Product Review: Knuckle Lights Colors

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knuckle Lights Colors 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!

When I first heard about Knuckle Lights I always questioned why someone would use them. I’ve always run with a headlamp and made sure I had plenty of reflective gear on when running in the dark but Knuckle Lights Colors- Game Changer!

The new Knuckle Lights Colors are small handheld lights, that come in three different colors- bright blue, bright pink and black. I tested the bright blue and they are hard to lose since they are so darn bright! They are compact enough that you carry them in one hand if you do not need them right away on your run and pack a huge punch of light- 120 lumens to be exact.

Unlike a headlamp, you can point them anywhere you need light while you run. For me this helps a lot. Seattle has a lot of uneven pavement so shining a light a bit farther ahead of me helps me keep my balance.

Other great features of the Knuckle Lights Colors include:

  • Waterproof- they can be used all year round in any weather conditions!
  • Batteries are included with each set and each light takes 1 AA battery.
  • They are magnetic so they can be stored together.

Want a pair of your own? Visit Knuckle Lights and use code BRKL2017 for 15% off your own pair. http://ow.ly/w6cC30dKZxk

I am super excited to add Knuckle Lights Colors to my Fall Running Essentials. I know they will come in handy during my weekday runs while training for both the Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon and Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

 

I’m Running the Big Sur 21 Miler!

Big news- I am running the Big Sur 21 Mile in April! I found out Friday but haven’t had a chance to sit down and write up a blog all about it.

When I found out a few months ago that BibRave was partnering with Big Sur I was super excited and quickly put in for all of the races. What makes this even better is this is the first year Big Sur Events is offering a 21 mile course. The course will start after the Redwoods section and will pass by the beautiful views, the piano player, and many other iconic sights!

The distance is a bit daunting for me, I have never raced farther than 14 miles. I have a lot of work to do to get my base training back up. Spraining my ankle was not an ideal situation. I have two more half marathons in the next two months and I haven’t run more than 5 at a time.

But if you are interested in running Big Sur International Marathon as an individual the lottery for Loyalty, Locals & First-Timers are now open. If you want to run one of the shorter distances, registration opens on September 1st at 9am!

If you live in Seattle and need a long run buddy hit me up! I will need to run all of the distances and hill that I can get.

Gearing up for Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon

After running two half marathons in June I’m a bit burned out. I didn’t PR like I thought I would so I’ve been a bit bummed out when it comes to running. Granted, I’ve played more ultimate frisbee in the last month than I have since college so it’s not like I haven’t been running. But I do have another race coming up- Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon in Woodinville, WA on September 10th!

After seeing posts from races in Arizona and San Diego in years past I am very excited to run. This year participants get a sweet finisher’s medal, beer glass, a cool shirt, and a free Redhook beer at the finish party! They also have a 5K option too! I am hoping this flat-ish course is just what I need to get my legs back under me. I also re-joined the training program for fall which might help me get out of this slump.

If you want to join me use code BIBRAVEHALF for $10 off the half and BIBRAVE5k for $5 off the 5k.

Hope to see you there in September!

Race Recap: 2017 Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon 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 going to be honest- this is a local race for me so I might be a bit more bias than most. I am very happy I trained on most of the race course this year so I had some idea of what to expect when it came to the course and the hills.

Expo:
I left work a bit early and arrived at the expo around 5:30pm. There was Warped Tour going on so the normal walk from the International District took much longer than normal. When I got to CenturyLink Event Center there was no one there. I am not joking, there was no one at bib check in or waiting in line. I got my bib in five minutes and then headed over to the Brooks merchandise. There wasn’t much so I headed into the expo. Walked around a bit got some free sunglasses from Visit Seattle and got some free body glide from Westin. Besides the Nuun booth there wasn’t much else to see. I felt pummeled by Rock N Roll merchandise. All in all I spent an hour tops at the expo.

Saturday 5K:
I opted to run the 5k for the remix challenge. Honestly, it was alright. The corrals were small and cramped and the course was an out and back. I am glad I ran it but might skip it next year.

Sunday – race day!
Let’s just say I did not get any final information from Rock N Roll until Wednesday. They also changed the start time for the race from 7 to 6:30am. I understand their reasons but it made taking a bus to the start not possible, my options were to buy a shuttle ticket, bus to downtown then take the light rail, or bum a ride/take an uber. I decided to take an Uber with a friend from my place to get to the start line. This ended up changing Sunday morning.

I woke up Sunday morning to no Ubers in my area even though I scheduled one. So my amazing boyfriend ended up driving me and my friend to the start. Yes, he wins boyfriend of the year. We finally got to the starting area around 5:40 and holy crap it was not the standard Rock N Roll start. There weren’t defined corrals and the gear check was so far we had to walk a good distance to get to it. After gear check we got in the bathroom line then headed to the corrals to find a few of our friends from Fleet Feet Seattle.

The actual start took forever. I was in a front corral and even though corrals were starting we did not move for 10 plus minutes. I also realized I was not in an actual corral, even though I was between two fences. Not a great way to start the race.

Once we finally started the course was narrow. I prefer the older courses of this race. I was dodging people much of the time I was running. The first six miles were quite scenic and hilly. I was so happy I trained on most of the course so I knew what I was expecting. At mile 8 is where I got into trouble. I did not realize there was a steep hill and I started to cramp due to the humidity. Oh well… I kept running along Rainier Avenue South toward the finish line. I will say these miles were dull. I was so happy to get to the mile 11 aid station and see my friends from Fleet Feet Seattle. It was a great pick me up for the last hill which was the on ramp that gets to the finish.

I was clearly not thinking straight

The finish line was standard, the medal this year was great! I love it! I found my boyfriend and we set off to find my Remix Challenge medal. I had a hard time finding the medal tent and the gear check. They were far apart and part of it was that I was tired. I did get a pair of flip flops from Toyota because we have a corral which was nice! Surprise finish line swag is always nice.

I found my friend and we walked to the bus on 3rd Ave. We didn’t have to wait too long which was fantastic considering all of the traffic chaos caused by the race course closures. Once I was home, I ended up spending the rest of the day resting. I think Joey was concerned I spent a long time with my legs up the wall while watching TV.

My recommendation to Rock N Roll is to start at CenturyLink and finish at Seattle Center if they are going to do a point to point course. I know there is a lot of construction in Seattle but the current finish is brutal ending at CenturyLink Field. I know a lot of people who live in Seattle had a hard time getting to the start line on time due to the start time change AND the location of the start line.

Overall if you live in the Greater Seattle Area, I would run this race. It may be hilly but it’s a great course to challenge yourself on.

Product Review – Adidas Ultra Boost X

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X shoes 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 not going to lie, I was super excited to test the Adidas Ultra Boost X! I usually like a low to zero drop (the difference between the heel and forefoot heights in the shoes) shoe but the Ultra Boost X were so different and might have helped me with my speed work.

First, these are unlike anything I’ve ever felt on my feet. These shoes are very light, a size 7 weighs just 8.3 ounces! The arch of the shoe is not attached to the sole, so the shoe fits more like a sock. This was a little off putting a first- my feet did fall asleep the first few times I took them for a run. But after I got used to them my feet felt great and I did not have any shin or knee pain.

I primarily wore the Ultra Boost X for my weekly speed workouts and for short runs. I prefer very cushioned shoes for more than 5 miles. The great part about the the Ultra Boost X was that I felt great running sprints because of the Boost sole that is super responsive. I will definitely wear these for 5ks.

A few more things I love about the Adidas Ultra Boost X are:

  • The sock-like feel of the supper and arch, it made me feel like I was running in a support shoe not a neutral shoe.
  • The colors- the orange and black are fun and fashionable.
  • The Continental Tire tread- they don’t squeak on plastic floors when they get wet and I had no trouble at all running on different surfaces with them.
  • The toebox- when I first got them I thought they would seem super narrow but because of the knit upper my toes have plenty of room.

 

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I did have a few dislikes:

  • The shoelaces- they are too long, no matter which way I laced them they would still untie or flop around.
  • The price- I want to get another pair of them once these ones wear our but they are listed for $180, much more than my other shoes.

Overall, I really love the Adidas Ultra Boost X! They are great for speedwork and for my future 5k races. If you want to give them a try yourself- can buy them here, through Dick’s Sporting Goods.