Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Flipping Out Over FlipBelt Crops

Disclaimer: I received FlipBelt Crops to 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!

I've mentioned before a few times here that I prefer to run with music, and to do so requires me to carry my phone on me while I run. I've struggled over the years to find the best way to carry my phone and anything else that I needed with me like keys and gels, trying a variety of options from arm bands, belts, tiny "pockets" and even stuffing things in handheld bottles. 

Most frequently I would go with a belt as the least intrusive carrying device, but there were still a number of problems, but biggest being that no matter how much I adjusted it, but belt bounced around and would often lead to chafing. No one likes to take a shower after that! 

So when I found out that FlipBelt had introduced a pair of crops with built in pockets, I wanted in! I had heard amazing things about the roominess of FlipBelts before, but never run with one so I was excited to try them out. I'm happy to say that they exceeded my expectations! 

First let me give you a little info about the crops. Here are their features straight from the FlipBelt website - 

  • 76% Polyester 24% Spandex
  • Moisture wicking 
  • Anti microbial fabric
  • Rear zipper pocket
  • Internal key ring
  • Multiple front pocket openings
  • Large phone pockets
  • 3M reflective logo
  • Machine wash and dry

They are really comfortable to wear, some of the softest running tights I've worn. I am 5'6" and they rest right in the perfect place for a crop. I've run in them comfortably in temperatures ranging from mid-40s to low 70's pairing with everything from zip-ups, to short sleeves to tanks. Currently, they only come in black, which of course matches everything, but I hope they introduce some other colors in the future. 

But what about the pockets!?

So many useful pockets! 

These bad boys have pockets for DAYS! There's one huge pocket in the front that has access openings on either side of your hips. This pocket is great for storing all kinds of stuff that you need to get to fairly quickly while running like gels, beans, tissues, route maps, beer money (you know, for after your run) and so on. I can literally stick my arm in there! 

On the back of the crops there is also a larger zippered pocket. And when I say larger, I actually mean it. If you take in account my iPhone 7 plus the extra battery case, plus the pocket for my ID and debit card stuck to the back, I carry a pretty substantially sized phone with me. This pocket has no problem containing all of that. 

Lastly, inside the front pocket there is a clip for hooking your key on. This is a particular plus to me. See, last November right before a race I was doing my pre-run check of my stuff. I checked my belt one last time to make sure that my gels were in there and when I did, my key fell out, unbeknownst to me at the time. Luckily, I found out sooner rather than later, but enough time had past that I had moved to the starting area. When I figured it out, I sprinted back to where I was and me and two friends frantically searched the grass for my car key. Luckily, we were able to locate it, but I've been paranoid about losing my key every since then. Well not with my FlipBelt Crops. I can rummage through the pocket knowing that my key is safely clipped in. 

So, in conclusion, I love these crops! I've worn them several times over the past month for pretty much every type of run imaginable, long, speed, even a race. Heck, I scored me a new 5K PR in them, so I am officially considering them my lucky pants! 

All I need now is for them to make a pair of shorts because the temps are going to be heating up here in SC soon!

Want to try them out for yourself? You can get your own pair of FlipBelt Crops at, and save 25% online with the discount code BIBRAVE.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Catching Up

See, I'm still alive... 
I've been suffering from a terrible case of the "I'll Get To It Laters", especially where this blog is concerned. Nothing in particular has been keeping me away, just life in general has been busy. Such is the case when you work full time, have a family with a very active little and run a bazillion (okay, so more like 20-25) miles a week plus cross train 2-3 days. So basically, if it's not pressing, it's been getting overlooked lately. Ugh. 

So, this is going to be a real quick update of what I've been doing and what I am looking forward to in the near future. And hopefully I can get back to a better schedule for not only my blog, but being more organized in general. 

Basically, chaos has been ruling the day, but I'm making some plans to reign it back in. Hopefully. We'll see...

What I've Been Up To

Since we've past the first quarter of the year, let's take a quick backwards glance to my 2018 goals and see where things stand. 

  • Run 1009 miles - me and a friend are splitting 2018 miles
    • I'm right on track. Have hit my first 3 monthly mileage goals with a little extra
  • Run 18 races
    • On track. I've run 6 races so far and registered for 5 more currently with several others I am eyeing
  • Place in 4 races
    • On track here as well. I've placed in 2 races so far this year (more on this in a bit)
  • 1200 Twitter followers
    • So far so good. I broke the 1,000 follower mark last month and am at 1,034 currently
  • 1000 Instagram followers 
    • This one is going a bit slower. I'm closing in on 700 so still attainable
  • Run 4 Half Marathons (Tobacco Rd., Kings Mtn, Run & Ride, Rock n Roll Savannah) with a new PR in at least 1
    • I've run Tobacco Road and got a new huge PR and have registered for Kings Mountain (next month) and Rock N Roll Savannah (Join me in Nov and register with discount code "RNRBRP2018" for $15 off the full/half marathon). Run & Ride will not be held this year (boo) so I need to find another Fall Half to replace. Considering the Charlotte 13.1 in September or maybe the Myrtle Beach Mini in October.
  • Do an Obstacle Race (Warrior Dash) 
    • Registered for Warrior Dash on June 2nd. Having our first training camp on Sat. 
  • Renew as BibRave Pro
    • This doesn't happen until Fall, but I've been trying to be a good little Pro 
  • Blog more - 4 per month at least 
    • Doing better than 2017, but missed my goal in March. 4 in Jan, 6 in Feb and just 3 in March. April is not progressing well either as this is my first post and it is half over, but I can still catch up
  • Keep a consistent training plan/journal (Using the Believe. Training Journal)
    • January I did great. Since then, not so well. Need to reset and start back up again

So I am basically on a pretty consistent track for meeting most of my 2018 goals. In addition, I have been consistently doing Burn Boot Camp with 2-3 camps per week, mainly focusing on the areas I need the most work (upper body and core). 

What else, what else... Oh yeah...  

Last weekend I ran the Come See Me Road Race 5K, which was a redemption race for me of sorts. Last year, I sucked at that race. I had been sick the day before and had a pretty poor showing. Insult to injury, I placed 4th. I hate 4th place. And I placed 4th in 4 races last year. This was one of them. And for 2018 I vowed that I would right the wrong of 4th places (so far I am 2 for 2 of placing in previous 4th place, so yay). 

Anyway, I have been really working on my speed work to hit a placing for this race and not only did I place, I placed 1st and hit a new PR by 1 min 15 sec! BOOM! I swear I almost teared up when I looked at the results screen.This race was the first 5K I ever ran 4 years ago so coming in 1st was extra special to me. 

Things I Loving

In addition to making gains on some goals, I've also had an opportunity to try out a few new awesome products. I'll be writing more about these things in upcoming blogs, but wanted to mention a few things I've been loving lately. Shout outs to the following:

FlipBelt Crops* - These are my new go to running tights. Love them. They have a huge built in front pocket with a key clip, plus a large back pocket with a zipper in the back. I can still carry everything I need with no bouncy belt flopping around behind me. Get your own pair at and use discount code to promote is *"BIBRAVE" for 25% off. I will be posting a more detailed review of these before the end of the month, but spoiler alert: I've really been liking them! 

Under Armor HOVR Sonic shoes* - I cannot say enough good things about these shoes! I love them. I swear these are like secret weapon shoes. I have PRed the last 3 races that I have worn them!! Basically, what I've been doing is running the majority of my training runs in a heavier pair of shoes, and then busting out these bad boys for my long runs and on race day. They are so light I feel like I am flying when wearing them. Plus, their zero gravity design somehow leaves me feeling like I could practically run forever in them. I'm racking up the miles on my first pair and am getting another very soon. 

Avon's Anew Skinvincible Lotion - I'm terrible about using sunscreen while running and asked a friend who is an Avon rep for a good solution and she turned me on to this lotion with broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen in it. It's super light, has no smell and doesn't sweat off. I used it on my face for my last race and despite the fact my shoulders got super sunburnt, my face had no issue. And, she told me last night, it's on special this month, so yay! You can hit up my friend's Avon here - 

Knockaround Sunglasses - As a BibRave Pro, I often get to try out some really cool products for free. Unfortunately I wasn't chosen to test out these awesome sunglasses, but they were so cute and so inexpensive, I decided to take advantage of their partnership with BibRave and use their discount code to buy my own pair. So far I'm loving them! Haven't had a chance to run in them yet, but they seem like they are going to stay in place with no issue. Get your own at and use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS for 20% off (1 use/person).

What I'm Looking Forward To

So what's on the horizon? Well, on May 5th, I have my next Half Marathon, Kings Mountain Half. It's a pretty low key event and honestly, my goal is pretty much just to beat last year's time. I mean, the race has the word MOUNTAIN in the name, so this is not a PR race. I placed 3rd AG last year, so it would be nice to at least do that again this year, but really, this is a race I just hope to do okay at. The course has changed from last year, so who knows what the elevation profile will be like this year. Last year, there was a huge sucky hill at mile 11.5. Hoping that bad boy won't  be on this year's route. 
BibRave and Buff, What an Amazing Combo! 

Also, I'll be working on a campaign with BibRave and Buff in May and June where I get to try out a few amazing Buff products and take them on some exciting adventures. I've been like a kid in a candy store picking out my items and will finalize my order this week. Can't wait to show you what I'm getting and what amazing activities I have in store. Here's a hint, Warrior Dash Training is about to get pretty intense! Excited and a bit scared all at the same time! #livemorenow

So that is about it for right now. I promise I will be better at checking in here. Maybe in May I will do some kind of blog challenge to make it more of a habit. Habit setting is definitely something I need to get better at. 

What about you? What have you been up to? Life getting in your way too? Let me know and we can commiserate together. 

(“Disclaimer: I received my FlipBelt Crops and HOVR Sonic shoes to 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!”)