Being Seen in the Dark

I want to tell you a story. I went for a run early morning. It was pouring rain and it was still pitch black out. I started my run around 5:16am in downtown Minneapolis. I ran through the streets and then around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. During my run, I saw three other runners, handful of pedestrians, and four cyclists. Out of all the people that I saw on my 4-mile run, two cyclists had lights, no one else had any lights or reflective.

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To me, that is complete stupidity. If you do not have reflective or lights, you are 100% not seen. Bright and colorful clothing does not help when it is dark out. Ultimately, you are out on a run or cycling because you want to take care of yourself. So why are you not protecting yourself while out on that run or bike ride? Here is what I do when I am out on a run in the dark. Here is my list of must haves:

  1. Headlamp: I use the Black Diamond Ion It is cheap and it does the job. Nothing too fancy.
  2. Tail Lights/Shoe Lights: I love these things. The Nathan Sports LightSpur LED Foot Light is awesome because you attach it to your shoe and you are good to go.
  3. Reflective Hat/Headband: I am a big fanboy of Buff® USA products so I have a couple of their reflective hats and headbands.
  4. Reflective Strips: I put these things on everything. I work for Brilliant Reflective so obviously I like the product but I wish I knew about them earlier. All you do is put the strips on your clothing and you are good to go.

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Whether you are training for something or you are just a daily runner, consider this: if you get hit by a car, a bike, or step off the curb wrong because you couldn’t see it, you will not be able to run. Take care of visibility and safety like you take care of your training and physical fitness.

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Four Week Half Marathon Training

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Denver Rock ‘N Roll 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!

I have four weeks to train and run a half marathon with an elevation 6x higher than Minneapolis.

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After Grandma’s Marathon, I decide to not race the rest of the year. My race was a bit disappointing and I felt like I wanted to get back to the basics of running and make my way through the year in a casual running routine. I also took myself away from most running activities in the month and a half or so after Grandma’s.

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The past couple of weeks I have been getting back into it. I started listening to running podcasts, wad up BibRave Podcast! I got back to running with WeRunMPLS, m local running club. I also started to run some longer distances. It was all starting to feel great. Well last week, my girlfriend and I decided that we want to take a trip to Colorado this Fall. We want to do a little hiking, a little beer drinking, and enjoy the outdoors before the tundra of Minnesota winter comes in. I am in Chicago for the Chicago Marathon, Brilliant Reflective will be an exhibitor and sponsor so I am going out to help and I am going to be cheering on all the BibRave Pros running the marathon! So, we decided to go middle of October.

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Do you know what else is happening middle of October in Colorado? The Rock N Roll Denver Half Marathon. When I found out that the half marathon would land right in the middle of our trip I was pretty excited. I just can’t resist! Last week I signed up for the Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon in Denver. I have four weeks to train.

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My training schedule will go like this: each week I will have 4 days of intervals/fartleks/thresholdruns, 2 days of easy runs, and stretching/yoga/cross-training every day. I will also have 3 long runs with the most number of miles being around 9.

I am beyond excited to run a Rock ‘N Roll race. I have only heard great things about it. I am pretty pumped that I am able to sneak this in during my travels in Colorado!

Do you think I can have a good training month? Have any suggestions? Comment below!

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Tips to Get You Out the Door to Run

Once in a while, or maybe more often for some, a runner experiences this extreme desire not to go running when they know they have to. Whether it is still dark out and you do not want to get out of bed or you just came home from work and all you want to do is Netflix and nap. These annoying urges that keep you from getting out the door can be silenced with these five tips that will get you out the door an out on a run.

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Minneapolis, MN – Andrey Ablamunets

1. Put on your running shoes: just having them on will trick your body into wanting to get out there for a jog. If you are a morning runner, sleep in your running gear.

2. Drink a cup of coffee: getting up and making a cup of coffee will get you ½ way to out the door. First half is just standing up.

3. Listen to a running podcast: Runner’s World and BibRave Podcast are two of the best. They will get you inspired to go run. Just make sure you download a couple episodes for the run as well.

4. Ask a friend out for a beer: make plans to go somewhere with a friend and then run there. Make sure that you only have a couple drinks so you can run home.

5. Shut up and go run: walk up to the mirror, tell yourself to shut it, and then go running. Sounds simple but it is most effective.

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Minneapolis, MN – Andrey Ablamunets

Ideally every runner would be motivated 100% of the time and these issues would never come up. Since that is not true, it is important to have little tools in your arsenal so that you can overcome any speed bumps in your routine. Looking for excuses to not go for a run is a common activity. Use these tricks to trick yourself into wanting to go for a run. By having your body conditioned to wanting to run after an activity, you will have an easier time making sure that you get every training run done.

Let me know what gets you out the door for a run. Comment below!

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Heads Up: BUFF® USA Pack Run Cap

Disclaimer: I received the BUFF® Pack Run Cap 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 am the type of runner that has to have something on his head when out for a run. I am fan of headbands and caps. I have been a BUFF® USA Headband wearer for a long time now, so naturally I wanted to try out their new Pack Run Cap.

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I wear caps all the time, mainly on days when I don’t want to shower and my hair is kind of scary looking, so I was pumped to add the run cap to my collection.

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This was my first official running cap so I was excited to get it. The first thing I did was wear it to the farmers market. Of course, that is the best way to test it out a running product. It passed my test of making me look good without showering. Super comfortable to wear. It was hot so it was nice that it was breathable.

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The true test came during my runs. Grabbed my Brooks, grabbed my Aftershokz, quick download of the newest BibRave Podcast, and I was out the door with my new BUFF® USA Pack Run Cap. It was a billion degrees out and super sunny.

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The cap is like one ounce so it weighs nothing on your head. It is made from ultra lightweight material. Three main things about the run: it stayed on my head, it covered my eyes, and it wicks away moisture. That pretty much crosses all the important things off my list.

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The cap is stylish, its light weight and it’s made out of high quality materials. I like that I can just throw it in my car, bag, or back pocket and be on my way. I also ride my mountain bike all the time, and this hat fits perfectly under my helmet. When you are on the trails there is a lot of trees and light can break through the trees and smack you in the eyes. It’s really nice to have the brim to cover the eyes on the trail.

Check out what other BibRave Pros thought of the Pack Run Cap:

Scootadoot.orgRoad Tested Buff Pack Run Cap
Runwithnoregrets.comBuff Pack Run Cap Review
Marathang.com – Buff Pack Run Cap
Heatherrunsthirteenpointone.comPack Run Cap Review
Livinglovingrunner.comBuff Pack Run Cap Friday Five
Magicofrunning.com – Can Never Be Too Buff

Try it out and let me know how you like it!

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Orange Mud Makes Your Run Easy

Disclaimer: I received the Orange Mud P.F.V 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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One of the main things that makes runners annoyed as can be is having to carry a bunch of stuff with them Ok, ok, maybe it’s just me that gets super annoyed. I am a pretty minimalistic runner. I hate having to carry my phone, keys and water on me. That’s three more things that I have to carry on top of already wearing shoes, shorts and a tank. So when I saw Orange Mud’s new Phone, Flask, Vest I jumped on the opportunity to give it a shot.

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When I got the vest I was a little confused on how to wear it. It seemed small and a bit uncomfortable. Luckily, Orange Mud has a bunch of pictures to show you how it works. I started to fiddle around with it and decided that the best way to see if it works is obviously to go for a run. I threw on my shoes and packed my phone, keys, a BibRave Buff and the water flask in the vest and took off.

At first, it felt kind of weird. I realized that I did not tighten the straps on the side or the back. Once I did a little trouble shooting, the vest stopped bouncing while I ran and the flask’s straw was out of my face. The vest sits up pretty much covering your chest. The flask is the biggest compartment, but there is another on that holds your phone. I have an iPhone 6s and it fit in there perfectly. Over the right shoulder is another area to stash something and below the flask is a small pocket for your keys. in the back is a pocket where a larger item can go. I was able to stick my rain jacket in there.

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I am really impressed by the design and features of the Orange Mud P.F.V. It is simple and holds all the essentials. It takes a little bit to get used to the way that it sits on your chest but after you get passed that point you can enjoy the run without having a bunch of stuff bouncing on you. The price is a bit on the high end, but considering your are eliminating 3-5 other items I would say that it is worth it.

If you want to try the PFV out, let me help you out with the price! Use “BRPPFV” code at checkout and receive a 10% off discount. Try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments below!

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