Product Review: Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set

Disclaimer: I received these Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set 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!

About a month ago a mysteriously large box arrived at my place. It happened to be the new Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set! I was so excited I immediately used them.

The Pack-It Sport Active Set comes with 2 bags, one for shoes that fit up to a large men’s shoe and another bag for clothes that’s double sided. They fit perfectly into another work or gym bag and even have their own carry handles for easy transport. I took mine with me to Blooms to Brews and was able to keep the stink of my racing clothes away keep from the rest of my clothes in my suitcase.

Another nice part of using Pack-It Sport Active Set is that it fits nicely with the rest of Eagle Creek’s packing system. I love my Eagle Creek packing cubes and the fact that I could fit all of my race day clothing plus the rest of my clothes and necessities nicely in my suitcase is a huge plus. I’ve never been more organized traveling to a race before.

I will say I use the clothing bag much more than the shoe, my Hoka One One Bondi 5s don’t fit very well in the shoe bag. But my other running shoes fit just fine.

Some pros about the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set are:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Easy to wash
  • Ultra-light
  • Water repellent
  • Lifetime Warranty

The set comes in four different colorways and costs $40. Thanks to BibRave you can use code ‘SPORT15’ for 15% off any order!  Make sure you check out the Eagle Creek website for more organizational sets and other great luggage.

What do you like to use for organization? Let me know in the comments.

Product Review: Road ID Elite

Disclaimer: I received a Road ID Elite 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!

Many of you know I’m training for another half marathon PR in June. This has been a rough training cycle due to some hip pain and stomach/abdominal issues. I have had to stop running a few times and thankfully I’ve always been conscious and have had my cell phone on me to get a ride back home. But if for some reason in case of emergency, my Road ID is there with all of my essential personal information is on my wrist.

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For those of you who don’t know Road ID is a Kentucky based company that makes customizable ids for all types of sport. Road ID is perfect for anyone who is active and either has a current medical condition or wants some peace of mind. When I first found out about my allergies, I purchased both a Slim ID and a Shoe ID. I use both on a regular basis just in case something happens.

Recently, I was able to get the new Road ID Elite Black Edition. This newest finish of the Road ID Elite is perfect for me.  It’s stylish, or as stylish as it can be, and the new Black Edition plate is easy to read. I love how it can even wear it to work and it matches what I’m wearing. The Black Edition badges are a nice touch too. It doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing it on my wrist when I’m running or walking.

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Besides the functional reasons, Road ID Elite gives me peace of mind with an extra line of text so I can have three emergency contacts instead of two. If there were an emergency one of my loved ones would be notified and the person who sees my Road ID would know about my allergies.

Thanks to Bib Rave you can sign up here for $5 off your next Road ID purchase. Just make sure you use the code within 2 weeks.

 

Race Recap: Blooms to Brews 10K

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Blooms to Brews 10K 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! 

This past weekend I ran Blooms to Brews 10k! Much to my surprised the race ended up being a lot of fun and I learned a lot about myself.

Expo
I drove down Saturday and arrived at expo before it opened. I ended up waiting in my car until noon when the door finally opened. The packet pick lines were a bit disorganized and it was a bit cramped due to the merchandise they had for sale. There were some sweet growlers!

Once I finally got my goodie bag with a super cute neon pink women’s cut tank, reusable bag, and printed program and map of the course I went to check out the expo. There wasn’t much. It was about five booths total. I headed back to the car and drove off to Portland to go explore for the rest of the day.

Race Day

Getting to the race was pretty was easy. Me and the boyfriend stayed in Vancouver, WA about 20 minutes away. We grabbed coffee on the way in and once we got to the race there was plenty of parking in the field next to the start line. I will say the weather was not as warmed as I hoped. I originally was going to race in shorts but ended up changing into tights the car right before the start. I will say their finish line was well organized except for the port-a-potties. My recommendation is to add two or three more to make the line move a bit faster.

All three races, Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k started right on time. People did a pretty good job at organizing themselves in the correct order. The 10k course is a lollypop where you run about farms and tulip field. Unfortunately, there weren’t flowers out but that was ok, it was still beautiful out. When the race started, I took off at a pace to PR, about 8:45/mile. I was feeling great and realized I was in the top 10/15 women for the first few miles. But the smaller turns and u-turns made it hard to keep my pace.

Unfortunately, just after mile 3 my hip started to hurt and radiate pain through my gluteus to my IT band. Yep it was most likely the hip that started the chain reaction. I tried to stay calm and kept telling myself less than 3 miles left but no such luck after mile 4 I had to walk and again with a half a mile to go I had to walk. The hardest part was watching myself get passed and passed by people as the finish line got closer. When I saw the finish line I was so happy I was trying my best to sprint without hurting.

The finish cute was well organized and I got my medal, a mylar blanket and a bottle of water. The finish line party was great. Each runner gets a free beer and bbq sandwich. Right after I found my boyfriend I immediately got my free beer, the Blooms IPA I believe, it’s brewed just for the race from a brewery in Vancouver. The bbq sandwich was great since I was freezing and need something warm to eat. About 10 minute later my boyfriend checked my time and it turns out I placed second overall in my age group!! Yes, my mess of a race turned into a first time ever age group place! So we stuck around until the award ceremony then got in a car and headed home.

This race was super fun and I am glad I ran! I am also happy I could get an age group place even though I wasn’t having the best race ever.

 

Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2017 – The race that did not happen

My original plan for the start of 2017 was to run a Coast to Coast to Coast (C2C2C) challenge. This meant running Walt Disney World Half Marathon, a week later running Start Wars Light Side Half Marathon, and a month later run Princess Half Marathon. Well that C2C2C turned into a Vacation to Coast to Coast challenge.

Expo
Getting to the expo and getting my bib wasn’t too bad. Lots of twist and turns and weird signs but overall not bad. My dad did have a few issues with his bib but it was a misunderstanding about a limited edition pin he purchased that sent us on a wild goose chase.

Once that was sorted out finding our shirts for the Half Marathon and Goofy Challenge was hard. The expo was super crowded and hot which did not help us navigate the chaos. We quickly got our shirts and got out of the hot Jostens Center and back to the hotel.

When we got checked in and settled my dad and I realized we did not have our standard bag check tags for race day and the buses were a bit different compared to previous years.

Weather
The weather in Orlando was a bit humid for January, but each year I’ve run during marathon weekend it’s been super humid. We were told via email and Twitter that runDisney was following the weather closely and they would let us know if the race was canceled. Friday we went into the parks and we went to the Magic Kingdom first thing in the morning and then went to EPCOT for our pre-race dinner. We chose the Garden Grill, I highly recommend this place.

After we finished my dad and I both checked our phones to see if the race was happening. Well it turns out it wasn’t but the only notification we received was a FACEBOOK POST. Yes it was a Facebook post, no supporting emails, no supporting Tweets, just a Facebook post. This is one of my frustrations, I did not find out the race was “officially” canceled until 11pm via email the night before the race.

I understand it was a game time decision because of the weather situation but there were other ways to notify participants and their families. runDisney could have sent a notification text and email via runner tracking along with the Facebook post but waiting two hours to send the email was frustrating. I do agree with their decision to cancel the race and I am happy runDisney did the right thing for the safety of their participants, staff and volunteers.

Disney’s customer service
runDisney did offer many options to refund the runner. You could go to the expo and get a full Marathon bib for Sunday, get a gift card for the full entry fee, get two one-day park tickets, or get a transfer entry. I chose the transfer entry but have yet to receive some sort of confirmation. I am very grateful runDisney offered participants options for the canceled race I do wish there was a bit more Disney magic when it came to communication post-race weekend. I know I am supposed to receive a finisher medal but honestly, I have no clue when that will arrive. (Update: Finally got my race medal at the end of March!) I did receive my Coast to Coast medal at Star Wars even though I did not run a race in Florida. I did bring it with me to Princess so I could take pictures with it after running my “third” half. I am also grateful that I did get to have a family vacation at Disney World. We spent more time together since I did not run the race. So, there was a silver lining in all of the disappointment.

Vacation
I did have a great vacation! We went to all of the theme parks, saw the new parts of the park and got to spend more time together than we hoped. I am returning for Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend with my boyfriend and his family and I hope it will be just as fun as this trip.

Have you ever traveled to a canceled race? Let me know your frustrations and your silver lining in the comments!

Blooms to Brews 10k, reflection

As I put the finishing touches on my NYC Half recap I realize that I have a few races coming up quick in the next few weeks.

This weekend is the Booms to Brews 10k in Woodland, Washington and a few weeks later I have another 10k in Seattle, the Tenacious Ten. I love the 10k distance and am super excited for both. Not sure if racing is in the cards for Saturday but I know my legs are finally rested for race day.

If you want to join me this weekend use code “Lucky7” for $7 off your registration for Blooms to Brews this weekend. Online registration closes April 7th.