Bibrave Product Review – OOfos – Feel so OO!

Disclaimer: I received OOfos OOlala Sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

I don’t know about you, but every time I run a race or long run all I want to do after is get my running shoes off! I look for the most comfortable shoes around or I bring cheap flip flops to the race with me.

Well, now I have an even better option! As a Bibrave Ambassador, I was lucky to have the opportunity to try a pair of OOfos OOlala sandals. I was quite excited, because I wanted to know what all the hype was about.

OOfos OOlala Sandals

OOfos OOlala Sandals

As soon as I got them, I was in love with the colour which is actually called Blue Jay. I love blue jays – the bird and the baseball team, so of course I was excited. I was also pleased that they matched my Honolulu Marathon shirt, but maybe that’s just a coincidence. 😉

If you missed my Instagram Story videos, I was surprised as soon as I put them on. So comfortable! Especially right after the 16K long run I did last week. I wore them all day and my feet and legs felt great. I was also impressed that I didn’t get any blisters from the straps, which usually happens when I try new sandals.

OOfos OOlala Sandals Review

They match my Honolulu shirt! 🙂

Here’s some more cool specs about these awesome sandals:

  • Great for wearing before and after your workout – precovery AND recovery!
  • OOfos help the feet to move naturally post-workout, cradles your arches
  • Close cell foam – which means you can get them wet and water just drips off and doesn’t stay in the shoe, so no bacteria
  • Absorbs shock with every step, reducing stress on your feet, knees, and back
  • 37% more shock absorbing than traditional footwear foam
  • Durable OOfoam holds its cushion its entire life
  • Machine washable (cold water) – I haven’t tested this yet, but what a convenient option for cleaning the sandals after a full day at the lake/beach

So far, I’ve worn them after long runs, for walking to the grocery store, around the house, and just relaxing in the backyard. They’re actually quite functional and easy to incorporate with outfits, which is great because OOfos also offers MANY different colour options and a couple different styles. I know I’m going to keep wearing them until it gets too cold outside, and then I’ll probably continue to wear them inside because they don’t mark the floors. Going to keep on OOing! 🙂

OOfos product review

Chillin’ on the patio – Love summer days!

Have you tried OOfos before? Or, do you have a favourite way to treat your feet after hard workouts?

Make sure you check them out online, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!



Summer Update – School, training, and OOfos

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, which I feel slightly bad about, but it was also for a good reason. My Masters program has classes year round and I’ve been feeling a little burnt out the past few weeks. I was working on a major project/paper and when I would stop working on the computer for the day, I didn’t have any ambition to keep staring at the screen to produce a blog post. Seriously, your eyes get tired and brain a little fried after reading so much research and then trying to write about it!

Anyway, I submitted that major paper and got to enjoy 3 whole days not writing or reading or contemplating research and it was nice. But, now I am back at it and on Wednesday I start my 10 day school intensive, which involves full 8-hour days of lectures, presentations, etc., as well as additional projects and papers to complete in our “spare time”. It will be incredibly interesting and helpful, but also a bit overwhelming for this introvert. I am looking forward to it, but also can’t wait for my 3 week summer vacation (from school, not work) to start on August 12!! And it’s nice because I’ll be starting it with SeaWheeze!!! I think that’s an awesome way to close out the first year of my Masters program. 🙂

YogiCrystal Calgary

Having fun at the Glenmore Reservoir 🙂

In between all of this, I have been TRYING to get my running back on track since the Canada Day hiking incident. Last weekend my leg seemed to be doing worse and I got a little worried. So, I’ve been taking it a bit more easy on the running and mixing it up with some cycling and water running. I feel silly in the pool because I can’t really swim, but I know I need to keep moving and I want to keep my strength up as much as I can. Right now I am trying to keep one non-running day in between my training runs to give my leg a break from the impact, because honestly, I am doing SeaWheeze.

Over the past week, my leg seems to be feeling slightly better, and I was even able to complete a 16KM long run on Sunday at a good pace (for me) without much pain. This is exciting!! I think at this point, it’s just important not to overdo it and stay fit for my half marathon on August 12th.

Something else I found helpful after my long run yesterday, was to put on my new OOfos sandals right away! Seriously, these are super comfortable and they felt really good to put on after wearing my running shoes all morning. I have the OOlala sandal and I find them comfy and cute! Another great feature is that they absorb up to 37% more shock than other shoe materials, so that’s a bonus after a long run! I’m really glad to have these in my footwear rotation and I’ll definitely be updating ya’ll with a full blog review in the next week or so (keep an eye out here!).

Oofos Sandals Bibrave Ambassador

Love my OOfos!

Do you have a favourite pair of shoes or sandals that you like to wear right after a long run or hard workout?

ps. Where has the summer gone? Can’t believe it’s August already!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOfos sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

5 Peaks Fish Creek Park 2017 Race Recap

So, it took me a solid year or two to finally sign up for a 5 Peaks race after envying my friend’s pics and experiences of running these races in Ontario and Alberta. Since I’m mostly a road runner, I searched through the options for Alberta a couple of months ago and chose a race that was close to home and didn’t seem too technical. Also, I had heard that the Fish Creek course was fun, so it seemed like a no-brainer for me.

Registering online was easy & I used an ambassador’s code for 10% off race registration. There’s plenty of 5 Peaks Ambassadors across the country, so I always see them tweeting or instagramming their codes, which is super convenient. It’s not much, but it’s nice to save a couple bucks here and there!

There were two distance options for this race – the Enduro and the Sport. The odd part about this race is that I signed up for the Sport distance, which was around 6KM at the time of registration. About a week before the race I double checked the map, and the distance had changed to 8.3KM. Ok, no big deal, but after my hiking incident & with my leg still in pain, I wasn’t too sure about how race day was going to go.

5 Peaks Fish Creek Calgary

Waiting for the little ones to come in & getting ready to race!

These races offer packet pick-up the morning of the race, so I opted to do that because the regular pick-up spot was a bit far for me to travel on transit. All I did was show up a little early and it was super easy to grab my bib and race swag (an awesome pair of Swiftwick socks!).

Pre-race there were 1K & 3K kids races going on and watching them was super cute and fun. Everyone was cheering the kids on & the race director was even giving away a growler for the loudest person (adult!) cheering. Growlers as prizes? Definitely different from road racing! 🙂

I did find that showing up early was important for this race, especially if you need to use the washroom before running. There were two outdoor park washrooms available, but the women’s lines were long. It took long enough that I literally had to run out of the washroom and to the start line and take off right away! Not a big deal, just glad I got out in time to make my start wave!

The course was really nice and took us through some different terrains. We started on pavement and then switched to gravel and dirt trails, with a good amount of single track (which was totally new for me). At times I felt bad for the people right on my heels and I let them go by, other times I just kept running and decided they could pass when the trail opened up. I don’t really know trail running etiquette, but I tried my best to be a good runner. There were some good hills that gave me a challenge and certainly some beautiful views through Fish Creek park. My leg did bother me a little bit, but I was glad I wore compression socks just to be safe.

The weather was quite nice for the morning of the race, but a bit humid, which is a funny feeling for Calgary. It felt even more humid in the woods, but it was nice to get some shade. I didn’t really notice a lot of bugs or flies, which was nice as well because I totally forgot bug spray.

5 Peaks Swiftwick Socks

Awesome swag!

Another fun part of trail running that I learned is that the distance posted may not be what you actually run. Around 8KM I was starting to think that we were too far from the finish line. I even started to worry that I got lost, but I still saw the flag markers so I wasn’t sure. I kept following the flags and eventually got back to the finish line, so I’m somewhat sure I ran the actual course. But, the distance I got on my Garmin was 9.44KM. I know these aren’t super accurate, so I asked a few people and they got distance around 9.3KM for the Sport distance. No big deal, not complaining, I just found it funny… I signed up for 6ish KM, noticed it got updated to 8.3KM and ended up running over 9KM. Good times, right?

Post-race the food options were awesome. Watermelon, bananas, oranges, chips, cookies, macaroons, etc. Seriously, the watermelon was so refreshing after the race, it made me so happy. There was plenty of water and electrolyte drink, you just have to remember to bring your own water container because these events are cup/bottle free.

After the races there were some fun contests to win free trail shoes from Altra and another growler. They also presented the medals to the top 3 in male and female age groups and top 3 overall. Lots of people seemed to stick around for the food and fun, so that was nice to see.

5 Peaks Calgary post race food

Yay for watermelon!

Overall, I had a great time at my first 5 Peaks race. Enjoyed the entertainment, loved the course, and found the post-race food to be wicked. Trail runners seem to have a lot of fun and the atmosphere appeared to be more relaxed than a road race. I’ll probably check out another one late this year or maybe next year, as long as the course isn’t too technical. I can acknowledge my road runner self & I’m not ready for scrambling-mountain climbing again!

{Result: 9ish KM Sport Distance ~ 56:05 // 53rd overall (175 runners) // 9th age group (38 females, 30-39)}

Have you run a 5 Peaks Race before? How did your first trail run go?

(Check out my review on for additional info, pros, & cons about this race!)

Shine Bright, Be Safe with Brilliant Reflective Strips

Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective Strips to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

About a month ago, I received these really cool Brilliant Reflective Strips through Bibrave. I was pretty excited to try them out, but when they came in the mail I quickly realized that I may not be using them outdoors yet. You see, where I live the daylight hours are quite long right now. I’m not complaining, I love it. It’s light out from approximately 4:30 am to 10:30 pm, so it made it difficult to use the Strips while running or biking… because, well, I don’t really go out between 11pm to 4am!

Brilliant Reflective Bibrave

Either way, after taking a few pics with flash I can tell that these Strips are super reflective and will be really helpful in the winter when our daylight hours are extremely short. I’m also trying to think of a cool costume idea for these or some night runs that these would be awesome for! Maybe some kind of Tron costume? Hmmm? 🙂

So far, I’ve placed them on my hydration pack, bike, shoes, and regular backpack. There’s so many places you can put them for added safety or for fun (like a costume or night run!). The strips come in different sizes, but you can also cut them to fit the space you need. There’s also 2 options – stick on or iron on & different colours (obviously, I liked purple).

Brilliant Reflective Bibrave Gear

Putting the strips on my gear!

Cool details about the Strips:

  • Brilliant partners with 3M and 3M Scotchlite Reflective material to create the highest quality colourized reflective on the market
  • Brilliant Reflective Strips come in iron-on and stick-on
  • Four colour options – purple, red, black, blue
  • Stick-on are semi-permanent; iron-on are permanent, so they last through the wash!
  • Brilliant preaches Reflective Biomotion – the ability for a person to recognize a moving human based on the placement of the reflective strips : 360 degrees!
  • Get creative! Cut them, use the different sizes, place them on your gear and go!

You’ll definitely see me with these in the winter, but for now, who’s got some cool ideas on how to use them?

What kind of costume would be fun with these Strips?

Check out Brilliant Reflective online: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Grab your own strips & use discount code BRP35 for 35% off!! 

Brilliant Reflective Bibrave Bike

Putting them on my bike!

Meditation Monday Recap

On Monday, I attended my very first meditation class. Yep, even though I have done (and trained in) lots of yoga classes, workshops, and seminars, this was the first time I went to a meditation specific class. And honestly, I was a little nervous.

I received a free class pass from the YYC Run Crew & Lululemon 4th Street for Modern + Mindful, which is a relatively new meditation studio located in the Beltline of Calgary. I only had the pass for a couple of weeks, but I finally decided to go. Coincidentally, I am working on a big project/paper for one of my counselling summer courses that involves mindfulness, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to experience a class from both a personal and professional level.

So yes, I did say I was a little nervous about going. Seems funny to write that down, but that’s the truth. Thoughts that ran through my head… what if I can’t meditate? What if my mind runs wild? What if I experience some anxiety? What if I fall asleep?

Modern Mindful Calgary Meditation

Time to meditate ❤

Seriously, it seems like a crazy amount of questions to ask yourself before a meditation class.

Once I arrived at the studio, the lovely teacher showed me and another newbie around the space and gave us sort of an intro to meditation and the different sitting options. Right away I felt comfortable and at ease in this beautiful space. It’s set up quite nicely to give you moment of relaxation before class starts.

In class, I chose the Alexia Chair and got myself comfortable. The teacher (Sally Powis-Campbell) played some lovely background music and started to guide us through some visualization and breathing tips to help us bring our mind back to the present. I don’t actually remember a lot of what she said during the class, so I am hoping that is a good thing.

Did my mind wander? Of course. Was I able to bring it back to the teacher’s voice and music? Yes. I’ll be honest though, this was difficult. I often choose guided meditation at home and I lay down on my mat, so seated meditation started to get challenging for me. My back hurt a little bit, and I tried not to focus on it. At one point, I felt hot sitting there… so, I went back to breathing to take my mind off that. At another point, I felt slightly anxious and wasn’t sure if I was going to cry or fall asleep. These were truly some interesting sensations that came up during the class.

Ultimately, the 30 minutes seemed to feel long & short at the same time. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but I did feel very relaxed and peaceful at the end of the session.

Modern Mindful Calgary

Trying my best… (also, ironic sign placement)

Overall, this was a lovely experience and I look forward to going to the studio again. The teacher was warm and welcoming and the space was inviting and relaxing. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to spend time there… it would be a good space to journal or reflect. My kind of space. Many of us could use a little mindfulness in our lives, so if you’re local, I encourage you to check out Modern + Mindful!

Have you attended a meditation class before? How was your experience?

Brilliant Weekend: Run, Yoga, Bliss

Sitting down at my desk, trying to focus on some school work, and all I can think about is how fast this year has flown by. We’re half way through June! And, because my birthday is only a few days away, I’m feeling slightly anxious and concerned that I haven’t accomplished much this year.

A little irrational, I know. But, still. Maybe it’s because I’ve chosen to train for one marathon this year (as opposed to two or more). Or, maybe I’ve been extremely busy with school that it feels like outside tasks/goals/achievements are not front and centre. Honestly, it feels a little funny to not be overwhelmed (yet) with marathon training… I should be trying to enjoy this more! 🙂

YYC Run Crew Sunday Calgary

I’m in the middle – looking good, right? 😉

Well, I certainly enjoyed my running adventures this past Sunday with the run crew and friends. After a crazy Saturday workday, it was nice to get up and meet the YYC Run Crew for a 10KM run, which was then followed by 30 minutes of outdoor yoga. Seriously, I need to do yoga outdoors more. I felt so relaxed with a light breeze blowing over me and the sounds of nature (and the city!) in the background. I almost considered napping out there too, but then we followed up the yoga with food and mingling at a local restaurant nearby. This bliss-fest was in celebration of the grand opening of the Lululemon incubator located at the new East Village Junction in Calgary. If you’re in the city you have to check the Junction out – so many great local businesses to support, plus they have outdoor music, yoga, and more going on from Thursday – Sunday every week all summer. (Side note: if you’re looking for a beautiful new cell phone case, check out Alto Collective. Great stuff & awesome customer service, so I just like to pass the message along!)

After a fun Sunday morning, I then spent the afternoon with the bf & fam relaxing in the yard enjoying the sunshine. Maybe a little too much… got a little burn on my nose! And, I procrastinated on school work. But, that’s another story. 😉

Saucony Freedom Outdoor Yoga Calgary

Outdoor yoga with the Crew!

As a Bibrave Pro, I received these awesome reflective strips by Brilliant Reflective to try out last week & I need some cool ideas about where to put them. Daylight hours are really long right now, so I don’t see myself running at 4:00 am or 11:00 pm, so I need to get creative!

Also, if you’d like to check them out yourself, you can check out their website, Twitter, or InstagramPLUS, if you use code BRP35, you can get 35% off when you order! How sweet is that?!

Brilliant Reflective Strips Bibrave Pro

Tell me: Where would you use the Brilliant Reflective strips?

ps. Thank you Lululemon, YYC Run Crew, and Charbar for an awesome Sunday morning of running, yoga, food, and community!

MEC Race Two: Citadel Highlander Recap

Signed up for this race on a whim once I knew I would be visiting family in Halifax during the last weekend of April 2017. Online registration was easy and inexpensive at a price of $15 + tax. It’s worth mentioning that because of this low price, there are no bells & whistles with this race. No t-shirts or medals – only for the top 3 male and female finishers. If you’re not familiar with MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) races, they usually hold a lot of local events including road and trail races. It’s a good option if you’d like an inexpensive timed race or you just want to join a bunch of  random people for your Saturday or Sunday run.

MEC emailed us the course description a few days before the race, but it was hard to visualize for this very unique course. The race runs around and through the Halifax Citadel (, which is a series of forts that served to protect the Halifax Harbour from 1749 – 1906. It’s a national historic site, and I was excited for this race because I haven’t visited the Citadel in over 10 years.

Mec Race Halifax Citadel Runners

Me & Kendra! Pic from @RunningPhotosbyTim

This race starts at 9:30 am, which isn’t too early, so I showed up a few minutes before and met up with a friend. We decided to run the 10K together, which ended up being a good decision because the focus of this race became about fun. The course involved running around the perimeter of the Citadel, up and down side hills, through short tunnels, and inside a WWI trench. So, while being a very unique course, it’s not really a PB race unless you’re situated right at the front of the pack. Main complaint is that the directions could be more clearly communicated from onsite volunteers. My friend and I got a little lost around our 3rd or 4th loop, so making sure we were going the right way got confusing. We even improvised our last lap to make sure we came in around 10 KM instead of crossing the finish line short. (We crossed at 10.20 KM)

Overall, I really enjoyed my time at this race. Good company and a fun course certainly made the atmosphere for a great morning. Luckily, the weather was beautiful, so the views while running around the Citadel were outstanding. You get to see green spaces, downtown, and the ocean! Got to love that!

Mec Race Halifax Citadel

Lovely volunteer took a fun group shot! (So windy!)

– Unique, fun course (go to this race with an attitude of fun)
– Inexpensive, easy to register online
– Nuun hydration tablets and water at the end, plus fruit
– Great views (if the day is clear)

– Course directions could be improved
– Possibly add a water station half way through the 10K

If you’d also like to check out how I rate certain aspects of the course, please check out the rest of my review on

Have you run a MEC race before? How was your experience?

Yanky Sport Hanky Review

Have you heard of this cool new sport hanky product with the name that makes you giggle?

When I first saw the product on social media, I chuckled a little at the name, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to test one out on my long runs. It’s taking a little while for the weather to warm up in Calgary, but thankfully my last 2 long runs have been done in nice weather that I have overdressed for – so, I sweat! And, the Yanky is great for wiping sweat off your face and neck, while you’re on the go. Apparently you can also use this as a hanky too for a pesky runny nose, but I haven’t tried that yet. You could also use it to wipe mud off your legs after a trail run, but then you probably won’t want to rub it on your face… so, get two!

yanky sport hanky

Take it with you on a run!

First, this little hanky is super soft, which is nice compared to carrying paper towel or wiping your face with your sleeve. Second, the Yanky is attached to a little clip that extends, so you can clip it to your pocket or running belt for easy access. As the owner Ryan says, “Just Yank It!” (You can’t help but laugh a little, right?) Third, this product is based out of New Brunswick, Canada, which I love because so many products come out of the States, so it’s nice to see an awesome product from Canada! Last, this little hanky is really absorbent, which makes it useful for many different sports and activities. My boyfriend snagged it for an indoor cycle session and found it great for wiping up sweat. I might not get it back!

yanky hanky clip

Clip it to your running belt or pack!

Have you heard of Yanky? Do you want something better than your sleeve for wiping your nose or sweat while working out?

Check Yanky out on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!

Saucony Peregrine ICE+ Review and Thoughts

Since I’ve become a bit more serious about running, I now spend more time doing training runs outside all year round. I also spend more time b*tching about it throughout the whole winter too… just ask my bf! So, when Saucony Canada sent me a pair of the Peregrine ICE+ I was beyond excited.

Saucony Peregrine ICE

All new & shiny!

Normally, I run through all different types of winter weather in my regular running shoes. Snow, slush, rain, sleet, wind, cold, whatever – I was using my regular running shoes and burning them out pretty quick. I don’t usually have a problem with cold feet, so this worked most of the time… except for when my feet got wet. Running in heavy rain and slush always caused me to get wet feet, but I just dealt with it and kept going. People thought I was crazy, but I often felt overwhelmed by the amount of trail and winter running shoe options that I just didn’t take the time to sit in a store and try them all on. So, I was pleasantly surprised when these shoes showed up in my mailbox. And, I actually didn’t try them right away because Calgary had a pretty mild winter right up to the middle of December, but since then winter has been crazy and I’ve been running in these shoes most of the time.

First, I’ll say that I love these shoes. I’m picky about shoes, so this was kind of a surprise. Second, I haven’t had cold or wet feet all winter yet, and I’ve been able to maintain close to my regular pace when running over snow and ice. Definitely happy about that! Last, I actually think they look pretty cool too. Not too flashy or dull, perfect look for winter and trail running.

Calgary Saucony Peregrine Ice

You can’t tell, but it was freezing cold this day!

Now, down to the nitty gritty info:


– Vibram ® Arctic Grip in high contact areas of the sole – this has been awesome for reducing the amount of ice/snow slippage when I’m out running on local pathways and sidewalks, excellent traction.

– Flexshell-protected upper – keeping my feet warm and dry all winter (it’s water resistant!). I’ve run in slush, strong winds, and a snowstorm and my feet were the only part of my body that were warm!

– Women’s colour blue/black actually look pretty cool… see my pics 😉

– Saucony EVERUN in the heel – more comfy for when I heel strike… don’t lie, we all do it!

– Apparently there’s a rock plate in these, which is great for trail runners. As a roadrunner, I haven’t taken these on the trails yet, but thought I would still point it out. Also, don’t really notice it as I find these shoes quite comfortable and flexible.


– Some might find the price point a little high for a pair of running/trail shoes, but after all the great runs I’ve experienced in these this winter, I’m thinking it’s worth it. Keep an eye out at your local running store for sales if you’re budget conscious and looking to grab a pair.

Specs from the Saucony site:

– Pronation : neutral
– Cushion : responsive
– Type : trail
– Surface : ice, trail, grass (I’ve run with these on grass, love it!)
– Water resistant : yes (but not classified as waterproof)
– Offset / “drop” : 4mm
– Heel stack height : 21.55mm
– Forefoot stack height : 17.55mm
– Weight 8.5oz / 241g.

Saucony Peregrine Ice snow

Do you have a favourite shoe for winter running? Have you tried these yet? 


Disclaimer: Saucony Canada sent me these shoes, but did not ask me to write a review or anything like that. I just wanted to share with you how much I’ve enjoyed these shoes throughout many different winter conditions. You can check out where else I’ve taken these shoes on my Instagram. 🙂 

New Year Goals – How you doing?

Well, we’re one month into 2017 and I’m wondering how your goals/resolutions/intentions are coming along?

If you’ve popped by this blog recently, you probably noticed that I only set some intentions for the year last week. I’m still working on my race schedule, but so far I’m just trying my best to keep it together for the first month of 2017.

Often it seems like this is a tough time of year for some people. Winter blues are kicking in, maybe some goals haven’t been started, or we could be putting too much pressure on ourselves so this is causing stress or anxiety. Trust me, I’ve been feeling this a little bit myself lately. I know it’s not easy, but maybe this is a good time to re-visit the goals we set to see if they can be adjusted to suit our needs and wants more. Maybe they need to be a little more realistic, or broken down into more manageable pieces. Whatever it takes, I’d say now is a good time to start this process.

The important part here is that you don’t give up on those goals! Keep moving forward.

If you’re reading this and thinking “Crystal, you’re crazy, why are you checkin’ in on me?“, that’s ok. 😉 There’s totally another reason why I’m harassing you about your goals/intentions/resolutions: I’m offering a fun little giveaway over on Instagram!!

Momentum Jewelry 2017

Head on over to my Instagram to enter!

If you’re finding yourself in need of a little motivation and inspiration, then my Momentum Jewelry giveaway is for you! Head on over to my Instagram for all the details and how to enter! 🙂

Are you sticking to your goals so far? Are there any you can adjust so that they are more attainable?