Aftershokz Air: The Perfect Gift!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Air Wireless Headphones 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!

Does anyone remember when I ran the United Relay? It was sponsored by Aftershokz and because I participated, I got a free pair of Trekz Titanium headphones. WELL, they have a new Air version that I just finished trying out for the last few weeks. The verdict still stands that these are my all-time favorite running product.

Trekz Air uses bone conduction technology, meaning you wear the headphones on the outside of your ears. This is great for safety because you can still hear everything going on around you while listening to your favorite tunes, podcast, or audiobook. I almost always run to something, so having headphones that are practical and safe are necessary. In addition, I have tiny ears and in-ear headphones almost always bother my ears, especially on long runs.

My other favorite feature of these new Trekz Air wireless headphones are how lightweight they are. The regular Trekz Titanium are already so light, I was amazed that the Airs could be any lighter. According to their website, the Airs are 20% lighter! I haven't noticed a compromise in the quality or battery life as a result either, which is awesome.

These would make the perfect holiday gift for your favorite runner, walker, hiker, etc. I even use my headphones around the house sometimes! I promise whoever is the recipient will LOVE these.


Why You Should Run the 2017 St. Louis Hot Chocolate Race

Last year I ran the 2016 Hot Chocolate 5K in St. Louis, Missouri. It was my first time participating in a Hot Chocolate race and it was such a blast. This year I'm attempting the 15K (wish me luck, my return to running postpartum has been rough). I really enjoyed last year's race so I thought I would tell you all why you should run it this year!

1. CHOCOLATE. I mean, duh. This race isn't called the "Hot Chocolate" race for nothing. Expect a total chocolate overload. Seriously.

2. ACCESIBILITY. The race was super accessible considering it's in downtown St. Louis. The parking was well organized (though there was a lack of information about that on the website) and they did a great job corralling so many people.

3. SWAG. The zip-up hoodies from last year were my favorite and I wear mine all the time!

Something to remember: there is no packet pickup on race morning, so be sure to have your packet mailed, or make arrangements to attend the expo.

You can check out my full review from last year HERE.

Use the code BRHCSTL17 for bonus Hot Chocolate race swag!


Kansas City Marathon Recap

Disclaimer: I received a free race entry 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!

Last Saturday I participated in the Kansas City Marathon Series. Before you think, wow she's awesome, I did the 5K. Well, sort of. Let me explain.

A little less than a year ago I signed up for the 10K knowing that I would be 4 months postpartum. That was a little optimistic because I've only been able to run about 3 miles since having Asa in June. So, at the expo the night before, I changed to the 5K. I felt really good about the decision and was just excited to race, regardless of distance.

The next morning, I somehow started with the 10k group. So, long story short, I ended up running about 8K. Despite this little mistake, I felt great the whole time and was really happy with my time. It was so nice to get back to racing.

So, onto the race itself:

Expo: The expo was alright. It was at Union Station in Kansas City which is BEAUTIFUL. The parking was free, so that was a plus. We were able to get in and out relatively quickly. However, the expo was basically the same as all others and nothing in particular stood out about it.

Swag: As part of your registration you got a virtual swag bag and a t-shirt. The t-shirts were TINY this year and I'm so glad one of the helpful volunteers suggested I go a size up because even the size up was tight on me. I don't think I'll use anything from the virtual swag bag.

Course: Excellent! I love running in cities and KC is beautiful. The course was super hilly (as anticipated) but since the roads are so wide, there was a ton of space to spread out. The aid stations were sufficient and stocked with electrolyte drinks and water with plenty of volunteers. The course was clearly marked.

Race Management: Well, there was a lot of construction near the course parking lots which made it hard to find parking. I wish the race website would have mentioned this ahead of time so we didn't spend an extra 20 minutes trying to figure out how to access the parking lots with all the road closures. Part of the reason I started with the wrong group was because the 10K started late, which made me think it was the 5K start. I should have been paying better attention but I really dislike when races start late.

Otherwise, we got free race photos which is always a plus, the snacks at the end of the race were decent (apples, bananas, water), and the medals were AWESOME. I am in love with the medals. The post-race party was also pretty cool and they were serving various free drinks (beer, dasani sparkling water) and Chik-Fil-A.

Overall, a pretty decent race that I would definitely participate in again.