Disclaimer: I received a free Brilliant Reflective Family Pack 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’m in the middle of my New York City Marathon training cycle which means there are lots of early mornings and late night training runs ahead of me. This means I need to make sure I stay safe while I run and that’s where Brilliant Reflective comes in.
Brilliant Reflective are multipurpose 3M reflective strips that come in both stick-on and iron-on varieties. They come in different colors and even shapes! These are super handy for clothes, bikes, backpacks, helmets and much more. For review purposes, I mainly used the iron-on on my clothes and bags.
Here’s more about both the Stick-on and Iron-on Brilliant Reflective products. Stick-on strips:
Reflective strips that can be seen from up to 500 feet
Made with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material
Can be added to hard goods
Highly durable, waterproof, and removable if needed
Reflective can be seen from up to 500 feet
Made with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material
Machine Washable up to 50 washes
These strips are seriously bright! Putting them on my shirt for running in the dark definitely makes me seen and feel safe. I will say applying the iron-on was tricky, it took a few minutes with the iron, but the final product was well worth it.
I put the strips on my back and front of my shirt, and even while running I noticed that I was visible which was great. A lot of the reflective strips and gear I’ve tried did not live up to the reflectiveness but Brilliant Reflective definitely did.
Summer has come to Seattle and what better way to celebrate than a new pair of sunglasses?
I got the chance to review Shady Rays Signature Series over the last month. I tested these not only while running but while on vacation in California. Shady Rays come in multiple styles and are polarized with 100% UV protection.
Shady Rays are super lightweight which is a huge plus for travel. Not only did they hold up at the beach, they even survived the constant use and storage at Disneyland! I definitely dropped them a few times and there are no scratches on the lenses or the frames.
Other fun facts about Shady Rays:
Each order feeds 11 meals to fight hunger with Feeding America
Lifetime craftsmanship warranty
Free lost or broken replacements
I will say I did enjoy Shady Rays. I brought them on my camping trip and the light weight was huge especially when I was packing up my pack. When I got back home all I did to cleanse them was use a bit of cleaner and the microfiber bag and they looked good as new!
For me my one downside of Shady Rays was the nose bridge. I have a flat nose and when I was running I constantly had to push them back up on my nose. But for everyday where I did not have any issues!
I highly recommend Shady Rays if you need a good multipurpose pair of sunglasses!
Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Brooks Levitates and a free entry to Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle 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.
Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle is upon us! There’s nothing better than a race in my hometown Seattle. I am so fortunate that I can call this wonderful city home. To make things even better BibRave partnered with Brooks Running to create the Infinite Energy Seattle City Guide, presented by Brooks. Here are some of my must visit sites in the guide.
Fleet Feet Sports Seattle By far the best all around running store in Seattle. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Fleet Feet Sports Seattle is a one stop shop for all things running. It’s owned by husband and wife, Brian and Andrea Morrison. They not only run amazing training programs, I’ve done two of them, but I’ve met some fabulous people through this store community. The staff there is super knowledgable. Shoutout to Caroline and Dan, they are super helpful and can order almost any shoe you will ever need. Also – Brian is an amazing ultra runner – he was profiled in the Ginger Runner’s film A Decade On.
Evoke Coffee One of my favorite coffee shops in all of Seattle. Not only do the serve a good pour over and yummy baked goods the staff knows their coffee! I may or may not stop there on my way into work far too often for the coffee and a visit with Pablo the store’s adorable Bernese Mountain Dog.
A fun fact about Seattle is not only does it have epic views of Mt. Rainier it is surrounded by both fresh and salt water. The Seattle Waterfront is along Elliott Bay and has a vast expanse of running and biking trails. You can run from the Interbay neighborhood all the way to the ferry terminal. Along the way you will run though Meryl Edwards Park, see some AMAZING views of the Olympic mountains, run through the Olympic Sculpture Park, past the Edgewater Hotel, the Seattle Aquarium and of course the Great Wheel. There’s never a dull view and there’s also some great people watching along the way. For a shakeout run I highly recommend running an out and back starting at the Olympic Sculpture Park so you can visit Macrina Bakery for breakfast.
Brooks Trailhead Another fun place to visit! The Brooks Trailhead store is the full Brooks Running experience! Not only can you shop, touch, and try on the latest and greatest Brooks shoes, the store is located in the bottom of the headquarters! While you visit you can find your Run Signature, and find your perfect fit shoe. The store staff is wonderful and can provide you with all the running routes and gear suggestions you need.
Check out the map below for more fun places to visit. I love my city and I am so happy BibRave and Brooks created this awesome guide for Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle weekend. I will be running the half so if you see me on the course say hi!
Disclaimer: I received a COROS Pace 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.
My life has been crazy over the past month – I was taken out by a nasty virus after Big Sur and then work got super super busy, so running has been a challenge.
The one thing getting me to run is the new COROS Pace Multisport Watch! This brand new watch from COROS is for runners, swimmers and triathletes alike. With the longest battery life in its class, 25 hours in GPS mode (!!), this watch is a game changer.
The COROS Pace has an optical heart rate sensor that is crazy good. I took it for both a run and a walk and the watch got my heart rate perfectly. The COROS Global app, that uses COROS UltraSync Technology, makes it easy to check out my heart rate, running pace, and stats for every workout. Right after a workout I just opened the app and within a minute all of my stats and route appeared. It even syncs to Strava so I can keep track of my training. The other nice part about the COROS Pace is the odometer and the exercise goals. Even if I don’t have a run, bike or swim it will still track my goal and tell me when I reached it!
My favorite part of this watch is the lightweight design and bright 1.2” screen. Even in super bright sun I can read the screen while I run and I don’t have re-adjust during activity. I was surprised that I had no issues with the huge screen on my tiny wrist. I’ve had issues with larger GPS watches before, but the COROS Pace did not give me any grief. The altimeter is also crazy accurate. I took it up Hurricane Ridge and it was reporting the exact height. So cool!
I even took it for a few bike rides. The crazy accurate GPS was able to track all of the swerves while on the bike path. I wasn’t able to test it a power meter, that capability is out now. I was very impressed with the biking activity stats without the meter connection.
Overall, I highly recommend the COROS Pace for any multisport athlete. At the affordable price of $299.99, this is a great multi-sport watch
Marathon training is in full effect. Since I’ve been running longer distances listening to podcasts helps me kill the boredom on a long run. The new AfterShokz Trekz Air were just what I needed for marathon training and beyond.
AfterShokz Trekz Air are use bone conduction technology to that allows you to listen to music with out an ear but in your ear. AfterShokz make it so that you can hear on coming traffic while you run and still enjoy your music or podcasts. They also come with a zipper carrying case and a two year warranty!
My favorite things about Trekz Air is the ease of use and the long battery life. When I opened the box and turned the Trekz Air on they were instantly recognized my my iPhone. I haven’t had any problems connecting to them since. The battery life on these is AMAZING. They can last for up to 6 hours which means they will last for an entire long run, regardless of how fast you run.
They also work great in all weather or sweaty conditions. I ran Big Sur 21 Miler with my pair and they held up great with all of my sweat and the brief rain shower around mile 14. I also was able to stay aware of my surrounding on the race course. Since the course was so busy with other racers and volunteers it was great to hear course instructions and listed to podcasts to keep me running. They are so lightweight, I barely noticed I was wearing them during my race.
Overall, I highly recommend any distance runner buy a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air. They are so easy to use and comfortable to wear that the investment is worth it. If you want to buy yourself a pair, use this link and save $30 on your purchase!