Will Run For Chocolate

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k race 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!

Who’s excited to eat some delicious foods next week? I know I am always up for something tasty and I can’t wait until Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that my favorite holiday is just around the corner. It really feels like 2019 is just flying by and, before you know it, we’ll be planning out our races for 2020!

It’s also hard to believe that in less than a month I’ll be running my very first Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K! This race seriously looks so fun and I can’t wait to get into it. Granted, I haven’t been running like I should be (at all) and I know nine and some change miles might be a challenge for me, but I’m really looking forward to meeting up with some BibRave Pros and, obviously, grabbing some tasty snacks at the end of the race.

Look at this haul! I cannot wait to shove my face with all this deliciousness! Obviously I’m going to be really proud of myself for running a 15K with minimal training (I’m going to run tomorrow, I swear), but I also can’t wait for the fun! This year has been all about making running fun again, and I feel like it’s been going well. I’ve done a race every month, although I’ve got three lined up for December, and I’ve had no pressure on me for anything. It’s been great and I’m really looking forward to whatever next year brings.

But first, chocolate.

Use the code BRHCTAMPA19 a free Hot Chocolate running hat

Race Recap: First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon race 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.

When I signed up for this race through BibRave I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I’ve ran a handful of half marathons, was looking for something close to home, and here was this fun coastal race! It helps that it’s sponsored by First Watch, which is my favorite place to brunch after training runs.

I convinced my running buddy to sign up with me and, because she’s such a good friend, she did. There was, of course, the fact that we got to run over a nice sized bridge. Neither one of us are crazy about bridges. We did try to train for this race, and wanted to work in some bridge work, but our best laid plans never really work out. Life got busy and our longest training run was only a 6-miler.

Little did we know that it would all work out just fine.

The night before the race I was prepping to go to bed early. We’d decided to drive up to Sarasota on race morning to save a little cash and not spend too much time away from home. As I was putting the finishes touches on some classwork, Michelle texted me an updated from the race’s official Facebook page saying that the half marathon had been…cancelled.

Well, that put a wrench in our plans!

Some further updates stated that the half marathon and relay had been cancelled, but runners were still welcome to run the 10K, though it was going to end up being a pretty pricey 10K for some.

We decided to just go with our original plan and do the 10K, so I got up at about 3AM and headed to meet Michelle. The drive is a little over and hour and we got there with plenty of time to get our packets and hang out awhile without feeling rushed. There were still a lot of people there and I was grateful that so many still wanted to run! We didn’t get a lot of details about why the half was cancelled, and I know there were people wondering because I was one of them!

I ran into another BibRave Pro at the start and we took a picture and chatted for a bit before the race started. We’d decided to do intervals because that’s what we were comfortable with. It was obviously still dark when we started, but you could definitely tell that the course was going to be a great one. As a native Floridian, I absolutely love the ocean view, even when I’m running a race I can’t help but stop and look at it sometimes.

We started off pretty strong for girls who hadn’t run in a few weeks and were feeling good despite the early morning heat. Once we reached the John Ringling Bridge, things…were still okay? We did a bit of walking up the bridge, but coasted down easily (of course). That was the biggest thing we were worried about and it turned out to be pretty fun! Expect on the way back when our legs were feeling a little like jelly.

As the sun came up, that view started to get to me and I had to stop and snap a few pictures. You can never have too many sunrise-over-the-water pictures, in my opinion.

 

The rest of the race went well, and we even made a few friends on the course. We met another Skirt Sports ambassador and laughed with a few runners about how we didn’t have to run a half marathon and how everyone who signed up for the half and relay got a FULL REFUND!

Once we crossed the finish line we stopped for some pictures on the water and then headed to grab some food. Since First Watch sponsored, I knew there would be some goodness waiting for us and they did not disappoint. We met up with the other pros and took a few more pictures before taking a visit to the beer garden because runners drink beer at 9AM, obviously.

The pizza box is just random. Not ours.

All in all, it was a good race. I know there will still be a lot of speculation about the cancellation, but offering a refund to runners is a big deal. I feel like it was handled very well. I’d love to revisit this race again.

Maybe next time I’ll actually earn that half marathon medal.

First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Here I Come!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon race 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 am so excited to be running the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon in a couple of weeks! I signed up for the race through BibRave and I can’t wait to check out this new-to-me course through Sarasota.

I’m always looking for races close to me and this one checks all the boxes.  The course is right on the water and, as a native Floridian, I’m a sucker for an ocean view. I’ve been training for the past few weeks with my trusty run buddy, Michelle. We haven’t gotten too high in our mileage but we’ve also been busy during the weekends. On this day last year we were running Chicago, but this year’s training has been kind of slow going. I’m not minding it, though!

This course looks great, despite running over the John Ringling Causeway. There aren’t a lot of places to run over bridges around here so I’m definitely not feeling prepared for that. I know that, no matter what, it’ll be a great race. I haven’t run a half since April, but I’m looking forward to trying something new as my race for this month!

The swag looks great, and I’m also excited that the race is partner with Girls on the Run! As a GOTR coach I’m happy to hear that the race will be giving a portion of their registration fees to Girls on the Run, a great program for young girls.

This race is super easy to sign up for, and you can use the code BRSARASOTA19 for $10 off the half and $5 off the relay. I hope you check it out!

 

Gearing Up for the Allstate Hot Chocolate Tampa 15K

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k race 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 am so excited to be representing BibRave at this year’s Hot Chocolate 15K in Tampa on December 15th! I’ve never ran one of these races before, but I’ve seen so many of my friends on social media and it looks amazing! I’m running the race in Tampa, which is just a couple of hours away from me, so I’m definitely stoked for a little mini-vacation in December!

Recently I’ve started training for the Sarasota Half Marathon at the end of October, so being in training mode will hopefully beneficial! The course for the Tampa race is right on the water and it looks similar to the Gasparilla 15K I’ve done in the past, which is a course I love!

If you haven’t ran a Hot Chocolate race (like me), you are seriously missing out on some swag! I’m seriously excited for some of this stuff!

I cannot wait to snack on this!

Check out this tasty medal!

 

This fleece is adorable!

 

Like I said, I’m really excited about this race and I hope people in the Tampa area are ready to party in December!

Use the code BRHCTAMPA19 a free Hot Chocolate running hat

April 2020 – Allstate Hot Chocolate 5k, Here I Come!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Allstate Hot Chocolate 5k race 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!

It’s the end of August, and you know what that means?

People are pushing for it to be FALL. I mean, there are a few of us who are holding on to the last weeks of summer (we’ve still got a month to go, folks) but I’ve seen more and more Facebooks posts/memes calling for Halloween and pumpkin spice.

I get it, I really do. The heat/humidity have been beyond brutal and while I do love summer, I can appreciate slightly cooler temps and the love of fall.

And since we’re pushing things right along on the timeline, can we talk about April 2020? I just registered for my fourth Allstate Hot Chocolate race in Philadelphia!

2019 BibRave crew – Ken, Ryan, Joe, and me

I can’t wait to be there again and I know my BibRave buddies Ken, Becky, Ryan, and Dodie are looking forward to it too!

One of the reasons I love the Allstate Hot Chocolate races is because it’s always a good time. There are always a ton of friends there and it’s always a good time. This race always falls on my birthday weekend so I basically think of it as a huge party for ME!

My friend Ana has been my Hot Chocolate partner in crime for the past couple of years (2018 and 2019) and we can’t wait until 2020. So bring it on, fall. Winter, be kind. And spring? I’ll be waiting for YOU.

If you’re planning on registering for the Philly Allstate Hot Chocolate race, be sure to use code BRHCPHILLY19 and get your free Hot Chocolate running hat with registration. Remember prices go up as time goes along so save yourself moolah if you’re definitely going to be there!

Road Tested: Science in Sport Gels and GIVEAWAY (closed)!

I received Science in Sport (SiS) Gels 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!

It’s mid-July and while nutrition and hydration is important year-round, it’s particular so during the summer months. It’s hot, it’s humid, most of the time, it’s downright stifling.

I’m always looking for the right combination of products to carry me through a long run or grueling workout, which is why I jumped on-board for the Science in Sport (or SiS for short) Gel opt in through BibRave.

Originally I thought we’d only be getting a few packets to try so I was surprised, and happy, to see that we received oodles of gels and even more so when we were encouraged to share with our friends/run groups. I knew just who to bring them to…

Run 856 Turtles

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to try SiS gels, flavors Apple (Isotonic Energy), Lemon Mint (Isotonic Energy), Salted Strawberry (Go Energy and Electrolyte), and Espresso (Go Energy and Double Caffeine).

First let’s talk about consistency. SiS gels aren’t heavy, they go down easy and sit well in my stomach. That important when running, especially in the summer when the heat can sometimes hinder how you feel.

SiS packaging is a bit on the larger side. I’d usually consumed one before I’d workout or if I knew I’d be carrying it with me, I took a larger fuel belt.

Within the past few months I’ve tried them all and far and away, my favorite is Salted Strawberry! It has a smooth consistency and light flavor. The Salted Strawberry GO Energy + Electrolyte Gel is designed to take alongside of fluids.

The Apple and Lemon Mint Isotonic Gels are able to be taken without water and provide a quick boost of carbohydrates for exercise. I especially loved the Lemon Mint flavor.

If next level extra pep in the step is needed, Espresso is the gel of choice. GO Energy + Double Caffeine. The flavor of this one is STRONG and a little overwhelming if you’re not ready for it.

Fellow BibRave Pro, Andrea, suggested chilling these to make it more palatable and it made all of difference for me. I took this about an hour before the gym and I benefited from that caffeine boost. As someone who isn’t a regular coffee drinker, it was especially apparent!

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Now for a bit of fun for YOU! The folks over at SiS have offered to do not one, but TWO giveaways with every single BibRave Pro who tried their products for their followers. How awesome is that? As such, I’ve decided to spread the love and do one here one the blog and one over on Instagram.

If you’d like to enter here, click on the picture above and enter via Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Winning entry will be verified. For another chance to win, stop by this post on Instagram! You may enter either one, the other, or both. US residents only.

If you don’t win the giveaway, use code TRYSIS25 for 25% off at Science in Sport. It works on all items on the site except clearance items.

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We Love You! Race Codes and Discounts!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Mushroom Cap Half Marathon race 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!

Love is in the air!

First off, registration for the Mushroom Cap Half Marathon opened today! I just registered and I’m super stoked for everything this race has to offer. From the half zip pullover swag to the beer garden at the finish of this SATURDAY race (I love a Saturday race!), this is looking amazing.

Of course, the course description says that there are “rolling hills” and we all know what that means.

Also, they’re funny and I like funny.

They’ve got an awesome one day pricing schedule so if you’re in the PA area, you should seriously considering joining me at this race in Kennett Square, PA.

However, if you miss the fabulous pricing, they’re a BibRave partner so you can use code “brmushroom19” for $10 off! Why? Because we love you!

But wait, there’s more. You can always find race codes and gear discounts on ScootaDoot. But if you’re click shy (I don’t know, is that a thing?) here are the current codes. This list is always changing and updating so if you’re looking to save moolah, that link is a great place to swing by and check before you purchase!

February 2019

2/16/2019 – Hot Chocolate Nashville – Nashville, TN

Use code “BRHCNashville” for a free phone armband!

2/17/2019 – Hot Chocolate Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

Use code “BRHCAtlanta” for a free phone armband!

March 2019

3/2/2019 – Back on My Feet Mardi Gras Chaser 5K/10K – Chicago, IL

Use code “BR5OFF” for $5 off either distance!

3/2/2019 – Scottsdale Giant Race presented by Alaska Airlines- Scottsdale, AZ

Use code “WERUNAZ19” for $10 off!

3/3/2019 – 305 Half Marathon & 5K – Miami Beach, FL

Use code “BIBRAVE305” for $10 off the half and $5 off the 5K!

3/3/2019 – Livermore Valley Half Marathon & 5K – Livermore, CA

Use code “BRLIVVIP” for 10% off!

3/3/2019 – Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon – Napa, CA

Use code “19NVMRAVE10OFF” for $10 off.

3/3/2019 – Hot Chocolate Seattle – Seattle, WA

Use code “BRHCSeattle” for a free phone armband!

3/8- 9/2019- Zooma Women’s Race Series  – Texas Lost Pines – Bastrop, TX

Use code “ZOOMABR15” for 15% off race events!

3/15-17/2019 – Portland Shamrock Run – Portland, OR

Use code “SHAMROCKBR10” for 15% off!

3/17/2019  – Tobacco Road Marathon & Half Marathon – Cary, NC
Use code “trmrave19” for $20 off!

3/24/2019 – Oakland Running Festival – Oakland, CA

Use code “OaklandRave19” good for 10% off!

3/24/2019 – Hot Chocolate San Diego – San Diego, CA

Use code “BRHCSanDiego” for a free phone armband!

3/24/2019 – Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K – Chicago, IL

Use code “2019SSBIBRAVE” for $10 at this link: http://haku.ly/66b5ed9c

3/30/2019 – Hot Chocolate Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

Use code “BRHCIndy” for a free phone armband!

3/31/2019 – Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon – Philadelphia, PA

Use code “LOVEBR10” for 10% off!

I’ll be at the Philly Hot Chocolate 5k!

April 2019

4/6/2019 – Hot Chocolate Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

Use code “BRHCPhilly” for a free phone armband!

4/6/2019 – Milwaukee Marathon – Milwaukee, WI

Use code “RUN15” for 15% off any of the three distances!

4/6/2019 – Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Run & Mud Run: Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ

Use code “RUN10” for 10% off!

4/6/2019 – Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K – Savannah, GA

Use code “BIBSAV20” for 20% off!

4/7/2019 – Statesman Cap10K – Austin, TX

Use code “BibRave2019Cap10K” for $5 off!

4/13/2019 – Tar Heel 10 Miler & Fleet Feet Sports 4 Miler

Use code “TARHEELBR10” for 15% off!

4/13/2019 – Blue Ridge Marathon – Roanoke, VA

Use code “BLUERIDGEBIBRAVE” for 20% off!

4/13/2019 – Hot Chocolate Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN

Use code “BRMINN19” for a free phone armband!

4/14/2019 – Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – Waikiki Beach, HI

Use code “BR-HAPALUA” for 10% off!

4/14/2019 – Rutgers Unite Half Marathon & 8K

Use code “UNITEBR10” for 15% off.

4/20/2019 – Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Run & Mud Run: Florida – Dade City, FL

Use code “RUN10” for 10% off!

4/25-27/2019 –  IL Marathon- Champaign-Urbana, IL

Use code “bibraveillinois2019” for $5 off!

4/27/2019 – Hot Chocolate Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY

Use code “BRBKLYN” for a free phone armband!

4/28/2019 – Ravenswood 5K – Chicago, IL

Use code “RAVENSBR” for a FREE item!

4/28/2019 – New Jersey Marathon – Oceanport, NJ

Use code “NJMBIBRAVE19” for $5 off any distance (5K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Marathon Relay).

4/28/2019 – Silicon Valley Half Marathon – San Jose, CA

Use code “BIBRAVE” for 10% off!

4/28/2019 – Delaware Marathon – Wilmington, DE

Use code “DelawareRave19” for 10% off!

May 2019

5/3-5/2019 – Wildflower Experience – Bradley, CA

Use code “WILDBR10” for 15% off with these links:

Run Link: https://wfexp.com/bibrave

Tri Link: https://wfexp.com/bibravetri

5/4/2019 – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – Indianapolis, IN

Use code “JoinMe2019” for $5 off (good thru 4/5/19).

5/4-5/2019 – Eau Claire Marathon – Eau Claire, WI

Use code “Bibrave10” for $10 off the Marathon, Half Marathon or 4 Person Marathon Relay

Use code “Bibrave5” for $5 off the 5K & Kids’ Run

5/4-5/2019 – Cinco De Miler – Chicago, IL

Use code “BRCINCO19” for a FREE ITEM!

5/10-11/2019 – Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon (Destination Races) – Solvang, CA

Use code “SBBR10” for 15% off!

5/18/2019 – Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon – Harper’s Ferry, WV

Use code “BIBRAVE5WV” for $5 off!

5/19/2019 – Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon – Chicago, IL

Use code “BRCHISPRING19” for $10 off half/$5 off 10K!

5/25/2019 – Run Madtown presented by SSM Health – Madison, WI

Use code “RAVENSAVE” for 10% off (excludes kid’s race).

5/25/2019 – Soldier Field 10-miler

Use code “BRSOLDIER19” for a FREE ITEM!

5/26/2019 – Vermont City Marathon – Burlington, VT

Use code “BibRave10” for $10 off!

June 2019

6/1-2/2019 – North Olympic Discovery Marathon – Port Angeles, WA

Use code “BibRave629” for 5% off!

6/2/2019 – Run for the Zoo – Chicago, IL

Use code “BIBRAVE” for 10% off!

6/2/2019 – North Shore Half Classic – Chicago, IL

Use code “BRNS19” for a FREE ITEM!

6/8/2019 – The Governor’s Cup – Helena, MT

Use code “GovCupRave19” for 10% off!

6/22/2019 – Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, MN

Use code “BIBRAVE10” for $10 off!

6/22/2019 – Big Foot Tri – Lake Geneva, WI

Use code “BRBFT19” for a FREE ITEM!

6/28-30/2019 – Missoula Marathon – Missoula, MT

Use code “BibRave19” for $5 off!

July 2019

7/20-21/2019 – New Jersey State Triathlon – West Windsor, NJ

Use code “NJSTBR10” for 15% off.

7/24/2019 – Life Time Torchlight 5K – Minneapolis, MN

Use code “RUNWITHFIRE19” for 10% off registration!

August 2019

8/11/2019 – Oaktown Half Marathon – Oakland, CA

Use code “BROAKVIP” for 10% off.

8/17/2019 – Madison Mini-Marathon Half Marathon & 5K – Madison, WI

Use code “BIBRAVE5” for $5 off.

8/24/-25/2019 – Santa Rosa Marathon – Santa Rosa, CA

Use code “SAVE10″ for 10% off!

8/25/2019 – Fort2Base – Fort Sheridan, IL

Use code “BRP19” for 10% off (effective 2/1)

September 2019

9/6-8/2019 – San Francisco Giant Race presented by Alaska Airlines – San Francisco, CA

Use code “WERUNSF19” for $10 off!

9/8/2019 – Run Mag Mile – Chicago, IL

Use code “BIBRM19” for a FREE ITEM!

9/14/2019- Zooma Women’s Race Series  – Great Lakes – Lake Geneva, WI

Use code “ZOOMABR15” for 15% off race events!

9/14-15/2019 – Nautica Malibu Triathlon –  Malibu, CA

Use code “MALIBUBR10” for 10% off.

9/21-22/2019 – Surf City 10 – Huntington Beach, CA

Use code “SC10BR10” for 15% off.

9/29/2019 – Chicago Half Marathon & 5K – Chicago, IL

Use code “BRCHIHALF19” for $10 off the Half, $5 off the 5K.

9/29/2019- Zooma Women’s Race Series  – Cape Cod – Falmouth, MA

Use code “ZOOMABR15” for 15% off race events!

October 2019

10/6/2019 – Bucktown 5k – Chicago, IL

Use code “BRBT19” for a FREE ITEM!

10/6/2019 – Freedom’s Run – Shepherdstown, WV

Use code “BIBRAVE5WV” for $5 off!

10/11-13/2019 –  jetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon – Long Beach, CA

Use code “LBMBR10” for 15% off.

10/19/2019 – Pumpkins in the Park – Chicago, IL

Use code “BRP19” for a FREE ITEM!

10/19-20/2019 – Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam – Louisville, KY

Use code “BourbonRave2019” for 10% off (starting Feb. 1)!

10/19-20/2019- Zooma Women’s Race Series  – Amelia Island – Amelia Island, FL

Use code “ZOOMABR15” for 15% off race events!

10/19-20/2019 – Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon – Detroit, MI

Use code “2019DETROCKS” for 10% off!

10/19/2019 – Kansas City Marathon – Kansas City, MO

Use code “BIBRAVE2019KCM” for 15% off!

10/20/2019 – Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo – Durham, NC

Use code “BCRFBR10” for 10% off.

10/20/2019 – First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon – Sarasota, FL

Use code “BRSARASOTA19” for $10 off half and relay and $5 off 10K!

10/26/2019 – Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (Destination Races) – Geyserville, CA

Use code “HEALDSBR10” for 10% off!

November 2019

11/2/2019 – Mushroom Cap Half Marathon – Kennett Square, PA

Use code “brmushroom19” for $10 off!

11/1-2/2019- Zooma Women’s Race Series  – Texas Wine Country – Fredericksburg, TX

Use code “ZOOMABR15” for 15% off race events!

11/10/2019 – Madison Marathon – Madison, WI

Use code “BRMSN19” for 10% off the half or full marathon!

11/28/2019 – North Shore Turkey Trot – Highland Park, IL

Use code “BRNSTT19” for a FREE ITEM!

Gear Discount Codes

Zwift – Use code “BibRave15” for 15% off the cost of the Zwift RunPod at Zwift.com. It is good for 1000 Pods.

Food Groove Mission – Use code “BIBRAVE15” for 15% off an entire order. One use per customer.

Go forth, save money and run happy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

sNOw Problem

Disclaimer: I received free entry to 305 Half Marathon race 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 knew it was too good to be true. Here in New Jersey, our mild winter has shifted right into the cold weather we are used to having this time of year.

Not only did we have snow over the weekend but this coming weekend’s forecast predicts not one but TWO more snowstorms headed our way.

No, thank you.

What’s a girl to do? Oh, that’s right, have a warm weather contingency plan!

As Ash alluded to in her post, it was not very difficult to talk me into coming to Florida to run this race. In fact, I think she just said, “I’m considering the 305 Half Marathon in Miami with BibRave.” That’s all it took; I immediately started looking at travel plans.

My parents live in South Florida so it’s very convenient for me to fly down there and stay with them (And they love having me – even though I’m not bringing my kids along.) (…I think).

I’ll be down there for a long weekend and back in time for family activities up yonder way. I’m hoping that I get the chance to visit with some of my Florida family as well. Even though it’s a short visit, I have a ton of extended family down there.

Registration was quick and easy through Athlinks. I’m automatically added to the start list, which is pretty cool and I’m looking forward to getting my results through them as well. Always nice to have things organized in all one spot.

Of course this means that I probably need to start getting some more long runs in. I’ve been running every day between 1-4 miles. But I’m thinking a couple of longer runs will only help matters when it comes to a half.

Ashley and I are ready to PR in fun with this one and with a generous 16 minute mile pace, I’m more than confident in our abilities.

This was the last time we ran a race together but we didn’t actually run together. It’s been a hot minute!

Want to escape to the warmer weather too? You can use the code BIBRAVE305 and take $10 off the half or $5 off the 5K!

Are you a fan of snow or would you rather be basking in the sunshine on the beach?

Zwift Runpod – Interactive Treadmill Experience

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Runpod at The Running Event 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!

It seems that there are two types of runners in this world: those who HATE the treadmill and those who don’t.

While some people find the treadmill to be monotonous, I’m actually a big fan of the treadmill. I’m not sure why I don’t consider it the “dreadmill” like most people do – maybe it’s because I became a runner on the treadmill. From my very first mile to my first long run, it happened in my basement, on the treadmill.

Which is why I was beyond stoked to learn about the Zwift Runpod opt in through BibRave. Well, actually, my first thought was: What the heck is a Zwift Runpod? 

But as soon as I found out, I was really pumped!

Zwift was originally a cycling trainer program, released in 2014. At the beginning of 2018, Zwift introduced a running experience to the virtual game and it’s been gaining traction ever since.

There are a few ways to participate in Zwift’s treadmill game.

  1. A fancy Bluetooth treadmill that connects to the app. (I don’t have said treadmill, mine is standard regulation.)
  2. A Runpod which has Bluetooth to connect to the app. This is what was provided for the BibRave Pros who opted into this experience.

Additionally you’ll need iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac/PC to run the Zwift app and Zwift Companion app, if taking part in group runs.

I received the Zwift Runpod just before leaving for The Running Event in Austin, Texas in November so I didn’t have much time to play with it before then.

However, the folks from Zwift hosted a Welcome Reception for the BibRave Pros at The Running Event and it was there that I got a full understanding of the capabilities of Zwift.

Four BibRave Pros in attendance at The Running Event were chosen to run in a Zwift BibRave group run. The rest of the virtual people participating in the 3.1 mile group run were BibRave Pros across the country (and maybe even the world – we have a few Pros in different countries).

At this event the treadmills were Bluetooth enabled. As you can see, Chris and Brenda’s have iPads in front of them, which were hooked into big screens so everyone in the room was able to see the game.

The four runners took turns on the treadmills, making their way through the virtual world of Watopia along side of the other BibRave Pros.

We had the opportunity to chat with the Zwift representatives and ask questions. They suggested calibrating the pace of yourself, the treadmill, and the Runpod so that the game could get a sense of metrics.

It was so much fun to cheer Vanessa, Brenda, Chris, and Lindsay at the event and see how the app worked. It’s gave me a good sense of how the virtual running world worked and I looked forward to trying my own Zwift Runpod out once I got home.

We had a BibRave Tempo Run workout scheduled for mid-December but I wanted to get used to the app so I tried out the Zwift Runpod a few times prior.

Unfortunately, I had trouble with the connectivity of the Runpod at home. I was able to calibrate it but then mid-run my avatar would stop running and either stand there or stretch.

I wasn’t sure how things would go during the 2.62 BibRave Tempo Run but I planned to at least start with the group and try.

While I was running during the Tempo Run, the same thing happened. I jumped out of the Companion App and over to the regular Zwift App to see if re-calibrating would help but when I returned to the Companion App, I was locked out of the run.

Waittttt for me!

I was bummed that the BibRave Run was a bust for me but more determined than ever that I would get this to work for me. Type A personality shining through, I know.

The Zwift app has a figure 8 course that you can jump right on or you can choose a session that you’d like to run. I decided to try different things with the Runpod, including switching it from my left shoe to my right, making sure that it was facing a certain direction, and also focusing on shorter runs.

While my runner stopped a few times, I was usually able to get her back moving again by stepping off the belt and back on.

With all the stopping and starting, it doesn’t give me a true sense of time it takes for a workout so I don’t feel like my pace is “true”. Over the past three days I ran in “NYC” for a half mile, did an “easy walk/run” session, and did “The Hills Are Alive” workout.

I was two hills down, one to go during “The Hills Are Alive” when the pod lost the signal. Frustrated, I called for my engineer husband because I thought he might be able to assist me in figuring out what to do.

We took the Runpod off my shoe and found that it was blinking red. We switched the provided lithium CR-2032 battery and I was able to finish my workout.

Speaking of my husband, I was telling him how difficult it was to see everything on my phone screen while running. Staring down at the tiny screen perched precariously on the ledge of my treadmill wasn’t cutting it. He was able to hook it into the HDMI TV I have over my treadmill. This is a game changer!

There is chat capability with others on the course but I’m in no way skilled enough to run and type.

In summary, I love the concept of the Zwift Run app and I really want to get it working consistently for me. Once I do, I’d like to plan a few virtual runs with fellow BibRave Pros (or anyone else who has a Zwift account). I have so many friends that are not close by in proximity but who I love running with and this would be a great way to run “together.” If you want to give it a try, code “BibRave15″ to get 15% off the cost of the Zwift Runpod from Zwift.com.

I’ll keep you all posted on how things go as we head into 2019!

Zwift BibRave Pro Reviews: Matt, Jenn, Steph, Mai, Lissa, Lisa, Andrea, Tedrick, Corey, Jen, Jessica