Get Your Shine On

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 to review find and write race reviews!

With Fall coming, runners often rejoice in the much better running temps.  However we also creep ever closer to the end of Daylight Savings time and the sun sets so much more quickly.  For an evening runner like me, that is not great.

A road running runner’s number 1 priority is being seen by traffic.  I have lights so I can see but how do I ensure that driver’s see me?  As a local safety add espouses “pedestrians don’t wear armor” and I would lose in a battle with a car.

I have a one of those basic “Hi-viz” running vests but it never seems very bright to me.  Some of that fancy running gears goes for more money than I would spend on a race.  I see those light up, fancy flashing ones online but let’s be real- that’s just one more thing I would need to remember to charge and I know sooner than later I would forget.

Brilliant Reflective to the rescue!!  Brilliant Reflective offers Iron on and Stick On strips by the pack that you can add to your regular clothing, running gear, cycling gear, dog leashes, etc to let drivers know that you are there.  Brilliant Reflective is super bright and works via retroreflection.  Which means it returns more reflection back to the driver than standard gear so they can better identify you as a person.

BR Info

Not only does Brilliant Reflective help keep you safer, it super easy to use.

Pick out the running clothes you want to apply Brilliant Reflective to, get your iron, iron on.  Done!  It’s that easy.  Now your standard running gear, which if you’re like me you wear the top 4-5 shirts in the drawer over and over, is safer and visibility friendly.   You can wash and dry like normal.  This is not my first time using Brilliant Reflective, I have the iron on strips on a couple of pairs of crops and tanks from over a year ago and it’s still going strong.    In fact the crops just ripped but the reflection was just as strong as when I first ironed it on.

Still shining a year later

I rarely run without my pack or trucker hat, so I took the stick on strips and went to town on them.   Now you see me- every time I run.  And what’s super cool is that when I want to wash the hats, I just remove the strips, let them hang from my hamper and then put them back in place later.


That might not work with my pack (haven’t tested it yet) but that’s where the price point comes in handy.  A pack of Brilliant Reflective strips is only $14.95… and they have colors and fun shapes!  I just could just change up my color scheme every time I wash it.  Which I need to do more often but that is not the point here.

I love this product because it easy, it’s affordable and it helps keep me safe. I’m still on alert when I run but at least I know drivers have a better chance of seeing me now.

Want your own Brilliant Reflective?  Use code BRP30 for 30% off your entire purchase!  I think I need to go buy myself the shapes pack.  😛

How do you stay safe and visible when running?

Light as Air

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air 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 love listening to music on the run.  Partly because it covers the sounds of my own huffing and puffing and partly because music helps gives me that extra kick in the pants I need some times.   Plus it’s fun to randomly throw in a horribly offbeat dance move while running.  😛

That said, I never felt comfortable with regular earphones.   Completely blocking both ears from outside noises just never worked for me.  I always ran with one in and one out… and would usually end up tangled in the cords.  So when I first discovered Aftershokz last year with the Trekz Titanium, I was in love.   Wireless and safe- where have you been all my life???


hen I heard about the Trekz Air and wondered- can something that was already awesome be better?  Spoiler alert- yes.

The concept is the same- same bone conduction technology. So instead of shoving an earbud uncomfortably into your ear, the Trekz Air rests just outside the ears on your cheekbones.   This way you can safely enjoy your music or your podcast but still be aware of the sounds and environment around you.  Actually, the tech is still mind boggling to me but I know it works from personal experience and I love it.  I can have my music cranked up but still hear the leaves scratching the pavement as they blow across the path.

From the website-

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • A 20% lighter build than its counterpart
  • A new organic design delivers increased comfort
  • Complete wraparound titanium design provides a flexible fit for unnoticeable all-day comfort and stability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Bluetooth® v4.2 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty


So why am I totally in love with the Trekz Air?  Like love so much, they are always with me- kept charged and in my purse at all times.   They are so much lighter.  I know that spec wise, it says they are 20% lighter but I feel like that number should be much higher.   I’ve mentioned before that I am prone to headaches and those headaches often turn into migraines.  It doesn’t take much to set them off and sadly sometimes my previous pair would aggravate my head on long runs.   Not the case with the Trekz Air!!  Even after a 2 hour, sweaty mess run, I could barely feel them.  If I hadn’t had the music playing in my ears I would have completely forgotten they were on.  That made me want to jump up and down for joy.   Which is why I now carry them everywhere with me.  😎  I can listen to music on my lunch breaks without worrying about anyone else hearing it, which is great because my music is not always break room appropriate.  😛

Want your own? Get a bonus BibRave trucker hat with your AfterShokz Trekz Air purchase with code “TRUCKER” at

How do you listen to music on the run?  

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 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?


You Never Know

Monday’s run was short and turned odd.  Not just because of my achy calves and silly shoes.    Remember my rule?


I headed to lake path after work on Monday with the hopes of doing a few laps in the new Brooks.  I am still having troubles breaking them in and my legs are giving me fits.   I was optimistic though.  I stopped once to retie my shoes- again.  Skipping the arches and using every lace hole near the ankle.  What are those called?

Anyways, my first lap was ok so I was hopeful to get in a few more miles.   On the second lap I noticed a woman with 3 dogs coming my way.  That in itself wasn’t odd, I see her and the dogs every time I run that path.  What’s odd is that she is usually with an older gentleman.  I didn’t see him that night.    I did see another man a few yards behind her though.   He caught up to her and I could see them talking.    Well, him talking and her walking.    He dropped back and she continued on but I heard her ask what color dog he was looking for.   I noticed that she waited until she was farther from him before saying something.  Hmmm.    I continued heading the way I had been running.

Hold up, the man had turned around and caught up to me on a walking break.   He started asking me if I had always been heading in that direction.  I was thankful that I could hear him even with my headphones (Aftershokz for the win!) but I made a big show of pausing the music.  I had no idea who this guy was, I didn’t want him to know I had heard his previous conversation.   He said that he couldn’t find his son.  That maybe he had run ahead.  Wait, what?  You just asked the other women about a missing dog?!?!?!   He also didn’t sound overly concerned either.

Ok, once again, another creepy run at the lake.  Time to get the heck out of dodge.   I picked up the pace and ran ahead.  I was keeping an eye out for a kid running though, just in case my paranoia was running in overdrive.    Around the corner, across the bridge and no kid.   Down a side street, half a mile later and almost back to the parking lot.   No kid.  Last curve to my usual stretching station and wait, what do I see?  What looks like a 12 year old boy… walking a dog.   Hmmm.   So I slowed and asked him if he had been looking for his dad.  He gave me the side eye.

Great, now I am the creeper.    He said yes so I told him that I thought he was about 1/2 mile back.     My calf had been twinging the last 1/2 mile so I decided to just call it a night.

So it turned out to be nothing creepy but it’s sad that you just never know.  And because of that you can never take things at face value.   My rule of thumb for running alone is that everyone is a creeper and needs to be treated as such until proven otherwise.  Does it potentially help keep you safer when alone?  Maybe?  But it also leaves a foul taste in your mouth when you mistrust honest situations.

Does this mean I am going to be less cautious on future runs?  Not likely.

Do you run alone?

Ever encounter a creepy situation?


Week 9 Recap

Hmmmm, let’s just call this a step back week?

Monday- Rest

Actually I had a Harvest Marathon meeting, so a rest day worked out perfectly.  Plus it was Monday and I don’t seem to run well on Mondays’.   I was late getting to the meeting so I felt like a total slacker.   It’s just hard when work runs late and then I still have the commute.

Tuesday-  3.74 Miles

The less than great run.   That being said, I think my post about it came across more negative than I had wanted.     Yes, the run was rough but overall it wasn’t that bad and I was glad I didn’t bail because of all of my gear/ shoe issues.  Maybe that’s why non runners think runners are crazy- I cried but I still call it a decent run.    😉

Wednesday- Rest 

I remember!!  Tuesday’s stomach issues doubled and I felt the beginning of a migraine coming on so rest day.   I headed to Target for some small things and headed straight home for the comfy chair.

Before the run got creepy
Before the run got creepy

Thursday-  5 Miles- Creeptastic run

Not only was my headache still around, I was exhausted.  Stupid hormones.  Any how, I headed to the lake after work hoping for 6 miles but resigned to 4.   I honestly didn’t think I had more in me even with keeping an easy pace.   However once I got running I felt pretty good even with the headache and thought I could run a 10k.  Then things got weird.

You know when you feel like something is looming over your shoulder?  I got that feeling as I hit the backside of the lake just before mile 4.   I looked over my right shoulder and there was a truck driving half in the dirt and half on the street super slowly.  My first thought is that they wanted to pull over and park and I was in their way.  So I sped up.  So did the truck.   Ummm?  I slowed down again, so did the truck.  This went on for 1/2 a mile.   I came to a complete stop and tried to get a better look at it.  It pulled behind some trees.   Enough.   Run done.    I got my ass back to the parking lot as fast as possible while looking for the truck behind me.   As an extra caution, I ran to the playground and waited there for a while just to make sure it didn’t follow me to my car.  IMG_1517 Cue the Slacker PSA–  Maybe I overreacted, maybe I didn’t.   As much as I love the running community and all people I cross paths with while running, I am out there running by myself.  Hence rule #1- Be Paranoid.    If something seems off, trust your gut.  Don’t continue assuming that everything’s ok or that you’re tough enough to handle whatever comes your way.  That may be true but toughness should be a last resort- cut your run short or change your route.  Don’t be stubborn, you can get the miles in on another day.   End PSA.

Friday-  Rest

I fell prey to a cookie around 9:30 but that ended up working in my favor.  I started work at 7:30 but didn’t get to lunch until after 3:00.  I credit that cookie with getting me through the chaos that was Friday.  😆

Saturday- 4 Mile walk

I went to SLO for 2 intentional purchases but ended up spending more money than planned.  One stop was the Running Warehouse but more on that next post.     Victoria’s Secret had sports bras for $35 so I had to go check that out- those things are expensive!  But kind of useful for running.  😝    Those were the planned purchases.  What was not planned?  At least it hadn’t been a fully formed thought-


So that happened.   I was in the best running shape when I rode the stationary bike 4x a week.   Ever since mine died, I have never followed through with going to the gym.     Now I have to follow through.  Yes, recumbent is lazy but my stomach and side appreciate it.   Now if it would just get here.

Finished the evening with a 4 mile walk, testing out some new gear.  More on that later, too.

Post run puppy visit
Post run puppy visit

Sunday- 4.5 miles

Long run fail.    I had planned for 8-9 miles but woke with a gnarly headache again.  I think it was part hormonal and part sinus- I’ve had some allergy issues lately.  I blame the humidity, that’s my scapegoat these days.   Sunday family dinner wasn’t happening so I decided sleep a little more and get the run in the evening when it was cooler.    Then things changed.  Not only was Sunday dinner happening but it was at a restaurant.  Well damn, now I couldn’t even show up sweaty.    I headed out in the heat of the afternoon and pulled off a slow 4.5 miles.    My head was not too impressed with that decision.    I was hoping I could out run the migraine.   Not so much.  It did ease a bit though by the time we headed to dinner (steak and veggies for me).

All in all, not a horrible training week.    No speed work thanks to my stomach but I kept my weekly mileage consistent.  Low but consistent.  It’s the little things right?

Paleo Week 1-  C

Last week was also my first week changing things up.  Breakfasts and lunches were on point, dinner was atrocious.  I ate out every single week night last week.    I didn’t even do it on purpose, it just kind of happened.     Tuesday pizza was supposed to be the only night eating out.  Bad!!    I also ate a little bag of Lay’s one day.   Last week might not have been the best week to start paleo.  I tend to want to eat everything that week of the month.   So I guess in some respect it was a win because I didn’t go crazy on the snacks.      Also something in my lunch veggies- spinach, romaine, cabbage slaw, celery and carrots pissed off my stomach every day.     It couldn’t have been the spinach or cabbage slaw because those have been staples of my lunch for months.   So I swapped a few things this week and we’ll see how I do.   I meal prepped for the week on Sunday again.    It’s like Tetris getting all the containers into my lunch bag on Monday morning.   😃

Goals for this week are to get in the miles.  Definitely a long run and hopefully my side will accommodate some speed work.  Another goal is to only eat out 2x for dinner.  Last week was just ridiculous.

How was your week?

Ever had a potentially creepy situation on a run?  What did you do?

How often do you eat out?