Luvo Meals – Order Anywhere, Anytime

Luvo – Order Anywhere, Anytime

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

If Luvo sounds familiar to you, you are remembering when I tried the meals earlier this year. While I enjoyed the steam pouches and bowls, it was tough to find them locally. Why try them again? This time I could order online!!! Plus, it makes my life so much easier, not having to worry about cooking when I am busy.

I sat down at my laptop, typed in www.luvoinc.com and began the ordering process. It was easy, I clicked on the “store” page and could see all the options available to me. Next to each meal is a small description, but underneath is a button to see the complete nutritional value information, and a button to add the meal to your cart.

I started clicking on my favorites to fill my cart with first. A pop up menu appears on the left of the screen, and gives you an option to return to shipping or checkout. There is also an option to change the quantity. I continued with this process until I was done. Easy and simple to walk through or edit.

When it’s time to checkout you do so by clicking the appropriate button. This is where I had a little difficulty. I wanted to use paypal, as it is one of the options. However, I wasn’t sure when or where to enter a discount code (BIBCHAT will get you 10% off.) I wasn’t sure if I logged into my paypal if I would be charged before my discount.

I eventually figured it all out, by being “logged” into paypal, I could enter my codes and I just proceeded to pay that way. It was a lot of back and forth, but I figured it out.

I received an email that my order was received. I kept receiving emails to notify where my meals were in the shipping process, along with tracking information. Then in 3 days, there was a styrofoam box filled with my meals, complete with dry ice, on my doorstep.

As I mentioned, these meals arrived at a busy time for me, it makes meal planning sooooo much easier. I do not care for having to prepare my lunch to take to work, I can just grab a meal, throw it in the microwave at work, and it’s done.

The meals themself are full of nutrients and maybe things I wouldn’t normally eat. They are also light in calories too, so depending on your needs you might need to add some eggs or eat 2 of them at once.

Another perk, the Luvo bowls line is already in a serving dish, no need to plate them. I found myself taking one on the go, in my car!

I thought the ordering process was comparable to any online ordering system, the paypal problem could have just been because I wasn’t logged in correctly. The meals arrive quick and are easy to prepare.

You can save 10% with code BIBCHAT  – simplify your holidays, let Luvo do the work – check out their store today! You can also find Luvo on TwitterFacebook – or Instagram. They have many informative articles about healthy eating too.

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Trail Trot

Legend of the Fall 2017 – Race Recap

I think I have been running this race for the last 5 years ish. Nothing much changes, but if I don’t add it to my blog, did it happen?

I have added another review to Bibrave.com as well. I am the only one with a review, but really it’s one of my faves in Iowa City.

This race is always the morning of Thanksgiving. It’s our area “Turkey Trot,” yet it’s a difficult event, covering the trails through Hickory Hill Park. This year the weather was probably the best it’s been in years. It was about 40 or so degrees at the start, and there had been no precipitation leading up to race day, leaving the trails dry.

I registered online a few weeks before the event, so on race day I just needed to grab my bib. I am just about 2 miles from this race, so I always run to and from Regina High School, where it starts.

Gear: Black Sparkle Athletic Skirt, Zensah Compression socks, Chicago Marathon hat, Grandma’s 5k tech shirt, Orange Mud Pullover, Spi belt, XX2i France 2 sunglasses, Aftershokz Trekz Air, Under Armor Horizon shoes, Garmin Forerunner 935, Road ID, Buff(R), Pearl Izumi gloves

I arrived to discover they had moved the packet pick up and race day registration to the outside of the lunch room area. This was slightly congested. I had to wait in a line. I also think there were more participants than normal because the weather was so nice. I didn’t have to wait too long, and I receive a bib, timing chip to attach to my shoe and my long sleeve, cotton, unisex shirt.

I put my bib on my Spi Belt, attached my timing chip and looked for a place to stash my shirt – since I didn’t drive. I was then out the door, and waited near the starting line.

The start is on the track. Everyone waited around, and then was encouraged to move to the starting line, which was just a cone on the track I believe. People just jumbled up together. There were some announcements and then it was time to race.

The race went about 3/4 away around the track, allowing people to thin out before heading down the hill, into the woods and trails of Hickory Hill Park.

The area to run is narrow, so it’s hard to first get a position, so you just wait patiently for a place to pass. There is a hill within the first mile and people start walking, so if you wait it out, this is a good time to pass.

The trail twists and turns and goes up and down, over roots and leaves – your typical trail surface.

There are no mile markers out there, but you follow small yellow flags, which are easy to navigate. Close to the end there is always the short cut, or as they call it in this race – “the spicy way.”

I always take this cut, it’s on unmarked trail, through some trees and then a small creek crossing, with a steep climb out of the ravine. I always laugh at everyone hesitant to cross the water, and I always dash right though.

Once past this area, it’s not much further to the finish. With another 3/4 lap of the track, there is a blue timing mat to cross and you are done! A volunteer was clipping chips here, I just bent over and pulled mine off.

As I was running, I noticed a 6 pack of La Croix was running the race – ok so it was 6 people in costume. I had to get my photo with them. The one lady was like, oh yes – all costumed runners take a picture – um I was not in costume…but I guess plaid pants and a sparkly skirt will do that. They said they also used their costumes for a race the week before.

I walked back up to the school, browsed the post race cookie and dessert bar, grabbing a cookie bar and filling a cup with water. I sat down and ate, and listened while some awards were given out. Winners received pumpkin pie!

It was time to run home, I found my stashed shirt and left the building. I carried it in my hands and enjoyed the nice weather on the way home. I had just over 7 miles total for the day. It was time to get ready for my Thanksgiving plans at my sister’s house.

I really like this race – you can search my blog for past experiences. I will continue to run this event if I am in town, and you should too!

That’s a Wrap

Recap 2017 Miles in November

I really don’t know where to start… No one knows this, but I was hesitant to put this on again, mostly because I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to give it the proper attention. I also like to secure prizes or rewards for you all, and that takes some work on my part too.

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Pic cred: Sheryl

I then remembered why I do this, why it was started. It really isn’t about the prizes, but instead, getting your butt out the door and logging extra miles during a busy holiday season. I used this challenge to get moving, it was my lowest mileage month in a long time, but thanks to this group, I got out there and ran 100 miles!

First – I can’t say it enough, thank you! Running can be hard to describe to people who do not partake, however, tell them you found something that motivates and inspires, and suddenly we have people stepping out the door just to walk to the end of the street, get out of bed, and personally push me to host this. Also a HUGE thank you to the sponsors and companies that work with me on this. If you see one of the, let em know you are appreciative too.

Second – Friendship! I was introduced to a new to me local running group. I was also introduced to many new faces. I have a lot of people that “live in my phone,” and while we may never meet in person. It’s great to know I have expanded my friends.

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photo courtesy of Ara 

Third – Prizes, I will be in contact about getting these to you.

  • run CRANDIC entry – Monty B (column AO)
  • Aftershokz Trez Titanium headphones – Nicole Vanderlinden (column U)
  • Dunkin Donuts $100 Gift Card – Roy G (column BX)
  • Run/Medal sign – Cindy McCarthy (column CV)

Fourth – Congrats! I know there were struggles along the way, health issues, and just plain life that might have got in the way. However, you pushed yourself to work on a goal. You also might have learned a very important lesson (many runners suck at) listen to your body, no injury is worth it, and live to run another day.

If you have any questions about sponsors, prizes, or this group, please ask me. If you have any complaints, that department opens tomorrow… I kid…but feel free to reach out to me.

What is next? While I can not maintain the group beyond one month, or keep up with another spreadsheet. I encourage you all to post your monthly mileage, a selfie, or motivation in the FB group; this group is open all year round.

Housekeeping – I have contacted those who have asked for a head band or key chain, however there were a few that I have no contact information for. If you are reading this and would still like one, please let me know. 

 

A Visor For All Conditions

Product Review – BOCO Gear 360° Visor®

“Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Gear 360° Visor® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming aBibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Whether it’s to keep my hair under control, the sun off my face or my head warm; I can easily be spotted running with something on my head.

In fact you might have seen me in a BOCO trucker hat or a Boco stocking hat. BOCO (as some of you Coloradians might know) is short for Boulder, CO – where the company was “born.”

All this rambling brings me to the newest addition to my BOCO Gear collection, the  BOCO Gear 360° Visor®!

What makes this visor so special? Well I will tell you:

  • Terry cloth liner across the forehead to reduce sweat from dripping on your face
  • elastic band on the back, no readjusting
  • machine washable
  • black under the brim to reduce glare
  • the bill is curved and fits like a normal hat – no crazy flat brimmed nonsense
  • dry tech polyester

Now – how did I make the most of this visor?

While I have been wearing it from time to time on my runs, to shield my face from the sun (which is important all year round.) I put this to it’s first test as I wore it during the Detroit Marathon, in wind gusts close to 40 mph. The visor never budged, I never worried about losing this as I ran the last few miles in a head wind.  It’s a pain if you have to worry about keeping your hat on, and uncomfortable to run with your hand on the top of your head, to keep your hat on.

Second… I have been enjoying this as an addition to cold runs. I need my head and more importantly my ears covered when it’s cold outside (insert dramatic story of my ears being frostbit as a kid.)I prefer to wear a stocking hat or multifunctional head wrap. However, those items do not block my face from the sun. It’s sooooo easy to just throw the visor on, on top of the hat – BAM, sun protection.

I think if there were a downside to this visor, it would be the sizing. For my head size, it’s fine. I like that there is no extra adjustable strap to deal with. For others it could be too big or too small.

My favorite thing about this – it’s machine washable. I don’t have time to hand wash stuff, and the running gear that requires that treatment gets neglected. This just makes taking care of my visor so much easier.

The pros may have additional thoughts on BOCO Gear, so check em out: Amy WMeridithJeannineLindseyVanessaFrankKolbeStephanieMattCaseyJessica FallonGinaSamantha

BOCO makes a lot of products – check out their website, or maybe get your own custom order.

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Training with Heart

Garmin Forerunner® 935 – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch from Garmin to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

That’s right… a new watch!!!

Ok, so you might know I have a nice watch. However, to use the heart rate monitor, I have to strap this black piece around my chest. While this might be the most accurate way to get a heart rate reading…. have you ever done this? As a woman, this is just not the most comfortable with a sports bra, and leads to some chaffing.

The Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch has a heart rate monitor that reads on your wrist. It’s reading your heart rate all the time you are wearing the watch. Now…why is this important to me? Many stats provided by the watch and the Garmin Connect app are based on heart rate. I will now have access to more accurate statistics to improve my running or general health.

Before I get into all the stats, this watch can either be simple or very detailed. It provides the basics – time, pace, distance. It’s also simple to use, the buttons on the watch make navigating through watch screens user friendly.

However, I would assume based on the price point, a user would be purchasing this for all the bells and whistles. They can be overwhelming, so I will give you my version of how I use the watch to get the most out of it – including watching my heart rate.

When I received the watch, I powered it on and put it on the charger. I read through the information book that was provided and proceeded to sync it to my phone with the Garmin Connect App.  The watch also syncs via bluetooth to your phone to get notifications or accept phone calls.

When it was charged enough, I put this on my wrist. I couldn’t get over how light weight it is. This has a huge screen, but is less bulky feeling than my other watch. The silicone band is also a lot more forgiving and almost stretchy.

The watch itself provides a lot of information, but syncing it to the app allows for even more detailed information, and will sync to Strava. Are you overwhelmed yet?

On the main screen of my watch, I push the down button and it displays my heart rate the past four hours.  If I tap on the button on the other side it will give me an average over the past 7 days.

The next scroll down screen is my training status, which I believe is not possible without my heart rate. Tapping on the button on the other side I can see my VO2 max, how long it will take me to recover based on my last workout, my training load the last 7 days, and a race predictor.

The next screen has my daily steps. If I push to get more information I can see my steps and distance over the last 7 days.

This is just the information at your wrist. When running, I have time, distance and pace displayed. I can easily switch to my heart rate too. I used this tool when running a big hill at the Madison Half Marathon, to know if I could give more heading to the finish. I have worn this watch for at least 3 races.

If you look at the Garmin Connect app you can get more detailed information. Anaerobic and aerobic training effect, your stress level, how much sleep you get and how many calories you have burned. These have screens and go in depth too.

No matter what activity you choose (run, walk, treadmill, triathlon, bike, swim – heck you can even add more using the app) more accurate stats are all based on the heart rate and the effort you are giving.

Now for the fun part – you can customize the watch to use it how you like. You can add widgets, you can change the watch face, and you can change the watch band. Basically you can make this personalized to how you want to use it.

Having this watch has made me more aware of my overall health, because I can “train with heart.” I know if I don’t get enough sleep and if I am too stressed in addition to knowing when I should maybe take some rest days. I can learn to #beatyesterday.

Also, I can’t forget to mention the battery life…this thing lasts forever!!! I have my phone notifications come through and on average run about 30 miles a week and it will go a week before it needs charged. It charges up really quick with the cable provided. In fact fellow pro Lisa ran 50 miles with this watch.

 

I would also like to note, my heart rate was picked up, while wearing it on top of my pullover.

If you need more than what I was able to provide, check out what the BibRave Pros had to say as we all used the watch differently. FrankMeridithVanessaLindseyEmilyBrenda – Ryan – Casey – Heather – Mark –

Keep up to date with all things Garmin by checking out their website, following along on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

100 Miles – Week 4 update

This is it, the last week of 100 Miles in November.  I can not believe how fast this month goes by. Hope you are all close to reaching the goals you set forth at the beginning.

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There was some discussion about not meeting the 100 miles. That is totally fine…everyone has a different goal. I really hope you learn that you can fail at something but still feel accomplished, because you tried and did your best. It’s not failure, it’s just learning and living life. Michael said it best “the real purpose of this group was really just to give us all a goal to chase in a tough holiday month.”

There is one last weekly prize, and congrats go to Terry V (CK) for winning the BibRave Trucker hat.

This is where I tell you a little more about BibRave. I have been with BR since April of 2014. They are a race review website, think Yelp – but for runners. If you ran a race and want to tell everyone about it, leave a review. If you are looking to run a race, but can’t decide, search Bibrave.com for some thoughts from past participants.

I am also involved as a BibRave Pro. We are ambassadors for Bibrave, in exchange for our race reviews we are given opportunity to run races and even test out some cool products. The program opens up periodically throughout the year, so keep an eye out if you want to apply.

With that… I hope you log all your miles, I will be drawing the grand prize winners this weekend – Dec 2nd – if I remember correctly!!

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Once again, thank you for joining!

 

 

2017-week 3

100 Miles in November – Week 3 Update

How is it the week of Thanksgiving already? Time flies when you are having fun. Will this week derail your goal?

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The daily posts of photos and workout accomplishments are great, thank you for allowing me to share them.

This week for keeping up to date with mileage there were 2 more Corridor Running shirts awarded. Congrats to Kevin L (K) and Mark D. (AR)

I will have one more BibRave trucker as a prize next week – keep moving!

Reminder for those who have logged at least 100 miles you are eligible for a chance to win one of the grand prizes: $100 Dunkin Donuts gift card, Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, medal rack, or entry into the CRANDIC marathon.

Area happenings:

  • November 23 – Run Turkey Run, Cedar Rapids, IA. 8AM, near Franklin Middle School. Bring anon perishable food item. FREE
  • November 23 – Legend of the Fall, Iowa City, IA. 8AM, trail run. Entry Fee – I will be at this event
  • November 24 – Outdoor Buster 5k/10k run. 15 mi bike ride. Sac & Fox Trail, Cedar Rapids, IA. 10 am Sign up here – FREE!