XX2i Hawaii 1 – Product Review

Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Optics Hawaii1 Sunglasses 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!

Several weeks ago, I blogged about becoming a BibRave Pro Ambassador. One of the exciting parts of being a BibRave Pro is the opportunity to work with different brands, from wireless headphones and compression gear, to free race entries, sunglasses, and running shoes, in order to test out new products.



My first chance to test out a new product came at the beginning of this month with the XX2i Hawaii 1 sunglasses. And friends, I really like these sunglasses! They are some of the best sunglasses I have ever used for running purposes. Here is my experience so far.

The first thing I noticed once I took the sunglasses out of their hard, protective, zippered case was how light they are. Additionally, they come with a microfiber storage bag/cleaning cloth, which is always nice to have with a good pair of sunglasses.



The protective case works great!


Close up shot of the sunglasses


Everything that comes with the sunglasses

When I put them on, I knew I was going to be very pleased running in them. They felt great on my face. Plus, I love the look of them!


“I feel the need…the need for speed!”

I took them out for a 4 mile test run the following morning, and definitely knew these were the sunglasses for me. I started without a hat on to see how they would feel without anything on my head. The glasses cover your eyes completely and come with grey, polarized lenses. This is super important to me in a pair of running sunglasses, since my eyes are extra sensitive to the sun from having Lasik eye surgery about 10 years ago. The XX21 sunglasses worked beautifully to protect my eyes during my run.


The maiden voyage run

The next time I ran, I wore a hat with the sunglasses and loved how comfortably they fit on my face.


Running with the sunglasses and my hat on


These sunglasses get my thumbs up!

I have since run in these sunglasses probably 8-10 times, and each time has been a very positive experience. I have even worn them out around town and on vacation last weekend to Walt Disney World!


They even work great on long car rides.

My only real issue has been with the nose pads, which feel like they dig into the bridge of my nose if I wear them for a long time. But fortunately, the nose pads are adjustable. And after adjusting them a little, I’ve had no other issues in that regard.

My favorite parts of the Hawaii 1 sunglasses:

  • Very lightweight
  • No frame across the bottom (which I personally love for avoiding fogging issues)
  • Polarized 8K optics
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Adjustable nose piece and adjustable temple arms
  • Plus…these really are a great-looking pair of sunglasses!

In addition to all of these awesome things, XX2i Optics offers a 365-day return policy and a lifetime replacement warranty – you just pay the shipping/handling fee.

How do you get a pair for yourself? Check out xx2i.com and use code XX2iRocks for 50% savings!!! Plus, they are co-hosting our #bibchat on Twitter on May 31 at 9pm (Eastern).

Make sure to follow XX2i on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


Thanks XX2i for making a great product! Two Thumbs Up!

Busy, Busy, Busy

The next several days are going to be super busy, so I’m not sure I will be able to blog any more this week. Here’s what’s on tap.

  • Tuesday: I have several meetings and appointments today. Plus, I leave tonight for a church consulting job that I have tomorrow over at Lake Oconee, which is about 90 minutes away from Atlanta.
  • Wednesday: Consulting with a Youth Ministry staff all day by helping them with processes, vision and structure.
  • Thursday: Three different meetings, including a lunch meeting, before heading down to Florida later that afternoon.
  • Friday-Sunday: We are celebrating Rachel’s birthday at Disney.

I’ll be back blogging next week with pictures of our weekend in Orlando celebrating Rachel’s 31st birthday!


Friday Favorites

Welcome to another addition of Friday Favorites with your host, Allen!

  • Orange Mud HydraQuiver Since I started running half marathons and beyond, I have been carrying water/fuel with me for longer runs. I’ve tried several different kinds of belts and packs, but still haven’t found the perfect solution. I had heard great things about the Orange Mud company and had a 20% off coupon code, so I figured it was time to give them a try. With the Chicago Marathon coming in October, I will be training longer during the summer months, so hydration will be key. I got the pack last week and took it out for a 9 mile run last weekend. After a few miles of getting adjusted to it, I can honestly say, I really liked it. I plan on doing a longer blog post in the future after I get some more time with the pack.


  • Myles Athletic Shorts My friend Adam told me about these shorts a few weeks ago. Adam and I have very similar taste in clothing, so we always share new brands we like. I’ve been looking for a great pair of shorts that I could dress up and dress down. These shorts fit amazingly well. Looking forward to wearing them over the summer months.

Didn’t get a pic with me in the shorts yet so figured I would use one from the website. I basically look like this…right?

  • XX2i Sunglasses One of the perks of being a BibRave Pro is being able to test out new products and blogging about my experience with them. I am one of the testers for the XX2i Hawaii Sunglasses. My pair came in yesterday and I have to say, they look and feel great on my face. I will be devoting a full blog post in the next few weeks, after I’ve gotten several weeks with them. However, I do have a 50% off coupon code that I can share if anyone wants to pick up a pair! XX2irocks – gets you 50% off!!


  • Craft Classic Half Marathon Another amazing perk of being a BibRave Pro is the opportunity to run races on behalf of BibRave. I am now registered to run the Craft Classic Atlanta Half Marathon on September 10. I will be sharing more of my training/details of the race closer to the date. I do have a code for the race if anyone wants to join me! BibRave (not case sensitive) is good for $10 off the Half or $5 off the 5K.


Past Few Days

May 9 would have been my Mom’s birthday. It always falls around Mother’s Day. It makes for a tough few days every year. As this time frame comes around each year, I’m reminded of how quickly time has flown by since Mom passed away. In some ways, it feels like I just talked to her and yet in other ways, it feels like a decade has passed.

This past weekend, Dad came into town to visit my younger brother Will for his birthday (which happens to fall on May 10). Rachel and I spent Saturday evening with all of them. It was so good to see Dad, Will and his family. I am so grateful for those opportunities. We even got over to Rachel’s parents for an hour or so, as they live close to Will. Family truly is the most important thing, and I’m blessed to be a part of two amazing groups.


Picture with my Dad and Will

As I close, I wanted to share a few pictures that my family was texting to each other last night. The golden picture is one my Dad sent to us of him and Mom from 1972. Dad was 24 and Mom was 22. They were so young and in love. It makes me so very happy.

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Picture of my parents from 1972


Picture from 1987 of my Dad’s side of the family featuring all of my Cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents

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Picture with my siblings from the late 90’s

May Musings

How is it already May 6?! It feels like this year has flown by! We have a pretty busy month ahead of us, but a lot to look forward to. Here are a few things on tap for the month of May.

  • My dad will be in town this weekend visiting my younger brother Will for his birthday. We will spend tomorrow evening with them. I’m very much looking forward to seeing my brother’s family and my dad! Feels like it’s been ages since we’ve seen them.
  • Movies, Movies, Movies! May brings about the “unofficial” start of the summer movie season. We are seeing Captain America: Civil War on Sunday afternoon and plan on catching at least a few more blockbusters this month.


  • Next weekend, we will be celebrating Rachel’s birthday (early) with her side of the family. Not sure what we are doing quite yet, but Rachel mentioned grilling out, which is always good with me! There is also a good chance we will be seeing our friends the Popes next weekend as well. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen them, so I’m excited to catch up with some of our favorite friends.
  • The 3rd weekend, I am taking Rachel down to Disney (yes, again) for her actual birthday. We are staying at the Port Orleans resort and we are very excited. Several of our friends, who live down there, are planning on coming over on Saturday (her actual birthday) to celebrate with us. It should be a great weekend!


  • Finally, for Memorial Day weekend, we are heading to Standing Rock, Dover, Tennessee for Rachel’s family reunion (on her mom’s side). It’s been 10 years since Rachel has been to this reunion, so we knew it was time to go back. We are hoping to stop off in Nashville on the way up there for a night to see several friends who live up there. Should be a great weekend with family and friends.


All in all, it’s going to be a busy month! What’s on your agenda for May?

BibRave Pro Ambassador

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected to be a BibRave Pro Ambassador for 2016!

So what is BibRave? Here is the description taken directly from their website…

  • BibRave is a running community that connects runners to the best races!
  • It’s the place to research races you’re considering signing up for, and a place to leave feedback on races you’ve completed.
  • BibRave is also a way for races and running brands to connect with socially savvy runners – through our popular weekly Twitter chat, #BibChat, and our large ambassador network – BibRave Pros.

If you love running and racing and you’re unfamiliar with BibRave, you must check out BibRave.com.


So what exactly is a BibRave Pro?

BibRave Pros are “socially-savvy individuals who LOVE to race!”  A BibRave Pro is someone who is an official ambassador for BibRave, which basically means you have a passion for running and blogging about your adventures (as I do).

As a BibRave Pro, I’ll also get the opportunity to work with different brands, from wireless headphones and compression gear to free race entries, sunglasses and running shoes, in order to test out new products. I’ll be sharing with you my reviews throughout the year and I’ll be sure to pass along any discount codes if you want to try them out. Plus, you can’t beat FREE running gear!

I’m looking forward to joining the other BibRave Pro Ambassadors for 2016!


Reflecting on April Goals

Last month, I did a blog post on my goals for April. Today I want to look back to see how I did.


Running Goals

  • 100 mile month. Between work and my right foot giving me some issues, the last two months have been a little slower for me (and by slower I mean less than 100 miles…). The goal for April is to break 100 miles.

I ended up with 101 total miles for the month of April. I ran 4 of the last 5 days of the month to get my goal, but I did it!

  • I am running the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon at Walt Disney World on April 17. My goal is to run this half for enjoyment and pain free.

I blogged about my experience running the Star Wars Half a few weeks ago. It was a great race!

  • Cross training. I was much better about this a few years ago. But as I started to increase my running mileage, my cross training took a backseat. My goal this month is to add in a day of cross training in addition to running.

I increased my crossing training last month, although not as much as I was hoping for. But I definitely plan on increasing over the summer, especially as the hotter temperatures lower my overall running mileage.

General Goals

  • I love to read and yet sometimes I get distracted by TV, iPhone games and just life in general. The goal this month is to read two new books.

I finished one book and am about 2/3 of the way through a second book. Plus, I’m about halfway through a 3rd book. So I’m counting this a win!

  • Cut back on Starbucks. Those of you who know me know that cutting back on Starbucks is a huge deal. I have gotten into the habit recently of going almost every single day. For one, it’s not great on our bank account. But more importantly, I really don’t need the extra calories every day. The plan for April is to drop 1-2 days a week.

I failed miserably at my attempt to cut back on Starbucks last month. I may have a problem… (Haha!) Here’s to working on that in May.

  • Technology. It’s a great thing, but shouldn’t dominate our lives. The final goal for April is to cut back my iPhone, computer and iPad time, especially first thing in the morning and late at night. I’m hoping to use this time to read, run and most importantly, be present with Rachel.

Another thing that I definitely improved on, but could have been better about. You don’t realize the hold technology really has on your life until you try to cut back on it.