ShadyRays Shades – Live Hard? They’ve Got You!

shadyraysDisclaimer: I received a pair of Shady Rays Shades to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Sunglasses and I have a sordid past. My favorite ones usually don’t last long and I think it is because I am a little hard on them.  I have a pair of polarized shades but recently parted ways (read: I lost them) with my non-polarized pair, so I was excited to get the chance to try out some new shades as a BibRave Pro.  The Shady Rays Signature Series Blackout style seemed like just the right pair for me. I love wearing non-polarized lenses for trail running; I feel like I can see in front of me better than with polarized lenses. And, these sunglasses have 100% UV protection, which all runners need. But, I also loved that the company really promotes the durability of their product. I am a mom (which means kids sometimes accidentally get a hold of my sunglasses) and I run, but I also like to bike, swim, hike and just in general play hard. These definitely could be put to the test with my lifestyle.

I was dedicated to another brand of sunglasses, but after using these shades for a few weeks, I can definitely see the appeal of trying out other Shady Rays styles as well as their polarized lenses.  Here are the reasons why I am digging Shady Rays:

  • Lightweight – I can barely feel these on my face! They don’t move when I run either.
  • Stylish – I have the Signature Series, Blackout (non-polarized) style seen below; this is a classic frame that never goes out of style!
  • Affordable – There is a nice price range for all budgets!
  • Mission  – With every order placed, the company secures 10 meals to fight hunger through Feeding America. 
  • Live Hard Warranty – lifetime craftsmanship warranty & free replacements
  • They offer prescription options for eyeglasses and sunglasses as well as snow goggles.
  • You can purchase gift cards online for your friends!

I have worn these for several weeks now in rain, cloudy and sunny conditions and I would highly recommend them for others with an active lifestyle on a budget.

Visit and use code “RAVE” good for 50% off 2+ pairs from the Shade Shop!


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Don’t just take my word for it! Find out what my fellow BibRave Pros think about Shady Rays –>  Ken Stands on Things 





The Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash Earns a Pawsitive Review


Disclaimer: I received a Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!


My baby boxer, Booker and his new Stunt Runner Leash!

If you are a dog owner, you realize dogs are our family. We are a very active family and our dogs will do lots of hiking, running and outdoor activities with us. We currently have two furbabies in our house. Ella is a 6-year-old boxer that came to us via boxer rescue about 4 years ago. She is happy to lay around all day on the couch until she sees someone putting on running shoes. At that point, she is up sitting by the door near her harness box ready to go for a walk or run. She is my literal “road dog” and will run up to 10K distance with me. Booker is our new boxer puppy. He is 6 months old and curious about everything. He enjoys chewing on anything he can get his teeth on, playing with his human brothers and taking long walks. We have not started running with him yet but he is doing well on a leash at this point.

When I had the opportunity to try out the Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner leash, I did question the value of the leash as I do not really have any issues running with Ella on a regular leash. But, I heard so many positive things about this product, I thought “Why not?”. It couldn’t hurt, right?

Let me tell you, the Stunt Runner leash is a game changer! This leash allows for greater flexibility for my dog while helping me to maintain my running form.



The first time I used this with Ella, I realized my arms were not crossing over like they did with the regular leash. I could hold my arms correctly and there was no pull from the leash. Ella seemed to recognize the difference and seemed very relaxed while running as well! I also like that I can take my fule with greater ease because my hands are not full holding a leash. I feel like this hands-free leash really helps me run smarter.

The leash appears very durable and high-quality. I also love that it is reflective! I am using it 4-5 times a week for dog jogs and walks with both dogs. I love the swivel snap hooks; I can use one hand to connect the leash to the dog harness. My 11 year old loves to use the leash too with the puppy. It really is super easy for everyone to use! Stunt Puppy gets 8 paws up from this family!

I have to say I am super excited to try out more products (harnesses, collars, etc) from Stunt Puppy. Check out their website and social media sites:

Stunt Puppy:




So now that you know more about Stunt Puppy, I want to know if you run with your dog? And, does anyone have boxers that like to run? I would love to hear more from you.

See how well Snowflake and Virginia fared with the StuntRunner Leash here.

Lila loves her Stunt Runner Leash!

Jessica reviews the Stunt Runner Leash.

Andrea’s family enjoys the Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash!

Samantha’s Review

Chris gives Stunt Puppy a whirl.

Why Run the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon? Here are 5 good reasons!


Disclaimer:  I’m promoting Harpers Ferry Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

The Harpers Ferry Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, May 18, 2019. I can think of many reasons to run this race, but here are my Top 5:

  1. The Course  – Participants get a scenic view of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.  I mean, a who doesn’t want to take in the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers on a May day?  This pre-Civil War town has lots of stories to tell through its beautiful surroundings.
  2. The HillsThe Half Marathon course map video is a perfect way to see the course beauty and the associated elevation! With over 1000 feet of elevation gain, the website specifically states, “The course is not designed for a personal record time, we want you to experience the challenge and rich sights along the way on this unforgettable route.”  Hills for breakfast, anyone?!
  3. The Medals-  The medals look a little different every year. They are handmade and one of a kind for sure!



  4. The Post-Race Fun – So, apparently the party starts at 9 am. All racers of legal drinking age get free beer until they run out. WHAT? There is also music, kids run and basically just fun. Plus, you can hang out the rest of the day and see the sites. Which leads me to…
  5. The Sites – Stay the weekend and explore Harper’s Ferry! Check out the National Park Service things to do, Harpers Ferry Station, the distillery, vineyards and more!

Last, but not least, Harpers Ferry Half Marathon was listed in the 2017 TripAdvisor Top 50 US Road Races to Attempt in Your Lifetime – so what are you waiting for??! Use code ‘BIBRAVE5WV’ for $5 off your registration now here. The prices goes up 2/28/19. 



Why I am running the Honor Run Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Honor Run Half Marathon race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

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A field of flags in Louisville, KY honoring our veterans.

I am so excited to run the Honor Run Half Marathon this year!  It is held in Florence, KY every year during Veterans Day weekend.  The best part? All of the proceeds from the race benefits Honor Flight Tri-State, an organization dedicated to veterans. Specifically, Honor Flight serves veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. All World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans aged 65 and older, who served either stateside or overseas, are eligible.  Fun fact: My husband has applied to volunteer on an Honor Flight. He has never been selected to travel with them but it is an honor just to apply.

This race is meaningful to me in a variety of ways. While I have never served in the military, I come from a family of many Navy and Army veterans. I grew up at the local V.F.W. with my grandparents. I was actively involved with the junior chapter of that V.F.W. and I was taught early on the sacrifices so many brave men and women faced when they served their country.  Additionally, my father in law is a Marine. My family feels it is very important that we honor and respect all veterans as we exercise our daily freedoms.

I am looking forward to this race because it is a way for me to give back. While I can never repay Veterans for their service, I can certainly use my passion for running to honor them. And, this race I will run in honor of my Father in Law, L.V. Boyd. He passed away when my oldest son was two. I miss him greatly and if he was still around I know he would call me crazy but secretly be proud of my racing adventures.


My Father in Law.              Marine. Staff Sergeant. Paris Island. Marksman.

Find out more about this race, happening Sunday, November 10th, 2019 @ 7:00am here.

See the course map here.

I will have a *discount code coming soon* so watch for details here on that.

In the meantime, check out the blog recap my friend and fellow BibRave Pro, Corey wrote on this race last year.

I hope you will consider joining me for this race in 2019!


New Year, New Me?


New Year, New Me!

*insert record scratch here*

black vinyl record playing on turntable

Photo by Elviss Railijs Bitāns on

Just kidding! It is 2019 and I am going to be the same me as I was in 2018. I don’t do resolutions, you see. I just work to continue to improve on myself and my work. My goals may change every year, but I kind of like me as a person.

2018 was pretty epic.

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BUT, Goals for 2019 are as follows:

  • Be the best role model I can be to my sons.
  • Support the women in my Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town running group as they work towards their own goals.
  • Spend the most quality time I can with people I love.
  • Have fun and give back to the running community in my role as a BibRave Pro!
  • Volunteer More
  • Start a project I have been putting off for over a year now (to be revealed soon!)

Beyond that, I have some fun things planned, including running a few distances for a new PR and running races again with friends! I would say watch more hockey, but that is going to happen organically whether I plan it or not!

Curious-what are your goals for 2019? Do you make New Year Resolutions or just “wing it”?



Aftershokz Operation #GiveGoodVibes is a Success!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones to review and a pair of Aftershokz Titanium headphones to gift to a friend as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

I was so proud to have the opportunity to be a part of the recent Aftershokz #GiveGoodVibes campaign.  I was first introduced to these amazing bone conduction wireless headphones about two years ago. My husband gifted me a pair of Titanium headphones for Christmas. I could not believe the sound quality, it was amazing –the bone conduction technology allows you to hear without obstructing the ear! I felt much more confident listening to music while I ran solo and I knew my hearing was much better off with these than the old pair I was using.

Let’s not forget, while Aftershokz sent a pair of Air Trekz for me to try out, they also sent me a pair of the Titanium to gift to a friend as part of their #GiveGoodVibes campaign. how amazing is that?!  Now, who was I going to gift the other pair to…? That was the big question. I have so many wonderful friends that love running and did not have these!


So small and lightweight! Loving my Air Trekz!

After thinking loooonng and hard, I decided to gift the Titanium headphones to one of my best friends, Jill.  She was training for her first trail half marathon and was working really hard to meet her goals. Jill is a very selfless person. She is a preschool teacher with two young children and her husband travels for work, which causes her to get really creative in finding the time to train for races. She does not have a good pair of headphones that are lightweight and safe for running. She is one of those moms that goes without things she wants to give her children, family and friends things that they need. She was a perfect candidate!

So, I decided to surprise her with the headphones at her trail race! I was also signed up to run the race. We traveled down together with our husbands to the race. I watched her run with joy at this race, despite the horrible, muddy course we had to endure due to the heavy rainfall that month. She persevered and finished the race when some people decided not to even show up to start due to the weather-she did amazing! After we received our medals and cleaned up, I gifted her a card telling her how proud I was of her and gave her the headphones. She was shocked! I could not film this due to the poor cell phone service at our cabin, but the look on her face was priceless.

We now are both happy owners of Aftershozk. I am so grateful for this opportunity to give back to a great friend and runner! I highly recommend these headphones to runners but really anyone looking for a way to use headphones that are safe for your hearing and conducive to high-quality sound experience.


Check out these other fun #GiveGoodVibes stories from my fellow Bib Rave Pros!

With Purpose and Kindness  


Jenna Runs


I am officially a Zwift Runner!

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift FootPod to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Running confession time: I have never enjoyed running on the treadmill. Several years ago, I joined a gym just for treadmill use in the months of January and February, when the weather is icy here at home.  It was as I was training for the second marathon that I realized there was value in using the treadmill for training. Regardless of my respect for the device, I still find it a dull experience. Enter the Zwift Run app and footpod!



First Experience

Prior to getting my Zwift footpod in the mail, I had not heard of Zwift for running, only cycling, so I was very excited to try this out. I quickly checked out the Zwift run website and found that I would need the following for use:  A treadmill, the Zwift footpod or smart sneaker, supported gear, and an electronic device to run the Zwift App. (Full disclosure on the supported gear: my iPad was too old to support the Zwift app so I had to use my Andriod device, which is still in Beta testing. I found if you have an android device, you still will need a laptop/Apple TV/ iPhone/iPad for a fully integrated experience.) 

So, I created my free Zwift Run account. Then, I downloaded the Zwift app to my laptop and the companion app to my phone.  Next, I took the footpod and paired it with the Zwift software on my laptop. The settings are pretty fun to play around with so that you can customize your avatar.  I then opened the Zwift companion app and picked a training run to get started. I set up my laptop beside the treadmill at the gym and I was off!  It was really fun to see “myself” running in “Watopia” with other cyclists and runners.  Once I was done with a 2-mile test run, I was able to look at my companion app to see my run route, Pace, Cadence, and splits.  I was pleased with this as I knew in past running on treadmills did not provide me with truly accurate run stats.  I could begin to like this treadmill thing!


My one big take away with the setup: calibrating the footpod to the treadmill run is the most important step as it sets the foundation for future Zwift runs and the accuracy of your run cadence and pace. Don’t get frustrated with this part. It took a minute for my Avatar to pick up the pace and get going; so have patience and let the technology do the work.


IMG_20181210_215355_564A few days later, I was really excited to do my first virtual group run as part of at BibRave Pro run with my BRPs who were at The Running Event in Austin, Texas! I got to the gym early, set up and was ready to go! Once the run started, I realized that my footpod did not want to pair with the software. I tried multiple times and chalked it up to a wifi issue and I was majorly bummed. However, at the end of the session, I noticed my footpod was not lighting up! I went home and changed out the battery in the footpod and VIOLA, the footpod pair instantly with the software.



Third Time is a Charm

My third Zwift Run went rather smooth. I had a new battery in my footpod and decided to do a Zwift 101 training run.  I had zero issues with any of the gear or devices and can I just say I love the companion app?! As I run, I was receiving training advice and rationale for the type of training run I was completing. Time fly by as I watched my avatar run on the computer screen and before I knew it my training run was over. People walked by to check out the avatar and ask what I was doing. It was pretty cool to show off the technology to the runners and coaches at the gym!

I have had another Zwift run since then and I am sooooo looking forward to my next BibRavePro Zwift virtual run on Tuesday, December 18 from 7:30-8pm EST. Please join us! It is open to anyone!


Benefits of Virtual Experience

I have to say, I was skeptical at first. But honestly, once I figured out the battery in the footpod was my main issue, I have had a great experience with Go Zwift Run! The benefits of being a Zwifter:

  • The virtual experience is pretty awesome and you never have to run ‘alone’! There SmartSelect_20181207-164826_Stravaare multiple daily events you can jump into or try a workout/training run.
  • This is a boon for training using a treadmill; the workouts and training tips are great.
  • You can set goals for yourself and the app tracks it all (distance goal, time goal, even calorie burn goals –this app will tell you how many pieces of pizza you burned on your run)! I am a visual person and love to see the readout at the end of my run.
  • You can follow other Zwifters, give them kudos on runs and make new friends all over the world from the comfort of your home or gym.
  • Zwift app links with all of your favorite running apps, including Strava and Garmin.
  • This makes running on the treadmill less boring! Treadmill companies should def get on board with Zwift and make this a “thing”.


FootPod Discount

Need a Zwift FootPod? Use Code ‘BibRave15’ for 15% off the footpod (good only the first 1000 purchased with the code)!

Don’t take my word for it! Read other BibRave Pro reviews on this product by searching for #ZwiftBR now. If you are into technology and/or treadmill running, you are probably gonna want to learn more!

Corey T. Queen over at Go Corey Go has his review up now here.

With Purpose and Kindness review has some great treadmill running tips!

Review of Buff DryFlx Hat and Neck Gear

Disclaimer:  I received a BUFF DryFlx Hat and NeckWarmer to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!


I am familiar with Buff products and have owned a few neck gaiters in my running lifetime, so I jumped at the chance to try out Buff’s new DryFlx line! I chose a bright Turquoise color as I needed a little pop of color for my cold weather gear. As soon as I opened the package, I could feel the difference in this Buff. It was lightweight, smooth, reflective but had an almost silky feel to it.  I immediately loved it.

According to Buff USA, the DryFlx material is

lightweight warmth for cool weather activities, with 360º reflective design for visibility from dusk to dawn. The 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH fabric is highly breathable and quick-drying for all-day comfort.

What the Buff site doesn’t say is how much attention this gear receives. Each time I wore it I had new compliments from the color to the fit to the fabric.  Extra bonus you cannot see: UPF 50+ sun protection! I primarily used mine for running in cold weather less than 30 degrees, but also wore it to my son’s hockey practice and found it to keep me toasty warm without being too heavy!

Check out the hat and neckwarmer – I highly recommend both!

Right now you can get 10% off by signing up to receive emails from Buff.

More fun facts about Buff:


  • There is a Buff line for your canine companion.
  • Now offering free shipping on orders of $40 or more.
  • Buff has been around since 1991.
  • They can do custom gear!

Don’t just believe my boxer, Ella! Read reviews from my fellow Bib Rave Pros here:


Falls 100 Ultra Trail Marathon – Another chapter in my trail adventures!


Stunning views from a hilltop on the course.

ATV trails were rocky but would be very runnable in dry conditions.Let me tell you, this race did not end the way I initially planned. I signed up for the inaugural Falls 100 Ultra Trail Marathon in Falls of Rough, Kentucky after it popped up in my Facebook timeline about 4 months ago. I was already planning to train for the New York City Marathon but had been looking for a 50 miler in the cooler weather, and Falls100 fit the bill with a race date of December 1st.

I am not a trail runner by default. I primarily ran on roads until 2017 when I trained for my first Ragnar Trail Race. However, I had completed a few trail runs and 40 miles on trails in Tennessee earlier in the year and I was ready to go further on trails. The Falls 100 seemed perfect as it fit my timeline and it was very close to home-my mother in law has a summer place at Falls of Rough and of course, she was fine with us staying at her place for the race. A no-brainer! My husband, on a whim, decided to sign up with me. He has never done distance past a marathon and had never completed a trail race at this distance, so I was happy to have him give this a go. A looped course with multiple aid stations, manageable elevation and in the cold of December? PERFECT!

Training went off without a hitch. I ran trails for two-thirds of my training. (I did run roads for about 4 weeks leading up to the NYC Marathon. Then, it was back to trails for the remainder of my training.) Kentucky weather was not really cooperating; we were getting lots of precipitation. It made it difficult to train on trails without hurting the integrity of the trails for sure! Either way, I was excited about this race.

The Falls 100 is put on by Central Kentucky Race Management. The race directors are not strangers to endurance events and one is the director of Elizabethtown’s Backyard Classic, so I felt comfortable running this inaugural race. The course is on an old ATV park property that is privately owned, so the main downside is that there was no preview run for this race. However, the race directors were very good about communicating with runners leading up to the race; and they were very honest about course conditions! It was going to be a wet race. Also, in the days leading up to the event, the temp changed from the high 30s to race day temps of 50s and 60s with chances of thunderstorms! Unreal weather for Kentucky at this time of year. So much for my hopes of running in cold, snowy weather…

The race started with everyone huddling under canopy tents as it rained sideways. It was all downhill (actually uphill) from there. I started out with my friend, Jill, who was running her first trail half. We did well, but joked about how slippery the uphill climbs were at first.

Unfortunately, there was a sign down at our first turn, and we followed the herd…the wrong way, for over a mile! We got turned around and back to the right spot, but that put me behind more than I liked. Jill told me to go ahead of her to make up some time and off I went. People were in good spirits for the most part, despite the rain. I ran into my friends, Abbi and Glenn. They were having a great time and invited me to join them for a bit, which was fun and took my mind off the mud, which we compared to peanut butter at this point, because that is what it felt like you were running in….if you are from that part of the state, you would know the dirt there is clay and silt. When you mix that with water, well, you get cement (or peanut butter) like conditions!

Things got a little muddier as the course went on and once I hopped back onto the paved road for the last 2 miles or so of the course loop, I began to wonder how my husband was faring. He was in front of me and faster than me. As I got close to the start/finish line, I saw him at our makeshift aid station by the car and stopped to chat. He was not happy that the course conditions weren’t making things any easier for his first 50-mile race and wanted me to consider dropping down to the marathon distance with him. I told him “Let’s go out on to our second loop and talk about it” and off we went. We decided going into this loop that we would not try to go full out and just have fun, which is what we did. There was a lot of laughing and sliding at this point. We talked to many others who were finding the course not as fun this loop around. Several were dropping down to shorter distances. As one man remarked, “At this point, this is not about athleticism, this is about staying upright”! I was suddenly thankful for all of the yoga I had been doing to help with my core balance at this point.

As we got closer to the start/finish, I thought more about my ultimate time goal for this race and how I had prepared and I knew there was no way this course was runnable (for me). I did not want to walk 50 miles. I wanted to run 50 miles! Even more so, I knew to attempt 50 miles wasn’t the safest bet. My husband told me I had nothing to prove and going on would mean risking injury from running in the dark in these conditions (I had no poles to assist in the climbs up slippery ATV trails), or from the chance of thunderstorms for later in the evening. It was then I knew he was right and instead we agreed to finish together. It made me happy to know this was my decision and that I was FOR THE FIRST TIME, finishing a race with my husband. He even agreed to hold my hand as we crossed the finish line together! Haha– You know what they say-partners that run together stay together. No seriously, I was very proud of him for completing his first trail marathon and I was happy to do it with him. Our friends met us at the finish line with big congratulations and we received our medals with huge smiles. We learned after we had finished that many others had dropped down their distances due to the weather and trail conditions. I give ALL of the finishers out there kudos for starting and completing every distance because that course was something you could not train for at all! It was not my day to run but it was my day to finish a trail marathon distance with my husband, which was a great experience.


Crossing the finish line together!

The race directors/race management company was amazing and very accommodating. The aid stations were well stocked, we never ran out of water or electrolytes, and the course was well marked as trail races go. I loved the swag and the course scenery. As we left, we told the race directors we would be back in 2019, pending no crazy rainfall amounts in the days leading up to the race!

Until next year, Falls100!

See my BibRave Review of the Falls 100 here.

Running Smarter with Sabre!

“Disclaimer: I received a Sabre Runner Pepper Spray to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

As the member of an all women’s running group, running safety is a topic that comes up quite a bit. When I was asked to test Sabre safety products, in particular, the Runner Pepper Gel with an adjustable hand strap, I was excited about the opportunity.

My box from Sabre arrived with the following products to test:

Runner Pepper Spray

Duathlete Pepper Gel

Personal Alarm with clip and LED light


For this review, I want to focus on the Runner Pepper Spray. In the past, I have carried traditional mace and a whistle for safety reasons. The pepper gel is new to me and I was unsure of how effective it could be until I started reading more about the Sabre products on the website. Sabre touts gel that is police strength protection level, minimizes blowback and has a spray range greater than 20% of most other brands.   

Additionally, this product is a unique combination of CS military tear gas, red pepper, and UV dye.

You can read more about the product for yourself on the website, but here is a summary of why I really liked using this product:

  • The hand strap was easy to adjust when I needed to wear gloves, etc.
  • The canister is lightweight. I did not notice it on me once I started running.
  • I can get up to 35 short bursts with this one canister. Hopefully, I never have to use it, but is nice to know I have a good volume with one purchase.
  • It is affordable!
  • The company offers free training videos and easy use instructions.
  • The twist lock is easy to use but also feels secure when not in use.



See the full FAQ for the Runner Pepper Gel here.

Follow my IG page for more posts about this product and follow #SabreBR to see other user thoughts/reviews! My fellow Bib Rave Pros have reviews up as well – check out:

She Runs by The SeaShore

The Marathon Lady

Running Around the Boyz

She Runs By Faith