Product Review: COROS Pace Multisport Watch

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

Product Review: Aftershokz Trekz Air

Disclaimer: I received a free pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air 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.

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 in Navy Blue

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!

Use this link to save $30 on a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air!

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!

Check out what my fellow BibRave Pros had to say about AfterShokz Trekz Air!
Amy | Barb | Amy | Brad | Lisa | Danielle |Lindsey

Product Review: Orange Mud Gear Vest

Disclaimer: I received a free Orange Mud Gear Vest 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.

Over the last few weeks I had the pleasure of testing out the new Orange Mud 2L Gear Vest!

Version 2.0 of the Orange Mud Gear Vest offers a 1L hydration bladder and 1L of gear space with plenty of pockets. The Gear Vest comes in two colors, white and black. It’s machine washable in delicate and dries quickly. The fabric is also breathable which is a huge bonus for hot long runs.

One of the best features of the vest is the upper front pockets. They are perfect for gels and other fuel and have a handy Velcro flap that is super easy to access while you run. I also found that the contents of the upper pockets didn’t bounce which was great.

Want an Orange Mud Gear Vest for yourself? Use code “BRGV15” for 15% off on the Orange Mud website.

My other favorite part of the vest is the front strapping system. The elastic straps are super lightweight and adjustable. I barely felt them while I ran. This minimized bounce and made for a comfortable run.

 

The small reservoir is easy to adjust on your back. I didn’t have too many issues with the weight higher up in my back. The extra liter of storage is great for a lightweight jacket.

 

There is one downside for me, I have a very large chest. Due to the front strap placement, I can’t wear a tank top or shirt sleeve shirt because of the chaffing on my arms and sports bra. To make sure it was my chest size causing the chaffing, my boyfriend tried it on for a run and he had no chaffing issues.

I highly recommend the OrangeMud Gear Vest for any runner who’s looking for hydration vest for mid to long runs and doesn’t need to haul too much gear. The quality of this vest makes it worst the investment. Want an Orange Mud Gear Vest for yourself? Use code “BRGV15” for 15% off on the Orange Mud website.

Race Review: Rock ‘N’ Roll San Francisco

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock ‘N’ Roll San Francisco 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!

This past weekend I ran the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Francisco half marathon with my fellow BibRave Pro Jeannine. It was a lot of fun and well worth the trip.

Expo

Even though I got in super late (12:30am), we headed to the expo first thing in the morning. We took MUNI from our hotel to the Embarcadero, got Philz Coffee and walked down to Pier 35.

There was a small line but once the doors opened it took us less than five minutes to get our bibs. Right after bib and t-shirt pickup there was the official merchandise section.  One of the coolest things Rock ‘N’ Roll does is put participant names on the shirt. There was a life-size banner where you could find your name which was fun.

The rest of the expo was small but it made it a lot more manageable. Toyota was there and was giving away a portable battery to Toyota owners and you could play games for more prizes. I played against Jeannine in a run in place challenge. There was a how much can you fit into corolla game too. The title sponsor United Airlines was giving away headbands/neck warmers and free Illy espresso. Illy espresso is now served on all United Airlines flights. We stopped by St. Jude, Rock ‘N’ Roll, a few other booths before we headed out for a full day of sight seeing in San Francisco. 

We walked down to Pier 39 saw the sea loins, Boudin bakery, and then took the cable car back to our hotel near Union Square. It was super fun hanging off the cable car and taking in the city. Jeannine took some awesome photos. We dropped our bibs off at the room and then headed out to the Mission District to go see all of the amazing murals. Found some artisan s’mores, more art, and then some beer at Anchorship Public Taps. Dinner was yummy Japanese food then we went to bed super early since we had a 6:15am start for the race.

Race Day

After an early wake up call we got a Lyft to the start line. It was freezing, I should have brought throwaway clothing with me. We found my friend Kristie and then headed into Pier 39 to stay warm and out of the wind. The race however did not start on time. We waited at least 10-15 minutes before we started, they never specified what was the delay.

The race course was an abbreviated out and back starting at Pier 39 and ending at Ghirardelli Square with the turnaround at the end of the Golden Gate Bridge. In total we run about 4 miles on the Golden Gate Bridge, 4 miles on city streets, and the rest on the paved tails of the Presidio.

Once we were off we ran along the water and up a few hills to get to the Presidio. Coming from Seattle the hills were steep but nothing I wasn’t used to. The weather was a bit chilly until we hit mile 4. Once we got onto the bridge the weather cleared and it was BEAUTIFUL! Since we weren’t running for time we stopped and took photos along the bridge and I am so happy we did. Running the downhill turnaround was fun since it was trail with a huge hill. I ended up hiking it to save my energy for the last few hills we had left. I will say, we did not run on the actual car lanes, we ran on the pedestrian/bike path that was quite narrow. There were a few points where I did run into other runners and it wasn’t avoidable. But the views were well worth the narrow course.

After the bridge we turned onto the Presidio paths and got up close and personal with the waves which was fun. It was a bit boring running along the path since the Golden Gate Bridge was behind us so there wasn’t much view.  I started to not feel so great around mile 11 even though I ate almost all of my fuel. With Kristie’s help I was able to persevere and getup the hill near Fort Mason at mile 12.5 and then down a hill to the finish.

Post-Race

The finishers chute was short and highly organized. I was able to get my medal, water, electrolytes and Ghirardelli chocolate quickly. Where the finish line was located made it easy for us call and Lyft.

When I got back to the hotel after the race, I was able to jump on Athlinks.com and claim my race results. You can check out how I did it here, and while you’re at it, jump on and make an account too. Don’t forget to add me as a friend so we can go head-to-head in future races!

We had more time to sightsee so we grabbed bottomless dim sum brunch at Chubby Noodle to celebrate then explored Chinatown before we headed to the airport.

Overall race thoughts

Overall, this was a great race weekend. If you haven’t been to San Francisco or it’s been a while since your last visit, it is well worth a trip. Rock ‘N’ Roll puts on a great race that’s well worth it!

Review: Athlinks

Disclaimer: I reviewed Athlinks 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!

One of the biggest problems I run into is trying to keep track of all of my race results. Even though I have a good idea of what my PR is in a particular distance it’s nice to all in one place.  That’s where Athlinks comes in!

Athlinks keeps your race results in one place. It makes is easy to track to your race performance over time and see how you compare to other runners. Your profile page gives you an overview of all of your PRs and claimed results.

Amanda’s Athlinks profile

How to use Athlinks

Creating an account is simple. You can sign up with your email or Facebook account. Once registered, you can start claiming results. There are filters to help you find the correct events based on location and your age.

Amanda’s Start List on Athinks

One of the best features of Athlinks is the Start List. To add yourself, simply search for a race, select the year, distance and your goal time. The cool part of the start list is you can see who else has the same goals, where they’re from, and see their previous race times. Since I’m not the fastest runner is interesting to see other runner’s goal times and previous races.

Searching for events
Adding an event to the start list

You can also follow your friends and see where they are running. In some cases the people you follow will be your rivals. A rival is a runner who you follow who ran the same race as you. It’s fun to have some friendly competition.

Another nice feature of Athlinks is the search. Want to run all 50 states? You can easily search and find races based on location and distance to start planning your next runcation. I’ve found a few local 10ks through Athlinks and even some bigger bucket list races (Iceland, anyone?) just by searching. 

Amanda’s results on Athlinks

Athlinks is great if you run a lot of races and love seeing stats. I recommend Athlinks to any runner that has big goals and wants to keep a race diary of your progress over time.

Follow me and my fellow BibRavePros on Athlinks here. Maybe you’ll be my next rival?