REVIEW: Luvo Flipped Bowls

Disclaimer: I received eight Luvo Flipped Bowls 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!

Use code BIBRAVE to receive 1 FREE when you purchase 7 meals at shop.luvoinc.com.

As some of you know, I’ve decided I’d like to take off some weight as I prepare for the New York City Marathon. I have dedicated myself to a healthier diet, so when I was presented the opportunity to test out the brand new Luvo Flipped Bowls, I jumped at the chance.

For this review we were provided two each of the four brand new meal types. The new meals are Chicken Meatballs in Pesto Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce, and Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce.

The Pesto Sauce, Garlic Wine Sauce, and Stroganoff Sauce meals are only 300 calories and the Tomato Basil Sauce is just 340 calories. These calories easily work in to my daily plans and have helped me in a crunch.

How have they helped me in a crunch? Well, they are quick and easy to cook. Simply take the bowl out of the box, put it in the microwave and I heat them for 3 minutes. Let it stand for a little to cool and eat. That’s how simple and easy it is. You don’t need to poke holes in the plastic or pull the top off, stir, and reheat. Nope, nothing like that. I’ve had a few busy days where the Luvo Flipped Bowls have saved me for lunch. Not only have I been able to quickly make them but they have provided me with a healthy, quick, and easy option for lunch.

The first meal I tried was the Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce. Whenever I hear stroganoff, I’m like, I’m getting that. I’m a sucker for it. My favorite meal is a meatloaf stroganoff that my wife and mom make. I even make it every so often but they do make it better than I do. This flipped bowl comprises of a decadent sauce of sautéed mushrooms, onions and sour cream over whole wheat rotini with chicken meatballs, cauliflower and kale. I liked this Luvo Flipped Bowl a lot. It has a very yummy taste to it and is filling.

I absolutely loved the Chicken Meatballs in Pesto Sauce. Honestly, if you would’ve asked me to rank which bowls I would like most before I tried them, this one wouldn’t have been one of them. I was wrong. I found the Pesto Sauce Flipped Bowl to be absolutely delicious. The flavor of the sauce was spot on and I love how it’s a healthy take on the classic pesto sauce. It mixes well with the whole wheat penne, chicken meatballs, and vegetables. I highly recommend this bowl.

The Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce features whole wheat rotini, chicken meatballs, white beans, veggies, and a traditional garlic wine sauce. I thought this flipped bowl had a little kick to it which was nice. I really liked the white beans in this one. It was very filling and done nicely by Luvo.

The fourth Flipped Bowl was the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce. When Luvo came up with this Flipped Bowl, they described it as a spin on chicken parm with chicken meatballs atop whole wheat penne, tomato balsamic sauce, and parmesan quinoa crust. I think they did a great job describing this. I love chicken parm so to have a similar healthy option available is perfect. This delicious bowl packed plenty of yummy flavors to satisfy my taste buds and cravings.

Luvo has done a terrific job with these brand new Flipped Bowls. They taste wonderful and not like your typical frozen meal options. These heat up quickly and don’t taste like a microwaved meal. I was definitely shocked and happy to learn this.

These meals also are very satisfying and have filled me up for lunch. I’ve had these mostly after a run too. For portion size comparison, I’ve put these into my own bowls and they fill them.

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy option, definitely check these out. Definitely giving the chef’s at Luvo five stars for a job well done in preparing these.

Don’t forget to use code BIBRAVE to receive 1 FREE when you purchase 7 meals at shop.luvoinc.com.

Which one of these four flavors would you like to try first?

Do you need a healthy, quick option for lunch?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Luvo Flipped Bowls:

Brenda          Lindsey          Katy          Fallon          Amy

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REVIEW: COROS PACE Multisport Watch

Disclaimer: I received a COROS PACE GPS Multisport Watch 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 so excited when the opportunity came up to test the brand new COROS PACE GPS Multisport Watch. When I say brand new, I mean brand new. COROS just released this new watch in the past month. I was honored to be one of the first testers of this great new product.

After unboxing the watch, the first thing I noticed was how nice the bands felt when you touched them. Throughout my testing, I’ve had no issues at all with irritation. The bands still feel sleek to the touch even after using it on lots of sweaty runs and in the pool. The band also provides lots, and I mean lots, of notches for you to properly fit the watch on your wrist. The band comes in three colors: red/black, black/black, blue/black. I received the red/black and love how it looks and stand outs.

For workouts, you can select from Indoor Run, Outdoor Run, Outdoor Cycle, Pool Swim, Open Water, and Triathlon. The watch is waterproof. I always get nervous when I hear “waterproof” but this watch has proven to me I have nothing to worry about as I’ve used it my pool for laps and enjoyment.

The face of the watch looks fabulous too. It provides you plenty of data without having to push any buttons. On mine, I can simply look down and see the time, date, steps taken throughout the day, calories burned through the day, active minutes, and battery life. One unique and very cool feature is that the watch face lights up whenever you turn it to look at it allowing one to see the information easier. Kudos to the COROS PACE GPS Multisport Watch on a great watch face.

You can toggle through other important data too. My watch allows me to see calories burned and where it stands against my daily goal along with steps. You can click over to a second screen that shows your Exercise Time and steps.

Next panels, provides your current Heart Rate along with your last four hour average heart rate and a line chart showing your heart rate over the past four hours. You can toggle over to another HR screen where it shows you your current Heart Rate and what Zone you are in. It will show what part of the zone you are in. There are five zones. Zone 1 is 0-108, Zone 2 is 109-126, Zone 3 is 127-144, Zone 4 is 145-162, and Zone 5 is 163+. After your runs, you can go on the app and it will show you the time you spent in each zone during your run and the percentage. I have loved being able to see this piece of data.

The next screen is the Barometer. Full disclaimer, I really haven’t looked at this screen much. .I think it’s neat that it’s there though and something I will look into more in the future. You can toggle over and see what the Elevation currently is and what the average has been the last four hours. This screen has come in handy as I’m trying to figure out what hills I need to include more in my runs to prepare myself for the Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon and the New York City Marathon. This feature has become more and more important to me.

The last screen is a compass. Obviously smart to have for any runner or hiker to figure out what direction they are headed in.

The last screen is for notifications from your phone. I have my phone connected to my COROS PACE Multisport Watch so I’m able to see when a call is coming in, when I receive and email or notification. I’ve really enjoyed being able to use this feature, especially when I’m working out. Helps me stay connected just in case an emergency arises.

The watch uses GPS, GLONASS, and BDS satellites to pinpoint your location and altitude. As noted previously, it also uses a barometer to accurately provide altitude.

The app has so much data. I love it. It allows you to put in your goals and definitely helps to motivate you to hit them each day. It keeps your history so it’s easy to look back at past workouts to see how you compared or improved against it. You also can receive medals for hitting certain achievements. The watch also features an alarm, allowing you to make sure you wake up on time for your workouts.

The calories burned has been helping me a lot right now. I’ve decided I want to lose some weight so I’m able to properly fuel my body as I am tracking calories in versus out so I net the proper amount.

The data has easily synced up right away for me. I’m able to review and analyze how my workouts have gone as soon as I want to.

The watch currently retails for $299.99 and is available through Amazon.

I really like this watch. If you’re in the market for a multisport watch, check this out. Runners, swimmers, cyclists, and triathletes should all give it a look.

Do you have a multisport GPS watch with wrist heart rate censor?

What stats do you like the most from your watch when you run?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about COROS PACE GPS Multisport Watch:

Corey          Lindsey          Kim          Ryan          Ang
Mai          Michael          Amy

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REVIEW: Knockaround Premium Shades

Disclaimer: I received two pairs of Knockaround Premium 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!

Use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS for 20% off an ENTIRE order at Knockaround.com.

I’m starting this review by getting right to the point. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Knockaround Premium Sunglasses. You can not beat the look of them, how comfortable they are, and best of all the value for the low price that they sell for. I highly recommend the  Knockaround Premium Shades.

I selected the Frosted Grey frames with Green Moonshine mirrored lenses. The shades have UV400 protection and are FDA approved impact resistant lenses with laser etch logo detail.

These sunglasses came in a protective pouch and at the perfect time of year as the sun has been out a lot in New Jersey since I received these. I put these Frosted Grey/Green Moonshine polarized shades to the test right away on my runs.

These shades knock out the glare and the refined arms and frame offer superior comfort. This was even the case when I wore these sunglasses along with my AfterShokz Trekz Airs. There was no discomfort at all. Fit nicely. The slightly wider fit definitely helped accommodate this along with a great overall fit.

These sunglasses never moved while I was running. If I turned to look and check on my surroundings, I never felt them budge which is a must for any shades I’m going to run in. They didn’t fog up on me at all and the lenses are easy to clean too.

I love the frame styles of the Premium Shades. I think they look great on everyone I’ve seen wearing them.

Another wonderful thing about these shades are that not only are they great for running but I can wear these out at any time. Love them.

My wife ended up “borrowing” the Knockaround Premium Frosted Black Ice/Smoke Polarized Shades from me for her run one day. She came back raving about how comfortable they were while running and how awesome they look. Needless to say, that “borrow” has turned into “they’re mine now”.

At such a great price, the polarized retail for $20 and the non-polarized for $15, I’m planning on picking up more styles. They have a wide selection, so I’m sure you will find many styles you like. At that price, you can pick up a few pairs to help you pair accordingly with your outfits.

Don’t forget to use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS for 20% off an ENTIRE order at Knockaround.com.

Do you like to wear sunglasses when you run?

What is your favorite Knockaround Premium Shades color combination?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Knockaround Premium Shades:

Corey          Jeannine          Randy

Check out Knockaround on:

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REVIEW: Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest

Disclaimer: I received a  Amphipod PureRun™ Minimalist Hydration Vest 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!

When the opportunity came up to have a chance to test the Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest, I jumped at it. As I prepare to run my first ever marathon (NYC Marathon) in November, I knew a hydration vest was a must have for training. Looking at the Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest online, it checked off all of the boxes for what I was looking for in my first vest.

I’ll admit, the one thing that worried me was would it fit properly. I have wide and broad chest, shoulders, and upper body. I measured and it looked like I was just under the maximum for what they recommend for the size 2. Needless to say, until it showed up, I kept worrying it wouldn’t fit and I wouldn’t be able to test it out. Well, finally when the vest arrive, I couldn’t wait to see if it fit. To my surprise not only did it fit, it wasn’t tight at all, and I had to adjust the straps to make it smaller. I was so pumped and happy.

Then when I took it out for the first run I was expecting some discomfort or getting used to it. That didn’t happen. The vest fit so well that I barely noticed it was even on. The vest is ultra-light and truly minimalist like its name states. The lateral stabilization system provides bounce-free stability and a customized fit.

The cooling free-flow Air Mesh construction helps so much when running on a hot, humid day. I was able to feel this firsthand last week as we had a few very hot and humid days. The vest did the trick.

The vest comes with two 12 oz ergonomic bottles. One is stored on the right side of the vest and the other is stored on the left side. They are very easy to pull out while running and use. It’s nice knowing that you have a minimum of 24 oz to drink just by only using these two bottles while out on a run.

The versatile storage pockets provide easy-access to whatever you need on your runs. Whether it’s hydration, nutrition, or other essentials that you need to take with you while you run, this vest has you covered. There is also a rear upper zip-pocket for extras with cord pass-through and lower zip pocket for essentials.

The one thing I’m looking forward to the most though, is the Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest bladder compatible roomy storage pack. It can fit a 2L bladder. I don’t have a bladder for it yet but have been looking and planning on picking one up very soon. This is essential for any vest in my opinion and I love it that this vest can be used with or without the bladder. There is a hydration tube clip on the front of the vest’s right side. This will be a key piece of gear for me on my long marathon training sessions over the summer and into the fall.

I’ve really enjoyed using this vest on my runs and plan on getting a ton of use out of it. The vest retails for $100 on Amphipod.com. I think you get great value for this and definitely recommend it to others.

Do you use a hydration vest when running?

What are must haves in a running vest for you?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest:

Renee          Bradford          Barb          Alastair          Meridith          Andrea

Michael          Mai          Amy

Check out Amphipod on:

Twitter: @Amphipod
Instagram: @amphipodrunning

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New Jersey Half Marathon Goals

Disclaimer: I’m promoting The New Jersey 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!

Tomorrow I run The New Jersey Half Marathon for the second year in a row. It will be the first time I have run a half marathon course for a second time. I definitely remember a bunch of the course but can’t say it’s a course inside and out. I’m sure things will come back to me as I’m running tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see how I do. I’ve decided to come up with a few goals for tomorrow. We will see how I do in accomplishing them. Good luck to all of the other runners tomorrow. Run your race.

  1. Don’t get out so fast. I think I let my adrenaline really take over out of the gate. I remember running a faster start than I expected. Learn from the past.
  2. Smile as I cross the finish line. I’m not sure I’ve done this in a race yet. Really live the term “Run Happy”.
  3. Keep any self-doubts to a minimum throughout the race. Counter them with positive sayings and thoughts.
  4. Really take in the race this year. I was so focused last year that parts of the race are a blur.
  5. Stay hydrated. Drink throughout the race.
  6. Say thank you to as many volunteers as I can when I see them.
  7. Make sure I find my wife and kids around mile 9. There is nothing better in a race then when you spot your family cheering you on.
  8. Enjoy a post-race beer. I’ve never had beer directly after a race, so it’s time.
  9. Just have fun. The rest will take care of itself.
  10. Be proud the entire day.

We will see how it goes but no reason I can’t accomplish these goals. You’ll notice I don’t have a time listed. I want to see how the race is going. I have something in mind but I don’t want to base the success of my race on that, so I’m not listing it as a goal.

The hard work is done. Now it’s time to have fun. Time to run New Jersey.

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Five Things I’m Looking Forward To At The New Jersey Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I’m promoting The New Jersey 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!

This Sunday (4/29), I will be running The New Jersey Half Marathon for the second consecutive year. I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait. Training is coming to an end and I’ve been doing a lot less these past two weeks but will get more into that during a later blog post. Right now, I’m just looking forward to these five things:

  1. It’s definitely one of the coolest places to start a race. The race begins at the Monmouth Park Racetrack. With it being at the racetrack, there is plenty of parking and areas to warm up and get ready. Plus, the start is just awesome. Just like a horse race, a bugler starts it off by playing the bugle. I’ve always loved that. Then to top it off, “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen blares from the speakers. Hey, it’s Jersey. No better way to get pumped up and started than with the Boss.
  2. It’s a mostly flat and fast course. I really enjoyed the course last year. I’ve run four half marathons so far and this was the fastest one I’ve run and it’s by a lot. I ran last year in 1:58:00. The only time I’ve cracked 2 hours so far. The course takes you through a few towns so the scenery changes a bunch which is nice. The inclines that are on the course are small. If you want to BQ, this is the place to do it in the full marathon.
  3. The boardwalk finish. I love the beach, one of my favorite places to be. The Jersey Shore always will have a special place in my heart.  It’s so cool to run and see the waves crashing. You’re on the boardwalk for a little less than 1 1/2 miles. It’s a spectacular finish venue.
  4. The post-race party with complimentary Asbury Park Brewery beer. I’ve yet to run a race that I get a free beer at the end. I’m really looking forward to hearing some live music and enjoying a nice cold beer after running 13.1 miles.
  5. Seeing my wife and kids at the finish. Last year’s New Jersey Half Marathon was the first half marathon I’d ever run. It was so special to see them at the finish line. I was proud and nothing beat the hugs I got from them. I can’t wait to experience that again. One additional thing that is cool about this race is that my family can see me around mile 9 and walk only a few blocks over to the finish area. It’s very convenient.

There is still time to sign up for the half marathon or you can run the 5K on Saturday, April 28. Hope to see you there!

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REVIEW: Athlinks

Disclaimer: I am promoting Athlinks 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!

Athlinks is an awesome website/app that allows you to track all of your race results in one place. Whether it’s running races, triathlon, swimming, cycling, mountain biking, etc., you can find your results. It is the largest results database for competitive endurance athletes in the world. If you can’t, Athlinks will add them to the database and link them to the members’ accounts.

I actually got to see this firsthand. When I originally signed up for Athlinks, I easily found 18 out of 19 races I was looking to upload to my profile. One race was missing the 2017 results. I simply sent a note to customer service with a link to the race results for the 2017 and the very next day, it was linked up to my account. Quick, simple, and deeply appreciated.

I run a lot of the same races each year. Athlinks makes it simple to go look at my previous years results and motivates me to train hard to beat my previous course records.

It also keeps your PRs (personal records) right up top as a friendly highlight of your fabulous achievements. It also lets you know how you compare to others on Athlinks, how many races you have logged in Athlinks, and the total mileage of those races. Very cool features.

Finding your race results is simple. Like, you can’t make it any easier. All you do is simply type in your name into a search box.

I ran the United NYC Half Marathon last weekend. Here I am looking to claim my results. All I did was type my name into the search box and the first thing that popped up was my unclaimed race result from the United NYC Half Marathon. You simply click on it and claim your result. It then loads into

Another very cool feature on Athlinks is the “Start List”. After you sign up for a race, add yourself to the “Start List” on Athlinks. Here, you can see which of your fellow runners will be competing in the race. You can see input a Goal Time along with notes. I did this for the New Jersey Half Marathon. I added myself to the “Start List” and I entered a Goal Time of 1:57:58. I ran a personal record of 1:58:00 at last year’s New Jersey Half Marathon. This area also allows you to add other notes/goals. I added a reminder of a goal of finishing strong and powering through miles 10-13.1. I had issues at that point last year. Athlinks allows me to look at that reminder throughout my training.

You can follow lots of your running friends on Athlinks. I’ve connected with a lot of mine and would love to follow you too. Here is a link to my profile. I’ll gladly follow back.

https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/321817087

Did you know that over 10 million athletes cross a finish line at a race each year in the U.S.? Check out Athlinks, set up your account, and let’s follow one another. Let’s be rivals and be runspirational. Enjoy!

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Why I’ll Be Raising a Pint This Summer at Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin

Below is an article I was asked to write for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series The Tempo Blog. I’m honored to have been asked and gladly agreed. Below you’ll read about why we selected Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin and how fabulous the planning process has gone. You can check out the original posting, as well as other great posts, at runrocknroll.com/tempo/.  Sláinte!

Why I’ll Be Raising a Pint This Summer at Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin

My wife and I decided 2018 was going to be the year we took a race-cation, as we have been talking about it for some time. Dublin, Ireland has always been at the top of our travel wish list–really, a bucket list item for me. We’ve never been to Ireland–or to Europe, for that matter–and when we saw that the Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin was happening this August, we knew this was it. The event would be a magnificent chance to visit, explore, and run where our family’s roots run deep.Our decision was made: I signed up for the half marathon and we both signed up for the 5K. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to us!The planning process had begun. Thankfully, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin website made things easier and best of all, cheaper. We booked our hotel stay at one of the official race hotels, the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin, at a fantastic rate. Next, we saved a few hundred dollars on our airfare through the discount offered by United Airlines, also a race partner. A major benefit for us is that we can fly direct to Dublin from New Jersey out of Newark Liberty Airport. The savings were a huge relief and we deeply appreciate Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin organizers and partners for it.After viewing the 2017 race highlight video, I can’t wait to run this race. I’m so excited to run past the historic Christ Church Cathedral, Guinness Brewery, and the extraordinary Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and through Phoenix Park and all the other beautiful sites along the course.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin has some sweet finisher’s medals, too–some of the coolest I’ve seen, in fact. I’m looking forward to earning my half marathon, 5K, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge medals during my time there. I can’t wait to show them off back in the US. If I end up running another Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon or marathon in another country this year, I can earn the Limited Edition World Rocker Medal, which would be an awesome bonus!

My wife and I can’t think of a better event for our first international races than the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon and 5K. Everything is booked and our passports are ready.

Come raise a pint with us and listen to some great music at the finish. We’ll see you soon Dublin!

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February Review

February was a really good running month for me on many fronts. 2018 has started well. I’m excited to run my first race of 2018 in March.

The only negative to February was not running in a race. Last year, I ran the Pre-Game 4 Miler in Morristown. I really enjoyed the race and was hoping to run it again this year. Unfortunately, they couldn’t host the race this year, so I was didn’t end up running any races.

Training went very well. I stayed exactly on schedule with my United NYC Half Marathon and New Jersey Half Marathon training. I ran 105.42 miles in February. The weather was nice for a decent of amount of the month so I was able to run outside more this February.

I continued on course with lifting and core work. I lifted 12 days and did core work another 10 days. My goals is to keep this going through the year. I’m feeling and seeing the benefits of it.

I tested out a bunch of cool and awesome products in February including the new Aftershokz Trekz Air, Brilliant Reflective Tape, and Detach Coconut+. All great products that I have enjoyed using and definitely recommend to others.

I signed up for a couple more big races for 2018. The first one is the Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon in August. I will be running the 5K and then the half the next day. My wife will be running the 5K as well. Race registration, hotel reservation, and flights are booked. We are excited beyond belief and can’t wait to go.

I gave a lot of thought to running a marathon recently. I decided to enter my name into the NYC Marathon drawing and decided I would let fate decide whether it was time to take the leap. Well, February ended on a great note as I was selected to run the 2018 New York City Marathon in November. I couldn’t believe. I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m so excited and realize I’m very fortunate to be selected. There were over 105,000 entries and only 15,500 selected. To be one of them, is truly an honor.

The New York City Half Marathon is just 13 days away and The New Jersey Half Marathon is right around the corner, at the end of April. I’m feeling really good for the NYC Half. I’m starting to come up with a plan to pick up on my training after the race for The New Jersey Half Marathon. I’ve been researching a few options and will come up with something shortly.

How did your running go in February? Any races? Any races coming up in March? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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REVIEW: Brilliant Reflective Strips

Disclaimer: I received a multi-color assortment pack of Brilliant Reflective Strips 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!

Be BRIGHT! Be SMART! Be BRILLIANT

The most important part of every run is to ensure you finish safe. Slower times, injuries, bad efforts happen. You can move on from them. Not being seen and having something unfortunate happen, you can not. It’s critical for runners, walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, or anyone out on the roads, make sure they are being seen by others out on the road, especially cars.

I’m always looking for products that will help me be seen when running. When I was offered an opportunity to test out Brilliant Reflective Strips, I knew it was something I wanted to try. I hadn’t used them before but have heard lots of runners rave about the reflective strips.

I was provided two packs of the iron on reflective strips and two packs of the stick on strips.  Each pack of Brilliant Reflective Strips includes a few different sizes or pre-cut strips. The strips are made from 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material.

The iron on reflective strips were really easy to put on my gear. Honestly, I haven’t used an iron in years. And by years, I mean pre-kids, probably pre-marriage. :o)

I was a little nervous about ironing them on, since it was so long since I’ve done it, but after applying the first strip and seeing how simple it was, I was happy. Read what setting is best for the gear you’re applying it to, but in many cases for me it was a low setting. The process only takes a couple of minutes.

The stick on strips are simple. You simply cut them to size, peel off the back and stick them right on to your gear. I’ve used the stick on reflective strips on my running shoes, winter hats, gloves, and bike helmet. They are great for backpacks, bicycles, scooters, wagons, etc. If you have a dog, these are perfect for a dog leash.

Here’s my favorite thing about Brilliant Reflective Strips. They literally have allowed me to run in some of my favorite gear that was either dark colors or had zero reflective qualities on them. My two favorite running pants, that I wear a lot in the winter, are black. Nothing reflective on the back of them. Talk about not being a smart option when running in the dark.

They have also allowed me to save a lot of money. Instead of having to go out and buy new reflective gear, I have turned my favorite running clothes into reflective gear. Plus, a lot of the “reflective” gear out there just isn’t bright enough to me. I added some Brilliant Reflective Strips to clothing that already had a reflective logo or item on it. I want to be seen as early and easily as possible.

I plead for all of you runners, walkers, cyclists, etc. out there, whenever you are out there, make sure you are being seen. I highly recommend the Brilliant Reflective Strips. They shine bright and allow you to light yourself up. Add these to your safety gear. Even if you use lights, blinkers, etc, it never hurts to add more. Stand out. Be seen. Be smart. Be Brilliant!

Use code “BRP25” for 25% OFF Multi/Assortment Packs at .

Is safety on your mind when you run? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment or any questions you may have.

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