UV Buff – A Review 

Disclaimer: I received the UV 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!

A few months ago I received a UV Half Buff to review (you can read the review here: UV Half Buff – A Review). I really loved the UV Half Buff so I was excited to check out and review the full UV Buff.

These are SO versatile, which is why I love them so much. If you remember with the UV Half Buff I really liked wearing it around my wrist to wipe my sweat and nose (eww). For the Full Buff I love it as a head band. It is a great size, stays put and is so perfect for keeping the gallons of sweat that come off me out of my face when I run.

 

Living in Sacramento, the UV Buff has been great for my training. In case you don’t know, California is in a pretty terrible drought and it has been very sunny and hot! However, I was looking forward to trying out the UV Buff in the Winter & cold weather, but now that I am moving to San Diego that won’t likely happen. But that’s okay, because these were made for the sun! Here are some of the benefits (from the Buff website):

No more excuses for sunburns. No more hiding in the shade. UV BUFF® headwear keeps the sun fun while blocking 95% of harmful UV rays*. Hour after hour, COOLMAX® Extreme fabric wicks away sweat to keep you cool and Polygiene® Active Odor Control neautralizes odor. Now that’s cool

  • Blocks 95% of UV rays*
  • Soft, breathable Coolmax® Extreme fabric
  • 100% seamless
  • 12+ ways to wear
  • Polygiene® Active Odor Control
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Thermal protection from cold & wind
  • Quick-drying
  • 2-way lateral stretch
  • One size fits all adults

Buff USA is sponsoring #BibChat on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 8pm CST. Join the chat, make some new runner friends & you may even win a Buff!!

On a final note, it seems like everyone’s dogs love these too. There are a ton of cute pictures all over social media of dogs sporting the Buff. Since I don’t have a dog I wanted to see what my cat would think…I think she likes it 🙂


Sac to SD

Sacramento. I love this city. It’s been my home for the last 5 years and I believe it will always feel like home to me. I think this city gets a bad wrap at times but that’s because people just don’t know. They don’t know the community here. They don’t know the rivers, parks, trails. Our amazing local beer scene (if that is your thing – it’s mine for sure!). All of the things that make a place feel like home is what Sacramento is to me.

I moved to Sac in 2010 from a little town in Amador County and I’ve loved it here! Sacramento is where I started to learn who I am and what I am passionate about. As we all know, I am very passionate about running. It’s why I started blogging. It has led me to the path I am on today & I have met some amazing friends along the way.

I’ve been running with the Sloppy Moose RC for the past year and have met some cool peeps here. I mean they love running & good beer. What’s not to like there?

I also became an AmbasSRAdor for the Sacramento Running Association this year. This was a huge deal to me because I LOVE Sacramento & the running community here. It’s been pretty cool to be apart of the SRA, even in my small way. The race I am currently training for, the California International Marathon, is put on by the SRA. The race I look forward to most the entire year and talk about entirely too much.

This year the CIM is will be extra special to me. Not only am I going to run a Boston qualifying time (3:35:00) but this will be my last Sacramento race for quite some time. My boyfriend and I will be moving to San Diego at the end of the year. While I am pretty sad right now I know this is a great opportunity for us. Who wouldn’t like to live in San Diego? Beaches, trails, great running community, nice weather…I mean, I don’t think they really have a Fall like here in Sacramento. But that is okay…I suppose. I have to admit that I am pretty sad I won’t be an AmbasSRAdor for the SRA next year though. Unless they want someone in So Cal representing them…hint, hint 😉

Midtown in the Fall 

I will also miss all of my Kaia FIT SSC ladies. It has been great coaching them this past year. I have been a run coach for them as well and watching them run their races, cheer them on and set PR’s has been amazing. I hope I have planted a love for running seed in some of them and it continues to grow!

My first race representing Kaia FIT Sunrise!

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And my trainer Allyson at BodyTribe! I don’t know if she knows how much I appreciate what she does!! I met her through her Iron Grrls lifting clinic and pretty much fell in love with lifting right away. I have learned so much from her, and I was even going to compete in a powerlifting competition. I am not sure where that stands now, I may have to put it on hold but I will do it some day. A marathoner and a powerlifter – I’ve been told it is an interesting mix. Allyson also takes awesome photos that I am sometimes a part of 😉
I am hoping to find another place I love as much where I can lift heavy shit, learn cool stuff and climb things too. Yeah, we play at BodyTribe. It is pretty great.       
  I will miss all of these things & so much more. Looking at everything I do for training makes me so happy but so sad at the same time. The sadness will pass. And yes I know I am kinda being a baby. I mean, it is San Diego not some shit hole in the middle of nowhere.

I suppose it is time for a change. I thank Sacramento, the people I have met and am grateful for the opportunities I have had here. I am a much stronger & confident person than I was when I moved here years ago. I know there will be great things for us in San Diego as well. Change is how we grow. Stepping outside of our comfort zones is how we learn. I have a ton of growing and learning coming soon! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous but on the bright side I will have a beach I can relax on any day of the week if needed. Until then I am going to enjoy and appreciate the shit out of my home these next few months.

 

Zensah Compression Thigh Sleeve – A Review 

Disclaimer: I received the Zensah Compression Thigh Sleeve 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!

Thigh compression. Something I have been wanting for a while, but I never really looked into it. Then this great opportunity came to test out the Zensah Compression Thigh Sleeve. This opportunity came just as I was about to start marathon training, so I knew I would be putting this to good use.

I began training August 9th and as my miles have gone up I have been wearing the thigh sleeve often. Not only do I run (my weekly miles have doubled since I started training, and will soon more than double) but I also train at Kaia FIT SSC and at BodyTribe. Needless to say, my legsies go through a lot.

While some people say/think the benefits of compression may be more of a placebo effect I say, then I’ll take it. The mind can be a powerful tool when you are training! I do believe the benefits are more than just in my head though. I truly notice a difference when I wear the Zensah Compression Thigh Sleeve vs my past training when I have not worn a thigh sleeve. The benefits I have experienced with the Zensah compression thigh sleeve are:

  1. Decreased recovery time
  2. Decreased muscle soreness/fatigue
  3. Pain relief

Running 4-6 days a week plus 2-3 days of cross training is a lot to put your body through and the benefits listed above have helped me feel confident in my training and I know I can push myself when needed because I have this great option for recovery.

While I love how this thigh sleeve has aided in my recovery it is definitely not the most comfortable thing to wear. The description on the Zensah website says: “The Zensah Thigh Compression Sleeve may be used during training, activity, or for muscle recovery. The compression technology in the thigh sleeve helps to stabilize and support the quad and hamstring muscles, as well as improve circulation. A no-slip gripper ensure the thigh sleeve stays in place. One thigh sleeve per purchase.” As you will see in the description it only comes with 1 sleeve. At first I thought that was lame. Make it a pair! I have 2 legs, I’d like 2 sleeves! Sure you can switch the sleeve from one leg to the next when you are done but I’d personally like to wear 2 at a time to quicken my recovery routine. I figured out how to get past that…just buy a second one. Problem solved.

However, there is one problem I couldn’t solve with the sleeve. There is a gripper, but it is NOT no slip. No way could I wear this during training. This picture is from me getting off the couch and walking up my stairs. You can see it has rolled down and slipped quite a bit. And it makes my leg look like a busted can of biscuits.

You can see in this picture how high the sleeve is supposed to go and stay. You can also so my cute kitty Miss Daisy Mae in the background….and something on my shorts. Pretty sure that is cream cheese. I work from home so I can be pretty messy. Please ignore that.   I know other testers of this product were having slipping issues as well. The great folks at BibRave assured us they were talking with the peeps at Zensah and they were working on a solution to the slippage problem.

I still love this product and would definitely recommend it. I wear the sleeve as I am laying on my couch or bed reading or while I am working at my desk.  I would just recommend that you wear it for recovery purposes and not wear it training (slippage). If you are a runner that has never tried any compression products I would say this is one that should be at the top of your list. It is easy to use, easy to store and has been super helpful with my recovery time.

Thank you Zensah for allowing me to test your Compression Thigh Sleeve!