Our BibRave Pros are a team of awesome run blogger who run the best races and test the latest products. We asked each of our Pros to answer a few questions about themselves, their running history and their favorite gear! If you have any comments or additional questions, let them know below!
Name: Tedrick Kelly
Where I live… North Carolina
I’ve been a BibRave Pro for… 2 years
My main running goal for 2018 is: New PR at Chicago Marathon
My running shoes are… it varies but Brooks are my go to
My favorite race distance is: Half Marathon
What’s your pre-race routine? My pre-race routine really has not changed since I ran my very first Half Marathon. Pasta for dinner the night before, preferably spaghetti and meatballs 🍝. My race gear is laid out the night before, but I haven’t ever taken a “flat” runner pic. Race day morning I am usually up before 5am to get dressed and start getting mentally prepared. Pre-race intake includes: Gatorade, plain bagel w/ peanut butter, water, honey stinger waffle, and occasionally a banana. The bagel is serious business, I’ve driven all over an area the night before a race just to find a plain bagel. I try to arrive at the race no later than an hour before start, and I’m in my corral 30 minutes before the gun. I stretch and pull up my playlist so it is ready to go at the start.
My playlist consists of… a mixture of Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, and 90’s tunes!
My race day gear checklist includes… Aftershokz headphones, XX2I shades, BibRave hat or BUFF®️, Garmin, compression sleeves
Why I like being a BibRave Pro… supportive family vibes from everyone
Post-race I always… After getting my medal, I start surveying the spectators at the finish for my family. I usually find them before too long and I snap a post-race photo. I check my official results and also scroll through Athlinks to compare my previous times, even though I know my results will take a few days to hit the site. The Mrs. started a tradition a few years ago where she takes me to breakfast/brunch wherever I choose. Upon arriving back home (or hotel), it’s a long shower followed by foam rolling and a nap (when possible). I also tend to put on my race participant shirt after my shower. (I don’t wear anything race related until after I finish that race.)
One of my running idols is…When I first started distance running, I really had no idols. I was a sprinter growing up, and only started distance running to prove to myself I could actually do it. After becoming fully embraced into running, I became big fans of both Meb and Shalane. Shalane and I both went to the same college, so I will always root for her. I met Meb, and I just thought he was very humble and friendly. Every race you see him in he is giving it is all and always shows respect to his fellow runners.