#ditchdisposable CamelBak MultiBev Review

This post is sponsored by CamelBak but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’m sure you have a lot of water bottles that can keep liquids hot and/or cold, right? Yeah, so do I.  But do you have a bottle that can keep your liquids cold & allow you to have a hot beverage as well?

CamelBak came up with the MultiBev travel bottle, which is a 2-in-1 stainless steel bottle & removable cup that comes with a roll & fold silicone lid that you can hide in the bottle lid until you need to use it.

Not only does the MultiBev keep liquids hot or cold, it creates less waste as it is a sustainable solution to disposable bottles & cups.  It means you’ll always have a cup ready to go and if you are making coffee for the road, you can share with someone else as well.

The non-slip silicone base helps to prevent tips and scuffs. Just like with the Horizon collection that I reviewed last month, the MultiBev is super easy to clean, it is dishwasher safe & BPA, BPS & BPF free.  The MultiBev Bottle comes in 4 different colors, Moss like I have, Black, White & Terracotta Rose.

As far as how long the MultiBev keeps liquids hot or cold the 22 oz bottle stays hot for 16 hours, cold for 24 hours; and the detachable 16 oz cup stays hot for 4 hours & cold for 12 hours. I can definitely attest to how cold the bottle stays, I had a drink with ice from the 22 oz bottle overnight and the ice was still frozen then next morning.  And interestingly, each time I’ve put a drink in my bottle, it somehow seems colder in the bottle than out.

Since Sean & I both work from home, I don’t use my MultiBev as much around the house, but I do use it when we are heading out to the trails and on road trips/camping.  I have taken it on multiple hikes & on our road trip to Utah and absolutely love it.

Ditching disposable has never been easier with the CamelBak MultiBev bottle!

Learn more about MultiBev here!

Beyond The Horizon – CamelBak Horizon Drinkware

This post is sponsored by CamelBak but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Did you know that CamelBak sells more than just water bottles and hydration packs that keep you active?  The new Horizon Drinkware Collection, with a color palette that is inspired by the sunsets at Joshua Tree National Park is a collection of drinkware that will take you from The Thrill of running, biking, hiking to The Chill, sunset dinners, early morning coffee & just relaxing with family & friends.

There are a variety of products including a camp mug, tumblers of various sizes, wine tumblers & even a wine bottle.  They come in a variety of colors like White, Black, Moss, Terracotta Rose & Larkspur, a very pretty blue.

All the products are made of insulated stainless steel and are BPA, BPS & BPF free.  They are spill resistant and have a non-slip silicone base.  The heavy duty power coat is scratch resistant and the reason why these products are all dishwasher safe, both the vessel & the lid!  That’s not easy to find in an insulated product.

I received the following products to review & test out.  The Horizon 12 oz Camp Mug, the 10 oz Rocks Tumbler & the 20 oz Tumbler.

Originally I thought the Camp Mug would be my favorite because it’s got a handle & is the most like a coffee mug, so perfect for a coffee/tea break, but I found that I love the 20 oz Tumbler.

The 20 oz stainless steel insulated tumbler is the perfect size to hold most drinks, both hot & cold.  It keeps drinks hot for up to 7 hours & cold for 14 hours.  I tested it out and I can for sure tell you that I had coffee in the tumbler for over 2 hours and it was hot the entire time.  On the cold side, I put cold water from the fridge into the tumbler before we went on a run/hike several times and it was still cold when we finished our run/hike.  In fact the left over water was still cold the next morning when I took a sip.

The Rock Tumbler is half the size of the bigger tumbler and stays hot for 3 hours & cold for 5.  They advertise it to be used to keep cocktails or mocktails cool, since we don’t drink, we just used it for juice/water.  The 12 oz Camp Mug keeps hot for 4 hours & cold for 6.  All of these numbers are with the plastic lid on, which is amazing to me because most of the insulated products I’ve used in the past have had caps that you twist on.

I took the tumblers & mug on a hike with me, I tied the camp mug to my pack for easy access and put the tumblers in the back gear storage pocket.  They both fit into my CamelBak Circuit vest, which isn’t that big & it didn’t bother me to carry around.  I had water in the large tumbler and I didn’t notice any spillage even when I ran for a few minutes.

Another nice thing about the Horizon Drinkware collection is that the Camp Mug & Tumblers stay cool to the touch & don’t sweat.  I had both hot coffee & hot tea in my Tumbler and I didn’t feel any heat from hot liquid inside.

My only comment for improvement would be that the mouthpiece on the lid is a bit awkward, I spilled water on myself a few times so I started using the reusable straws to drink from or just took off the lid while drinking.

Perfect for those post run/hike/ride meals, while camping or even just hanging out in the backyard, the Horizon Drinkware collection is a perfect fit for both hot days when you know you are going to need a cold drink or those early mornings/late nights when you need a little warmth.

Learn more about CamelBak’s Horizon Drinkware Collection here!

 

Focus on Fitness 2020

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.  Opinions are my own.

As we all know, 2020 has been one heck of a year.  Our lives have changed so much.  In some ways for the better, in others not so much.  In our case, our life slowed down, we have been home, spending quality time together, doing things around the house & actually following training plans since we aren’t running races every weekend.

I’ve had the opportunity to focus on my fitness this year, like really focus on it. I run consistently, I spin, I occasionally do strength training (that I need to do more of, LOL) and more importantly, I’m eating much much better now that we are not eating out every day.

On that note, my friends at BabbleBoxx sent me their summer Focus on Fitness box with some cool things to complement that training.

Here’s what I got:

Some meals from vegan meal service, Veestro, leggings from No Nonsense, RingHero pouch, Nature Valley Sustained Energy Bars, Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein & Zinc & Amenti Oracle Feather Heart Deck & Guide Book.

Let’s get a little deeper into each item.  Full disclosure, I wasn’t able to try the Nature Valley Sustained Energy Bars or the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein as they are not vegan.

What I  was most excited to try in this box were the meals from Veestro.  We have been using other meal delivery services this year but I have been contemplating getting Veestro for months now & just hadn’t pulled the trigger yet.

Veestro is the #1 Plant-Based meal delivery service in the US, (I’ve seen it on the top of many, many lists that I have looked at for vegan meal delivery). The meals are fully prepared so you just heat & serve, you can also keep them in the freezer so they don’t go bad before you can eat them and there are a lot of different options to choose from.

I got 5 meals including 1 breakfast option.  The meals that I got with the exception of pasta Bolognese are not necessarily the meals I would have chosen myself.

At first I thought the meals looked really small, I’m used to eating a lot more food, but surprisingly I wasn’t hungry after lunch so that was a pleasant surprise since the calorie counts were on the lower end. I really liked the chicken in the Country Fried Chicken & the Breakfast Burrito was really yummy too.

Want to try Veestro for yourself?  Use code BABBLE25 to get 25% off now through Oct 31, 2020.

The item in the box that really surprised me was the No nonsense Wide Waistband Sport Legging.  These leggings were so comfortable.

They have a nice wide waistband that was super comfortable, I’m really picky about waistbands and I didn’t have to move this one around at all.  I wore the leggings for a 60 minute ride on the Peloton and had no issues at all.  They didn’t move & the lightweight fabric wicked away the sweat.

Best of all the no nonsense leggings are super affordable at $20 a pair.  And you can use code Sport25 for 25% off, which knocks them down to just $15 a pair!

Next up is a unique product called RingHero.  It’s a super cool idea if you are able to get your engagement & wedding rings off ;).

RingHero is a small 2 way stretch wristband pouch with a zippered pocket that you can use to protect your engagement/wedding and other rings while working out.  RingHero keeps your rings safe and on your body so you don’t damage or lose them.

You could also use RingHero to keep keys, ear phones, earrings, pills or even coins.  It’s super lightweight, felt comfortable on my wrist and is made with an odor controlling yarn so it’s unstinkable & sweat wicking.  I got an animal print version but it comes in a lot of different colors/patterns.

You can save 10% on RingHero by using code BabbleBoxx10.

Next up are Nature Valley Packed Sustained Energy Bars. I used to eat Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars all the time so I was excited to see these.  I was disappointed that they aren’t vegan because they have both honey & whey protein in them but for those that aren’t vegan, I think they would be a good option for a yummy snack. They sound delicious.

These Nature Valley Packed Sustained Energy Bars are packed with Almond or Peanut Butters, sunflower & pumpkin seeds and either dried cranberry or blueberries.  They give you long lasting energy and are and all in one creamy, crunchy & chewy bar.

Next is the Amenti Oracle Feather Heart Deck and Guide Book: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World by Jennifer Sodini, Illustrated by Natalee Miller from Running Press Books.

The Amenti Oracle Feather Heart Deck includes an Oracle deck of 42 unique oracle cards and brings the wisdom of Ma’at, an ancient Egyptian concept of truth & balance to the modern world.

It’s a perfect gift for any modern mystic and pairs well with tarot cards.

And last but not least is the Ancient Nutition Multi Collagen Protein & Ancient Nutrients Zinc + Probiotics.

Again because this Collagen isn’t vegan, I wasn’t able to try it out but Collagen is quite popular and supports a healthy gut, skin, hair, nails & joints.

The Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein features Collagen types I, II, III, V & X, these multiple sources of collagen come from both bovine, marine & it looks like chicken sources.  It’s also gluten free & dairy free, has 9g of Protein and only 35 calories per serving.

The Zinc + Probiotic capsules are listed as being vegetarian, not vegan so I didn’t try these either. It’s a unique formula of Zinc plus probiotics,  each capsule contains 20mg of enzyme activated zinc & 2 billion CFUs of probiotics, which supports healthy immune defense & healthy digestion.

All in all I’m pleased with the products in the box that I can use.  The Veestro meals were yummy, the No nonsense leggings were super affordable & super comfortable and the RingHero is a cool idea and the perfect place for my house/car key.

Anything in this box catch your eye?

#StayAtHome Virtual Races

It’s been months now since our last in person race, the Los Angeles Marathon on March 8.  I never actually recapped that race, maybe I’ll do it soon.  In any case since that time, like everyone else, we’ve had all of our races cancelled for the year.

So what does a serial racer do?  Sign up for a bunch of virtual races, that’s what!

So what races have I done or signed up for?

The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k became a virtual run so I ran my 5k virtually on the treadmill back in March.  They sent our entire kit to us in the mail so it was just like if we had been there, except no bowl of chocolate at the end ;).  Although I have a feeling it’s not vegan so it’s probably for the best LOL.

They sent us our whole kit with bib, medal, goodie bag sweatshirt & some treats.  I was signed up for the 5k & ended up running a PR race on the treadmill.

Next up was the Aravaipa Strong run in mid April.  I decided to just go for the half marathon & managed to pull out a nice sub 2 half!  It was hard but I did it!!

Then I did the Hood to Coast Movement 10k that started on May 1. I didn’t go too hard on this one but knocked it out the first day as soon as I woke up so it was fun. Photo from the first time we visited Mount Hood ;).

The biggest race/challenge that I signed up for was the Great Virtual Race Across Tennesse 1000k.  Put on by the Laz of the infamous Barkley race.  Around 20,000 runners signed up for this one!!  It started on May 1 and continues until August 31.  I’m on the back end, after 2 months of incredible miles (May: 184 & June: 191) my body needed a break in July.  I think I’m about 150 miles from the finish.

At the end of May, Sean & I did the Aravaipa/Run Steep Get High Limitless Challenge where you pick an mountain that you want to climb to & then go as fast as you can to get there.  We were super lucky having a Nordictrack Incline Treadmill because it goes to 40% incline!  Sean was the overall winner with just over 150,000 ft!!! I was the female & I think overall indoor winner of the Everest level (29,029 ft).  It was a blast and we had such a good time doing this challenge.

You can still sign up for this one as people had such a good time with it that they opened it up for a second summer session.  I will say this was probably the most fun of all the challenges, probably because it was different.

I also signed up for some of the Aravaipa Insomniac Series virtuals in June & July.  In June I did the Hypnosis Dawnbreaker Challenge where I did 5 races over 7 days for a total of 128k!!  I’ve never run that many miles in a week before so it was tough!  I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it but I pulled it out & finished the whole thing!

We also did the 100 miles to Auburn run in June to help support the Western States 100 organization.  It was fun and we got a cool buckle for finishing 100 miles.  It was one of those challenges that you can complete over the full month, not necessarily in one run.

In July, I signed up for the Aravaipa Stunner Dawnbreaker challenge as well but when it came time to actually run last week, I was burnt out and not at all excited about it.  I ended up only running one of the 4 races, the 12k & taking the majority of the week to recover from all the miles I’ve done the last 2 months.

I’ve signed up for a few other virtual races for the coming months.

July: The Running is Not  Cancelled 461 mile race from the start of the Sean O’Brien 100k to the start of the Lake Sonoma 50 mile – this one goes until early October so I can keep my mileage & motivation up.

Wharf to Wharf 6 miler to be able to run virtually with my Arete teammates.

August: The SeaWheeze Half Marathon – Aug 15 – 23 which I did last year and would have been running in person. For the first time they have a 10k as well!  This one is always fun!

September: The Santa Monica Classic on Sept 13.  I’m an ambassador for the Los Angeles Marathon so if you sign up for this one or their other races, you can save 10% using JENNY2021.  This one is going to be really fun & unique because it’s going to be a live virtual race where we can all run together virtually on the LA Marathon & Santa Monica Classic Facebook pages. I’m super excited because I’ve never run the Santa Monica Classic before because I’m always in Tahoe for Tahoe 200 the same weekend.

The Head Up, Heart Forward 10 miler with my Arete Teammates on September 19.

The Big Surreal Virtual Challenge from the Big Sur Marathon.  This one looks really fun.  You can choose to run 1 to 5 events (5k, 12k, 11 miler, 21 miler & marathon) from Sept 1 – 30 and the more you run, the more swag you get. The medal you get corresponds to the longest race you finish as well.

I don’t have anything picked out for October or November yet, but I’m sure something will come up ;).  Maybe we’ll do the NYC Marathon virtual since we were supposed to race it this year.

Of all the virtual races, my favorite are the ones where there is a specific distance (typically a shorter distance) or time that you have to finish in. Like the Limitless Challenge, that was a lot of fun & I would do another climbing challenge. I’m also really excited about the Santa Monica Classic because it is going to be streamed live & that’s super cool.

Are you running virtual races?  And if so which ones have been your favorite? What would you recommend?

#StayHome What we are eating these days

There are some affiliate links in this post, which means that if you click & buy I might get a little something from them.

It’s been a crazy last 2 months. Sean & I ran the LA Marathon back on March 8. We got home and then the Global COVID 19 pandemic got real pretty quick. As I was scrolling FaceBook, getting NY Times news alerts, etc. things were quickly escalating and my anxiety was through the roof.

We did a few quick trips to the store & I got my car smog tested on Mar 14 and we have not left the house since. We’ve literally done all of our runs, meals, everything at home.

We haven’t gone to the grocery store or really done anything since Mar 14 so we’ve relied on the amazing delivery people who are out there. I wanted to share some of the food services that we have been using, tried, etc. in case anyone else is interested.

And as you might know if you follow me online, I’m a huge foodie & that doesn’t change when I’m quarantined at home.

So you might know from following me that we are vegan so all of the things I’m going to mention below are vegan.

I’ve been a follower of a company called Hungryroot for quite a while now & just never had the opportunity to try them out with all the travel that we do. So the first week we were home I gave it a try. I put in my requirements, a few lunches/dinners & the occasional breakfast.

Hungryroot picks a menu for you and then you can customize based on your likes/dislikes. Based on the plan that you select you are given credits & then you choose meals &/or grocery items that add up to the number of credits you have.

There are a ton of meals to choose from, from sandwiches, tacos, grain bowls, pastas & more. Everything in my selection is vegan but they do have some vegetarian options, I know this because we accidentally got some egg product by mistake one week.

Everything can be made in about 10-15 minutes and you get fresh veggies, rices/grains & protein (either tofu, beans or beyond products like the brats or burgers) along with a sauce to go with it. They give you recipes that are super easy to follow and I am really enjoying the meals. I have been eating more and more healthy since we started getting Hungryroot.

If you’d like to give it a try use code 25OFF2JENNY to get $25 off your first 2 orders (a total of $50 off).

Next up, we got the opportunity to try a weeks worth of meals from Territory Foods.

Territory Foods are ready made meals that are made in local restaurants using sustainably-sourced real ingredients. They have a variety of different menus so depending on what kind of diet you follow. Choices include Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto Reset, Mixitarian, Whole 30, Low fat, low carb & Mediterranean.

I selected 4 different options for Sean & I to try. We had a few meals from Cafe Gratitude which is a plant based restaurant that has a location near us in downtown San Diego.

Territory can send meals twice a week and they recently started selling a one time delivery Grocery Box that has tons of fresh produce in it. I’m really excited to try this since fresh fruit & veggies are one thing I miss from not going to the store.

If you would like to try out Territory Foods, you can use my code RUNNYLEGS to save $25 off your first 2 orders so again a total of $50 off.

Next up, we ordered from Postmates a few times here in San Diego. I got pints of vegan ice cream from Stella Jean’s ice cream one week.

Another week we got Popcorn Chick’n (fried cauliflower bites) & vegan Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches from another of our fav San Diego restaurant Grains.

Another time we had a super yummy & huge pizza from Urbn Pizza.

I ordered from Plant Power Fast Food to get a little fry action!

A few weeks ago, I discovered that Tender Greens, a restaurant that we actually hadn’t been to in a while because while healthy, they don’t have a ton of vegan options, was selling grocery boxes! I’ve ordered boxes of fruit & veggies from them, along with loafs of sour dough bread & flour.

You can order directly from their app or website and have the boxes delivered right to your door.

Other fun things I’ve ordered. Cookies from Maya’s Cookies here in San Diego.

Vegan Peanut Butter cups that taste just like reese’s from HeroCup.

Grocery supplies including vegan marshmallows & chocolate chips from Thrive Market.

Last week we got Acai Bowls from Everbowl, another local chain in San Diego. They are selling later bowls, which are frozen bases (they have 4 different options to choose from) along with granola & then you can add on goji berries, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, chia seeds & cocao nibs. They sell them in either a 7 pack or 15 pack box & you can pick your flavors. They have also just started shipping overnight in the continental US and have local delivery (free with orders over $50) in San Diego County on Tuesday’s & Friday’s.

I tried to get ice cream from Van Leeuwen but they use a service called Goldbelly and it was a total mess. Apparently they ran out of 75% of the ice cream flavors and I was given a choice between 3-5 flavors that I wasn’t really interested in or a refund. Mail order ice cream is expensive so I took the refund because I didn’t really want to spend that much on something I didn’t really want.  I am giving Van Leeuwen another shot when they opened up shipping through them directly vs going through Gold Belly.

We also treated ourselves to box of yummy vegan pastries from a company called a bakery called Split Bakehouse here in San Diego. I’m was so excited for bagels, croissants, pop tarts & some other fun treats. Their delivery area includes all of San Diego, North to Oceanside, east to El Cajon & South to Chula Vista.

Are you ordering more food online during this stay at home time? What are some fun things you’ve gotten?

Spring Health & Wellness Box Review

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx, I did receive payment & product for this review, but as always opinions are my own.

I’m super excited to share with you all this awesome Spring Health & Wellness box that I got from BabbleBoxx.

I love getting subscription boxes so when I had the opportunity to work with my friends at BabbleBoxx to review this box, I knew it was going to be awesome. So let’s dive right in…

What’s inside?

2 bottles of Power Dressing from Healthy Choice
Solar Red Aeropex from Aftershokz
Ignite Your Light Book from Running Press
Compression Socks from No Nonsense
Suunto 7 Watch from Suunto
LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen from Vichy
Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies from Nature’s Truth
Simply Collagen from Pink Products

Pretty awesome group of products don’t you think?

Now let’s get a bit more info for you on all the products in here.

First up the Power Dressing from Healthy Choice.

While I don’t eat a ton of salad, I always try to have salad dressing on hand because I actually really like to add it to grain bowls. These Power Dressings are pretty amazing, salad dressings made with real veggies, no artificial flavors & no soy. They are all under 45 calories each.

I got the Greener Goddess & the Creamy Italian to try out. I requested to not get the Ranch since it’s the only one of the 4 flavors that is not vegan.

The taste is really good & I’m always on board with any food that includes more veggies.

Next up are the Solar Red Aeropex from Aftershokz.

I’ve got a few pairs of Aftershokz in my collection and they are a big hit with runners because they use bone conduction technology so that they aren’t actually in your ears, but rather sitting on the bone outside of your ear so you can still hear outside sounds. You can read a review I did on one of the other versions here.

The Aeropex have a lightweight frame, 8 hour battery life & are sweat & waterproof although not recommend for swimming.

They are doing 15% off through 5/15/2020 at their website.

And since I am an ambassador for another headphone brand, I’m super excited to share that I will be giving these away to one lucky reader!! Keep reading to find out what you need to do to win!

Ignite Your Life by Jolene Hart book has been an awesome Self-Care resource for me as of late.

Self Care is something I have been sorely missing with all the travel we have done in the last little bit.

I’ve been working hard to rid my life of the negative energy that comes with anxiety & Ignite Your Light shares tips to live a more positive light.

Compression Socks from No Nonsense

When I think of No Nonsense, I think of panty hose but it’s only natural that they would branch into socks too!

I was sent 2 styles, no show & crew both of which have graduated compression in them. I’ve been wearing them when I get up in the morning because it’s always so cold in our house! And I love them for riding my new bike – I’m definitely more of a no show girl ;).

Both styles are made in the US, which is really cool and you can find them at Rite Aid.

Next up, I was sooooo excited to finally get the opportunity to try out a Suunto watch.

The Suunto 7 is a smartwatch that has features from Wear OS by Google.  I will say there are so many features on this watch it’s a little intimidating, lol. I was expecting something slightly different than what it actually is.

As a runner, I’m looking for things like athletic capability & there are over 70 sport modes available, along with GPS, wrist heart rate & you can sync to Strava. The battery life though for long distance running though is not great. Because of all the Wear OS features, like seeing calls, messages, google pay & assistant, the battery does wear out easily and battery life is discussed on Suunto’s website.

While I won’t be trading in my normal running watch, the Suunto 7 is a great everyday watch and perfect if you are looking for more of a Smartwatch that you can use for everyday. The Google Pay feature is really awesome and I look forward to trying that out down the road. And I love how sleek it looks on. It really makes me want to try one of Suunto’s more run specific watches.

LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen from Vichy

Vichy has created a product that is not just an SPF but is also an anti-aging daily moisturizer that contains plant based peptides.

I’ve really jumped on the sunscreen bandwagon lately and am testing out so many different options. I love that this one has plant based peptides and is considered an anti-aging sunscreen.

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies from Nature’s Truth

I love Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. They are so tasty and easy to use vs taking shots of actual apple cider vinegar.

The Nature’s truth version delivers 600mg of Apple Cider Vinegar per serving, they have a great natural apple flavor, no vinegar aftertaste and best of all are Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO. Sean & I have been munching on these gummies every day lately!

Last but not least is the only product that I can’t actually test.

Simply Collagen from Pink Products is a grass-fed pasture raised pure Collagen Peptide power. Since I am vegan, this particular product isn’t a good fit for me but if collagen is something that you use, please check this one out and you can save 20% on all Pink products on Amazon using code 20SHAREPINK.  Pink Products do however have two Vegan products listed on their site including Be Well Cranberry cap with Vitamin C & Hibiscus & L-Theanine Calm Cap.

I’m pretty impressed by this box, the Suunto 7, the Power Dressings from Healthy Choice & the Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy from Nature’s truth are my fav products but it was a lot of fun testing everything out and sharing with you!

Now for the fun part! If you made it this far, you now have the opportunity to win a pair of Solar Red Aeropex from Aftershokz. Just comment below with which product from the Spring Health & Wellness box that you would want to try, put your IG name & follow me on Instagram @runnylegs and then you are entered!

Giveaway not associated with BabbleBoxx or Aftershokz.  Contest ends on Thursday, Apr 23 at midnight PST & a winner will be randomly selected on Friday, Apr 24. US only since I’m shipping them, sorry.

Sunbeam® Targeted Heat Therapy

This post is sponsored by Sunbeam®.  I was compensated & given complimentary product for my review of the new Sunbeam® Targeted Heat Relief products.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a runner, especially one who hasn’t been training properly lately, oops! I am always dealing with one ache and/or pain after the other.  Most recently my back, the ever present hamstring tendonitis & ankle issues have been my current issues.

Which is why I was really excited to get to try out these new products from Sunbeam®.  I’m always intrigued by new products and I prefer heat to cold for recovery.

Sunbeam® is a leader in Targeted Heat Therapy for Pain Relief and their new product line doesn’t disappoint.

From the Sunbeam® website: Heat is clinically proven to relieve pain associated with muscle tension and stress; it increases blood flow to the source of the pain, which accelerates tissue healing.  Cold on the other hand reduces inflammation directly after an injury.

The new products that I received included Sunbeam® Heated Back Wrap Sunbeam® GoHeat™ Portable Heated Patches Sunbeam® FlexTemp™ Hot & Cold Joint Wrap Sunbeam® FlexFit™ Heated Wrap Sunbeam® Wrapping Heating Pad with XpressHeat®

Sunbeam® Heated Back Wrap, it has a contoured design to match the shape of your back.  It also includes an extra waist strap to extend the width of the strap  (it was a little snug so that piece will come in handy).  This is awesome to wear while I’m working.

The Sunbeam® GoHeat™ Portable Heated Patches were my favorite product of the group.  The patches are small enough that you can put them pretty much anywhere.  I like to use them on my hamstring, which is my problem spot.  Best of all, this is the only product of the group that is fully portable.  It comes with a control unit that you can clip onto your clothing.  There are 3 settings, low, medium & a 20 minute high heat cycle.

Next up was Sean’s favorite product.  The FlexTemp Hot + Cold Joint Wrap.   He was using this on his knee all weekend long.  It’s snug fitting & you can use it either with the cold freezable gel pack or plug it in for heat.  If you use it with the gel pack, you can remove the cord connector so you can move around if needed.

Sean said that it was really comfortable and he didn’t even realize that he was wearing it.  I used it with the ice after a tough spin class and it was super easy to get that icing down.

Another product I really liked was the Sunbeam® FlexFit™ Heated Wrap.  This piece was super cool because you can use it pretty much anywhere.  I especially liked using it on my ankle after my marathon to help with the minor inflammation I had from all the climbing out there in the mountains.

I also tried it out on my arm after a lot of heavy arm session and it fit great around my forearm/elbow.

The last piece I got was the Sunbeam® Wrapping Heating Pad with XpressHeat®.  This one you can use on either your arm or leg.  I was using this after Revel when my shins and calves were really sore from the downhill.  And I could use it while stretching too.

All of the products (except the portable patches) are made of a really soft material & are able to thrown in the washer, just disconnect the pad from the cord.

It’s nice because you can just plug them in and wear any or all of these products while just sitting and watching TV.  You can also create a moist heat option by spraying the pad with water which is supposed to provide deep penetrating pain relief.

These products are available at Sunbeam partners like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Walgreens & a bunch of others.

Which of these heat therapy products would you want to try?

Inaugural Lululemon San Diego 10k Race

It was the day Lululemon fanatics were waiting for.  The day when Lululemon held their first ever US race.  And it was in my city!

I was super excited when I heard the race was coming to SD.  Sean & I were on vacation in Banff when it was time to register & waited at the hotel to register right when it opened.

I even told my boss/co-worker, R.J. about it and he signed up for his first 10k!

When they announced that they were looking for volunteers I signed up for packet pick-up on the first day at UTC.  It was a blast, I met a bunch of awesome people and helped get runners their bibs & shirts.

On Saturday, we ran Revel Big Bear (recap here) and then drove home to rest & recover before the race the next day.

The race was in downtown San Diego starting at Shelter Island and finishing at Waterfront Park.  We got there really early so that we wouldn’t have to pay for parking & so that we would get there before the buses got crazy.

Well we got there really early, like over an hour before the race started, oops!  But we weren’t the first ones, we ran into a bunch of our friends. It was fun chatting with everyone but it was cold!  The wind coming off the water was quite chilly.

We did some group photos with our We Run Social friends and then we were heading to the start line.

We jumped in to the corrals just as the sun was coming up.  It was gorgeous.

As usual Lulu always gets the details, they had a boat with Lululemon flags on it at the start.

We were a little bit behind the 1 hour pace group, and ended up starting in the second wave.

It was a bit crowded as we got started so I was kind of weaving in and out for the first half mile or so until I got settled in.

The energy was amazing, that’s probably one of the best things about a Lululemon race.  Everyone is so happy.  There were cheer stations, bands, spin bikes, hula dancers and donuts at the finish!

The course is similar to part of AFC Half but the part before the huge climb lol so it’s really nice and flat which I loved.  Especially since my calf was still bothering me from the day before.

We got to about mile 3ish and I saw R.J. on the other side, he had started a bit ahead of us so I was like hum… maybe I can catch him.  So I tried.  I figured if I could catch him, maybe I could slow down, LOL.

So I just kept moving along, smiling the whole way, enjoying all the cheer stations, seeing friends.

Around mile 5 Sean caught up with me and we ran in to the finish.  I was really starting to feel the race from the day before but I was still moving.

When we got a little closer to the finish, I gave Sean my phone and was like you go ahead and finish before me so you can get a finish photo of me!

And just like that I was at the finish line!  2 races, 19.3 miles in 2 days.  It doesn’t seem like a lot but it was a lot for me since I’ve not been running that much lately.

We ran into R.J. after we crossed the finish line & he did so awesome, under 60 minutes!  I’m so proud of him & he even signed up for his first half marathon in February!!

The finish line party was pretty sweet.  Awesome medals, donuts, saje wellness, photo ops, drop bags & yoga.  It was a really awesome morning.

Oh, yeah and about the swag. We all got white swiftly tanks, medals, donuts, Saje Wellness Runner Rewards (if you stopped by the Saje store at UTC) and they had gear for sale at the end of the race.  The line was really long so I skipped but I heard it was just a few pieces and you would have to go to the mall to have it screen printed (I guess so they didn’t make a ton of gear that didn’t sell).

Lululemon put on a great day & I’m glad I had the opportunity to run.  I’m looking forward to next year!

Revel Big Bear Half Marathon – Race Recap

Oh boy, where to start with this one.  Well last year I ran the Revel Big Bear marathon here a week after running Javelina 100k.  I really wanted to go for a BQ but my legs just weren’t up to it and I ended up coming in just a bit over 4 hours, it’s still my second fastest marathon but it wasn’t what I really wanted.

So, we signed up for this year, my goal was again to BQ.  But the summer happened, crewing/pacing/traveling for all Sean’s Great Eight races & I wasn’t quite where I wanted to be runningwise.

We ran Mount Laguna marathon the week before (recap here) and I knew as soon as we finished that one that running the marathon was not in my best interests so I decided to drop down to the half.

Sean & I had a friend pick up our packets because the packet pick-up closed at 6pm.  Which would mean taking a half day off work in order to get our packets because Redlands is about 2 – 3 hours from us depending on traffic.  We got to the Redwoods area around 8:30p or so and had a 2:30am wake-up.  The buses would leave between 3:30 – 4:15a for marathon and 4:00 – 4:45a for the half.

Fortunately we were staying pretty close to the parking area so we got there pretty quick.  But we ended up parking really close to the half marathon buses but quite a bit away from the marathon buses.  By the time we got over there for Sean to take the bus, there was a really long line.  He was a bit frustrated but made it to the start .

I walked back to the half marathon buses, grabbed my drop bag & then headed to the buses where I met up with some of my WeRunSocial friends.  We all chatted for a bit and then got on the buses.

It was a little chilly when we got to the start but not too bad.  We got ready, dropped my drop bag off & then headed to the start line.  The waves or times were like 10 ft apart which was really funny.  I jumped in around the 2:00 mark and then had to re-tie my shoe.  I tried to get something out of my shoe & fix my sock & while doing that the race started.

I quickly put my shoe back on, stopped behind a guy trying to take off his throwaway gear and then started running.  It was the most anti-climactic race start I’ve ever seen.  There were still tons of people coming towards the corrals, kind of weird that were no announcements that the race was starting.

Last year, but the time I got to the half marathon it was kind of foggy and grey and I didn’t love this part of the race.  This year it was good weather, the sun was coming up and I just got into a good rhythm.  I didn’t want to go out too fast because I honestly didn’t have any idea how my body was going to handle the miles and any kind of speed.  I hadn’t run fast in months.

I saw my friend’s Richard & Brian pass by me along with a bunch of other people but I just kept moving at my own pace.

I didn’t really look at my watch too much, only at the mile markers if I remembered, mostly to make sure I didn’t run too fast.

It was pretty out there, there was a mountain that we were running towards that had a really nice single track looking trail that I was like wow that would be nice to run down too lol.

The volunteers were amazing but the aid stations seemed sparse.  There weren’t that many of us, I finished 226th overall and was 281 at the 5k so it wasn’t like there were 1000s of people ahead of me but they had a hard time keeping them stocked.  A few of the aid stations that they were filling cups when I went by.

I felt pretty good for the first few miles, a little tightness in my left calf and my foot was a touch stiff but nothing bad. Around mile 6/7 I decided to take off my long sleeve.  I took it off and heard buzzing around my head, I took off my hat and there was a fuzzy bee on my hat!  I pushed it off, put my hat back on and took off, maybe that’s why mile 7 was my fastest of the race LOL at 7:50.

Right after that I was starting to look at my watch more and I kept thinking that I only have to maintain 10 minute miles and I can PR.  My previous PR was 1:57 and change.

I got to mile 10 and was starting to get tired, I passed a friend from IG, he was asking me if I was trying for a PR, I was like yep trying and then just kept moving.

Around mile 11.5 I saw my friend Willem at an aid station, I was like I am close to a PR, he got a photo and then was like go get that PR.

I made the turn, hit mile 12 and I suddenly got really tired.  I was drinking water & powerade but I didn’t have any gels so I was pretty calorie deficient by that point.

I wanted to walk so bad, but I was soooo close so I just kept trucking along, I saw a guy ahead of me and just kept following him, I eventually would pass him.

The worst part about this race is the last mile, you make the last turn and then have to go about 3/4 of a mile to the finish.  You can literally see the finish line and it just feels like it takes forever to get to.

I struggled to get to the finish line, I was literally slowing as I got to the finish line, but I did and it was under 1 hour and 46 minutes!  I had done it! I got a PR in the half marathon, I was in literal shock!  I couldn’t believe it but I did it!

And not only that I ran every single step of that half marathon and I did it with no speed training, the week after a trail marathon and with having barely run in months. I’m still shaking my head but it woke me up and made me wonder, what if I actually trained.  What could I do then?

Now back to the race…Revel gives a decent shirt, I upgraded to the cotton version but it was a bit thicker than usual and felt pretty hot.  They also gave a pair of goodr sunglasses along with a pair of gloves and an emergency blanket (which wasn’t in my bag for some reason).

After the race they had water, bananas and chocolate milk for runners. You could also get a sweet treat, which this year was from Snow Monkey.  It was good but my tummy didn’t love it after the race.  They also had pizza which I never found and some sort of drink, maybe hard seltzer? instead of beer, which people were upset about but I don’t drink so I don’t know exactly what that was about.

After the race I got my card with my stats and then high tailed it over to the Normatec booth to try them out.  I was able to get in pretty quickly and whoa, they are awesome! Definitely being added to my Christmas wish list!

Then I chatted with some friends and waited for Sean to finish.  He was moving quite well and I didn’t have to wait long.

After Sean finished we took the bus back to our car, got some Starbucks and then headed back to San Diego, where we hit a LOT of traffic, ugh. But we made it back in time for lunch at Plant Power.  Then it was time to relax before our next race.

 

The best part about Revel races is the free photos! Also they start really early, which sucks when you have to get up at 2am but it means that the race is over pretty early so you have the rest of the day to relax, fuel up and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Mount Laguna Marathon Race Recap

On Sunday, Sean & I ran the Mount Laguna marathon for the first time.  We’ve heard so much about this race & have run most of the course over the years but had never put it together & done the race.

We decided to do this race for two reasons.  One because we were going to be home and wanted to run it and two because we had to run a marathon as part of the NYC Marathon Strava Virtual Run challenge so we could get guaranteed entry into the 2020 race.  We signed up for this a few months back and paid to do the virtual run so we could get in to the race without having to deal with the lottery.

We were able to stay at home the night before because Mount Laguna is only about an hour from us.  It’s been months since we’ve been out there, I think maybe we went out in early July to do a run & we haven’t been back since.

The race started at 8am with bib pickup between 7a – 7:40a so we didn’t have to get up too early.  It was also time change weekend so we fell back on Sunday night and it was light out when we left the house.

We got there and a bunch of people were congratulating Sean on a great summer & asking him if he was going for the win lol.  We decided to run together so he was bring up the rear with me lol.

We saw my friend Lisa from our local Arete group & a bunch of other friends. We got the quick race briefing and then we were all off!

We started out chatting with Lisa and our friend Jacket for the first 4ish miles before I needed to slow down.  We were doing pretty good but a marathon is a long way & I wanted to make sure I could make it to the finish.  I needed to get that NYC entry!!

The course is beautiful, we start and end at Red Tailed Roost and start running on Thing Road before heading to the PCT which is one of my favorite places to run.

We ran right through the first aid at about 4.5 miles & then headed to Penny Pines for the first time.  This is such a beautiful part of the course and one that we have done many times overlooking Anza Borrego.

We got to the second aid and refueled.  The guy at the aid station was like, this is an aid station, not a rest station so off you go! And away we went.  The next aid was about 4 miles away.

I was losing a lot of salt! My shirt had a salt mountain on it and everything!  By the time we got to Pioneer Mail, I was light headed and not sure if I’d be able to finish.  But I got some ginger ale & coke and then we kept moving.

This section was 7 miles and we had to go in & out of Nobel Canyon before getting back to Penny Pines (on the opposite side of the road).

I know Sean was probably a little frustrated, I kept telling him he could go ahead but he kept saying he was happy being with me but I know he wasn’t expecting to walk as much as we did.  But I told him, he doesn’t normally run with me and walking a bunch of trail races is pretty much my MO lol.  But I was a little more out of shape than normal so it was probably a bit slower than normal.

Photo by T.Allin Photo

We finally got to the last aid & I was just ready to get to the finish!  I had 2 cups of ginger ale & tried to get some orange slices but there were a lot of bees.  We just kept moving towards another section of the course that we have done a lot, the Big Laguna Meadows.

We passed by cow lake (my term not an official one ;)) and stayed to the far end of the meadow before heading up in the last 1.5 miles.

We finally were almost there!  We ran into one of our friends who was waiting for her family to arrive before she crossed the line, and then we were almost there!

Across the finish line we went! The RD, Kathleen gave us both hugs and our medals and we ran off for a few more minutes so we could make sure we were over the marathon distance for the virtual challenge.

After getting that done, we were ready for some food.  They had some vegan options for us which was super sweet.

We also got our goodie bags, which had some cute things in them.  We didn’t get shirts though because they were an add on and we have so many shirts.  But they were super cute Patagonia shirts.

All in all I would say that this was a gorgeous race & they did a great job & if we are in town we’ll run this one again.