Product Review: C3fit Arch Support Short Socks

Who doesn’t love a comfy pair of socks? Upon first look at the C3fit arch support short socks I was a little unsure of how well I’d like them. The little pad on the heel looked a little funny, but I kept an open mind. I knew what the ultimate goal of it was….arch support and heel comfort. It’s a similar style to the Pro Compression PC Runner socks, as far as the heel comfort goes. The heel pad design is different though.


The pad gets flipped up (as shown in the photo above) when wearing it. It’s almost like an appendage coming out from the heel. It’s fantastic! I love them! They’re super comfortable and you don’t even know it’s there when you’re running.

The socks retail for $14.00. Here are some product features:

  • Unique structure to support 3 arches of the foot.
  • Support arches that are shock absorber and drive force to push the feet forward.
  • Stronger yarn at the toe for durability.
  • Pile structure at heal and toe for cushion.
  • Mesh material on the instep for breathability.
  • Tab on the Achilles to prevent socks from slipping inside and protect ankles from shoes.
  • Rib at the opening for better fit.

I wear a 9.5 in running shoes and the size L socks were my size in these socks. They come in a variety of fun colors too.My only slight negative is that they are a little thin on top (this is the mesh material for breathability) and I had one toe nail that probably should have been trimmed before putting them on, and I did manage to slightly snag the fabric when putting them on. So, just beware of that. My own fault for missing that one nail haha!

Overall, very happy with these socks and they will be getting a lot of use! If you struggle with heel pain while running from shoes/socks rubbing, or need arch support I’d definitely suggest giving these a try!

Website:  http://www.c3fit.com

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Thoughts on “Milestones Every Serious Runner Should Reach”

Recently, Active.com posted a slideshow article titled Milestones Every Serious Runner Should Reach. I nearly threw up in my mouth a little reading it.

I realized early on that by ‘Serious’, they may have meant ‘Competitive.’ But even then, this article seems so backwards from what I have always loved about the running community….we are accepting of EVERYONE. To make the assumption that you’re not a serious runner if you don’t run a marathon, run X number of miles, etc. is just ridiculous.
What is a serious runner? To me, a serious runner is someone who feels so connected with the sport that it has become part of their inner being. They can’t imagine life without running.

  • Your pace doesn’t matter.
  • The distance you run doesn’t matter. Most of the points this list went over made it sound like if you’ve never run a marathon, you’re not serious about running. ๐Ÿ™„
  • You don’t need to have black toe nails, but if you do you might want to get re-fitted for a new pair of shoes.๐Ÿ˜
  • You can be competitive with yourself or be a serious runner and never do ANY of the things on the list. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

To me if you run, you’re a runner. If you can’t imagine life without running, you’re serious ๐Ÿ˜œ. Yes, some of the “milestones” listed most people would consider a big deal. However, it doesn’t make someone any more or less ‘serious’ of a runner.

Product Review: Believe Training Journal

I have been eyeing the Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan-Dumas for a while, and had the opportunity to review it so I was excited to get a chance to use it and see why so many people enjoy it.


First impressions: it’s beautiful! And I was surprised by all the bonus content. I wasn’t expecting all the extras like detailed workouts, recovery strategies, a pace chart, a section on defining goals, etc.


I also enjoyed reading the pages from Lauren and Ro’s own training journal. It was very cool to see that they’re normal people just like you and me, even though they’re professional athletes. They still have workouts that they struggle with, and they still feel tired and unmotivated at times just like anyone. Here are some pages I filled out from the past two weeks. I have learned my lesson to use it like a journal and not a planner, because I switch things up sometimes and then have to use whiteout haha! ๐Ÿ˜œ So my next week should look a little nicer.

Week 1:
Week 2:
The pro athletes created the journal when they couldn’t find one that made them want to keep journaling. I have high hopes using this journal will help me achieve my goals and it will be a good thing to do at night to unwind and refocus. It will be interesting to look back at certain workouts that went particularly well, and see what I did around that time to get those results…Ideally I’d like to start noting how much sleep I got, and what I ate all week to see if there are any patterns to how I feel during my workouts.

I’d suggest this journal to anyone who is interested in looking back at their training for sentimental purposes, or to learn from your past and improve.

Free Garmin Watch Face Download (made by me!)

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I’ve posted pictures of my state of Michigan Garmin watch face a few times on Instagram and had a few people comment on mine since Garmin came out with the option to upload custom watch face images. 

I thought I’d offer up the image so all you fellow Michigander’s could showcase your home state pride on your Garmin as well.

When I went to find the original image on my computer, I realized I had deleted it. No biggie…I created a new one and was so excited to find out they had added more options when creating a custom watch face. I love being able to look down and see not only the time, but the date, step count, and battery life. So, that was great seeing this as an option now.

To find out if your device is compatible with the Garmin Face-it App, click HERE.

Here’s how you get this neat image on your watch. I’d love you to share pictures of your watch with this and tag me on Instagram! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  1. Save the image below to your phone.mittenrunnergarminwatchface
  2. Download the Garmin Face It App, if you haven’t already.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Click the + sign on the top left corner, and select your watch.
  5. Select the photo and name it.
  6. Click the button to send it to your device, which will bring you to the Garmin Connect app to sync it to your watch.

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Have you ever created your own watch face using the app? What image did you use? It’s such a great feature to really make it your own.

Mackinac Island 10 Year Anniversary Trip (There’s running involved ๐Ÿ˜œ)

If you know me, you know how much I love Mackinac Island, Michigan. It’s a little island located to the east of St. Ignace, a city in the upper peninsula just across the Mackinac Bridge. This island, just a little over 8 miles in circumference, feels like home to me! We visit at least once a year and it’s always hard to leave. The main modes of transportation are by bicycle and horse, and the only motorized vehicles on the island are that of emergency units and garbage trucks (we actually saw the Waste Management truck out during my run around the island).

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We are always on the Island for our anniversary weekend since the 8-Mile race is the same weekend, and that race is a tradition. We knew we wanted some extra time there to explore more of the island on our mountain / adventure bikes. But, the 8-Mile weekend is a big family filled weekend…it’s my absolute favorite weekend of the entire year. So, we opted to plan our anniversary trip a few weeks early so we could get away just the two of us and it wouldn’t interfere with our daughter being in school.

Our daughter hung out with her grandparents, aunt, and cousin at the cottage for our trip.

The drive to Mackinaw City was a wet one! We drove though some nasty storms, but it cleared enough when we arrived to get a bike ride in.

We did some shopping too, which was fun. I got a bicycle necklace in rose gold, a Mackinac magnet, a Christmas ornament, and a cool framed wooden map of the island that I always comment on when we visit.

Friday was a pretty low key day. It rained some more, and TMI — I ended up getting my period with horrible cramps (I rarely get cramps, go figure!) so I took a nap (haha!) while my husband did some reading. I felt better by evening and we had a great dinner at The Pink Pony. I loved the waterfront views!
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Saturdayย morning I got my 8 mile run in around the island. This was my “time trial” for the race. It was a big confidence booster! I made a pace band for this and it was so helpful seeing where I was at each mile and knowing if I had time to slow it down near the end of a mile and recover a little before picking it up again for the next mile. So although my splits didn’t follow the band exactly, having it on definitely helped me see how I was doing and it was a good guide. I ended up finishing faster than goal pace! ๐Ÿ™Œย I think I need to re-think my race-day goals now!

 

 

My husband took this picture below as I started.
Here’s my official stats…8.13 miles, 1:11:54, 8:51 pace.

We biked about 10-12 miles Saturday afternoon and biked to the top of the island (Fort Holmes), Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf, and watched some planes land and take off at the airport.
That evening we got dressed up and took a carriage to the Grand Hotel’s Cupola bar for pre-dinner drinks, then headed down to the 5-course dinner at the hotel after.ย 
It was a great meal, but I wouldn’t spend money on that again. I’m too Dutch for that! ๐Ÿคฃ

It was such a fantastic little get-a-way, even with the weather not being great in the beginning. We were still able to do everything we wanted to, so I’d say it was a success! I’m really looking forward to returning with my family in a few weeks.

Product Review: Lucky Rings

You may have seen me wearing silicone rings in place of my wedding rings on Instagram. I’ve been wearing them for workouts since mid-July.

Kelsey, at Lucky Rings, reached out to me about trying their silicone rings and offered both my husband and I some rings to try.


My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary in September and I love my wedding rings. But, I understand why people have been swapping them out for Lucky Rings during workouts. I had never heard of Lucky Rings (or even silicone rings) until just recently, but I love the idea behind them so I decided to give them a shot.
My husband doesn’t normally wear his wedding band while running or biking because he doesn’t like the feeling. His wedding band is tungsten carbide, so it’s heavy and bulky. He was definitely intrigued by these when I told him about them. He wondered if they’d be more comfortable for working out.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you have seen me fall off my road bike (fell on my hand and knee), and you’ve seen me trip on a sidewalk while running. Clearly, I’m bound to have another spill being active ๐Ÿ˜‚. Damaging my wedding ring from an accident is something that never crossed my mind, but it’s definitely possible!๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Cue Lucky Rings!….

They are smooth and comfortable! We both have enjoyed wearing them.
I asked Kelsey to share a bit about the company:

“We are a family run business located south of Atlanta, Georgia. The Owner and his wife were having a baby girl, and he wanted to give her the opportunity to stay home with their daughter and work from home! Business only grew and grew! Then I was hired, also a mama to a baby girl, to run the office and I was able to bring my daughter to work. I have been with this company for almost a year, and I am so grateful that I can still spend time with my daughter and work with people from all over. The Owner and his family truly do put family first- and now a days the work place loses sight of that!”

What’s not to love about a small business who respects and puts family first?! That same positive energy carries through their business. They offer free exchanges and returns on customers purchases at any time. They really strive to keep their customers happy.
If you’d like to get yourself a ring (or a few!) you may use code: mittenrunner20 at checkout for a discount.

You may enter to win your own Lucky Rings (a set of 10!) on my Instagram page. Click on the picture below to read how to enter. Good luck!

Product Review: Senita Athleticsย 

I love it when I have the opportunity to try new athletic wear! Senita Athletics sent me a sports bra and matching pair of running shorts to try and I was overjoyed…who doesn’t get excited about new gear?! ๐Ÿ˜œ


First impressions….SO CUTE! I love the fun floral print.

There are a few cool features for this set:

  1. The bra has a cell phone pocket between the shoulder blades. It’s surprisingly easy to get it in and out too, but stays in place well during the run. I have an iPhone 6s for reference.
  2. The shorts have compression shorts underneath the outer layer. AND they have grippers so they don’t ride up during your run! ๐Ÿ™Œ This was my attempt at showing that…can’t really see it though haha ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.
  3. The shorts have two places for storage in the waistband; a zippered pocket on the back that I used for my keys, and a small un-zippered pocket in the front that would be good for energy gels.

My thoughts:

That bra fit was great! It was comfortable and supportive. It has some removable pads in it too. I probably won’t use the cell phone pocket in the bra again because my phone got sweaty. I’d suggest putting it in a sandwich bag to protect it if you’d like to use this feature.

The shorts are amazing! I love the zipper pocket on the back and the grippy compression shorts underneath. I wish the outer layer was just a little more form fitted around the legs though. It’s not bad, I just prefer a more fitted look.

Overall, I love this outfit and I’d definitely recommend the brand to others.

Senita makes some great tops, leggings and capris, and accessories too. If you’d like to buy this outfit, or any other items from Senita, you may use code ‘mittenrunner’ for 10% off your purchase.๐ŸŽ‰