HIIT it Like a Boss! {Gymboss Giveaway}

Every once in awhile I come up with a blog title that just makes me giggle.  Today’s one of those days.  In Friday’s post, I had briefly mentioned a new gadget that I’m loving: Gymboss Interval Timer.

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A few weeks ago I was asked by Gymboss to do a review / giveaway of their product.  Of course I said yes; it’s been on my wishlist for awhile now.  But before I get into the review, I want to talk a bit about HIIT workouts – no, I didn’t just misspell hit in my post title – because what good is a product review if you don’t know what to use the product for?

HIIT stands for high intensity interval training.  Briefly summed up, a HIIT workout is a short, balls to the walls workout.  You go through several cycles (intervals) of max intensity to fatigue your muscles followed with a brief low intensity break.  These workouts are highly favored for their fat burning and metabolism boosting properties.  The graphic below gives you a small idea about interval training but you should really check out the full infographic when you get a chance.

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To see the full HIIT infographic click here.

HIIT workouts are becoming more and more popular as we become busier and busier.  If you can get a 20 minute workout that reaps the same benefits as a 45 minute workout, you’d be all over it, right?  Uh, yeah.

Gymboss and kettlebells...a match made in masochistic heaven.

Gymboss and kettlebells…a match made in masochistic heaven.

Killer HIIT workout. {source}

Killer HIIT workout.
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So how exactly does Gymboss fit into all of this HITT madness? Well because, my dear fitness friend, you need something to help track your effort.  Something to alert you when to start/stop both the high intensity and low intensity parts of your workout.

Sure, a basic stopwatch works for one round but you have to reset it for each high & low intensity interval.  This means that you’re having to start and stop your workout every time to fool with the dang stopwatch.  It’s really less than ideal when you think about it.  With Gymboss you just program your high intensity interval time, the low intensity time, how many reps you want to do and hit start. Voila, it does the rest.

Gymboss vibrates and alerts you with a loud beep every time you should switch from high to low (or vice versa).  And it’s really, really user friendly.  Seriously.  I hate reading instructions and I was able to figure out how to work it less than 30 seconds.

Here are some of the product features:

  • Program 1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes long
  • Intervals repeat up to 99 times
  • Beep or vibrate alarm settings
  • Compact Size (1 ¾ x 2 ¼ x ½ inches)
  • Stopwatch setting
  • Water resistant
  • Shock resistant
  • Belt clip (can be used to clip onto shirt, sports bra, wrist strap, shorts, shoes, etc.)

I’ve used this at the gym several times already and love not having to keep messing with the stopwatch on my phone.  I’m slightly a germaphobe so I love not having to touch my phone with gym hands (you know what I’m talking about) and then put the phone to my face later.   I don’t have to worry about sweating on the Gymboss or getting sand stuck in it like I do my phone.  It clips onto clothing, is roughly the size of a pager/beeper and is very light so you can’t even feel it.  And the best part of it? It comes in fabulous neon colors! Y’all know how much I love my neon colors.

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The Gymboss retails for $19.99 which is well worth it in my opinion and cheap compared to other fitness gadgets.  HOWEVER, one lucky Noshing on Asphalt reader is going to WIN a Gymboss interval timer.  Say what??  Yep, the lovely folks at Gymboss want you to win a timer so you can HIIT it like a boss, too.  There are several different ways to enter:

Mandatory Entry:  Leave a comment telling me how you would HIIT it like a boss if you won.

Additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each):

  • Follow Gymboss on Twitter.
  • Like them on Facebook.
  • Tweet about it, something like:  I want to HIIT it like a boss and win a @gymboss timer from @asphaltnosher! http://wp.me/p28bf6-Ni
  • Load a picture on Instagram of you getting after in your workout (make sure to tag both @asphaltnosher & @gymboss).

That’s 5 chances to enter! The contest closes Monday, June 17, 2013, at 12amCST and the winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19th.  Good luck!

Sweat Like a Man….and Win a Shirt!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of doing some sort of athletic endeavor with me, it’s no secret that I sweat like a man. But not like a stinky man. More like a dainty, feminine man. Hmmmm, not sure a sweaty feminine man is quite the visualization I was going for… Basically, I sweat a lot during workouts.

Taken: 1/29/13 Ignore my awesomely sweaty self.  That's what 7 miles of speed work does to me.

Proof I sweat like a man. I was trying to show off my baby bicep in this picture after 7 miles of speed work.

Before I really got inundated with the athletic community, I was actually a bit embarrassed to sweat in public. I mean after all, girls don’t sweat, they ‘glisten.’ Pfft. Whatever. I’m glad I got over that fear quickly. I’m actually quite proud of those little liquid drops of awesome that I produce; let’s me know I’ve done some work. {Side note…my Handana rocks the house for keeping sweat off of my face!}

Sweat is your body’s natural defense to heat. The more you sweat, the more efficiently your body is working to cool you down. If you’re not sweating, there’s most likely something wrong. (No joke.) A study conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute found that the average runner will lose 2 to 4 pounds of sweat per hour while running in 85 degree heat and 40% humidity. That’s a LOT of sweat.

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Ok, I don’t sweat THAT much…. But it is a funny movie.

Since sweat basically keeps us alive in the summer (ok, slight exaggeration) shouldn’t we celebrate it? Well, the creative minds over at ViewSPORT certainly think we should. They’ve created a whole line of sweat activated athletic shirts. As you sweat it up in your workout, a secret message is revealed. The tagline for their shirts is “Motivation Revealed.”

When I received a shirt to review, I was super excited. Not only do I sweat like a man, I’m also incredibly easily amused and a sweat activated shirt is basically the entertainment equivalent of playing with your food.

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The first thing I noticed about my shirt was how buttery soft it was.  It’s not a tech shirt but I didn’t have any problem running almost 9 miles in it; no chafing or irritation.  I wouldn’t recommend you take it on a 20 miler but it’s great for 10 and under.  It’s also great for gym workouts and every day wear.  I really dug the cut of the shirt, too.  I have a longer torso and this was the perfect length, not to mention it came in slightly at the waist and then relaxed over my hips. I hate wearing t-shirts that just hang all the way down.

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Gotta love pre-run pictures where you’re still basically asleep.

I took my shirt for a test drive on my long run last Saturday and I probably drove my friend Mel crazy by asking her 27 million times ‘what does it look like?’ ‘can you see the hidden message?’ If you haven’t figured out the hidden message on my shirt appeared on the backside.

Well sure enough, by the end of the run I had managed to sweat enough to reveal “BOOM.”  I love it!  Finally, a shirt that rewards me for sweating like a man!

My spibelt sort of messed up the bottom of the O's but still, how awesome is that??

My spibelt sort of messed up the bottom of the O’s but it’s still awesome….
and gross that I sweat that much.

And the best part? ViewSPORT wants to reward one of you lucky readers for sweating like a man, too! They make both male and female shirts so for all the fellas out there, don’t be shy, this contest is for you, too.

Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment answering if you sweat like a man and are proud of it.

Additional Entries (leave a separate comment for each one you do):

  • Follow ViewSPORT on twitter
  • Tweet about the contest.  Ex. “I’m proud to get sweat like a man and want to win a @ViewSPORT shirt via @asphaltnosher. http://wp.me/p28bf6-IB”
  • Upload a picture to Instagram showing me you sweat like a man. Make sure to tag me @asphaltnosher and @viewsport.

That’s 4 chances to win an awesome shirt! Contest ends on at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, April 24th. The winner will be announced in Friday’s post.  Wish me luck, tomorrow I’m running my first Warrior Dash!!

Zombie Run Recap

I was a zombie…and I ran.  Quickest recap ever! You’re welcome.

Haha.  You didn’t actually think I would do that to you did you?  Of course not.  Brevity has never been my strong suit.  Just ask my parents.   Or my husband.  Or my friends…

From the minute I learned that Zombie Run, LLC, was coming to Mississippi, I knew I wanted in on the fun.  So when I was offered a bib in exchange for my opinion, I jumped on it! Free race?? OK!

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Zombie Run, the basic premise is that it pits zombies against runners in an epic apocalypse type event.  Runners try to ‘survive’ and zombies try to ‘kill’ the runners – think flag football style.  Runners also have to conquer obstacles throughout the 5k run which ups the survivability anty.  It’s all in good fun though and proceeds go to benefit the Smile Train.  Registrants have the option to choose whether they want to me a zombie (makeup provided) or a runner so it’s really a friendly event for all fitness levels.  My decision took about 2.5 seconds….ZOMBIE!! (Please, I’m a runner every other race.)

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Saturday morning I woke up and headed to the Harrison County Fairgrounds to meet some of my favorite Gulf Coast bloggers Larisa, Mindy, Holly, and Melanie to have a bloody good time playing zombies and chasing runners.  We all got to the event about 1.5 hours early to get zombiefied.  I went the whole Walking Dead route with my costume and tried to get some natural color realistic clothing. I found a drab dress at the Salvation Army for $3 – score! Larisa and Melanie did a whole Risky Business style.

Pre zombiefication

Larisa, me (and my $3 dress) and Melanie.

After picking up our packets and trying to figure out where to go we finally headed over to  the makeup area.  A super cute make-up artist named Megan did my makeup; I told her to just have fun.

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Megan and Larisa

in progress

Wondering what I got myself into….

Ze final product.{I think I look more like I've been in a car wreck then a zombie}

Ze final product.
{I think I look more like I’ve been in a car wreck then a zombie}

What was really strange was that there were no mirrors which mean none of us could see what we really looked like.  That may have been a good thing.  After makeup we made sure to snap some pictures.

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Then a ‘zombie wrangler’ led us out to our part of the course.  It was really funny being in complete zombie makeup and walking past the runners.  I snarled at a few and gave others some pretty ‘hungry’ looks.

The zombie wrangler dropped us off at our area (we were at the end of the course) and explained what we were supposed to do.   As runners came into our area, they had a chance to earn flags (flags = life) back by running into our zombie horde and finding a nerf arrow.  They then had to climb this monstrosity and shoot a zombie.  For each zombie they hit, they got an extra flag.

This was part of the obstacle.  Runners had to climb up it and then shoot us.

This was part of the obstacle. Runners had to climb up it and then shoot us.

Quality control. I haaaaaaaaaaad to test it, right?

Quality control. I haaaaaaaaaaad to test it, right?

Since we were close to the end, we had a lot of time to kill (HA!) before the runners came.  So what did we do? Well, there was a little zombie yoga and also some Harlem Shaking, zombie style, going on.  Way too much fun!

What?? Zombies do yoga, too.

What?? Zombies do yoga, too.

Ready to rock-n-roll.  Bring on the brains!

Ready to rock-n-roll. Bring on the brains!
PS – We formally adopted ‘PJ Guy’ into our group. He was hilarious!

About 10:20 we started to get the first wave of fresh meat runners.  I was positioned between the arrow/shooting obstacle and some large palates they had to hurdle over.  Melanie and I teamed up to try to get the flags before they jumped the palates.  While my costume was very zombie authentic, wearing a dress and sandals wasn’t necessarily ideal for chasing runners.  I gave it my best shot and did snag a few flags.

Runners

Runners

I really had a great time egging on the runners and I surprised quite a few with my speed and agility in a dress.  There were a lot of ‘oh crap, she’s fast!’ Teach them to underestimate me. Pfft.  I also got a lot of ‘you’re too cute to be a zombie,’ ‘you’re the cutest zombie ever,’ ‘you have the best hair,’ and even ‘are you single?’  Apparently, I’m a lot cuter with zombie makeup on than I am in real life – lol!! If you ever want a confidence boost, be a zombie.

I had a blast chasing everyone but after about 2 hours of being in the direct sun (ZERO shade) we all started to wonder where our replacement shift was.  A lot of the other zombies had already left but there were still runners coming so I felt obligated to stay.  What fun is a zombie run without any zombies? This is one part of the race that definitely needs a bit of revamping for next year.   Another 15-20 minutes went by without any replacements and I was starting to get somewhat dizzy. Low blood sugar,& no food since breakfast 4 hours earlier led me and the rest of our group to walk back to the finisher’s area.  As we were walking back, we passed our replacements.  2 1/2 hours of running and lunging in the hot sun is way too long.  We grabbed our finisher’s medal and t-shirts.

-Finisher-This was supposed to be my mean face.  I look pitiful, not mean...

-Finisher-
This was supposed to be my mean face. I look pitiful, not mean…

Once we made it back to the finisher’s area, we ran into Heather who had come to run it.  Previously, we had all decided to run the race after we were done being zombies but the other girls were tired and had a half marathon in the morning so they headed home.

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Did someone say lunch?

They had great bands playing all day. I think a couple even got married - zombie style.

They had great bands playing all day. I think a couple even got married – zombie style.

I stayed to “run” it with Heather.  And I’m so glad I did.  We had a blast tackling obstacles together! It was all about teamwork and fun.  For a full recap on the run portion, check out Heather’s post.

Heather and I

Mid run photo op

I have to admit that after all the running and lunging earlier, I didn’t do much running during the 5k.  I was still in my zombie makeup and outfit and figured out pretty quickly that if you scream “You can’t touch me, it’s cannibalism” it confused the other zombies and they left my flags alone.  And yes, in case you’re wondering, I did do the run and obstacles in my dress.  I have no shame….Sorry, Mom.

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Heather and I finished and got our “Survivor” medal (I had previously gotten the “Infected” medal for being a zombie) and then we headed to the finisher’s fest to rehydrate.  Unfortunately all they had was beer.  It was pretty strange not to have any water or Gatorade or anything.

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Ok, so you weren’t supposed to get both medals. BUT I was one of the last waves of runners and they had tons of survivor medals left. Sorry…not sorry.

Overall, I adored this run! There were a few snafus (being on the course too long, lack of free drinks & food at the finisher’s fest) but I would sign up again in a flash. If you’re thinking of doing this run – go for it! If you’re a runner, I recommend that you get in the earliest wave possible since the zombies are fresh and ready for action.  We (the zombies) weren’t quite as active during the later waves.  And finally, if you’re going to do this run, talk everyone you know into going with you.  The more you have in your group, the more fun you’re going to have! Oh, and wear sunscreen.

My lovely new sunburn pattern...

My lovely new sunburn pattern…

Question:  Have you ever done a zombie run?

Disclaimer – I was given a free entry to this run in exchange for my opinion.

Huma Chia Energy Gel Review & Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Huma Chia Energy Gel to review their product.  I hadn’t heard of Huma and I’m really particular about the way I fuel my runs so before agreeing to review their product I needed to know that they fit with my clean eating lifestyle.  I was beyond excited with what I found: I could pronounce every. single. ingredient.  Be still my beating heart.    Huma strawberry

Now before I go on, I feel it only appropriate to let you in on a secret. I hate GU Energy gels.  I don’t foresee my position changing anytime soon.  First of all, the name GU (goo) brings to mind the stuff I pull out of my shower drain, and second, I don’t want to put anything created in an ‘Energy Lab’ into my body; give me something from the kitchen.  Sorry if I’ve offended any of you that use GU but I hope to convert you to the natural side. 🙂 Compare the difference for yourself in the two ingredient labels:

(L) GU ingredients                     (R) Huma ingredients

GU ingredients                                                                   Huma ingredients
Click image to enlarge ingredient labels

Whew, now that I have that off of my chest, let me get back to the review and tell you a bit about Huma Chia Energy Gel.  It’s the brainchild of Ian McCollum and Kevin Sherbourne and was officially launched in November of 2012 – this explains why I hadn’t heard of them yet.  While leading troops in Iraq, 1st Lieutenant McCollum read about the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians who regularly compete in ultramarathons using a special chia seed blend for fuel. 1st Lieutenant McCollum figured if it worked for the Tarahumara in Mexico, maybe it would work for him in Iraq.   Hello birth of Huma Chia Energy Gel! {Side note: Because this company has military roots it a special place in my heart thanks to my brother who was killed in Iraq.}

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The above graphic explains perfectly the benefits that Huma brings to the table (you GU users, make sure to look it over carefully) so I’ll cut to the chase and jump right into your ‘how’s it taste & perform’ questions.  The first time I tested it out was two weeks ago on my last taper run.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I opened the apples and cinnamon gel so I squeezed a bit on my finger first.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had the exact same taste and texture as apple butter; not that thick gel consistency & artificial flavor like GU.  I shared it with my running girls who all approved.  Unfortunately since this was a short long run (only 10 miles) I didn’t have it on my stomach long enough to see if I would experience any digestive issues.

379191_586170938077998_1348506775_n Then last week was my marathon and I debated heavily on whether or not to use it since I hadn’t had the opportunity to try it on a 20 mile run. I e-mailed the company and Ian responded saying they had never had any digestive issues reported; he was very confident and reassuring which led me to abandon the old adage ‘No new is good new on race day.’

Ready to Rock-n-Roll 26.2 miles fueled by ch-ch-chia!

Ready to Rock-n-Roll 26.2 miles fueled by ch-ch-chia!

I packed three of Huma gels for race day and took my first one (strawberry – yum!) in between miles 5-6; making sure to chase it down with some water.  It went down easy and stayed down even better.  No cramping, no GI issues.  By mile 15 I grabbed my next gel to top off my glycogen stores.  Same thing, no cramping, no GI issues.  Not a single time during the race did I experience any unpleasant effects with the gel or felt like I wasn’t properly fueled.  I also really liked how I didn’t feel hungry during the marathon; usually I start feeling the need for solid food in the last few miles. I finished the marathon strong, in pain, but strong and a lot of that had to do with the gel.

I adore that Huma harnesses the incredibly powerful nutrients of the chia seed and that this gel packs more of a punch then just topping off glycogen stores.  It contains complete protein, fiber and an extreme amount of Omega-3 (you know, the stuff good for your heart). Well color me a convert! I had been using Honey Stingers up until this point but not anymore.  The gel is moderately priced just under $2 a gel.  I realize GU is a bit cheaper but potato chips are cheap, too, but neither is good for you.  I just look at it as an investment in your body; like paying the extra money for organic produce.

Two thumbs up for Huma!

Two thumbs up for Huma!

And for you, my lovely readers, the wonderful gents at Huma Chia Energy Gel are allowing me to giveaway a sample pack to 3 Noshing on Asphalt readers!

Mandatory Entry:  Leave a comment letting me know how you fuel your endurance activities.

Additional entry (leave a separate comment for each):

  • Follow @HumaGel on Twitter
  • Like Huma Chia Energy Gel on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway: “I want to win @HumaGel to fuel my runs. #Giveaway via @Asphaltnosher. http://wp.me/p28bf6-DX”.

That’s four chances to enter! Contest will close on Tuesday, March 12th at midnight and the winners will be announced in Wednesday’s post.

Disclaimer:  I was given four Huma Chia Energy Gels to sample; I was not compensated for this post.  The Huma gushing and GU hating opinions are my own.  I will not review or promote products that I don’t fully believe in.

Review: Perform Foot Pain Therapy Kit

Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!!  Or to everyone else not living in South Mississippi, Louisiana or Alabama, happy Tuesday.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to venture out into parade land today, there’s usually too many drunk people for my taste, but I had a hard time turning down a piece of strawberry cream cheese king cake.  For those of you not familiar with Mardi Gras, this link will take you to the Wikipedia page.  It’s a crazy day, that’s for sure.

Sugar stuffed with sugar, then topped with sugar.  Are all my diabetic readers in a coma?  It's so sweet I can only eat a small piece.

Sugar stuffed with sugar, then topped with sugar. Are all my diabetic readers in a coma? It’s so sweet I can only eat a small piece.

Ok, onto the next topic.  FOOT PAIN  What runner hasn’t had foot pain?

I was recently given the opportunity to review a Foot Pain Therapy Kit by Perform, you know, the makers of Biofreeze.   I’ve used Perform before (post Marine Corps Marathon, it was ahhhhmazing) so I was excited to review something, really anything, of theirs.  It’s like being asked to review cheesecake; no matter what kind you get, you know it’s going to be great.

Mmmmmm….cheesecake…. Sorry, I digress.

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Arguably much better than cheesecake.

If you recall, I have been bemoaning about ‘stupid foot pain’ off and on for the past 12 weeks.  Sometimes it’s just an annoying pain, sometimes it’s an ‘holy tarnation my foot is on fire’ pain.  Our local running store had a ladies night recently so I asked a sports med doc who was there about some stretches to help the pain.  She asked where it hurt and then casually said, “sounds like the beginning of plantar fasciitis.”  SAY WHAT?!? It wasn’t an official diagnosis but it was enough to scare me.  So when I found out that Perform was sending the Foot Pain Therapy Kit, I was over the moon.

Here’s what came in the kit: (Taken straight from the company’s website):

Perform Pain Relieving Roll-On (3 fl oz)
–  The roller-ball delivers a gentle massage while allowing a hands-free application.

Thera-Band® Foot Roller
–  Conforms to any foot and can be chilled to provide cooling pain relief during use.
–  Provides relief from pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis, sore & tired feet, heels & arches.

Expert Instructions
–  Clinically used and recommended exercises written by a licensed Physical Therapist.

As a side note, Perform uses cryotherapy aka “cold therapy” to deliver it’s pain relieving results.  This cryotherapy is the application of cold to decrease inflammation and relieve pain.

So a few weeks ago I got to put this kit to the test after a particularly painful 18 mile run.  I had ran in shoes that I knew I shouldn’t have and it resulted in intense pain.  Originally, I thought I would get the most relief from the gel but let me tell you, the foot roller is magic.  I think I would sell a kidney for it. (I mean I only need one functioning kidney, right?)  The foot roller has the exact same ‘hurts so good’ effect that a foam roller has on your body.  Plus you can pop it in the freezer and kick recovery up a notch.  The cold roller plus the cold therapy of the gel is great.

Perform Pain Relief Kit + Pro Compression socks = bliss

Perform Pain Relief Kit + Pro Compression socks = bliss

When I’m not using the kit for pain relief, I use the roller and their instruction booklet for preventative measures.  With the roller, I’m able to get a really intense stretch in my foot that I can feel all the way into my calves.  Goodbye, “sounds like the beginning of PF,” hello, happy feet.

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Wait.  I didn’t mean the penguin Happy Feet; but that picture is an accurate description of how this product made me feel.  The only thing that I would suggest is reading the instructions on using the roll on gel.  I skipped this step and ended up clogging the roller.  It fixes easily though.

The kit is really new so it’s not available just yet in stores but Perform does sell the gel (available in most drug, food and pharmacy stores) and foot roller (available online) separately; I highly recommend both of them, but especially the foot roller.  Both of the products are inexpensive, too.  And the great thing is that I’ve had significantly less pain with my left foot since I started using the kit.  My running buddies can verify that my whining has decreased significantly – yay! 🙂  I really think it has to do with using it after each run to work the kinks out.

Want to know more about Perform? Make sure to check out their website and social media outlets.  You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also find them at all the major expos handing out freebies – stop by and say hi!

Question:  Have you ever tried cryotherapy (cold therapy)?

Disclaimer:  I received a Perform Foot Therapy Kit to review; I was not compensated for this post.  All of my opinions (including those about cheesecake & selling my kidney for the foot roller) are my own.

Bulu Box Review

Every once-in-a-while, because I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador through Fit Approach, I get the opportunity to try new products.  Yay! Who doesn’t like free stuff? Sometime there are strings attached to the trials (write a review) and sometimes there aren’t any strings, just products.  The Bulu Box falls into the latter of the two categories but I still wanted to do a review because I think it’s kind of a cool idea.

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So what exactly is a Bulu Box? It’s a vitamin and nutritional supplement sample box.  Each month they send you premium samples of various items available in the health market.  It’s a great way to test drive some products to see if you actually like them before buying the regular size.  It also introduces you to products you may not have otherwise known you can’t live without.

So to give you an idea, this is what came in my box:

Box o'goodies

Box o’goodies

products_he_softchews_1 FRS Health Energy Chews: I was really excited about this because it was a full size product ($20 value) and seemed like a great thing for marathon training.  You take two chews before exercise and it helps keep you energized.  The downfall for me? It’s not clean energy at all.  The first two ingredients are sugar and corn syrup.  This is why reading labels is super important.

imgDefendEnergy Immuno-Viva Defend + Energy:  This is similar to those Emergen-C packets but unlike Emergen-C it’s a natural immune booster and energy supplement. I haven’t tried it yet so I’m not sure how it tastes.

Ce Towelette Lav 6pk Crystal Body Deodorant: They sent me a lavender and white tea sample which contains no chemicals or harsh irritants.  It’s also ecofriendly since the towelette is biodegradable.   One of my long term goals is to go as natural as possible so finding this in the box was really great.

Drinkwell Multi Vitamins:  I couldn’t actually find a website for these vitamins but I did find an article on them.  Basically, they are a vitamin for binge drinkers.  I literally laughed when I found that in the Bulu box! I guess runners like to drink….a lot?? I wonder if water falls into the ‘binge’ category.  Anyways, if anyone wants me to send them this sample, let me know.  But be forewarned that it may come with some AA referrals, too.

image CocoaWell True Energy: Is an energy supplement that “lifts your mood, fuels your body and promotes alertness, all while reducing the effects of everyday stress.”  I tend to stay away from energy supplements but I’m curious to try these out on a run.

0000018_almased_300 Almaseed Synergy Diet: Is a natural metabolism enhancer, i.e. weight loss supplement.   Almaseed touts that it enhances your immune system and boosts energy. What intrigues me most is that it’s safe for diabetics.  I’m actually going to send this to my dad, a diabetic, to see what he thinks about it.

So there you have it, the contents of my Bulu box.  As you can see it’s a pretty eclectic mix of stuff.  Bulu Box is a $10 monthly subscription, shipping included, and what’s really cool is you can earn rewards points each month to purchase full size products you may like.

Question:  Do you ever try new supplements or do you stick with what you know?

Sparkly Soul Giveaway

Holy cow! Do y’all realize that we only have only four more days, 3 shopping days, until Christmas?! I hope you’re ready because if you’re a procrastinator it’s officially the last minute Not that I would be one of those people *cough cough* or anything. Ah, what can I say?  I’m my best under pressure.

Since this is really my last official post before Christmas, I want to do something special.  Annnnnd what’s more special than a giveaway?? Especially a sparkly giveaway?? {enter trumpet fanfare}

headbands

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Yep, that’s right! Thanks to the awesome ladies at Sparkly Soul, Inc., one of you will soon be the owner of your choice Sparkly Soul headband.  YAY! I wish I could give one to all of you, but sadly I’m still on the hunt for that money tree.  I know it’s somewhere, I just can’t find it.

The one thing you need to know about the headbands from Sparkly Soul it’s that they’re AWESOME! And I’m not just being nice because they’re letting me give one away.  I’ve gone through several different headbands and this is the first one that actually works for me.  I have a pretty tiny head, seriously, it’s child size, so I always end up having to bobby pin sports bands in place that way they don’t slide down during runs.

Looooove my green wide band!

Looooove my green wide band!

When I got my Sparkly Soul headband, I admit that I was a bit skeptical that it would stay on so I immediately tested it out.  I put it on and proceeded to thrash my head around like I was at a Metallica concert.  Eureka! They weren’t kidding about the no-slip grip!  Oh, what’s that?  You thought I’d test it by taking it for a run? How boring. There may or may not have been some air guitar involved, too… I’m so glad there’s no proof of this, uh, test.

Suffice to say, I was pretty darn pleased.  I think the secret to the stayputability is because it’s elastic all the way around, not just a portion of it. It’s also lined with super soft velvet so it doesn’t pull or get stuck in your hair like other bands.  I’ve worn it on several runs now (most recently the Pass to Bay 10k) and couldn’t be happier with it; in fact, I like it so much, I put it on my Runner’s Gift Guide.

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Me = happy
I didn’t have to mess with the band once during my 10k.

Sparkly Soul bands come in wide (5/8″) and thin (3/8″) styles in just about every sparkly color you can imagine.  They fit children from age 5 through adult which explains why I can wear them.  They aren’t just for workouts, either.  I’ve worn mine several times around town and always get compliments.

Now the fun part, how to enter the contest.

Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment with what style and color you would choose if you won. (You have to visit Sparkly Soul’s website first)

Optional entries (leave separate comments for each of the following):

  • Follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Tweet about it: ‘I want to win a @SPARKLYSOULINC band from @asphaltnosher! http://wp.me/p28bf6-w3’
  • Subscribe to my blog (you don’t want to miss anything right?)

That’s 5 chances to win!  The contest will go through next Friday, December 29th and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Want more Sparkly Soul? Make sure to follow all of their social media channels.  They’re always having awesome giveaways and posting things to keep you motivated.  On Facebook, Instagram/Pinterest/Tumblr (@SPARKLYSOULINC), on G+ (Sparkly Soul), and LinkedIn (Sparkly Soul, Inc.).

I was not compensated for this post.  I was provided with a band to giveaway to a reader.  All opinions about this product are my own.  I will never give a product a positive review unless it deserves it.