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Shine Bright

Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective to try 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!

The time may have changed but more often than not my runs end at dusk which makes it hard to be seen.  Heck even in daylight I wonder how often cars truly see me.  I know I’ve had more than one close call due to distracted drivers and more than one car hood that’s been close enough for me to hit out of anger- I never have though.

Throw in my tendency to run in the bike lane, lack of sidewalks or shoulders in my area and running can be sketchy sometimes.    That’s not taking into account the distraction of cell phones or my personal favorite- eating while driving.  😛

Enter Brilliant Reflective strips.


These things are small but mighty!     With these strips you can turn your regular running gear reflective.  And it’s a way less expensive then some of the running gear they sell in the stores.   They have both iron on and stick on strips and they offer 4 colors- red, blue, purple, and black.  I chose black because I’m wearing a lot of black and gray these days, I figured why not make it a little brighter?


The application process of it all took less then 10 minutes.   The hardest part was admitting that not only do I not own an iron, I would likely burn the house down—Mom!   I’ve had the strips on my clothes for weeks and not only have they handled my sweaty self well, they’ve handled the washing machine really well.     I do wash everything inside out and on the gentle cycle, but I was already doing that so no change there.


I used the stick on strips for regular non washable gear that use 99% of my runs.  This would be my belt, my Orange Mud handheld and my Miles and Pace hat.  The belt and handheld already were a little reflective but more never hurts right?  It was seriously as easy as putting a sticker on your laptop.


These strips are awesome.  They are super easy to use and they shine at the littlest light.  I even love in the daytime.  I actually had a driver acknowledge me when they drove past me the other day- I’ve never had a passing driver actually show that saw me before.   I was so excited!


I only wish I had better pictures but I don’t run with anyone to get a full body shot and when I tried self timer pics they were so bad that they will never see the light of day.  😛 I have a bunch of strips on tanks but I can’t contort my arms to get the picture.

The Brilliant Reflective strips sell for $9.95 and ship for free.  Seriously awesome.   I want more.  I think it’s time for some colors.  😛

Bonus!!!  I have a discount that is valid until 11:59 PM CT on April 11 for 25% of your order- use code BIBRAVEPRO25.

How do you shine bright?

 

Run!

Night Moves

Working on my night moves
In the winter time
in the dark winter time

Like my rewrite?  Sing it with me!

You guys, I ran at night!!!!  Which if we’re keeping track is only the second time ever!   I braved the dark, the cold and the potential mountain lions and went for a run.  It was only 2 miles but it was a start right?

I packed my gym bag on Monday but I really wasn’t feeling it.  I had only found 1 blinky light and while I had checked my flashlight and while it worked, I had checked it in the daylight.  I didn’t really know how much light it put out.  Work ran late, I was exhausted and I was telling myself I still didn’t feel well even after a week off.    I used the restroom before leaving work, went to grab my gym bag…and stared at it.    It’s not like it was getting darker right?  So, after a lightning fast change, I headed towards home.

The whole drive home, I wondered if I would chicken out.  Running in the dark is not my thing.  But I really hate the treadmill.     I parked at a local business directly under a light and headed for what I think is the best street.  Which is funny as it has like 4 street lights. 😛😛  I had a blinking light on my belt, a flashing band on my arm, reflective hat and my flashlight.  I didn’t feel like it was enough.    Bonus, my flashlight was dying.  Slacker fail.


I stuck to the sidewalk.   I kept it nice and slow.   Can’t worry about pace when you can barely see right?   My eyes adjusted quicker than I thought they would.   It was colder than I thought it would be.  It was in the high 50’s and I probably would have loved that during the day.  At night, I wanted more layers.

A group of teenage boys drove by and catcalled me and I celebrated.  They could see me!!!  My lights were working!  I did a little jig.   A short, slow 2 miles later and I was back at my car.   I did it!

All excitement aside, I will be more prepared the next time.  I found my second blinky light.  I need new batteries for my flashlight.  I need to buy a reflective vest.   That should be it for now.  No need to get crazy.   Let’s make sure I do this more than once a year this time.  😛

Do you run in the dark?  Night or morning?

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