SKINS Compression A400

Disclaimer: I received a pair of SKINS Compression A400 tights 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 recently tested a pair of SKINS Women's A400 Compression 3/4 Tights and LOVED them. SKINS A400 compression sportswear is designed to boost competitive athletes’ natural performance by providing more oxygen to their active muscles using dynamic gradient compression. You can wear your A400s while you warm up to get your blood flowing, while you train to minimize the risk of injury before race day, and while you compete so you can push your body that little bit harder for longer when it counts.This video has a ton of helpful information:

These SKINS tights came at the perfect time because my postpartum body needs some serious stretchy material (and tummy control). Since I'm not back to running full time, I really tested out these tights in a variety of situations. I took them running, walking, hiking, camping, you name it. They stood up to the test in every instance. They were cool, dry, lightweight, and COMFORTABLE (my number one criterion).

Something to note is that they are meant to be hang dried, which I don't love. I also noticed some fraying along the seams of the tights after a few wears/washes, but the tights still seemed to be intact. Overall, they're excellent tights and I'd highly recommend them.

Use the code "BIBRAVE20" to save 20% on your order through the end of October. Only valid on full price items.


Running Because of History & Tradition

For as long as I can remember, running has been a part of my family's history and tradition, with my grandpa at the core. He was a pretty stellar dude. He started running at age 48 and our whole family knows it saved his life at that time. Thanks to his influence, my mom and I, as well as some of my other family members are avid runners. 

During his life, he ran over 35 marathons and possibly as many Ultra marathons of 50 to 100 miles in distance well into his sixties. Had Parkinson's not stopped him in his tracks, he surely would have continued kicking some serious ass.

Whenever I am having a particularly tough run or race, I try to remember that if my grandpa could run ultra marathons that late in life, I can survive a freaking 15k or half marathon. Believe it or not, that works every time.

I love the idea of participating in races that my grandpa participated in, which is why I think it's really cool that some races have continued for so many years. For example, Tulsa Run, one of my favorite runs to date, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! You can use the code “bibravetr” for $5 off your race entry!

Why do you run?

P.S. a million awesome photos to follow. Also, HERE are some fun race results from some of his races you can check out. 


BUFF Pack Run Cap Review

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF Pack Run Cap 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 recently had a chance to test out the BUFF® Pack Run Cap. I have to start out by saying that I LOVE this hat. First, it's ultralight (it weights 1oz!), highly compressible, and comfortable. While comfort is always my number one priority, it's also necessary for my running gear to travel well. When you travel with running gear you already have to find a way to fit an extra pair of shoes and running clothes, so having a hat that packs well makes everything easier.

Whenever I hear "compressible" about a clothing item, I immediately think it's synonymous with wrinkles. However, something about this hat's material prevents wrinkles.

The BUFF® Pack Run Cap also dries quickly which is another must for my hats. There's nothing worse than having to pack a still wet hat in your luggage, am I right?

I also have a confession.... I have a TINY head so it's often hard to find hats that fit me well. This running cap is completely adjustable and I was able to find the perfect fit for my head. THIS IS SERIOUSLY A MIRACLE.

Other perks include it's UPF protective material and reflective tabs. I am a huge fan of all BUFF's products and this was no exception!

You can learn more by checking out this great video: