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2/23/14

Armpocket Review & Giveaway (Day 7)

What better way to end the weekend, than with another awesome gear giveaway! 

I am so excited to share a piece of gear I use on short training runs/races or even to the gym! 


I don't know about you but I have always relied on an armband to stow my phone during short training runs. When Armpocket agreed to share their product with me I was thrilled. 

Now let me start by saying I have always struggled with finding armbands that fit. I have an upper bicep with a 17" inch circumference. Every band I have tried slips, chafes or just won't fit. 

Armpocket sent me the i-15 in Black (large). This specific case is for an Apple iPhone 4s, 4, 3 with a large case (ex. Lifeproof). 


Here are some of the features listed on their website:
  • Fits phones up to 5.4 inches (13.9 cm) including the Samsung Galaxy® S4 & SIII
  • Ergonomic design and memory foam padding resist slipping
  • Protects sensitive electronic devices from moisture damage
  • Multiple inside compartments
  • Comfortable, vented arm strap for extended wear
  • Full-screen access and touch control
  • Eco-friendly materials and design
  • Model: i-15
  • Colors: Black, Camo Wood, Fluorescent Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    • - 5.5" x 3.75" x 0.4" (13.9 cm x 9.5 cm x 1 cm)
  • Strap Sizes (measured around upper arm):
    • - Small: 7" - 11" (18 cm - 28 cm)
    • - Medium: 10" - 15" (25 cm - 38 cm)
    • - Large: 13" - 18" (33 cm - 46 cm)

Some highlights I loved about the Armpocket i-15!

The actual armband is sturdy and stays in place!



I didn't feel like the band was too bulky or heavy. It is engineered to stay in place and not irritate your skin. 

There is enough room for fuel, ID's, credit card and a key.



I borrowed B's phone to show where it would sit. I use an Otterbox case which fits nice and snug with room to spare!


Other great features:

Water Resistant
Machine Washable
Touch Control Window
Headphone Music Ports
Eco-Friendly
Color Varieties

This is quite possibly one of my top 5 pieces of gear! When I don't need a hydration belt, this is what I grab to keep all those essentials items together. I love that the company is run by active athletes who know what is needed for an active lifestyle! 

Head over and check them out! You are able to shop by your cell phone brand here!

Want to try one yourself? Armpocket has offered to give one lucky ready an armband of your choice! 

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Disclaimer: Armpocket provided me with their product to review. I was not compensated in any other way for a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

2/22/14

Honey Stinger Review & Giveaway (Day 6)

Happy Saturday all! 

Who raced or ran long? 

I know it took me getting pushed out the door by B to get my long run in. The weather was gorgeous and I was so glad I ran. 


I use MapMyRun for the live tracking and it said I ran 8.69 miles. The old Garmin was off by a lot, either way no snow or ice is a good day!


What else could I possibly share with you for Day 6 of My Favorite Gear Giveaway? The fuel that gets me through long runs and races: Honey Stinger!


Since I began training I have had the hardest time fueling for training runs. I have an extremely sensitive stomach that does not take well to gels or chews. I would end up having to cut training runs short to make it home to the ladies room. It was not only discouraging but I worried how I would survive in a race. Would I hit a wall? Could I rely on the race fuel?

I was happy when I went on a whim and bought a Honey Stinger Organic Vanilla Waffle. Prior to a long run, I had a waffle with some water. I really enjoyed the taste and texture. I hit the road after about 45 minutes to make sure everything was settled. I finished the run with no pain, no bathroom stops and no fatigue. Oh happy day! 

Here are nutritional facts:


Please note I am no health guru and not sure if these will work for everyone. I have had nothing but great results! The waffles are not too big, so I have been able to tuck them away in an arm sleeve or my Fitletic Runner Belt!



Honey Stinger has a wide arrange of products for fueling! They even help us better understand which product will meet your dietary needs.


I love a company that understands the importance of find fuel options that keep our nutrition on track! 

Now for the fun part! 

One lucky reader will win a 16 pack of Honey Stinger Organic Vanilla Waffles! 



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2/21/14

Body Glide Review & Giveaway (Day 5)

Happy Friday all! I hope your week has been going great! We have had snow, rain, flooding, tornado watch, and extreme wind all in a 4 day timeframe. Needless to say I am ready for Spring!

So to kick off Day 5 of My Favorite Gear Giveaway, I am going to share one of my must have pieces of gear: Body Glide


So I know we have all suffered from chaffing somewhere. Literally, I have ad issues on my arms, legs, bra line, legs, you name it I have dealt with it. I hope I am not alone (if I am sorry for the TMI). 

When I first started running it wasn't an issue, mainly due to winter in Illinois. Summer came and I was in desperate need of relief. It too me a while to sit down and actually buy something to remedy the chaffing. I was thrilled when I found Body Glide.

One of the big draws of Body Glide was that it is plant based and not tested on animals. Here are the ingredient facts found on the website:

Natural, Tested.
Our proprietary formulas are made with ingredients that come from plants. We use natural waxes that work for skin the same way they help plants retain moisture. Independent, certified laboratories test our products – on people, not animals. Our products are hypoallergenic.

Technically Advanced.
We don’t use old school, greasy, messy petroleum, lanolin, or mineral oils – ingredients that sit on the top of the skin, slide around, and need frequent reapplication.

Bodyglide®, For Her™, Footglide®, Chamois Glide® and DermalGlide brand balms. 
The following ingredients are uniquely formulated for each product: caprylic/capric triglyceride (plant derived), cetearyl alcohol (plant derived), ozokerite wax, glyceryl dibehenate, tribehenin, glyceryl behenate, stearyl alcohol (plant derived), allantoin (comfrey root derived), tocopherol (antioxidant).


There are so many different options available depending on your needs. 

If you have considered Body Glide? Love it already? Well one lucky reader has an opportunity to win a Body Glide stick!


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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own and the product was furnished by myself.

2/20/14

PRO Compression Review & Giveaway (Day 4)


If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I am a huge fan of PRO Compression socks! So it should be no surprise that these made it on my top 10 favorite pieces of running gear. 

I know many runners have reviewed and raved about these fantastic socks, so get ready for more! I have been consistently running since November 2012 and suffered from shin splints for the first couple of months. I was new to the running world but found bloggers like Monica from Run Eat Repeat and Sarah from Skinny Runner who shared their favorite gear. I was skeptical mainly because I have huge calves (around 18 inches in circumference) and didn't want to be in pain. 

I followed the size chart listed on the PRO Compression website. 


I was happy to learn that my sizing was spot on. 

Here is a description and some features of the Marathon Socks listed on the website.

Experience maximum benefit with the Marathon full-length, graduated compression sock. Compression technology helps improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster, more efficient recovery. In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness.


Put it all together for the perfect sock for endurance, recovery and travel.

mmHg 22-26
Features 
  • Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
  • Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
  • Lightweight construction for incredible feel
  • Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
  • Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
  • Made in USA


As a back of the pack and heavier set runner, I must say these socks are a life saver. I have worn these socks during races, training runs, plane rides and on rest days. My legs feel fresh and plus I love the colors! You can match then with any outfit, so you can mix and match for fun! 

Still on the fence? Well 2 lucky readers will have the opportunity to try them out for themselves.

Check out the giveaways below! 

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Be sure to sign up for PRO Compression's monthly newsletter! Each month you will receive an email for the Sock of the Month, plus some pretty sweet discounts! 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own and I have supplied the items for giveaway.

2/19/14

Fitletic Runner Belt Review & Giveaway (Day 3)


Over the past year, I have struggled with fueling during a race. First, I am a back of the pack runner which means during races I may not make it to the fuel in time. During training runs, I have a hard time packing the right fuel and hydration to sustain me. I must admit I was skeptical when trying the Fitletic Ultimate II Running Belt. I am not a tiny runner (I wear as size 18) and I was worried about jostling during my run. 

Here are some specs from the Fitletic website:

Engineered for the Endurance Athlete, our superior, patented design lets you comfortably carry enough fuel to unleash your performance.

• Exclusive Dura-Comfort Technology and ergonomic design contours to your body to ELIMINATE BOUNCE
• Water Resistant Neoprene Pocket for phone and essentials
• Fits Most Phones, including iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4
• Interior Pocket to secure ID /Cash
• Versatile Extra Mini-Pouch for keys, additional fuel, and more
• 5 Exterior Energy Gel Loops for On-the-Fly Access
• Ultra Soft Dual-Adjust Waistbelt
• High Visibility Reflectors
• Race Bib Toggles 
· Belt Dimensions - Adjustable Band (24 - 42 inches)
· Pocket Dimensions: (6 x 3 Inches) 


1. Would all the necessary fuel fit? 
I am happy to report that my i-Phone, car key, 2 gels and a waffle fit perfectly! Fitletic was awesome and even sent me a 6 oz. hydration add on. I loved it so much I bought myself an 8 oz. hydration add on at the Miami Marathon. 


The bottles and holders are designed to simply slide onto the belt. They sit securely wherever most comfortable and provide easy access for you during a run or race. I love being able to have water and Nuun during a run, so this was an awesome add on for me!


The main front (or back depending on you prefer to wear the belt) even had room for some salt tablets or bandaids. Recently when I ran at the Miami Marathon the fully zipped pouch even protected my phone from torrential downpour. 


The gels stuck in place while running but were still surprisingly easy to remove for quick consumption. 


The second smaller pouch is more of a grab bag. I have put a Clif bar, car keys, debit card, or even a baggie of gummy bears. The pouch is secured by velcro and expands to added room. Who couldn't use an extra pocket?


One feature I was really looking forward to were the Bib Toggles. I have so many tech shirts with holes from safety pins. I wanted to avoid the whole thing all together and simply add the bib to the belt. This was the perfect element to add to the running belt. It is quick and easy! Plus, after a race my bib was still in pristine condition (I hoard all of my race bibs). 


The belt has a very secure latch and an snug elastic waist band. Overall my experience with the belt was fantastic! I had no issues with twisting, jostling, slipping or tummy aches. I must say that with my waist size and build I worried about major issues. Luckily the belt was comfortable and flattering for me. 

Fitletic has offered to giveaway ONE of their runner belts  and TWO hydration add on's of your choice (6 or 8 oz.) to one lucky reader!

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Disclaimer: Fitletic did provide me with a Ultimate II Runner Belt and 6 oz. add on for review. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

2/18/14

Nuun Hydration Review & Giveaway (Day 2)


I know most of us are suffering from the never-ending winter. Seriously, B and I can't even remember what it is like to not have snow on the ground. 


I mean, come on this was in August. I couldn't find an outdoor picture any later without snow. Despite the temperatures, it is still important for us to stay hydrated. I know I have struggled because I don't have the heat to remind me I need electrolytes. 

Insert the perfect tool to stay hydrated: Nuun!


WHAT IS NUUN ACTIVE HYDRATION?


  • Nuun Active Hydration is a line of electrolyte enhanced drink tablets designed to keep you optimally hydrated wherever your active lifestyle and athletic endeavors take you. You sweat, Nuun replenishes. Packed with electrolytes, light flavor, no sugars or carbs, and portable, Nuun Active Hydration is the perfect sports drink. The electrolytes found in Nuun will help alleviate cramps, help muscles function, communicate and burn energy efficiently.
  • Nuun Active Hydration comes in 13 flavors: Orange, Lemon Lime, Strawberry Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Kona Cola, Lemon Tea, Tri-Berry, Grape, Tropical, Citrus Fruit, Watermelon (seasonal), Lemonade, and Cherry Limeade.

Nuun is a hydration option without sugar. So many of the beverage options out on the market contain loads of sugar. Nuun has zero sugar and only 8 calories in each 16 oz. serving. 


The great thing about Nuun is that they can be mixed before a workout. Drop it in 16 oz. of water and chill, ice or grab/go before a workout! One of my favorite ways to drink it is throughout the day. I can keep my water interesting while still staying adequately hydrated. I am always ready for a workout! 

Nuun has many other hydration options you should definitely check out! 

Want to try Nuun out? Do you already love it and want to win a free tube? I am giving away one tube to one lucky reader!


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Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. I am doing this review because I truly enjoy this product. I have provided the tube of Nuun for giveaway.

2/17/14

Fitbook Review & Giveaway (Day 1)


Happy Monday all! I hope that your races, training runs or rest went splendidly this weekend. 

I wanted to share with you guys one of the best tools I have found for planning, executing and empowering my health journey. 

The Fitbook has truly been one of the most vital tools in my arsenal to stay on track with my health goals. It provides tools for planning long term, tracking weekly workout, daily food journaling, even a weekly wrap up. 


A 12-week planning page allows you to do what we do best: prepare for anything. Have a vacation, work trip or appointment coming up? Plan how you will take on the challenges of everyday life and still stay on track. 


The workout page takes it one step further. Not only log your exercises, share your thoughts and rate your workout. I find this is most helpful when comparing my workouts week to week. Maybe Monday was a so-so workout because I didn't sleep well and I only managed a 20 minute workout. The journal allows me to focus on the positive.



The food log page is fantastic not only for logging what you eat but planning when you eat. I am horrible about eating snacks throughout the day and always end up overindulging for dinner. The log helps me note calories, time, how I felt after eating and a handy nutrient tracker gives me some guidance. The tracker allows you to track the # of servings you have throughout the day, water intake and the amount of sleep you have gotten. It is amazing how much comparing our sleep patterns can help us better understand how are body responds to exercise. 



The weekly wrap up is just that, a way to celebrate the accomplishments. Review your goals, did you meet you daily plan, celebrate the positives, reflect on the setbacks, and leave room for inspiration. I am a huge fan of reviewing goals as often as you can to stay on track. Too often we get lost in the one day and the one scoop of ice cream. Don't get lost in the one moment. Remember that one bad meal does not change all the hard work. Reset, refocus and come back strong. 


All the awesome quotes throughout the journal really help motivate you to continue on your journey. 



One of the last features that I think is terrific for goal setting, is the before and after. In order to stay on track, it is important to see how far you have come in your journey. I love transformations and this journal gives you the opportunity to do just that: transform. 

Enough about me, who wants a Fitbook for themselves? One lucky reader will be the winner of their very own Fitbook Fitness & Nutrition Journal! 

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Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. I am doing this review because I truly enjoy this product. I have provided the journal for giveaway.



2/16/14

It's my birthday week!


I am excited to announce that since it is my birthday week, I have 10 incredible days of giveaways lined up!

Be sure to check in each day to see which of my favorite gear I will be giving away! I have enjoyed so many opportunities to work with some of my favorite brands and it is time to share with you all. I will be including some posts with reviews and other days simply announcing the giveaway! 

Some brands that will be making an appearance:

Procompression
Fitletic Runner Belts
Armpocket
Body Glide
Nuun Hydration
Apera Bags
PowerCore

And many many more! 

Have a great week everyone!

Sparkly Soul Headband Review

Happy Monday all! I hope your weekends rocked. I had a productive weekend getting caught up and have tons to share with you.



Back in January, I won my choice of Sparkly Soul Headband and could not wait to get my hands on one. The website offers two types of headbands in a variety of colors. I chose the thin version in silver, I wanted it to stand out and match each outfit. 


It arrived! This specific headband measures 3/8 of an inch in width and it gorgeous! 


One of the best parts is the no slip and no headache design. The entire headband is elastic but not tight enough to cause pain. I have really thick hair so I was worried it might not hold up, boy was I wrong



Sparkly Soul suggests you wear the band in the front quarter part of your head for the best no slip experience. I have worn the headband while running, strength training and out on the town without any issues. I really love that they offer a variety of colors!

I am ordering this one next! 


They even have photos on their website showing "How to Wear" their two headband sizes. 


Check out Sparkly Soul and let me know what you think! 

If you order before Tuesday 2/18 and entire "WEDDING" as the discount code, you will receive 20% off your entire order!


Disclaimer: The opinions shared in this post are my own. I was not compensated for this review.