Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Spring Ready.Set.MOVE Box Inside Look

"Disclaimer: I received the Winter Ready.Set.MOVE. Box to use and review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!"

So my 2nd Ready.Set.MOVE Subscription Box came and y'all this one was just as great as the first one I received (check out my review of the Winter Box here:

Spring Box Contents-
  • Bob’s Red Mill Almond Protein Powder
  • Bob’s Red Mill Bob’s Peanut Butter Banana & Oats Bar 
  • La Colombe Nitro Cold Brew with Lemon
  • Mueller Kold Towel
  • KT Performance+ Chafe Safe Anti-Chafing Wipes
  • SPIbeams LED Reactors
  • Earhoox
  • Brooks journal and pen
  • Floyd’s On The Go Chewable Gems
  • Floyd’s On the Go CBD SoftGels
  • Bracoo ankle sleeve
  • Discount Offers from Bracoo, Flyod's On the Go, KT Tape and the P3R Store

I've not had a chance to try out everything in this box quite yet as I just received it last week, but I know just about everything in it will be useful. I can already say for sure that the Bob’s Red Mill Bob’s Peanut Butter Banana & Oats Bar was DELICIOUS (it did not stand a chance, I ate it like right away). I have also tried the Floyd’s On The Go Chewable Gems and again, I am newer to CBD so I am not 100% sure that I am noticing the full benefit, but they do taste good! I used my first KT Performance+ Chafe Safe Anti-Chafing Wipe (another awesome KT Tape item I didn't even know about before this box) on a very humid and rainy run and had no chafing issues at all. I liked that they were in wipe form and not as messy as slathering on lotions or oils can be. And I've also gotten a lot of use out of the Brooks Journal and Pen, always useful item! I look forward to trying the Bob’s Red Mill Almond Protein Powder in the next Protein Shake I make. 

I really liked that the items in the box appear to be themed to the season. While the Winter Box had items to keep you warm (Brooks Greenlight Headband) and visibility items for dark runs (SPIbeams LED Hat and Nathan Sports HyperBrite Strobe) the Spring Box included items for running when the season starts to warm up like the Mueller Kold Towel and KT Performance+ Chafe Safe Anti-Chafing Wipes). That's really appreciated! 

Overall, the two boxes I have received have been awesome. From my experience, it's a really useful subscription box for runners to learn about and try out new products, and to get products from brands they already know and trust like Nuun, Brooks and HoneyStinger. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, cats just love the empty boxes! Seriously I cannot keep my two away from the boxes! They fought over the first one when I just had one and the stalked the 2nd one until I finally emptied it and gave it to them. 

Interested in receiving quarterly goodies for yourself from Ready.Set.MOVE.? The boxes are $49.99 each and deliver quarter, January, April, July and October. You can save $20 (or $5 per box) by paying for an entire year upfront. Need just a bit of extra incentive? When you order a yearly subscription and use discount code BibRave10 for $10 off the first box for all first-time subscribers hooking yourself up with a full year of awesome boxes for just $169! Subscribe here:

Ready.Set.MOVE. Box is Chonky Cat Approved!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A Quick Update - On the Road Again!

 So.... I'M RUNNING AGAIN!! Yay!

My first "aggressive walk"
I completed the Run to Escape 
Challenge #1 for Dionysus
Okay, if I am being completely honest, I started running (or as I was calling it - Aggressively Walking - a few days earlier than I was technically allowed, but I did wait until I was at the 12 week mark past my knee surgery. Mostly I wanted to test out the knee because it was feeling strong and ready to go. And It was! I can feel a bit of pull in the knee, but not what I would call pain and not in the actual joint, but in the quad muscle around the VMO area, which is totally normal and expected. But I did intervals, 1 minute run and 1 minute walk, so as not to start out too hard and too fast. And you know what, my times were pretty good for the running portion! I was averaging below 12 minute miles with even the walk breaks. I couldn't do that the last time around!

On April 28 (last Wednesday) I had a follow up appointment with the doctor that did my knee surgery. This was 13 weeks and 6 days since my surgery (but who's counting) and long story short, he said that my progress was "beyond expectations" and I was released for activity as I saw fit. YAY!! I was so super excited.

This is the face of a girl who was just told she could run again!

That afternoon I went to PT and shared the good news. And they FINALLY let me on the treadmill. I ran a mile that was pretty slow TBH, but I ran a mile. Then after, I went home to run another road mile! But I am trying my best to not overdo it, because, well, I want to keep being able to run. Once I was officially allowed to run, I switched to 2:1 intervals. This week, I switched to 5:1 intervals. So far I am holding strong, even though of course I am frustrated to not be faster already.

So that begs the question - Now that I can run again, what races am I signed up for. TBH, probably too many and considering more. Here's my upcoming calendar of races I am already registered for (I may pick up a few more along the way)

My 2021 Race Calendar (so far)

  • May 15th - Detective Mike Doty Memorial 5K
  • June 2nd - Sundown Series 5K Race #1
  • June 27th - Charlotte Racefest Half Marathon (discount code RUNCLTRUN2021)
  • July 4th - American 4 Miler
  • July 7th - Sundown Series 5K Race #2
  • Aug 4th - Sundown Series 5K Race #3
  • Aug 28th - Greekfest 5K
  • Sept 5th - Around the Crown 10K
  • Sept 11th - Hit the Brixx 10K
  • Sept 26th - Novant 15K
  • Oct 10th - Craft Beer 5 Miler
  • Oct 16th - Rocktoberfest Half Marathon
  • Nov 6th - RnR Savannah Half Marathon
  • Nov 7th - RnR Savannah 5K and 1 Miler (both)
  • Nov 13th - Charlotte Half Marathon (discount code LISSAHN2021)
So yeah, a few races... But I am super excited to get back out there and racing in person on 2 properly balanced knees with fresh new cartilage. 

This is me, unable to move after a
Caroline Jordan Ab workout
In other fitness news, I also have been doing quite a bit to keep up on cross training which I fully credit for my quick improvement. I found the Caroline Jordan Fitness YouTube channel and have been doing a lot of her workouts. They are fantastic and most are geared to people with range of movement issues. That's how I found her originally in fact, looking for Chair Cardio workouts before I was able to properly walk. I've since become a Paetron so I can have access to her Monthly Fitness Calendar, which I faithfully followed in April. When I was released for high impact on the 28th, I also rejoined Burn Boot Camp and will primarily do their workouts again, but I do plan to incorporate some of Caroline's shorter specialized videos on a daily basis (like 5 Minute Abs - trust me, it is TOUGH) and some of the stretching videos. Check her channel out here: She's super motivating, and I am NOT a perky fitness girl, but somehow don't mind her constant cheerfulness. It's super endearing in fact. These workouts have helped loads in returning to regular activity by helping keep my endurance up and working the muscle groups that I could like my core, glutes and just overall helping me to keep a bit sane when I couldn't run. Moral of the story, you no matter your mobility situation, you can keep moving no matter what. I've been tracking my workouts all this year and I've only gone 1 day in 2021 without some kind of workout, the day after my surgery. That's it. Every other day I have found some way or another to move. 

So what's going on in your life? Tell me about your future plans, your wins and your challenges in the comments below. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

A New Kind of Running Experience: Run to Escape Launches This Week!

I received entry into the Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out to read and write race reviews.

So we've all been doing this "New Normal" thing awhile now, yeah? We've all changed the way we work, socialize, exercise, basically everything over the past year plus. And while I know races have been doing the best that they can as far as offering Virtual options to keep us motivated to still get out there and pound out the miles, really, all the innovation has been up to the individual runners to make things fun for themselves. You know I've been the champ at that with creative routes, coming up with my own special challenges, hosting live events for friends and so on, but even I have gotten to the point where I am tired of more of the same.

But finally, I've found something truly new: a brand new, immersive running experience where you embark on an epic adventure to test your wits and your fitness. Think running paired with escape room style logic puzzles and that will give you a good idea of what the new Run To Escape experience is. 

Run to Escape is launching their first (of hopefully many) missions: Mission Mt. Olympus. The storyline in a nutshell (without spoilers) is that the Greek goddess Atalanta, the goddess of running is trying to become the 13th Olympian and take a seat on Mt. Olympus. The current 12 Olympians are making her complete challenges to prove her worth, and she has chosen a mortal (you) to help her complete 6 challenges from Olympians who would deny her bid. 

Atalanta, goddess of running and who you'll help claim a place on Mt. Olympus

(from the Run to Escape webpage here:

"Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus, presented by Runkeeper™, is a first-of-its-kind, virtual experience that mixes running with the clues, codes, and explosive popularity of escape rooms. For those seeking a more immersive, fulfilling virtual experience, Run to Escape is an addictive blend of motivation, dopamine, entertainment, and endorphins."

Basically, once you register for the mission, you will get an email from Hermes with all the details that you need to get started. You'll need to download RunKeeper if you don't have it already, and through the email link, you will send your mission to your RunKeeper account where it will be waiting for you when you are ready in the Races tab. You then download the race audio and press Track Race Now. As you run (or walk) you will hear audio cues when you reach certain distance markers that will guide your challenge. Because of this, the experience is only available to those physically moving for the challenge, so no treadmills. 
It is highly recommended that you use some sort of headphones so you hear the clues clearly while you run. I use Aftershoks (see pic to the left) so I can hear not only the clues, but also have the benefit of hearing all of the surrounding noises around me like traffic and so on. Safety first, yo!

Each of the 6 challenges is presented by a different Greek god and Hermes acts as the official messenger (as expected) and sends emails with important information before and after each challenge. I've only done 1 challenge so far, but it was really fun listening to the audio and over the course of 5K, I want to say I got 4 messages in addition to the introduction message that played about a minute after I first hit go. 

I don't want to give away any spoilers but I completed my first mission on Sunday and well, let's see if you can guess which of the Greek gods was the one to sponsor my challenge by my post run celebratory picture. It was good luck that I chose to start and finish my 5K at a brewery is all I am going to say. But doing the challenge was really neat. There was a nice gentle harp sound that played right before the audio did both to keep from startling you and to give you a moment to pay attention to the information that was given. And no worries if you missed hearing something, when you finish your miles, Hermes sends you an email with the challenge information including the audio recordings in case you need to hear them again. If if you are really stumped, there are also hints. When you solve the clue, you enter the answer into the registration page on your Race Roster page (there will be a link emailed to you also) and if you are correct, you will get the next mission emailed to you. 

I am pleased to say I solved the first challenge and have received the info for my 2nd, which I plan to complete tomorrow morning. I plan to do another update on the series as a whole once I complete all 6 missions, which should be by the end of the month. So stay tuned! And if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or DM me on any of my socials. I am @runnerdgirl on Insta, Twitter and FB if you don't follow me already. 

If you think this sounds fun and you want to try out this brand new running experience, you can learn more about it here: The registration hasn't quite gone live yet (as of this blog post going live that is), it opens up on Wednesday, April 21, but you can enter your email address in to get notified as soon as it goes live. And, when it does, I have a discount code to sweeten the deal. Used code BIBRAVE10 when you do register to save 10% off entry. 

In addition to the fun, immersive storyline and experience, the mortals who embark on this quest will have lots of opportunities to win really cool prizes from Run to Escape partners like Aftershokz, Knockaround, BibRave, RunKeeper and others. Serious, I know I keep saying I do not want to spoil anything, but I saw one of the upcoming prizes and let's just say I really really hope I am eligible to win. Cause WOW! 

And lastly, let me leave you will a little challenge to whet your whistle. See if you can solve the riddle below. If you can, you're totally ready to embark on Mission Mt. Olympus! 

Women's Half Marathon - Rock Hill Edition

By now, you've learned that I love any excuse for a party. Like I am literally game for about anything. So when I was asked about hosting another live event for a virtual race, I was totally in. This time, I hosted a Women's Virtual Half Marathon event. 

So there were a couple of things that appealed to me about this event.
  1. The event celebrates ladies. Not saying that men were not welcome to join in, but hey, ladies celebrating ladies is an awesome thing. Of course I wanted to gather my girl squad together for this race!

  2. The race benefitted Girls on the Run. Love GotR! I typically volunteer at their local races here in Rock Hill but due to the whole Covid thing, there haven't been any GotR races, so this was another way to throw some support their way.

  3. The SWAG for this race was NEXT LEVEL! I'm talking $100+ worth of cool stuff including tech shirt, Bondi Band, adorable medal with detachable charm, reusable shop bag, Ultima Replinsher powders and sunscreen. Some really cool stuff. Everything was really brightly colored and everyone received a different Bondi Band so it was fun to see everyone's. (Fun fact: my daughter has already stolen mine)
Next level SWAG

About 15 of us registered for either the 5K or the 10K cause options are awesome and welcoming for every level. I am still on injured reserve or I'd have done the Half (next year). I was registered for the 10K, cause I'm totally fine with walking 6.2 miles. You could even do double and triple play events to earn multiple medals.

For the race day event, I came up with some scenic routes in downtown Rock Hill and gathered supplies for a finish line party on our race day of April 10. The official race dates were the 10th and 11th. The weather was a bit damp, but another beauty of a Virtual is that you can play with the time. 2 ladies decided to do their races the day before to stay dry and 1 was out of the area so she did hers solo but posted on our FB event page. We had coffee, donut holes, Ultima, water and bananas to celebrate after. 

And since I was technically RD for my event and manning the finish line I went out the next morning to put in my 10K at my favorite local trail. Again, Virtual Races = Flexibility.

My solo 10K the next morning

I was very impressed with everything about this Virtual Race. As far as the race management, they were super communicative and supportive. If you tagged them on social media, they always commented. They had a Facebook group for the event that encouraged lots of posting and even had photo tags to decorate your pictures. They held several giveaway events, one of which I won a visor. A friend of mine also won a visor as well so that was cool. One of the ladies was missing something out of her packet and sent them a message and it was immediately resolved. You could tell that they really cared about their racers. 

It was a great event and I'd for sure do it again. I am not sure what next year will hold, whether the event will go live or stay virtual, but either way, I would highly recommend this one. 

A Few Photos From Race Day

*You may have noticed, no disclaimer at the top of this one like many of my other race reviews. As a BibRave Pro, I get lots of great opportunities to run cool races for free in exchange for my honest opinion. This was not one of those opportunities. This race was one I chose to register personally for. Just thought I should mention that so there was no confusion. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

An Inside Look: Ready.Set.MOVE Box Subscription

"Disclaimer: I received the Winter Ready.Set.MOVE. Box to use and review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!"

If you are like me, you are all the time getting ads on your socials about different subscription boxes. They have them for everything now, books, food, beauty items, geeky things, sporty things, pretty much endless things! If you love something, you can get a blind box of it delivered right to your door. Well, if you know me (and if you are reading this blog, I assume you do) then you know that I love running gear. So I had been curious about the Ready.Set.MOVE boxes for a while. So when I had the opportunity to check out a few for myself, I was so IN!

What is the Ready.Set.MOVE. Box?

Ready.Set.MOVE is a quarterly subscription box created for those passionate about moving toward their fitness goals. Each box is filled with industry-leading products, always valued at $100+, that can be used during workouts and training. Boxes are curated quarterly and cost $49.99 each but you can save $20 by signing up for the whole year ($179.99 total). They ship out in January, April, July, and October.

I received the 2021 Winter box that was shipped to subscribers in January. You can start your subscription any time and when you do, you will be sent the current box and then fall into the regular shipping schedule. There are select numbers of the past season's boxes available on their website as well to order. They also offer occasional special holiday boxes for special occasions like Valentine's Day and Women's History Month. These specialty boxes are not a part of the subscriptions, but are optional added bonuses you can choose to purchase if you want. 

What was Inside? 

  1. The Original SPIBelt
  2. SPIbeams LED Hat
  3. LaColombe Triple Draft Latte
  4. Bracoo Calf Compression Sleeves
  5. KT Tape Recovery+ Pain Relief Gel Roller
  6. KT Tape Sample Pack
  7. Floyd's of Leadville Mini Full Spectrum Lavender Blend CBD Balm
  8. Floyd's of Leadville Single Pack Protein, Vanilla
  9. Floyd's of Leadville Single Pack Protein, Chocolate
  10. Trigger Point Nano LTE Foot Roller
  11. Nuun Sport Fruit Punch Tube
  12. Nathan Sports HyperBrite Strobe
  13. Brooks Croakie
  14. Brooks Greenlight Headband
  15. Honey Stinger Honey Waffle
  16. Honey Stinger Honey Organic Fruit Smoothie Gel
  17. A pack of really cool Stickers 
17 ITEMS!! That's a ton of stuff in one box. And you know what, I used every single item. Which is a fear that has always kept me for ordering boxes like this, but no fear here, everything in there was super useful. And, I felt that there was a really great mix of items I knew and loved, items that I was curious about but never quite tried before and items I'd never heard of.

If you are curious about how I used and felt about each item in the box, I did a "Item of the Day" on my Instagram here: 

Here's a sort of highlight list though, based on a few commonly asked questions:

What is your favorite item?
Hard question, cause there is a lot of neat things in here that I use a lot, but probably have to go with the SPIbeams LED Hat. It's just so useful! I've worn it a ton since receive it. Way more comfortable than a headlamp and perfect for running right before sunrise where you can easily turn it off with a click of the brim when the sun comes up and you no longer need light. 

What is an item you've heard of and never tried but wanted to?
I have heard of CBD balms before, but never tried them. And ironically, it turned out to be something I really needed! I recently had a minor surgery to excise a basal cell carcinoma form my forearm. Y'all they cut out like half my arm I swear! 11 stitches. And there is a nasty looking scar left behind. Anyway, my PT mentioned that CBD balms are great on those kind of wounds and help reduce pain, swelling and scarring. I had no idea. So it's been getting a lot of use!

What is an item that you never heard of before?
I had no idea that KT tape made a pain relief gel. And I've used KT tape products for YEARS (crap knees, yo). That was an awesome find and I love it. Easy to apply and feels amazing on sore muscles.

What is an item that you've used before and love?
Honey Stinger gels are my go-to fuel while on long runs. I love them, and fruit smoothie is one of my favorite flavors so I was super stoked to see that in there.

Was there anything in the box you never would have bought for yourself but was glad it was included?
The Trigger Point NanoLTE foot roller is amazing and something I never ever would have splurged on myself. It now lives under the desk in my home office and I use it a lot during the day. It feels amazing!

Bottom line, I am super excited to receive the next box, which should be coming to me soon. I'm already excited by seeing some of the Spring box product reveal post on Ready.Set.MOVE.'s Instagram page (here if you are curious:

Interested in receiving quarterly goodies for yourself from Ready.Set.MOVE.? Need a bit of extra incentive? You can order a yearly subscription and use discount code BibRave10 for $10 off the first box for all first-time subscribers! Subscribe here:

Friday, March 12, 2021

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Charlotte (Rock Hill Edition) Race Day

received entry into the AllState Hot Chocolate Charlotte15K as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out to read and write race reviews. 

So yeah, a bit of life got in the way so I am WAAAAAYYY late posting this, but OMG this event was so much fun!!

Here's a quick recap. 

The 15K crew ready to hit the road!

Me and like 40 of my closest friends all gathered bright, early (and cold) to run the Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K races. We had 16 15K runners and the rest were 5K. Quick reminder, I was still in my leg brace so no running for me, which was perfectly fine, I had plenty to keep me busy organizing everything! 

Before the event, which started at 7:30 am I set out before the sun came up to mark the courses that I had laid out, the 15K with orange arrows and the 5K will yellow. A bit extra I know, but hey, I knew some of the racers were coming from outside of Rock Hill, so I wanted to make sue that no one got lost on my watch. I also set up a table with goodies and printed routes. Special shout out to the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K for donating awesome magnets and extra chocolate for our event and to Nuun Hydration for donating tubes of Nuun for all. These were laid out with water, granola bars and M&Ms to help fuel the racers.

Right at 7:30 am the 15K racers set off. The way I laid the course, racers would complete 10K and loop back to the start where they had the choice to either run through to finish the final 5K, and/or take a quick rest stop and meet up with friends racing the 5K. The route went through the start and back out again so you didn't have to awkwardly turn around. It also helped me keep track of the placement cause yeah, again extra, but I had placement awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each gender/race. 

The 5K start was a bit more laid back, officially at 9:00 am, but racers kind of started whenever they arrived, found their friends, or felt like it. No matter what, it seemed like everyone had a great time. We had a constant stream of people hanging out, cheering, visiting Knowledge Perk for post-race cocoa and coffee and picture taking. I think everyone has been missing the vibe of real races so this kind of helped a lot. The weather could not have been more perfect and no one got lost, so extra yay!

It was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it! Everyone, me included, had a blast. After, I cleaned up and grabbed lunch with Kim, Toni and Kim's hubby who helped me loads during the event. And since this was really the first day I had left really left the house after my knee surgery, so I was in NO hurry to go back inside, so we met up with some of the other racers and went back to the start area to hang out at Dust Off and finish off the race chocolate.

Most of us received our gear prior to the race so we had everything all ready for the post race medal and jacket photos. I say most because there were some shipping delays due to the massive winter storms in the center of the country, but then again, it is a winter race series. The medals were so cool and had chocolate actually INSIDE it. Here's a few of us showing off our jackets and medals. 

I would totally take on the challenge of hosting a live virtual event again. It was so great to see everyone running, laughing and having a great time. In fact... I'm totally doing it again next month, this time the Virtual Women's Half Marathon (if you are interested in this race, discount code “BibRAVE$5off” gets you $5 off any distance).  Again, it's a bit extra, but totally worth it!

Have you ever hosted an in-person virtual? Want more info to host one? Let me know in the comments below. And there are still several other Hot Chocolate 15K/5K races that you can register for and host a similar event! and use extra SWAG code BRHC20 and receive a free Hot Chocolate Tech Hat. 

And just for fun, here are a few more random race day photos!

How to host a virtual race

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Planning the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Group Virtual

  received entry into the AllState Hot Chocolate Charlotte15K as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out to read and write race reviews. 

So, last month I wrote here about how I had an idea about hosting a in-person race for my local friends who wanted to run the Hot Chocolate 15K Charlotte. This came from me wanting to arrange something nice and fun because we were all a little bummed that the race went Virtual. Well... much like most of my Virtual Epic Race Day Events, things have escalated.

Heck, I've even got 2 runners that will be doing their miles and checking in via video chat that are ON ANOTHER CONTINENT! 

So here is a little bit of what is going to happen on Saturday:

  • I've got two courses routed. One for 15K runners and the other for 5K. The last 5K of the route will be the same so the 15K runners will start at 7:30 and the 5K will join at 9. I am pre-marking the course and providing written routes I also ran the course before my surgery to make sure that everything was safe and a good route. See my post here about my run:

  • We are staging our race to start and finish at a local coffee shop so we can get hot beverages like Hot Chocolate and Coffee

  • The awesome folks at RAM Racing have donated a bunch of chocolate and some magnets for the races as a bit of an extra perk

  • I will have water, Nuun and treats at the finish. My awesome fellow BibRave Pro and running bestie, Kim (aka Barkingmadrun) has secured a bunch of Nuun tubes to give out.

  • Placement medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Male and Female, for each distance

  • We are collecting donations for the Rock Hill Community Pantry and Fridge which is located right where we are starting/finishing our race

  • I am bringing a camera to take tons of finish line photos and celebratory photos with their awesome SWAG.

Sounds like a party right? It is all going down this Saturday morning. You can check out my Twitter and/or Insta on Saturday morning to follow along with the fun. I will also be posting a recap on this blog early next week. 

You can organize your own virtual event if interested. I am happy to share any advice, just ask in the comments below. You and your crew can register for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Charlotte here: Register with code BRHC20 and receive a free Hot Chocolate Tech Hat.