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July Stridebox Review!

Hello and happy Tuesday! My July edition of Stridebox arrived in the mail yesterday! If you are unfamiliar with Stridebox, it is essentially a monthly subscription where runner enthusiasts receive sample sizes of pre and post run snacks, and few little running accessories. Feel free to learn more by checking out their website, or my past reviews. Let’s see what I got this month!

This month’s box included:

  • Mediterra – Sesame Energy Bar – Pistachio Honey
  • Hüma – Chia Energy Gel – Lemonade
  • Purps – Vita Drink – Purple Berry
  • Dermasport- Skincare for Athletes – Varety Pack
  • Rock Tape – Kinesiology Tape and Application Guide
  • Salba Chia – Boost – Whole Chia Seeds
  • GU Tab – Watermelon
  • Youth Infusion – Tangerine
  • Water Bottle

Most pumped about trying:

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My adorable new water bottle! The print on this bottle reads “Life is better when you’re running”, and I wholeheartedly agree. It holds about 17 oz, and car cup holder friendly, making it perfect as a hydration tag-a-long for when you’re out and about. Stridebox sent me a water bottle last summer that I still love and use today, so keep it coming you guys!

I am wary about trying:

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Energy gels taste like space food to me, and they never go down smooth. I can semi handle the GU packets, but the flavor HAS to be salted watermelon. That being said, a lemonade flavored energy gel with chia seed bits doesn’t sound to appetizing to me, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It appears to be gluten free and vegan friendly, which I appreciate, but on a long run I don’t care if the ingredients are jet fuel and radioactive waste, as long as it gets me through to the end.

Obsessed with the name:

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This name is ridiculous, but the drink is delicious! I tried it out this morning, and it tastes just like Grape Kool-Aid! Grape Kool-Aid was my jam as a kid, but my family hated it so we rarely ever had it. We also rarely ever had Kool-Aid because I adamant that we skip the sugar so the drink could be extra sour (I was a difficult roommate as a child). This drink is the creation of surfer dude Kelly Slater, who I think is bffs with Jack Johnson so that’s cool. The drink mix is a concoction of vitamins, minerals, and natural fruits, and I’m definitely Amazon-ing (an official verb) this to look for more!

  • Mainly just sold on the packaging:

chia seeds

Chia seeds are chia seeds. I don’t think you can upgrade them in any such way. I am big supporter of throwing chia seeds into anything and everything for a tasteless boost of fatty acids or Omega-3, and I am also big supporter of the Chia Pet, so really this is the most versatile product of all time. I feel like I am about to go into a whole schpeal on how great Chia Pets were, but let me go ahead and stop myself and get back to the point. I just loved the cute single serve packaging. I popped it into my breakfast smoothie this morning, and it did it’s normal chia seed job!

All in all I really like this box! I am so excited about the water bottle (my water bottle collection is out of control), as well as all of my new run snacks. Are any of you subscribed to a runners themed or health themed box? Let’s discuss!

May Stridebox Unboxing

Hey party people, it’s time for another Stridebox review! My box was waiting for me when I got home from work last night, and I must say this month’s box was pretty cool! It seems like the general motif for this box was “recovery.” I think you’ll see what I mean when I preview the samples. As always, feel free to grab your own box by heading over to the Stridebox website, and if you’re still a little apprehensive, check out some of my past reviews and see if that changes your mind! Now, let’s unbox…

Stridebox Review

This month’s box included:

  • Bounce – Natural Energy Ball – Cacao Mint (Thanks to Portlandia, I lost it at “Cacao”)
  • Glukos – Energy Gel – Orange
  • GU Energy – Chews – Strawberry
  • Osmo Nutrition – Active Hydration – His and Hers
  • Vita Perk – Vitamin Coffee Boost
  • Tiger Balm – Pain Relieving Patch – One Size
  • Stridebox – Massage and Recovery Ball

I am most pumped about trying:

Massage Recovery Ball

Is it weird that I am most excited about a foot massage ball? I actually used to have one very similar to this, but lost it somewhere (and by lost it, it rolled behind something in my closet), but these little things are super helpful for tired and sore feet! They are also great if you’ve been wearing uncomfortable shoes all day (i.e. this would all shoes for me. Thanks caveman feet!) and your feet hate you.

I am ALSO pumped about trying:

Tiger Balm

If there’s anything I need most in my life, it’s a chiropractor and a heating pad. I’m 99.9% that if someone took an x-ray of my spine it would look like a frayed wire cable. That being said, I am all for anything similar to an Icy Hot bandage, or something I can relieve back tension with after a run. This is a one size fits all sheet, so I’d imagine this could fit well for upper back, wrapped around a shoulder, or on the shins.

I am wary about trying:

Glukose

I’ll be honest, I’m really only wary about this one because the thought of orange flavored gel sounds like a recipe for disaster. Feeling around the packet, the consistency inside seemed a bit runny, so again, disaster. I normally opt for gel packets over chews, so I’ll still give this shot, but I can’t make any promises that I won’t immediately puke up my life after eating it.

Well that’s interesting:

Vita Perk

As someone who is relatively new to the whole coffee thing (Think Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming), I am excited to try this out! It doesn’t appear to be coffee flavored, but rather some healthy junk you can stir in with either iced or hot coffee for a little extra health boost. Updates to follow if this turns me into a super human, or

kickingscreaming

All in all I am super pleased with this box! Do you see what I mean by the “relief” motif with the Tiger Balm and the massage ball? I’m probably reaching with that one, but they both seem like great for post run recovery. I will say the downside of this receiving the box this week is that the forecast for north Texas this weekend is heavy rain, which may eliminate any opportunity for a run and trying out these samples! Is there such thing a non rain dance? If yes, is there a Youtube tutorial available? Asking for a friend…

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April Stridebox Unboxing

Good morning! I’m actually writing this post early since I don’t have to be in at work till 10 am! I had planned on going to the gym this morning, but I woke up with a lot of lower back pain because I am apparently 100 years old. So, here I am instead, writing a review with a heating pad on my back. Livin’ the dream! My April edition of my monthly subscription of Stridebox came in the mail yesterday evening, and I got quite a few goodies! If you are still unfamiliar with Stridebox, please refer to my last review, or check out their website! It is essentially a monthly subscription box for runners that includes a variety of pre, during, and post run snacks, with a few random running related items to try out as well. I always enjoy receiving my box every month, and the samples included always get put to good use. I used a handful of energy chews from my March box for my Rock N Roll Half Marathon last month, and they were great! Let’s take a look and see what it’s in the box for this month, shall we?

Stridebox Review

This month’s box included:

  • Squeaky Cheeks – Body & Foot Powder
  • Vega Sport – Endurance Gel – Orange Zest
  • Movit Energy Gummies – Berry & Citrus
  • Ultima Replenisher – Electrolyte Powder – Orangey
  • Squeaky Cheeks – Body & Foot Powder
  • Spenco – Gel Heel Cushions – One Size
  • Arctic Ease – Instant Cold Wrap
  • Zing – Nutrition Bar – Double Nut Brownie

I am most pumped about trying:

  • Vega Sport Endurance Gel

Vega Sport Endurance Gel

I have seen Vega products at Whole Foods, and have really interested in trying them out, but haven’t due to the fact that a jug of their protein powder cost about as much as a down payment on a house. I’ve also recently gotten into endurance gels as an alternative to gummy candies or energy bites for race fuel, and Vega is dairy, gluten, and soy free so I’m interested in seeing if this healthier alternative to GU packets is worth the price.

I am wary about trying:

  • Spenco Gel Heel Cushions

Spenco Gel Heel Cushions

The description of these heel cushion state that they are optimal for running or recovery. I am not certain if I’ll be placing these in the shoes I currently run in, but I may them out in what I refer to as my “weekend sneakers” (i.e. Keds or Toms) and see if they make a difference or alleviate any discomfort from walking around all day. I have tried Dr. Scholl’s inserts in running shoes in the past and found that they just felt unnatural and weird when I ran. I’ll give them a try though!

Well that’s interesting:

  • Squeaky Cheeks – Body & Foot Powder

Squeaky Cheeks Powder

This powder claims to have an active blend of essential oils and promises to prevent blisters and chafing, wick moisture away, cool and energize, and eliminate odor. Had I not read the packaging, I would have assumed that this was another electrolyte powder, and I could have potentially had an extraordinary unpleasant time with this product. It’s advised that you apply this product to feet, sock, gear, or sweat zones. Sweat Zones sounds like a missed opportunity for a 90’s boy band name. There does not appear to be an ingredients list on this product, but it does have the 100% Natural seal, so I guess I’ll just have to trust it! I think I may apply this to my feet on this weekend’s run and see how it holds up!

I hope you enjoyed this review, and I’m excited to try out everything in the box! I was once again sad to see a lack of a theme for this month, but I guess April is a tricky month for themes. Maybe some pastels? A play on “April showers bring May flowers”? Someone get me a job at Stridebox, I think I’m on to something.

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