Latest Race Discounts

Race Discount Codes

January

1/20/2018 – F^3 Lake Half Marathon – Chicago, IL

http://www.f3running.com/
Use code “bibrave13” to save $6 off the half and “bibrave5” to save $5 off 5K!

1/28/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Houston – Houston, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/houston
Use code “BibRaveHCHouston18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/28/2018 – Miami Marathon – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.themiamimarathon.com/
Use code “BIBHOLIDAY” to save $10 on race entry!

February

2/3/2018 – Sedona Marathon – Sedona, AZ

http://www.sedonamarathon.com/

Use code “18BibRave” saves 20% on race entry!

2/3/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Dallas – Dallas, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas
Use code “BRHCDAL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/10/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/charlotte
Use code “BibRaveHCChar18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/11/2018 – Palm Desert Half Marathon – Palm Desert, CA

http://www.palmdeserthalfmarathon.com/
Use code “BRPD18” to save 10% on race entry!

2/17/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Nashville – Nashville, TN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/nashville
Use code “BRHCNASH18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/18/2018 – A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon and Half Marathon – Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://a1amarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE” to save 15% on the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.

March

3/4/2018 – 13.1 Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.run131series.com/miamibeach/
Use code “BIBRAVEMB18” to save $5 on the half marathon!

3/4/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

http://www.runrocknroll.com/new-orleans

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/29.

3/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Seattle – Seattle, WA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle
Use code “BRHCSEA18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/4/2018 – The Alamo 13.1 & Alamo 26.2 Marathon – San Antonio, TX

http://alamo131.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE18” to save 18% on your race entry!

3/18/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Diego – San Diego, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego
Use code “BRHCSD18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/18/2018 – Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon – Cary, NC

http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com
Use code “bibrave1” to save $20 on race registration!

3/18/2018 – First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon – Sarasota, FL

http://www.sarasotahalfmarathon.com/
Use code “SARASOTABIB18” to save $10 on half or relay registration!

3/24/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/indianapolis
Use code “BibRaveHCIndy18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

April

4/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia
Use code “BRHCPHILLY18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/8/2018 – Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – Waikiki Beach, HI

http://thehapalua.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEHAPALUA” to save 10% on race entry.

4/8/2018 – Statesman Cap10K – Austin, TX

http://www.cap10k.com/
Use code “BibRaveRunsCap10K” to save $5 on race entry.

4/14/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/minneapolis
Use code “BRHCMINN18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/26-28/2018 – Illinois Marathon – Champaign-Urbana, IL

http://illinoismarathon.com/
Use code “2018bibravebonus” to save $5 on race entry!

4/28-29/2018 – New Jersey Marathon – Oceanport, NJ

https://www.thenewjerseymarathon.com/
Use code “NJMBibrave18” to save $5 on all race distances!

4/29/2018 – RUN CRANDIC – Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA

http://runcrandic.com/
Use code “BibRave18” to save 10% on race entry!

May

5/5/2018 – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.500festival.com/running/mini-marathon/
Use code “BRP2018” to save $5 on race entry!

5/19/2018 – Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon – Harper’s Ferry, WV

http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/
Use code “BIBRAVE5” to save $5 on race entry!

5/27/2018 – Vermont City Marathon – Burlington, VT

https://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/
Use code “BibRave10” to save $10 on race entry!

June

6/1-3/2018 – Hospital Hill Run – Kansas City, MO

http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/
Use code “BIBHHR18” to save 15% on any event distance!

6/3/2018 – North Olympic Discovery Marathon – Port Angeles, WA

http://nodm.com/
Use code “BibRave527” to save 5% on race entry!

July

7/13-15/2018 – Missoula Marathon – Missoula, MT

http://www.missoulamarathon.org/
Use code “BibRave18” to save $5 on race entry!

October

10/18-21/2018 – Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon – Detroit, MI

http://freepmarathon.com/
Use code “2018DETROCKS ” to save 10% on race entry!

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When it’s Cold Outside

Brrrrr, training in the winter months can be exciting but can also be harmful if you don’t take the necessary precautions. My first race of 2018 is fast approaching, as I will be taking on the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Charlotte, NC. I , for one, love the winter training because it gives you the opportunity to test out a good amount of gadgets.

I am going to walk you through some of the things you need to consider before heading out the door for a run during the winter months.

Know the temperature/Know your body

Please do more than just look out the window before heading out on a run. There are so many things you can use these days to find out the weather; watch the news, check your phone and even some gps watches give you the temperatures outside at your location. Nothing worse than stepping outside thinking it is warmer than it actually is and your body going into temporary shock when that cold air hits you the first time.

What I mean by know your body is, only you know how your body will before in cold weather and what you need to assist. Personally, I can still wear shorts on my runs, up until the temperature hits freezing (32 degrees). I will usually rock shorts, with some type of thermal long sleeve top. Once that temp deeps below freezing, then I bring out the compression pants, gloves and infrared hood.

Invest in an Infrared Hood

You definitely need to invest in something that will keep your head warm during these cold runs. I purchased an Under Armour Infrared Hood about 2 years ago  and there is nothing like in during my long runs. It covers everything from your head to your neck, minus the eyes. 95% of the time after my runs, I am still sweating underneath it. Another big plus is its versatility; since it’s not attached to a jacket, you can wear it with anything. BUFF also makes some fantastic hats and balaclava that are stylish as much as they are warm.

Handwarmers

You know those little pouches you can buy in Target/WalMart, etc that you shake and they get warm?? Well you should buy a little supply of those to use during your long runs. Even if you are wearing gloves, those digits and toes still can get that cold sting after you have been out there a while. Take those pouches, shake em up, and put one in each of your gloves. Bye bye, stingy fingers. Ready for a gamechanger??? Put one in each shoe, as well, and keep those toes toasty in the frigid temps. The pouches last a few hours so they should last the duration of your long run.

Don’t Try to be a Superhero

If it’s icy outside, it is probably a good idea for you to NOT try and run outside that day. One false step on a patch of ice, while put your training on the shelf for a period of time and none of us want that. Full disclosure, I say that but I seldom follow my own advice. I DESPISE the dreadmill, so it will take some very bad ice to keep me from running outside. So far in all my ice adventures, I have fared pretty well, minus a slight slip here or there. If you are a hard head like me, and are determined to run in on ice, go head and invest in some spikes to help your gripe. Running shoes are not built to handle ice, so don’t expect too much help from them during your attempted “ice skating” adventure.

Year #2 With My BibRave Family

I am beyond excited to be continuing into 2018 with one of the best running communities out there as a Bibrave Pro. 2017 was my first year, and I can’t say enough about how much fun it was so continuing into 2018 was a no-brainer for me.

If you following me on Instagram or twitter, you have seen me post throughout this year about cool products I have received or read a product review on this blog; well, all of that was due to being a Bibrave Pro. As a pro you are able to receive products, promote and review them for the masses. Throughout the year 2017 I was fortunate enough to review great products from companies like XX2i, Under Armor, 5k Crate, EagleCreek, and Aftershokz to name a few.

Not only do you get to review product, but you also have opportunity to run tons of great races around the country. It is the perfect way to get in some runcations, and I was able to visit/run in a race in Kansas City for the first time ever(Hospital Hill). If the products and races isn’t enough, you are a part of one of the best running communities I have ever seen. Everyone is super supportive of each other, and always willing to help.

So here’s to a great 2018 with the Bibrave community.

Early Christmas Gift-Race Discounts

Race Discount Codes

DECEMBER

12/17/2017 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa – Tampa, FL

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/tampa
Use code “BRHCTAMPA17” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

12/17/2017 – Mount Dora Half Marathon – Mount Dora, FL

http://www.mountdorahalfmarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save 15% on the half or 5k!

12/31/2017 – New Year’s Eve 5K – Chicago, IL

https://goo.gl/ha7zTR
Use code “BIBRAVE10” to save $10 on race entry!

2018

January

1/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sanfrancisco
Use code “BRHCSF18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/13-14/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona – Phoenix, AZ

http://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/7/18.

1/20/2018 – F^3 Lake Half Marathon – Chicago, IL

http://www.f3running.com/
Use code “bibrave13” to save $6 off the half and “bibrave5” to save $5 off 5K!

1/21/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/28/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Houston – Houston, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/houston
Use code “BibRaveHCHouston18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/28/2018 – Miami Marathon – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.themiamimarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEMM18” to save $5 on race entry!

February

2/3/2018 – Sedona Marathon – Sedona, AZ

http://www.sedonamarathon.com/

Use code “18BibRave” saves 20% on race entry!

2/3/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Dallas – Dallas, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas
Use code “BRHCDAL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/10/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/charlotte
Use code “BibRaveHCChar18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/11/2018 – Palm Desert Half Marathon – Palm Desert, CA

http://www.palmdeserthalfmarathon.com/
Use code “BRPD18” to save 10% on race entry!

2/17/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Nashville – Nashville, TN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/nashville
Use code “BRHCNASH18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/18/2018 – A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon and Half Marathon – Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://a1amarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE” to save 15% on the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.

March

3/4/2018 – 13.1 Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.run131series.com/miamibeach/
Use code “BIBRAVEMB18” to save $5 on the half marathon!

3/4/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

http://www.runrocknroll.com/new-orleans

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/29.

3/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Seattle – Seattle, WA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle
Use code “BRHCSEA18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/4/2018 – The Alamo 13.1 & Alamo 26.2 Marathon – San Antonio, TX

http://alamo131.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE18” to save 18% on your race entry!

3/18/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Diego – San Diego, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego
Use code “BRHCSD18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/18/2018 – Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon – Cary, NC

http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com
Use code “bibrave1” to save $20 on race registration!

3/24/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/indianapolis
Use code “BibRaveHCIndy18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

April

4/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia
Use code “BRHCPHILLY18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/8/2018 – Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – Waikiki Beach, HI

http://thehapalua.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEHAPALUA” to save 10% on race entry.

4/8/2018 – Statesman Cap10K – Austin, TX

http://www.cap10k.com/
Use code “BibRaveRunsCap10K” to save $5 on race entry.

4/14/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/minneapolis
Use code “BRHCMINN18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/26-28/2018 – Illinois Marathon – Champaign-Urbana, IL

http://illinoismarathon.com/
Use code “2018bibravebonus” to save $5 on race entry!

May

5/5/2018 – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.500festival.com/running/mini-marathon/
Use code “BRP2018” to save $5 on race entry!

5/19/2018 – Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon – Harper’s Ferry, WV

http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/
Use code “BIBRAVE5” to save $5 on race entry!

5/27/2018 – Vermont City Marathon – Burlington, VT

https://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/
Use code “BibRave10” to save $10 on race entry!

June

6/3/2018 – North Olympic Discovery Marathon – Port Angeles, WA

http://nodm.com/
Use code “BibRave527” to save 5% on race entry!

Raise Your Hand if you enjoy Punishment-Hospital Hill Half Marathon

*Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hospital Hill Half Marathon race 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 review!”

Well, I must be a glutton for punishment because for the 2nd year in a row I have decided to take on the Hospital Hill Half Marathon in Kansas City, Missouri. Last year this race was a time of firsts; first time visiting Kansas City, first time racing in Missouri and first time having a race give you pajama bottoms instead of t-shirts and pancakes as post-race food. Outside of that, the course itself was VERY challenging and hilly but it had pretty good crowd support. My home state of NC is hilly but I believe Kansas City has North Carolina beat as far as hills, or at least as it comes to steep hills.

Outside of race activities, Kansas City, holds a lot of history. I was able to visit the African American Jazz museum, as well as, the Negro league baseball museum while I was there. I have friends there so, we all were even able to take in a Kansas City Royals game. Fun times, and I can wait to go back and tackle the “HILL” in June 2018. Stay tuned for discount codes for the race, in case you want to join me.

http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/

Ride Responsibility-Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review

I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS
The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features
Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly
Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies
X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear
Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design
With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear
Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1
Surface: Road
The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2
Surface: Trail
For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION
This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS

The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features

Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly

Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies

X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear

Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design

With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear

Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1

Surface: Road

The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2

Surface: Trail

For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION

This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS
The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features
Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly
Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies
X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear
Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design
With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear
Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1
Surface: Road
The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2
Surface: Trail
For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION
This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

BOCO BOCO BOCO Gear-Headwear Review

“Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Headgear hat 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!”

Most runners are serious about their headgear, and I am not any different. When I was given the chance to test out one of BOCO’s newest hats, naturally I jumped at the chance.

History
BOCO was “born in the Boulder”, Boulder Colorado. They offer stylish, technical headwear and accessories for your brand, team or event. Fully customized with wicking fabrications and technical innovation, our gear is designed for and tested by top athletes. We sweat the details! That means you can customize your own BOCO hat for your favorite team or group.

Reputation/Clients
Reputation can take a company a long way, and you can get a good idea of what type of reputation a company has by their clients. BOCO clients include some heavy hitters and well-known companies like: BIBRAVE, Ragnar, Timex, IronMan, GU, and Balega to name a few. All these companies surely can’t be wrong.

Hat Specs
Performance Woven material front
Wicking internal sweatband
Internal dry tech backing behind the front panels for additional wicking
Structured extended front panel
Mesh side and back panels
Adjustable plastic snap back closure
Curved or Flat bill available

Wear/Comfort
I feel BOCO has unlocked the secret to hat comfort and they aren’t sharing with anyone else. These hats are incredibly comfortable and fit the your head perfectly. I guess you can say I’m a fan, I own 4 different BOCO hats; 2 Bibrave, and 2 custom hats for my home state NC. I wear them mostly casually, but I have raced in one of my Bibrave hats.

Recommendation
This is a no brainer for me, you have to try one. If you have a Fleet Feet in your area, I’m willing to bet they have at least 1 style (if not more) of BOCO hats. So make your head happy, and experience the comfort of BOCO hats for yourself.

Check out what some of my fellow Pros had to say about BOCO:

 

Celebrate with me & Chocolate!

“Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 5K/15K race 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!”

Super Excited to receive an entry into the Hot Chocolate 15K/5k in Charlotte, NC. This will be my first Hot Chocolate race, but I have heard tons about them in other cities. It is great that they are finally bringing one to the state of NC. I don’t know a ton about the races but what I do know is; you get LOTS of chocolate goodies post-run, a until chocolate medal and really nice participant pullover. I hear the swag is unrivaled. So stay tuned as I train up for this race and if you would like to join me, use code: BibRaveHCChar18 to receive a free branded cap with your registration. Let’s share some hot chocolate together.

Race Discounts

Race Discount Codes

OCTOBER


10/28/2017 – Tulsa Run – Tulsa, OK

http://tulsasports.org/tulsarun/

Use code “bibravetr” for $5 on your race entry.

10/29/2017 – Ocean State Rhode Race – Narragansett, RI

http://runri.us/narragansett-race-info/

Use code “BibRave” to save 10% on race entry.

10/29/2017 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Chicago – Chicago, IL

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/chicago
Use code “BRHCCHI17” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!  

NOVEMBER

11/4/2017 – Bike the Coast – San Diego, CA

http://bikethecoast.eventmediainc.com/

Use code “BRBTC2017” for 30% off, includes ride & jersey combos!

11/04/2017 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Merida – Merida, Mexico

http://www.runrocknroll.com/merida/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 or 270 Pesos off Half, valid until 10/28.

11/04- 05/2017 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah – Savannah, GA

http://www.runrocknroll.com/savannah/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 10/28.

11/5/2017 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Columbus – Columbus, OH

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/columbus
Use code “BRHCCOL17” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!  

11/5/2017 – South Shore Half – Norwell, MA

http://southshorehalf.com/

Use code “BRSSH10” to save 10% on your race entry.   

11/11- 12/2017 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

http://www.runrocknroll.com/las-vegas/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 11/05.

11/12/2017 – Honor Run Half Marathon – Florence, KY

http://www.honorrunhalf.com/

Use code “BIBRAVE10” to save $10 on your race entry.

11/12/2017 – Madison Marathon – Madison, WI

http://www.madisonmarathon.org/

Use code “RAVE10” to save $10 on Madison Marathon or Half Marathon.

Code will expire Nov 8 at 11:59PM (close of online registration)

11/12/2017 –  Monterey Bay Half Marathon – Big Sur, CA

http://www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org/

Use code “BRP17” to save $10 off race entry and score a bonus 13.1 magnet! Valid until 10/31.

11/18-19/2017 – Williams Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa, OK

http://route66marathon.com/

Use code “2017R66BR” to save $10 on your race entry.

11/23/2017 – North Shore Turkey Trot – Highland Park, IL

https://www.northshoreturkeytrot.com/

Use code “BibRaveTT17”for a bonus RAM Racing drink bottle!

11/23/2017 – Art Van Turkey Trot – Chicago, IL

http://www.turkeytrotchicago.com/

Use code “17BIBRAVE10”to save 10% off all distances!

11/23/2017 – Century Link Turkey Day 5K Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN

http://www.turkeyday-5k.com/races/minneapolis/

Use code “TURKEYDAY2017”to save 10% off all distances!

DECEMBER

12/2/2017 – Run Laughlin –  Laughlin, NV

http://runlaughlin.com/

Use code “BIBRAVE20”to save 20% on your race entry.

12/02- 03/2017 – Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio – San Antonio, TX

http://www.runrocknroll.com/san-antonio/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 11/26.

12/3/2017 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Scottsdale – Scottsdale, AZ

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/scottsdale
Use code “BRHCSCOTTS17” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!  

12/10/2017 – BCS Marathon – College Station, TX

http://bcsmarathon.com/

Code “BIBRAVER17″ saves 10% on your race entry.

12/10/2017 – Honolulu Marathon – Honolulu, HI

http://www.honolulumarathon.org/

Use code “BIBRAVEHNL”to save 20% on your race entry!

12/10/2017 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K St. Louis – St. Louis, MO

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/stlouis
Use code “BRHCSTL17” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

12/10/2017 – Jingle All the Way 5K & 15K – Washington, D.C.

https://www.runpacers.com/race/jingle-all-the-way-5k/

Code “BibRaveJingle” saves $5 off the 5K or 15K.

12/17/2017 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa – Tampa, FL

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/tampa
Use code “BRHCTAMPA17” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2018

January

1/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sanfrancisco
Use code “BRHCSF18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/13-14/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona – Phoenix, AZ

http://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/7/18.

1/20/2018 – F^3 Lake Half Marathon – Chicago, IL

http://www.f3running.com/
Use code “bibrave13” to save $6 off the half and “bibrave5” to save $5 off 5K!

1/21/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/28/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Houston – Houston, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/houston
Use code “BibRaveHCHouston18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/28/2018 – Miami Marathon – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.themiamimarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEMM18” to save $5 on race entry!

February

2/3/2018 – Sedona Marathon – Sedona, AZ

http://www.sedonamarathon.com/

Use code “18BibRave” saves 20% on race entry!

2/3/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Dallas – Dallas, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas
Use code “BRHCDAL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/10/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/charlotte
Use code “BibRaveHCChar18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/17/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Nashville – Nashville, TN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/nashville
Use code “BRHCNASH18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/18/2018 – A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon and Half Marathon – Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://a1amarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE” to save 15% on the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.  

2/25/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/lasvegas
Use code “BRHCVEGAS18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

March

3/4/2018 – 13.1 Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.run131series.com/miamibeach/
Use code “BIBRAVEMB18” to save $5 on the half marathon!

3/4/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

http://www.runrocknroll.com/new-orleans

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/29.

3/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Seattle – Seattle, WA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle
Use code “BRHCSEA18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/18/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Diego – San Diego, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego
Use code “BRHCSD18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/18/2018 – Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon – Cary, NC

http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com
Use code “bibrave1” to save $20 on race registration!

3/24/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/indianapolis
Use code “BibRaveHCIndy18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

April

4/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia
Use code “BRHCPHILLY18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/14/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/minneapolis
Use code “BRHCMINN18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/26-28/2018 – Illinois Marathon – Champaign-Urbana, IL

http://illinoismarathon.com/
Use code “2018bibravebonus” to save $5 on race entry!