Why the Runner’s World Half is the Perfect Race Before the NYC Marathon!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Runner’s World Half 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!

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The Runner’s World Half Marathon has always been a bucket list race of mine. I have heard so many incredible things about it from other runners that I knew I had to run it soon. Luckily, that’ll be next week.

When I was afforded the opportunity to run this prestigious race, I knew I had to make it work. A few things had to fall into place though this year for it to happen for me.

I had already been selected in the lottery for the NYC Marathon. I had to make sure that a half marathon two weeks prior to the marathon would work with my training plan. I was thrilled when I looked at my training schedule that this was the perfect race for it.

The two other things were making sure I had no family obligations and that the Giants were not home. Family first, as I always say, but it just so happened to be a Sunday that was open. Perfect! I’m a season ticket holder for the Giants, so when I saw they weren’t home that day, I was ready.

Think about it. How could this not be the perfect race to run during my last stretch of training. It’s a race developed by runners for runners. Runner’s World is incredible. You can’t beat everything they put into this weekend. All of the different types of race distances, the seminars, and the beautiful location. It has it all.

This race is perfect too with how it’s set up. It has hills. That is exactly what I was looking for. With the bridges I’ll have to conquer during NYC, this is the perfect training run. It’ll allow me to take on inclines, some greater than others.

I’ll be able to work on my race day hydration and fueling. I’ve been using some new fueling options on my long runs but it’s always good to test them out in race conditions. Same with hydration. I’ve been running a lot of my long runs with my vest/bladder that is a no no for NYC. I have to get used to cups from water stations. This will help immensely.

I’ll also be able to get a better grip on my pace for the marathon. I don’t know how it goes for you, but I always find my pace to be faster during races than during my training runs. I don’t know if it’s the adrenaline pumping, having other runners to push me, the great atmosphere with those cheering, seeing my kids, or what. This will definitely give me a better gauge and feeling for what I have in store on 11/4.

It’ll be great to race in what should be similar weather conditions that I’ll see in NYC. With this race being in Bethlehem, PA and located approximately 85 miles west of NYC, you get a good feel. It’s about an hour fifteen from my home, so I’ll also have practice waking up earlier, getting ready, traveling about the same time as I will prior to the marathon.

Plus, the rich history of Bethlehem that I’m going to see through out the course is going to be outstanding and awesome.

If you’re also running the NYC Marathon, come out and run this one with me. If you’re local, it’s the perfect race. If you’re within driving distance, the area has so much and the race is well worth it. Make a weekend out of it. Use code RWHALF18BIBRAVE and save 15% OFF ALL race distances! Register by clicking here .

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5 Reasons to Run the High Fives For Hope 5K

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the High Fives For Hope 5K 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!”

There is still time to sign up for the H54H 5K Race For Hope – Boston in Artesani Park on Saturday, October 6th. Here are five reasons why you should run it this Saturday.

  1. #ForJared. Jared’s story is one of bravery and determination.  Formerly one of High Five For Hope’s Spotlight Survivors, Jared has relapsed (AML) after being in remission for 2.5+ years.   The goal is to raise funds to ease his burden, and support him like only the High Five community can!

  2. The 5K starts at 2:00 pm! Yes, finally, a race in the afternoon. You don’t have to get up early. You can rest up, fuel properly, have no worries about your alarm not going off. It’s at 2:00 pm. We need more later start options out there!
  3. After the race you can enjoy a nice cold beer from Bent Water Brewing. I wish more 5Ks had beer at the finish line. This is such an awesome amenity to such a wonderful race.
  4. It’s only $25 and you get a race t-shirt with your race packet. Think about that. You get a race t-shirt, beer, and your helping to support Jared and H54H!
  5. Use code “BIBRAVE18” and receive 10% OFF when you register at  http://www.highfivesforhope.org/upcoming-events/5krace4hope-boston/

Make it a rewarding afternoon and come out and support Jared and High Five For Hopes.

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High Fives For Hope 5K – Boston (Artesani Park)

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the High Fives For Hope 5K 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!”

Are you looking for a great race to run this weekend and a fabulous cause to support? Then, check out the 5K Race For Hope – Boston in Artesani Park.

After eight successful years in Florida, High Fives For Hope is bringing their annual H54H 5K Race For Hope to Boston!  Join other fabulous runners and supporters on Saturday, October 6th as they run #ForJared through Artesani Park!

Jared’s story is one of bravery and determination.  Formerly one of High Five For Hope’s Spotlight Survivors, Jared has relapsed (AML) after being in remission for 2.5+ years.   The goal is to raise funds to ease his burden, and support him like only the High Five community can!

Check in is from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and the 5K starts at 2:00 pm. Awards and beer available from Bent Water Brewing will be available 45 minutes after the start.

Each participant will receive a packet and race t-shirt. Race fee is $25.

Make it a rewarding afternoon and come out and support Jared and High Five For Hopes.

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REVIEW: Shady Rays

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Shady Rays Shades 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!

I was excited to have the opportunity to test out new Shady Rays Shades. I had heard such great things about them.

I was able to select a pair of their Signature Series shades. It was a tough decision as I loved the look of all of the choices. I ended up selecting the Slate Polarized pair.

Shady Rays has increased frame durability, and these shades featured anti-reflective lens coating, and hydrophobic lens coating to repel liquid. That last part is key. I’ve definitely noticed this feature during my runs. I sweat a ton and have a tendency to make my sunglasses blury due to the sweat that hits the lenses.  I haven’t been having that issue with these new Shady Rays. 

The shades have been very comfortable when I’ve had them on running. They have fit great with my headphones. I’ve tried them with both hats and headbands and they have fit great with both.

I haven’t had any issues with movement either. They have stayed right in place. That is always a concern while running. With keeping your head on a swivel while seeing around to make sure you’re safe, the last thing you need is your shades to move or fall off your face.

These shades knock out the glare. They offer 100% UV protection and are shatter-resistant. They are also salt water proof, hydrophobic, and anti-reflective. They are very easy to clean.

If you ever lose or break your Shady Rays, no worries. They will replace them for free. All you have to do is pay the shipping and handling. They also come with a lifetime craftsman warranty.

One really nice thing is that every order provides 11 meals to fight hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America.

They have a great selection of styles too. Check them out at shadyrays.com.

Do you like to wear sunglasses when you run?

What is your favorite pair of Shady Rays?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Shady Rays:

Corey          Brad          Matt

Check out Shady Rays on:

Twitter: @ShadyRays
Instagram: @ShadyRays

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REVIEW: Detach Coconut+

Disclaimer: I received Detach Coconut+ 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!

This is my second time testing out and reviewing Detach Coconut+. That should tell you what I think about this product. I was so excited to get the opportunity to get my hands on more of this delicious drink. Between my own orders and my two opportunities to test it out, I believe I’ve enjoyed this product over 30 times.

Detach Coconut+ has become my go-to pre-run and pre-workout drink. I can honestly tell you I feel a difference in my runs and workouts when I have one of these prior and when I don’t. 

As noted in my first review, I’m not a huge fan of coconut flavored things. Well, with the number of deliveries I’ve received of this product, that should be enough to tell you what I think of the taste of Detach Coconut+. I honestly don’t even taste the coconut. It’s more of a citrus flavor that I thoroughly enjoy. It is not overpowering at all. I haven’t had any bad, lingering after taste or anything with this product. They have definitely delivered on their “Coconut Water Evolved” tagline.

I definitely feel an endurance, muscle, and mental boost when I drink this prior to my runs and workouts. I love it that it give me extra pep to my step. It has helped me with my efforts.

Detach is also a great product to use during your work outs. I’ve used it during my long runs and it has come through with flying colors.

So what is Detach Coconut+? It is an organic coconut water core with added purified sea salt for improved hydration. Next they added coconut nectar and honey for a low glycemic energy boost. Then, they added a proprietary blend of protein building blocks for an endurance, muscle, and mental boost you can actually feel. It has a light refreshing citrus flavor with no “fake” sweeteners. Ellie-Ade is the new of the flavor which is a naturally flavored Lemon/Lime with just the right hint of coconut. The drinks are certified paleo, low GI and gluten-free. Plus, each bottle is of Detach Coconut+ is only 60 calories.

With their current special of 1 FREE case when you order at bibrave.drink-detach.com, I highly recommend you try it out. Just pay the $14.95 shipping and handling. That’s all. I know I’ll be stocking up on more.

Are you working on your hydration? Would love to hear your experiences. Leave a comment or any questions you may have.

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Detach Coconut+:

Katy          Lissa 

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REVIEW: OOFOS OOmg Fibre Lows

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg Fibre Lows 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!

As some of you know, I bought a pair of slide on OOFOS sandals about a year and a half ago. I rave about them to everyone I know. They are the most comfortable sandals ever and an absolute need for your post-run recovery.

How much do I love and believe in OOFOS products? I recommended them to my mother and she has picked up a few pairs herself. She now raves about them to everyone. As the old saying goes, Mama Knows Best, so that’s all you need to know.

When I was presented the opportunity to test out the brand new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low men’s shoes, I jumped at it. I was so excited to add another pair of OOFOS to my collection. The best part is, this is the first men’s shoe available.

Living in New Jersey, the weather doesn’t allow one to wear sandals outdoors all year long. The brand new OOmg Fibre Low has fixed that problem for me. I now have an OOFOS shoe that I’ll be able to wear outdoors when the weather turns.

These shoes are oo so comfortable. It’s like walking on clouds. My feet feel so happy when I slide these on after a long run and my feet are a little beat up.

What is it that OOFOS does better? OOFOAM Technology absorbs 37% more impact than performance shoe foams. Think about that. 37% more! Anything that is 37% more is a huge upgrade. You’ll notice it right away when you walk around in these fabulous shoes. They are so comfortable, you won’t want to take them off.

OOFOS allow you to recover faster and put your best foot forward in your next training session.

The new OOmg shoe features a super comfortable fabric that’s smooth and breathable, with just enough stretch so it’s easy to slip on and off.

I wear these new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes with basically anything. I’ve worn them with and without socks. I’ve worn them with workout gear, with khaki shorts and a polo, and many of the other BibRave Pros have worn them to work. I work from home, so technically, so have I. They are stylish enough to pull off with business casual wear and look good when you have shorts on, or when you’re leaving the gym.

The Men’s OOmg Fibre shoes come in black/grey currently. They retail for $139.95 and are worth every penny. I know these will last, as my slide on sandals are still going strong after a long time of usage.

Definitely check these out and OOFOS other products. Your feet will thank you. I seriously couldn’t recommend these anymore than I am. They are my go to recovery shoes.

Remember, “Mama knows best”. :o)

Want to get your own pair? Visit the OOFOS website here.

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Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Rock N Roll Dublin Half 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!

What an amazing experience. One I will cherish forever. I loved having the opportunity to run the Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon during our stay in Ireland.

My wife and I left New Jersey on Thursday evening and landed in Dublin on Friday morning. We spent most of the morning walking around the city and then stopped in race expo on our way back to our hotel. At the expo, we picked up our bibs for the 5K and I picked up my bib for the half marathon. We purchased a few shirts, including ones that had our names on them along with all of the other race participants. We took a few photos in front of the backdrops and made our way over to the Pacers table. There, I was told to expect to run 10-15 minutes slower than what I would run on a flatter course due to the steep hills that started around half way through the course.

The race had a brand new course this year due to the Pope’s upcoming visit to Phoenix Park, where the race normally runs through and ends. It was nice to talk to a pacer that had run parts of the course before for his insight. I was already made aware of this by another BibRave Pro (thanks Laura!) so I knew what to expect. She was a pacer too and sent me a message letting me know about the hills. It was such a huge advantage for me as I was able to mentally prepare for it properly.

On Saturday, my wife and I got up  and ready for the 5K. We took a taxi over to the start and walked around a bit. I was supposed to be in corral 1 but dropped back with my wife. Even though she didn’t believe me, my plan was to run with her the entire time. I was looking to run this as fast as I could with the half marathon the next day. I wanted to do this with her. She pushed herself and ran a good race. I carried a water bottle that she used throughout the race. There were no water stations, so this came in key. She ended up beating me, so she’ll have that over me for the rest of my life.

On Sunday, I took a short walk from the hotel to St. Stephen’s Green where the race was running shuttle buses to the start. This was a really nice option and it ran smoothly. My wife was able to jump on one of the last shuttles over as the shuttle was open to spectators as well.

With my wife being there, I didn’t have to check a bag, so I was able to get right in line for the bathrooms. So, I have to mention this, the porta-potties there were the best I’ve ever seen. They “flush” haha. Sorry I had to mention that. Hopefully, they will become more popular in the States.

I took my time walking around and then relaxing for a few before I stretched. Then I made my way to the corrals and waiting for the start. Nice thing was I saw my wife before the start, so I knew I’d see her right at the start line and at the finish.

The race went off but I was in corral 6 so it took some time to actually start. The first part of the course took us along a city street that was a nice way to get the legs going. I was just taking in the sites and scenes.

During the race, we ended up running past the Guinness Factory twice (front and back), along with Dublinia where “KISS” was rocking out. I gave a high five to one of the member.

I made it a point to high five as many kids that had their hands out as possible during this race. This was a race I was going to have fun and enjoy. Really take in the landscape. I’ve ran too many races where I don’t notice half of the landmarks because I’m so focused. This was being used as a practice for the NYC Marathon.

The course was nice with some up and downs, crossing over small bridges until you got to around the 8K mark and you hit a steep incline of a hill. As I was going up it, I was looking at the leaders coming down it and thought to myself I’m more worried about going down it later than up it right now. I pushed through and ran the entire hill. I felt so accomplished at the top. I kept a nice pace, a smart pace.

The course had a few points where it was a bit tight as we were down to one lane. Everything worked out fine.

There were a few more challenging hill throughout the course that I ran up. I never stopped. It was a goal of mine. I knew about most of the hills and wasn’t surprised when I saw the inclines. The only one that caught me a little off guard was the last hill about 2 miles or so out from the finish. It was a bit steeper than I was expecting but I felt so good at that point. I felt strong at the end. I welcomed the challenge.

Around this point, there was a woman that was pushing herself, running a great pace that I decided to run with. She definitely helped me push myself for about a mile and half and then I took off. I felt so good. It was the first half marathon I’ve run where I felt strong at the end and not dehydrated at all. I ended up seeing the woman after the race and thanked her for pushing it.

I really enjoyed the course. It was beautiful. It was damp and wet but the weather otherwise was perfect. It was in the 60s. Felt refreshing versus the weather we had been dealing with in New Jersey.

I finished in 2:13:46 for a 10:12 pace. My watch had me at a 10:09 pace at a distance of 13.17. That is probably pretty accurate with the turns in this race and the amount of runners.

This race was a huge confidence boost as I prepare for the NYC Marathon. I felt comfortable at that pace and felt strong. We will see what ends up happening but this was the perfect race to run. The course was challenging but it was beautiful. I loved it. Hopefully, I’ll be back again to run it again.

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REVIEW: Karma Ring

Disclaimer: I received a  Karma Ring 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!

I have never been one to run or work out with my wedding ring on. I fear that I will either lose it or damage it, so I always leave it at home. I always feel weird without my ring on though.

Now, with the Karma Men’s Duo Silicone Ring, I can proudly wear something in place of my wedding ring and not have to worry.

The silicone ring fits perfectly. It’s easy to get on and off and doesn’t move around. Since it’s silicone, I don’t have to worry about denting it while I’m lifting or if I was to fall while running. Yes, I have tripped so I’m aware it can happen.

The cool thing about the Karma Men’s Duo Silicone Ring is that you are provided three core colors that you can change out on your base color. The base color is black and the three core colors are jet black, iron grey, and slate blue.

Some people change the colors out based on achievements. Others do it dbased on what it matches with. I’ve been using the slate blue mostly. The core bands are easy to change out and put on the base band.

Karma rings feature patent-pending, ergonomic contouring, and strong yet flexible materials, so that they feel as heavenly as they look.

  • Hypoallergenic – Even sensitive skin will love the specially formulated silicone used in every Karma Ring.
  • Non Porous – Doesn’t absorb germs, odors, and chemicals.
  • Ultra Durable – Wears like iron feels like silk
  • Non Conductive/Non Magnetic – Will not affect hand held mobile devices, Bluetooth technology, or magnetic strips on credit cards.

I’m glad I have the option to wear a ring now while I run without the worries. The Karma Ring is also perfect for traveling, yardwork, or whenever you’re on an adventure and don’t want to take a chance of losing your ring.

Use code BIBRAVE33 for 33% OFF at KarmaRings.com.

 

 

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REVIEW: Under Armour HOVR Sonic

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes 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!

I love Under Armour products but I’ve actually never owned a pair of UA sneakers. I have so much UA gear as I’ve always enjoyed them for working out and running. When I had the opportunity to test out the Under Armour HOVR Sonic non-connected sneakers, I was all over it. I was so excited to get these and try them out.

As noted above, I received the non-connected (NC) version of the HOVR Sonic. The only different between the NC and Connected is that the Connected version has UA’s Record Sensor. The UA Record Sensor provides data from your run to your phone. The Connected version would’ve been cool to have but I was completely fine with the NC version. I use a running watch that provides me with a ton of data.

The UA HOVR Sonic is a NEUTRAL shoe and that is what I have always worn. I was really looking forward to getting these and trying them out.

As you can see in the photos, the pair I received were black with some white and red. I didn’t know what color I was getting, so when I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised. I think they look great.

The next step was the biggest. My foot is a little wider so sometimes I have issues with certain running shoes that I try on. They feel like they are squeezing my foot too much. I had never tried these on, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was so happy and a bit surprised how well they fit when I put them on. The shoe seemed to fit me really well, like a glove, and I felt like these sneakers would not need as much time for me to break in and get used to. They just seemed right from the start. Normally, it takes me a few weeks to really feel like a pair of show is broken in. That wasn’t the case with these.

These sneakers are so comfortable. They are nice a light too. The UA HOVR technology definitely delivers. They feel good, are nice and plush, and provide nice cushion.

The top of the sneaker is made up of compression mesh. I don’t have a pair of running shoes with this type of material. I loved it. It stretches to your foot and has real nice texture to it. I really liked how these shoes felt on my feet. You can tell how breathable these sneakers are too which is a huge help right now in the humid weather we’re experience in New Jersey. The soft knit upper dries fast too.

One of the specs they note that I noticed immediately is the unique tongue construction. It is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings. This helps it maintain a snug fit throughout the foot.

Below is a list of the UA HOVR Sonic Specs:

  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Soft knit upper dries fast & provides a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers lightweight directional strength & unmatched comfort to help you go the distance
  • Ventilated midfoot panel increases breathability
  • Unique tongue construction is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot
  • External TPU heel counter for additional support & structure
  • Removable, anti-microbial Ortholite® sockliner molds to the foot for customized comfort & cushion
  • Blown rubber under the forefoot is lightweight yet incredibly responsive
  • High-abrasion rubber placed under the heel to help absorb ground contact
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Weight: 9.6oz
  • Imported

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the Under Armour HOVR Sonic NC sneakers. They have been a great addition to my running and work out shoe rotation. Besides running, I have used them to lift in and cross train. They felt right on the elliptical and the stepper. I’m definitely a fan.

Do you own a pair of UA HOVR Sonic shoes?

What is your favorite color for your running shoes?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about UA HOVR Sonic:

Karen          Amy S          Jenn          Shannon          B.J.          Ben          Lissa          Barb          Amy W          Alastair          Mary Jo          Aubrene

Check out Under Armor on:

Twitter: @UARunning
Instagram: @UARunning

 

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REVIEW: NuGo Egg White Protein Bars

Disclaimer: I received NuGo Egg White Protein Bars 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!

I’ve enjoyed different types of NuGo bars in the past. They have been used throughout my training a lot. When I heard that they had a brand new product called NuGo Egg White Protein bars, I jumped at the opportunity to test them. I have loved the other NuGo products I’ve ate and I love egg whites, so I figured this was a win win. It delivered just like I thought it would.

I try to make sure I add plenty of protein to my diet. I like to make sure I am replenishing my body with the protein it needs after my runs, especially my long runs. NuGo Egg Whit Protein bars make it easy. This yummy, healthy option packs the protein I’m looking for.

The NuGo Egg White Protein bars come in four flavors. The four flavors are Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, Maple Pecan, and Blueberry. I love dark chocolate and peanut butter, so I was real happy to see them as flavors. I wasn’t sure how I’d like the Maple Pecan or Blueberry but I was pleasantly surprised with each, especially the blueberry. I don’t pick blueberry much when it’s an option  but this was one I liked a lot and never hesitated to pick it again after having it the first time. One of the hardest things was deciding which flavor to have after my runs, as I liked each one of them almost equally.

These protein baes are gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, and made with real fruits and nuts. NuGo starts with the highest quality fruits and nuts, then add non-GMO egg white protein. Egg white protein is a complete protein, containing all of the amino acids your body needs, while being virtually fat and cholesterol free.

Each Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar is 190 calories and packs 13g of protein. They contain egg whites, chocolate, almonds, cashews, dates, and sea salt.

The Peanut Butter bar is made up of egg whites, peanuts, almonds, and dates. It is 200 calories and contains 14g of protein.

Egg whites, pecans, almonds, cashews, and dates make up the Maple Pecan bar. This bar has 200 calories and 13g of protein.

Only 180 calories are in the Blueberry bar. Made from egg whites, blueberries, cashews, and dates, this bar provides 12g of protein.

These bars are clean, simple, and delicious at a lower cost than most of the competition. NuGo is an independent natural foods company. Check it out.

With only 180-200 calories per bar, these have been fitting into my nutrition plan nicely. I definitely recommend you try these out if you’re looking for a protein bar for your post-workout needs. It is a great protein option for fueling your body.

Use code BIBRAVE for 15% OFF by 8/3/18.

Which one of these four flavors would you try first?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about NuGo Egg White Protein Bars:

Lindsey          Janelle          Sara          Danielle          Kim          Katy          Karen          Brad          Ryan          Lissa

Check out NuGo on:

Twitter: @NuGoNutrition
Instagram: @NuGoNutrition

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