On the rocks….


“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.


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!


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.



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.


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!



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.

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.


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.


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!


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!


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


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


The Return to North Face Endurance Challenge – Half Marathon

“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!”


That’s right, I can’t stay away from the North Face Endurance Challenge in Kettle Moraine. I ran the 50k in 2015, and the half marathon in 2016, and because of a home Iowa Football game, I will be running the half marathon again this year.

The race offers a lot of distances to run. On Saturday, September 16 there is the 50 miler, 50k, marathon, marathon relay and kids run. I would love to run the 50k again, but it just doesn’t work for me.

However, the half marathon – which is the longest distance offered on Sunday, September 17th works for me. There will also be a 10k, 5k and another kids run.

Also, if it’s not obvious, these races are all on the trails through Kettle Moraine, including parts of the Ice Age Trail. In my opinion, they are not tough trails, but a great introduction to trail running.  There will be some single track, parts with rocks, sandy areas, grass, and running along the road. In fact, the past 2 years I have run this in non trail shoes.


If this looks like a race you would be interested in, use code “BIB15” to save 15% on your race entry. https://www.thenorthface.com/get-outdoors/endurance-challenge/wisconsin.html Make sure to register before Sept 13 for the best rate.

If you have any questions about the race, let me know. I enjoy the trails up there, and I am looking forward to going back.



Under Armour Horizon RTT Shoes Review

Under Armour Horizon RTT Shoes Review

“Disclaimer: I received the Under Armour Horizon RTT Trail Shoe 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!”

SHOES!!! When there is an opportunity to test shoes through Bibrave, I will always throw my hat in the ring. Yes, I have a go to shoe, but you never know if there is a better one out there, especially on the trails.

How about I start with a first impression (I received the Marlon Blue/Neptune color):

  • They are bulky looking
  • They are stiff, would they be comfortable?
  • The tread means business – lots of “lugs”
  • They look like they can “handle” tough terrain
  • The material is kind of plasticy

Here is what the website has to say:

  • These were made for the runner who makes the trail their second home. With superior cushioning & incredible durability, they‘re are ready to put in some serious miles.

    Product DNA

    • Durable PU & textile upper for breathability & reliable protection
    • Reinforced welded synthetic material in critical areas for increased durability
    • Mesh heel with dual protective welds
    • Molded collar foam package for added comfort
    • Charged Cushioning® foam puck placed under the heel for responsive comfort
    • Lightweight, full-length EVA midsole for optimal cushioning
    • High traction rubber lug outsole for dependable traction on a variety of conditions
    • Offset: 7mm
    • Weight: 9.2 oz.
    • Imported

I’ve logged about 43  miles in these shoes, testing all kinds of terrain – single track, dirt, rocks, crushed limestone and even pavement. Here are some highlights from those runs.

July 25, 2017 – First run. I do not run in a trail shoe, so my first run is comparing to my regular go to shoe. 5 miles, crushed limestone. Ok, soooo 5 miles in a new pair of shoes is risky, but I gave this a go. They were stiff & clunky, but seemed to “relax” as I ran. My right foot arch, PF was bothered. I didn’t feel they were very cushiony.

July 27, 2017 – 4 miles, crushed limestone. I had no foot pain, they felt good, it was a run as usual.

July 30, 2017 – 3 miles, various trail surfaces – single track, grass, dirt. I put them to the test. I always felt I had good footing. No foot pain.

August 2, 2017 – 2 miles, pavement run. Say what???  Yep, I ran to the farmers’ market, it was all on paved surface. I was glad I did, I had to run through some mud on the way. I choose to test them on pavement as sometimes when you run trails you have to cross roads or take access roads to get to the trail. I didn’t have any problems, but I don’t think they have enough cushion to run any further than this on pavement.

August 7, 2017 – 3 miles, crushed limestone. No issues. I took a lot of pictures wearing the shoes, so I will keep on with each testing run.

August 8, 2017 – Ran 4 miles at Squire Point, which is a combination of sand, rocks, packed dirt. Felt confident on these trails. I need to go back to this area when it’s wet to test out the tread.

August 10, 2017 – Ran 3 miles on the Hoover Nature Trail, crushed limestone. No problems… the more I wear these the better they feel for me.

August 11, 2017 – 6 miles on crushed limestone. Longest run in them, continue to have no problems

August 14, 2017 – 3 miles on the crushed limestone, no issues.

August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse Day! I took a week off from the shoes, but I had a beer run with a friend and a weekend of back to back races. I ran a nice 3 miles on the crushed limestone. It’s one of my favorite places to run, and easy on the joints. The shoes are just like any of my other go to shoes at this point.

August 24, 2017 – 5 x 800 on the crushed limestone trail, total of 5 miles. Who needs a track? Yes, I did speed work in the shoes I initially thought were clunky. No issues, maybe even felt speedy!

Conclusion: These shoes at first were stiff and clunky, but after breaking them in, they are now part of my current shoe rotation. The stiffness is due to their durability on the trail, they can take some abuse. I can also appreciate how they perform on the trail, while I wasn’t running in slippery mud, the lugs made for a great grip on loose crushed limestone.  At $109 for a pair of trail shoes, they are a great deal!! I can’t wait to hit the trails.

If you aren’t convinced these are the shoes for you, read what my fellow BibRave Pros are saying: TedrickLindseyJessicaFallonCasey – FrankVanessa

Make sure to keep up with UA Running on Twitter, Instagram and the web.


Madison Mini 2017

Madison Mini Marathon 2017 – Race Recap

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

This race was my 43rd half marathon and my 4th Madison Mini, to say the least I wasn’t expecting any surprises and was prepared for race day – especially with VIP access, and fellow BibRave Pro Dyenna grabbing my packet. …. which is also a reason I didn’t see a problem with waking up at 2 am, and driving to the start  – 3 hours away.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 2 am – Alarm goes off… wake up

2:15 am – In the car with coffee, a Nugo Bar, and a bottle of water. The 3 hour road trip to Madtown begins.

2:30 am – filled up with gas at the Casey’s in Solon, IA. Yay for fuel saver perks, gas was less that $20 to fill ‘er up. Fishermen were also gassing up.

2:32 – 5:15 am – uneventful car ride. There wasn’t too much traffic, I saw a coyote on the side of the road. There was some random fog near Dodgeville. Then there was an ambulance, and I had to slow down as to not pass it. Made a bathroom stop for more coffee, busted open my mint Nugo bar.

5:15am – Madison, WI.  I found a parking ramp within a few blocks from the race start. Sat in the car for a while, planned on meeting Dyenna at VIP around 6 am to get my packet.

5:30am – got out of my car, found a $1 bill on the ground, wahoo!! I made sure I had all my things with me, grabbed a bag for gear check stuff, and walked the couple of blocks to the Monona Terrace for VIP.

VIP area opened at 5:30 am

For a to the point race review, check bibrave.com

5:45 ish am – I was early, but I didn’t want Dye to have to wait on me. I found my way upstairs to the VIP room (this area was indoors) and waited, there was wi-fi and I had power for my phone.

6:00 am -I met up with Dyenna, who arrived with a friend. She gave me my bib and my shirt, which was a technical tank top (for women only.) There was also a note about race day warnings and weather conditions. If you attended the expo there was socks and other giveaways.

There was an initial problem with the VIP, we were told that we had it, but when the bibs were picked up, there was no designation. Dye went back, and they just slapped a green sticker on the bibs, no questions asked. When we arrived on race day our names were not on the list, but they just added them, and we were in.

Gear: Sparkle Athletic skirt, Road Runner Sports shorts, Spi belt, BUFF® Pack Run Cap, Bibrave tank, XX2i sunglasses, Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, Zensah Chevron Argyle Compression Socks, Brooks Ghost, Garmin Fenix, Road ID

We sat around and enjoyed the breakfast of muffins, bagels, bars and coffee. The tables had candy scattered on them. We had access to real bathrooms and our own gear check.

6:45 am – checked my bag, which was just any bag you wanted to use, attaching the strip from your bib. Then made it outdoors to the starting corrals, which were just outside the door.

After some wondering around and such, I found my place in Corral E. I think there were announcements happening, I hear cheering. I never heard a National Anthem. *The Anthem was at 6:45 am*

7:00 am– Race Start, there was no delay and all the corrals moved forward. Once across the starting mat, a guy was waving a green flag, like in Nascar. There were a lot of participants.

As I mentioned, not my first time at this race. One of the reasons I like it, you run by all the things Madison has to offer. Within the first few miles you see the Capital, State Street, the Kohl Center and Camp Randall. Then you are taken into the Arboretum, passed a golf course, through some residential areas, cute businesses, to end up back on campus at the Lake & Terrace.

I was running along, a little faster than I should when I friendly face said “hey!” It was just passed mile 3, and the crowd had started to thin out. It was social media friend, Steena. She too, mentioned she wasn’t sure if she would catch me as I appeared to be running faster. I tell ya, running with all the people, pushes my pace A LOT.

I didn’t have a race day plan…. I rarely do, just finish. I wasn’t specifically training for this race, it was training miles for the Detroit Marathon. When Steena came up next to me, I had a race plan… run with her.

Now some of you might know that Steena is training for an Ironman. As we ran, I learned a lot more about triathlons and what not. The miles just ticked by.

We would stop for the water or Gatorade, while enjoying the cheer stations. I think at one time, I slowed us down, but she stayed with me.

We discussed the course as well. I think all the times I have run this race, I have always run a different course. However, we complained about the strange parking lot section that is always included.

This course is hilly, as is many of the races in Madison. This year they removed the hill at mile 13, but by the time we made it that far, we both were discussing that the end was in fact a slight uphill.

When we came close to the finish, there was a runner receiving attention on the side of the course, it was clear they were suffering with cramps, Steena stopped and handed them her salt…. appearing to never break stride.

We discussed jumping across the finish line, she mentioned she wanted a fun photo. We, did jump over that finish line, only to discover no one there taking a picture. However, we did get a few photos of us finishing. Also, this year pictures were FREE, and were posted the same day!!

9:09 am – FINISH!! That’s right, we ran a 2:09…my Garmin had it a little long at 13.36, but that is a good time for me, not training.

We went through the finisher’s chute, getting a medal, bottle of water, banana, granola bar, and bag of popcorn. Then we said our goodbyes and a HUGE THANK YOU, she had a few more miles on the day and didn’t want to take a break. It was so much fun to run with her, she really pushed my pace!!! Good Luck in your Ironman!

Then it was time to get back to the VIP room. I passed the chocolate milk tent on the way, and back upstairs I went.

There really wasn’t too much going on here. However, that food setup had changed – fruit, potato salad, brats, and chicken were now available. There was also unlimited Wisconsin Brewing available to us. I also never saw the massage person.
I grabbed my bag of things, a cold beer and went out on the balcony. While I enjoyed having this VIP access, the fun part of the race is the 14th mile post race party, which happens outside on the Terrace.

From the balcony, I could watch the live music and people milling about. There were some tall bar top tables available, but no chairs. I could walk down to the Terrace on a side walkway, so I wasn’t shut off from that.

10:15 ish am – I went back inside to partake in the food. I also happened to meet up with Dye again. We all sat and ate (brat for me of course!) and caught up on our races.

Dye ended up helping an injured runner to the finish line, while her friend did not receive a medal – but instead a piece of paper saying they would send it to her. EEK! I have been on the race organization side of a medal problem, I find it interesting they only gave out what they had, but guess that helps on shipping costs. There was also no mention of this issue, unless you were a finisher that received no medal.

11:00 am – we left the VIP and went to walk around the Terrace and take some pictures. They had to get checked out of their hotel, and I thought I should get back on the road. IT was nice to meet Dye and her friend, we said see ya later – as we are both running the Wisconsin North Face Race in September.

11:15 am – I was back at my car in the ramp. I was still not ready to leave, I needed to grab what I always snag when I am in Wisconsin – beer and cheese! A quick clothing change in the car, and I was walking to the Madison Market.

Without problem, I was able to secure some New Glarus Raspberry Tart and a bag of curds. My trip was now complete.

11:30 am – Back to my car, and ready to depart Madison. I paid the $8 ramp fee – which is a great deal for as long as I was parked there, and I headed back south to Iowa City.

11:45 am – 2:51pm– ROAD TRIP!!! It was another uneventful trip back, however it looked like my pee stops had me avoid 2 accidents, they did not look pretty. Drive safe people!!

2:52 pm – HOME!!! It was a 12 hour trip. I quickly took the dogs on a walk, and rushed through the shower.

3:15pm – back out the door to my next race – WHAT!??!??!! Oh yeah, I signed up for the Dam Backpocket 7 miler, I needed to be on a shuttle at 4pm for the race start at 5pm.

More on that race in my next post….



BUFF® Pack Run Cap

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

“Disclaimer: I received the BUFF® Pack Run Cap 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 like hats! I wear a hat or visor on most every run. More sun coverage on my face the better. Enter the BUFF® Pack Run Cap – yep they make hats!

The BUFF® Pack Run Cap has many great features:

  • It only weighs 1 oz
  • It’s packable – you can scrunch it up and it pops back to form
  • Upper panel provides UPF 50 protection
  • adjustable – the elastic cord in the back allows any size head to fit
  • Reflective logo
  • fastwick fabric -that wicks away moisture & allows breathability

I put the cap to the test many times. I ran it to race in, I ran a long run, and I ran out on the trail. For me it’s just another part of my running day attire, since I always wear a hat.

This hat functions great. The brim comes super low to protect my eyes from the sun. I think it actually absorbs sweat, when I remove it, it’s soaking wet. Having it adjustable allows me to wear it tightly, sometimes getting the right fit is tough.

This cap is easy to care for too. You can machine wash and let it air dry (don’t put in the dryer.)

My only complaint, that really is not a complaint, I think I look silly while wearing it. Due to the construction of the hat and it’s flexibility the brim looks all wonky… and I don’t think I am cool enough to wear it flipped up…plus I like the brim to shade my eyes.

If you need more information about the The BUFF® Pack Run Cap check out http://buffusa.com/shop-buff/caps-category/tech-cap-family/pack-run-cap-collection.html or check out their social channels – Twitter FacebookInstagram

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