A Pair Of Shoes Can Help Fight Breast Cancer – Oofos Project Pink Sandal Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of the OOFOS OOahh Sport Project Pink Recovery Sandals 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!

An Oofos Convert
This review is quick and to the point, because hands down Oofos are the best flip flops I’ve ever owned. I now have two pairs, these Ooahh Sport Project Pink Recover Sandals (slides) and a pair of the Ooriginal Sport Sandal (flip flops). In fact, I threw away all the other sandals I owned. I also have my eyes set on getting a pair of the Women’s Oomg Low Shoe so that I can have the Oofos goodness with closed toes and socks for the colder times of the year. I review the Ooriginal Sport Sandal HERE.

Real Quick, Specs On The Shoes
-They absorb 37% more impact than traditional footwear foam materials to reduce the stress on your feet and joints. (This aids in the recovery process and creates an incredibly comfortable.)
-The design reduces stress on sore feet, knees and the back.
-The design also enables a more natural foot motion.
-They are minimalist construction which makes them very lightweight.
-They are also machine washable and moisture/bacteria resistant! (Because feet are gross!)

Seriously, these shoes are comfortable. My feet seem to always ache and Oofos have helped. I’ll wear them after a long day on my feet (when I can’t wear open-toed shoes to work), I wear them out and about when I’m running errands, I wear them hanging out with family and friends, and I wear them around the house.

More Important, Project Pink
Besides the fact that these specific pairs of Oofos are part of the Oofos family and thus super comfortable, the most important part of this line is that they are from the Project Pink collection. After one of their own at Oofos HQ was diagnosed with breast cancer, they decided to make a big difference for others that may get diagnosed. They started donating 3% of EVERY Oofos order to the Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research team to support new medical breakthroughs with the potential to help patients like their own team member. And it’s not just the Project Pink line of shoes, it’s EVERY pair of Oofos sold!

My Experience
I didn’t know about the donation to the Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research team from Oofos until now and it hits home to me. I’ve watched many friends and family, including my Grandmother, go through a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. I love that Oofos is making this difference and that make these shoes all the better!

Oofos feel good on your feet and make you feel better by making a difference.


Find out what the other BibRave Pros Think:

Vanessa | Kooky Runner | BluegrassBAMR | Runnergirl1612 | 3DotJuan | Brandy The Runner | Run, Becky, Run | Lisha | The Pink Hat Runner | She Runs by the Seashore |


Get yourself a pair:

You can buy them online HERE. Did you know? Every purchase on OOFOS.com contributes to our goal of finding a cure for breast cancer.

Drop an FBOMB – FBOMB Nut Butter Review

Disclaimer: I received a 16 pack of FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butters 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!


I am always on a search for snacks, especially portable snacks since I work three different jobs and I am always on the go.  Being constantly on the move, running from job to job, place to place, I need snacks that are healthy and easy to eat. And now that I have a baby, I feel like time moves a lot differently. One second, I’ll be feeding my little one and the next thing I know, I need to rush out the door wondering how it got to be that time! Having easy to grab, healthym portable snacks is a must in my life right now.

By being a BibRave Pro, I got the chance to test the FBOMB Macadamia Nut butters in the packet form. I was excited to try these nut butters and see how they’d fit into my daily life. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter (I mean, peanut butter is life!), but a giant jar isn’t exactly convenient to travel with. I also have never tried macadamia nut butter and was curious about the taste.

What I liked about FBOMB’s Nut Butters:
-Taste! My favorite from variety pack is the Salted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter.
-Convenient! I loved how handy the packets were to throw in my lunch box, the diaper bag, the front seat of the car…..
-Healthy! They are high in GOOD fat which is necessary for proper body function and the absorption of vitamins.
-Pure Ingredients! All that’s in the Macadamia with Sea Salt packet is “dry roasted macadamia nuts, sea salt.” That’s it.

What I didn’t like:
-These are a little bit runnier than other nut butters that I’m used to – even with ample kneading of the packet. While eating straight from the packet, it’s fine, but if you like to eat it with an apple, for example, it can get a little messy, especially if you’re just trying to have a quick snack on the go!

The FBOMB nutter butters are perfect for everyday life. I kept them in my lunch bag, the diaper bag and in my car, just in case I needed a snack on the go. They are great for the middle of the night, while breastfeeding, snack as well!


See what the other BibRave Pros have to say:
RunNerd Girl | Scott | Ken | iRunonBeer | Mai | MotherRunner | Scoot-a-Doot |


Try them out:
The FBOMB Nut Butter Variety Pack sells for $34.99 online and has 16 pouches in 4 different flavors:
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Macadamia with Coconut Nut Butter Blend
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Macadamia with Sea Salt Nut Butter
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Salted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter (my fave!)
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Macadamia Pecan with Sea Salt Nut Butter

Use code BRP10 to save 10% off the 16-count FBOMB Nut Butter Variety Pack on their website.

#60HikesDenverChallenge – Mt. Sanitas

(In 2017, I had a goal of getting through all 60 trails in the book “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Denver.” I didn’t make it through all 60 that year (I only got about 18) or even in 2018…and now were into 2019. I still want to get through all the hikes in the book – eventually.  All the specific trail details can be found in the book or online, but I’ll highlight some things about each trail in addition to including my experience and opinion on the trail here. The numbers below are associated with how they are labeled in the book if you have it.)

I did this hike back in April when I was about six months pregnant (I just never got around to finishing this post).

Trail #3 – Mount Sanitas
Completed: 4/24/19 | Number Completed: 24/60
Mode: Hike with Ben, while pregnant
Location:  Boulder
Distance: 3.3 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Type of trail: Round trip; hard-packed dirt for half and very rocky on the other half.
Exposure: Half shady
Facilities: Pit toilets (pretty gross ones) and picnic tables. No water.

My Experience:
I actually really loved this trail, except for the crowds. This trail is known to have a ton of people and there is barely any parking. Despite that, this trail is actually quite nice! It has just the right amount of difficulty without being a gut buster. Ben and I did this hike when I was about six months pregnant and it took us a really long time. I had to stop and rest often, but we made it the whole way. We did the loop counter-clockwise and after seeing the side we went down on, I’m glad we did it this way. When you go clockwise, the uphill part is slightly shorter but way steeper!

Pros:
-Close to town; this trail is just outside of Boulder.
-Doesn’t feel close to town. Once you get away from the road, you don’t realize you’re that close to town until you get to lookout points and can see the city.
-There are a ton of other trails nearby as well.

Cons:
-Very busy! Even during a weekday, midday.
-No facilities. There is no water and the pit toilets are some of the worst I’ve seen.
-Not much parking; the little bit that is there fills up fast!

Tips:
-Bring Water!
-Hiking poles come in use for the steep downhill.
-Bring some cash! If you do manage to get a parking spot, it does cost ($5 I believe)!

Overall:
I would love to go back to this trail now that I’m not pregnant! It was pretty hard while being six months pregnant, but manageable. It’s a short enough hike that you could add this into your week for a training run or hike like the locals do. I do recommend this as a good trail for out-of-towners as well as a great example of a Colorado trail. Plus, the views from the top are worth it. To the east, you overlook Boulder and to the west, you can see mountainous landscapes!


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Essentials for the Start of Cross Country Season – 7 Tips For Managing A Busy Season

The start of the cross country season always hits me by surprise. Not because I don’t know it’s coming, but because of the hot afternoon runs, the influx of miles on my feet, and the drastic change in my schedule.  It always just feels like I’ve been steamrolled that first week of the season.

Over the last six years that I’ve been coaching cross country, there are a few essentials I need and tricks I’ve learned to make the start of my busy season a success.

1. Keep My Planner Update To Date
Yes, I still keep a paper planner! If I don’t write things down, I’ll usually forget them, even if it’s in Google. For REALLY important things (things that I would get fired for if I forgot), I’ll put them in my paper planner and in Google and set multiple reminders! However, just the act of writing things down helps keep me organized.

2. Always Have Water (and Electrolytes) On Hand
When the season starts, practices are at 3:15 in the afternoon. This is quite the shock as we usually run at 8:00am during the summer. The first week is always hard as my body adjusts to running in the bright sun and the 90 degree-plus weather! This year, as I’m coming back from having a baby, it’s been especially hard. I’m glad I have Gatorade Endurance to fuel my journey back into the running world!

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance products 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!

3. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen! (And Hat and Sunglasses)
I have learned just to always have a tube of sunscreen with me! Usually, it just stays in my car or the backpack that I bring to meets. This year I’ve found the perfect sunscreen for runners; the Sawyer Stay-Put SPF 30 Sunscreen doesn’t run in your eyes and lasts longer than any brand! It’s been perfect for long cross country meets when I get too busy running around the course to cheer on and coach the kids. Adding a hat and pair of sunglasses to your kit doesn’t hurt either!

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen 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!

4. Recover!
During practice, sometimes I get so caught up in making the kids do what they’re supposed to do that I forget to stretch and roll out myself, leaving me very sore and tight. I always have to remind myself that I also need to stretch and recover!

5. Keep hair ties EVERYWHERE
In the car, in my backpack, on my wrist…just have hair ties everywhere.

6. Keep Snacks On Hand!
This is super important. No matter what, it never fails that I’m hungry right before practice. It doesn’t seem to matter when I eat lunch, I always feel hungry just before we’re about to run. I’ve learned to keep granola bars on hand, for emergencies, and to pack snacks in my lunch bag for this case. The FBOMB nut butters have been perfect this year for a quick, healthy snack and great fuel before a run.

Disclaimer: I received an FBOMB Nut Butter Sampler Pack 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! 10% off FBOMB Nut Butter Variety Pack (16-Count) “BRP10”

7. Have Back-Up Gear In The Car.
I’m usually pretty good about bringing what I need with me for the whole day. Occasionally I forget, however, I keep back-ups in my car! Usually this is a pair of running shoes that aren’t great anymore (but okay in a bind), a pair of socks, and a running outfit (one that I may not like that much, but will work in an emergency). That way, if I forget my socks (this is usually the number one item I forget to pack), I have a backup!


Do you have a time of year that is always just a bit more busy than normal? Maybe when your kids go back to school (or maybe when they’re are out of school?). Or do you work multiple jobs like me and one of them is seasonal? I hope these seven tips and tricks will help you manage the next busy season in your life!