Training Kona for her first 5k

Training Kona for her first 5k

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Game Day Ready

Knockaround Sunglasses Review

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


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

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

Look Good, Feel Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karma Ring Duo – Product Review

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In fact, these are the specifications:

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

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

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

  • Ultra Durable – Wears like iron feels like silk

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

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

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

Pre-Race Prep

Pre-Race Preparations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coros PACE Multisport Watch Review

Gear Review – Coros PACE Multisport Watch

“Disclaimer: I received a Coros Pace Multisport watch 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!”


The Coros Pace Multisport watch is brand new to the market and as a BibRave Pro, I get to try it out!

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First Impression:
The watch arrived in a cube shaped box, everything was compactly packaged. It already had a charge, but I plugged it in anyway. There was a USB charging cord in the box.

I received the red watch, which meant the face has red accents and the band is red. In addition to the charging cord, there were some materials to get it set up and a tool to change the band.

The watch face is round and similar in size to many other GPS watches. The band is flexible. The whole device is light weight. There is a built in hear rate monitor on the underside on the main face.

I added my Road ID to the watch band and followed the steps to get it set up. It was basically ready to use, but I wanted it hooked up to my phone for “all the stats” and so it would sync to Strava. *I use this app to help keep track of my overall mileage.

To get it set up with my phone, there is a QR code that appears on the watch face, which you scan with the photo app on your phone, this is how you get the app. There was no app store process. Then just like that it was connected to my phone.

Next I needed to calibrate it, first with the GPS and second with the elevation. With some touches of the buttons that was done. I like how this is easy and simple to find, and can be done at any time.

I then finished the set up by adding my personal information – height and weight and setting my daily fitness goal. This will make the heart rate more accurate and help you achieve medals in the app.

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Time to use it

There are 4 buttons around the watch face. One is red, this is what starts and stops your activity or selects the prompts on the screen. There is a button to go back, and then there are 2 buttons to scroll up and down.

I am a runner. The activity settings on the watch are as follows: indoor run, outdoor run, outdoor cycle, pool swim, open water swim and triathlon.

I set out for my first run, I just needed to get the feel of using it. It really isn’t different from my other watches, except the buttons are in different spots.

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I put it on auto pause, I was not getting used to the buttons being in a different place from my other watch. Auto pause is awesome, you don’t have to ever stop or start your watch if you are waiting on a train, or to cross the road. The only thing is that there is a few seconds delay.

I ran with the watch at a prison 5k. This meant I needed to turn off GPS or any outside communication, so I put it on indoor run mode. The watch did not sync to Strava, which really isn’t that huge, as I can manually enter my data.

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I ran with it at the track a couple of times, I liked using it here for the data. We did an 800 work out and I was able to push the lap button to keep track of my splits. I like how the watch says the track has a tiny elevation gain.

I raced with it at a couple or races and didn’t have any issues. Pushed the buttons and it connects to a satellite quickly, and even if it hasn’t connected you can still push start.

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I think my favorite feature, besides the heart rate on your wrist is the elevation stats. I like to know what the elevation is at the bottom of a hill and what it is at the top. Then I realize what I thought was a huge climb, was only 50 feet.

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What sets this apart from the competition?:

1.) The battery life, I had this last 2 weeks with no charging. I wore it every day and ran a total of 50 running miles. I am a slacker… I did run about 38 miles this weekend and the watch still has half of it’s battery life.

2.) This has a combination of GPS, GLONASS and BDS which allows for increased performance in challenging areas or rural environments to connect to the satellites.

3.) The Barometric Altimeter is built in, allowing the most accurate elevation readings.

4.) Price. This watch costs $299. – https://coros.com/pace.php

Looking forward to what’s next:

The watch is very new, so many things are still getting updates. It will be able to sync to more training apps, and the ability to have the indoor workouts sync properly.

I am hoping they add more activities like walk, trail run, or hike. If it’s a multisport watch, it should include multi amounts of sports.

I do like that this is simple and no frills, there are no watch faces to change. It’s a watch for the stats and has a battery life that lasts.

If my review hasn’t convinced you to consider a Coros Pace Multisport Watch, check out what the other pros had to say: CoreyLindseyMaiMichael – KimRyanKevin

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Run Madtown 13.1

Run Madtown 13.1 – Race Recap
“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Run Madtown Conquer the Capitol 19.3 Challenge 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 missed the first part of the Conquer the Capitol Challenge, the 10k, you can check that recap here. For my to the point half marathon review, check out bibrave.com.

Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Rise and shine!!! Hotel coffee and gas station bagels, breakfast of champions.

Another hot day was upon us, pre-race emails had warned us of this. We had been drinking all the water and Gatorade. The forecast had race time temps in the 80’s.

There was no race day packet pick up, to get your things you needed to attend the expo/packet pickup the day before. I will say as a challenge participant we had 2 different bibs with the same number to wear. We also got a shirt for each event, as well as a long sleeve light weight hoodie for the challenge.

We made it to the Capitol with plenty of time before the race, and again with the most awesome on street, FREE, parking spot, a block from the finisher’s party. There were port-o-potties set up in the area too.

Josh and I parked ourselves near the gear check area. We managed to meet up with Dan again as well as fellow Corridor Running board member Warren. They all were talking race strategy and what not, I just wanted to finish.

As we chit chatted, I spotted another BibRave Pro, Dye. I had met her last August at the Madison Mini. We took a photo together and she realized her bib was missing. Luckily the kind race folks got her all taken care of.

After all the pre-race pleasantries and mosquito bites, we all proceeded to take our places in the corrals. There were pacers for this event so you could self seed near them. The National Anthem was sung and we were moving.

The beginning of the half marathon course was similar to the 10k he evening before. started with the hills, including Observatory…oof! However, the reason I like this event was in the past we always ran through the arboretum. This year the course was very similar to the fall Madtown event, and took a western route, through residential neighborhoods and boring roads.

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FREE race photos!

Don’t be fooled though, there were still hills! I think I am still climbing the one near mile 9. Once on top you could see the Capitol across the lake, so that was cool.

I mentioned the pre-race emails and the heat warnings. There were supposed to be 10 hydration stops with water and Gatorade. I was too lazy to count, but in 6 miles I had one Gatorade stop. Running at different paces makes for different race experiences, and when it’s hot it’s hard to staff those aid stations. I just wish if it’s advertised, it’s available. Also the water and Gatorade were different at each stop, sometimes second, sometimes Gatorade was sandwiched between water. I am happy this was available, just makes it nice when it’s all the same.

Alright…. I was just running my own race and about 3 miles from the finish when I came upon an ambulance loading up a runner. I hope the person is ok. This also got me thinking for the next mile. I looked at my bib and saw that it had a printed sticker on it with my information, but nothing if there was an emergency. When I removed my bib there were no lines on the back to write information in case of an emergency. Yes, the race has your bib number and would know who you were, but what if someone stole your bib, or you illegally transferred it? Next, just run with an ID, there are many options – for you shoes, a bracelet, or add to a watch band. Safety is this easy.

Am I done running yet? The heat was proving to be tough, but a guy speed walking had managed to pass me so I had a new goal, beat that guy!!!! It also helped as I could see Dan up ahead. They both pushed me to the finish up that last hill.

A 2:24 finish time, definitely not my best, but also not my worst. A finish is a finish!
I crossed the finish line and a volunteer placed a medal around my neck. I went straight to that bottle of water. I hate the post race headache. There were also boxes of banana pieces and orange slices – orange slices are the best! Then you could grab a bagged lunch from Panera – a sandwich, chips and cookie. From here was the post race party. Chocolate milk was back and as cold as ever!

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There was a separate tent in this area for challengers to grab their third medal. clink, clink, clink.

I was with Dan and we were in search of shade, I found Josh, Warren and Dye and met a new friend, Julia. We talked about our races and whined about the heat. It was so hot I even drank a Michelob Ultra – GASP – and despite what the can says, it is not the Superior Light Beer, LOL.

We all parted ways after a brief photo shoot. It’s always nice to catch up with others. If you see me at a race, say hi!

I registered late for the challenge, so it was kinda pricey at $145, but I enjoy running in Madison and visiting when the Hawks are not playing a sport. The races I have done, while they have some hiccups, are always well managed. Hope to get back soon, perhaps again for the Mini.

Josh and I had enough time to go back to the hotel for a shower, sometimes that is rare post race with check out times. Then we made sure to hit up a local brewery. We checked out Vintage Brewing. It had an old school diner vibe.

After another stop at the Hy-Vee, with 3 new Wisconsin beers in tow, we were back on the road, and headed towards the Hawkeye state.

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Amphipod®️ PureRun™️ Minimalist Hydration Vest

Amphipod®️ PureRun™️ Minimalist Hydration Vest – Gear Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Amphipod®️ PureRun™️Minimalist Hydration Vest to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I have run many miles, and many of them with some sort of pack. I am familiar with bladders, bottles and flasks. What intrigued me most about getting a chance to try this vest was the versatility to adapt to bottles, flasks or bladders.

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The vest arrived with two, 12 oz Hydraform™️ bottles, one for each front drawstring pocket. There are 3 front buckles with adjustable straps. There are two front zipper pockets. The back is like a back pack with two separate zipper compartments, one large enough to house a bladder. The front even has a clip for the hose. There are also cords to carry a light weight coat or something on top of the pack. I also received a fun light up smiley face too.

When I received this vest, I was in the midst of training for my 25th marathon. However, I wanted to make sure before I took it on a long run, I would have no problems. The maiden voyage was just across town and back. I stuck my phone in the front zipper pocket and it fit! I have an iPhoneX. I also just carried the bottles with me, so I could get the feel.

Everything fit fine and was easy to adjust. I should note the vest does come in two sizes, so check your measurements before ordering. The only thing that is strange, as a woman, the placement of the bottles just looks “strange.”

I  ran next with the vest to a race day volunteer job. I was going to be directing runners at a corner. It was also very cold that day. The vest fit over many layers of clothes and when it warmed up, I was able to easily stash the extra clothes in the pockets.

I take gear testing seriously! I brought the pack along for a group training run. I was going to run at least 13 miles, and the route was along the highway. The one thing I appreciate about this is the bottles that come with it. It’s easy to bring water and an electrolyte on your run. I did find out that if you don’t tighten the drawstring on the bottle pocket, it will bounce and/or fall out! The vest was also great to hold the treasures I found along the way.

Then it was time for my last 20 mile long run before the marathon. I didn’t hesitate and grabbed the vest, filled it with all my snacks and drinks.

I also packed it full of warmer clothes, and an empty flask and deodorant on my way to the Iowa spring football practice. I didn’t even get checked in the security line and I was able to be fresh when I got there.

Up until this point all the runs in the vest were in cooler weather, meaning I was wearing multiple layers or a long sleeve top.

On race day, the Run Crandic marathon, I choose to wear this vest. The race course had many aid stations, but it wasn’t my first race and I wanted to have my snacks and at the least water when I wanted it. Race day temps would end up near 70 degrees, so I ran in a tank top with the vest. While it was nice to have everything I needed, I was happy to see Vaseline at an aid station as the chafe around my neck and arms was not pleasant. Maybe it was the necklace, sports bra and fresh hair cut…no clue, it just wasn’t pleasant. I am also of the school where basically all gear chafes, or all glasses fog up. I am sure if I gave my vest some adjustments, it would have fit better and I wouldn’t have any chafe. (at mile 17.5, I had no time for that) I will also note, I didn’t feel extra hot or extra sweaty due to wearing the pack.

If you are looking to finally get away from a hydration belt, I would recommend this vest. It’s not complicated, and easy to use and adjust.  The material breathes and you can carry just about anything with you because of it’s versatility. It is available online for $100 – http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydration/purerun-vests/purerun-minimalist-24

Check out what other BibRave Pros had to say: Andrea – AlastairMeridithRenee 

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