2018 in Review

We are already into the second month of 2019…. but it’s not too late for a 2018 recap, right!? I’ll keep it simple since I never did get my last updates post out at the end of the year.


2018, to say the least, was pretty chaotic and stressful. It wasn’t the year we hoped for, Ben and I, and we didn’t get to do all the things we wanted to, but that’s okay. Sometimes that happens. We worked a lot, A LOT, moved into a work-in-progress house, dealt with business stresses, and got some news that will change the rest of our lives! I’m not even going to look back on the new year’s resolutions that I set at the beginning of 2018 because I know I barely checked any of them off.

Here’s to 2019 being a new adventure with no expectations! There won’t be a New Year’s resolution/goals post to follow. I have no goals for the new year since it’s all up in the air!

2018 Recap (biasedly highlighting the fun/noteworthy things):

January
-Starting off strong with lots of working between 3W and Golden Mountain Guides
-I took a scuba diving lesson. I didn’t like it. Scuba diving might not be an adventure activity I get into ever.
-Saw Silverstein at Summit Music Hall (my favorite band).
-Went horseback back riding in Estes Park! That was pretty fun!
-And whet snowboarding in Steamboat Springs!

February
-Track season starts.
-Ben and I went to Red Rock, NV to climb, camp and run!
-I ran the Red Rock Half Marathon (one of the hardest half marathons I’ve ever done!)

March
-Nothing too crazy exciting. Track is in full swing (at least five meets this month), I worked three races with 3W Races, and a bunch of Golden Mountain guides things and meetings.
-I get accepted as a BibRave Pro!
-I start learning how to chip time races.
-I visit Fayetteville, AR for my Grandpa’s funeral but get to see cousins I haven’t seen in a long time!

April
-My birthday month!
-I went to Moab for a Golden Mountain Guides guided trip.

Those are naked people doing a photo shoot. In climbing gear.

-As I’m looking at my planner, I see so much ORANGE (my color coding for track meets). There’s 8 meets this month! Geez!

One of my Triple Jumpers. Look at the double arm action! #proudcoach 🙂

May
-A friend’s wedding!
-Track finished up with State (we had a handful of athletes make it in!)
-Ben and I climb in Eldorado Springs (one of the many times in 2018).

-We have a team BBQ with our Golden Mountain Guides staff.
-Ran Bolder Boulder again.

And they capture some terrible photos of me

June
-I ran Ragnar Trail Snowmass with the 3W Races teams.

-I help a friend with a course test run of a Beer Chase Relay coming to Colorado in June 2019!

July
-Rennaisance Festival with Amanda!

– I visit Philly for a Run Sign Up (running races registration platform) conference and I get to see the Liberty Bell and eat a real Philly Cheese Steak!

-Up to Winter Park for Cross Country camp.

August
-Cross Country season officially starts!
-A lot of work this month. Very exhausting between all my jobs with the start of the season.
-My first Water Relay with XC! (Two teams, one at a time you run down with cups of water. First team to fill a bucket wins!)

-We move into our new place! YAY! No more moldy, asbestos basement!

-Got in a Hike with Amy

-Went to a Peter Frampton and Steve Miller band concert!

September
-Another friend’s wedding.

-You should see my planner this month – tons of highlighted things between all my jobs!
-Ran the Race for the Cure with Mom.

-Ran the Fortitude 10k in Fort Collins with my friend Katja (and got to be on TV)!

October
-Cross Country finishes up with State! Our girls team and one boy get to race.

-Golden Chili and Beer Festival
-Golden Haunted Hay Ride! A hayride tour of Golden to all the haunted sites!
-I got to race direct my first TRAIL RACE! That was fun!

November
-The 3W Races racing season finishes up with two Thanksgiving-themed races.
-Westminster Trail Clean Up

-And Ben and I find out we’re going to be parents (See how I just threw that in there? We’ll see how many people read this far!)

-Got in a hike with Tiff!

December
-Finally, take a breath and look at the past year.
-Keep working on our construction project of a house.
-We take a mini vacation that ends up being more stressful than relaxing but we visit Mesa Verde and the Sand Dunes.

-And another Silverstein concert to finish up the year!

That about sums up 2018! Here’s to new adventures in 2019! 

From Dread-mill to FUN!

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Footpod to review Zwift 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!


Wintertime is here and for many of us and that makes it all the more hard to get outside and get a run in. This is the time of year where a lot of us, reluctantly, turn to the indoors and the dreaded treadmill, or the dreadmill, as I like to call it.

The treadmill is not my favorite but I also don’t like running in the frigid cold. It’s a conundrum and thus, Winter is really hard for me to keep my motivation for running and exercise. I’ve learned a few tricks to keep me on the treadmill for a decent run and now I have another trick up my sleeve… Zwift!

This is the footpod!

Zwift is a digital platform that matches your speed on the treadmill to an avatar of you in a virtual world. You can run on your own, touring the virtual world of Watopia (the Zwift world), while other people, real people, are also running or biking in the same world. You can also join a run club or group run.

What you need:
-A treadmill (nothing special needed)
-A foot pod (Zwift makes their own) or supported blue tooth treadmill (like these)
-A device to connect to Zwift (Computer, iPhone or Ipad – right now Zwift is not compatible with Android devices.)
-Optional: a separate device or phone to connect to the companion app, which makes it easier to chat while doing a group run.


My Experience

The first time I tried Zwift was for the BibRave 5k group run. All I had to do was to sign up for the event by clicking it and then when it was time, you join the event and it stages you at the virtual starting line while everyone else pops in. When it’s time to start, you start running on your treadmill and your avatar runs your same pace in the virtual world. If anyone else is running your pace, you’ll see them next to you or if they’re faster, you’ll see them pass you, just like in the real world. You can wave to them or give them a thumbs up while they run past. It was pretty cool to run with fellow BibRave pros from across the country.

The second time I tried it, I just picked from the pre-made courses/worlds (I chose running through a volcano) in the Zwift app and did my own thing. There were other people running and biking at the same time and you would see them zip by in real time.

My footpod and the iPhone I was using paired really well; I had no problems (I know some of the BibRave pros some difficulty getting their footpod to stay connected while in the run). I do really hope Zwift will soon be compatible with Andriod products. I use an Android phone and tablet and the only way I could connect to Zwift was on my boyfriend’s tiny iPhone. I think having a larger device that I could bring to the rec (like a tablet) would make Zwift even more enjoyable. Zwift does work with a computer, but I thought that would be really weird to bring my MacBook Pro to the rec center and set it in front of the treadmill.  😛


Innovation

I think Zwift is really on to something.  I think it is really cool that you can organize a group run with people from across the country and actually run with them at your own speed. This could mean meeting new people, spending time with friends and family that don’t live near you, and even connecting like-minded communities from around the world.


Practicality

Besides connecting people, I also love the idea that this brings new motivation for running and exercise. Like I said in the beginning, I have such a hard time getting outside for a run in the cold months and the treadmill never sounds appealing either. Zwift takes the dreadmill and makes it fun (or at least bearable for those that REALLY hate the treadmill). Instead of counting down the tenth of each mile, I spent the time watching my little avatar running through different, beautifully crafted scenes.

Right now, the Zwift Run platform is free. Zwift did start as a cycling platform and I know they have a monthly membership but I’m not entirely sure what is included. I don’t know if the run platform will eventually move to a paid membership but I definitely think that it’s worth the cost of a footpod to give some more motivation to running on a treadmill.

I know there are a ton more features that I have yet to discover, but I’m excited to have this in my so-called “bag of tricks” to keep me motivated this winter.


Get started:

Visit Zwift online to learn more.

Get a footpod! Use coupon code BibRave15 to save 15% (available for the first 1000 sold).


See what the other BibRace Pros think:

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Aid Recovery With iKOR

Disclaimer: I received iKOR CBD Hemp Oil 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!

Recovery isn’t just about stretching, “off” days, and easy runs. Recovery, and when your muscles repair themselves, happen when you sleep and rest. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body and muscles can’t recover.

That’s where iKOR comes in! I got to test the CBD Hemp Oil. Here are a few details on the product itself:

I was really intrigued to try this product because it’s an alternative way to recover rather than using other sleep aids or even other anti-inflammatory medications like IBUProfin. iKOR’s primary recovery benefits are:

The company gave us a few suggestions for trying the product. We were told to take it twice a day for 10 days straight. Then take 4 days off, to see how we felt and then go back on it.

My Results:
I did try it for the 10 days and was surprised how fast it actually worked for me. After a few days, I was already sleeping better. This was the main benefit for me. I was able to fall asleep, and stay asleep, much easier and faster. I also noticed that my legs were not as sore and tired as they normally are when training with the cross country kiddos. When I stopped taking it, I was right back to my normal routine of laying awake for a long time before actually falling asleep. I did NOT actually go back on it for personal reasons (that have nothing to do with the company or product itself) that I would not like to share currently.

Side Effects:
Some curious additional “side effects” were I started having very vivid and lucid dreams. This was actually really cool. A lot of the other Bib Rave pros also reported this, so I know I’m not just imagining this.

Dispelling Myths:
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis sativa L plant. CBD is commonly extracted from industrial hemp plants. CBD Oil is not a THC product (THC accounts for the “high” effect that marijuana is known for) and cannot get you high. Hemp products, which CBD oil is derived from, are federally required to have less than 0.3% THC. With iKOR, it’s essentially non-existent.  Also, CBD Oil is legal in all 50 states. iKOR is not marijuana, but a dietary supplement made from hemp.

My Recommendation (for what it’s worth):
Remember, I’m not a doctor, but I do think this is a great product for an alternative, natural remedy. Specifically for runners that are looking for a little bit of a boost, iKOR can help reduce inflammation after a hard workout which could replace your go-to IBUProfin. It can also help you sleep better so that your body can repair itself after those long miles. I do have to say, I don’t really like the taste. It starts out fine but you’re supposed to hold it under your tongue for it to absorb and that’s when the sour taste hits. I always chase it with a bunch of water. A lot of the Bib Rave Pro’s didn’t mind the taste or even liked it!


Try it yourself:

You can find and buy the product online HERE

Use coupon code: BibRave20 to save 20% until December 31st!


See what the other Bib Race Pros thought:

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An OOfos Convert

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOfos OOriginal Sport 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 had heard of OOfos before. A lot of people swear by OOfos. A lot of people slip on a pair as soon as they finish a race or a run. A lot of people have a pair (or two) at home. I see them at all the running stores.

But. I’ve never tried them.

I don’t mean, I’ve never bought them. I mean I’ve never even gone near them. And honestly, it was for fear that I would love them so much but not be able to afford them.  I had heard such good things about them and knew that I probably could use them because I have constantly aching feet. Yet, I never even wanted to try them on because I didn’t want to “want” them and not be able to buy them.  Yes, this is a true story.

Then, I was (gratefully) accepted to test a pair of the new Original Sport by Oofos and couldn’t wait to get them on my feet.

You know what? Everyone was right. They are wonderful.


So, what makes these sandals so special? Oofos has been on the market since 2011 (yes, 7 years!) and they are marketed as recovery footwear. With an upgrade from the OOriginal sandal, the new Original Sport offers a new color design with the same impact absorption, superior arch support, and unbelievable comfort.

Do they actually work? Yes, from the moment I slipped them on my feet, I was a convert. They are super “soft,” squishy, and comfortable to walk in. It was like walking on memory foam. Almost, more like OOFoam! HAHAHA, I crack myself up! Actually, Oofos has their own type of foam that they have developed and used in their footwear and it is called OOFoam. This type of foam greatly reduces the impact on your body every time you take a step!

Also, the arch support is amazing and is perfect for people like me – people in possession of really high arches. Unlike stiffer arch supports in other shoes, the foam molded to the shape of MY foot. I have noticed that in other shoes that sometimes the arch support is in a weird spot and not directly fitting MY arch and thus feels like I’m always walking on a rock. This is definitely not the case with OOfos; the arch is perfect for any type of foot or arch.

They did take a minute or two to get used to from the look and the way you walk in them.  The shape of the shoe is very rounded, but this is to enable a more natural movement and foot strike. It feels a little weird at first but your body quickly adapts.

Both the shape and the foam used helps reduce stress on the feet, knees, and back. After being on my feet racing directing all day, or after a long run, I crave slipping on my Oofos, even it’s just for walking around the house or to wear in the shower at the gym. I could definitely see myself buying some closed toed footwear from Oofos so my feet can still be super comfortable even as winter is rolling in (or I’ll just keep rocking the socks with sandals look).

Walking around the house doing chores but it was too cold for just sandals.


Get yourself a pair: I’m a new Oofos convert. Given what I know now, I definitely think this footwear is worth the price and should have bought a pair a long time ago. I am on my feet a lot with all my jobs and they are constantly aching. I need to let my feet recover properly.  The recovery and comfort of runners’ feet are highly worth it and these sandals do the trick! 
They retail online for $59.95. Check them out HERE!

#FeelTheOO for yourself: Check out their website: www.oofos.com 
And be sure to follow them on Twitter: @oofos
And Instagram: @oofos


Check out the other BibRave Pro’s reviews:

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Funny addition:

Ironically, right as I got my pair of OOfos in the mail, I was reading the latest edition of Runner’s World and there was a full-page ad for Oofos.