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Run Laughlin

It’s just a month away…the second annual Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon (and 5K) aka Run Laughlin! Let me tell you why you should definitely run this year – and I’ll even provide a discount code for you!

Last year, I ran the inaugural Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon, which happened to fall on my birthday. It was an awesome birthday celebration, and a great vacation to boot!

If you’re still on the fence about signing up for this year’s race, let me try to convince you…

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Disclaimer: I received a Runsip lid 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!

Runsip

Have you ever been in a race, and you slow down at the aid station to grab some hydration…and it all goes horribly wrong? The water sloshes all over your hands (maybe soaking your gloves), you try treating it like a shooter and choke on the drink, or it’s a sports drink that ends up making you sticky for the rest of the race. No? Come on…you know it’s happened. It has to me, anyway!

Enter a creative solution to your mid-race hydration challenges – Runsip!

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 Disclaimer: I received a sample of 2Toms Stink Free Sports Detergent and 2Toms Stink Free Spray 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!

2Toms

As a runner, I go through a lot of gear – sweaty t-shirts and hats, shorts and underwear – and it all ends up in the laundry basket.And on those days where I mix in a yoga class or gym workout, I end up with even more dirty clothes. Because we have shared laundry facilities in our very-conveniently-located-downtown-but-amenity-sparse condo building, and because every load costs money, it tends to pile up. And even though I try to air it out, it still stinks.

I’ve also discovered that some technical gear, much beloved and full of memories, tends to retain a certain ‘scent’ even after washing. My better half has commented on this on more than one occasion. Is there a solution?

Enter 2Toms Stink Free products!

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Original BUFF®

Disclaimer: I received an Original BUFF® 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!

Since receiving my first BUFF® product, I’ve been a huge fan. I’ve done a couple of reviews before:

When I got the opportunity to test the Original BUFF® – and to select my own design – I was thrilled! Honestly, you can’t have too many BUFF® products! I chose the pattern called MOTION because I felt the colour palette would go well with my own!

Original BUFF®

We’ve learned that BUFF® products are extremely versatile, but of course I have my favourite styles and uses, and pretty much stick with them. But since the packaging promotes “more than 12+ ways to wear”, I thought I’d give it a go and try them out!

Original BUFF®

Here are some of the ways to wear the Original BUFF® – and my perspective on them!

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Disclaimer: I received a free entry to North County Wine Run 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!

 North County Wine Run

Two months from today, I’ll be running my 7th half marathon of 2016 – the North County Wine Run in Battle Ground, Washington. I’m very excited about this race for a number of reasons…but before I get into that, let me share a few of the important details of the race:

What? Both a half marathon and – new in 2016 – a 3-person relay option
When?
 Saturday, September 24, 2016 starting at 8:00am
Where? Battle Ground, Clark County – the south-west corner of Washington State, not far from the Oregon border

North County Wine Run

How much? $85.00 for the half marathon (increasing to $90.00 on August 25); $171.00 for the relay (increasing to $180.00 on August 25) – read on for a discount!

OK, now that we’ve got that covered, here they are…

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UV Half BUFF

Disclaimer: I received a UV Half BUFF® 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!

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I’m a huge fan of BUFF® products. You can revisit my previous reviews here:

But today I’m talking about the UV Half BUFF® – half the length of the Original BUFF® but no less awesome!

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Disclaimer: I received a pair of xx2i Bermuda lifestyle sunglasses 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!

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to test and review the xx2i USA1 Pro Racing Sunglasses, and have worn them anytime I’ve run/raced since I got them. Understandably, I was thrilled to receive my new pair of xx2i Bermuda1 lifestyle sunglasses. Given that these are not meant for running, it seemed like a great complement to the USA1 pair, which don’t necessarily go with street wear.

Spring is not the optimal time of year to test a pair of sunglasses in the Pacific Northwest. My new shades arrived, but we didn’t actually see a hint of sun for weeks afterward. And then, finally, the sun came out!

Like the Pro Racing glasses, these ones came in a sturdy case, along with a cloth bag that also serves as a handy lens cleaner.

xx2i Bermuda Sunglasses

My first reaction to these sunglasses is that they looked really BIG. I tried them on a couple of times at home, and was concerned that they didn’t really fit my face.  The colour and design also made me a bit skeptical – is tortoiseshell really my thing?

First sunny day, and the glasses went on. I felt a bit self-conscious walking down the street, wondering if everyone was staring at the guy with the ginormous Audrey Hepburn-esque Hollywood sunglasses. In retrospect, it seems pretty likely that they weren’t. I asked opinions of multiple people, with reactions varying from lukewarm to positive. But as I got used to the feel of them, the concern about what others might think continued to wane. And then my stylist friend gave me a solid thumbs up, telling me that the sunglasses are absolutely fashionable. I’m sold!

xx2i Bermuda Sunglasses

What I have come to love about these sunglasses is the lenses. They’re kind of a reflective blue on the front, but wearing them is a real treat. You get a slight orange-tinted view of the world – and, while cutting the UV and glare of the sun, it actually makes things brighter and clearer. I’m kind of used to my cheap pair, which basically just darken everything. The xx2i are a vast improvement!

xx2i Bermuda Sunglasses

If I had one complaint, it’s that the arms don’t quite lay flat when folded, making them a tad bulky when not being worn. This is a minor design issue in my opinion, and certainly not a deal-breaker.

The clouds and rain rolled in again, so I’ve still not had much occasion to wear the Bermuda1’s – but with summer just around the corner, these sunglasses are going to be a staple in my wardrobe!

Another awesome thing – all xx2i sunglasses come with a 365-day replacement guarantee! Who could ask for a better deal?

Visit the xx2i website and make a worthwhile investment! You can use the discount code XX2iRocks for 50% off, which is absolutely amazing. The Bermuda1 is so new that it might not yet be available online – but will be very soon!!