2021 Dallas Hot Chocolate virtual 5k Review.

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the 2021 virtual Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Dallas 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!

2021 has descended upon us and still no clearer picture as to when in-person races will return in most cities. I was lucky to do some in-person races in 2020 so I remain cautiously optimistic about 2021.

The end of 2020 brought a major injury my way. I am partly to blame as I didn’t pay enough attention to a nagging shin splint issue. So I took a running hiatus that lasted most of January. Luckily with bring a BibRave Pro, I was given the chance to run the (virtual) Dallas edition of the Hot Chocolate 5k. I’ve heard a lot about this race in the past and I was looking forward to perhaps running it live. But no luck.

After about a month of resting my injured leg I began the tedious journey of coming back to running. I started slowly with few miles and gradually ramped up. It wasn’t until the week of the virtual 5k that I started feeling my leg flare up again. I took it easy for a couple of days knowing the virtual race would probably be my last hurrah before another injury break was due.

A few days before the run the goodie package arrived. I’ve heard about their great swag in the past and this didn’t disappoint. Nuun and honey stinger are some of my go-to hydration and fueling choices. So I was excited that they were a partner in this race. The sweater was such great quality. I couldn’t wait to try it on. Finally, the chocolates and hot cocoa mix were big winners with my kiddos.

The chocolates were quickly consumed by some hungry kiddos

Finally on the day of my virtual race, I proudly suited up in my BibRave gear and headed out for what would be my last run for quite some time. I didn’t run it as part of a social group. Instead I opted to stick close to home and run on familiar streets.

Once I completed my virtual 5k in under 25 minutes (my goal post-injury), I finally wore the awesome medal that comes with the packet

Medal and iconic BibRave Pro hat.
Super cute finisher medal.

Overall, with covid and injury, this wasn’t how I wanted my first 2021 even to go. But I’m fortunate enough to represent BibRave Pros and be a part of this iconic Dallas race. Hopefully I get to participate next time it is in person and

Here’s hoping we can all race in person soon.

NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy-Product Review

Disclaimer: I received Now Sports Effer-Hydrate and Effer-Energy tablets 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!

Variety of flavors to choose from.

I’ll spare everyone the monologue on 20202 “being rough”. I’ll focus on the positive. I had a great racing season and expanded my social media presence to connect with other athletes. I was also chosen to be a BibRave pro for the first time. I love all the perks that come with joining the community. As part of expanding my presence, I’ve created this blog and this will be my maiden voyage into my run blog journey.

I’m a big fan of hydration tablets. I’ve been using them for year to fuel my running and exercise. So I was pumped to try the Effer-Hydrate and Effer-Energy tablets. If you’re familiar with this style, you know that each tablet is dissolved in about 0.5L of water or your beverage of choice.

Most subtle of all the flavors

The sample pack came with 4 flavors and 2 varieties: Orange-Strawberry, Lemon-Lime, and mixed berry were the Effer-hydrate version while Tropicak Punch was the Effer-energy version.

Must admit this was my favorite flavor to try.

After a month or so of trying out the different flavors, my favorite was definitely the tropical punch energy tabs. The effervescent nature of these tablets makes me want extra flavor. The tropical punch for sure checked off that box. Meanwhile, the lemon-lime had the most subtle flavor. I really liked the lemon-lime flavor but I had to double up sometimes to get that flavor kick. That being said, the other two flavors, mixed berry and orange-strawberry, wouldn’t be my go-to. Those combinations aren’t my thing and so I found myself trying more the punch or lemon lime.

One final issue I found with these was that sometimes the tablets didn’t fully dissolve or took too long to dissolve. This wasn’t too much of an issue, but it is something to keep in mind.

All in all, I’d definitely recommend these tablets to someone looking to up their hydration program. There are some cool flavor combinations that can appeal to a lot of palettes.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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