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Stepping it Up

Disclaimer: The WEAV Run app is currently free but I will be receiving a lifetime subscription in January 2018 as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro(ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Google average running cadence and any number of sites and sources come back with 180 average steps per minute.   Dig a little deeper and some will say 180 and above is usually elite runners and most everyday runners average between 160-170 steps per minute.  Either way you dice it- I fall short.   I usually average in the low 140’s, my two fastest half marathons this year didn’t even hit an average of 160.  Ouch.

Knowing that it’s something I need to work on, Weav Run seemed right up my alley.   Weav Run is a newer app on the market that is designed to use music to motivate your running tempo.  Want to run 175 steps per minute? Weav Run can get you there.  Weav Run has 2 options for setting the tempo- detecting the tempo based on your movement or letting you choose your own.

Weav Run works with the individual music files in order to give the runner the best listening experience possible.  So instead of speeding up the entire song and getting that helium sounding effect, aspects of the background speed up while the lyrics remain pretty close to what you hear on the radio.   It’s like your feet are the DJ.

The set up questions were more in depth than I anticipated- where do I keep my phone?- but took hardly anytime.   Pushed a couple buttons and I was set to run.  But I was kind of injured, boo.  So, I adapted and hopped on the bike.  I used the “I Know My Tempo” option, set it at 150 steps per minute and figured I would test it out that way.    For once, my cadence on the bike was even!  It also helped me really familiarize myself with the app.

But how was running?

I say my right leg is the troublemaker but what I really mean is that my right leg is the dead leg. The lazy leg, the leg that never seems to want to do any work. As a result I over compensate with my left and end up hurting. All previous attempts to focus on my form and bringing my leg around have ended in failure. I would succeed for a short time but end up with a headache from having to focus so hard. So I usually gave up.

With Weav Run, I didn’t even have to try, somehow my right leg just wanted to join the party. Something about the beat and the music working together  and flipped a switch in my brain and both legs were on board and working together. I powered up a couple of hills in ways I never have- I felt kind of bad ass. 😛 Now, this isn’t saying it was all perfect- I have 2 left feet and no rhythm so I’d usually get off step at some point and have to work my way back but it’s awesome when I’m on point.

Since Vegas- I’ve been running less, a little sick and the air has been filled with smoke but the paces of my runs using Weav Run have all averaged about 30-45 seconds faster than they should be given my current state of fitness. And that’s with the walk breaks I’m still taking. Consider me a Believer. Which by the way is a song on the Weav playlist.

So-are there downsides?

  • I take walk breaks- it’s how I run these days. While the app adjusts to my pace and cadence pretty well, sometimes it has issues.  When I slow down, it seems like only half of it slows down with with me and the other half is too fast.  It eventually evens out but it’s kind of an odd 20 seconds or so.
  • The technology is new and while it is great that Weav Run is working directly with artists and music labels, the library currently only has 25 tracks.
  • This is a both a plus and a possible downside- As a BibRavePro, we were able to test some of the tracks that are coming in the future (you will be happy🙂) but all those tracks mean the app needs a little more space on your phone.   As I write this, the app is using 2.25 GB on my phone.  I have plenty of space on my phone but it something to keep in mind.
  • It’s currently only iPhone- ios compatible.

I look forward to many more runs with Weav Run and oddly more bike rides.  I rode the bike more since downloading the app than I have in months.   😛

What are you waiting for?  Go download Weav Run!

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Disclaimer: I received a pair of A400 Compression Shorts from SKINS to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I normally try to come up with catchy titles for my reviews but nothing can really top their own hashtag.   😀

When the chance came up to test compression shorts from SKINS, I was excited.  The brand I was wearing no longer made the style I owned and my pair was getting a little ragged.   The weather here was staying pretty warm so shorts would be fine for a few months.

The website has a handy little size calculator which I took advantage of but I was still a little concerned when the shorts seemed really small upon arrival.   Then a little more concerned when they seemed snug around my calves when pulling them on.  Ummm, my thighs are bigger than my calves, how is this going to work?   Surprisingly well- the material is like magic!  Silky soft and stretchy but tight in the right places.   How do they do that?

Ok, let’s get technical-

  1. Innovative ADAPTIVE Technology keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot
  2. A-Seams for comfort and durability without chafing
  3. 360 degree reflectivity
  4. Lower rise sits comfortably on the hips
  5. Easily accessible waistband pocket
  6. Wider waistband for comfort
Dynamic Gradient Compression
SKINS most advanced compression technology increases muscle oxygenation, stabilizes active muscles and reduces blood lactate build up, to enhance performance and speed up recovery time.

Now, I am a big fan of compression so what did I think of these?

They were longer than I thought they would be. They felt a little snug on the first run- maybe too snug.  Either that I was just now realizing how badly my last pair had worn out.  After a few miles my legs felt great.   That was the only time the legs felt too tight.  Every other time has been golden.  I’ve worn them for short runs, almost every long run since (dang laundry issues!) and my trail race.  In fact, the only parts of my body that didn’t hurt post trail race with all its’ hills were the parts covered by the shorts.  Coincidence? Probably not.

I feel like the longer my run the better my legs feel in them.  My upper legs have felt great on my long runs lately.   I credit the shorts because the rest of me is falling apart.😛

I wash them after each run and they’ve held up great so far.  I do line dry them.  But I line dry 80% of my clothing so that’s no big deal.

My one gripe is the waist.  If you check the data I pulled from the website up there⬆️ it says “lower rise sits… on hips”.  Umm, not so much.  At least not for me.   The shorts go up to my rib cage.  That is high people!    Now I don’t know if I just have an odd shaped torso or if I need a smaller size.   I honestly don’t think I could fit into a smaller size but maybe I’m wrong?  Maybe I should try folding down the waist band.  We’ll see.  

Waist height aside, I kind of love these shorts. 🙂

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Hello Comfort

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro  (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Ok, so I have weird feet.   I love the idea of flip flops but can never find a pair that I really like and I’ve tried options that range from 97¢ to $80.  I actually still have that cheap pair and my mother has the expensive pair.  😛    When I had the opportunity to try Oofos, I thought sure why not?     Plus at that point, I was deep into the pre marathon crazies and was only wearing flats, socks with running shoes or socks with Vans.  My toes just wanted to be free!!!

They arrived the Friday before I left for the marathon.  What a tease!!   I put them on for like 5 seconds before packing them in my travel bag.   I put them on right after my post marathon shower.  Bliss.   I felt bad for Ashley- I left the hotel wearing hot pink cut off compression socks, a maxi skirt and my shiny new Oofos.    #stylefordays

How my car looks most days- shoes!

I’ve barely taken them off since.    Seriously, I live in them.  I wear them post run, I wear them on my commute to work, I wear them running errands, I’ve worn them to the beach.  I’ve worn them with running clothes and normal clothes and I think they go nicely with all of my dresses.  Pinstripes and Oofos?  Why not?  No I don’t have a picture.  😛   My mother has mentioned that she wants to steal them from me but she can’t because every time she sees me they are on my feet.   😃

no one needs to see my toes😛

Ok, so here’s the technical info-


    • OOfoam: Absorbs 37% more shock than other materials
    • Reduces stress on sore feet, knees and lower back
    • Cradles your arches
    • Biomechanically designed footbed allows natural motion
    • Soft, conforming toe post eliminates toe chafing
    • Shower/beach-ready; moisture resistant; doesn’t retain smell
    • Durable OOfoam holds its cushion
    • Machine washable
    • So light they float

So pros and cons-


  • Amazingly comfy
  • The Marsala color kind of matches my high school colors
  • Easy to clean- seriously- I grenaded a cup of ranch the other day and they were shiny in 10 seconds
  • Toe freedom!!!!
  • Did I mention they are awesome post run?


  • Similar to most flip flops- I wish they came in half sizes.  My left foot is bigger than my right foot.  The right shoe fits perfectly, the left is slightly too small.
  • I find it to be a snug fit across the top of the foot.  In the beginning I had to hold the shoe to put it on, now I can slip them on a little easier.

Yes, they are very sporty looking- depending on the person, that could be a pro or con so I will leave that up to you.

What’s your go to comfort shoe? Sandals or shoes?