Peace of Mind

Road ID Wrist ID Elite – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Road ID Wrist ID Elite 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 jumped on the chance to try this model of Road ID, not only because I needed to upgrade my current name badge, but mostly because I am very passionate about runner safety.

 
What is Road ID?

Simple – an ID you can carry on you for safety reasons. There are various models depending on where you want to wear the ID. Each model has a name badge, that is customized online. Suggested information are people to call, allergies or blood type. However you can put what you like on your ID. This ID is great for all outdoor activities, your pets, your children, anywhere! It’s easy to wear.

They also provide interactive IDs, which will provide more information online, such as medical history. There is also an app you can use on your phone to notify friends where you are running.

My Road ID story:

I came across Road ID years ago when I purchased the Shoe ID. At the time I thought I would never forget or lose it as it would always be on my shoe. However, that all changed when I met a guy at the post race of the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon. He said he was hit by a car once, and his shoe flew off… they never found that shoe.

Lucky for me, many name badges are interchangeable with the bands, so I bought the Wrist ID sport. At the time, the only option was the cloth with velcro strap. This ID was good, but it wasn’t my favorite as the cloth didn’t stand up to the sweat, and it didn’t smell pretty.

Road ID then came out with the Wrist ID Slim. A silicone banded ID. I had to have this!!! I upgraded to this model. The old cloth ID was demoted to luggage tag. The new silicone band has been my everyday ID until the wrist ID elite came along. I never took it off. It held up to the sweat. I always had it on me. I even bought a lot of badges for it.

Then came the Wrist ID Elite. I really needed to upgrade my name badge on my slim. I had a silver badge and because I wore it everyday for probably 3 years, it was scratching off and getting hard to read. I also had my eyes on the new black name badge, and I would be able to get that with the Wrist ID Elite


Wrist ID Elite

First, you choose the faceplate and clasp color, then you select the band color – all done online. I then easily filled out the prompts online to customize my new name badge. I have my name, year of birth, my home city, 3 contacts, and made sure to note I have no known allergies. I also added a “Go Hawks.”  I also added a badge, which is like a charm to my order.


I received many emails letting me know the status of my order and when it shipped. The emails were just as witty as the printing on the envelope it arrived in. They are number one in the customer service department.


I opened the envelope to find my ID in a nice little tin. There were also some coupons inside and the badge I ordered.

The thing to note with this particular model of ID is that you need to cut the bracelet to fit your wrist. This process is simple, well after a little help from an online tutorial, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut it to short and I didn’t want the bracelet too tight.


I clasped this on my right wrist at first. I wear a lot of bracelets on this wrist. Hmmm, it just didn’t fit on that one…. so I switched it to my left wrist with my watch.


This is where I wore my Wrist ID Slim…well and to be honest, I still am wearing the old silicone band with all my badges… because I want to wear all my badges, and they don’t fit on the Wrist ID Elite.


When I run, I don’t notice my wrist ID Elite is there, however in my everyday life I notice this model. I am not sure it’s an ID I can continue to where 24/7. When doing some yard work – raking to be exact, the name badge would push the start button on my watch. Also if I have the clasp to close to my watch clasp, it will pinch my skin. So, maybe I need to wear on the other wrist. This is just my own personal preference.


I do love that it has 6 lines to add text, and I love the black badges. I think I personally prefer the smaller band with no extra clasps. I was thinking I would get a new name badge for my old smaller band….but then, Road ID came out with some news…

They have been making name badge for watches or fitness trackers for a while now, and finally they are making one for my watch model. This is what I am going to get. I can wear my watch and my old band with the badges I have.

My personal soapbox:

I run all over – trails, sidewalks, streets, gravel. I am tired of hearing all the excuses as to why you do not run with ID, and don’t get me started about not running with a phone. You never know when a car will miss a stop sign, you might fall on the trail, a dog attacks, an undetected health problem happens, you get lost, you’re dehydrated…on and on and on. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, so why not be proactive?


Bottom line… GET ONE! This is the simplest thing to wear on a run, and it’s super affordable. While the wrist ID Elite may not be the model for me or you, they have a huge selection to chose from depending on your preference to wear it.

This link will provide a $5 gift-card to use towards your purchase:  bit.ly/2ocFWMl   The $5 gift-card is valid for 2 weeks after sign-up (copy of the gift-card will be emailed.)

Make sure to check out Road ID on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They are always coming up with new colors, badges and models. (um rose gold anyone?)

Looking for more information, check out these reviews: Heather – MaiMeredithMatt JeannineVanessaJames 

BB Performance

Beachbody Performance

“Disclaimer: I received the Beachbody Performance – Advance Performance Stack 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 know you have all been waiting for this review, some have even asked if I became a Beachbody Coach. While I do like some of the workout programs, I did not become a coach, I was just able to test this line of products because I am a Bibrave Pro.

What did I receive:

  • Beachbody Performance Energize, lemon flavor. A boost of energy with no jittery side effects, delays exercise-induced muscle fatigue. Uses green tea leaf extract as caffeine.
  • Beachbody Performance Recover, citrus flavor. Speed up muscle recovery with the “ideal combination of time-released proteins and phytonutrients to help facilitate muscle recovery and reduce muscle breakdown.” Contains why and pea protein isolate.


Now, the biggest thing when it comes to trying new things I have to consume is the taste. If it doesn’t taste good to me, I am not going to use it.

Also the next thing to keep in mind about these products that I have mentioned above, they are supplements. Please read the ingredient list on the links above before deciding if these are for you.

Last thing I would like to note, these products are NSF Certified for sport.

Alright – all the necessary notes out of the way, how did these work for me? I am a runner, I wish I would get my act together and lift more weights, but you know, I’d rather take the time to run 20 miles instead. However, that being said, runners still use muscles, they can be sore, fatigued and in need of a recharge.

I opened the package of goods,which included a shaker bottle, when I came home from work. Since it was night, I tried the Recharge first.

I opened the container, to find a white colored powder. There was a scoop inside too. The directions for serving are on the back of the container.

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I put one scoop of powder in my shaker bottle, then added the 8 ounces of water. I shook it up. and noticed it took a little effort. Pro tip (thanks Heather) add the water first, then the powder. It was time to take a taste, it reminded me of vanilla ice cream. I sat and wasted time on the internet while I drank it. The only thing I didn’t care for was the aftertaste as I kept drinking it. I don’t care for sweeteners in general, however there is one drink I like that contains Stevia, so I was open to trying this. The more I drank, the more I could taste it.

I have tried to like this, I even tried putting this in the blender with frozen berries. I also tried another time with sherbet ice cream. I just can’t get past the aftertaste, however I do like it better in the blender.


The next morning I woke up, and felt fine. I was going to try the Hydrate during the day, to see if I initially would like it. When I opened the container, I noticed it was very yellow, and when I added it to my 8 oz of water, it mixed up yellow. This had a nice subtle citrus flavor, not overbearing, and I am not bothered by the Stevia nor is it too sweet for me. I did notice if I set it down too long, the powder started to separate from the water, so I had to shake it again.


I have been enjoying this product the most, I feel hydrated and feel like I always have to pee when drinking it, lol. I prefer to drink it with ice too.

I first tried the Recover as recommended on the container, add one scoop to 8 oz of water. I did so, shaking it in my bottle. It was an orange color, and seemed to taste fine, but I really wasn’t in love with it.


The next time I gave this a try was post 20 miler. I also noticed the whey protein as an ingredient and I thought, um protein smoothie. So, I added the water and scoop of powder to a blender of ingredients – clementines, frozen berries, apples, spinach. WOW, this is how I prefer to drink this, very good!! Also I was never rungry, or felt that empty feeling in my stomach, even days later. This did some fancy trick. I remember talking to one of my BRF’s Amy about this. I am usually hungry days later, but this worked for me post run.


I continue to drink this in post run smoothie form, versus adding the one scoop to water. It tastes better for me, and it combats the hunger. I just need to not be so lazy and keep the blender washed up, seems I am always fighting the husband over using it.

The last item I had yet to try was the Energize. I was hesitant to try this because it has caffeine in it. I already drink too much caffeine, in the form of black coffee. I was worried by drinking this, it would really push me over the top. However, I was hoping that drinking these products would get me to drink less coffee.

I gave it a go on a day I was to run 7 x 800’s, and I waited to run at lunch, as I drank my coffee for breakfast. I thought I could use the extra boost for this workout. Speaking of boost, the flavor in this is a boost…whamoo – it’s very lemony, just like the hard candy. I happen to like that flavor, however you could water it down too.  My run went well, and I had the energy I needed to get through the speed work.


I did try this again on another runch, but I didn’t feel any faster or any extra oomph. I am not sure if – I just don’t drink it enough, or I drink too much coffee anyway. Or, I was just in a mood.

I do know this product comes in little sample packs, so if you want to try a boost, I would suggest trying this!

Overall: Beachbody offers a great line of products. I would recommend reading all labels, including ingredients and directions before considering if this is for you. I will continue to use the products, especially the Recover for post long run, in a smoothie form, I seemed to benefit the most from this. Also since these are more of a powder, they seem to stay mixed up better with a blender. However, I am a sugar gal, I prefer the taste of the regular electrolyte drink I can pick up at the store over the hydrate product.


Don’t hesitate to learn more from Beachbody, by checking out their website, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

The BibRave pros were busy testing these products, so here are some more thoughts: Amy – CatherineGinaLindsey – JamesFallon – Heather

Race Schedule

Whoa, all of the sudden my 2017 race schedule has exploded. I got caught up in how to find a “traditional” training plan for a marathon, I forgot how much fun it was to do all the races… and a little help from Bibrave.

Ok, I did run Freezefest, then the Mardi Gras Chaser, and I told you about the Illinois Marathon and Grandma’s Marathon…. but I have added the following:

  • March 11 – Shamrock Shuffle 6.24k – hello instant PR, I mean who was run a 6.24k? Last plea for volunteers (if it’s still before the race when you read this)
  • April 8Hawkeye 50k – because who doesn’t run a 50k 2 weeks before a marathon?
  • April 29Drake Relays half marathon – I ran the inagural 6k way back when and finished on the blue oval, but I am ready to go back and run the half.
  • May 27Run Madtown 10k – I decided I could do this race and not have to pay for a hotel, wahoo!! It’s an 8pm start and Madison is only a 3 hour drive…plus I can’t miss an opportunity to wear a tigerhawk in Madtown. Want to join me, use code RAVE15 for 15% off all Run Madtown adult races. Discount code will expire May 24 at 11:59PM
  • July 23 – BTN B1G 10k – GO HAWKS, need I say more? code BibRaveBTN17 for bonus swag http://btnbig10k.com/
  • November 12Madison Marathon. This race just happens to be the day after the Iowa / Wisconsin football game at Camp Randall…. so I was already going to be in town.Go big or go home. Use code RAVE10 which gives $10 off Madison Marathon or Half Marathon. Code will expire Nov 8 at 11:59PM

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HA – told you things were getting crazy – I feel more like myself when this is my racing calendar. My brain needs all the things to do.This is also just the races I have paid for, and have entry. I am sure there will be many more to come, like these…. send money 🙂

  • April 15 – Easter Egg Scramble – I usually try to get my niece to run the kids run and do the egg hunt.
  • June 10 – Marathon to Marathon – it’s the last year for the event, and it’s in Iowa, plus a week before Grandma’s. I HAVE to run it.

Mardi Gras Freezer

Back on My Feet Mardi Gras Chaser 10k

Chicago, IL (Montrose Harbor) – 10 am – February 25, 2017 – Cloudy, “feels like” 9 degrees


Hey guys, I ran another race!! Wahoo!!! This time I took Josh along with me. Well, I actually snagged a deal through twitter for $10 registration. I thought for that price, if the weather turned bad, we could afford to skip it, as the race is for a great charity – Back on My Feet.

So many races are for charity… but few are for a charity that is all about running! Back on My Feet Chicago uses the power of running to help change the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our city. All proceeds from the race will support Back on My Feet in providing programming to change lives one job, house, and mile at a time.

img_2952Josh and I left for Chicago the Friday before the race. We’ve been to the windy city, many times, and weren’t expecting any surprises.  We had no problems on the tollway, yay the construction is done! Then we settled into the Holiday Inn at the Merchandise Mart. We had never stayed here before, but was very nice and accessible.

To keep with tradition we made a stop at Garrett’s Popcorn to get some Chicago Mix and then ate supper at Miller’s Pub. Hey, we like what we like! Also, Miller’s Pub is awesome, it’s like stepping into an 80’s supper club and pub all in one. You want a hamburger – fine, you want grilled octopus – you can get that too.


Race Day:

Another late start… 10 am race time… ya, ya…the weather can be anything this time of year. In fact, just earlier in the week it was 70 degrees. However, the temps for this race wouldn’t get much over 20 degrees with a nasty wind chill around 9, YES 9 degrees!! So, maybe it’s the warmest time of the day for this race….

We were staying 5 miles south of Montrose Harbor, but it didn’t look like traffic was going to be too bad to get to the start.

We got to the race area at about 8:30, which is when packet pick up opened. I can’t say enough about race day packet pick up for a Chicago race!!! It wasn’t an extra cost, and I didn’t have to make an extra trip anywhere the day before to find my packet or ask a friend to do it for me. The parking was also FREE, yes free parking in Chicago, it’s possible!!! There are so many races in Chicago, and when we have to pay for a hotel, these free things make the race affordable.

Josh and I made our way to get our things…. oh I forgot to tell you about the best part of the race…. we met up with fellow Bibrave Pros, Heather, Mark and Frank!!!! We saw Mark and Heather on the way to get our packet….however, it was too cold to chit chat.

Packet pick up was super easy, we just told them our names and they gave us our bibs and 1/4 zip pullovers. We could grab a Mardi Gras mask if we wanted one. It’s nice to get a quarter zip, but this one is white, and well…. it’s white…and you can see through it…anyway, it’s still better than a cotton tee.

On our way back to the warm car, we passed Mark again, where he gave us “Hot Hands.” Spoiler Alert: these were a life saver!


Once in the car, I ate my Nugo Mint Chocolate bar for breakfast….seriously love those things. We kept warm and texted the other pros. We heard Frank was around, so we quick grabbed a group picture, then went back to sit in our warm cars. IT WAS COLD!


It was finally time to race. We all met up again… including Mark’s wife, Tina and Heather’s mom, Marge. We also noticed, Frank wearing his bib…. he is recovering from knee surgery, so this was a surprise to us all…but I think we all knew he wasn’t going to sit it out.

Gear: Purple Chevron Sparkle Athletic Skirt, Pro Compression Socks, 2Xu Hyoptik thermal tights, Nike turtleneck, Moving comfort jacket, Survivor Buff, Bibrave Boco Stocking hat, xx2i France 2 sunglasses, Plantronics head phones, spi belt, Brooks Ghost 9, Garmin Fenix 3, 2 pairs of generic gloves, and Hot hands hand warmers.

The 10k was first, (there was a 5k to follow) we seeded ourselves in the corrals, which were organized by pace. I was already shaking because I was sooooo cold. The National Anthem was sung, and we all started moving.

The race was an out an back, starting on the roads near the harbor and then on the north end of the Lake Front Path / trail. It was coned off and there were volunteers guiding participants. However, it was not closed to pedestrian traffic. It started to flurry.

Photo Credit – Mark D.

My toes were numb until mile 2… have you ever ran with numb toes, it’s like rocks in your shoes… I finally warmed up, about the time I saw Mark and Josh headed back. Then I hit the turnaround where volunteers were handing out Cliff Bars. There were many stops with water and Gatorade. I then saw Heather running with Tina and then I saw Marge and Frank, while out and back courses can be annoying, it’s nice to be able to cheer on your friends.
If you want more of my official race review – check bibrave.com

I came to the finish line near 1 hour… which I was happy with… in fact, I told Josh I would finish in that time, so he knew when to greet me with more clothes. Which he did!

I was handed some Mardi Gras beads, my finisher’s medal, and then there was a buffet of post race food. There was more water and Gatorade, bananas, mini muffins (2 kinds,) chia bars, cliff bars and mini bagels. I was happy I had pockets in my jacket.


I put on my coat and another layer of pants and cheered in my friends. I stayed mostly warm, but the hot hands didn’t keep my finger tips warm, and I could barely feel them as I took pictures.


Yay, we were all finished! One of my favorite things is meeting my friends at races. We hung around for a little bit, and the the race organizers told us to take as much food as we wanted… I escaped with a bag full of mini bagels…and there was still lots of food left. I hope they were able to donate it to a shelter.

Photo Credit – Heather C.


We said goodbye to Frank, and then ran back to our cars to get warm.  The rest of us decided to go check out the post race party at the Fat Cat bar. They had a $15 buffet and a free beer for runners. However, don’t be fooled, there were 3 choices – Blue Moon, Coors Light and Leinie’s Honey Weiss. They were also having a raffle.


We waited around for a table to open up. When a table opened up, we got our buffet plates and filled up. It’s a good thing all those post race goodies were sealed to eat later. The buffet had rice and beans, yogurt, biscuits, chicken, bacon, potatoes, eggs and french toast casserole.

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Yes – I put sprinkles on my biscuits

Once we were full, it was time to say goodbye…always sad…I mean I get to talk to my friends on twitter, but always nice to get to hangout in person. I will see them again soon too.


As luck would have it, we were really close to Wrigley Field, so after Josh and I grabbed some Dunkin Donuts coffee, we drove by the baseball stadium. It was undergoing lots of construction, so even if we did get out to take a picture, we wouldn’t have been able to get too close.


Then after what felt like an hour, we were back on the tollway, headed back to Iowa… it was a quick trip to Chicago, but a fun one. Spoiler Alert: I will be headed back for the BTN B1G 10k in July, Go Hawks!

 

 

 

 

Freezefest 2017

Corridor Running Freezefest 5k

I am so excited to have something to write about. I ran and volunteered at the Freezefest 5k or should I say “Warmfest.” (More on that later.)


As most of you know, I am on the board of my local running club, Corridor Running. This is the first race of the year for the club. In addition to running, and creating the playlist for the event, I was on board to take pictures, post to social media, shoot video and anything else they needed me to do.
For my official race review – check out bibrave.com

Gear: Ice Cream Sparkle Athletic Skirt, xx2i France2 sunglasses, Garmin Fenix 3, Go Pro, Adiddas boy shorts, Lululemon shirt, Corridor Running Trucker hat, spi belt,  2xu Vectr socks, aftershokz


The event always takes place in February, and it has a later start time of 11 am. It is in Marion, IA at Squaw Creek Park. This is mostly due to the weather. It can be cold or as we saw this year, record warmth, nearing 60 degrees.

*Personally, I would rather have a race start at 7 or 8 am. I run in all weather conditions, so I would just like to get up and get it done.

This is a smaller race, and it’s capped at 350 participants due to the lack of parking.. This means that packet pickup is the day of the race, which works out well because of the late start I was whining about above. Anyway…. the lodge allows room for an easy packet pick up as well as an area to get information about upcoming Corridor events & membership. It’s also a good location to stay warm, if the weather is cold. There is also indoor plumbing, however the system seems to get overwhelmed and backs up….but don’t fear there are extra, clean port-o-potties set up outdoors.

It was time to start the race. While there were no signs encouraging people to line up according to pace, everyone did an excellent job of self seeding.  Mark – the club president said some words, and then the National Anthem was sung live, however if you were in the back of the corral, you might not have been able to hear it.

With this being a 5k, my usual goal is to run it sub 30 minutes, however I had a Go Pro in one hand and my phone in the other. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to tackle all of this.

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The race course wasn’t too difficult, it was basically flat, and on all paved surfaces. Ok, so the finish was uphill and there were some potholes….but totally manageable. The course also has out and back type sections, so you can cheer on the others.


I crossed the finish line, while watching the clock…SUB 30!!! My official results:


After I was done running, I picked the camera back up and snapped some pictures of the award winners. Then I went to check out the post race food, since it was lunch time. Volunteers called the “cookie monsters” brought a lot of baked goods, and there were 2 different types of homemade chili. There were some sandwiches and fruit too. I waited too long and there wasn’t much food left, and I don’t care for chili, so I grabbed a cookie. There was also lots of beverages – bottled water, sodas, and some Miller Lite.

I really needed to get on my way, there was Hawkeye basketball game at 1pm… I was already late.

This is a great race! The price is right and it gets you out of the winter funk. The club does a great job too, everything runs smoothly. I also like getting to socialize with everyone. I also forgot to mention, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Boys & Girls club.


See you at the next Corridor Running event, the Shamrock Shuffle – PS registration is still open. There is a 3.17k and a 6.24k. They could also use volunteers.

Keep up with Corridor Running: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram & don’t forget to tag #corridorrunning

 

 

 

Nugo Bars

NUGO DARK BARS – Review

“Disclaimer: I received a variety pack of Nugo Nutrition Dark Bars 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!”


YUM! – the end…ok I will write an actual review of these bars, but spoiler alert, I love em!

I have done reviews of other bars, and eaten my share of bars.Especially those that boast about protein or their health benefits. Most of them taste like cardboard and are made of that nougat like mush crap. Well, enter Nugo Nutrition and their delicious bars.


What sets them apart, IMO, is they aren’t a mush center or that weird substance that you just can’t place, and you are not sure what you are eating. Basically these are like dark chocolate covered crispy treats, or a candy bar.

From the Nugo website, they highlight why they are different:

  • REAL Dark Chocolate isn’t just a delectable treat with delicious flavor. It’s a heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich superfood, and a staple ingredient in many NuGo bars. Research has shown that REAL Dark Chocolate may help maintain good cholesterol (HDL),* lower blood pressure, elevate mood, reduce stress, and increase endurance when consumed before a workout. So if you want to lead a healthy life, get REAL. Get NuGo.
  • At NuGo, we never put our bottom line above the best interests of our customers. For our REAL dark chocolate, we only source the best, natural cocoa solids and combine them with creamy cocoa butter, so that every bite is full of decadent flavor. Other companies cut costs by mixing their cocoa solids with vegetable fats like palm kernel oil to make imitation chocolate without the taste, texture or health benefits of REAL chocolate.
  • At NuGo Nutrition, we believe that the freshest, healthiest ingredients are also the best tasting. We are passionate about keeping families active and healthy, which is why we’re so committed to keeping GMOs, artificial hormones, stomach-upsetting maltitol, and artificial sweeteners out of NuGo products. When you give your child a NuGo bar (or grab one for yourself), you can be confident that you’re getting only the best naturally delicious ingredients in every bite.

Also please note these dark bars have 10 grams of protein, they are non GMO, vegan and gluten free!!


I received 12 bars – 3 bars in 4 different flavors:

Mint Chocolate Chip: the mix of mint an dark chocolate is just right, this was a favorite to drink with my coffee. This has 1 gram of fiber and 14 grams of sugar.


Chocolate Pretzel with sea salt: spoiler alert this one is my favorite. The mix of sweet and salty is my jam! This has 2 grams of fiber and 15 grams of sugar.


Chocolate Coconut: I didn’t get an overwhelming coconut flavor, or one that stands out. I still really enjoyed this one, but I loved all the dark bars I have tried. This has 1 gram of fiber and 15 grams of sugar.


Chocolate Chocolate Chip: This one is most similar to a candy bar for me. If you are on the fence, I would try this bar first, it’s just chocolaty and crispy. This bar has one gram of fiber and 14 grams of sugar.


I found myself eating these each morning, usually as a pre-breakfast, before my run. They paired nicely with coffee. I also used them as a road trip snack, brought them to a basketball game and I ate them before running a half marathon.


Before I knew it, I had no bars left! Never fear, I can buy them at my local grocery store, just a half mile from my house, and they are only $1.49 each. This is when I was introduced to 2 more flavors:


Spicy Chocolate: I just had to try this flavor, cuz why not, and it intrigued me. It really wasn’t spicy hot to me, it was more of a cinnamon and chocolate. So shake things up, give this one a try. This bar has 2 grams of fiber and 15 grams of sugar.


Mocha Chocolate: This one was good, but I really didn’t get a strong mocha flavor, however I did eat this one with my morning coffee, so maybe the flavor cancelled each other out. This bar has 2 grams of fiber and 14 grams of sugar.


They also make other types of bars too, I picked up the peanut butter offering, but it was not the one that is part of the dark series, it was good, but it wasn’t my favorite. There is a peanut butter dark bar, I need to try one of those. That dark chocolate really makes a difference in that weird protein aftertaste that can happen with regular protein bars.


I think the only downside to the dark bar is they have, what I feel is a lot of sugar. However, I am not going to eat something that tastes like cardboard but contains no sugar. I need a protein bar I am going to eat, these are delicious and a treat! (There is the Nugo Slim, for a less sugar option – 2 or 3 grams and more fiber -, adding to the list of bars to try)

If you haven’t picked up that I like these…did you even read this? I would totally recommend trying these bars. Here is a store locator – https://www.nugonutrition.com/where-to-buy/ – Or you can purchase them online, – https://www.nugonutrition.com/ – and if you do, use code BIBRAVE1 to save 15% off the dark bar boxes. (This is valid through February 8th, 2017)


Some of the other pros were able to test these too, check out their thoughts: FrankGina Brad – Casey – Emily – Heather – Kolbe – ShannonCarolyn

If you have further questions, you can follow Nugo Nutrition on TwitterFacebookInstagram

Island Style

KEY WEST

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Key West 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 really don’t know where to start with this one. If you have been reading along, you know that I was headed here…so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. I just had such a great time, I am not sure I can capture it all in this post. I could just copy/paste my friend Amy’s blog, but I am not moving soon….anyway here goes…grab some snacks and enjoy.

ROAD TRIP…yep a 25 hour, 1633 mile journey by car. (and yes I just got back from Tampa)

WEDNESDAY January 11, 2017

I grabbed my travel partner and we took off around 3:30pm. We had extra time to take the trip to Florida in 3 days. We stopped in Cadiz, KY for the night and met an interesting character upon check in to our hotel. Xilver…he told us all about his youtube channel.

THURSDAY January 12, 2017

We dined on the finest of hotel breakfasts…cereal…while we waited for the coffee to brew. Then out of no where this old lady comes in, hovers over the coffee pot and waits for the last drip, then fills her giant thermo-pot thing and leaves the empty carafe back on the hot burner. NO COFFEE FOR ME! Who does that?!?!? We spotted her outside when we left with a bag full of hotel ice too. UGH!

Today’s road trip plan was to make it to GA, where we would stay with family and catch the Iowa basketball game against Purdue. We stopped at a Waffle House and had to get through Atlanta, otherwise it was an eventful day.


FRIDAY January 13, 2017

We woke early to get back on the road. We had to make a stop in Miami Beach, to pick up Kate and Amy… you should remember them from the One City Marathon. They are always up for adventure.

The traffic in Miami was bad! We picked up the beach bums around 3:30pm, made a pit stop at McDonald’s and were on our way to Key West, where we would arrive around 9pm.

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After checking in at The Inn at Key West, Kate, Amy and I went to find supper. We ended up at a place with karaoke. I ordered coconut shrimp, YUM! Then we topped the night off with our first slice of Key Lime pie. It was decent.

SATURDAY January 14, 2017

Amy and I woke up early to get a run in. Amy is training for a Texas Marathon, so I was like, sure I could go for a run. We ended up with 4.5 miles. It was nice to adapt to the weather too, it was humid!


Next we rented some cruising bikes from the hotel, we cruised on down to the race expo. It was held at a brewery. It was kind of crowded, so after getting our race packet, we walked next door to Turtle Kraals for lunch.


We dined al fresco, and watched the boats in the marina.The waiter, Zack was very energetic. I got the most delicious fish tacos and a strawberry mojito. Kate and I topped off our meal with key lime pie slice #2.


The day continued with some more cruising around the island. We stopped at the southern most point, the mile 0 marker, passed Hemingway’s house, and ended up on Higg’s Beach for some relaxation. Kate grabbed a coconut at the nearby vendor, complete with a straw. It was then time for the sunset.


After a play by play of the sunset…mostly commentary by Kate, we cruised by the giant Conch statue at the high school and made our way back to the hotel. I was kind of keeping track via my Garmin, but we biked a good 8 miles or so.


Later that evening, Kate, Amy and I walked to the nearby stone crab restaurant. We learned that stone crab is 100% sustainable, then ordered our meals. I ended up with a shrimp pasta, Amy had a ravioli dish, and Kate ordered her first steamer pot. Oh was that fun, I thought I was going to get crab leg juice squirted on me across the table. Of course, we capped off the night with key lime pie slice #3. It was not my fave, there was chocolate sauce under the slice.


SUNDAY January 15, 2017

It was race day! Please check out my review on bibrave.com for all the facts from the race.


Amy woke up early to run some extra miles before the race. I was like, you are on your own…see you at the starting line. I had a Nugo Dark Bar for breakfast, and brewed some crappy coffee in the hotel room. I caught the hotel shuttle to the race start with my road trip partner, she was running the 5k. The shuttle cost us $5 each, but there really wasn’t any parking options, and we didn’t want to bike there.

We made it to the start with plenty of time, but finding gear check consumed most of it. I saw Amy, but she had to potty, so I walked to the back of the starting pack. This is where I met Bibrave Pro Lex. We chatted for a bit, and then the race was on.

I really didn’t have a huge goal, just do better than the last race. I had been training at my gym to simulate the warmth, but I totally forgot about the humidity. I did fine, but it was sweaty. The course was cool too, lots of time along the water, even saw some chickens.

When I passed Amy in the out and back section, she had been struggling with some random hamstring pain… I worried if she would finish, but then thought better of that, she’s a BAMF… I knew I would see her at the finish.

My only issue really was the aid station people calling the electrolyte drink on the course Gatorade…it was not, it was Ultima, as published on the Key West facebook page. I also drink enough Gatorade that I could taste the difference. However, I didn’t have any food with me, so I needed the calories. By the last one, I was just not having it and the sweetener aftertaste.

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I crossed the finish line in a time near 2:21, better than the Spring Hill half I ran 2 weeks prior, I’ll take it! I spotted my friend who ran the 5k, she was sporting an age group medal!!! Then we saw Amy, already drinking a beer, lol. This is when Amy told us to look at the long food line and to go grab ourselves a beer, so we could drink it while we waited in the food line. She’s a wise cookie!

The food line did go quick, or maybe it was because I was drinking. Once we got to the food, there was cantelope, oranges, bananas, pastries, cornbread and bagels. There were bottles of water in ice tubs nearby. As we were chatting, we spotted Lex, and talked about our races.


Our food trays were empty, as well as our beer glasses. We went to get more beer and they told us they were out of the IPA we were drinking. We opted for the pilsner…it wasn’t my favorite, but craft beer at the finish line, I am not going to complain.


We danced to the live band, they were great. They mixed up margaritas on stage with an outboard motor. Amy won a raffle prize as we partied, it was cool. We might have been overserved, every time there was no line to the beer, they told us to get another one. They had 35 kegs!! This post race party was a great time!


The sun was cooking us, and we were all hungry. We walked over to Turtle Kraals – I mentioned it above, and ordered french fries. We even saw waiter, Zack. Those fries were sooo good. After some shopping around, we thought maybe we should get a ride back to the hotel. Then out of no where, there was Kate…seriously we were walking towards the street and she turned the corner in the car.

Kate had plans…. we drove to Kermits and I hopped out of the car to get key lime pie slice #4. Then she google mapped us to Blue Heaven for key lime pie slice #5.


We made it back to the hotel pool and redeemed the free rum punch that was included with our stay. We also ate pie. Slice #4 was decent, and slice #5 had meringue, I did not care for it, it was like an egg white omelet on top of the pie. I was toast after this and needed a nap, so I went back to the room to crash.

After a much needed break (and a trip to Publix to grab some Waterfront beers to take home), we all convened in the hotel lobby and got back on our cruiser bikes.

We were on our way to Mallory Square. This is where they say you should watch the sunset. We were a little late, and it wasn’t too spectacular. However we had a good time, and found Kate, she went kayaking and was drinking from a pineapple.

Santa had given Amy a gift certificate to Kelly’s… as in Kelly McGillis, you know from the movie Top Gun. She has a restaurant in Key West.


I ordered the yellow tail snapper, with a coconut crust, it was really good!!!! The ladies also ordered something native to the area. The food was good until we got to key lime slice #6. It was advertised as black bottom pie, or something…well it had an Oreo crust, that should have been our first sign. IMO the crust is not the show on this pie….it also had some raspberry sauce on it too, it was the worst slice we tried.

 


After dinner, we cruised down Duval St, then made our way back to the hotel. We had to round up our things to get ready to make the trek back home the next day. It was the first time all trip we turned on the TV, we were introduced to Cook or Con on the Food Network, LOL.

MONDAY January 16, 2017

It was an early wake up, but we all manage some how. The plan was to drop off Kate and Amy back in Miami Beach, as their flights home weren’t until later. My travel partner and I wanted to see how far we could get, we were hoping for Atlanta.

We should have seen the plan unraveling when we stopped at the DD, the service was soooo slow, so we left. Eventually Amy and I got Starbucks, and we also stopped at a local Cuban coffee place on the way, grabbing pie slice #7. This was pie on a stick, dipped in chocolate. As much as I disliked the chocolate on the previous slices, this was pretty tasty.


Then the time got away from us as we stopped for pie slice #8. We were at the Midway Cafe, it is the midway point between mainland FL and Key West, 80 miles in each direction.


The line to order was long, and we couldn’t just budge to get a slice to go….so we waited and waited…and all I could think is we have to get on the road. The rush was because we needed to be back Tuesday night, as my travel partner needed to get to work at a decent time on Wednesday.

The wait was worth it! Best slice all trip! This slice had an actual pie crust, the pie was frozen, then topped with a thinner layer of meringue. Ahhh, pie…. ok back on the road.

We tossed Amy and Kate at the beach… really, we mapped to the beach, they got their things and we left… ok, it was sad, and I would miss my friends, but we were back on I-95.

The rest of the day wasn’t really that eventful. We started the book “My Life on The Run” by Bart Yasso, and we stopped to grab some fresh oranges. There was a pit stop in GA, and we finally checked into a hotel in Macon around 10pm. This hotel clerk didn’t give us any tips to watch youtube, but she did say she was familiar with my last name…which is rare.


TUESDAY January 17, 2017

We were up and ready to go, but first we dined on the hotel breakfast. It was decent, and there was coffee, and no old lady stole it all. In fact there were a lot of men, from some sort of construction crew, and we all ate breakfast in peace, lol.

We checked out and were on the road at 6:15 am, the good news is we would gain another hour going back to the central time zone. The trip through Atlanta was the biggest hangup, but that’s normal.

Once we got to Kentucky, we noticed something odd. A few of the overpasses were lined with utility trucks and people. Some of those trucks had giant flags raised in the air. We also came across some utility trucks with a police escort. After some googling, this is what I found.


Lunch was a stop at Subway. We finished the Bart Yasso book, and then found some tunes to keep us awake. There really wasn’t too much that happened on the return trip back. Saint Louis was a breeze, and the boring drive on 218 was boring.

We made it back to Iowa City around 7:48pm. Another successful road trip in the books. So that next time someone thinks you are crazy for driving 5 hours to a race, tell them about that one time I drove to Key West.

I can’t wait for my next adventure. Hope my friends will be up for it too.