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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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle 5k

I returned to Seattle for my second visit of the year for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Remix Challenge. For the first time ever, the Seattle race added a 5k on Saturday so I got to participate in the inaugural 5k and earn some extra bling. My best friend met me in Seattle and ran her first Rock ‘n’ Roll race for the 5k. I’m hoping I have introduced her to the addiction of the Rock ‘n’ Roll series and that she’ll join me for more in the future 😊 The 5k took place outside of the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Since we were staying in downtown Seattle, we took a Lyft to and from the race. I think this was a good choice and it made it easy getting to and from the race. Prior to lining up in our corral, I got to meet fellow BibRave Pro Justin of May the Course Be With You. I love getting to meet fellow Pros at races across the country! The course was out and back next to the Museum of Flight, which was flat and not very scenic. I also got to cross paths with another BibRave Pro and local...
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Adorable Adoptable: Fitz the Chihuahua / Min Pin Mix

This spunky little guy has stolen my whole heart, and I am sure he will steal yours as well! I signed up to foster Fitz and help him get through heartworm treatment and find his forever family. Heartworm disease is a non-contagious and treatable condition in dogs, so we are providing him the love and care he needs while completing treatment. Even though Fitz is currently undergoing medical treatment, he still is the spunkiest little guy. He loves Gracie and prefers to be glued to her side. They enjoy snoozing, playing, and doing zoomies together, so clearly he is very dog friendly. He walks well on a leash and can go for fairly long walks. When Fitz tires out, he is more than happy to snuggle up with his canine and human friends. Fitz is building his audience and is well on his way to being an Instagram star. Follow along his adventures at @fitzdigsdallas. Fitz is available for adoption through Dallas Pets Alive! To fill out an adoption application for Fitz, visit their website. All Dallas Pets Alive! adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccines upon adoption.1

OOFOS OOmg Slip-On Shoe Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg low shoes 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 walk several miles each day with my cute pup, Gracie, so having a pair of comfortable shoes that are easy to get on and off is extremely important. I am also currently fostering a handsome young Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix named Fitz, so I find myself out and about several times a day and walking several miles. Recently I received another fantastic BibRave Pro opportunity to test the newly release OOFOS OOmg shoes.   The Brand: OOFOS was started by a group of friends that saw a need for footwear that could help those on their feet for long periods recover. The athletic and support shoe industry focuses on rebound and energy return; OOFOS focuses on absorbing shock and recovery. While OOFOS has had sandal styles available for several years, the OOmg model is the company’s first fully closed shoe.  The Specs: OOFOS are constructed from a unique and proprietary, closed cell foam named OOfoam. OOfoam absorbs 37% more shock than EVA, the traditional footwear foam. A patented...
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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! Hi, my name is Allison and I’m a chocoholic. Any event that rewards you with chocolate is an event I want to be a part of. via GIPHY I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k Dallas for the first time in 2015. I had such a great time, I knew I wanted to return this year so I signed up and set my first race of 2017. Since Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas this past November, I took an extended break from training and racing. It was only three months, but it was the longest break I had from structured training and racing in the past three years. I spent the time focusing on other life things – two biggies being that I moved and changed jobs. Good changes, but changes that I needed to focus my time and energy on. As a result, my training has been a lot less structured and I find myself working out when and how I want to. It’s a nice change...
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Running With Your Dog

Disclaimer: I received a Stunt Puppy Stunt RunnerTM leash 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!” My best girl Gracie is my favorite running partner. Seeing the happiness on her face and that huge tongue flopping out of her mouth fills me with joy. If you are ready to begin running with your four-legged partner, below are some tips on running with your dog. Training A few years ago, I decided Gracie needed to work on her endurance so I enlisted her in a Couch to 5k training program. I was her coach and accountability partner and safely eased her mileage up. Just like humans, they need a safe training plan to begin building endurance. Pacing I emphasize this as the most important factor to consider when running with your dog. If your dog is slowing down, then you need to slow down. It is imperative that you pay attention to their body language, breathing, and energy level while running together. Do not tug at your dog to keep running or run faster. If they need a break, then take a break. Certainly...
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Rudy Project Sterling Helmet Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a Rudy Project Sterling helmet 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 the homestretch of training for Ironman Augusta 70.3, I received a Rudy Project Sterling helmet to test and review. It was perfect timing! The Brand: Rudy Project was created in 1985 by Rudy Barbazza in Treviso, Italy. has a very good reputation in the active industry for creating quality sunglasses, helmets, goggle and more. The Specs: The Rudy Project Sterling was designed with the aid of an Italian hat craftsman to provide the upmost in comfort and safety. Very lightweight at only 310 grams/ 10.64 ounces for the small/medium, and 343 grams/12.10 ounces for the large size. Equipped with 18 vents to allow for optimal airflow. Removable and adjustable three position comfort head ring. Adjustable RSR7 point retention system to secure the helmet to your head and prevent it from detaching from your head. Fastex® buckle closure system, which consists of a smile snap-lock buckle that is ergonomically shaped and ensures maximum stability. Integrated and removable visor, which protects the face against knocks and scratches caused by...
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Race Report: The Return to Ironman Augusta 70.3

The Journey and the Taper Training and planning for a 70.3 distance triathlon is not for the faint of heart. In January, I registered for Ironman Augusta 70.3 with the goal of beating my time on the course from 2015. But as 2016 progressed, I suffered injuries and illnesses, moved, experienced drastic family and personal changes, moved offices and had an evolving role at work. To say I’ve been stretched thin is an understatement. But I had made the commitment to Ironman Augusta 70.3, so I was determined to see the training and race through. Fortunately, I didn’t experience any major taper tantrums or freakouts this year. I think having this race under my belt gave me quite a bit of extra assurance knowing what I was getting myself into. I welcomed the decrease in volume so I could focus on last-minute logistics and turn to the mental preparation. Like last year, I chose to drove the 950 miles each way from Dallas to Augusta. I left on Wednesday and arrived in Augusta on Thursday. Waiting for the athlete check-in to open on Friday afternoon led me to get a bit stir crazy and give Snoop another wash, but at...
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