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Indy Mini Marathon Preview

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5k) as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Make sure to download the Indy Mini app (iOSAndroid) to track me and my fellow BibRave Pros on race day (May 4)!


25 years ago on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, I wasn’t sleeping in or reading the funny pages on  Sunday morning. Instead, I found myself experiencing one of the greatest thrills of my life – sitting in the stands at the 1994 Indianapolis 500. To my 10-year-old self, the Indy 500 was HUGE. The race course – massive. The drivers – giants of racing. It was phenomenal. From my first 500 in 1994 until the last race I attended in 2002, Indy was my “home” for one awesome day in May. 

The view from one of my first Indy 500’s, as evidenced by the OLD pagoda!

I’ve been back to Indiana and even to Indianapolis in the years since 2002, mostly for conferences, but this trip though will be different. This weekend, I’ll be “back home again in Indiana” to take on the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5k AND the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. I’ll get to run in a place that means a lot to me – which I’ll dig into later in the week. Like with any race though, there are always things for which I’m excited – and here are just a few!

Running the Double

Those familiar with IndyCar should also be familiar with the term “double duty”. This refers to a driver attempting to complete the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 – 1100 miles of driving – on the same day. That’s comparable to driving from Boston to St. Louis (approximately 1180 miles) with only a 2.5 hour nap after the first 500 miles. I think I’ll pass…

Apply that idea of pulling “double duty” to running? Runners eat that up. So why not run a 5k (3.1 miles) and then follow that up with a half marathon (13.1 miles) immediately after? Well, that’s what I intend to do on Saturday. I’ll start my race day at 7:00am with the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5k, which I’ll likely approach as a warm-up, and then get right back to the start line for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon.

This will mark the first time I’ve ever run more than one race distance on the same day since I competed in track in high school. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous about it, but I will get it done! Perhaps I’ll even lock down a PR in the half (sub 1:40 would be fantastic)!

Orange is the New Orange

The Indy Mini is one of the most popular races around – heck, it was voted #1 Half Marathon in The BibRave 100! Speaking of BibRave, that’s the reason I’m running this weekend. This will be the 3rd event I’ve run as a BibRave Pro and every time I have had an absolute blast. Aside from the races themselves, the best part of race weekend is getting to link up with my fellow BibRave Pros that are also on site. Whether we are running officially to help drive the orange brand or just happen to be running and wearing BibRave gear, being able to put faces to names in person is awesome. This weekend, I’ll get to run with William, who I met a few weeks back at the Blue Ridge Marathon, as well as a few others who I haven’t met IRL, but we’ve chatted back and forth in our Slack channels. My experience as a BibRave Pro – testing & reviewing gear and running & reviewing races – has been fantastic, but being able to have a core group of people to connect with and share our love of running has made it something I truly enjoy.

2.5 Miles

I’m okay with running on flat courses, hills, trails, tracks, and so on. It should be noted that aound the halfway point of the Indy Mini, the course gets PANCAKE FLAT. Why? I saved this one for last for a reason – we get to run a complete lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! I’m sure you figured this out by now, but I had to put it to text.That 2.5 mile track is one of the greatest sports facilities in the world and I get to run there. Excited is a freakin’ understatement! I am going to attempt to go for a decent time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I let up just a little to enjoy the view and the experience or running around IMS for a bit. Plus, the MEDAL has some MASSIVE references to the race – can’t wait to earn it and perhaps even the bonus medal for being one of the first 500 across the line!

Back Home Again…

Indiana was my home for a hot minute in the late 1980’s. My family moved to Ft. Wayne, not far from where I was born in western Ohio. I don’t remember much about those years, but what I do remember always made me feel like I was at home. My time in Indiana as a “resident” may have been short lived as a youngster, but I will always feel at home when I hear “Back Home Again in Indiana”. Even though that particular song isn’t necessarily part of Indy Mini weekend, it is the first thing I think of anytime I find myself back in Indianapolis.

Back home again in Indiana
And it seems that I can see
The gleaming candlelight still shining bright
Thro’ the sycamores for me
The new mown hay sends all its fragrance
From fields I used to roam
When I dream
About the moonlight on the Wabash
Then I long for my Indiana home

From the 1994 Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies – my first 500:

 

Will YOU be back home (again) in Indiana this weekend at the Indy Mini? If so, let me know on social and perhaps we’ll be able to link up as well! See you in Indy!


Looking for some other things to get excited about for this weekend’s Indy Mini? Check out this list of 13.1 things to look for during the Indy Mini from 9-time finisher & 3-time ambassador, Chris Day!

REVIEW: Knockaround Fast Lanes

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Fast Lanes sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

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If the sun’s out, then you can bet that I am as well. Unfortunately, due to a random eye inflammation a few years back, I can’t enjoy being outside without severe sensitivity. As a result, this means having a pair of quality shades is absolutely essential.

I have tried – and lost – MANY different pairs of sunglasses. Some passed the test with flying colors and some…well, I’ll never see again. The point here is that I need to have a pair of sunglasses that help me see with much less sensitivity, are durable and hold up to everything I can toss at them, and – obviously – they have to look damn good.

Enter: Knockaround Fast Lanes.

What’s the Story?

Knockaround Fast Lanes are, to me, two things – simple but stylish. Offered in a variety of colorways and made to be durable, these sunglasses will fit seamlessly into daily life, no matter what you’re into. One of the key features of this particular line is that they will look good on most any face shape, especially those with medium and larger shaped faces. That means no more stretched out sunglasses and/or imprint marks on the side of your head from the arms of the shades!

The Fast Lanes aren’t the only shades they make, though, and all of the Knockaround sunglasses have impact-resistant lenses and UV400 protection. Best of all – for me and that eye sensitivity – is that almost all of their offerings are available in a polarized version.

Well? How are they?

For this review, I opted to go with the Frosted Rubber Blue Ice / Silver Smoke Fast Lanes. In the past, I’ve almost always gone with standard black sunglasses, so I figured it was time to change it up! Besides, I do enjoy blue when it is done well and let me tell you – they knocked it out of the park. Here’s a few things I really have enjoyed about them so far:

  1. Simple. From the moment I pulled them out of the box, I’ve absolutely enjoyed these sunglasses. Speaking of the box, there wasn’t a whole lot to that either. This company sells sunglasses and that’s what they send you – sunglasses…in box…and that’s about it. One thing in particular that stood out is that the shades themselves are simple in that the brand marks on the glasses isn’t obnoxious. I will say that while I am not a huge fan of the additional branding in the upper corner of the right side lens, it’s a detail I can easily get past.
  2. Stylish. Once out of the box, I was impressed with the minimal amount of packaging, but also impressed with the presentation. It was a consistent look from the box down to the shades inside. Speaking of the shades, the ombre frames on these particular shades is actually a little bit darker in person than what is shown online – and I’m fine with that! The polarized smoke lenses absolutely seal the deal for me. Simply put, they look good and aren’t too crazy.
  3. Durable. I am notorious for just tossing my sunglasses around and pushing them to what I would consider to be the extreme. I’ll toss them on the counter, drop them, put them in a pocket of a jacket, sit on them (ouch), and who knows what else. I’m sure at some point my daughter, Shalane, will get her hands on them – here’s hoping they stand up to her as well! All that being said, they need to be able to stand up to LIFE and, so far, they definitely fit the bill.
  4. Runable. Any shades I have MUST be up to the challenge of my running life. They have to hold up against the heat of the day, the humidity of Ohio, the rain that I love to run in more than anything. I ran in this pair during the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon this past weekend in Roanoke, Virginia. Didn’t even need them during the first few miles, but once the sun started to peek out – they were amazing. Didn’t fog up nearly as much as I anticipated that they might and the polarization – as expected – helped to make some really awesome views even MORE amazing. They held their place on my face incredibly well without slipping OR without causing stress on the side of my head. Some shades are too little, some are too big. These Knockaround Fast Lanes were just right.

Final Thoughts

They’re kind of my new favorites. They’re relatively inexpensive ($20 a pair, $10 for kid versions), durable, stylish, simple, and they fit amazingly. I definitely see myself ordering more – especially the Fast Lanes – as I still do have that propensity for losing sunglasses! Hopefully, I won’t lose THIS pair because I really like them!

Simply put – yes, there are LOTS of options out there when it comes to sunglasses. My advice as you shop for your next pair? Live life in the fast lane and get a pair of Knockarounds!


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Runner Travel Series #1: Blue Ridge Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!


Let me get something out from the onset. This post was supposed to go live last Thursday night and I thought for sure I had hit publish late Thursday night. I did not. Boo on me. As a result, you’re now in for a treat – my pre-race travel tips…from the future…about the past. Don’t worry, I’m confused as well. Enjoy the post!


If you’ve been following me (here, Instagram, Twitter, etc), you probably know that I’m heading to Roanoke, Virginia this weekend for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. I won’t lie – I’m excited AND slightly terrified for this one, the reasons for which are best summed up in my OTHER preview post. However – and again, no big surprise – it really was only a matter of time before one of these race weekend preview posts inevitably focused on the travel aspects associated with such a trip. So, here are some of the tips, tricks, and best practices that put into action to make my race travel as easy as possible.

Plan Ahead

Once I’ve finally determined what race I’m going to do, I have to figure out two basic things: 1) how to get there, and 2) where to stay. Without these things sorted out in advance, the trip can get more hectic and more costly. For this particular trip – happening TOMORROW mind you – I sorted out both of these details more than a month or two ago.

First, how to get to Roanoke.could have opted to fly, but that would have involved leaving (and paying for) a car at the airport, being at the airport 2+ hours early on BOTH ends of the trip, checking a bag (I usually don’t, but depending on the trip it could happen), renting a car, and navigating from the airport to my accommodations. I’ll pass on all that, thank you very much! I’ve opted instead to drive the 6(ish) hours from my home just outside of Columbus, OH. It will allow me to travel on my terms and take breaks when I like, eat what I need/like, and so on. The obvious downside is being awake and driving for 6 hours, but I’ll take it. All it costs me is gas and a little money for the West Virginia turnpike – thank goodness my car gets pretty decent gas mileage!

So, how’d that whole driving thing go? It wasn’t too bad. The drive down felt like it went fairly quick. Minimal stops, no delays on the roads, decent weather. The trip BACK to Ohio, however, was the driving equivalent to watching a sloth – slow and not very exciting. LOTS of stops to stretch, hydrate, and walk. 

After making that decision, I have to figure out where to stay. The initial and probably more obvious option is a hotel relatively close to the center of the action. While this is great and probably offers more amenities, there’s also very likely a higher price tag that comes with it. For such a short trip and for as little as I’ll actually be in the space, I don’t need all that a hotel offers. For the Blue Ridge Marathon, I secured a really fantastic location via AirBnB. I’ve had really great success in the past – we used the service for our honeymoon in 2014 – so it was definitely worth a look. My rental is less than a mile (a 15 minute walk) from the start/finish line and for less than $90 for one night. This is HUGE for me because proximity to the start/finish, overall cost, and ease of access were paramount. Obviously, everyone’s preferences are going to vary and specific needs will dictate what type of accommodation work the best, so do your homework and find what works for you and your specific situation.

How was your AirBnB? It proved to be a GREAT decision. Perfect location in reference to the start/finish and super simple. There were the essentials and that was it – bathroom, shower, tv, bed. I was only there for a night, so that’s all I needed. Hands down, one of the best AirBnB’s I’ve ever booked.

Have a Plan? Good. Be Prepared to Throw It Out Because Things Happen

This piece of advice applies to many aspects of life – not just travel – but it does bear repeating. Whether you are a seasoned business traveler or a casual leisure traveler, being unfriendly or just plain rude can come back and bite you. If your flight is delayed or you get stuck in traffic, etc. – trust me, there are other people experiencing the same issue(s). Know your plan, but be ready to ditch it. Thankfully, I didn’t need to do this. I had things laid out in such a way that there were contingencies in place, but didn’t need them at all. The plan actually workout and I had an amazing weekend! Be patient even when your patience is tested to the max. Finally, be flexible. Sometimes the best experiences come when you have to call an audible. Keep these things in mind when traveling, because occasionally, you may find yourself being rewarded for it in the end!

Whether you are running the Blue Ridge Marathon, the Boston Marathon, or anywhere in between – here’s wishing you all a fantastic weekend of racing!

REVIEW: Addaday Pro Massage Roller

Disclaimer: I received an Addaday Pro Massage Roller 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!


Fear not, friends – the review I’m rolling out today is NOT one about a torture device, though it may at times feel that way! It’s the Pro Massage Roller from Addaday and let me tell you something: IT. FRICKIN’. WORKS.

Prior to getting my hands on the Pro Roller, the only roller-type product I really utilized was (oddly enough) the Marble Muscle Roller on my shoulders and quads. I was skeptical about roller devices – and still am to a degree – because I’ve never heard anything except how much it hurts when using them. When the opportunity was presented to try one out, I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss – the good AND the bad – was all about.

What exactly does it do?

Simply put, all of Addaday’s rollers help roll out knots and reduce muscle tightness & fatigue. The 21-inch Pro Roller (pictured above) uses three different rollers to focus on a variety of muscle issues. The BLUE gears are soft muscle rollers designed for kneading. The GREY gears are medium muscle rollers that help to flush out lactic acid and reduce muscle fatigue. “But Preston, what about that little RED one?” That’s the pinpoint gear and is perfect for rolling out the shins, the achilles, and preventing/treating shin splints.

How I Use It

Since receiving mine, I’ve used the Pro Roller after nearly every run I’ve gone on and – as you might guess – after my leg day weight workouts. My initial concerns were spot on as it isn’t a particularly pleasant experience WHILE using, but the result AFTER using of having refreshed legs/muscles that aren’t nearly as sore is well worth it.

Time to ROLL out…

With that in mind and if you’re on the fence like I was, I’d absolutely recommend picking up an Addaday Pro Massage Roller for yourself – or any of their other roller products for that matter. Your muscles will thank you. You’ll thank your muscles. It’s a win-win.

REVIEW: Zwift Run (and the BibRave Virtual 5k)

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift RunPod 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!


Let me start with this statement: I. HATE. TREADMILL. RUNNING. 

The treadmill has never been something I have found to be particularly enjoyable. Honestly, treadmills bore me beyond imagination. I am one of those “weirdos” who would much rather be outside in any variety of conditions (rain, snow, wind, etc) than to be confined to staring at a boring screen let alone be in a line of others doing the same thing. With that in mind, I was not convinced at all that I would get anything beneficial or enjoyable when the opportunity came to combine a treadmill with an app called Zwift.

What is Zwift / Zwift Run?

Zwift is primarily an online platform used by cyclists for indoor training. Cyclists can pair their controllable trainer as well as their bike with the Zwift app to ride on any number of courses in realtime with other cyclists from around the world. One can ride on their own in a free mode, tackle a structured workout/workout program, or even jump in on a group ride. Upon initial account setup, a cyclist gets a 7 day free trial and then must signup for a subscription, which starts at $14.99/month.

Apply that ideology to running and you have Zwift Run. All a runner needs is a treadmill, a footpod (some work better than others), and a device – such as a laptop/tablet/or phone –  to run Zwift. Alternatively, a runner could also use a Bluetooth-enabled treadmill. Ultimately, this allows runners to run more than 100k across a variety of routes, including virtual courses inspired by central London, Richmond, VA, and New York City. Similar to our cycling counterparts, runners can run in a free mode, tackle a specific workout or workout program, or join a scheduled group run – all in realtime with runners from across the world. And of course, cyclists and runners alike can pair their Zwift account with other third-party apps, such as Strava, to keep track of distance and other stats. Oh, did I mention that Zwift Run is FREE?

My Zwift Experience

Full disclosure: I do not own a treadmill. In order to participate in this experience, I had to take a step WAY outside of my comfort zone and utilize the resources of a local fitness club – I’ll cover the pros and cons of THAT side-experience in a separate post. Spoiler alert though – the reason(s) I don’t have a gym membership were kind of confirmed as a result of this experience. More on that later…

First things first, I received my Zwift RunPod with plenty of time before the BibRave Virtual 5k. It was SUPER easy to set up. After I downloaded the Zwift app and got my account set up, I opened up the box, removed the protector plastic from the battery, and popped the pod on my shoe. At that point, I was ready to get on the treadmill and get going.

Didn’t even really realize the pod was there!

 

My view during my Zwift runs – apologies for the poor quality photo!

When I made it to the gym and hopped on the treadmill for the first time, I was a little apprehensive about it. I was going to have my phone (or my tablet) on the treadmill with what looks like a video game on the screen. Thankfully, the app itself is very easy to use and makes your forget (for a little bit, at least) that you’re actually at the gym. The Zwift Companion app also makes it very easy to engage with the other runners (& cyclists) that are on at the same time!

 

Running in Watopia – Zwift’s fictional virtual world.

The BibRave Virtual 5k

On November 29, all of the BibRave Pros participating in this Zwift opt-in were invited to jump in on a scheduled group run called the BibRave 5k. Using the Zwift Companion app, we were not only able to RSVP for the run, but could also select our desired pace group. This run got so much attention via the Zwift Companion app, a runner from the United Kingdom who records his Zwift runs on his YouTube channel joined in – despite the start time being at 11:45pm in the UK!

This run was a great way to bring so many members of our BibRave community “together” without actually being in the same physical location. BibRave and Zwift teamed up at The Running Event (an annual running industry event) in Texas to get four of our Pros on the treadmills with the rest of us across the country. Personally, I was pretty much stride-for-stride with fellow BRP Matt M. (who is also a fellow Ohioan) for the majority of our run, pushing each other quite a bit throughout – even if it wasn’t exactly intentional.

BibRave Pros running with me on Nov 29 in realtime from The Running Event in Texas!

 

Running with fellow Ohioan and Bibrave Pro, Matt M., during our BibRave 5k.

 

Even in a virtual world, I still get to run in the rain!

Takeaway

With this experience in the books, I am still not a proponent of the treadmill. HOWEVER, my experience with Zwift definitely takes some of the monotony out of the equation and opened my eyes to considering actually using one, even if only a handful of times throughout the winter months.

I still don’t own a treadmill, and am not actively seeking to add one to my basement…yet…but if YOU have a treadmill or access to one, I would encourage you to snag a footpod and give Zwift a shot.


Check out some other Zwift reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros!

LoganStaciaJennLissaMattKaty – MeganVirjinia – Stephanie

Snag a RunPod for yourself and use code BibRave15 to save 15% – but hurry, this code is only good for the first 1000 RunPods!

REVIEW: Buff DryFlx Hat and Neckwarmer

Disclaimer: I received a DryFlx Hat & Neckwarmer from BUFF® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!


As the year comes to a close, so does my first year as a BibRave Pro. It has been a unique experience – I’ll reflect on it in another post – which I have absolutely loved. One of my favorite parts of this program is the opportunity to test out various pieces of running gear. Some of my favorite pieces of running gear are my various Multifunction Headwear from BUFF®. Truth be told, when we got the message that there were new products to test from Buff, I immediately opted in – almost without truly reading the details! Of course, I did go back and review the details before hitting that submit button. Either way, I’m excited to share my review of Buff’s DryFlx Hat & Neckwarmer!

What is BUFF, anyway?

It’s amazing, that’s what. Personal feelings aside though, BUFF® makes Multifunction Headwear – a variety of head and neckwear that is flexible enough to become any number of garments in the blink of an eye. First developed in 1992, these One item alone can be a cap, a doo-rag, a headband – just to mention a few. All of their gear is designed with an active lifestyle in mind and there’s a BUFF for the entire family, even your dog – and our dog, Ruby, has one!

The DryFlx Hat is lightweight and rated to provide warmth during cool weather activities. Truth be told, I used both products on runs that would be best described as cold and I was very comfortable.  Like many of BUFF’s products, the fabric is highly breathable and quick-drying. The fit of this hat is much nicer than others of the “skullcap” variety. It fits comfortable enough that I can still pop on my Aftershokz headphones and they aren’t getting pressed into the side of my head. An added bonus is the 360º reflective design, providing increased visibility (see photos below).

The DryFlx Neckwarmer is designed much the same way – lightweight, flexible, and designed to provide warmth during cool weather activities. The articulated design helps provide plenty of coverage without excess bulk. As with the hat, the neckwarmer has 360º reflectivity providing higher visibility (see photos below). While BUFF® touts this as a neckerchief, neck gaitor, or face mask, I would go as far to say that this could be used as a headband as well!

Overview

I’ve been using BUFF® Original Multifunctional Headwear for a little over a year now and I absolutely love it. I’ll use multiple pieces for warmth on cool/cold runs as a neckwarmer and a cap, and one on warmer days as a way to keep sweat out of my eyes. With the DryFlx line, I now have BUFFs that are designed for my winter training – keeping me warm on those cold outdoor runs. As mentioned above, a HUGE bonus (for me AND my wife) is the added reflective features which help keep me visible as many of those cold outdoor runs are in the dark. I can throw all my BUFFs in the wash with my running gear and they are ready to go again – no special care needed.

Here are my big takeaways for the BUFF® DryFlx Hats & Neckwarmers

  • Flexible for any activity
  • Designed to provide warmth during cool weather
  • 360º reflectivity for increased visibility
  • 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH fabric that is breathable & quick-drying

With winter now here in Ohio, I’m glad to have another piece of gear that will allow me to get out there and get those miles without weighing/slowing me down. Ultimately, if you haven’t gotten your hands on gear from BUFF® yet – you absolutely should!


Check out some other reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros!

ANGIE — BEN — JANELLEKATY — MARK (video!) — STEPHANIE — VIRJINIA

Whatever your preference, there is a BUFF for everyone – even your dog! Head over to buffusa.com to snag one for yourself. 

REVIEW: Sabre Runner Pepper Gel

Disclaimer: I received a Sabre Runner Pepper Spray to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!


In my home, the conversation of being safe while out on a run comes up quite a bit. I always run with an ID wristband. I strive to be as visible as possible (headlamp, reflective gear, etc) when running at night. When I use music, I utilize headphones that allow me to remain aware of my surroundings. I make it a point to give my wife an idea of where I plan to run, sometimes giving an exact route. However, I’ve never really given a whole lot of thought to doing much else.

That’s somewhat problematic given where I run sometimes – in unfamiliar areas in Columbus, on country roads, etc. When I think about it like that, there is perhaps more I can do to be prepared. Enter Sabre Red Duathlete Pepper Gel with Adjustable Arm Band.

Rather than a traditional pepper spray, this pepper gel is absolute step up in terms of personal protection. Sabre claims that this is police-caliber strong, which that statement alone would sell me. However, the fact that it’s gel minimizes the potential for blowback AND can reach a target from a further distance (up to 12ft!). The safety trigger makes sure that someone (like me) doesn’t accidentally spray themselves in the face! Check out some of the details below:

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Truth be told, I’ve NEVER carried any kind of defensive product before in any setting. It could have come in quite handy during a hiking trip this past summer though, as two dogs on a country road property came barreling out towards the road with no signs of stopping! Thankfully, the owner was close by and the situation was avoided, but it could have been worse.

Pros:

  • affordable – $18 (before shipping & applicable taxes)
  • incredibly lightweight.
  • incredibly flexible – worn on ARM or HAND
  • multiple use – up to 35 bursts in ONE canister.
  • keeps baddies at bay – 12 ft range
  • peace of mind, defense

Cons:

  • one more thing to carry

I think it goes without saying – the PROs vastly outweigh the CONs!

Unfortunately, it’s not always animals that we runners have to worry about. Far too often – especially in recent months – we’ve heard about runners being assaulted (sexually or otherwise) on local trails, kidnapped, or worse. In most cases, these incidents have impacted female runners, but let me be clear – things like this could happen to anyone. I hope that I never have to use Sabre Runner Pepper Gel (outside of a test scenario), but it definitely adds peace of mind should a situation arise.

When you venture out for your next run, remember:

  • Be visible – wear brighter colors during day runs and reflective gear at night
  • Be aware – turn your music down OR utilize headphones that DON’T go inside your ears
  • Be willing to carry & use protection – carry Sabre Runner Pepper Gel, Defense Spray, and/or a Personal Alarm

Head over to Sabre Red to check out the Sabre Red Duathlete Pepper Gel with Adjustable Arm Band or any of the other safety products they offer!