BibRave Product Review and GIVEAWAY: Science In Sport Isotonic gels

Disclaimer: I received my Science In Sport Isotonic gels 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!

Read to the end for a chance to win a free pack SIS Energy Gels!

That’s a lot of gel-y goodness!

I definitely have a love-hate relationship with gels and sports nutrition in general. I try to eat as much real food as possible during runs and rides but that often means I don’t eat as often or get in enough calories. The bonk is real people! So to avoid the ugly wall, I reluctantly carry whatever gels I have lying around to fill in the calorie voids and keep up with intake. However, most gels are a pain to swallow, are sticky and get on everything, and I often need to gulp a ton of water to get them down, often making a sloshy mess out of my stomach. No bueno.

As part of being a BibRave Pro I received a large sampling of the 3 variations of SiS gels in 4 flavors: energy+electrolytes (Salted Strawberry & Lemon & Mint flavors) , energy+caffeine (Double Espresso Flavor)  and Isotonic Energy (Apple Flavor).  Since I’m racing Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon as part of the BibRave Pro Summit on July 21 and SiS gels are provided as on-course nutrition, these gels arrived at the perfect time in my training cycle. I’m also at the beginning of NYC Marathon and Honolulu Marathon training so it’s the perfect time to lock down an improved nutrition plan.

So what’s the deal with “isotonic”? According to the Science in Sport website:

The Isotonic formula allows the gel to empty from the stomach quickly as no fluid needs to be drawn into your stomach to dilute the gel, providing fast energy.

This means that each gel contains 22g of carbs, around 90 calories, around 1 g of sugar and can be taken without water! This means no sloshy stomach, no GI distress, and NO BONKING! The gels are only slightly thicker than water so they’re easy to take on the move (I easily sucked one down while biking down a gravel descent). This is how I’ve been using the gels:

Shorter runs less than 90 minutes or rides less than 20 miles –> 1 gel just before running. If you really need a boost before your morning run, I suggest the double espresso but be warned, it’s STRONG! SiS recommends double espresso before shorter runs or in the last 2 hours of a long-distance/ultra event. All of the gels taste great but they’re even better if you keep them refrigerated (double espresso tastes more like ice coffee if you take it cold – highly recommend!).

Longer runs or bike rides – > 1 gel before, and then 1 gel every 45 minutes. Depending on the length/intensity of the workout I vary my hydration between electrolyte with no added calories or a sports formula with extra carbohydrates to get closer to 150-200 calories per hour.

Definitely works for that extra kick!

Overall, I’m really enjoying these gels and look forward to see how they work as I move to longer workouts/races this summer/fall. My one “complaint” is that the gels are kind of large so I haven’t run with more than 2-3 at at time, so I’ll need to carry more for longer efforts. However, they still fit in hydration packs, bike jersey pockets, and flip belts just fine so I think I’ll manage the extra bulk.

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say about the SiS Energy Gels:

ChristineKen BeckyAmy PJanell |Andrea | Jenn | Stephanie | Kim | Alastair |Lissa | Meridith | Bill |

Here’s your chance to win a free box of Science in Sport gels!

I’ve teamed up with Science in Sport to give away 2 6-pack boxes to a couple of lucky followers. Follow me, @FunSizeAthlete, and @ScienceInSport on Instagram, like and comment on this post with a friend who shares positive energy for your chance to win!

Don’t want to wait to see if you win?? Science in Sport is offering readers 25% off their product! Shop their website and use the code ‘TRYSIS25’. What flavor are you excited to try? So far salted strawberry is my favorite. Let me know below!

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Summer Sweat Ahead: Fun Sized training and adventures!

We just returned from an epic 450 mile week riding the Bike Ride Across Georgia from Ellijay to Darien. As always it was an amazing week and while I’m glad not to be sweating my ass off each night in a tent anymore, I do wish BRAG would never end. There’s no better happiness or privilege than just cruising along country roads for miles on end, with great people for a week. With the post-BRAG blues also comes an energy to continue the energy and motivation through the summer and beyond. The week provided a nice re-boot and I’m really excited for what’s to come; just need to keep focused and execute. 🙂

Paceline pirates! Of course I’m the one who doesn’t match 😛

Here’s what’s on tap for the next 2-3 months:

  • Red Clay Ramble gravel race: Our 3rd race in the southeastern gravel series for the year. 55 miles through beautiful middle GA roads. It’ll be HOT for sure but much less climbing than our first 2 races so I’m really looking forward to it. I’m trying to get stronger so that I can do longer events. I’m sure I’ll be dumb and try for Dirty Kanza 200 one day. No better plans than a bad idea. 😛
  • 50th running of the Peachtree Road Race! 3 more weeks of training and the biggest 10k 4th of July block party in the world will be upon us! This year is the 50th running of this epic race so it’s sure to be amazing.
  • RUNNING: I’ve been riding so much that I’ve barely been hanging onto some base miles. NYC marathon training starts in July so I need to get back on the horse. After 2 spring marathons I think taking May “off” has helped come down from some burnout and now I’m ready to RUN although the heat and humidity always seem to dampen (quite literally) my spirits. I plan to mix it back up on some trails and timed events to keep me motivated. I’m planning to register for Merrill’s Mile 24 hours and just hang out and run however much I damn well please. Of course, it’s also easier to stay motivated when I know I have HONOLULU MARATHON in December! Want to run in paradise with me?? Use code BIBHNL19 for 10% off registration!
  • Nutrition: I just did my first Dexa Body Composition scan to see my baseline metabolic rate, body fat, bone density, etc. so I can appropriately focus on problem areas and measure progress. Goal is to maintain lean muscle mass (which I have plenty of) and decrease body fat (which I also have plenty of lol). I know part of my problem, surprisingly, is that I don’t actually eat enough and what I do eat doesn’t balance carbs, fats, and proteins well. Working on it, stay tuned! No diets here; just need to better balance what I’m already eating.
  • BibRave Product testing: right now I’m waiting on a delivery of Science in Sports isotonic energy gels. We’ll be testing salted strawberry and double espresso flavors. These gels are made to absorb more quickly with less GI stress. Considering my goal to compete at higher capacity for longer distance events, getting my during-workout nutrition locked down will be key. In most of my ultra events, GI distress after 6 plus hours has been one of my biggest hurdles. I’m excited to try a new product and think marathon training and 24 hours at Merrill’s Mile will provide great testing grounds.
  • In more BibRave news, I’m super excited for the BibRave Pro Chicago Summit July 19-21! Hanging out with BRPs, running the RockNRoll Half, and going to my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field! Adult spring break fun times ahead!

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BibRave Product Review: Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl

Disclaimer: I received my Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl 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!

Check out my video review of the awesome Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl below. You can also read my previous review of the Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner leash here; Stunt Puppy products are great for your 4-legged running buddies!

And don’t forget to tune into #Bibchat with BibRave and Stunt Puppy next Tuesday, May 7 at 9pm ET for your chance to WIN your own Nano Bowl!

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say about the Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl

Corey | Ken | Virjinia | Deanne | Amy W | Matt | Meridith | Connie |Laura |

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BibRave Strava Run Streak!

I’m more of a BSB girl myself but this never gets old.

My spring race season may be over but in Atlanta we’ve jumped right into Peachtree Road Race training (it’s the 50th running this year!) so there’s no better reason to keep the momentum going. With that in mind, I’m excited to announce that I’m taking part in the Bibrave Strava Run Streak and running or walking at least 1 mile every day in May! Considering how much cross training I do on the bike I know this will be tough, but I’m using the pup as an excuse to get out with him for at least 1 mile on those in between “rest days”.

You can go streaking with us too! LOL! To join our May streaking spectacular, just sign up for a Strava account (it’s free!) then join the BibRave Run Club – https://www.strava.com/clubs/bibrave – to share your progress and keep motivated. A run streak may sound daunting but just think of all the ways you can easily add 1 mile to your daily routine: walking to the store, laps around your office, walking the dog, pushing the stroller around the neighborhood, mowing the lawn…it’s all fair game! Just make sure to log it! If it’s no on Strava it didn’t happen 😛

Who’s in and how are you gonna make it happen?! Let me know below or on social. You can follow my own progress on my Strava account:
https://www.strava.com/athletes/7047692

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BibRave Race Review: Blue Ridge Double Marathon


Disclaimer: I received free entry to Blue Ridge Double Marathon 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 had so much fun last weekend in Roanoke, VA for the Blue Ridge (double) Marathon that it warranted a 2-part video review! Obviously everything didn’t go as planned but it was still an amazing experience. Chime in below if you’ve ever had to make the best of a bad situation at a race, but still came out smiling! And don’t forget to check out reviews from the other BibRave Pros:

Jenn | Christine |

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BibRave Product Review: Life in the Fast Lane with Knockaround Fast Lanes


Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Fast Lanes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

If you go through sunglasses like me, at the rate a normal person goes through pens, then you’ll know I was excited to test the Knockaround Fast Lanes as part of being a BibRave Pro. As someone who puts sunglasses through the paces, there’s a couple of factors important in terms of selection: durability, cost, and comfort. Bonus points for cool factor and lens color/visibility. So how do the Knockaround Fast Lanes fair against the Fun Size test?

First off, direct from the website, Fast Lanes

“are designed to look great on medium and larger face shapes. And like all Knockaround sunglasses, each pair benefits from FDA-approved and impact-resistant lenses with full UV400 protection. “


  • Durability: these bad boys have been thrown in my backpack, back pocket of a cycling jersey, dropped on the ground repeatedly, and temporarily lost under the driver’s seat of my car. Each time they’ve come back no worse for the wear, and no lens scratches.
  • Cost: $20, add $5 for polarized. Need we say more?
  • Comfort: Surprisingly, while these are designed for medium to larger face shapes apparently, these still look great on my fun size face. In fact, they don’t slide off the bridge of my nose (often a problem) and they don’t hurt my ears or head from squeezing (an issue I get when I try to find smaller frames). Most appropriately, the large lenses still fit just fine when wearing a bike helmet so these glasses have been great for social cruises around town.
  • Cool Factor: while certainly larger on my face, I do love a rectangular frame to help make my round face look a little less round and puffy. The design is definitely reminiscent of my favorite classic design offered by a much more $$$ brand and I love that it’s offered in 16 different color/lenses options.
  • Lens color/visibility: I have the slate tortoise shell frame with sky blue lenses. The lenses have been great in many lighting conditions, especially in lower light, hazy days where it’s still nice wearing glasses to cut the glare. They offer awesome protection without making everything too dark.

Ready for your own pair?

Use discount code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 for 20% off your entire order until 4/18 (one time use).

And don’t forget to tune into #Bibchat with BibRave and Knockaround next Tuesday, April 16 at 9pm ET for your chance to WIN a pair of Fast Lanes!

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say about the Fast Lanes:

Mary Jo | Amy | Christine | Ben W | Laura | Teddy | Jenn | Danielle |

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It’s Blue Ridge Marathon Race Week!


Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

I have a ton a work to do between now and flying to Roanoke on Friday but that doesn’t mean I can’t spend a few minutes each day getting excited for this next challenge! Since I paced the 5:30 group at the Atlanta Marathon only 3 weeks ago, I’ve opted to take what I call an “active taper”. Blue Ridge is a notoriously tough race so I wanted to make sure I was in good shape and well-rested. For the last few weeks I’ve maintained shorter 5-6 mile runs during the week, focusing now on strength and some hill work sessions. I’ve included more yoga and tons of cycling, but I haven’t done any long runs. I felt that with Blue Ridge only one month after Atlanta Marathon, focusing on recovery and maintaining fitness was more important than long miles. I’m already trained for the distance; now seemed like a good time to focus on other areas of my overall strength and fitness that are often neglected.

My plan went so well and I’ve been feeling so strong that I found that little spark of insanity again; I leveled up to the Blue Ridge DOUBLE Marathon! Yup, I’ll be starting at 1am on Saturday, in time to finish one marathon lap before starting again with the general field at 7am. 52.4 miles of hilly goodness. Running an ultramarathon with over 7,000 feet of climbing at 1am during the last few weeks of the semester is not one of my brightest ideas for sure, but in the words of Robin Williams, “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

With a busy schedule ahead of another epic adventure, here’s how I’m planning to stay healthy this week before the race:

  • SLEEP: maintaining focus at work during the day will be key to avoiding any late night cram sessions. I’ve got a checklist and Bose noise cancelling headphones. Hoping those will keep me on task so I can make it to bed at normal hours for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
  • WATER: starting each morning with water plus Nuun before coffee, and drinking plenty during the day. Nuun has so many great options now for daily use as well as fitness use, it makes drinking water a little tastier and more efficient in terms of maintaining electrolyte balance throughout the week (something I worry about this time of year as we abruptly move from winter to humid summer here in the South). I try to start each day with Nuun Vitamins Ginger Lemonade. It’s really tasty, can be used in hot water as a tea, and has caffeine so makes a great coffee substitute for the am. During the day I’ll have at least one Nuun Immunity or serving of BCAAs, and I’ll finish the day with a Nuun Rest at least an hour before bed. PS the Nuun Rest Lemon Chamomile also makes a great hot tea!
  • RUNNING: 2-3 easy runs around 3 miles. I plan to do short treadmill runs today and tomorrow at the school gym. If I have time I’ll do another one on Thursday. However, since I’m flying to Roanoke, I know I’ll get plenty of airport walking miles in on Friday so I’m not worried about getting in the time on my feet.
  • CROSS-TRAINING: Wednesday morning is our weekly sunrise coffee and biscuit ride around Atlanta so I’ll get about 26 miles spinning my legs as long as weather permits. No better way to keep the cardio up but the impact low.
  • YOGA: ideally I’ll get in at least one yoga session. My flight isn’t until noon on Friday so I should have time to make it to the studio that morning, but at minimum I’ll do some vinyasas on my own.
Just enjoying some rides around town these last few weeks. Spinning those legs so they’re reading to “spin” up some Blue Ridge hills.

I know these are all things I should be doing every week, but it certainly becomes more important leading up to big efforts. How do you prepare for big adventures, especially when juggling a busy schedule? Let me know in the comments or on social. I’ll be back later in the week to let you know how this plan panned out and to show the gear I’m using for this next adventure.

Feeling a “little spark of madness” and want to join me at the Blue Ridge 10k, half, full, or marathon relay this weekend? Click HERE to register and use the code BLUERIDGEBIBRAVE save 20% on registration.

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BibRave Product Review: Tame the TaTas with Handful The Closer Bra

Disclaimer: I received a Handful The Closer bra 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!

Planks are hard but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel good doing it!

In the world of an endurance athlete with a 32DD chest size, you get used slathering on body glide, locking down the uni-boob, and hoping for the best. For me, the “best” still meant chafing (sometimes leaving scars all around the bra line) and struggling to get into and out of an over the head design. Those days are OVER!

I discovered Handful back in December when the BibRave Pros met them at The Running Event in Austin and we tested the amazingly comfortable Y-Back bra. You can read more about the Y-back here, but the short of it is, it’s my go-to daily bra for under t-shirts, yoga, and even shorter runs at the gym. For the larger ladies among us, I’d say that it’s not quite a high impact bra but it definitely does the trick in a pinch and feels amazing. To say the least, I was very excited to have the opportunity to try Handful’s new bra, the Closer.

Shoutout to Handful for having real awesome women on their product pages! I now own the black and teal versions of this awesome sports bra!

The Closer Bra is specifically geared towards high impact activities for bustier ladies. The front zip design means it’s super easy to get on and off, even after a super sweaty workout session (the struggle is real!). The zipper itself is a really high quality, tough design so it doesn’t show any signs of wear, even though I’ve worn and washed mine several times a week. The enclosures have extra soft protective material to prevent chafing. In fact, the only “negative” of this bra is the fact the zipper is so tough it’s actually difficult to get it undone sometimes. Honestly, I’ll take that over getting stuck in a sports bra with my arms over my head (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). P.S. I literally had to have a stranger in the locker room help me out of my bra one time.

One woman #SportsBraSquad (with BibRave Benjamin in the background)

I think one other BibRave Pro has had issues with the top part of the zipper causing some chafe/irritation but I have had ZERO chafing issues. I suspect that a small piece of KT or Duct tape over the top part of the zipper would help mitigate any possible irritation. The first week I had this bra I took the plunge and wore it while pacing the 5:30 pace team at the Atlanta Marathon. Not only did I have no issues with the zipper area, I had ZERO chafing around the bra line/rib cage area! This is an amazing win in my books, as I’m pretty cut up and scarred in those areas just from years of running and suffering through the boob chafe. The days of assuming that the tightest, most uni-boob inducing bra was the only way to prevent chafe are over.

The Closer is amazing soft, comfortable, and actually looks good. If there’s one thing that Handful really does great, it’s empowering women to be active and still look great and maintain their natural shape while doing so. The bra allows for great, comfortable movement through many different activities. I used it for running, cycling, yoga, and daily wear and never felt constricted. In fact, I loved it so much I bought a second one with the BibRave discount code (BIBRAVE for 10% off!).

Head over to Handful now to check out their full lineup of amazing products as well as the Closer bra now! And don’t forget to use code BIBRAVE for 10% off your order!

Want to hear what other awesome BibRave ladies have to say about the Closer?

Becky | Christine | Thanh | Meridith | Mai | Lissa | Angie | Stephanie D. | Kim T. | Lindsey M. | Renee | Deanne | Vanessa | Erica |

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BibRave Races: I’m running Honolulu Marathon!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Honolulu Marathon 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!”


In my slow but sure quest to eventually run a marathon in all 50 states, I never thought I’d get to Hawaii so early in the process but thanks to BibRave and my amazing bestie, fun size wonder twin (more on that in a sec) I’ll be running the Honolulu Marathon this December! I was very lucky to have visited the Big Island when I was 16 but this will be my first time in Oahu, and we also plan to visit Kauai. This will also be Adam’s first time in Hawaii so we’re looking forward to an epic adventure right before his birthday!

As a kid who grew up on Disney films, I remember learning of the idea of “Ohana” in the movie ‘Lilo and Stitch’ Ohana means “family” in the Hawaiian language and, from the film, “…family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.” In general, the concept means “family” in the broader sense including relatives, friends, neighbors, etc. For this next marathon journey, I can’t think of a more fitting location and idea. Over the past 10+ years, running has given me the most amazing family by choice, and the best gift among that running “Ohana” in my life, is my fun size wonder twin, Tina. Tina is a courageous, strong, beautiful friend who inspires me every day. We’ve had amazing running adventures during our friendship. This past year she’s struggled with injuries but has been fighting every step of the way. When Tina realized that the Honolulu Marathon is on her 50th birthday she decided there’s no better to celebrate. I think that’s a pretty damn good reason to check Hawaii off my marathon list!

So excited I get to have another epic run adventure with my fun size wonder twin!

In honor of my fun size wonder twin, I’m giving away one free entry to the Honolulu Marathon on December 8, 2019! “Ohana” is my reason for running; what’s yours?! Head to my posts on Twitter or Instagram and reply with your reason for wanting to run the Honolulu Marathon. Follow and tag @funsizeathlete, @BibRave, @HNLMarathon, and make sure to include #BibChat and #HonoluluBR to be eligible. You have until Sunday, April 7 11:59pm to enter!

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BibRave Product Review: Puppy Fun with the StuntPuppy Stunt Runner

Disclaimer: I received a Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a
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Since I started running more than 10 years ago I’ve always been a bit jealous of friends with four-legged running buddies. It was with that in mind that my husband and I brought Batoot into our family a year ago. However, running with your pup can be a difficult, complicated, and potentially hazardous undertaking without the proper tools. Enter: Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner™.

The Stunt Runner is a great hands-free leash option that allows you to run in sync with your pup. The adjustable extension allows for modified distance from your 4-legged running partner depending on environment, i.e. close side-by-side running on urban sidewalks vs. wider distance in open parks/trails. I’m a big fan of the flexible bunjee section, especially when Batoot suddenly decides a squirrel is more interesting than our run; the bunjee “absorbs variances in stride, speed and direction” and results in less chances of me losing my arm or falling on my face when the doggy ADHD kicks in.

This is actually my 2nd Stunt Runner leash. I already have the Go Dog Glo reflective leash and the reflective harness. I highly recommend pairing the reflective leash with the Stunt Runner, especially for those early morning or evening runs. I’ve found all Stunt Puppy products to be extra durable and made from high-quality material; the year old harness and leash are still in great shape.

Check out what other BibRave Pros have to say:

Stephanie | Virjinia | Andrea | Samantha | Matt | Chris | Preston | Deanne | Whitney |

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