Shoe Review – Under Armour HOVR Sonic

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Not going to lie, when I first pulled the shoes out of the box, I had a flashback to my middle school days and the old sketchers (probably a knockoff brand) I used to wear. On the initial impression, they had the 90’s nostalgic look to them. After putting them on my feet, I really started to enjoy the look and even got a lot of compliments on them.

I first ran in them for a relay-race test (a mini race for basically a course preview to help a friend of mine that is the race director for a new beer relay race in Colorado). While it might not have been a good idea to do a “race,” even a fake race, while wearing them for the first time, I did bring back up shoes just in case. Surprisingly, they did really well! The first leg of my “race” was three-ish miles and the only thing that bothered me was the lack of stability support, which is something I already knew I was going to have an issue with. Luckily for me, when I know a shoe doesn’t have the stability support, I focus on my foot strike and don’t wear them for long runs.

I also noticed that they were lightweight, in my opinion, and even though they started out kind of stiff, they loosened up quickly and molded to my feet for a nice, snug feel. I also really loved the fact that most of the shoe is made with a lightweight, mesh fabric, making these feel very airy; perfect for summertime!

Pros:
-Lightweight (to me, compared to my other shoes).
-Airy (my feet never overheat in these shoes).
-Stylish! Even the high school girls I coach thought they were cool!
-Comfortable and fitting. They molded to my feet very quickly. The mesh material and attached tongue make them feel perfectly fitted on my feel; I don’t have to wrench down on the shoelaces to make them stay put.
-Very responsive (this is due to the foam/cushioning they use).

Cons:
-They are neutral (which for me is not good, I need stability)

Specifics/Stats from Website:
-8mm drop
-9.5 Ounces
-They come in 6 different colors
-The tongue is connected to the footbed to give you a snug fit
-The insole is removable if needed
-Uses UA HOVR™ technology, i.e. “their ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step.”
-They do have a “connected” version that connects to your Map My Run app to track miles put on the shoes!

Personally, I’ve been doing some of my shorter runs in these shoes because they are not for people that need arch supports or stability type shoes like I do. However, one or two runs per week, four miles and under in these shoes seem to be fine for me. Because I have the BRIGHT white ones, I get a little weird about getting them dirty because they do look good (despite how much my boyfriend makes fun of me), so I’ve only been wearing them in good weather and nowhere near dirt or trails.


Get yourself a pair:

They retail online for $100. You can check them out here.


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Mercury Mile Product Review

Disclaimer: I received 50% off the contents in my Mercury Mile box and a waived styling fee 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!

So… I’m not very fashion-savy. Not in the least. I’ve never been up to speed on the latest trends and typically when I think something is cute/stylish, nobody else does. Now, that’s not to say I don’t LIKE looking cute and stylish, I’m just not very good at picking stuff out. I rarely crave going shopping and when I do go, I usually don’t end up having the patience for it and it stresses me out. Then again, I am not a typical girl!

The same goes for my running clothes. There’s a ton of cute athletic wear out there, but I just don’t find it. Most of my running clothes have been given to me for free (shirts from races and gear from my job with 3W Races) or bought at Walmart (sports bras and shorts). I do have a lot of Skirt Sports gear from when I was an ambassador for them and that’s about as “cute” and stylish as I get.

Thankfully, a solution is out there for people like me. Let me introduce you to Mercury Mile. This shopping delivery service is perfect for the busy runner, the shopping-phobic person, and the fashion-deficit active person. They find out what you’re like and what kind of clothes you like and a stylist hand-picks outfits out for you! It’s not a subscription service; you don’t get boxes on a monthly bases, but you can trigger as many boxes as you want!

It’s super easy too and totally takes the stress off of going shopping!

Step 1: Fill out your runner’s profile
This is actually pretty fun and asks you a ton of running-apparel questions to get a good sense of your style and the type of runner you are. This plays into the type of clothes you’ll need. It only takes about 5-10 minutes.

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Step 2: Wait for your package to come in the mail!
It really only took a couple of days and it was on my doorstep!

Step 3: Un-Box and try on everything
Better yet, hold a little fashion show in your bedroom!

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Step 4: Only keep what you like and mail back everything else in the pre-postaged mailer that’s included in the box!

This was the first time I had ever tried anything like this and I was pretty impressed. I think my stylist did a pretty good job. In the runner’s profile that you fill out, you can link your Instagram account as well for them to take a look at and see what you typically wear. When my box came, there was a note from the stylist and it even referenced things from the runner’s profile and my Instagram!

The best part is, it doesn’t cost more than going to the store! You only pay for what you keep and even though there’s a $20 stylist fee, that goes toward the items you keep! I ended up keeping two of the items that I really loved. I liked all the rest, but they didn’t fit me quite right. Now, I could have exchanged them for different sizes (another cool feature) but I opted out to save money!

I would definitely recommend this service to anyone looking for some stylish, new running or activewear clothes! It totally takes the hassle out of going to the store, is taylored just for you, and costs the same amount as shopping out and about! They also do this for men, too!

What do you think of the outfit I kept!?


You can try it for $10 off the styling fee with coupon code: BibRave10

Start by filling out your runner’s profile! 


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It’s Go Time With Shady Rays – A Gear Review

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.

I LOVE sunglasses. But not just any type of sunglasses. I love that classic style; you know what I’m talking about (cough ray-ban cough cough)! In fact, I have a huge collection of all different colors; one for every single outfit I could ever possibly imagine. The best part is, I haven’t spent any money on this collection. For real, I collect the cheapo ones, the giveaways you get from booths at festivals! Seriously, I just love them! But they have to be that classic style.

I was super bummed when I started needing glasses because at first, I didn’t have contacts and could only wear my prescription sunglasses. Now, I wear contacts and my sunglasses possibilities are endless!

When I was selected to try the Shady Rays sunglasses I was ecstatic! They were quality sunglasses that met my collection standards AND they had a color I didn’t yet own! Ahhh yeah, check it out…the Emerald Ice Polarized Sunglasses. Ah.. aren’t those just B.E.A.U-tiful!?

These beauties are from the Shady Rays Signature collection and are designed for the active person. These glasses are super durable, 100% UV Protection, shatter proof, and fit comfortably. They’ve been great for running and don’t bounce on my face or slide down. Shady Ray’s message is, “It’s go time! Live worry-free out there in the sun. We’ve got your back.”

The great part about Shady Rays is they come with a “Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty & Free Replacements if Lost or Broken.” If you need a replacement pair, you just pay shipping and handling.

Another unique thing about this company that I find very cool is that whenever you purchase a pair of Shady Rays, you provide 11 meals through the Feeding America program! I thought that was pretty neat!

My pair of Shady Rays have entered into my regular rotation and I wear them as a fashion piece and for running! I’m seriously thinking about getting another pair and I have my EYES on these ones:

And yes, the pun WAS intended.


Get yourself a pair (or two):

Use coupon code BIBRAVE for 50% off 2+ pairs: https://bit.ly/2rk7Hor


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Gatorade! New flavors, perfect for summertime!

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade ® Endurance products 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!

Okay, I gotta get this off my chest…. whenever I hear the word Gatorade, I picture Adam Sandler in the Waterboy. Every. Single. Time. “GATORADEEEEE!” “H20!” “Water sucks, it really, really sucks!” Here’s the clip…for your viewing pleasure.

Phew! Now that I have that stuck in your head, let’s talk about Gatorade Endurance!

I used to be a huge Gatorade user. I mean, wasn’t everyone!? I remember the yellow powder we kept at home when I was a kid. Then, when I first got into the racing scene, Gatorade was pretty much the only product out there. Races had it on course, it was easy to find, tasted good, and it was affordable. They only reason I strayed from it over the years was due to the sugar content. Gatorade was known to be just full of sugar, processed sugar.

Then, the new Gatorade Endurance formula came out and was specifically made for runners and other endurance athletes. The Endurance Formula is different than regular Gatorade in that it has 2x more sodium and 3x more potassium, which is perfect for the long run. They also have removed all the artificial flavors and sugars! Score!

There is a whole line of Gatorade Endurance products… powders, chews, drinks, bars, gels, etc… and they have just released new flavors for the powder formula and gels! Thanks to being a BibRave Pro, I got a first look at the new Watermelon Endurance Formula and the Mango Energy Gels before they even hit the shelves and they were a big hit in this household!

I took for the formula and the gels on my most recent long run and it must have worked because my 8-mile run turned into an 11-mile run. Okay, okay, this was in part due to me not turning around when I should have because I was looking for a specific spot on the trail, but the extra miles were completely bearable because I had my Gatorade.

When I look for hydration/electrolytes drinks and gels, I am always looking for a few things: Healthy, tasty and easy on the stomach. I’m happy to report the Endurance Formula and new flavors have passed the test! They even passed the boyfriend’s test. He didn’t know I had gotten the products for being a BibRave Pro and helped himself to the Watermelon Endurance Formula and asks me, “That a really good flavor! Where’d you get that!?” Another win!

Endurance Formula Powder (Water Melon)
90 Calories, 140mg Potassium, 310mg Sodium, 22g Carbs
The Watermelon flavor is delicious! It’s light and not too sweet, so I could continually drink it on the run. It’s also light enough so that you don’t have to “chase” it with water like I have to do with some electrolyte drinks. I didn’t have any stomach issues and it really did help me make it through my long run.

Energy Gel (Mango Flavors)
90 Calories, 35g Potassium, 100mg Sodium, 20g Carbs
Gels are so specific to each person. I personally don’t like super thick gels and usually gravitate toward the non-fruity flavors (like chocolate and vanilla). I’ve also tried a gel a long time ago that had chunks of, I don’t know what, maybe it was sugar, but whatever it was, made me gag. I was a little hesitant to try the Gatorade Endurance Gel because it was mango flavored and was nervous about the thickness “stickiness.” I pulled a bold move and brought it on the run before even trying just at home. It was easy to open, not too thick or too sticky. It was almost watery enough that you could just drink it from the package and not follow it with water. The taste was EXCELLENT. It did taste like mangos, and not artificially tasting mangos.

I can best describe both new flavors as refreshing. They have a very summer-like taste and have been perfect for my summer longs runs, after guiding (rock climbing) long hours in the sun and while we’ve been working on our new home.


The new flavors are NOW AVAILABLE! You should be able to find the Endurance Formula at your local run stores or online at www.GatoradeEndurance.com


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BibRave did a podcast episode about the new flavors too! Listen to it here!