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The Brightest Low: Brilliant Reflective Review

The long standing joke that I get easily distracted by shiny things has been exacerbated by my love of running. What’s shinier than blinking lights? Reflective, of course!

Sadly, not every fitness apparel company believes in 360 degree reflective. As a road runner and a stroller runner, I have zero faith in a tiny reflective logo making me visible to texting drivers. Thankfully, I don’t have to plunk down hundreds for new, reflective specific gear: Brilliant Reflective is making it easy for everyone, everywhere, to be seen.

Of course they’re beautiful, of course they’re fascinating, but come on. Let’s be real: not everyone can plunk down triple digits for a reflective jacket when there’s still-good jackets in the closet. Prints are also very personal, and for some, it can feel a bit much. Thankfully, with Brilliant Reflective, everyone wins. The be-seen crowd can make it their own. The be-safe crowd can be economical and safe all at once.

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Can you see me now?

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the Wine Dine Splash Half: Part 1

This post is dedicated in memoriam to my white Oiselle Flyer Jacket, who was sacrificed during this race. She has been dyed forever green, and while I will do my best to revive her, I will note she has served me oh so well over this year plus, and I hope she went out doing what she loved best: keeping me warm and dry(er) on the run.

Blurry, but bibbed and ready! (Kari, me, Anna with Bella the service dog – who did NOT race with us.)

The first half marathon I ever ran was a runDisney event, inspired in part by an ad I saw in Runner’s World magazine. Since that fateful Tinker Bell Half Marathon in 2013, I have now participated in four runDisney half marathons and two runDisney 10Ks – but all of those events were here on my beloved West Coast.

My dear friend and former college roommate Kari (in the Flash tee) and I said years and years ago, likely over baskets of buffalo clucks and fries with chocolate milkshakes at Red Robin — which tells you how long ago this was — that when we turned 30, we would take a trip to Walt Disney World. For whatever reason, this became our mission. We were a little behind on our deadline, but with a bit of luck on our side, we finally made it this year. This was to be her third half marathon, all runDisney, and my eighth half marathon (ninth counting the virtual half I doubled up on a non-virtual half.)

However, this race was unlike any of the other half marathons either of us had run before: the Wine and Dine Half Marathon was not only out of state, but at night.

Oh, and then something happened that was not part of anyone’s plans…

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