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that’s tight. [pro compression sleeve review].

10 Dec

Disclosure:  Pro Compression sent me a pair of their calf sleeves to review through my relationship with Fit Approach/Sweat Pink.  Of course all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

So if you follow this blog or any of my (highly ridiculous) social media channels, you have probably figured out that I sorta like to run.  I am by no means an expert on gear or injury prevention or any of that stuff, but one thing that has worked for me over the years has been wearing compression sleeves or socks post-race to help aid my recovery.  Sometimes I’ll even wear them as I run when I’m feeling particularly gunnerish.

This past Saturday, I pulled a gunner move and ran 13.1 in the morning (well, technically 12.85 but that’s a story for a different day) and then high-tailed it over to Vayyyyygusss for a “girl’s weekend.” (In quotes because who am I?).

Anyway, I wore compression sleeves under my skinny jeans the whole first part of the trip. OH WHAT.

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As a compression sleeve fan, I was pumped to have the opportunity to take a pair of Pro Compression‘s sleeves for a spin this morning.   I have a couple other pairs of compression sleeves that I like (from Zensah and Thirty48), and some compression socks from Pro Compression, but had never tried their sleeves.

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My legs are still coming down from half-mary number 16 (see, gunner), so I wore them on a short 2.5-er this morning. What’d I think? Well, it seems only fitting that I break this down into a pro and con list. #punny.

Cons 

  • The fabric felt a little bit itchy at first, but I adjusted after a few minutes.
  • The sleeves feel slightly less breathable than the ProCompression socks.

Pros:

  • These babies were TIGHT.  My calves felt compressed.
  • I like the black – inoffensive and boss-like (although there are tons of different colors).
  • ProCompression has TONS of styles/colors  — they have a style of the month and tons of different themed options.  (I have a holiday pair and a patriotic pair which have come in handy.  I need to secure a Turkey-themed one for my annual Turkey Trot, though, to keep the running dorkdom meter off the charts).

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clif mojo + camelbak relay review.

23 Mar

I’m recovering from a week filled of workouts (6 spin classes in 5 days might be a tad on the aggressive side) but I wanted to pop in and share my thoughts on a couple of products that were recently sent to me to check out!

I’m a fan of Clif Bar — half a Clif Bar has often been a pre-run go-to for me.  A little while ago, Clif reached out and asked if I’d be interested in trying their MOJO bars.  Of course I said yes.

IMG_6119Overall,  the MOJO bars reminded me a LOT of KIND bars (which are a favorite of mine).  I like that the bars had real chunks of dried fruit and whole nuts, as well as other healthy and delicious things (chia seeds, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, etc.)

My favorite flavors were the ones with dark chocolate – both the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and the Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond were rich and dessert-like.  I liked the idea of a Coconut Almond Peanut bar but I feel like there was maybe one too many flavors going on in there.  While peanuts and coconuts are two of my favorite things I’m not sure they go together. I’d buy these bars and I think they’re on par with KIND bars, but I think overall KIND bars might be slightly more tasty.

This week I also had the opportunity to check out a new product from Camelbak, the “Relay” water filtration system, which will be available in stores this month.

The Relay is similar to a Brita system, but what’s cool about the Relay is that it filters in real time.  I’ve used a Brita filter for years, and while it’s convenient, I sort of love that this fills up entirely while you’re at the sink.  It also makes transportation of the device back to the fridge easier because the pitcher isn’t top heavy because all of the water is waiting to be filtered.

 photo 1 (6)So far, I am a convert.  I am hoping the filter refills will be easy to find (meaning that they better be at my local City Target because that’s the only place I ever go).

[Disclosure: Clif Bar and Camelbak both sent me product free to review, but I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own].

Tell me:

  • Favorite snack bar? 
  • Have you tried the MOJO? Fav flav?
  • Do you use a water filtration system of some kind or do you trust the tap? 

sunday funday [cliché but accurate].

15 Jul

Last time I plopped by I was recapping my epic Friday. The rest of my weekend was much more mellow  and it even included  some “spring” cleaning on Saturday.

I started this morning with a 6-mile run. Before that, though, I knew I’d need to eat a little something. I was fresh outta bananas so I decided to try the Quaker Banana Nut Bar I was sent in my VoxBox through Influenster.* I took the package’s suggestion and warmed it up for 10 seconds. It was good! Light enough to be eaten just before heading out the door for a run, but not so heavy that I felt it. The flavors were rich – it actually tasted pretty close to real banana bread, or at least wayyyy closer than a Clif Bar or something would (and Clif Bars are my bar of choice. Hah.) I liked that I could see the nut pieces on top as well.

After my run, I was off to spend the day at the Concerts in the Park  in Manhattan Beach for a little Sunday Funday with Aviva, Armita, and our friends Blake and Heather who live over there. We got there early (around 1) and staked out a spot and hung around eating and drinking the day away (mimosas, gotta #stayclassy). The music, atmosphere, and people were all awesome.

mimosas. [a little leftover champagne from blake and heather’s recent engagement party]

The motown music was awesome – we all literally danced to “Proud Mary.” The woman singing Etta James’ classic “At Last” was incredible, too. Yay for the Tom Nolan Band!

tom nolan band.

Loved today – I need to spend more time in the beach cities!

When I got home, Jenn and I grabbed dinner at local favorite, Mendocino Farms.

she loooovess her mendo.

summer cubano.

I went with the summer cubano [Slow braised carnitas, prime honey ham, Mendocino Mustard, housemade pickles, Cuban mojo sauce, crispy plantains on Dolce Forno’s soft roll]. It had me at the words “carnitas” and “crispy plantains.” I also stole a bite or two of Jenn’s orzo side salad – the curry flavors were incredible. I am definitely starting to get on board the Mendocino craze!

Before I round out the weekend with my workouts, I wanted to share some links I’ve been enjoying from around the web:

And finally, it wouldn’t be Sunday unless I shared my workouts:
  • Monday: Cardio Barre
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run (easy)
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: 3 mile run (treadmill) + 800 meter swim
  • Saturday: OFF
  • Sunday: 6 mile run
I am trying to get back in the swing of things to gear up for a fall marathon by running a little more, and I am trying to swim, spin, and lift at least once a week. I didn’t do amazingly well on this, but I took 2 days off which I think my body needed based on some weird foot pain (dang high heels!)
Anyone have any links to add to that list?

Does your city offer free concerts in the park?

* [Disclaimer]: While Influenster and Quaker sent me this product to review, all opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.