Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Review: Under Armour Sonic HOVR Shoes


Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonic 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 get blisters.  

Anyone who knows me, has probably heard me talk about my right foot blisters.  Seriously, every time I run more than three miles, I get a blister over the old blister.  If I run five miles, I will get a really good blister, usually filled with blood.  If I run a half marathon, I will get two rather large blisters.  By mid-August, my right pointer toenail will be dead.  I have tried different brands and sizes of shoes.  In fact, prior to testing the UA HOVR Sonic shoe, I was wearing men's shoes because of the larger toe box.  I have coated my feet in different body glides.  I have even used corn starch!  

Then I tested the women's UA HOVR Sonic shoe.  The shoe offers a soft knit lace-up area, which allows for a snug fit throughout the foot and a compression-like feel.  The shoe is lightweight and is very breathable. 

I started off my testing with small miles.  I ran a hot two miles around Michigan State University campus.  So far, so good.  No blister, which did not really surprise me as I only ran a couple of miles.  The real test would be a five mile or half marathon run.  

I tried the shoes for a four mile run the very next day.  Everything was good.  No new pains and no new blisters!  Then I ran with them for a few more runs (three, four, five and eight miles at a time).  Still feeling good and starting to get used to the lightweight neutral supportive shoe.  Then I ran a half marathon and I still do not have any new blisters!  My feet and legs are still feeling good.

Can it really be?  Can it be that I have finally found the shoe?  The UA HOVR Sonic shoe is the only shoe that has not given me blisters!  I am ready to declare, now that I have made the official switch!  

The shoe really does make the difference and for me, I'm sticking with UA HOVR Sonic! 

Things to look forward to:  Some UA HOVR Sonic shoes are equipped with UA’s Record Sensor™ and will pair to your phone.  Read:  Shoes will sync with a running app.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Saving Money on Race Registrations

BibRave Race Discount Codes



BibRave is a running community that connects runners with the best races. It's the place to research races you’re considering signing up for, and a place to leave feedback on races you’ve completed. BibRave is also a way for races and running brands to connect with socially savvy runners - through their popular weekly Twitter chat, #BibChat, and our large ambassador network - BibRave Pros.
The list below captures all of the current active BibRave partner race discount codes. Use the codes below to receive discounts on registration for partner races. Visit https://www.bibrave.com/ for more information and contact info@bibrave.com with any questions!

July 2018

7/13-15/2018 - Missoula Marathon - Missoula, MT
Use code “BibRave18” to save $5 on race entry!

7/13/2018 - Under Armour Mountain Running Series: Copper Mountain - Copper Mountain, CO
Use code “BIBRAVE20” to save 20% on race entry!

7/18/2018- Torchlight 5K - Minneapolis, MN
Use code “TORCH18”  for $5 off!

7/21-22/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago - Chicago, IL
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Half Marathon!

August 2018

8/4/2018 - Salinas Valley Half Marathon - Carmel, CA
Use code “BIBRAVE10” to save $10 off at https://bsim.info/SVHMbibrave

8/12/2018 - BTN Big 10K- Chicago, IL
Use code “BIBRAVE” for 10% off the 10K or 5K.

8/12/2018 - Oaktown Half Marathon - Oakland, CA
Use code “bibravevip” to save $10 on race entry.

8/26/2018 - Fort 2 Base - Fort Sheridan, IL
Use code "BIBPRO18" for 10% off the 10NM or 3NM (not valid on military pricing).

September 2018

9/1-2/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Half Marathon!

9/8/2018 - The Great Pumpkin Run - Lansing
Unique URL to register: http://ow.ly/jN9E30kWxVZ

9/8/2018 - Run Mag Mile - Chicago, IL
Use code “BRMagMile” to score some bonus RAM Racing sunglasses! Expires two days before race day.

9/9/2018 - San Francisco Giant Race - San Francisco, CA
Use code “RACESF2018” for $10 off the half marathon,10K, or 5K.

9/15-16/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Half Marathon!

9/22-23/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal - Montreal, QC
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Marathon or Half Marathon!

9/23/2018 - Chicago Half Marathon & 5K - Chicago, IL
Use code “BRCHIHALF18” for $10 off half and $5 off 5K.

9/30/2018 - Bucktown 5K - Chicago, IL
Use code “BRBucktown” to score some bonus RAM Racing sunglasses! Expires two days before race day.

October 2018

10/6/2018 - Freedom’s Run - Shepherdstown, WV
Use code “BIBRAVE5” for $5 off your race entry!

10/6/2018 - Bellin Women's Half Marathon - Green Bay, WI
Use code “Bibrave5” for $5 off your race entry!

10/6-7/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose - San Jose, CA
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Half Marathon!

10/7/2018 - Hot Chocolate Denver - Denver, CO
Use code “BRHCDenver” for a free phone armband!

10/14/2018 - San Ramon Valley Run for Education - San Ramon, CA
Use code “BIBRAVE5” for $5 off your entry!

10/18-21/2018 - Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon - Detroit, MI
Use code “2018DETROCKS” to save 10% on your race entry!

10/19-21/2018 - Runner’s World Half and Festival - Bethlehem, PA
Use code “RWHALF18BIBRAVE” which is good for 10% off all events including multi distance challenges!

10/20/2018 - Urban Bourbon Half Marathon - Louisville, KY
Use code “BourbonRave2018” to save 10% on your race entry.

10/20/2018 - Pumpkins in the Park - Chicago, IL
Use code “BRPumpkins” to score some bonus RAM Racing sunglasses! Expires two days before race day.

10/20/2018 - Kansas City Marathon - Kansas City, MO
Use code “BIBRAVE2018KCM” to save 15% on race entry!

10/20-21/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver - Denver, CO
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Half Marathon!

10/20-21/2018 - IMT Des Moines Marathon - Des Moines, IA
Use code “dmmbibravediscount18” for $10 off the Marathon or Half Marathon!

10/21/2018 - PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K - Atlanta, GA
http://ow.ly/jN9E30kWxVZhttp://bit.ly/2018PNC10MBR

10/27/2018- Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run- Tulsa, OK
Use code “BIBRAVE18” to save $5!

10/28/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Half Marathon!

November 2018

11/3/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah - Savannah, GA
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Marathon or Half Marathon!

11/4/2018 - Hot Chocolate Chicago - Chicago, IL
Use code “BRHCChicago” for a free phone armband!

11/10-11/2018 - Monterey Bay Half Marathon - Monterey, CA
Use unique URL to register: https://bsim.info/MBHMbibrave

11/10-11/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Marathon or Half Marathon!

11/11/2018 - Madison Marathon - Madison, WI
Use “MMRAVE18” to save 10% through 11/7 (when online registration closes).

11/11/2018 - Honor Run Half Marathon - Florence, KY
Use code “bibrave15” to save $15 on your entry!

11/17-18/2018 - Williams Route 66 Marathon - Tulsa, OK
Use code “2018RT66BIBRAVE” for $10 off your entry at https://rt66.run/2018RT66Run

11/18/2018 - Hot Chocolate Columbus - Columbus, OH
Use code “BRHCColumbus” for a free phone armband!

11/22/2018 - North Shore Turkey Trot - Chicago, IL
Use code “BRTurkeyTrot” to score some bonus RAM Racing sunglasses! Expires two days before race day.

December 2018

12/1-2/2018 - Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
Use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Marathon or Half Marathon!

12/2/2018 - Hot Chocolate Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
Use code “BRHCScotts” for a free phone armband!

12/9/2018 - Honolulu Marathon - Honolulu, HI
Use code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off.

12/9/2018 - Hot Chocolate St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Use code “BRHCSTL” for a free phone armband!

12/16/2018 - Hot Chocolate Tampa - Tampa, FL
Use code “BRHCTampa18” for a free phone armband!

12/16/2018 - Mount Dora Half Marathon - Mount Dora, FL
Use code “BIBRAVE10” to save 10% off on your race entry!

January 2019

1/13/2019 - Hot Chocolate San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
Use code “BRHCSanFran” for a free phone armband!

1/27/2019 - Fitbit Miami Marathon and Half Marathon - Miami, FL
Use code “BIBRAVE19” for $10 off the full & half (includes the combo options of full + 5K, half + 5K etc.) and $5 for the Tropical 5K alone.

February 2019

2/2/2019 - Hot Chocolate Houston - Houston, TX
Use code “BRHCHouston” for a free phone armband!

2/9/2019 - Hot Chocolate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Use code “BRHCDallas” for a free phone armband!

2/9/2019 - Hot Chocolate Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
Use code “BRHCCharlotte” for a free phone armband!

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

3/3/2019 - Hot Chocolate Seattle - Seattle, WA
Use code “BRHCSeattle” for a free phone armband!

3/24/2019 - Hot Chocolate San Diego - San Diego, CA
Use code “BRHCSanDiego” for a free phone armband!

3/30/2019 - Hot Chocolate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Use code “BRHCIndy” for a free phone armband!

April 2019

4/6/2019 - Hot Chocolate Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Use code “BRHCPhilly” for a free phone armband!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: Shady Rays

Disclaimer: I received Shady Rays Sunglasses 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 is summer and the sun has finally come out! When I had the opportunity to test Shady Rays sunglasses, I immediately took it as I am a big fan of UV protection.

The glasses are fashionable and offer a snug fit, perfect for use while running. I chose the Signature Series Emerald Ice Polarized as the frames are clear and the polarized lenses are green and blue.


The glasses stayed put, during my short and longer runs. I wore these glasses with a hat and with my AfterShokz Trekz Air and they fit perfectly. I wore them for work and for play. They even stayed on while boating!

The glasses were a huge hit with the spouse who made a habit out of "borrowing" them, especially since they match most of his outfits.
They felt snug around the ears but did not cause a headache. One caution, however, is that if you are in the habit of pushing your glasses on top of your head or wearing them on your hat, when the sun is hiding, they will likely slide off. The good news, however, is that Shady Rays offers lost and broken replacements!  


Shady Rays has a mission to fight hunger in America, which has led to over one million meals provided to date. In fact, eleven meals are provided as a result of each order through Feeding America.  

Trust me, everything is prettier through these high visibility polarized lenses. National Sunglasses Day has passed (seriously, it is a thing) but you can still celebrate: Use the Discount Code BIBRAVE good for 50% off 2+ pairs at https://bit.ly/2rk7Hor

Review: Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received  Knockaround Fast Lane Sunglasses  as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a  BibRave Pro  (ambassa...