Rudy Project Sterling Helmet

"Disclaimer: I received a Rudy Project Sterling Helmet 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 the chance to ditch my cheap walmart helmet and give this lovely helmet a try. Rudy Project has always been one of my favorite active-wear brands, especially their optics. So, as you can imagine, I was super excited to give this helmet a try.

The Rudy Project Sterling helmet was designed with the aid of an Italian hat craftsman to provide the upmost in comfort & safety. It features 18 vents to assure you’re properly cooled while the RSR7 retention system provides on-the-fly, single-handed adjustment.

The Sterling is available in number of bright Fluo colors and comes with a removable bug net and visor. I'm not a huge pink fan but I love that this helmet helps me to look a bit more girly in my cycling gear AND builds in some extra safety thanks to the brightness. The Sterling helmet is available in a variety of bright colors including bright yellow and bright orange.

The Sterling is the most comfortable and bestselling helmet from Rudy Project. It's super lightweight, well ventilated, and easily adjustable via the RSR7 point retention system. It also features a three-position Head Ring Eyewear Dock to hold your sunglasses in place when you’re not wearing them. It comes with snap visor, additional padding & Bug Stop net padding that is safety certified. One thing I have always loved about Rudy products is how adjustable and customizable they are. This helmet is no different! All of these features make it super versatile and great for really hot or really cold temperatures.

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Sage Synopsis v. 7

//T H O U G H T S 

I have my oral defense for my comprehensive exams this afternoon and I'm so ready for this whole process to be over. If you think about it, please send some prayers for peace and a passing score my way!

It has been really nice to be blogging again. I sometimes struggle because blogging can feel a little ego-centric, but I try to remind myself that sharing our experiences with others can be encouraging and helpful. I think that is what has kept me coming back to this place after so many years despite thoughts of quitting all together.

//P O P U L A R  L A T E L Y

If you didn't notice, I added a running discounts page to my sidebar. Definitely check it out for some excellent race and product discounts! I'm updating it regularly so keep checking back and feel free to let me know if you're looking for something specific.

This post about introverts and the church has been shared a lot in the last few weeks. It is a topic I have been thinking about a lot lately and it was really nice to see that other's have felt similarly.

//G O O D  R E A D S

One of the projects I have been working on in graduate school has really caught on in the media. You can read more about that here

//A U D I B L E S 

I'm currently listening to "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey for this month's book club. So far I am really enjoying it. Have you read it before?

//I N S P I R E  

“The worst thing you can do with fear and anxiety is to pretend you’re too strong to have them. The best thing you can do is just to let Him be in charge of them. Because He’s in charge anyway. And in Him, you’re in His peace.” ― Matt Chandler, Recovering Redemption: A Gospel Saturated Perspective on How to Change

This video will MOVE you:
The Isaiah Project: A Pregnancy Loss Awareness Video from Truth She Carries on Vimeo.

//B L O G G E R  L O V E 

5 Tips for Working with Brands. Definitely a post worth checking out if you want to (or are already!) working with brans. 

I have followed Kate and her husband's adoption journey for years now and I was so thrilled to see that they were matched and should have a little babe by the end of the month!
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Disclaimer: I received a pair of the AMPLA FLY running shoes 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!

These AMPLA FLY shoes are really unique. They have a carbon fiber plate that attaches to a carbon fiber sole to create a "flip sole." This shoe is really helpful for heel strikers (ME!) and provides immediate feedback on your running form. I have definitely found it to be corrective for me, and my runs have been a lot more comfortable. I made the mistake of not wearing high enough socks the first time I wore them, which resulted in pretty rough rubbing. After switching to the proper socks, though, I have had no problem and really love these shoes. 

Ampla recommends these shoes as training shoes designed for spadework or shorter runs, but notes that they can be used for longer runs if you're comfortable enough in them. I have used mine up to 5 miles and thought they worked really well. 

Ampla is currently designing two new styles that are coming before the end of the year. These include:
AMPLA Cushion which are not full on maximalist, but a great long distance shoe.
AMPLA Light which are super lightweight, quick shoes that won’t have the carbon fiber plate but will have some other technology to help you push forward.

Watch this short video to learn a little bit more about these great shoes! 

I'm working on getting you all a discount code, so keep checking back if you think you might be interested in these shoes!

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Sage Synopsis v. 6

//T H O U G H T S 

I thought it was about time that I started my Sage Synopsis Friday series back up again. It was something I really enjoyed doing for a time, so I'm looking forward to sharing these with you all. 

I'm running the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon this October and let's just say my training has been lackluster at best. I really need to start putting in some miles but I have been feeling pretty down which makes it hard to get out the door. 

I'm not really someone that's terribly prone to depression, but I have definitely been feeling the grief of our miscarriage lately. The loneliness is a hard weight to carry. It's like, all of these people are around but I still feel like I'm just floating through my days. There just aren't words to explain it. Grief sucks. 

//P O P U L A R  L A T E L Y

It's September which means PUMPKIN BEER. This Pumpkin Beer guide is a great place to start if you're looking for some new brews to try this fall. 

Why don't we talk about trying to conceive? This post has a lot of interesting dialogue on it that's worth checking out if you haven't had a chance to already. 

//G O O D  R E A D S

I'm a researcher, so I think a lot about the intersection of my faith and science. This read from Relevant Magazine is worth checking out if you're interested in the topic or struggle with making sense of the two.

I have a list of good books that have piled up while I was studying this summer and I can't wait to get back on the reading train.

"When a friend dies, you can seek solace in the company of other mourners. Miscarriage, by contrast is an entirely private grief." This article

//A U D I B L E S 

I'm totally addicted to podcasts and these crime podcasts are at the top of my list.

I discovered The Staves in 2012 during my time in Scotland and I'm still completely in love with them. Their voices are like magic. Seriously, tissues are necessary if you're a cryer. I'm really into this cover right now:

//I N S P I R E  

Crockpot weather is coming and I'm looking forward to soup weather. Here is one of my favorites for this time of year. 

//B L O G G E R  L O V E 

I stumbled across this post recently about life after miscarriage and I can definitely relate to the feelings of bitterness. I hate that this is my reality right now.

On a more positive note, this post from my friend Caroline's husband on the path to pregnancy was super encouraging.

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5 Reasons to Run Sedona

5 Reasons to Run SedonaDisclaimer: I received a free entry to the Sedona Maraton 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!

1. THE SCENERY. I'm not sure anyone can argue with this one. I mean just LOOK at that photo. Sedona has some of the most amazing red rocks I have ever seen. The Sedona Marathon 
runs right through some of them! And the people watching is on a whole new level. It's without a doubt one of my favorite places in the world.

2. THE ALTITUDE. There's nothing like training in the altitude. I used to live 25 minutes North of Sedona in Flagstaff and training for a few years at 7,000 feet scored me a number of PR's! Sedona isn't at as high of an altitude but it's still enough to boost your training!

3. THE HIKING. Sedona has the most amazing hiking. Be sure to check out Oak Creek Canyon, West Fork, and Devil's Bridge. Pro tip: skip Slide Rock. I'm full of suggestions if you'd like more!

4. THE ART. It doesn't matter what kind of art you're into, Sedona seriously has it all.

5. THE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITAS. Trust me. As if Sedona wasn't already peaceful enough, add a margarita and you'll be on a whole new level. (If beer is more up your alley check out Oak Creek Brewery and try a Nut Brown Ale!) And if you need some recovery post-race, definitely get a massage at one of the spas in town!

If you want to register for the Sedona Marathon (or half marathon, 10K, etc.) use the code BIBRAVE2017 for 20% off any event (5K, 10K, Half and Full). Hope to see you there!

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