Denver Rock N’ Roll 10k – Post Race Review

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Denver Rock n’ Roll 10k race 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 love checklists; bucket lists and to-do lists. I love being able to cross things off and now, I get to check an item off my running bucket list: Run a Rock n’ Roll event!

See more of my travel and running bucket list items HERE.

I have been coming back to running after having a baby in July and it hasn’t been easy, to say the least, but had picked some races to train for as motivation and that surely has helped to get me out there!

One day, I got a message from the BibRave Pro leaders about doing the Rock N’ Roll Denver race since I lived here. I took a look at my calendar and quickly said yes. I had always wanted to do a Rock n’ Roll race. While I would have loved to do the half marathon, I’m obviously not there yet and signed up for the 10k!

Pre-Race 
I was a little nervous going into this event, as I talk about in my pre-race prep. For one thing, 6.2 miles is quite far three months postpartum. My longest run before that was 4.5 miles. I had no plans of “racing” the Rock n’ Roll race and thought I could treat it as a training run to up my miles for a half marathon I am training for. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me with a run/walk plan and all the information says the 10k has a cap of 1 hour and 30 minutes or you’ll be picked up by the sag wagon, as they call it. I really didn’t want to be picked up by the sag wagon.

I was also nervous about logistics. It had been a LONG time since I’ve done a BIG event and I was anxious about getting parked and to the start.

Goals
I had one goal for this race: to finish. (I guess two goals if you count me not wanting to be picked up by the sag wagon!) I made a mental game plan to walk at every mile marker so that I wouldn’t get so exhausted that I’d have to walk the whole second half of the race.

The Night Before/Morning Of
Being a newbie mom, I still haven’t quite learned my lesson. I SHOULD have lain out all my clothes and gotten my bag ready the night before. But I didn’t. I SHOULD have planned what I was going to do for breakfast. But I didn’t. I SHOULD have prepared a driving/parking plan sooner. But I didn’t. I was so tired the night before after working my own race that I directed, that after the kiddo went to bed, I went to bed. I didn’t even take a #flatrunner picture!

The next morning came way to fast. I woke up, kiddo was still sleeping, so I pumped some fresh milk for his Grandma to feed him. Then I spent 30 minutes running around the house trying to figure out what to wear, what I needed to bring, what to eat for breakfast, and how I’m going to get there. Luckily, the one thing I DID do the night before was reserve a parking spot with Spot Hero. While all the close parking lots were already reserved by that time, I did find a lot for only $2, but it was 3/4 of a mile from the start. What I didn’t know is that my driving route would be altered and rerouted for the actual race course! Ugh. All these years as a runner and I’m still learning.

Race Day
Once I got clothes on my body, food in my belly and found my parking lot, I left the warmth of my car to head to the start line. I didn’t want to mess with bag check because I was short on time and I really didn’t need anything extra other than what I was wearing and my car keys (I was wearing my FlipBelt Capris that has a key ring attachment in them).  It was a chilly race morning. It was hanging in the low 40s, which would have been fine, but the wind was BRUTAL! I had capris, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and my Buff, fleece-lined headband on. I was pretty content except when the wind would blow (which was pretty much constantly)!

Race Start
I got to the expo okay and found the long bathroom lines. At this point, I was very glad I didn’t mess with bag check because I waited in the bathroom lines for 30 minutes. I got out of the port-o-john right at 6:55am (race start is 7:00am) and jogged to find the actual start line and my corral. Boy was it crowded! I was growing more and more nervous that I would miss the start even though I knew it was chipped timed (I just like starting in the big group!). I found where my corral was but I couldn’t get in it! There were barricades up and so many people that a bunch of us were just waiting at the one small break in barricades until the crowd got a little more spread out. Once the race actually started (the wheelchair race first), I was able to slip into the start line and make my way up to my actual corral. Phew!

The Race
I’ll have you know, I stuck to my plan! While this may seem like a “duh” moment, racers (including myself) tend to break all plans when actually running. The adrenaline of being around a big crowd usually makes you run harder/faster than you intend. My plan was to walk at every mile marker for just a few minutes so I wouldn’t get burnt out by the halfway mark. Let me tell you when you pull off to the side to walk at mile one and NO ONE ELSE IS WALKING, it’s really hard not to just pick the pace back up and push through. It’s almost embarrassing, even though I know it shouldn’t feel that way, and all I wanted to do was yell at everyone that looked at me, “I JUST HAD A BABY THREE MONTHS AGO! LEAVE ME ALONE!”

My plan was going very well until mile four…where I missed the mile marker. So I did end up running from mile three to mile five. I kept thinking my self, “It sure feels like it’s been longer than a mile, I’m getting tired,” and sure enough, the mile five marker appeared. “Phew,” I told myself and promptly stopped to walk!

The course wasn’t too difficult, but the wind made it a bit harder. Why did it feel like the wind was always head on no matter which way we turned!?

Other than missing mile four, I felt pretty good! My hip flexors did start hurting halfway through and I could definitely feel my ankles and knees getting tired, but I still had a little bit of oomph to give it a burst of speed into the finish line!

I ended up finishing in 1:11, way faster than I thought I would be! And the sag wagon didn’t have to bring me in.

I’m very glad it was Rock n’ Roll event. There were bands almost every mile and they were all really good and fun! In my 10k race, I probably saw four or five bands! The music was certainly helpful since I forgot my headphones (see the previous paragraph about not preparing the night before).

Race Review:
T-Shirt/Swag – 5/5
I do love the swag of this race. The shirt is cute and fits well and I love the medal! Rock n’ Roll did a great job on the medal. It is very unique and specific for Colorado; it’s the flag with the Denver skyline and a columbine (our state flower).

Aid Stations/Support – 5/5
They get another 5 our 5 on this one! For the 10k, there were three (I believe; there might have been one more…I can’t remember) aid stations with water and Gatorade Endurance. They had plenty of volunteers handing out the drinks.

There was also great support at the end of the race. As soon as I finished I was handed my medal and a heat sheet (the wind was pretty chilly that day and once I stopped running I got very cold). The finish corral was lined with water, Gatorade Endurance, and snacks!

Course Itself/Scenery/Difficulty – 4/5
The course was pretty fun. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite course by any means, but definitely a great way through the city. There were parts of it that wound through random streets of Denver where I thought they could have chosen better streets (although being a race director myself, I’m sure this has everything to do with finding the correct distance with the streets Denver permits would allow the use of and avoiding construction). The 10k course wasn’t too difficult; there were two “big” hills that I think wouldn’t have felt big if I was better trained. If I were from another state, this course would be a great way to see the city, that’s for sure!

Expo Quality – 4/5
Okay, let me start by saying the expo at packet pick up (and on race day) was great. It was fun, plenty to do and see and new products to try. Picking up my packet and swag was quick and easy and holy-moly do they have a ton of extra swag items you could have purchased! The only reason this is not a 5 out 5 if because I had to pay for parking. I’m sorry, but I’m a firm believer that if I’ve already registered for a race (yes, this one was free for me, but I’m reviewing as if I paid for it), that it should include everything. Heck, I’d be fine if the race price increased by $5 if it means I don’t have to pay for parking. It’s the principal of the matter. I’ve already paid for a race and now I have to pay more money just to get my packet? I have always thought that was wrong and have experienced this with a few other events in the past.

Parking/Access – 2/5
I really wish they could find a start/finish area that had more free parking or at least parking closer to the area. You already read how I feel about added costs after registering for a race and this is no different. The race was at Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver and there’s really not any large amount of parking anywhere near there. There are a ton of small lots and garages all around, but they all cost money and they all require walking. The closest lots that were less than a quarter of a mile walk were all reserved a few days before but they cost anywhere from $15 to $20. I found a lot for only $2 (go me!) but it was 0.75 miles away. On the way to the start, it was no big deal, but when I was finished with the race, it felt like a marathon’s distance away and I was freezing walking back to my car. Rock n’ Roll did advertise with Spot Hero, which I used to reserve my spot. This was the first time I’ve used it and it seemed to work out okay – there was a spot available when I got there and my car was still there when I got back! That part did help ease some nerves of race morning logistics so I didn’t have to stress about finding a spot or carrying cash for parking.

Race Management – 5/5
It’s a Rock n’ Roll race, of course it’s managed well! I mean, everything is organized, communication is spot on and the course is well marked and supported. I don’t think a big organization like this can afford to be lazy with any of the management side of things.

Overall 4/5
Overall, I think this race is a great way to experience Denver and I can only assume every city is like that. So many people travel for races and what better way to see a city than by running the streets. At the Denver race, even the 10k course was a great jaunt through the city as you pass iconic places like Coors Field and popular Denver streets. I bet the half marathon course covers even more of Denver’s favorite sights.

I’m quite impressed with the whole Rock n’ Roll theme. I have always heard good things from people and the appeal of the theme has always been there. It’s a very unique thing to have a TON of bands on the course for you to enjoy as you run by. I also love that the rock n’ roll theme, as well as the specific city theme, is followed through everything from the decor, to the music, to the swag designs. I love that there was a live band at the finish and wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy it. The finish line/expo looked really fun! I could totally see this as a great event to enjoy with friends/family and hang out for a fun Sunday morning.

So why a four out of five? Well, obviously the extra costs are one thing. The race is already pretty pricy and there are a ton of extra costs like parking and pictures. When you have to pay to park at the expo and on race day, I think that’s quite ridiculous. And why, oh why, aren’t pictures free!?! Get a sponsor to slap their logo all over the pictures and let racers have them free!

Also, there were not nearly enough port-o-johns. I waited for 30 minutes. That’s a long time and there were TONS of people behind me. Lastly, I think the start corral could have been a little more organized. It was such a cluster to find how to get into the corral for one thing but it just wasn’t big enough to fit all the racers. I got stuck on the outside of the barricades in the crowd and couldn’t get into my corral until the race started and the crowded spread out just a bit. That part made me nervous as I like to start with my actual corral.

Would I recommend this race? Yes, for out of towners. For locals, it’s just another expensive race, with extra costs, around the city with music. If you’re from out of state – yes, come run this race and know that it will be managed well, with great state-specific swag and have a great time!


Post Race
After finishing the race, I was handed my medal and a heat sheet as well as an arms full of drinks and snacks. I sat down to eat a granola bar and drink chocolate milk while I listened to the post-race entertainment band. I didn’t get to stick around for too long since I needed to get back and relieve my babysitter (kiddo’s grandma). I shivered and snuggled in my heat sheet as I walked back to my car. I was feeling pretty tight in my hips and calves but not too bad for running a 10k, my longest distance postpartum. That afternoon, I took an Epsom salt bath and the next day I wasn’t even sore! I’d say that’s a win for my first race post-baby!

OH, and I’m still working on this whole motherhood thing…


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Rock N’ Roll Denver 10k – Pre Race Prep

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Denver Rock n’ Roll 10k race 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 meant to write this post over a week ago, but here we are, the night before the Denver Rock n’ Roll. I’m doing the 10k tomorrow and I’m getting a little nervous.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a running event as a participant, let alone a BIG running event. Although, now that I think about it, I did go to the Bolder Boulder earlier this year but that’s a repeat event for me and I have my routine down to a “T.” The Rock n’ Roll, on the other hand, is a big and unfamiliar event. I have to worry about parking, getting to the start line, checking my bag, finding my corral…. all on top of actually running!

This will be my first “race” postpartum and even though I don’t plan on “racing” it, I plan on using it to increase my mileage. I’m really excited to participate in a Rock n’ Roll event for the first time! I’ve heard great things about the series and can’t wait.

While my only goal for tomorrow is to simply finish, I am a little worried. The longest run I’ve done postpartum was 4.5 last weekend. My plan tomorrow is to run a mile at a time. I think I am going to run a mile, walk for a few minutes, run to the next mile marker and so on.  I feel like this would get me through the race without feeling too tired at the end and without being picked up by the “sag wagon” (the 10k course cut-off is only 1.5 hours)!

So, I’ve booked my parking spot, have the route mapped out to the start line and am prepping my clothes!

 

 

My Running Story – #MyFuelMyJourney Series Powered by Gatorade Endurance

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!

Gatorade features many professional athletes and their journey in endurance sports for their “My Fuel. My Journey” campaign. As a BibRave Pro, I got to join in and am tackling my own journey fueled by Gatorade Endurance. Some of the pros are coming back from injury and some are tackling a new distance; my journey is all about coming back to running after having a baby! Read on about my journey with running from the very beginning….

(Writer’s disclaimer: This post took me a long time to write, but I’m really proud of it. It is really long, so get comfy. Grab a snack and please read on!)


If you’ve been following this blog since the beginning, you may know all about my journey with running, or at least big parts of it. I write about it on my “about me” page of this blog. However, many of you have only started following me recently and I thought it would be fun to share my FULL running story and how it’s evolved for me over the last 20ish years.

I can track my running journey back to 1999 when I did my first ever race with my Mom. We did the Race For The Cure as a way to support my Grandma who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Back then, races were all about cotton tee shirts, lots of food at the finish line, and wearing your bib on your back (oh the horrors)! I don’t even remember if the race was timed but I do remember that my mom and I were so motivated to run and finish each year. We would run and walk every other traffic light, breaking up the race to motivate ourselves to the finish line. These races were my first introduction to running. I didn’t really play sports as a kid and only remember running the mile on field day in elementary school because we had to.

Race for the Cure 2014

When I got to high school, I joined the volleyball team and started my first real organized fitness program. Why volleyball? I don’t really know. I didn’t have friends that were joining (but I made fast friends on the team). I must’ve just decided I didn’t want to be a band nerd (not that that’s bad) and wanted to join a sport and picked volleyball. We ran a lot (around the gym to warm up and suicide drills on the courts) and were required to take advanced weight training in school. I loved it! I loved every aspect of training; weight lifting, running, and game days. However, by the time of my senior year, and the chance to be on varsity, our team had a lot of drama issues and I had a disagreement with the head coach. I decided volleyball wasn’t fun for me anymore (a lot of my friends had also left the team) and I decided to quit and switch sports. I still remember walking into the head coaches’ office with my uniform and gear and her saying, “If you can’t do it my way, then get out of here” and I left.

Being only a couple of weeks into the season, I was still able to join the cross country team and never looked back. Later in the school year, I also joined the track team as well, trying the different field events and eventually becoming a 400m, 800m, and a 1600m runner. My track season wasn’t anything special, although my fastest mile I have ever run is still from that year, but I really loved the sport and team aspect.

I’m in the front, in the white long-sleeves. Don’t let this picture fool you. We were the last ones! 🙂

In college, since I wasn’t a fantastic athlete (I may have had the enthusiasm and drive, but frankly I was never that fast), I joined a couple of club volleyball teams and started running around campus and in the student gym as a way to stay fit and keep off those freshman 15 pounds. My friends and I did a few 5k’s here and there (the CSU Homecoming Race was a big one to join) and my Mom and I still did the Race for the Cure, but I wasn’t into the competitiveness of races.

In my last year of college (year five for me since I took a ‘victory lap’), I needed a way to stay motivated to stay in shape and decided to do a half marathon. I still couldn’t tell you where I got the idea, I don’t remember. I must’ve just saw a poster or looked online, but from my memory, it wasn’t that popular of a thing to do, at least I didn’t know anyone that didn’t things like this.

Of all the races I could have chosen, I signed up for the Horsetooth Half in Fort Collins (where I went to school). My boss at the vet clinic I was working at was also running it. I still remember the conversation between him and me:

Dr. Roe: “So you’re adding some hill training to your running?”

Me: “Hill training? What is that? Why would I need to do that?”

I had no idea how to train and was going off Hal Higdon’s training plan from his book. The race I chose had some INTENSE hills – I had no idea; I didn’t know to look at the corse maps ahead of time. I didn’t know how to alter my training plan to accommodate different variables. I didn’t really know much about training. All I knew is that by April 18th, 2010,  I needed to be able to run 13.1 miles. My four roommates thought I was crazy when I would head out for runs after a night out of partying while they were still at home smoking pot.

When April 18th rolled around, I managed to finish my first half marathon. I don’t remember much about the race. I remember seeing the veterinarian I worked with at the start line. I remember being in the crowd, looking up at the road that wound up the dam thinking, “what in the world have I gotten myself into.” I don’t really remember much about finishing or the after-party. I can’t even find any pictures of the event. All I could find was one post on my facebook.

Side note: I dare you to go back in time on your own Facebook. It was utterly hilarious reading what my 21-year-old self wrote (and totally brought back memories that I had forgotten).

After my first racing event, I was hooked. I did a 5K in Longmont with my Mom that I place first in my age group at and I was introduced to the Bolder Boulder by my friend Joanna. My eyes were opened to a whole new world that still felt pretty exclusive at the time. I’m not going to lie, I felt pretty elite to be a runner and would get giddy when I would meet other runners.

In 2011, I only did the Bolder Boulder but was really trying to figure out this whole running thing. I was at a weird point in my life (job changes, relationship changes, and really just trying to figure out what I wanted in life in general) and I needed something to focus on. Really I need one aspect of my life that I could control. That became running. I started reading about running, figuring out training plans, and coming up with big goals. In 2012, I decided to start a blog and my idea and goal of running a race in every state blossomed.

I was dating a guy at the time that wrote a blog (a satyrical men’s advice and womanizing blog – yes, I still question my dating choices). While his blog subject was a little gruff, to say the least, I was introduced to the world of blogging at that time.  I love to write, it has always been a passion of mine, and blogging felt natural. I’m not sure what came first, the idea to write a blog or my goal, but it was then I decided I wanted to run a race in every state. This would keep me focused, keep me training for races and thus in shape, and it would give me the inspiration to travel more. Racing the States was born!

In the first two years, I ran in 11 different states (if you also count Colorado). I had a blast planning my races, road trips and getting to see new places and old friends. I would usually travel by myself but a few times I would go with a friend or family member. I loved coming home and writing about my “post-race recap” and going through my pictures. Blogging also enabled me to meet more friends and that’s how I found 3W Races.

After running the Horsetooth Half for the third time, I found a blog post about the race by a guy named Ryan and we started communicating through our blogs (he had a photography blog). He invited me to run a race called the Resolute Runner 5k in Arvada, which happened to be where I’m from. He was photographing the event for his friends, the owners of 3W Races, and suggested I would like the racing company. I guess you could say the rest is history! I ran my first 3W race, ran a few more later that year, and then in the next year, I applied to become an ambassador. I was accepted and didn’t even make it a full year before they offered me a job! A REAL job within the running industry.

I guess I should add, during those years, I quit my job as a veterinary technician, not an easy decision, after a horrible experience working for a new clinic. I was jobless for a little while as I decided I needed a career change. Since I had been running and really enjoyed it, I decided to become a personal trainer (another inspiration from a different guy I dated that was also a personal trainer) because I loved the idea of helping people with running and getting in shape, something I was already doing for friends. I got a job at Bally Total Fitness and I went to a 7-month school called the National Personal Training Institute. I graduated with honors and got certified as a NASM Personal Trainer, RRCA Run Coach, and Heart Zones coach. I had dreams of owning my own business but struggled with the start-up and learning how to sell.

Along the way, I got an in coaching high school Cross Country and absolutely fell in love with coaching high school athletes. Some point in there, I was working a million jobs… coaching, personal training at a gym called Prestige Fitness, teaching group fitness at the local rec center, and picking up as many brand ambassador jobs as I could find (I was even Mr. Peanut once!). So, when I was offered a job, a REAL job, with a running company, I was thrilled. At first, it was only part-time, doing marketing and a few race-production tasks, but it evolved quickly. I quickly went from managing all the course volunteers (not an easy task by any means) to race directing my very own race, all by myself! Now, I race direct about 16 or more events per year. I have also learned how to time running events. I still coach cross country and track and I have started a rock-climbing business with my boyfriend (partner, husband, fiance, baby-daddy – whatever it is you want to call him).

Working a race.

In addition to changes with my career affecting running, relationships would always “get in the way” with running. Since the beginning of my blogging journey, when I really was getting into it, I went through lots of different boyfriends. Some would be super supportive, some started running themselves, some would be indifferent, some were runners themselves, but would never “slow down” for me, and some would encourage me to skip races I had signed up for. Clearly, the latter two wouldn’t last long, but it would still affect running for a brief time, going through periods of time when I would be serious about training and not so motivated. I’ve learned a lot since then and am so glad I met someone that supports me with whatever I want to do (quick PSA: seriously, people, never settle for a partner that doesn’t support what you love to do. They don’t have to join you, but they should support your passions!)

Ben and I at a race!

Why does my job and dating history have anything to do with my running journey? Because somewhere in there, amongst all the life changes and career mishaps, life got BUSY. That was okay, but I didn’t get to travel as much or get to train for races like I used to. Over the last few years, when I chose to do a race, it was a for a specific goal or for a special event or team and not many of those opportunities were out of the state. Really I didn’t do many races in the last few years. I’ve only run in 15 states since the start of my blog, my last 5K PR was in 2016 and my last half marathon PR was 2013, and I don’t get to do races as often as I would like for one reason or another. And that’s OKAY! I still look for races when I travel, selfishly working toward my goal. Because of all this, my blog evolved from being just about running a race in every state to more of a blog about my lifestyle. It’s now more about me finding ways to enjoy my true passions of traveling and running on top of a crazy life.

Running the Red Rock Canyon Half, NV 2018

Bear with me now, we’re getting close to the end! Soon, something magical will happen.

It’s a baby. I had a baby and that’s the something magical.

Last year, 2018, was a busy year for both Ben and I. We were working on our business while I was working two other jobs but running was getting back to where I wanted it to be. We weren’t really planning on bringing a new human into our lives, but we are certainly overjoyed we did. It’s ironic because, as 2018 went on, I felt like I was getting stronger running-wise after a long period of decline. I became a BibRave Pro and was training like I used to. I was feeling good, strong and getting faster. Then October hit and I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling so tired and running was going terrible. Sure enough, we soon figured out I was expecting.

Before, I always envisioned myself being one of those super cute pregnant ladies running half marathons with a cute baby bump, but that just wasn’t in the cards for me. For the first half of my pregnancy, I was trying to keep exercising as much as I could between the nausea and fatigue, but running wasn’t in the cards. Even with a barely visible baby bump, running did not feel good on my body. It was uncomfortable and made my belly hurt. Instead, I walked a lot, did the elliptical and lifted weights. Near the end of pregnancy, I didn’t get much exercise besides walking. I really missed running, but obviously wasn’t going to start running at eight months pregnant and big belly weighing me down. Pregnancy was a different kind of “marathon.” When Mr. Layton decided to join the world (one week late), I felt like I was at ground zero. I literally felt like I had never run before in my life.

One of my first runs back!

And here we are at present time! I waited about four weeks before I went for my first run. My body was feeling pretty good after the trauma of childbirth, I loaded up on IBprofin (ladies, you know why), and I ran 1 mile! It was glorious and terrible all at the same time. I’m gradually building my miles back up, building my base, and have put some races on my calendar as motivation. I still haven’t decided what I want to do long-term with running (possibly try to qualify for Boston) but I’m working on getting back into it. It’s not easy and it’s certainly not pretty, but I’m doing it.

Running has evolved so much to me from my first Race for the Cure, to high school, to adult racing, to now. I know it will continue to evolve more! I still create goals all the time (for example, I still want to break 50 minutes in the 10k someday, run the Boston marathon from a qualifying time, and I’m always shooting for a new PR!) and I still look for races that inspire me, motivate me by giving me a timeline goal (or maybe for the really cool medal), or just to do them with a friend.

Over the years, I’ve had some great races and some really bad races. Most races are only okay! I’ve had long bouts of training and times when I wouldn’t get a run in for months. All of this is okay! While I love running and it’s a big part of my identity it isn’t my whole identity. I still want to run a race in every state, actually, now I want to run at least a half marathon in every state (because I want a medal from every state and will probably go back to the states that I ran less than a half marathon). I’m proud of my journey with running and glad I have a new human to share my passion with and set a good example of chasing one’s dreams and working hard.


Through my return back to running postpartum, I have Gatorade Endurance to fuel me!

The products I’ve been given to try are the gels and Gatorade Endurance powdered drink mix. My favorite flavors have been mango gels and the watermelon drink mix!


Learn more about Gatorade Endurance, click HERE.

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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.