My Goodness These are Comfy

“Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOfos OOmg Fibre Low Shoes 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!”

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Let me first start off by saying I am a little biased as I have always worn the Oofos sandals as a recovery and pretty much an everyday sandal, so I was pumped to hear they were coming out with a closed toe year around shoe! When I received them in the mail, I was stoked and was ready to throw them on as I had just come back from a run. The hardest part around these shoes however, was getting past the actual look of them. For me, that was easy, but my wife on the other hand was not impressed but for me it is not about appearance, but more so about comfort.

During my time testing out the Fibre’s I was able to wear them out casually with shorts as well as even wore them to work. With their sleak all black approach, they worked very well with jeans! I was even able to have co-workers give them a shot as they had never heard of Oofos and they loved the feel!

Being all about comfort, the Fibre’s were great and felt like I was walking on pillows which was providing such support for my calves, legs, and feet. If you are in the market for a support/recovery shoe, I highly recommend these Oofos as they are built to last, durable, comfortable, and easy to put on/take off!

 

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UA Hovr Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonics 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!”

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As I sat patiently waiting for my Under Armour Hovr’s to arrive, I was able to do a lot of reading up and chatting with other Bibrave Pro’s about their thoughts on them (definitely check out their blogs as well) to really help lay the foundation of what I could anticipate. Now before I go to far, I want to also let you all know that I have only had these bad boys for about a week, so I have not been able to train and test these as well as I would have liked to have.

Style & Material: I am a big fan or the look and material used for the Hovr. The Hovr is a very breathable shoe that allowed for some relief while running in the hot and humid weather we have been having. I also enjoyed how when putting your foot into the shoe, it just sunk right in and felt as though it was secure. The soles of the shoe had a somewhat old school feeling, the feel of old school rubber, so when the rubber was pounding the pavement you knew the Hovr had some durability. Overall I am a big fan of the style and material used!

Comfort: When getting new running shoes, I have to be very careful around the sizing. In some shoes I am a comfortable 12 and in others a comfortable 12.5. Some brands I am a wide foot and others I am not. I would highly encourage you to try on the shoe before purchasing, as if I had the ability I would have gone up a half size. I stuck with the 12’s and they were a very snug and tight. For me, I did not find them to be very comfortable for that reason. Others have mentioned they are extremely comfortable, so I am sure if I had the right size, I would be in their camp. Also I did not have much time to break in the shoes, which we all know that shoes once broken in get a little looser.

I know this is a very short and not so in depth review, but check back in with me in a couple of weeks and I will be able to provide some greater insight. If you are in the market, I would definitely give them a whirl!

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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance products 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!

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Everyone knows the key to success when it comes to training, exercising, or even living a healthy lifestyle is the importance of hydration. Ensuring that we are giving our bodies enough electrolytes, carbs, sugars, and other supplements it needs is critical when it comes to hitting those race PR’s, feeling good throughout each workout, and eliminating the threat of dehydration upon completion. Over the past 30 days I have been able to test out Gatorade’s Watermelon Endurance Formula as well as their Mango Energy Gel’s. This opportunity could not have come at a better time, as I was in the midst of training for my 70.3 and knew I would be able to implement these within training and again on race day.

Gatorade Watermelon Endurance Formula

In the past, when I go out on a long run, bike ride, or even swim, I tend to always have some sort supplement within my water. For me, when I am looking to add a supplement to my drink, I am seeking a powder or tablet that is easily mixable and has a crisp clean taste. When I first began using the Endurance Formula, I was impressed with the taste of the product. The bottles I used for training were typically about 16oz and I was using about 2 scoops of formula. The water to formula ratio to me was on point, as it was not an overpowering watermelon taste but very balanced. The recommended water to formula ratio is about 1.5 scoops per 12oz serving. When mixing the formula, I would recommended having a bottle with a large mouth, as the scooper that is provided can make it challenging to get into small areas and make for a messy cleanup. For the most part, the formula mixed easy and really broke down well when it was shaken within the water!

While using it on workouts, I could tell a noticeable increase in how my body felt and the energy it helped to produce. While providing 22g of carbs, 13g of sugar, and 140mg of potassium, my body was really benefiting from the kick it was providing mid-workout. On race day, I was able to utilize about 32oz of formula within the bike ride portion and 12oz of formula on the run portion. It is a product that I will definitely use in the future as it sat well within my stomach, tasted great, and provided some great relief and assistance while I was racing and training! Also it was helpful that the race also had Gatorade Endurance and other products on the course!

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Gatorade Endurance Mango Energy Gel

During training for my 70.3, I found myself using gel’s more and more often as the workouts increased. I have tried many different flavors and types and was satisfied with the G energy gel. Now I will make this disclaimer now, but I am not a huge fan of mango in general, but the mango gel was not to shabby. What I liked the most about the energy gel, was how easy it went down the hatch. From the moment you rip the package open and throw it back, it was a smooth process which is nice! With about 20g of carbs and 35mg of potassium it was an effective supplement to utilize while racing and training. On average I was taking 1 gel every 30 minutes during my race (yes by the conclusion of the race the thought of a gel made me gag!). Overall, I would use the Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel again, but I would be tempted to test out some other flavors!

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See what fellow BibRave Pros had to say:

COROS Pace Review

Disclaimer: I received a Coros Pace Multisport Watch 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

Introducing the COROS Pace watch, which is one of the hottest new multi-sport watches on the market, as it was just released this past month. I have had the pleasure of being able to test out the Pace for the past month or so as a Bibrave Pro and I must say I have been very impressed overall with the Pace. This watch has met and exceed my expectations and is now my go to multi-sport watch.

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Overall Fit, Comfort, & Style:

The Pace is a comfortable and stylish multi-sport watch that can be worn during workouts, but also sleek enough to wear out in public. The head of the watch is not over-sized, but in my opinion is big enough and allows enough space to show a magnitude of information (steps, time, date, calories burned, and total workout time for the day). The band of the watch is light weight, durable, and not clunky or heavy like other bands. Overall, the watch is ultra light-weight and while working out feels as though there is not even a watch there. It is also nice to have the HR monitor built into the watch around the wrist (in the past, I have always forgotten my HR straps). Hands down one of the most comfortable multi-sport watches I have used!

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COROS App & Bluetooth:

The COROS app is pretty legit. I find the app to be a great resource to utilize upon the completion of each workout to recap. You have a couple screens you can choose from just depending upon what you are looking for, there is a ton of data, breakdowns of workouts, as well as a totals page which calculates all of your miles for cycling, running, and swimming which is my favorite to look at and keep me motivated. Also within the app you can set up settings which will sync directly with the watch. Overall, it is a great app that really complements the watch. Along with the app, the watch also has Bluetooth capabilities to receive message alerts, incoming phone call alerts, and alerts from all other social media accounts. You can snooze this option as well if you do not want to receive these notifications.

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GPS & Battery Life:

I was able to test out the Pace GPS compared to a couple competitors just to really understand how accurate and similar the outcomes of each workouts were. What I found was that all of the GPS were within .02-.05 mi off from a running/biking perspective and during a lap swim in the pool was right on (have not been able to get out into the open water). In regards to the battery life, I think I have had to charge it maybe once or twice within the 30-45 days that I have had it. The battery holds a long lasting charge and takes a long time for the battery to drain. In comparison to my other multi-sport watch, the Pace battery gets roughly a week to a week and a half longer battery life.

Running:

When using the Pace for running purposes, the metrics I have the watch set to show me is distance, pace, and overall time (the big three). If I wanted to toggle through other metrics, I could pull up my heartbeat and cadence, it has the option to pull up only the lap time/distance/pace, and it has an option to pull up your elevation. Like I mentioned previously, I just loved the fact that this watch is so light weight and does not feel bulky or heavy on my wrist. This watch has the ability to be a runner’s dream with the options you can utilize during your run as well as breaking down each run at the end. It also connects very quickly and easily with Strava!

Cycling:

At this moment, the only biking option available is outdoor cycling as we are hoping that the indoor option is available soon. Like the running metrics available, the cycling metrics main options are distance, speed and overall time. If you want to toggle through the other options available you can utilize the heart rate/zones, as well as the grades (total ascent & total decent), and you have the option to utilize the lap time/distance/speed. During my training, I have been able to utilize the cycling options during my outdoor rides and it has everything needed to track any sort of rides. The Pace connects quickly with Strava upon completing rides as well which is great.

Swimming:

Utilizing the indoor pool swim option you can alter the pool sizes to really create an accurate depiction of the lengths swam. The main screen breaks down the yards (which is what I used), pace, and total time. While swimming you can also toggle into the HR and lap breakdowns. The only thing I wish the Pace had for the indoor swimming metrics was the ability to utilize a “drill” option. This way when you are doing kick drills, utilizing other swim styles, etc. In regards to the outdoor swimming option, I am looking forward to utilizing it!

In closing, I will say I was skeptical about the COROS Pace, but having now used it for over a month, I will say it is very easy to use, the set-up took little time, the connection to Strava is very quick, and overall is a great option for any cyclist, runner, and/or swimmer! The Pace has been such an upgrade to my watch arsenal when it comes to training and I do not see myself going moving back to my other watch or options. If you are in the market, definitely pick one up!

 

About the Gingy

Well, well, well, who would have ever thought the Gingy would be creating a blog!

I welcome you all to RunGingyRun and hope you enjoy the site and the posts that will be coming your way. For those of you who I have yet to meet, my name is Josh Patton and I reside in New Hampshire. I have been running since roughly 2012 and have been able to complete over 15 half marathons, 1 marathon, and few triathlons. My lovely and beautiful wife deserves all of the real credit for sparking my passion for running, as what started out as a show off run when we first started dating ignited into a full fledged attack on the running game!

Currently I am training for the Patriot Half Iron-man which is in June and following the Patriot will be training for the New York City Marathon. Through the remainder of the year, you can look forward to reading about some of my training workouts, products I have been testing while training, insights into craft beer (yup, the Gingy loves him some cold craft beer), and many other topics as the days/months go leading up to the big races.

If you guys have any thoughts or topics you would like me to discuss, feel free to leave some comments and I look forward to you all hopefully enjoying my blog! Also, please follow me on twitter @Joshpatton7 and on instagram @rungingyrun

Josh “RunGingyRun” Patton

 

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