Mercury Mile Product Review

Disclaimer: I received 50% off the contents in my Mercury Mile box and a waived styling fee 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!

So… I’m not very fashion-savy. Not in the least. I’ve never been up to speed on the latest trends and typically when I think something is cute/stylish, nobody else does. Now, that’s not to say I don’t LIKE looking cute and stylish, I’m just not very good at picking stuff out. I rarely crave going shopping and when I do go, I usually don’t end up having the patience for it and it stresses me out. Then again, I am not a typical girl!

The same goes for my running clothes. There’s a ton of cute athletic wear out there, but I just don’t find it. Most of my running clothes have been given to me for free (shirts from races and gear from my job with 3W Races) or bought at Walmart (sports bras and shorts). I do have a lot of Skirt Sports gear from when I was an ambassador for them and that’s about as “cute” and stylish as I get.

Thankfully, a solution is out there for people like me. Let me introduce you to Mercury Mile. This shopping delivery service is perfect for the busy runner, the shopping-phobic person, and the fashion-deficit active person. They find out what you’re like and what kind of clothes you like and a stylist hand-picks outfits out for you! It’s not a subscription service; you don’t get boxes on a monthly bases, but you can trigger as many boxes as you want!

It’s super easy too and totally takes the stress off of going shopping!

Step 1: Fill out your runner’s profile
This is actually pretty fun and asks you a ton of running-apparel questions to get a good sense of your style and the type of runner you are. This plays into the type of clothes you’ll need. It only takes about 5-10 minutes.

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Step 2: Wait for your package to come in the mail!
It really only took a couple of days and it was on my doorstep!

Step 3: Un-Box and try on everything
Better yet, hold a little fashion show in your bedroom!

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Step 4: Only keep what you like and mail back everything else in the pre-postaged mailer that’s included in the box!

This was the first time I had ever tried anything like this and I was pretty impressed. I think my stylist did a pretty good job. In the runner’s profile that you fill out, you can link your Instagram account as well for them to take a look at and see what you typically wear. When my box came, there was a note from the stylist and it even referenced things from the runner’s profile and my Instagram!

The best part is, it doesn’t cost more than going to the store! You only pay for what you keep and even though there’s a $20 stylist fee, that goes toward the items you keep! I ended up keeping two of the items that I really loved. I liked all the rest, but they didn’t fit me quite right. Now, I could have exchanged them for different sizes (another cool feature) but I opted out to save money!

I would definitely recommend this service to anyone looking for some stylish, new running or activewear clothes! It totally takes the hassle out of going to the store, is taylored just for you, and costs the same amount as shopping out and about! They also do this for men, too!

What do you think of the outfit I kept!?


You can try it for $10 off the styling fee with coupon code: BibRave10

Start by filling out your runner’s profile! 


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Oh! The Places The FlipBelt Crops Will Go! A Product Review

Disclaimer: I received the FlipBelt Crops 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!

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!

I remember first seeing the FlipBelt at the Colfax Marathon Expo a few years ago. I thought it was the coolest thing and idea. I didn’t end up buying one because at the time I couldn’t afford it (in full disclosure, I was running the marathon relay on a free team paid for by one of my jobs).

I finally got my hands on one in the last year and love it. I actually use it quite often. When I got the word that I was selected to try and review the new FlipBelt Crops, I was super excited. The idea of having one less item to wear, on my body, was very appealing!

These capri pants are probably the comfiest, softest and most functional piece of running clothing I own, but what I like the most is how versatile they are and how convenient they are for so many activities! The Dr. Seuss book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” always pops into my head whenever I wear them. In the few short weeks they’ve been in my closet, I’ve worn them to so many different types of runs, events, and activities!

Oh, the Flip Belt Crops can take you….

…On The Road!
Above all, these crops were initially made for runners in general. It’s perfect to have a pair of pants with a built-in FlipBelt to carry your keys safely, your phone so you can listen to music and take pictures, and a zippered pocket for your ID, credit card or money if you need it.  Plus there’s still room if you need to take gels or a water bottle with you!

…To The Trails!
Trail running is a breeze with these pants! And they are moisture-wicking so your legs don’t feel sticky or sweaty.

…With Me To Work!
In fact, I wore them to coach track so many times, my co-workers started calling them my “marsupial pants.” In addition to track practice, I wear them when I’m race directing!

...To The Stadium!
I coach Long Jump and Triple jump for a local high school. You don’t know HOW perfect these are for coaching! I can run up and down the side of the track with my phone, pens, note paper, and tape for my jumpers all on me!

…To The Crag!
PERFECT for climbing and I could easily keep my phone on me for pictures from the top or pictures of my clients (I also own a rock climbing guiding business).

…In The Gym!
It’s easy to keep my phone on me so I can listen to my pump up jams while I’m pumping up the iron!

…On The Yoga Mat!
Super comfy for all the yoga poses!

…To The Store!
My shopping list, phone, money, and keys are safe and sound while I navigate the isles of the grocery store.

…On A Hike!
Even if I’m hitting the trails for just a hike, I can easily carry my phone with me so I can take pictures of the beautiful views.


Features (These are straight from the website, but I’ve added my notes to describe the pros.)

  • 76% Polyester 24% Spandex  (i.e. SUPER soft fabric)
  • Moisture-wicking  (i.e. don’t stick to you even when you’re super sweaty)
  • Antimicrobial fabric (i.e. don’t get smelly)
  • Rear zipper pocket (i.e. safe and secure place for your ID and money)
  • Internal key ring (i.e. secure your keys without the worry of losing them)
  • Multiple front pocket openings (i.e. easy to get your belongings in and out of the pockets)
  • Large phone pockets (i.e. plenty of space to carry what you need)
  • 3M reflective logo (i.e. safety, always)
  • Machine wash and dry (i.e. convenient ’cause who has time for hand washin’ and hang dryin’!?)

Some more pros I’ve noticed:

  • They don’t bounce, twist or otherwise move around when I run EVEN with the pockets loaded up.
  • The key hook is perfect for piece-of-mind while carrying my keys with me.
  • Seriously, I’m going to say it again: These leggings are the comfiest and “softest” tights I’ve ever worn, including the seams; I didn’t even notice them!
  • It is super easy to take your phone in and out of the pockets. No struggling or fumbling while running to get items back in the pockets like I’ve experienced with other running belts.
  • They do fit the FlipBelt water bottles!
  • Having the built-in belt really eliminates the feeling of wearing a ton of items/accessories. I feel way less bogged down by THINGS.
  • Plus, they look GOOD! They are very attractive and stylish!

Cons:

  • They are a little warm. I can’t wear them when it’s about 70 degrees and up outside for a run; I just overheat.  I hope they make a shorts version soon or maybe other, lighter colors!
  • Not waterproof. If I sweat a ton (for example on longer and hotter runs), I notice that my phone gets a little wet, but not much.


Get yourself a pair!

Visit FlipBelt onlineUse code “BIBRAVE” to get 25% off the FlipBelt Crops for a limited time.


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I’m a BibRave Pro!

That’s right! I’ve added another ambassadorship to my resume.

“What is BibRave?” I hear you asking…
BibRave is an online community where you can find and review your races.

FIND: If you’re like me, you don’t want to just run any race, willy-nilly. I care about the QUALITY of the race from the management and the course set to the swag and the expo. I like to spend my precious dollars on GOOD races rather than one I leave disappointed with after. With BibRave, you can find races and read real and honest reviews from those that have run them.

REVIEW: Once you’ve finished a race, write a review about your experience. You can also break down the race into categories like swag, race management, expo, etc and give star ratings on the quality.

What does it mean to be a BibRave Pro??
“BibRave Pros are active, enthusiastic, and socially-savvy run bloggers who help spread the word about BibRave and BibRave-partnered races and brands.”

So, I get to be part of a fun community, run races and find out about new running-related products. Score! Actually, I’ve only been part of the “team” for a few weeks now and have found such a supportive, fun, and creative group of runners. We all follow each other’s social media and communicate through a program called Slack. It’s a smaller group of ambassadors, so I feel kind of special, for lack of a better word (I have been part of large ambassador programs and no matter how much you communicate, it still feels like you get lost in the crowd).

What you can expect as a blog reader:
Soon, you’ll see a page at the top of this website called “discounts” where a lot of running-related products and race discounts will be listed as well as a lot more race and product review posts.

I’ve very excited to be a part of this community and share some fun new products and races with you all too!


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