Vertical Challenge

5 Minutes…..

That was all I kept telling myself, only 5 minutes, you can do this!!

Ok, backing up here… I saw a post on Facebook from Phil over at Fleet Feet Davenport. It was the one year anniversary of the store opening, so he was hosting some events.

In a rare moment of time, Josh and I both didn’t have anything going on, when I saw the event for Friday night, I asked Josh if he would be interested.

What was that event? Well Altra Running was sponsoring the Vertical Challenge: How far could you go on a treadmill, set at 15%, in 5 minutes? (5 Minutes…)

We were both in! Josh didn’t seem too worried, but I was a little nervous. I wondered if I would blow out my calves or any of my leg muscles? As you know I have the Hawkeye 50k in a week, and the Illinois Marathon in 3 weeks.

I really have no experience at this. I mean I run around Iowa City, and if you run the right hills, you can climb some elevation, but nothing more than average of 100 feet over a quarter mile.

I also don’t regularly run on a treadmill, nor is it ever set at an incline over 1%. I did move a workout to a treadmill the night before, and cranked it up to 15 just to see what that was like… I quickly put it back down.

Friday night: We arrived at the store where the challengers had gathered. When you walked in you signed up for a time slot. In the back of the store was the fancy treadmill and the Altra Running shoes. We also saw runner friend Kevin, he was there for the fun.


Phil did a quick introduction and a rundown of how the challenge would work. He also said that the top male and top female would win $40 gift cards!!! This was actually doable for me, because there were only 2 women competing. (Hello, ladies?!??! Where you at? You need to show up!)

We sat around, browsed the store, tried on the Altra shoes, and watched the competitors who went before us. That incline really didn’t look too steep – as a spectator.


Then it was my turn… I got the feel of the treadmill, a short little warm up. Then it was go time.

Only 5 minutes….

I am pretty sure life comes to a stand still when on a treadmill. I have run up to 20 miles on one, but time just never moves.


Ugh – I was like ok, I can do this… and one minute went by, I was only running at like 3.8 mph…seriously, I think I walk that at no incline… Then the next minute took forever, I had to slow down. I think there was some walking. Then I bumped it back up.

Josh, Kevin and the competitors were cheering me on, it was cool. I was dying! Come on, only 5 minutes…. Josh even took to covering up the time. I think I might have cheated, I hung on to the handles.

FINALLY – 5 minutes was over! I had only went .31 miles. My lungs were on fire! My legs felt fine. I coughed.

Next up, Josh. He got the familiar with the treadmill and pushed start. I stood around coughing, feeling the burn in my lungs, but also cheered on Josh with everyone else. I could tell he was having trouble. I covered up the time for him, kept encouraging him.


He was done! He complained of the burn in his lungs too. However he as asthma, and didn’t have his inhaler. He was coughing too.


The challenge continued, there were some beasts on that treadmill!! Not sure if they were just showing off or they were just that awesome.


We talked to others, learning of their running stories (I met a guy, Chris, who will be at mile 18 of the Illinois Marathon,) and also telling us how they couldn’t stop coughing and how their lungs hurt.

There was cold beer and pizza when we were done…. you thought we just went to the running store for this…nah …. I run for beer!

I need to find this beer! 


It was time for the results. The first male ran just over .5 miles. DANG! The first female ran … drum roll please… .37 miles (or something like that.) Yep, I came in last…. oh wait, I came in second!!

What a fun time though! When I started running, a mile seemed impossible to run without stopping. However with each passing year, I try to keep pushing to see what I can do. There was the first half marathon, 50k, then I ran a marathon a month. While this wasn’t a huge goal. I just wanted to see if I could do this, and I could…..I was also one of only two women who showed up!

I woke up and ran 12 miles the next day. My legs don’t feel like toast. Did push hard enough? Oh my lingering cough, tells me I did.

Side note: The Barkley Marathons started this weekend, I have been following the only live coverage I know about via twitter. I came across the training schedule of John Kelly (who is performing well this year.) For his training, he ran 13.1 miles at 20% incline…

So yeah… it was JUST 5 minutes….

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Shamrock Shuffle – 2017

Shiverin’ Shamrocks!

BRRR! The 2017 Corridor Running Shamrock Shuffle was a cold one!. The race always takes place around mid March and usually it’s a seasonably decent temperature, but since mother nature is drunk, temps were around 20 degrees this year.

Gear: Rainbow Sparkle Athletic Skirt, XX2i France2 sunglasses, plantronics headphones, Survivor BUFF, Nike Turtleneck, Previous Shamrock Shuffle Race Shirt, Zensah Compression sleeves, Garmin Fenix 3, Brooks Ghost 9, Spi-belt. ( I changed the hat to a BOCO Louisanna Marathon stocking hat and Road Runner Sports Capris)


I mention the weather, because not only was I running the race. I was volunteering. This meant I arrived at the race location 2 hours before the event. While I was able to park close enough, to use my car to keep warm…. there is no shelter or place to stay warm.

must keep warm! BUFF and France2 frames to protect my face.


Pre-race volunteers continued to roll in, as well as trucks with race day supplies. We unloaded the trucks and set up things on the park. Tents, tables, bananas, sound system, etc.

The race takes place at College Green Park, so race day things are set up in the center of the park, while the race is start/finish is out on the street.

Before we knew it, participants were showing up to get their bibs, and my feet were freezing.


I helped out where I was needed, and ended up falling in with bib pick up. There were three of us and we had the system down! A runner gave us a name (as you could pick up anyone’s bib, no ID required), we looked up a bib number, handed them a bib, and a chip. I only ripped 2 bibs, oops!

I really needed to use the bathroom, and there were two port-o-potties near the start, but the line was long and the race was going to start, so I joined the others near the starting arch.


The race is a fun St. Patrick’s theme, including the distance of 3.17km, which is just around 2 miles. New, for this year, you could run the loop twice, for a 6.34km run. Of course, I chose this option, automatic PR!!

There were some announcements and then the race started. Gah, I was really cold, and I could feel it in my legs. The entire first loop, they just felt strange, like they were thawing out, or I could feel the muscles warming up. While the course had one big hill near the finish, they were not feeling the fatigue from that.


In that first loop, I caught up with Monty, again…. if we keep meeting at races, people are going to talk, LOL. I kid, it’s nice to see your runner friends out there!

By the second loop, my legs felt normal again, and I motored through the course again. It was all on pavement, and in typical Iowa winter fashion it’s when the potholes make their appearance, so I made sure to steer clear of them a second time. I thanked all the volunteers on the course, and climbed that hill one more time.

I crossed the finish line, and I was warm. I didn’t need my coat. Since I was signed up to then help volunteer post race, I stayed at the finish line and helped Dan take chips off shoes.

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When the majority of the runners had finished, I helped where needed, loading cars, taking down tents, the usual volunteering work. Hey guys, it’s really pretty easy…so help out if you can, nice to give back to your local running clubs… ha!

There were the bananas I mentioned earlier, and bottles of water at the center of the park, and cups of water near the finish, as it doubled as an aid station for the course.

The post race party was a few blocks away at Micky’s Irish Pub. There was an option when you registered to get a $5 brunch, or pay at the door. They would also be having beer specials, and hosting the awards ceremony here. You could also grab your pint glass, which was given instead of a t-shirt.


It is spring break in Iowa City when this race is held, but parking downtown can always be a problem, and to park close you have to pay. Lucky for me, I found a super close parking spot, swiped my card for $1.50 for one hour of time.

The party was happening. I did not pay for the brunch, as the last time I did this, the option was corned beef and cabbage, and I realized I do not care for it. I also don’t have $5 extra at this time… womp, womp, poor ol Angie… I did pack a Nugo Bar…lol.

I stuck around, watched the awards. The first person in each 10 year AG got a cool prize and the overall winners for each distance scored $50. WHOA, I need to get faster!

The morning ended chatting with some other runners, and realizing I should probably get home to let the dogs out, and oops my car was only paid to park at the meter for one hour!

I got to my car and saw the slip of paper flapping under the windshield…. but there was no fee, I owed $0.00. WEIRD! Why print the paper, what a waste!  I was happy I didn’t owe a fine.

When I got home, and got my data all loaded to Strava… you know if you don’t post a picture on Instagram and get that data loaded, I am not sure it even happened…. I realized I ran sub 9 minute miles, for 4 miles!!! WAHOOO. I am super happy about this, 2016 I spent running for endurance and distance. I did 0 speedwork, so I was happy to feel a little speed return. This is fast for me, so I’ll take it, maybe someday I will score a $50 winner’s prize!

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Race photos were posted to FB, and online album, free to download

This is a nice short race, with a nice challenging hill, and a fun post race party. If I am around next year, I will run it and volunteer again.

For my official race review, check bibrave.com

 

 

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

 

 

 

2016 – 100 Miles in November

 

I am excited to announce the 100 Miles in November Challenge is back for 2016!

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Welcome back to those that have participated the last couple of years!

It’s that time of year again when marathon training is over, the weather gets cold, the holidays creep in….. and you find yourself not running…well the goal of this challenge isn’t to compete with your peers, but to motivate you to keep active during this time of the year.

It’s simple, just log your miles in the provided spreadsheet! There is a Facebook group and a Strava group which can help with extra motivation if you need it. I encourage you to join these too, but it’s not required. (Make sure to follow up with the Google docs form, so I know you are entered and can contact you if necessary)

Also as an added boost – there will be prizes!

  • Logging mileage each week makes you eligible to win a weekly prize, through a random drawing, this year there will be a Corridor Running tech shirt given away.logoworks
  • Bi-monthly prize pack from BibraveBibrave – this will include the Bibrave technical trucker hat! IMG_6552
  • Completing 100 miles will automatically get you a $15 coupon to spend at Fleet Feet Davenport (This is only good at that FF location)fleet-feet-davenport-logo
  • GRAND PRIZE – everyone who hits the 100 mile goal will be entered in a random drawing to win a an Orange Mud Single Barrel Hydraquiver!!!!!!!!!!! om_hq_single_gray_front
  • Another final prize – Everyone who logs 100 miles will be eligible for the random drawing for a hand made, medal rack. Courtesy of String N Nails!
  • To stay on task, if you have logged 45 miles by Nov 15, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 $50 Gift Card to Dunkin Donuts – you can say you “Run on Dunkin” (Thanks Dunkin for being on board again!)10943646_10153061195229313_9059802765655864874_n
  • Random drawings during the month:race fuel things – and anything else that comes along.
  • New for 2016– anyone signed up in the spreadsheet by Nov 1, will get their choice of a MarathAng Bands Headband or key chain. (If you want an older race ribbon made into a headband or key chain, I can do that for a fee)

How do you enter?

Easy – enter your name / twitter handle/ nick name on the spread sheet & log your mileage. Keep adding in the columns to the right. Please make sure I have a way to get a hold of you by following up with the google form.

This is a Google Doc, this is a public spreadsheet to everyone that has the link. If you need help with this, please send me a message, I know in the past some with apple products have problems accessing the doc.

*Also please leave the google doc alone, unless there is a minor edit that needs to be changed. I have locked the names and date columns, and have frozen them, so you should be able to navigate it easier. If you want your name or something a different color let me know.

What are the rules? (aka the fine print)

  1. Only walking / running as exercise miles count. I am counting on participants honesty for this. I think you should make an effort to keep active. Walking to the bathroom, or walking to kitchen will not count, or step counting. This is not a fitness tracker challenge.
  2. Miles need to be logged on the provided google docs spread sheet.
  3. Spread sheet is a public document, open to those who have the link.
  4. Each participant is responsible for keeping track of their own miles. If you can’t access the spread sheet make arrangements to have someone enter them for you. (send me an email)
  5. No entry fee, no cost.
  6. All drawings for prizes will be generated at random, via an online raffle service.
  7. Please pay attention to your body, don’t try to reach the 100 mile goal at the expense of an injury.
  8. Honor system in play when logging miles.
  9. Weekly prize eligibility, have to log mileage at least once a week. Keep your log up to date, logs checked on Sunday for weekly giveaway.
  10. To be eligible to win grand prize must have completed 100 miles.
  11. You do not have to be local, live in Iowa to compete.
  12. Your contact information is only for prize notification. It will not be shared.
  13. Random prizes to be determined later.
  14. Photos may be used for random prizes.
  15. Stay connected using #100miles.
  16. Information will be posted on the blog.
  17. This challenge is in no way administered, sponsored, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. By entering this challenge you release Instagram, Facebook and twitter of all responsibility. You are also agreeing to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook rules terms of use.

– Challenge will be live, Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016, please pay attention to the rules, as there could be a slight change or more prizes added before the first.

– Entry/registration will be open through November 8, 2016

– I have created a FB group 100 miles in November, if you like to connect that way. No requirement to join this group, but encouraged.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/597884697000625

-There is a Strava group for this challenge. Not a requirement, but encouraged. This is a private group, just so it’s open to the 100 mile members, just ask to be invited.

It is not necessary to have facebook or twitter to be involved with this challenge. I do ask that you pay attention to this blog for important information or updates.

Contact information:

  • email -Scweegie@aol.com
  • twitter – @angiemaskeberka
  • facebook – Angie Maske-Berka
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  • Instagram – @amaskeberka

Run With Carl – 2016

Run With Carl

This race has become my labor day tradition. I think I have ran it the past 3 or 4 years. I have a few reviews at Bibrave.com if you want to check em out, but the race goes so smoothly, they are usually the same.

This race has a great history. Over 20 plus years ago, Carl Schilling, at age 15, lost his life in an car-pedestrian accident. He was a cross country runner. The race went on, in his name to raise money for scholarships for area schools. A few years back the family put on the last race, however with help from a title sponsor the race goes on today. This race is a great example of community.

Alright…so this year the event took place on Monday September 5, 2016 at 8:15 am in Bettendorf, IA, It was a sunny start, 70’s and humid.


Gear: Bibrave Tank, Donut Sparkle Athletic Skirt, Pro Compression socks, Ampla Fly shoes, Addidas shorts, XX2i USA1 sunglasses, Aftershokz headphones, Garmin Fenix

Josh was once again running this race too, and we met up with Kelly. Not only has this become my Labor Day tradition, I think these 2 have been running this race as long as I have.

We arrived in Bettendorf around 7:15 am, as Josh and I still needed to register. Race day price was only $25 and we were running the 5 mile distance. If we wanted a shirt we could pay extra…believe me, we don’t not need another shirt.  I emphasize this price, it’s a steal! I have paid $40 or more for 5ks, I don’t know why but I have….so this race keeps it affordable.

We have always parked at the Middle School, which is a short walk from the race start. There is plenty of parking and it’s free. Just make sure to get there in enough time before the road is closed for the race.

There are also plenty of port-o-potties behind the registration area. I also think the fitness center is open if you really needed to use an actual toilet. However the race is small enough and it’s first thing in the morning the porto’s are clean…and as many races as I have done, a porto isn’t a big deal.


We were all ready to run the race, so we stood near the start and listened to the pre-race announcements, and the live singing, by a quartet, of the National Anthem.

Having run a half marathon the day before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did plan to race this though. I was also in the testing period for the Ampla shoes, which helped create force in running so I would improve my mechanics and run faster.

I made sure not to start too fast, and being familiar with the course, I also made sure to watch my footing, as the first section is on the road and there are crack and some potholes.

Once off the road, the race goes onto the bike path. This area can be congested with runners, but it eventually spreads out. The bike path is an asphalt surface. It follows a little creek.

There are 3 water only stops on the course, with easy to pinch paper cups. Each mile is marked and there is a volunteer standing at each one shouting the overall time.

From the bike path, the course then goes through a residential neighborhood and then finishes on a busier city street. This year the last street was under construction, so the course was on the sidewalk, which was no problem as it is really wide.

The one thing I forgot about this race is the hills! They are not steep, but there are quite a few that make pushing the pace a little more of a challenge.

I came across the finish line, and found Josh cheering in finishers. I waited next to him and we saw Kelly finish the 5k. Wahoo!


We all walked into the finisher’s area and where there was bananas, apples, bagel pieces and cookies. We were all too late for the cupcakes. 😦 I wish they would have enough for all, but a cookie did the trick.

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There was a tent printing out results, just had to show them your bib number. Ugh, my time was slower than last year by about 2-3 minutes. I really felt like I was flying through the race course, just must have had tired legs. My time was 47:30, which is still a great pace of 9:30.

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We milled about for a while, but it was time to go to Dunkin Donuts and get some coffee and donuts of course. So we said our goodbyes to Kelly and were on our way.


Ok so we didn’t eat all the donuts… But left them with my niece. 🍩

I like this race and will always try to run it, let the Labor Day tradition continue. I am happy the community has stepped up to make this happen. See you next year Bettendorf!

 

xx2i Australia1 – Product Review

XX2i Australia1 Sunglasses


“Disclaimer: I received the xx2i Optics Australia1 Polarized Sport Sunglasses   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!”


Before XX2i, I thought running with the shade from a hat or visor was enough to protect my eyes. Now, I can’t imagine running or being outdoors without my sunglasses. I was excited to learn the Australia1 frames I would be receiving would have my prescription lenses in them.

Each model has something a little different about them, it’s the details that make these great. From the website: “the Australia1 is XX2i’s only performance sunglass featuring an interchangeable temple arm / strap system for intense activities. The Australia1 also incorporates a removable padded insert for extra protection against the elements, and a sturdy frame with a unique wraparound style for enhanced peripheral vision. This model comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost lens clarity and frame durability.”

I received my glasses, in matte black with gray lens and blue flash, just like my previous pairs, in a nice hard, zippered case; which is lined with foam. Inside was the glasses, a soft case that doubles as a cleaning cloth, a foam insert, 2 straps, a prescription card, and the original non RX lenses. There is also some clear lenses that look like a test lens, they have no RX. The frames also come in matte tortoise and matte white/black, and you can chose brown lenses.


I am not certain why I have the non RX lenses with my case, as I don’t believe I can take the frames apart and change them myself.

However, I can change the temples to a strap, and add a foam insert. This use would be best for more extreme sports or to protect your eyes from, wind, rain, snow, or dust. There is a piece on the foam that snaps into the hole over the nose on the frame. Makes them more like goggles.


August 11 – This is the day I received them. I tried them on for the first time, I can see out of them better than my current glasses (I think the RX on them is out of date.) It was also night time when I put them on, and I could still see inside.


August 12 – This was my first run, it was cloudy, but didn’t feel too dark. I had this weird perception, the ground seems farther away and always looks like I am going up a hill, weird curve to the lens with the RX. They would fog up when stopped at light,  it was humid & and I was super sweaty.  As far as the fit, they didn’t bounce or slip, great fit!

August 14 –  I took them on a short 3 mile run. Still adjusting to the curve of the lens when looking down. Some weird perception problem. I am not sure I could run trails or an area with unsure footing.

Aug 16– short & slow run, still getting used to the lens.


Aug 17 – humid, fogged up at stop lights. I had a thought, “If I use The foam insert will they be too hot?” I also can notice if I move my eyes left or right there is a weird curve blur to the lens.

All my runs so far have been in the morning. I will wake up and go for my run, this means I do not have to put in my contacts. When I come home and take a shower, this also means I don’t have to shower with my contacts (I am lazy and don’t take them out.) This is great as my eyes don’t dry out. Probably one of my favorite things about having these glasses.

can you see the blur on the right side of the lens, due to the curve?

Another plus is since they are my prescription, my husband, who likes to borrow my running gear, can’t borrow these.

I also noticed I have problems with them fogging up as they do sit close to my face. There is no adjustable nose piece to have them sit farther off your nose. However the fit is great on my face, no slipping or sliding, or bounce and I wear them with a hat/Buff and headphones.

I think the biggest con to having these if you are running somewhere in a tunnel, a trail race, or if the weather changes. In those situations you would need to remove the darker lenses and then wouldn’t be able to see. Now, yes I did wear these on a cloudy day and was still able to see, but if it were any darker, I would have problems.

Personally, I still struggle with the curve of the lens. I had to submit my RX information to XX2i including the distances between my eyes, so they would get the lens right. Maybe my RX was borderline too strong, as I know they can only fill RX to a certain strength.

If you are looking to get a pair of these for yourself they will range in price from $260-$500. They have a variety of lenses to chose from clear, photochromic, and polarized.

Please check out this page with the information you need to get RX lenses for your glasses, including the email contact. http://www.xx2i.com/pages/faq

I like these glasses, but they will be used for specific runs where I am familiar with my footing. I now have many options for protecting my eyes on the run. (I can also use these if I have some eye infection and can’t wear my contacts.) I also can’t wait to try them out in the extreme winter weather, they will be like googles.

*Please note I have these with prescription lenses, so my testing is a bit different. As an actual pair of sunglasses, these are another great product from xx2i.

XX2i makes a quality product. If there is something wrong with them they have the best warranty out there.”no questions asked Lifetime Warranty! No matter if your dog chewed on them (which we hear a lot!) or if you drove over them in your SUV, we’ll replace them for a nominal shipping and handling fee of $19.95!” *still confirming if this is good with RX lenses

I have 4 pairs of XX2i, top to bottom, USA1, Australia1, Bermuda1, Hawaii1

Seriously, I wear the Bermuda1 every day, I can’t imagine wearing the cheap shades you get at expos or pick up at a gas station anymore.

If you have further questions make sure to visit the XX2i website and check out their social channels Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Also if you haven’t heard this is a great article about the Bibrave and the XX2i partnership.


Check out what the Bibrave Pros had to say: Christine – Jessica R – Samantha – Jeremy – Jen – Heather

 

End #NF 5k – recap

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I had run this race last year, and wasn’t too impressed. However, a friend, Jen was going to run this year and I thought I would join her. I could also run to and from this event getting a few extra miles for the day.

Check out my official review at Bibrave.com

Gear: Sparkle Athletic superhero skirt, ProCompression socks, Moving comfort bra, Green Walmart Tank, Nathan race belt, Garmin Fenix 3, OM Endurance Pack, xx2i sunglasses, Adidas shorts, Brooks Ghost 9


This year’s race was on Saturday Aug 13. It was warm, sunny and humid.


I woke up early and ran to the Terry Trueblood Recreational area. It is about 4.8 miles from my house. I was hoping for more miles on the day, and I was early to register so I ran around the lake when I got there. I actually ran into Jen, when I was about done.

Registration opened at 7:00am, and it was about 7:15. I walked over to the table to register expecting it to cost more on race day, but nope, only $20, and I didn’t have to buy a shirt. The last thing I need is another shirt.

Jen and I talked until the race started, mostly about her neon orange shoes.

We lined up and noticed that the one and only Erik Sowinski was running this event. He’s the coolest, compete at the Olympic trials and come back to Iowa City for a low key 5k.

Ok, after sizing up the competition…who am I kidding I will never be that fast… the race started. It was an out and back around the lake this year. There were 2 water stops with plastic cups. There were no spectators and the course was not closed to the public. It was nice on the out and back to wish others good luck as you passed by them.

I started way to fast, I think it was because I was trying to keep up with Jen (who by the way is a former college track athlete.) I only caught her at the turnaround, and that was because she stopped to take a drink. I had my OM pack on, as I needed it for running to/from the race.

Jen and I ran for a while together and chatted a bit. I told her I ran the first mile in 8:44 and that was way too fast. I slowed down and she kept moving faster, I just couldn’t keep up with her, and I think she was trying to keep up with a 10 year old kid.

The course was all paved and flat, but I just didn’t have any more speed in me. Running a marathon a month, I haven’t done any speed training except when I pick up a 5k here or there. Sure I can run 26 miles, but pushing in a 5k is tough!

I crossed the finish line in 27:15, wahoo!! It’s always a goal to hit sub 30, well and to finish.


Once I finished I made my way to a banana. They also had cookies, granola bars, apples and bottled water. Pizza would be showing up at 11 am. They had events all morning until then, including a one mile walk, a silent auction and things for kids to do.


Jen and I waited around for a while as there was mention that Star Wars characters would be showing up. While we waited we found Herky.

While we were standing around, I was tapped on the shoulder by an Iowa City police man. I was like uh, what did I do? He noticed my OM pack, and as he had an OM bottle pack, was curious about this new one. He asked me what I was training for, probably confused why I was wearing it for a 5k. I told him I ran there and that I was running a marathon a month. He then topped me and said he needed something to help him train for his first hundo in a few months. I wished him luck.


They had the awards presentation. Jen and I won our Age groups and received a plastic medallion.


Then we saw the storm troopers from the 501st Legion, and other characters. Of course, we had to get a picture. They insisted I hold a light saber. I was all sorts of confused as they talked, I have done too many Disney races.


It was time for me to get moving home. I had about 5 more miles and it was plenty warm. I said my goodbye to Jen and trotted back.

This race was much improved over last year, and I forget that it’s a fundraising event versus a competitive 5k. I would consider running it again. I had around 13 total miles on the day.