Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas half marathon 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 have a long history with Rock n’ Roll races. I love the big expos, the atmosphere and the management of this race series. I was excited to run the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon for the 4th time this year! Unfortunately, my excitement didn’t translate into a steady training plan. Life challenges got in the way and quite frankly I wasn’t motivated to put the time and energy into training like I have in the past. I know I can get through a half marathon, so I subconsciously put myself in that troubled state.  I accepted my poor preparation and made a race plan of alternating walking and running as I needed to and trying to enjoy my time on the course. I decided to take DART on race day so I wasn’t stressed about finding parking. Gear check was a breeze and there were adequate restroom facilities pre-race. The best serendipitous event occurred pre-race when I bumped into a dear friend I haven’t...
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Race Report: Hot Chocolate Dallas 5k

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Hot Chocolate 5k Dallas 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! My first race of 2018 was the Hot Chocolate 5k in Dallas, Texas. This was my third year running this series (read about my experience in 2015 and 2017). I keep returning for the laidback environment and the swag! The expo was held in Fair Park over two days. My biggest complaint about this packet pickup location is that we have to pay for parking. The organizers make you aware of this before the race, but it’s still frustrating. I breezed through packet pickup with my custom QR code, refilled my Nuun stock, and enjoyed some of the tasty treats. Race morning was chilly and perfect running weather. Unlike the expo, parking is free on race morning. I followed the tips on avoiding traffic provided by the organizers, but unfortunately it took me over an hour to get through the traffic and park! I was pretty stressed since I got to the start line well after I intended. I parked and then ran the mile from the...
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Pura Vida: Visiting La Fortuna and San Jose in Costa Rica

After completing our time with REI Adventures (read that post first), my mom and I were on our own for the second half of our Costa Rican adventure. Day 6: Travel from Liberia to La Fortuna We picked up our rental car at the Liberia airport and started driving to La Fortuna, a small city in Alajuela next to the famous Arenal volcano. I rented an AirBnB so we could have access to a washer and dryer and a kitchen. After an exhaustive day of travel, we got situated and had dinner in La Fortuna. Today was our first experience ordering food without our guide and translator, and I was really proud of being able to complete the transactions mostly in Spanish! Day 7: Waterfall rappelling, canyoning and hiking I woke up early to get picked up by Pure Trek Adventures for a morning waterfall rappelling experience. I read about this adrenaline-pumping activity on MyTanFeet.com (thanks Sammi and Yeison!) and knew I had to do it. I am so glad I did! It was thrilling and beautiful. The adventure included 4 rappels (3 waterfalls and one rock wall), a Monkey Drop (zip line and rappel), rock climbing, and hiking on beautiful trails...
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Pura Vida: Visiting Rincon de la Vieja and Playa Carrillo in Costa Rica

¡Hola and Feliz Año Nuevo! I’m back in Dallas ready to start 2018 and am fresh off my big adventure to Costa Rica! Several months ago, my mom and I decided to take our yearly mother-daughter adventure to Costa Rica and opted to travel with REI Adventures.  This was my first experience with an organized travel company and letting go of the reins for planning, and I am so glad I did! The value was exceptional, and I don’t think we could have seen as much or done as many activities without being part of the guide-led group. We often ordered meals ahead so they were ready for us when we arrived at the restaurant, travel was taken care of with a personal bus, and we were moved ahead of individual travelers for some activities. We lucked out by having two other families on our group – one was a family of five from Chicago and one was a family of four from New York City. Our collective group was supportive and fun and we all got along great! Below is a recap of the first half of my Costa Rican trip visiting Rincon de la Vieja and Playa Carrillo. Day...
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Product Review: AfterShokz Trekz Air

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air 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!   After reviewing a pair of the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium, I was given the opportunity to test the Trekz Air – the newest generation of wireless, bone conduction headphones from AfterShokz. I was truly curious how they stacked up against the Trekz Titanium and I put them to the test over several weeks. The Features: Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds A 20% lighter build than its counterpart A new organic design delivers increased comfort Complete wraparound titanium design provides a flexible fit for unnoticeable all-day comfort and stability OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass Bluetooth® v4.2 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge EQ presets boost bass and reduce...
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Product Review: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Titanium to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!   I have seen a lot of fellow runners raving about the AfterShokz Trekz Titatinium on social media channels, so I was pumped when I received the opportunity to test them out. My current pair of wireless headphones have recently been giving me severe discomfort when I wear them longer than an hour, so I was excited to try a pair of open ear design headphones that don’t sit inside the ear canal in the hopes they would alleviate that issue. The Specs: Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather Enjoy six hours of continuous music...
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Running and Walking Safety Tips and a Knuckle Lights Review

Disclaimer: I received Knuckle Lights Colors 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! During periods of low light or darkness, it’s important to be safe and be seen when running or walking outside. You want to make yourself as visible as possible to vehicles and other pedestrians.  Safety tips for cyclists vary, so in this post I will focus on saftety tips for pedestrians. Running and Walking Safety Tips Wear clothing and gear with reflective details. Add additional reflective elements, including a headlamp, blinking taillights, a safety vest, and Knuckle Lights. Keep reading for my review. Walk or run with a friend. Carry ID and medical insurance information with you. Don’t wear regular headphones or ear buds in both ears, or use AfterShokz Trekz bone conduction headphones Stay alert. Be on the lookout for vehicles, people and wildlife that could pose potential threats. Knuckle Lights Colors Review With a focus on safety, I was excited when BibRave reached out with an opportunity to test the Knuckle Lights Colors. These small, handheld units slip over your knuckles and provide a wide beam of steady,...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon 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!   After the 5k on Saturday, it was time for the half marathon on Sunday. This year featured a brand-new stadium-to-stadium course from the University of Washington Husky Stadium to CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks. I opted to take the Link light rail from downtown to the University of Washington for the start, since I only needed one way transportation. I showed up to the train station and let the first train pass because it was unsafely over-packed with runners. I waited for the second train and had to jostle my way for space. When we made it to the UW station, it also became an unsafe experience with so many riders spilling out of the over packed trains and flooding the escalators. Things were not off to a great start… I finally made it to the start line area with about 40-45 minutes until race started. This was later than I wanted to be there, but due to the issues with the trains...
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