Shock Absorber Sports Bras Review + Giveaway

Disclaimer: Shock Absorber USA sent me 2 sports bras in exchange for this review.  As per usual all opinions are my own.

When Shock Absorber reached out, I was intrigued because I have been needing some new sports bras.  I’m pretty picky about them and have been wearing a few different styles from Lululemon & Oiselle and while I liked them, I sometimes notice they either feel too tight or sometimes I have to mess with them during a run so I was interested to try them.

They sent me 2 different bras, the Ultimate Run Bra & the Active Zipped Plunge. Both of which are more coverage than the bras I normally wear so I wasn’t sure how they were going to fit.

What makes Shock Absorber unique? From their website:

They are fast drying, durable, breathable and moisture wicking.

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So how does all that play out in reality? Well I’ll be honest when I first tried on the Ultimate Run Bra, I was a little concerned that it wasn’t going to fit properly.  I could barely get it closed and am already at the last set of clasps.  However, once I had it on, I actually forgot it was on, I didn’t have any issues with it being too tight or moving around at all.  I even wore it while running stairs when I was definitely breathing hard and on the 19 miles I ran at Gorge & had no issues whatsoever.

I’ll even go as far to say that even though it was soaked after my 19 miles, yes, I sweat a lot, it didn’t feel quite as wet as my other bras do so I’ll attest to their quick dry assertion.

For reference, I am wearing a 34B.  They have a huge range of sizes, everything from 30A to 40DD with E, F & G cup sizes.  They do follow the UK sizing, but I’d say that it was pretty accurate to US sizing as I wear a 32C/34B in normal bras when I’m not wearing a sports bra, which is practically never these days :).

When I got opened the Active Zip Plunge, I was a bit concerned that this was going to be some racy bra that’s showcasing the cleavage.  On me it wasn’t, it was definitely full coverage, but it was a slightly bigger size, 36B so it wasn’t quite as snug as I probably needed.

I liked the style and it was pretty comfortable, my biggest issue, outside of the wrong size, was that the bra I received had a piece of fabric at the bottom of the zipper that pushed into the bottom of my ribs, it made it very uncomfortable and didn’t look quite right.  I’m not sure if I received an older version of the bra because the photos on the site & Instagram don’t show that extra piece of fabric.

This bra, while cute on, wasn’t as good of a fit for me as the Ultimate Run Bra, which ultimately is the better choice for me, as an avid runner.

Shock Absorber also has a few other bras like the Active Multi Sport Bra that has sizes from 32B to 40HH.  The Active Shaped Push-Up Bra, which I thought was really cute, that comes in more standard sizes from 32A to 38D. And then there are 2 more Active Classic Bras to choose from as well.

Prices range from $59.99 for the Classics to $79.99 for the Ultimate Run Bra.   That’s a lot for a bra, but if it can truly help the bounce and you don’t notice that it’s on, it might be worth the price tag to find a good one.

Are you in Boston for the Boston Marathon?  You can find Shock Absorber at the Expo at Booth 2042.  They’ll have some awesome discounts for you there.

Not in Boston? Me either.  So here’s the part where you can win an Ultimate Run Bra.
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#Spring4Prana: Spring 2017 Review & A Discount

I’ve been really fortunate to work with prAna and FitApproach for the last few spring & fall seasons to try out some of their new line and share with you some different looks from my normal running gear ;).

In the past I’ve reviewed the Meme Pant, the Prism Yoga pant and last fall the London Jean (which I wear all the time they are so comfortable) and the Devan Henley.

I was super excited to receive my new prAna gear last Monday, right before I was heading to Miami for work.  I choose to try the Mantra Pant & the Liana Sweater.  These pieces seemed the most me & were a few pieces that I fit my fitness aesthetic, especially the sweater.

I immediately had to try everything on, over the clothes I was wearing lol.  And it all fit perfectly. I got a size small in both pieces.

I really like the Mantra pant, it’s casual, but yet still nice enough I can wear them for work.  I wore them for a nice dinner and felt super comfortable.  I’ll definitely be adding them to my rotation for work trips.

The Mantra Pant comes in 5 colors, I picked Oatmeal and Smitha picked the Black Herringbone, which is also very nice and something you could wear in a biz casual environment as well.

From the prAna website the Mantra Pant is Soft hemp is blended with stretch fabric and trimmed with organic cotton, creating a naturally versatile pant. A relaxed fit, mid-rise, and straight leg are classically styled.

For the top, I chose the Liana sweater because it’s a nice, light weight knit top that I feel like I can wear over a yoga or run tank before or after a workout to kind of dress things up.

The Liana sweater comes in 3 colors, I picked Bora Bora because it was a nice springy color.

From the website, the Liana sweater is naturally beautiful. A wide neck, angled stripes, and asymmetrical hem create a casual feminine silhouette. A lightweight blend of soft hemp and organic cotton is conscious, comfortable, and moisture-wicking.

I do like this sweater and it looks cute on, but I do have to mention that I have already gotten a few pulls in the knit from my ring and there is no way I can wear this around the kitties or I’ll have so many pulls.  I think the asymmetrical hem is a little odd, but overall it’s cute.

Have you tried prAna?  What are your favorite pieces?

They have a lot of cute things out this spring, including some running shorts and yoga gear.  You can use code S.4P17RLB to save 15% on www.prana.com until Mar 28, 2017.

A Double FriYay Five

Today’s Friday 5 is a double.  I’m going to not only share with you 5 more exercises that you can do with the Kamagon Ball & Surge from Hedstrom Fitness but also 5 of my favorite things right now.

So let’s get started.  First up here are today’s 5 exercises using my Kamagon Ball & Surge.  I love the Kamagon Ball, it’s seriously one of my fav new things.

Now on to Five of my favorite things.

1) GoMacro macrobars – I’m so excited to have teamed up with Go Macro to be an ambassador & to be using them for my SD100 training.  I have been a huge fan since I first tried the Cashew Butter Macrobar back in 2012. I love that they use Certified Organic ingredients, all of which you can understand and don’t use dates as the base in their bars.  And they taste amazing!

2) I talked about this in my goals post, but I know that I haven’t been drinking nearly enough water, mostly because it’s so cold right now, I don’t feel as thirsty, but I’ve also partnered up with Essence pH10 water to help me get my daily water intake up, which as an ultra runner is so important.

From the Essence pH10 website: Essence pH10 is a premium alkaline water that contains 10% of the daily recommended allowance of calcium, magnesium, and zinc acetate. Additionally, we add organic hibiscus making this the only nutritional water on the market. This patented formula is designed to produce a sustainable pH10 that helps to restore the bodies pH balance. Essence pH10 is 100% sodium free.

3) My Momentum Jewelry sparklets & motivate wraps.  When you are training for a 100 miler or anything for that matter, it’s easy to get discouraged if a run feels super hard or doesn’t go the way you’d like it to.  I know that I look down at my wrist often during these runs for that extra mental push and to remember why I’m out there.

4) Altra Running Torin 2.5s – I am an Altra Ambassador and I’ve tried pretty much every Altra on the market, with the exception of the Provision & the Golden Spike.  I resisted trying the Torin 2.5s after the 2.0s just literally slipped off my feet the one and only time I wore them, but then they brought out the NYC version of the shoe and I thought, maybe the 2.5 was different.  Well I’m here to tell you, it is my new favorite road shoe.  It’s cushioned just enough to help me not pronate, which was causing me ankle pain during marathons, but not over cushioned.  I absolutely love them and if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen me wearing them almost exclusively on the road since I got them.

5) My lululemon align yoga mat.  I don’t think they sell this one anymore, I’ve had it for like 6 years, but it’s a thin but cushioned and perfect for doing not only yoga but stretching and also strength training.

What are your favorite things right now?

Rabbit Conejo Review & Instagram Giveaway

Happy New Year, friends!!  Here’s to a fabulous 2017!

To kick off the year, I’m reviewing the new Conejo crop pant from my friends at Rabbit!

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the sleevie wonder, Rabbit’s super soft long sleeve shirt.  Which I liked so much I’ve already gotten a second one.

This time I’m talking about the Conejo, Rabbit’s long awaited crop pant.  Rabbit is a Santa Barbara based company founded by 2 amazing women & runners, Monica & Jill. Rabbit gear is manufactured in Los Angeles, CA.

From the Rabbit website:

Crops are pretty great as-is, so we didn’t really reinvent the wheel here.  But, we did make a perfect fitting, moisture wicking, flattering, uber comfortable, and cute as can be crop that you will love. The conejos are made from material that’s the perfect weight, so they’re great for almost any running or lounging scenario.

– Magical combination of 87% poly/ 13% spandex
– Medium weight fabric (370gm) to wick away moisture
– Rear zip pocket located in mid-back of waistband
– Dual front internal pockets
– Crop; designed to hit at the calf
– Four way stretch for maximum comfort – rabbitMESH knee venting
– Reflective rabbit logo detail
– Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, don’t bleach, mmkay?
– Made in California, USA

I got the all black pair so I could match them with anything, but the Conejos come in several color combos. Black & Cabaret (Hot Pink), Black & Charcoal Heather (grey) and Dress Blues Heather & Black.

The all black has rabbit mesh on the waist band and the knee venting. The Conejos have a decent sized zippered back pocket and 2 front pockets. There’s even a reflective little rabbit logo on the right leg. I love these little details.

It doesn’t get horribly cold down here in San Diego so I don’t need to wear crops very often, but the Conejos are super comfortable, you barely feel like you are wearing anything at all.  They are super lightweight, but can also keep you warm.  I wore them in the snow & 30 degree temps last week and didn’t feel cold at all.

I got the size medium and for the most part they fit perfectly.  I feel like I might be in between a small & a medium because the legs fit absolutely perfectly and when walking around the waist fits great.  When I run, I do on occasion have to pull at the waist.  After I washed them, it seemed to be a little better, but the only downsize to the Conejos is that there isn’t a drawstring at the waist to prevent this.

All in all, this isn’t a huge deterrent because they are so comfortable and the fact that they kept me warm in the snow was such a plus.

Now for the fun stuff…Want to try the Conejos or other Rabbit gear for yourself?  Head over to https://www.runinrabbit.com/ and use code runnylegs to save 20%.

Want to win a pair of Conejos?  Check out my Instagram post from today.  Make sure you follow me and @runinrabbit and tell us in the comments your what your 2017 goal is.  That’s it, super easy and my friends at Rabbit will pick the winner.  Contest will run until Friday, Jan 6, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Review + Instagram Giveaway: Rabbit Sleevie Wonder

If you’ve been following Sean @ultrarunnersd on Instagram or have seen any of our running photos together for the last 6-9 months, you’ve probably seen him running in Rabbit shorts.  He loves their Daisy Dukes ;).

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So when the nice folks at Rabbit contacted me to test out and review some of their new fall line and do a giveaway I was super excited for a few reasons.

#1 – Sean loves the brand and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, lol

#2 – It’s California company, based out of Santa Barbara, I even saw one of the founders, Monica, out on a run when I was crewing for Sean at the SB100 in July. And not only that, the clothes are made in Los Angeles, which allows them to keep a close eye on the production of their products.

#3 – Their clothes are really cute, I mean come on, that little rabbit logo is too cute.

They sent me 2 pieces from their new fall line.  I’m going to review the Sleevie Wonder today and I’ll be reviewing the other piece in a few weeks.

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What is the Sleevie Wonder?  Well it’s a long sleeve shirt that comes in 2 different material options.  1) All “rabbit mesh” or 2) a combo “rabbit mesh” & heather.   It’s got a thumb hole and it’s lightweight, so so soft and it’s a slightly looser fit.

I got a size medium, I’m a 6/8 in other brands depending on the fit, but I have long arms and hate tight necklines so I typically go up slightly to accommodate.  The medium fits me perfectly, the arms are just a tad short with the thumb hole used but not bad.  And the neckline is slightly lower than a normal crew-neck which suits me perfectly!

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I found it to work well in the upper 40/low 50 degree temps that we’ve had here recently in San Diego.  It’s not too heavy but it’s not super light either.  Kind of like Goldilocks, it was just right :).

I picked the combo Rabbit Mesh & Heather sleevie and OMG, the heathered portion of the shirt is so so soft.  It feels amazing on, I seriously just want to wear it all the time.  The rabbit mesh arm is so cute with lots of little rabbits all over the arm.  I found the mesh arm to be a little thinner than the heather arm which was a nice contrast.  It allowed a little more airflow which kept me cool when I heated up.

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There are 4 different colors for the sleevie wonder, 2 each for the different styles.  I picked the deep blue heather color, it’s kind of a dark purple and since purple is one of my fav colors, I figured this would be a better fit for me than the black heather.  There are also 2 different colors in the all rabbit mesh, a hot pink called cabaret & navy blue called dress blues.

It’s not super cold here in San Diego yet, but last week we had a little cool spell and I couldn’t wait to try my new Rabbit gear out.  The sleevie felt great on, like I said before it is super soft and it wicked sweat nicely. One of the nice things about Rabbit is that their gear dries really quickly.  I wish they would come out with a fast drying sports bra, because post run, wet sports bras are the worst!

I didn’t have any issues with my sleevie riding up or moving around, in fact I barely felt like it was on.  I did wear a tank under it the first time I wore it and I also tried it a second time with only a sports bra underneath and it fit great either way. I foresee this being a great addition to my cool SD weather arsenal.

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So now that you’ve heard all about how much I love my Sleevie Wonder, I know you’re thinking about that giveaway I spoke about earlier…

One person is going to win a the top of your choice and all you have to do is:

  • Follow @runinrabbit & me @runnylegs on Instagram
  • Post a photo of yourself telling us what your strategy is to keep running consistently during the holiday season. Mine? I started the #RWRunstreak a few days early and am determined to see it through so I run at least a mile everyday.
  • Tag @runinrabbit & @runnylegs so we can see your photo.  Public profiles required so we can see your photo.

The contest will run from Monday, Dec 12 – Friday, Dec 16 at 11:59p Pacific.  The folks at Rabbit will chose the winner.  Winner must reside in the US or have a US address to ship to.  Void where prohibited.

Don’t want to wait to get your own Sleevie Wonder or other awesome Rabbit gear?  Use code runnylegs at checkout and save 20% on all rabbit products

Foodie Finds: Protein Version + A Giveaway

I love food!  And it’s no wonder coming from a huge Italian family :). I used to be incredibly picky, but over the years and a lot of time in the food & beverage industry have opened up my eyes to a lot of yummy foods that in the past I would have never tried.

That being said, as I’ve discussed before, I don’t really like to cook, which as a foodie is probably sacrilegious but it is what it is, right.

So when I have the opportunity to try new products that are tasty, easy and mostly healthy, I’m all for it.

In the past few weeks I’ve been sent some new (to me) products and I thought I’d share my thoughts.  Interestingly enough all 3 of these products are protein products that I could use either before or after a run.  I received free samples of each of these products, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

First up, Doughbar Doughnuts, a protein packed doughnut.  Who doesn’t love doughnuts?  These are so cute and come in a number of flavors.  The Northern California bakery sent me a few to try.  I picked Apple Pie with Streusel Crunch & Maple Bacon and then they sent me the Cookies & Cream.

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Doughbar Doughnuts are baked not fried and packed with 11 grams of protein in each doughnut.  They have 3g sugar and 150 calories each.  Right now they aren’t gluten free but they have one in the works that will be coming soon.

Doughbar sends you instructions on how to make your doughnuts.  You heat them in the microwave for a few seconds and then you decorate them however you want with the frosting & crunch (also microwaved for a few seconds).

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So how do they taste?  Well they are a bit heavier than a traditional doughnut, I equate them to more bagel like than doughnut like, but they were tasty.  I was expecting to like the apple pie flavor the best, but the Cookies & Cream were my favorite!

They take orders at 8:00am on Thursdays and then ship as perishable goods on Mondays, the doughnuts range from $15 – $39 for 4 – 12 doughnut packs – there is a $9 flat rate shipping cost as well.

Next up, the folks at Mighty Organic Organic Beef Bars sent me an awesome gift pack (they were also giving away a 1000 bars via an email I received as well) with 2 of their new beef bar flavors and some other cool things.

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I was shocked at how many bars they sent and really impressed with the flavors.  I have to say in the past, I would have been a bit leary of the a beef bar, equating it to the jerky that you see in a convenience store.  I can honestly say I’ve never had one of those jerky sticks.

Mighty Organic’s beef bars are nothing like what I imagine those sticks to be like.  They have 3 flavors, Uncured Bacon & Apple, Cranberry & Sunflower Seed and Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper.

From their website absolutely no antibiotics, GMOs, synthetic hormones or toxic pesticides are used in Mighty Snacks. They have 8 grams of protein, are gluten & nut free.  They use 100% grassfed, organic cattle raised in the Channel Country of the Australian Outback.

They sent me samples of the Uncured Bacon & Apple & the Cranberry & Sunflower Seed bars, although I have to say the sea salt & cracked pepper sounds amazing & I’m excited to try it next!

The beef bars are soft and chewy, they are super flavorful.  I really enjoyed them, especially the uncured bacon & apple.

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You can find Mighty Snacks at Whole Foods, Sprouts and even 7-11 or online.  They sell them individually or in packs of 12, 24 or 48.

Lastly, local San Diego based company, Arctic Zero sent me some of their new flavors of Fit Frozen Desserts to try.

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Arctic Zero is handcrafted from Premium ingredients, no artificial ingredients, sweeteners or colors.  They use the finest quality whey protein that is lactose free.

Arctic Zero ingredients are Fat Free, Certified Gluten-Free (with the exception of 3 flavors), Lactose Free, GMO Free, Low Glycemic & Kosher and Vegetarian.  They have 12 grams of Protein per pint.

They sent me the 5 newest flavors, 3 Chunky Flavors – Brownie Blast, Banana Pudding & Snickerdoodle Dandy, 2 Creamy flavors Cake Batter & Poppin’ Pomegranate.

Of these flavors, 3 of them have 75 calories per serving, 300 calories per pint and the other 2 have only 35 calories per serving 150 calories per pint.

They recommend allowing the pint to thaw for 10 – 15 minutes before digging in to enjoy it at its creamiest.

So, how does it taste?  Well, I’ll be honest, the only one of the 5 that I really liked was the Brownie Blast.  The other flavors were very mild in taste & I had to search for the flavor, especially the cake batter.  But the Brownie Blast, was super yummy.  It tasted chocolatey and had chunks of brownie inside.

The texture is nice once it’s thawed and if you are looking for a low calorie dessert, I would definitely recommend the Brownie Blast.  With 75 calories per serving & 300 calories per pint, it’s a nice low calorie treat.  The other flavors, I would probably add to maybe some fruit or in the case of the Snickerdoodle Dandy, maybe a fruit crumble to give it a bit more flavor.

Now for the good stuff!  Mighty Organic generously is giving a gift bag, like the one I received to one lucky reader!  Want to try them for yourself? Enter below.

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Review: Project Repat Running Shirt Quilt

If you are like me, you’ve run a lot of races over the years and you have a lot of race shirts just hanging around.

Race shirts have evolved over the years, going from unisex crew neck cotton shirts to tech shirts, to women & men’s specific tech and some super soft cotton.  But the majority have one thing in common.  What’s that?  They are sitting in a drawer or are in a Rubbermaid container in my garage.

So when the nice people at Project Repat contacted me, I was intrigued.  I could take my old race shirts that I never wear and make them into a quilt?  How cool is that?

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So how does Project Repat work?

It’s so easy, first you go online, choose your panel size, quilt size and the color of fleece you want on the back.

Once you’ve placed your order, Project Repat will send you and email with instructions on how to send your shirts, you ship them and then in a few weeks you receive a beautiful quilt!

I selected the standard 12×12 panel size, 24 panel twin size quilt with a light blue fleece backing.

Then came the hard part, deciding which of my many race shirts to use.

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I immediately headed to the garage and started going through the shirts that have been in containers since I moved last year (or longer for some).  At first I was worried I wouldn’t have enough shirts to even make a small quilt, but I soon found out I had more than enough.

There is a bit of additional work that you need to do prior to sending off your shirts.  If your shirts have graphics on both sides you need to pick which side you want them to use by cutting the shirt.

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I think I ended up cutting 95% of the shirts I sent because the majority of them have sponsors, etc. on the back.  Although there were a few shirts that the back looked nicer than the front.

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Once I had them all cut up, I recounted to make sure I had 24 panels and then they sat for a few days, ok, a few weeks, while we traveled around the world, and I was able to print out the paperwork to send with my package.

Once I was ready, I took all my shirts, packed them in a medium flat rate priority mail box from USPS and headed to the post office.  Since you pay for shipping your shirts, I found a flat rate box worked perfectly for me.  Especially since I was shipping my shirts to the east coast.

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Project Repat was great about keeping me in the loop, I received a bunch of emails keeping me up to date on the status.  First when they received my shirts, then when my quilt was shipped, another when it was out for delivery and a final one once it was delivered.

The final product is so much nicer than I could have imagined.  At first I didn’t want to use it because it was so nice, but then once day I was sitting on the couch freezing and it was next to me so I wrapped myself up.  It’s surprisingly warm.  And shocker here 😉 the kitties love it too!

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Sean was super impressed as well, we might even need to get another one with his race shirts!

Want one for yourself or the runner in your life?  There is still time to get one for the holidays.  Head over to www.projectrepat.com to save 15% and order yours today!

 

*I received a twin size 24 panel quilt from Project Repat in exchange for this review, of which all opinions are my own. There are referral links in this post.*

Ultima Replenisher Review + Instagram Giveaway

Thank you to Ultima Replenisher for sending me some of their new product for this review & Carlsbad Marathon (or Half Marathon) giveaway!

I can’t remember exactly when I started drinking Ultima but it was sometime last fall.  I remember buying a container at a race last year.  It’s now my go-to for every race.

I loved that it was made with real fruit, has lots of vitamins and minerals, is vegan and gluten free.  The original formula that I started using had about 15 calories in it, the new version is zero calories & zero sugar.  They do use Non-GMO Malodextrin & Stevia Leaf Extract for a little sweetness.

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There are 5 flavors: Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry and the newest Cherry Pomegranate. My favorite is Grape and then Lemonade.

I like to drink it on it’s own and for races I mix it with CarboPro, which I use for calories, to add in some electrolyte and yummy flavor.

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I’ve tried both versions side by side and I don’t notice much difference in taste.  I didn’t mind the original formula with the 15 calories because I needed more calories for ultras but I understand why they would want to drop the calorie count.

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Ultima comes in 30 serving containers, 90 serving containers and 20 count stick packs.  I typically buy the 90 serving containers because they are more cost effective, but the stick packs are super nice for races because they are tiny and easy to put in a bottle wrap or stick in a pocket of my Orange Mud HydraQuiver or even my shorts pocket.

Ultima is the on-course electrolyte at the following San Diego races: The Triple Crown (Carlsbad marathon, LaJolla Half, Americas Finest Half), San Diego Half and the Surfing Madonna.

Have you tried Ultima?  What flavor is your favorite or would you most want to try?

Now for the fun stuff!!!!  Head over to my Instagram to enter to win an entry to the Carlsbad Marathon or Half Marathon on January 14, 2017!! Thanks to my friends at Ultima, I’m giving away 2 entries + a container of Grape Ultima, which will be the on-course flavor, one for you and a friend!!

Review: Prana London Jeans & Devan Henley

I am on a roll this week and am knocking out blog posts left & right, LOL. I’m back with another review, this time I partnered with my friends at prAna and FitApproach to review an outfit from prAna’s fall line.

It was a 103 here in San Diego on Monday and we’ve had temps in the 90s ever since fall officially began but it’s much cooler in other parts of the country.

While we don’t have the fall temps here, there were fall temps when we were in Tahoe for Tahoe 200 earlier this month and I got a lot of use out of both of my new pieces from prAna.

prAna has 5 different styles of jeans for women.  The London, which I picked, are prAna’s most fitted jean.  They are a mid-rise, with traditional 4 pocket styling and come in different inseam lengths. Ignore Mr. Purrums head-butting me ;).

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The London jean is made out of organic cotton, with Sorona® polyester which adds natural stretch, durability, and allows the jeans to retain shape.

I reviewed the Meme Pant last fall and I got a size 6 which is my normal size, but they were a bit big in the waist so I decided to go with a size 4 with the London Jean so they weren’t too big.

The verdict?  I think they fit like a glove, but the waist is a bit tight when I sit down sometimes, haha.  But other than that, they fit just like a pair of yoga pants, they are sooo comfortable.

I rarely wear jeans, I spend the majority of my time, in running or yoga clothes, but I was really impressed with fit and comfort level of these.

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I picked the dark indigo color, and the London Jean also comes in Antique Blue (a lighter blue color).  When I got the jeans it came with a notice that I should wash the jeans alone a few times to avoid color transfer, which I did.

The London Jean comes in 3 different inseam lengths, short is 29in, regular 31in and tall 33in.  I’m 5’8″ and wouldn’t call myself short, but for some reason prAna sent me the short length.  I was expecting to have to send them back to get the regular length, but surprisingly they fit well.  I took a few photos and asked Smitha @runningwithsd what she thought and we were in agreement that they fit fine.

Now for the top, I originally wanted to try the Yarrah dress because it looked like it would be perfect for work.  As we’ve established, it doesn’t get very cold here in SD so I didn’t know which of the fall sweaters I would even be able to use.  I finally decided that the Devan Henley would be a good option.  It’s a cute hoodie and seemed a bit lighter weight then some of the other sweaters.

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Made of a mix of organic cotton and polyester, the Devan Henley is made to be layered.  It comes in 4 different colors, mineral green, vintage cobalt, winter & black and sizes XS to XL.

I got the mineral green color in a size small.  I’m not of huge fan of green, but it looked really nice on, if I had it to do over again, I would choose the vintage cobalt since I’m more of a blue girl ;).

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The Devan Henley fit pretty well, it was roomy and allowed me to wear a long sleeve jacket and a short sleeve shirt under it.  I probably would have gone with an XS if I wanted it to be more fitted.  It’s supposed to be a relaxed fit so I’m ok with a little looser fit.

Are you looking for some new casual clothes for fall?  Head over to prAna and check out their new fall line, it doesn’t disappoint.

And use code PFS16LEGS to save 15% until Oct 31.

Review: Terra’s Kitchen

Disclosure: I received a $100 credit from Terra’s Kitchen to do this review.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you are probably aware that I love food, but I’m not really a big fan of cooking.  That’s not to say that I can’t, it’s just that I don’t enjoy it and with all the traveling that we do, even just going to the grocery store is not a common occurrence.

We don’t have air conditioning and turning on the oven is a no-no during the summer and I need easy recipes that are quick to make.  I’ve seen and tried a few other meal services and I have to say that Terra’s Kitchen fulfills those needs.

So how does it work?  You start by putting in your zip code and email address.  You can either pick the recipes you’d like to cook or their chefs can choose for you.  They prep and pre-portion, pre-chop the ingredients for you.  This is a huge plus, some of the other services give you all the ingredients but you still have to chop veggies, etc. which takes a lot of time.  They deliver everything weekly, I believe there were options for Thursday & Saturday in my zip code.  And then finally you cook the healthy meals in 30 minutes or less using the step by step recipe cards.

I had a hard time picking my meals there were so many to choose from, I finally settled on 4 meals and filled my vessel.  The meals come in this super cool climate controlled vessel that looks like a mini fridge.  You can see more in the video that I made below (sorry I’m still learning how to take the best videos and I didn’t realize that I needed to hold my phone the other way, oops).

The meals I chose were Crispy Salmon & Watermelon Salsa, Tilapia Salad with Arugula & Apples, Bacon, Kale & Caramelized Onion Pasta Salad & TERRAchilada.  All the meals I received had organic grass-fed beef and sustainable fish in them.

So once you get the vessel which was sent via FedEx, you take out all the food, peel off the label and then leave it in the same place you found it for FedEx to pick it up the next business day.  You don’t have to do anything special, the pick-up has already been arranged for you.

Terra's Kitchen, Meal ServiceI got our first delivery on Thursday after we got home from Tahoe and made our first meal that night.  I picked to have meals for 2 people because it’s just Sean & I, but you can pick to have meals for up to 4 people.  All of the meals are pre-portioned & pre-chopped and labeled with a number that corresponds to the recipe card so you know exactly what you need.

Our first meal was the Crispy Salmon with Watermelon Salsa.

Crispy Salmon & Watermelon Salsa Prep for Crispy Salmon & Watermelon Salsa Crispy Salmon & Watermelon Salsa

 

I actually skipped the next 2 days because we went to Kodiak and needed to carb up and then spent the night out of town, fortunately all the meats had use by dates that went until the following Tuesday so we had some time to use them.

Next up was the Tilapia Salad with Arugula & Apples.  I did another video so here goes :).

This salad was so easy to make, the tilapia was so tender, it literally fell apart as I was cooking it.  The only caveat on this one is that I didn’t realize it at first but I received 2 containers of almonds and no honey for the dressing.  I didn’t have any in the house so I made the dressing without it.  It was still good but probably not as good as it would have been with the honey.

Tilapia Salad with Arugula & Apples Tilapia Salad with Arugula & Apples

Next up was the Bacon, Kale & Caramelized Onion Pasta.  Again super easy, I made a mistake on this one though, I don’t normally cook with sugar so I left the brown sugar out of the caramelized onions but then Sean was like you should use it so I threw it in after the fact and I felt like the sauce was a bit too sweet for me.  For some reason I didn’t take any prep photos so all we’ve got is my finished product :).

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The last meal I made was the TERRAchildas which is Terra’s Kitchen’s version of the enchilada.  These don’t look the same as the photo and were very tasty but not easy to eat.  I think I didn’t make the tortilla’s exactly right, but it was super yummy.

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I have to say these meals were so easy, I would start them when Sean said he was on his way home and they were always done before he arrived.  I felt like they were done before you knew it.  I never once had to turn on the oven and the step by step directions were perfect.

We loved Terra’s Kitchen and I’ve already placed my order for this week, on my own dime.  Sean & I cleaned our plates every single time.  This is a big deal for me because I really don’t like to cook.

Want to try Terra’s Kitchen for yourself?  You can use code TOAST30 for $30 off your first-time order.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.