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:


2017 Reading Challenge Update VI

I am currently participating in the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Throughout the year, I am hoping to do monthly(-ish) updates on my progress. Our little boy put me on a hiatus from updates the last few months so this is update SIX for the year so far. Obviously my reading has continued to be a bit slow since Asa's arrival, but I have finally been cleared to start exercising again so HELLO all the audiobooks again! I better start to hustle if I'm going to complete this challenge...

2017 Reading Challenge
A book recommended by a librarian (thanks Kate!): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
A book of letters: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Completed in May; 2/5 stars)
An audiobook: Prodigal God by Tim Keller (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book by a person of color: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (In Progress)
A book with one of the four seasons in the title: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
A book that is a story within a story:
A book with multiple authors:
An espionage thriller:
A book with a cat on the cover: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman (Completed in March;  4/5 stars)
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read (horror): The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
A book by or about a person who has a disability: El Deafo by Cece Bell
A book involving travel:
A book with a subtitle: Banished: Surviving my years in Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book that's published in 2017: Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber 
A book involving a mythical creature:
A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile:
A book about food: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
A book with career advice: Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (In Progress)
A book from a nonhuman perspective:
A steampunk novel:
A book with a red spine: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set in the wilderness: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book you loved as a child: Chasing Rebird by Sharon Creech
A book by an author from a country you've never visited:
A book with a title that's a character's name:
A novel set during wartime:
A book with an unreliable narrator: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book with pictures: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Completed in March; 1/5 stars)
A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Completed in February; 5/5 stars)
A book about an interesting woman: Handle with Care by Jodi Picot (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book set in two different time periods:
A book with a month or day of the week in the title: Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (Completed in March; 3/5 stars)
A book set in a hotel:
A book written by someone you admire: Adnan's Story by Rabia Chadry 
A book that's becoming a movie in 2017: All the Bright Places (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
The first book in a series you haven't read before: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
A book you bought on a trip:

A book recommended by an author you love: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, recommended by Jodi Picoult
A bestseller from 2016:
A book with a family-member term in the title:
A book that takes place over a character's life span:
A book about an immigrant or refugee:
A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of:
A book with an eccentric character:
A book that's more than 800 pages:
A book you got from a used book sale:
A book that's been mentioned in another book: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (Completed in July; 2/5 stars)
A book about a difficult topic: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Completed in April; 2/5 stars)
A book based on mythology:

Books read in 2017: 20
Progress towards reading goal for the year: 20/50 (40%)
Progress towards reading challenge completion (excluding "Advanced"): 14/40 (35%)

I am still looking for recommendations for some of the prompts! You all have given me some great ones so far (and I'm still deciding which books to choose for a few of the prompts). I would love more recommendations!

Get a printout of the challenge HERE

P.S. You can always find my reviews by following along with me on Goodreads.