Dec 30, 2018

Give Good Vibes | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones to review and give away as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I've always been big into promoting running safely. Bright colors, reflective gear, lights. But I also love my tunes when I run. To say safe, I fell in love the my AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones. Two and a half years later, I've gotten the opportunity to upgrade to their newest version, the Trekz Air.

What is the technology?

The AfterShokz headphones use bone conduction technology. What does this mean? This means you get open air headphones that deliver music through your cheekbones. That means your ears are completely open to hear ambient sounds around you. This means you get your tunes but can hear everything going on around you as you run.

But wait, there's more. They're 20% lighter then the Trekz Titanium. The wrap around design is light and comfortable. They're also IP55 certified, so they repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts and whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you.

How well do they work?

As I mentioned the headphones are comfortable. They also sound really good. Yeah, when you're ear is open, you're not going to get the same high end sound of some over ear headphones but you get something much greater: safety. I used these for several hours working in the yard, hardly noticing them on. I got my music but could also hear the kids playing in the yard and when their disagreements got a little more "involved". Let's just say they're useful beyond the running path.

Give Good Vibes

One of the really cool aspects of this was AfterShokz Give Good Vibes campaign. I got a second pair of headphones to give to someone I thought deserved something special. I always love to share brands I love, but it's not economical for me to buy headphones for my friends. This provided the perfect opportunity to share these with my friend and fellow runner, also names John. It was perfect timing to provide a little Christmas magic. His initial review was he "charged them up and they work great!" so they're a hit.

Dec 27, 2018

Nathan Luna Fire Run Light Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I've always been big into promoting running safely. Bright colors, reflective gear, lights... I've always said better to be seen then be hit. This is why I'm here to tell you about the newest product I've gotten to test and tell you about, the Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light.

What's the light?

This new light is powerful and versatile. It's a lightweight little light that can clip onto a provided strap meant to be worn on your waist or chest. It can also clip onto other gear you may already wear, particularly I wore it on another belt I already wear when running. The light itself is adjustable and provides a bright 250 Lumens. It also provides several settings: low, med, hi, boost, and strobe. From the technical side, it lasts for 25+ hours, is rechargable view USB, and is IPX4, meaning is weather resistant. Don't take it for a swim but it should be fine if you get caught in the rain.

How does it work?

The light is simple and gets the job done. Clip it on, push the button and go. Well, if you're using the strap, take the time to adjust it for a proper snug fit, but then you're good from then on. I love the variability of the brightness. It stayed in place well for me, but was a little bouncy - though I believe it was more my bounciness and not the light :-/

The Takeaway

Small, powerful, handsfree, and rechargeable, what's not to like? With my life, I find myself running at the book ends of the day - early or late - so having a good light is always important. I also like one that I can use when I need it but when the sun goes up, I can turn it off but not need to "carry" it (or the reverse have it in case I don't make it home before the sun goes down). All in all, I enjoy it. Get your own and save with Nathan with code NATHANBIB20 for 20% off on up to $250!

Dec 3, 2018

Running for the Dogs: K9s United for K9s 9K Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received entry into the K9s United for K9s 9K to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

The K9s 9K marked my first race in a loooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg time. No, I don't feel like I'm really exaggerating that. It's been and up and down year and in all of that, running unfortunately took a back seat. It did feel good to lace up and get out there for this race this weekend.

Race Morning

Race morning meant packet pick up for  me. While a local Florida race for me (I like saying "local" and "Florida" together) it was however a bit of a drive, so I didn't really want to drive all the way up Friday after work just to get my bib. Thankfully they offered up race morning pickup, pretty standard for a smaller race. It was super easy. Parking wasn't too bad when I arrived at the park and they were using one of the ticket buildings for pickup that made it smooth. It included a race t-shirt, a drawstring bag, and a couple other small things from the vendors / sponsors. I was in and out in 5 minutes and back to my car to get my bib on my kilt. Then it was a simple walk down a hill to the start / finish area by a pavilion. There were plenty of police cars, as this was benefiting K9 units, a police helicopter, and several pop up tents with tables.

The Race

The race itself was pretty nice. The race had a 5K and 9K, both starting together. It was an out and back course, shared, so once most of the way back, the 9K group had to go out and back again. It made for a fairly easy run. All flat paths around the park. The start was a little clunky. With both races starting up together, on a not too wide path, with walkers for the fun run and runners alike, it clumped, a lot. But it worked out pretty quickly.

The water stops actually worked out pretty well. There were 3 stops but they were place strategically. Stop #1 was where the 9K runners turned around for a 2nd lap, so you saw them three times. Stop #2 was in the middle, so you passed them three times as well. Stop #3 was at the far end turn around, so you saw them twice. All in all, that made for plenty of available water.

The weather was overcast, which kept it from getting too warm. All in all, it was a good day and a good run. Despite not running much, I did better then I expected.

My official time was 1:19:33, giving me a 14:13 pace.

Post Race

I returned to the finish just as the awards were starting. I crosse the line, received my medal and a bottle of water. I didn't see any post race food around, but with the crowd for the awards, it may have been there, may not. I check the board for my official time, which was cool because they had a screen constantly running over the results.

Final Thoughts

All in all, this was a fun little race. Easy, flat course, plenty of water, and an alright view.

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Nov 17, 2018

Upcoming Race: Mount Dora Half Marathon | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received entry into the Mount Dora Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Looking for a half marathon to finish out 2018 with? Why not join me at the Mount Dora Half Marathon here in sunny Florida. It's been an up-and-down year - without a lot of running - so I'm happy to be pushing towards something and getting back at it. Perhaps you can join me for some winter running.

Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5K

My favorite distance to run is a half marathon. It's a challenge for me but also one I know I can push through on my bad days. That's why I'm excited to jump back in with a local race, the Mount Dora Half Marathon. You can join me December 15th and 16th, 2018 at Elizabeth Evans Park in Mount Dora, Florida located northwest of Orlando. There are two races for your running pleasure a 5K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even run them both!

I haven't run the race before, but I'm excited for the course from reading what they have to say about it.
For the last 6 years 2000+ runners have fill the streets of the historic town of Mount Dora. This small town of 13,000 is filled with tree lined vistas of waterfront neighborhoods and lake-hugging roadways. Catch the rising sun through the gracefully swaying Spanish moss and watch the breeze dapple the lake’s surface with flashes of sunlight. The gentle rolling hills give this course a uniqueness of its own. 
The reviews on BibRave also look great - checking BibRave is a must for new races for me. It's described as "gorgeous and challenging" and as a "small race [with a] big heart". Pam, who has run it every year since it started, describes it as one of her favorite races.

Join Me

Are you sold on joining me on race day? Being from the northeast - even though I'm a Floridian now - I'm so looking forward to running in Florida December weather. So come on out and join me!

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Oct 27, 2018

Luvo Flipped Bowls Review Part Deux | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Luvo Flipped Bowl Sampler Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I recently received some of Luvo's Flipped Bowls to taste test. Earlier you may have read my post on the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce and the Kale Ricotta Ravioli.
Stroganoff is a dish I do not frequent, but is something I was interested in trying their variety of it. It starts with whole wheat rotini, the antibiotic-free chicken meatballs we saw in the penne, and then add Luvo's creamy stroganoff sauce. It also includes a mix of some vegetables as well. While not my favorite it was pretty good. It is definitely something different that is a good now and then.

The stats on it a pretty good, offering 16g of protein (1/3 of which are from plant-based sources), 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 34g of whole grains.

Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce

Next, we have yet another set of Italian flavors: the garlic wine sauce. They add this sauce to whole wheat rotini, white beans, greens, and antibiotic-free chicken meatballs topped with a blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. While sauce is pretty good, overall this bowl as not for me. The reason why is the white beans. I personally just do not like the texture. I ate them - as they were in the bowl and I know a healthy addition - it is just is not for me.

This also offers some great stats: 17g protein, another 1/2 cup of vegetables, 32g of whole grains, and no sugar!
The last bowl goes green and by green I mean pesto sauce. Whole wheat penne, antibiotic-free chicken meatballs, yellow squash, all combined with their creamy pesto sauce. I usually do not go for pesto sauce on my noodles - I'm more a red sauce kind of guy - I really enjoyed this one. It is quite a pleasant surprise. It is a good combination, I enjoy some yellow squash, and overall enjoyed this bowl.

The stats on it a pretty good, offering 17g of protein (1/3 of which are from plant-based sources), 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 31g of whole grains.

Oct 19, 2018

Luvo Flipped Bowls Reviews | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Luvo Flipped Bowl Sampler Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I love food. I know, a real bold statement there. I do love food and in particular I love to cook. Cooking is relaxing, enjoyable, plus it allows me to make healthier options. However, cooking takes time, something I don't always have. Sometimes you need something quick. The problem comes that quick does not usually equal healthy (quick != healthy for my fellow geeks). This is where Luvo enters. I've reviewed some of their meals in the past - which I enjoyed. I even tried some of their Planted Power bowls - which were also good but lacking in one thing to me: meat. I'm all in favor of vegetarian and vegan options but for me personally I like a protein with my lunch. Now, I received round three, the Luvo Flipped Bowls.
I'm going to start off with easily my favorite of all the bowls. It's their take on an Italian classic, penne and meatballs. It starts with whole wheat penne and adds a tomato basil sauce. They also add something you'll see a lot in these bowls: antibiotic-free chicken meatballs. Lastly, they add a blend of cheese. I love this one. Overall, the meatballs are pretty good. They're not grandma's meatballs, but they're a good addition to a bowl like this. The sauce on here is what makes this really good. It's much better than what you normally get out of a quick meal like this. I may have added a little bit of extra parmesan cheese myself, but that's just how I do pasta.

The stats on it a pretty good, offering 17g of protein, 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 31g of whole grains.

Kale Ricotta Ravioli

I know I mentioned my desire for meats in these bowls, but the other I'm reviewing in this post has no meat... but it is another Italian twist. Their ravioli starts with a ricotta ravioli and adds to kit kale, spices, and another good red sauce. I'm personally not a kale person, but it's good in here. It adds to the dish without being too much for me to dislike the kale. It's a good twist and better than any ravioli you'll get from a can, despite the chef on the label.

This also offers some great stats: 12g protein, another 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 14g of whole grains

More to come

I'll have a couple more reviews in a future post for you. Be sure to have a look out for some stroganoff, some pesto and even some garlic wine sauce. Follow my Instagram @itshighlandjohn to see more as I try them.

Oct 15, 2018

Upcoming Race: K9s United for K9s 9K | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received entry into the K9s United for K9s 9K to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I'm excited to have some races coming up to end my year. It's been an up-and-down year - without a lot of running - so I'm happy to be pushing towards something and getting back at it. I'd like to tell you about a race I'll be running here in Florida and maybe you'll decide to join me.

K9s United for K9s

I'm excited to take part in this race that's a part of a growing race series for K9s United. You can join me on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at the Apopka Northwest Recreation Complex for the K9s United 9K for K9s. This race day actually includes 3 races. Choose from the 1 mile fun run, the classic 5k, and the more challenging 9k. Both the 5k and 9k are timed, while the 1 mile run is untimed. They even offer a virtual 5k or 9k options, so you can still be part of the fun and earn a T-shirt and medal.

The best part is it all is supporting a great cause.
100% of the proceeds will benefit K-9s United an organization that is committed to supporting and honoring K-9 law enforcement officers who detect, protect and serve our communities by giving them the best equipment, amenities, and quality of life during and after their service, and memorializing those who give the ultimate sacrifice. K9's United is dedicated to providing the necessary equipment and training K9 law enforcement officers need in order to protect communities across the country, as well as memorializing those who give the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Join Me and SAVE!

Want to join me on race day? Use the code BIBRAVE18 to save 10%. Being from the northeast, I'm so looking forward to running in Florida December weather. So come on out and join me!

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Sep 1, 2018

Rock Around with Knockaround: Sunglasses Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Knockaround Premium sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

There's no doubt in the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun. It's easy to remember right now in the summer time, but UV protection is important all year round. With my recent move to Florida, I feel like I get a reminder every day, which I'm alright with (it's part of why I'm here). My latest test into eye wear comes with in the form of Knockaround Premium sunglasses.

Who is Knockaround?

Knockaround was founded in 2005 by Adam "Ace" Moyer. The goal was to create sunglasses that were practical and stylish. He wanted to offer quality sunglasses that won't break the bank. I love the story of the name Knockaround. Here's how founder Ace describes it:
Growing up, my dad had a pair of sneakers in the garage that he’d wear when he mowed the lawn. He called them his ‘knockaround’ sneakers—you could count on them, they were dependable, and you didn’t care if they got beaten up.

So, I just applied that idea to sunglasses. I wanted them to be affordable, if you lost them or broke them, no big deal. The Knockaround name seemed like a natural fit—like, I’m just going to knock around this pair of sunglasses.

How are the glasses?

The premium glasses are a great little pair of glasses. The Premium glasses are a unisex frame that is a "fan favorite". They offer UV400 protection with FDA approved, impact-resistant lenses. The frames themselves have a quality feel to them. When I first tried them on, I have to be honest they felt a little snug on my head. I have a large noggin. I was a little worried how they would feel with longer term wear. That's where I was pleasantly surprised. I put these glasses through many full days in the parks at Walt Disney World. During none of those days did they ever feel tight, give me any sort of headache or leave me uncomfortable. In fact, they were great all day every day. I loved the way they felt and the way they looked. That's not to mention the large number of options you can get them in to match your personal style, or your mood of the day. Oh, did I mention of a pair of polaraized glasses, they cost just $20? Well, they do.

The Takeaway

These sunglasses live up to every goal set by their company. They're high quality glasses and feel good and protect your eyes. At just $20 (or less) they definitely won't break the bank, or leave you worried about losing them. Not to mention, you can also save 20% with the code BibRaveKnocks20. These glasses are definitely ones that will stay in my rotation. I also may even grab some other pairs because who doesn't like to match their gear for the day?

Jun 30, 2018

Not Quite Bendy | LiveMoreNow | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

As you've read, I've been testing some BUFF® gear. Last time I talked about the UV multifunctional headbands (still working great, if you were wondering). I'd like to talk a little bit about the Pro Run Cap. This cap provides sweat wicking to keep the perspiration back, ventilation, and UV protection. In addition, they offer the hand feature of spots your sunglasses can fit into to stay secure upon your head. I actually discovered this accidentally, trying to put my sunglasses on top of my cap only to have them go into the hat. I guess that's why you should always read all the packaging. I've taken the cap out in Florida sun, for a day in the theme park. Sweat stayed back, head stayed as cool as it can in the Florida heat, and no burn came to my head. Despite being black, it never felt hot. Between the lightweight fabric and then cut ventilation, the breathability was great. It really is my go to cap for the sun now.

The yoga's come along, I'm still not great or fully consistent, but life has thrown some major curveballs as me as of late. As always, I'm pushing forward. I have to and will persevere. As I do, I hope to make yoga and running go hand-in-hand, side-by-side in my regular workout routine. Here's to living more now!

Jun 15, 2018

One with Yogi Bear | LiveMoreNow | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I'm always excited to work with some BUFF® gear. It's one of my favorite brands, as they make some great gear. I've been putting my UV multifunctional headbands to work. I've used them in some yoga, and just other times where I need the UV and sweat protection. They've performed fantastically. They're light and comfortable, which is what I love about this size BUFF® headware: just enough to cover all the head but no more than necessary keeping everything cool. Sweat stays up on my head and out of my eyes, as it should be. When you're bending this way and that, you really don't need sweat coming down into your eyes, distracting you, forcing you to wipe your face clean or fight your way through it. I've also used them out while doing yard work in the summer sun; a serious test of both the UV and sweat protection. They stood up strong to the Florida sun and protected my thinning hair up top.

I'm just getting started on the yoga. Not far, in both my amount of training and my flexibility, but I'm starting. It something I can see the value in, but it definitely will need the long commitment. That's something I hope I work towards.

May 30, 2018

Live More Now with BUFF® | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I'm excited to let you know I'm taking part in the Live More Now campaign with BUFF! The idea is to do exactly that. Get out there, live life, and try something new. With that in mind, I'm trying to get into yoga. It's something for so long that I've meant to do, to benefit my running and my general well being.

I received three pieces of gear. First, two UV multifunctional headbands. These are ideal for my yoga work outs. They'll keep the sweat back and off my face, helping to keep me cool, and fit oh so comfortably. For other moments living life, I received the Pro Run Cap. This is pretty cool looking. Sweat wicking, breathability, UV protection, and even built in sunglasses holder in the cap.

Follow me along on this journey. Hopefully, I'll gain some flexibility and live a little more.

May 23, 2018

Best Sunglasses Yet? Rudy Rydon Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Rudy Rydon Carbonium sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I've reviewed a lot of sunglasses over my time on my blog. I love them, they're a small but important part of your running gear. It's important to protect your eyes. While I've tested casual and sporty glasses, none compare to my Rudy sunglasses.

Who is Rudy Project?

Rudy Project is the creation of Rudy Barbazza with the purpose to "improve the performance of athletes all over the world". They do research into advanced materials and technologies to make the best products they can to increase and elevate your performance. They're all about technology and science. They even offer a page on their sunglass technology. Every tiny detail is engineered, from the anti-slip temples to the optimal axis of the lenses. You might know from other reviews, I love good design. I appreciate engineering. I'm a geek, so when you strive to make technological advancements in every little detail, you have my interest.

How do they feel?

The Rudy Rydon Carbonium are like any other glasses I own. They are extremely lightweight, weighing in at just 0.88 oz. Even at under an ounce, they feel very sturdy. The lenses are also amazing quality. My glasses have the photochromic lenses, and they change very quickly in the sun. Not only do they change quickly in the sun, when heading back indoors, the go back to clear quickly enough that I didn't even need to remove them. In fact, couple that with how light they are, and I may have forgotten I had them on, in more than one occasion. The glasses fit perfectly, the photochromic lenses work wonderfully, and they all around feel great.

The photochromic lenses are perfect for early morning runs or overcast days. Running early, it can sometimes be dark when I leave. By the time I return, the sun has come up. With these lenses, I can throw on my glasses and start running. When the sun decides to say good morning, my lenses are ready. On partly cloudy days, they keep me from needing to put glasses on and off during my run. The lenses were always perfect clarity, whether it's early morning, bright afternoon sun, or anywhere in between.

The glasses also have a lot of safety related technology. The impactX lenses are designed to be unbreakable. They also protect your eyes with 100% UVA/UVB protection. Rudy is leading name in research and development in fully advanced helmets and sunglasses for complete fall protection.

The Takeaway

These are hands down the best sunglasses I own for sport. I'm not going to wear them out for a day on the beach, but nothing else compares when it comes to sport. They have superb engineering and design, great technology, feel and work great. I cannot recommend these enough.

May 15, 2018

GODSPEED - The Race Across America | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received an advanced preview of the GODSPEED documentary to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Who has two thumbs and loves movies? This guy. I have a wide variety of interests: comedies, action flicks, family films, super hero movies. I also enjoy a documentary when done well. Who doesn't like a true story, especially if you don't have to look up what was true and what was embellished, when you're watching something "based on a true story". I got the opportunity to watch such a film: GODSPEED. You too can see this great story in just one week, May 22, in theaters.


GODSPEED is a riveting documentary of the story of Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper in their quest to win the 2015 Race Across America ultra cycling competition. This is not just a cycling race. It's 3000+ miles, 24 hours a day, across 12 states.

I have to say, their story is an amazing story. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll share their description first.
The inspiration to overcome breathes life into “GODSPEED” as it chronicles a first-time race team – Jerry Schemmel, noted author, speaker and sportscaster for the Colorado Rockies and Brad Cooper, a four-time Iron Man triathlete – as they compete 24 hours a day for seven days covering 3,000 miles of deserts, mountains and plains overcoming physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation and extreme mental anguish competing in the world’s most difficult cycling race – The Race Across America. Pedaling 168 hours non-stop across 12 states from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, Schemmel and Cooper embark on the journey of a lifetime - a race that would provide an extreme test of physical endurance and dependence on faith, all for the greater purpose and personal calling to raise money for the orphans of Haiti.
They faced so many challenges: physical, mental, meteorological. Follow along as they push through on an extreme race pushing them to their limits. This was also about more than just the race. They were raising money for building orphanages in Haiti, which they raised over 50K for. I really enjoy following them, not knowing the result and worried for them at times. I highly recommend getting yourself a ticket to see their journey.

Watch the trailer now!

Get Your Ticket

You still have time to get your ticket. GODSPEED will be shown in theaters Tuesday May 22nd. Check out the site to find a theater and get your tickets for this Fathom Events.

Mar 24, 2018

Support Yourself: KT Tape Review | #BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received a KT Tape to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

We all get bumped up over time. Some of use even get busted up. When those times happen, you just need a little extra support and a little relief. One strong option to give a try is KT Tape. Read on for more plus a great discount.

What is KT Tape?

KT Tape is an elastic sports tape. It is designed to relieve pain and support your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. How does it work you ask? Well, I'll leave it, best said to those who make it:
When an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing inflammation and swelling. This accumulation of lymphatic fluids may cause increased pressure on muscles and tissue which can cause significant discomfort or pain.

It is believed that when applied correctly, KT Tape lifts the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid which transports white blood cells throughout the body and removes waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria.
KT Tape is made to reduce pressure to the tissue and may reduce discomfort or pain. When applied correctly, the taping also provides support to muscles improving their ability to contract and helps the muscle to not over-extend or over-contract.

Lots o' Tape

There are so many types of KT Tape to fit your personal needs. I was lucky enough to get to test several of the varieties for you. I want to give you the basics about some of your options, to help you find what may work best for you. All of the tapes are available in precut strips with rounded corners, to make application easy.

KT Tape Cotton

This is the original KT Tape. This cotton based tape is designed to last for 1 - 3 days through multiple workouts. It is also designed to stay on in water. I prefer some of the stronger varieties, but there's nothing wrong with a classic. It's great when you need that extra support that you'll get with KT Tape, but don't require or want as long of an adhesive time or strength.

KT Tape Pro

This tape is one I know well and have used periodically over the past several years. This is the tape you want for more support and to put up with your tougher workouts. It is the world's only 100% synthetic kinesiology tape. It's designed to last up to 7 days when applied correctly and will stand up to several tough workouts, showers, humidity, and even the pool. This tape I can say I've thoroughly tested on my wife and myself on feet, knees, backs and more, all to great success.

KT Tape Pro Wide

The wide tape is the same synthetic Pro tape we've just talked about, but with twice the width. This is designed on purpose for targeting the lower back, shoulders and other large muscle groups like your quads. It measures 4" wide by 10" long in pre-cut strips. Even with it's wide with, it's designed to last for 4 - 7 days of wear. I tested this on my wife's lower back. It worked well, but applying it is a little tricky. I'm used to applying the normal width tape and with some practice I'm sure this will get easier. I think this would be fantastic the next time I need it for shoulder muscle pain.

KT Tape Pro Extreme

This is the suped up version of the Pro tape. It's made with an extra strong adhesive to take the roughest and toughest workouts and the most extreme conditions. It's water resistant and make for 4 - 7 days of wear. The adhesive is designed "to help with adhesion during strenuous activity through extreme conditions including wet conditions, high heat, high humidity or oily skin." I've tested this tape and love it as well. Sometimes you may be applying tape to get through a workout or a weekend, but sometimes you really want it to last. This is the tape for you. We've taped my wife's knee with this tape and it lasted a full week of activity, showers, and kids successfully with no issues.

KT Tape Gentle

The last tape I tested was their Gentle Tape. This special tape is 100% latex free and designed with gentler adhesive for easier removal. It's ideal for those with sensitive skin. It's still designed for 1 - 3 days of wear and stand up to lighter workouts, providing the same support and elasticity to your muscle.

Tips for Application

It's important to know that proper application can make all the difference, so it may take some practice. While it may take several tries before you fully get the hang of it, there are some steps you can take to improve your application.

1. Clean the area for application.
1.b. If it's extra hairy, consider shaving the area.

2. Follow the directs from beginning to end before starting to apply, so you're prepared.

3. Rub the tape afterwards. The friction helps the adhesive set.

Get Some Tape and SAVE

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Feb 16, 2018

Your New Running Experience: UA HOVR Sonic Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received a Under Armor HOVR Sonic running shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Under Armor is a brand I enjoy. I've always had good experiences with their gear, feeling high quality. However until now my experiences have been limited to clothing apparel. For this reason, I was really excited to get a chance to try out a pair of their running shoes.

Tell me about the shoes

The shoes are from their newest (as in just released) HOVR line. I in particular got to put the HOVR Sonic through their paces, which they reported to me on (more on that later). The features of the shoes truly are the latest in shoes. They have a "compression energy web" that molds with the UA HOVR foam to bounce back and return energy to you. Not only are the materials and design high tech, so are the heels. Or more specifically, in the heels. The UA HOVR shoes are connected shoes, collecting data on your run and then syncing that data back to your phone.

Tell me how they feel

These shoes feel great. I'll start with one of my interestingly favorite parts of the shoes: the top. The microthread upper is light, it breathes, and has this compression like feel to it. It feels very natural wrapping around the top but has a good grip to it that I really like. The breathe really well, so I'm looking forward to how this feels in the summer, as I've been using these through a chilly spell here in Virginia. The cushion of the shoe is comfortable as well. It feels good on the foot, great while running, no rubbing, hot spots, or soreness after. I took the shoes through a bunch of short runs and they felt great every time. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take them on longer runs, since that's just not where my level of fitness is right now. As we get into the spring, I'll be sure to give them more distance to see how they hold up.

Tell me about the technology

Being the big geek that I am, I love that these have tech and connect to my phone. Syncing them up was super easy with the Under Armor Map My Run app. From there, they immediately updated my shoes. I must say, that was a first, even for me. After that, you're ready to go. They even offer up a jump test. This helps set a base line for you, so that you can perform it with your runs to see your level of fatigue. This is also a really cool feature of the shoes and the app combined. With the shoes, you get a full year of Map My Run MVP, which is their premium features of the app. This offers a lot of cool features, but some of my favorites are power analysis, cadence analysis, and training plans.

You can run with the shoes one of two ways. You can use Map My Run to track your run, which will use the GPS of your phone while also tracking the data from your shoes. Additionally, you can run without your phone and sync the data afterwards, which is a cool option especially if you use a GPS watch. I love looking at all the extra data in the app. I may not always know what to do with it, but I love the most amount of data I can get. Looking at the cadence is really interesting. Since I use the run walk run method, my cadence has a lot of variability in it, but in reality, it's great because it's easy to visualize my run cadence and walk cadence. It also makes it easy to identify any areas I was going a little slower, maybe daydreaming during my walk portions, which I am apt to do.

Tell me the big picture

In the end, these are a great pair of running shoes. I love the connected tech and all the extra data. I do enjoy that I can still track with my watch, but then sync and get the extra data afterwards. They're very comfortable and I love the breathability. I look forward to testing these out in warmer temperatures and over longer distances, to see how they work out for me. My only hold back on them is I was given the white model, which I've been trying way to hard to keep looking good. I'm not a white shoe type of person. Once I get past that, we'll be good, haha.

Jan 24, 2018

Athlinks: Build Your Race Profile | BibRavePro

Do you have a great home with all of the races you've run and how you've done? Do you have a place that celebrates all of those accomplishments? Do you have a way to see all this, without crunching data found in columns and rows upon rows of a spreadsheet? Can you find your rivals across races and boost your competitive side? Would you like to?

Enter Athlinks.

What is Athlinks?

"But what is Athlinks?" I hear you saying. In one line, they say it best
Athlinks is the best way to track all of your race results in one place.
Athlinks offer a community where you can build out your runner profile. Registering was quick and easy. Once you have a profile created, you can easily claim your race results from years past. I'm not exaggerating. When I first logged it, it showed me 27 potential results.

All I had to do was click and claim which ones were me. As it turns out, there is another John Niedzwiecki up in New England, which is not me but was also one click to dismiss them. The results went all the way back to my very first race back in 2013, the Rockstar 8K!

It was super easy to go through and claim all my results and give a pass on those that are not mine. Once that was complete, I had a nice profile chock full of races and stats, resulting in this nice summary of my racing accomplishments, including personal records and racing statistics.


Athlinks creates their own community around their motto of "Compete. Connect.". It's very easy to find and connect with others. You can add others as friends, finding people near you or those you already know (like me).

Adding friends is great, but then Athlinks will start showing you your rivals. It will show you people you've raced against from your friends, giving you a win-loss record. From there you can look into your competition deeper, seeing individual races and your time differential.

I see rivals sort of like a "friendly archnemis" and I like that. My most embattled so far would be Katie, who I'm currently losing to. I'll have to change that in the future 😉

Plan 2018

Another great thing you can do is select your upcoming races. You can let your friends (and rivals) know where you'll be. It's easy to search for event. You can start by clicking into the search box and quickly finding races by name with autocomplete. Otherwise, you can also select "Events" from the "Quick Links" to provide you a larger search interface.

From here, you can use date range, location, and categories to find any of the events you want to race. When you find the race you'll be running, you can click the name to view the details of the event. You can browse past years results and even filter by name and bib number. For the upcoming races, you can "Join The Start List" on the right hand side. From there, you can select the race if there's multiple distances, add a goal time, and set a goal or other message.

Once that's done, it will appear on your profile and for your friends under "Friend's Upcoming Events". It's a great way to see where people are planning to run, and maybe decide to join your friends on the road or trails.


This is a great new site, in my opinion. I love seeing my race results without needing to manually put it all together on my own. I love data but I love automation as well. It's fun to connect with friends and my fellow BibRavePros. Just like BibRave helps me to discover new races through reviews, this helps me discover races through my friend, which means you also don't need to run alone. Sign up today, join me, and check it out for yourself.