I’m testing a BRAND NEW egg white protein bar by NuGo Nutrition. Maple Pecan just took first place in my smell and taste test! And yes, I just ate a protein bar for dessert. I wanted something sweet, yet healthy. Mission accomplished!
Disclaimer: I received NuGo Nutrition Egg White Protein Bars 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!
So far I’ve tested NuGo® Egg White Bars on the trail, for breakfast, coffee break, afternoon snack, post run, and now as dessert. I’m a protein bar connoisseur. Yeah, it’s a thing!
A lot of protein bars are brittle or taste like cardboard. These bars travel well and stay fresh. I like the texture. They taste like peanut butter, maple pecan, blueberry, and dark chocolate — just like the package says.
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Yes, Maple Pecan is leading my taste test right now. But that could change. I have to say, I'm already a fan of all four flavors. Stay tuned for my full review in a few weeks!
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Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance Formula Powder and Energy Gels as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about become a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race review
I'll just put this here so you can admire it. It's Gatorade Endurance Formula Powder in the newest flavor! This hydration powerhouse has
The watermelon Endurance Formula is available at Gatorade.com right now. It will be in stores soon. Check here for my product review.
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Have you ever gotten a blister during a race? I have. When you get a blister in the middle of a race you don't want to stop. Most runners I know choose to run through the pain — all the way to the finish line.
A better plan is to prevent the blister from happening in the first place. Let's look at why blisters happen to runners, and how to stop the madness! Then, we'll talk about how to treat blisters if you still get them.
Disclaimer: I received KT Tape® Blister Prevention Tape and Blister Treatment Patches as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about become a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
If your socks move back and forth, your shoes rub, or your underarm passes back and forth over a rough seam, you'll get blisters.
Blisters on feet usually show up on the toes, heel, and ball of the foot. Some blisters don't hurt. Others are very painful. Sometimes the blister bursts during your run. When you check your feet later, you have a painful raw spot.
Most blisters caused by friction will heal in a few days. Some are more serious. If you have a fever, nausea or chills with an especially painful blister call the doctor. You may have an infection.
How to Prevent Blisters on Your Feet
If you want to stop blisters from happening, you have to be proactive.
First, get shoes that fit properly. Make sure there's plenty of room for your toes or you'll get black toenails. Black toenails happen when your toe thumps against the front of your shoe with each step. A blood blister forms under the nail which makes it look black.
The second most important thing is to keep your feet dry. The best way to do that is by wearing moisture-wicking socks made for athletes. Specialty running socks reduce moisture and protect your feet. Don't skimp. Moisture-wicking socks are worth the price.
Stay away from cotton. Cotton soaks up the moisture and promotes blisters. Another option is to wear two pairs of socks. Doubling up reduces friction and adds cushion.
Powders and Creams
Another option is to douse your feet with a silicone-based foot powder. You pour it into your socks. The powder creates a smooth surface on your foot to prevent friction. You can also find creams and deodorant-style lubricant sticks. You can coat your foot to lower or eliminate friction.
Tape, patches, creams, and powders stop chafing in prone areas like feet, inner thighs, sports bras, and underarms.
How to Treat a Blister
If your blister isn't too painful, leave it alone. Let it heal on its own. Cover small blisters with a patch, (like the KT Tape® Blister Treatment Patch).
If you think popping the blister is best, follow these steps:
The fact is, blisters happen to runners. If you get one, treat it fast. Otherwise, follow your preventative plan to minimize your chances.
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So far, I like KT Tape® Blister Prevention Tape and KT Tape® Blister Treatment Patches. I used the patch after burning my finger on the stove on Taco Tuesday.
I'll post my full product review after a few more hot, humid runs! In the meantime, you can get 30% OFF KT TAPE® Blister Treatment Patches and Blister Prevention Tape when you use my code: BIBRAVE30.
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Largest Database of Results for Athletes
Disclaimer: I'm writing this review of Athlinks as part of being a BibRavePro.
Use Athlinks to Track Your Progress
Athlink uses information from race directors and athlete communities to fill the database. When results are posted online, the Race Director sends files and/or links to the Athlinks team. Athlinks uploads the information to the website and database.
I had 30+ races done when I opened my free account. It was fun to create my profile, then link to all my races. It didn't take long to assemble all my stats on Athlinks. Now, I see my progress all in one place. While I'm not the fastest runner, progress keeps me motivated.
Athlinks gives you a few ways to view your race results:
Feeling competitive? Click the Rivals tab (shown below) to see how you compare to other runners. If you run the same race as someone you follow, Athlinks keeps tabs on who beats who.
Plan Your Race Schedule with Athlinks
Whether you're already registered, or looking for your next race, Athlinks is an impressive planning tool. Use it to view upcoming races so you can plan for training and recovery.
To find a new race, enter an event name, date range, location, and/or type of event. Hit search and Athlinks will show your results. Below are results from searching for races near Tampa, Florida between May and December, 2018.
As you can see, there are clickable links for previous years. Use those to see stats on the race. You can search results, see the number of participants, winning times, weather, etc. You'll find a lot of useful info. BTW, there were more results than I'm showing here.
Free Training Plans and Advice
Yep, there's more than statistics. Athlinks has resources for endurance athetes. You'll find advice on training, gear, and nutrition. Visit the Athlinks Blog for details.
Featured Events and Destination Races
Have your eye on a special race? You'll find plenty of featured events and destination races on Athlinks.com. There are descriptions of racecations for foodies, special attractions, charities, and landmarks. FYI, I want to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next May.
You'll also find articles on gear, coaching, the best races for first-timers, races for people who like to party, and more.
There's An Athlinks Mobile App
Take Athlinks with you using the mobile app. You can stay up-to-date with race details using the official event feed.
Share your race with family and friends. The mobile app has animated maps that predict your location during an event. Your peeps can track you on course. It's perfect for meeting up during and after the race.
Join the Athlinks Community!
Go ahead and follow me on Athlinks. You probably run faster than I do, and that's okay. I'm just here to make you look good! You're welcome.
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Whether you've been a runner for ten minutes, or all of your life, you should try the new CTM Band. I've used mine for a month now. I'm really happy with the results. Keep reading to find out why.
Disclaimer: I received a CTM Band 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!
CTM Band Combines Compression, Tension, and Movement for True Myofascial Release
Myofascial (my-o-FASH-e-ul) release is a manual therapy technique used in massage. Self-myofascial release means you do it yourself.
Basically, you apply gentle sustained pressure into your muscles and connective tissue to stop pain and restore motion. The pressure relaxes the muscle and improves blood and lymphatic circulation. This relieves tightness and knots. It also stimulates the stretch reflex in the muscle.
Genuine Myofascial massage must include movement (stretching) and pressure (compression band + trigger points) to release the trouble from your muscles. The CTM Band let's you put a trigger point on the tight spot, then apply compression and stretch.
The result? Pain relief and faster muscle recovery.
CTM Band Versus Other Recovery Tools
CTM Band Therapy is more than a compression band or a pressure point. Why? Because it combines compression plus tension plus movement for true Myofascial massage.
Foam rollers, balls, and massage sticks give you pressure and movement, but no compression. Floss bands give you compression and movement, but no pressure.
If you want to remove accumulated adhesions from your fascia (and you do!), you need compression and movement while you apply pressure.
The CTM Band is the only recovery tool that uses all three essential elements. That means you don't have to use multiple recovery tools to relieve your muscle soreness. You can speed up recovery with one tool that's easy to take to races, the gym or on a racecation.
My Experience with the CTM Band
I was using several types of recovery tools: a foam roller, trigger point balls, and a floss band. Each tool helped, but I needed all three to take care of everything.
My foam roller does a great job of working out tight spots on my back, thighs and shins. But, there are some muscles it will never reach. The roller is stiff and doesn't adapt.
I had a spot on my right calf that bothered me for months. I could loosen it with my foam roller, but it kept coming back. Now, I wrap it with the 4 trigger points and stretch before every run. Problem solved.
I can wrap my knee or ankle and stretch with the CTM Band. I can get that tight spot on my shoulder or bicep, or the bottom of my foot. I even wrapped the CTM Band around my waist with the trigger points on my lower back one day. It worked on my achey muscles.
I was satisfied with my compression band until I used the CTM Band with the trigger points. The trigger point balls let me pinpoint the tight spots. I got results faster with the CTM Band than a standard compression band.
Next, I tried the CTM Band on my feet. I used two of the four trigger points on the bottom of my foot, wrapped it with the band, and stretched back and forth. It felt really good. The compression and the trigger points hit the spot. It was much better than rolling my feet on a spiked massage ball.
The CTM Band puts what I need into one recovery tool that's easy to carry. I can take it to the gym, a race, or outside to stretch in the sunshine. I even use it while I'm a passenger in a car. That's a win for me.
CTM Band Relieves Runner Aches and Pains
The CTM Band works on lots of runner problems. I suggest you visit the CTM website to watch the videos on the correct way to use the band.
If you suffer from any of the following issues, the CTM Band can help you recover.
You also can watch explainer videos on the CTM Band YouTube Channel.
Pre-Workout Stretches and Warm Up
Have you ever had a tight spot BEFORE a run? I have. I used to stretch a bit and hope it would work itself out by mile 2 or 3.
Now, I'm using the CTM Band before my workouts with good results. I wear it while I go through my stretches. It makes my muscles feel relaxed and ready to run.
The CTM Band is a wonderful recovery tool, but it also works when you use it during your dynamic warmup.
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The CTM Band costs $40. I feel it's worth it — I use mine every day. Plus, it has a lifetime guarantee. If you hurry, you can save 20% with my discount code: CTMBIBRAVE.
FYI: The CTM band is 4 inches wide by 7 feet long — plenty of band to wrap those muscles. It has a maximum stretch of 150%. You can order your band here. I hope you will!
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