A Holiday Giving Guide for Animals in Need

In the rush of the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the bustle of parties, shopping for gifts, and travelling – the general places to go, things to do and people to see. But giving is definitely better than receiving, and the spirit of the season reaches beyond the commercialism that we can all sometimes get swept up in. There are several gift guides you can consult for the people in your life based on their interests, but I’d like to present a different type of gift guide: a giving guide for animals in need. I’d encourage you to consider opening your generosity to an animal in need this holiday season. Below are Dallas-based and national animal welfare organizations that could greatly benefit from your support. Dallas Area Organizations Dallas Pets Alive! Dallas Pets Alive! is an all-volunteer rescue group located in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. They focus on helping the healthy and treatable pets who are at risk of euthanasia at the Dallas Animal Services, by rescuing the pets at greatest risk and helping owners who are having problems so great that they need to surrender their pet(s) to a shelter. If you are local to DFW, below...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon

Just three short weeks after the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Remix Challenge, I headed down to San Antonio for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio half marathon. Three weeks wasn’t enough time to completely turn around my (lack of) a training schedule. I had the chance to run a few times in between the races, but it wasn’t enough time to really build up my endurance. At least I knew the weather had to better than it was in Las Vegas! And I would receive a Groupie heavy medal for completing four Rock ‘n’ Roll events within a calendar year, woo hoo! This also was my first visit to San Antonio. We drove down Friday night after work and checked into the Westin Riverwalk. It was after midnight when we checked in so we headed straight to bed. Saturday morning we went to the expo for packet pickup and some shopping. Since we had just been at the expo in Las Vegas, I wasn’t tempted by as many items and got out without too much damage to my wallet. We spent the rest of Saturday with a visit to the Alamo and dining along the Riverwalk. Before heading out...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

After Friday’s night 5k, we headed back to the hotel for dinner, shower and sleep. It’s not the typical Las Vegas agenda you may think of, but I’ve been to the city numerous time for business and pleasure that I’m not really lured in by Sin City’s other attractions when in town for the Remix Challenge. Running is the focus of the weekend. The most planning required for the half marathon is the fueling and nutrition plan. Since this half marathon takes place in the evening – as opposed to early in the morning like almost every other race – getting the nutrition right is the most key element to preparation. My plan was to visit the The Buffet at Aria around 9 am for a nutritious breakfast slightly heavier than usual, then a light lunch around 2 pm, and gels/bars as needed prior to race starting close to 4:30 pm. At the buffet, I had eggs, fruit, yogurt and a muffin. For lunch I had a medium sized grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and a few sweet potato fries. It had sounded like a good plan initially, but I realized my plan of eating “just a little bit more...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k

I returned to Las Vegas for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge after having such a fun time last year. We flew in Friday night and checked into the Vdara. I really like the City Center hotels because of their location. We had an awesome corner suite room with a full size fridge and washer and dryer, which came in very handy for the runcation! So admittedly, I’ve done nothing since Ironman Augusta 70.3. I was on such a post-race high that I couldn’t fathom slowing down. But then a week went by, and I realized how nice it was to get more sleep, not rush from work to the gym to home, and to spend time with my loved ones again. And then a week turned into two weeks. And then several “life” events occurred… and before I knew it, it was time to get on the plane to head to Vegas. Woops! It certainly wasn’t an ideal way to prepare for this race weekend, but I knew I would be able to get through it. We got a few winks of sleep Friday night and then hit the expo on Saturday morning. I always try to reign it...
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Product Review: 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights and a Discount

Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights 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! Quick poll. How do you pronounce the brand name 2XU? Two X You Two Times You Two Multiplies You Two By You I would mumble something indiscernible Confession: I did not know how to pronounce this brand’s name until a few months ago. The correct way to pronounce the Australian based company’s name is “Two Times You.” Over the past month I had the opportunity to review a pair of the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights. The timing was perfect with my increased training right before Ironman Augusta 70.3, and I planned on wearing them for recovery after tough workouts. If you’re wondering why I jumped at the chance to wear extremely tight pants*, then let me quickly provide you with an overview of compression gear. My fellow Bib Rave Pro Tom of Runs and Places has outlined the benefits of compression for runners. To summarize, wearing compression gear while you run helps: Push de-oxygenated blood from your muscles through your veins and back to your heart more quickly. Dilate your...
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My First Half Ironman – Race Report: Ironman Augusta 70.3

Pre-Race The day was finally here! It was a very early morning. I had my first snack of the morning and cup of coffee, then we all headed out together for the long day. My dad dropped me off as close as possible to transition, and I went in and set up. I made sure to give myself plenty of time so I didn’t feel rushed or get panicked. I hopped on the shuttle over to the race start and chatted with fellow racers. When I got off the shuttle, I was luckily able to find my family very quickly and easily perched on top of the hill. I was in wave 19 out of 26. The first wave started at 7:30 am and I didn’t start until 8:42 am. So I had plenty of time to hang out with my family, use the restroom, stretch, eat my nutrition and put on my wetsuit. It was very overcast, humid and slightly cool, but I would take that over heat any day. I watched each wave line up until I decided it was time to line up. My family sent me away with hugs and I walked down to line up....
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The Taper and Road to Augusta

So I’m actually post-Ironman Augusta 70.3, but I had wanted to capture my thoughts the final days before I left for Georgia so I’m doing a backdated blog. Because it’s my blog and I can do what I want 🙂 I had heard from several friends about the magical and mysterious taper. It was supposed to be a time when training drastically slowed down, things in your mind went crazy, and you would likely get sick. Well I was looking forward to training slowing down, but I wasn’t about to let those last two things to happen. My schedule had me running 11 miles two weeks before Ironman Augusta 70.3. Ugh. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. It was mid-September and still hot as all get out in Dallas. I decided I would loop White Rock Lake which is 9 miles, and then tack on an extra out 1 mile, back 1 mile to reach my 11 miles. I strapped on my Hydrapak and headed out for the lake around 9 am. I made my way around the lake listening to my music, saying hello to a few folks, stopping at the dog park for a stretch, and generally...
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Product Review: Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless headphones 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! Many runners and gym-goers are very attached to their tunes and the devices that help them rock out while working out. While there are many cases for and against listening to music while running, I choose to listen to music during most training runs and races when allowed at low to medium volume. For safety purposes, I always keep the volume down enough that I can hear cyclists, cars, and others out on trails and streets. And public service announcement – if others can hear your music blaring form your headphones, it is too loud. Turn down for what? Because you’re hurting your eardrums and can’t hear what is going on around you. I had tried a pair of wireless headphones a few years ago, but had a heck of time getting them paired for each use, they never held a charge, and didn’t fit comfortably in my ears. The small earbuds constantly fell out and it was frustrating to continuously have to catch them and reinsert...
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