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MinoTor: A good option for hydration needs (but sweet warning)

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My tummy is pretty sensitive towards hydration and workout supplement options so I was curious when the opportunity came up to test the MinoTor hydration drink came up.

What gets my attention with MinoTor is there transparency in their ingredients and what they have to offer on the market.

B Vitamins

@drinkminotor has been so helpful in my @seattlemarathon and getting me through the 10 tons of chores I have #bibravepro #minotor

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This is as pure of a drink as you can get your hands on in the market. In training I have felt the differences, specifically on some of the harder bike rides and TRX combos I have been doing since Seattle. I have more energy, I can push a little further and go a little harder. This is great because the 2016 goals are pretty big and I am going to need to push myself further to get to where I want to go.

In a sea full of calorie and chemical filled hydration drinks; this only has 50 calories. For those who are watching their calorie intake this is a huge plus. I tend to stick with water because I do not want to take on those extra calories.

I love what the company stands for and it got my attention. Their goal was to create a great tasting, truly functional, ready-to-drink, premium sports supplement that would allow you to grow leaner, stronger, muscles, supply you with sustained energy, and accelerate recovery. We are dedicated to educating our community and providing you with high quality products that allow you to lead a healthier lifestyle through fitness.

Now, for me the taste is a big issue. The best comparison I have is its a very sweet coconut water. (I have to mix coconut water with other flavors to enjoy them.) The company said that the taste comes from the amino acids. I tried to take only half a bottle at a time, and I tried to mix it with water and the taste just did not work for me. One of my next projects is to add a little bit of lemon to this. (Its my go to answer)

This is going to be a great option for some people. Just sadly for me, its just too sweet to go in my normal rotation but I will be using it when I need the extra boost.

I highly recommend checking out their page and learning more DrinkMiniotor.com You can use the code BibRave1 to get 10 percent off and free shipping.

. The founders had been unhappy about what has been on the market.

Seattle (Half) Marathon Recap: #whathill earns its name

I have made it no secret, that Seattle Marathon is one of those events that I love, and I hate all at the same time. It has always been one of those races that has challenged me, but also helped me find how strong I really am.

This year was no exception.

Let’s start with the expo. The expo was actually smaller then previous years, but I really liked it being smaller because it made it easier to move around and get through. You start in one room to pick up your number, and then you head into the expo to enjoy the fun and get your shirt and goodie bag. The shirt was a bit of a challenge this year as they had been considerably bigger then last year. The goodie bags are always awesome and chalked full of runner friendly goodies.

As an ambassador for the Seattle Marathon, I actually had the pleasure of volunteering at the Kids Race registration pick up Friday night. This was a complete thrill because I spent a lot of time talking to young runners who had been so excited, and parents both. I would love to help out with that again next year just because the kids are so worth it.

As for the race.

If you remember the recap from last year, it was seriously cold last year. This year improved a tad bit, maybe by 5 degrees.

But I was smarter this year and I was well dressed for the weather.

The race itself is beautiful. It starts at the Experience Music Project and takes you right through the center of

The trek through downtown Seattle.
The trek through downtown Seattle.
downtown Seattle.
I actually got a photo of #whathill
I actually got a photo of #whathill
I was actually running really well in this strech and nailed my run walk perfectly. Its fun to run through downtown Seattle when it is still sleepy. You notice little things a lot more, you notice the bright and pretty window displays more. You notice the skyline more.

After downtown you hit I-90. You actually get to run in the freeway. They close down the express lanes and you get to run through the tunnel. The full marathoners get to run the floating bridge, but the half marathoners turn off after the tunnel. Last year I don’t remember ice being an issue, but there was enough moisture in the air that it was. That slowed me down quite a bit.

Once you head through the tunnel you head out towards Lake Washington which by far is the best part of the run. It does have a few little rolling hills, but there is a peaceful feeling as you run by the lake and there is a layer of fog on the lake. I started to rebuild my speed and I was pretty happy.

Then #whathill

We all know what hill I am talking about. We don’t need the description. Its the hill that goes straight up. Then turns, and goes straight up again, with one more up before you head straight down to the arboretum.

Knowing it better then ever. I made sure my walking intervals had been right on the money. The hills are beautiful but they push you and challenge you. I kept the slower but steady pace I was planning for.

The Arboretum is many peoples favorite part of the race. Scenically its mine. But the up and down hills make you focus in on what your body is doing and pushing through. And honestly, not falling on your head on a crack in the road way. I got sidelined in here somewhere because of the fact I really had to go to the porta-potty.

Speaking of. I always have to laugh. Mile markers are also porta-potties. Every one of them.

The last three miles take you back into the downtown part of Seattle including a wicked downhill and around the Seattle Center before you get to come down into Memorial Stadium to finish in the 50 yard line.

I am a huge fan of the post race area. You get your medal, and get a space blanket before heading into the bowels of the stadium where they have all the food you need, a place to change into warm clothes, a chance to pick up any more Seattle Marathon Souvenirs. It is the perfect place to warm up and get your wits about you before heading back to the cold.

I love how well supported this race is. One thing that is never in short supply is fully stocked water stations with amazing volunteers. It has always been near the top of my “must-do” list. The event is ran truly with runners in mind.

And I love the fact that it continues to challenge me. The last five miles remind you how tough you are, and how beautiful of a town Seattle is. Time wise it was the best race I have done this year and I am so much closer to my “bigger goals” for 2016.

I will be back. It is my yearly reunion with my strength.

A double down #expresso bike challenge for December

There are TWO challenges for Expresso bike riders for December.

First there is King of the Mountian.

Each ride has a certain amount of points you can earn based on the difficulty of the elevation. Your goal is to get to 50 points.

You can see the point breakdown here.

Point Breakdown

The other challenge is a bonus challenge.

It is called the Legend of the Abdominal Snowman

You can choose 25 miles, 75, or 125

Each stage has a set list of rides for you to accomplish. You start in the 25 mile and work your way down.

You do need to register for which stage yo are committing to.

Check out the rules here

As usual if you have questions, ask!