheap Uber/Lyft ride from downtown for those without a car and staying downtown.

Race Review #ECSWI 13.1 -2017

Race Recap – The North Face Endurance Challenge 13.1 – 2017

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the North Face Endurance Challenge half marathon 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 I last left you, I had just run the Pleasant Creek Trail 30k, sat through a football game, and was making the 4 hour drive to Wisconsin. To say I was exhausted going into this race was an understatement, however I always try to finish what I said I would do.

I would also be meeting up with Laura, you might remember her from an earlier post. Well, she did it! She completed her first 50k, and she would be back out to run the 5k the next day.

The North Face is host to many events. Saturday, Sept 16 there is a 50 miler, 50k, marathon, and marathon relay in addition to the kids races. On Sunday there is the half marathon, 10k, 5k and even more kids races.

As this race is during Hawkeye football season, I am limited to the Sunday events. I would love to run the 50k here again one day, but the Hawks are first in the fall. (OK, once I missed a game for a race and they won in EPIC, last minute field goal fashion, never again!)


Gear: Sparkle Athletic skirt, BibRave Tank, Hawkeye hat, Adidas boy shorts, Garmin Fenix 3, Road ID, UA Horizon Trail shoes, Zensah Socks, Aftershokz Trekz Air, Orange Mud pack, Spi Belt, XX2i France 2 sunglasses, BUFF(R)

I was on my way to the start, but had to make a stop at a gas station for some coffee and Aleve… I was feeling rough, and I don’t remember the last time I had a beer. I did have a Nugo bar with me too.


I arrived early to Kettle Moraine, and was given my parking pass for the day, FREE of charge. I followed the parking attendants to the furthest away lot. I was annoyed! I was running the longest distance of the day, which started the earliest, and I have to park the furthest from the start. It wasn’t shuttle worthy, but should be a perk to arriving early.


I do like that I can grab my bib and shirt on race day. There are also 3 locations for pre race day pick up too. They are really accommodating with this. They are able to do this as race numbers are not pre-assigned. I made the trek to over, it was easy, told them my name and they scanned the bib and handed me a shirt. This year the shirt was blue with black lettering, a short sleeve tech material, with a strange neck opening.


I walked back to my car… as I didn’t have all my race stuff … I had plenty of time before the 8 am start. I then decided I should use the bathroom, so I walked to the closest bath house to find it was locked…. so back to the start area to use a port-o-potty. Then back to my car again to just drink some more coffee and get all my race things together.

Then I was finally ready to stand around for the race to start, so back to the race start…and I made another stop at the bathroom as I didn’t remember any on course (there is actually one at the main aid station.)

While waiting, I saw Brian from my local running club. I chatted with him while they lined everyone up for the start. I had my Orange Mud bottle pack with me, and a half bottle of water, so I took advantage of the water monster and filled my bottle while waiting.

Then it was time for my wave to start. There aren’t too many people who run this race, but because of a congested area to start, the do send runners off about every 5 minutes or less in waves.


It was already a warm start, near 70 degrees and while sunny, there was a haze in the air. The first part of the course is just leaving the main entrance of the park, so you start on the shoulder of a road, before turning off into the woods.

I just kept moving, I wasn’t sure what goal I had in mind, just finish I guess. The route turned into the woods and it was time to navigate the trails. There were all surfaces and I feel a lot more sand to navigate this year, in addition to the rocks, grass and dirt. The race course also has it’s share of hills, nothing super steep but always felt as I was going up or down.

The first aid station is around mile 1.8 ish, there was Skratch and water in plastic cups. I powered through, and had to make the first loop… or what it felt like I was running. Sometimes with trails, I just follow the course, where ever it takes me, I go. Heck, I can’t even remember if it’s the same course as last year.

The course is marked with colored ribbons attached to tree branches. The color of ribbon matches the color of your bib, I was watching for the yellow ribbons. I always caught my self second guessing if I was on the right route as it would be a while before I saw a ribbon, let alone another runner. There were also mile markers, but every other mile.

I came back through the aid station that’s 1.8 miles in, it’s also the next passing point around mile 5-6 ish? I picked up some Skratch and moved along, I noticed the porto-o-potty.

It was beginning to be a struggle for me, there was A LOT of walking… I was moving forward though, and a lot of Eminem songs kept coming up on my music, it’s impossible to walk during those.

I was now on the what I call the second loop in a figure 8 kinda course. I was remembering the past year when I ran the course with Laura. The miles really flew by then and I was missing her as I was moving sooo slowly. I also remember stopping at some aid station, but it felt like it never came up. Finally, there was a stop about mile 9? I had them refill my OM bottle and they had ICE!!!!! I drank some more Skratch and grabbed some Skratch chews to try later.

I left this stop and just kept moving forward, following the yellow ribbons. UGH, it was now really warm, or it felt that way out in the woods where the air was not moving and the humidity made it swampy.

I made it back to the 1.8 mile aid station, which told me I was that close to the finish. There were some photographers in this stretch, and they were in this area on the way out too. The race takes some great pictures and they were available that day, however they are not free. I am done purchasing photos of myself… they aren’t worth it.

There are a few spectators around this aid station too, there is an access road nearby, otherwise it’s just a lot of time alone in the woods.

Another note when I came back through this last stop, they had already started to take down some of their stuff. I am not sure if they have a permit that only allows them a certain time, but I feel all runners should get the same experience.

Ahh, the home stretch… I was done…. but I still had the section along the road shoulder to go. Some how, I ran this entire section. I am not sure if it was because more people were watching, or the terrain was easier to run.

I came to the finish line, and stopped my Garmin at 12.8 miles and a time of 2:57. I know trail running GPS gets off, and when I pushed start on my watch the satellites had not yet synced (which is possible with my watch.) So, I am still calling it a half marathon, and my 45th overall.


NOW – when I came into the finish, my time was a lot slower, in fact my worst ever – but the race had started the kids races. I am all for the kids being able to run…. but it was interfering with the longer distance finishes.

I was given my finishers medal and that was it, kids were running around every where. I knew from the past year there was a reusable water bottle somewhere, as we were not handed water at the finish…. and last year we were handed that water bottle. So… I had to watch out for kids and go find a bottle in a nearby tub.

The post race food was also in the same area, there was orange slices, bananas and bagel pieces. I had to squeeze in between kids to get some oranges. I have griped about this before too. There is real food at this race, but you have to buy it. The longer distances the day before get it for free. I just want a solution to this, maybe add a granola bar.

Once through this mess of kids, I made my way to the Sierra Nevada beer tent. This was the highlight, they had about 3-4 choices of beer. I love when a race has a more tasty option. Although, this is WI, would be nice to see a local craft.


I chose my beer and found Laura, she was still upright… what a champ!!!! We sat down at a picnic table in the post race area… it’s nice to have a place to sit, many races overlook this. Shade would have been nice too, but can’t be too greedy.


We sat and talked, meeting people and making new friends. I also ran into someone I sat next to at the 2016 Rose Bowl…small world. I found Brian again too.


It was now time to make the trek home, so I said “see ya later to everyone.” I made the long walk back to my car.

I “showered” in my car with one of the HUGE epic wipes I got in a recent 5k Crate, and was on my way to leaving, when I heard “Hey Angie!”


I turned and found another friend, Lisa… she was just taking her canoe out of the nearby lake. She had also run the day before, the 50 miler. I am always so surprised at these people, they are upright and walking around like no big deal. She was supporting a pretty serious scab from a fall though. It was nice to catch up.


I wrapped up the conversation, and plugged in the coordinates of my house into the GPS on my phone. Whoa, I had no clue where I was for the beginning of my drive. Kettle Moraine is in the middle of no where.

I did find my way back onto the interstate system. I was glad for that, as there would be places to stop for some real food. I found a Kwik Trip and found some cheese curds, refilled the car…. and was on my way home.

What a weekend… I need a weekend to rest up.

My overall thoughts on this year’s event. I feel something was missing, or they just went through the motions to put on the race. Even Dean K. didn’t make the pre-race speaker event. It still is a great race and the trail I will always recommend to a beginner, but I am not sure with so many newer options if this is a must run event for me. You can check out more reviews at BibRave.com

What’s next?

5kCrate – Product Review

A review of the 5kCrate

“Disclaimer: I received a 5kCrate 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!”


Sure, you have seen many of my reviews on running subscription boxes… you know the kind you sign up for a monthly subscription to receive a box full of running related product samples? Well the 5kCrate is a runner’s subscription box, but different – it’s a quarterly subscription and it contains no food, rather premium running gear.

Also to note, since this box sends gear, when you sign up you submit your shirt size as well as your shoe size.

Check out my unboxing video -​

​Alright, you saw what was inside, let me give you more information about these products, and my thoughts after using them.

I know the review is about the box itself, but I feel describing the types of products you would receive is beneficial to knowing if this is the subscription box for you.

Zensah Peek Running Socks – These are ankle height running socks. Made with moisture wicking and anti-odor fabric. Lightweight with a seamless toe and targeted arch support. The are sized S, M, L based on shoe size. *To be fair, I own a lot of Zensah socks, as they are a great durable product, I was excited to see these in the box. While they fit great, they feel great. These are about $14.


Epic Wipe – The Original Massive Wet Wipe: There were 2 of these in the box. They individually packaged. They are HUGE!!! They have a pine scent, due to the eucalyptus oils, but that scent goes away. I used them after a runch and after a race, they do their job quite well. The claim the GIANT size is so you don’t have to use multiple wipes, but I think half the size would be plenty. I need to add these to my travel bag, they came in handy. A 10 pack is about $25

LA Fresh travel-lite Sunscreen Wipe – Included in the 5k crate were 2 wipes. The package is small, and the wipe opens up to about 5″x 6″ in size. It contains SPF 30. *I will admit, I suck at applying sunscreen… plus it’s just an added pain. However this little wipe is very convenient, it easily fits in a pocket. I brought it to a football game, so it’s easier than bringing in a bottle, gets past security, and your hands don’t feel all gooey when you are done. I wish the box included more of these. 50 wipes are $25

SpiGen R12E bluetooth wireless headphones: These come with a USB charging cord, and a bag of adjusters for your ear. I don’t know where to start with these… I do not have a good history with ear bud type headphones, they do not stay in my ear, I’ve tried the rubbery pieces that go on these that are supposed to keep them in your ear, they just do not work in my ear. I did try wearing these around my house, as I do love bluetooth, wireless headphones…and these almost sell for the cost of this box, around $49. However, these would not stay in my ears and I was just walking around my kitchen. All that said, this is a great addition to the box, the fit thing is just something that is MY problem. They did sound good, and you can control the music and songs from a touch of your finger on the outside of the ear bud. They are also easy to pair with a phone and simple to charge.

 

Mission Cooling Towel: When I received this box to test, it wasn’t super hot outside, so I still need to give this a few tries as the weather has heated back up. However, it’s a nice soft towel, with a simple concept… wet it, snap it, put on you to keep cool. The water doesn’t drip from the towel either. Looks like these cost about $20


Mission Vapor Active Alpha Tee: This is not your ordinary tech tee. First it’s sized for a woman, so it fits me nice. Next it dries up to 5 times faster, keeping you cool and dry. I wore this a couple times, I guess maybe I didn’t notice the 5 times faster thing, but I also didn’t feel like I was wearing a super soaked shirt. I will be honest, I do not need another shirt in my life, but this is a nice one. This sells for $25
My Overall thoughts: At first I was skeptical, I was wanting another gadget or something, or a few more wipes. However, I do think this box is a great idea – and you are definitely getting your money’s worth. It contains no food samples, just quality running gear. I agree with my friend, Mark – it’s a great box for a newer runner, someone who might not already have all the gear. At this time in my life, I do not have the extra income to continue with a subscription.


That being said….this would be a perfect gift for that hard to buy runner in your life.

The 5k crate is $59 per quarter and they are currently taking pre-orders for their fall box, which will start shipping in early October – https://5kcrate.com/

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Please read what the other BibRave Pros had to say: Tedrick Vanessa – JennaMai

Running 4 the kids

What factors play a role when you choose a race?

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Running 4 the Kids 10k 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!”

Well, did it take you long to answer? Honestly for me, I always consider the price, followed by location, but then next I check to see what I am supporting, where is the money going?

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I will be participating in the 3rd annual, Running 4 the Kids 10k in New Lenox, IL on Sunday, October 1. Not only is the current price only $50 for the 10k, this race serves as one of the four main fundraisers for the year.

The race is organized by CASA of Will County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. They have been around since late 1994 and have a goal to serve 100% of the abused and neglected children in need of a CASA volunteer advocate.

CASA of Will County is a member of the National and Illinois CASA Association and a proud partner of The Community Foundation of Will County . Hundreds of children per year enter into the Will County Juvenile Justice System due to abuse and neglect. CASA offers these children a sense of comfort and a listening ear. But most importantly, we offer them a voice

If helping a great cause isn’t enough, there are medals for all participants, a free kids run, and they will be raffling prizes. The race starts at 9 am too, so you wont have to wake up early. Make sure to check out their website for all the information.

A 10k is still a tough distance for me…. sure I can run that far, but I want to do my best, and it’s a tough one to race. I will be using this race, like so many of the races I do as part of my continued training for my upcoming longer races – the Detroit Marathon, the Urban Bourbon half marathon, and the Madison Marathon (considering dropping to the half.)

If you would like to join me, you can save by using code “R4TK5KBR” for 5% off the 5K & “R4TK10KBR“for 10% off the 10K  http://casaofwillcounty.org/running4thekids-2/

See you there!

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