Whole Body Cryotherapy + Normatec Recovery Boots

For someone who hates being cold, this whole body cryotherapy thing really was a positive experience!

Sam from Xtreme Cryo in Grand Rapids reached out to me at the perfect time! I was approaching peak week for my spring race training and knew recovery was going to have to be a high priority to not only make it though 3 races between 13.1-15.5 miles in distance in just 27 days, but to thrive! I’ve done these 3 races before, but I’m always up for any natural remedies to assist in recovery to give myself an even better shot at success this spring! My normal go-to’s are: compression socks, stretching, foam rolling, occasionally epsome salt baths, and infrared sauna sessions several times a week.

Here’s a little graphic about it (via Dr. Axe):


When you arrive, you’ll fill out an electronic waiver. You go to a dressing room and remove your clothing, except undergarments. And ladies, they suggest you wear a bra without underwire, so wear your favorite sports bra (Handful for me, of course!). You put on a provided robe, wool socks and gloves, and then move into the room with the WBC chamber.

They’ll go over your temperature options and you hook a clip to your ear to monitor vitals. I went with -180 which was their level 4 (although the screen facing me displayed -190). It was perfect for me, and honestly I have my doubts I’d make it through 3 minutes at the max of -220. I just don’t tolerate cold that well!

Once you step in, they’ll close the chamber and you remove the robe and hand it over. It’s cold right away, but will gradually get colder until it peaks at what you selected. By the end it was like pins and needles pain, but it’s oddly soothing. It mists on and off, shutting off when it reaches peak temperature and re-mists to keep it consistent. And I’d definitely do this over an ice bath any day! At the conclusion of the session, they’ll hand the robe back for you to put back on before the chamber is re-opened.

I was able to use the Normatech boots after the WBC session, which was a wonderful surprise! I’ve been curious about these forever! They felt so good, especially right after WBC! The compression once it reaches upper leg is so intense…more than I imagined. It’s kind of like getting your blood pressure taken, but on your legs! I just let it go on auto, but you can have it focus on certain areas if you’re more sore in a specific spot.

Here’s a list if their prices and all the services they offer:

If you’re in the Grand Rapids area and are interested, I’d give them a try! My only negative thing is really just a personal issue, in that this is not an ideal location for me anymore since we moved. I’d love a lakeshore location! That said, it worked out perfect for running by my parents house, as it was only about 20 minutes away. So I’d just have to plan a running route closer if I knew I would be heading that way I suppose. ๐Ÿ˜Š I ran hills today and my legs didn’t feel fatigued, so that’s a win! All in all a great experience!

Note: Xtreme Cryo provided me with the services for free, but all opinions expressed are my own.


Favorite Activewear

I recently got asked about my favorite running shorts so I thought I’d do a post on my favorite activewear brands/pieces.

Little story for ya! I tried Oiselle’s Roga and Mac Roga shorts a few years ago and fell in love with them. They were lightweight, comfortable, not skin tight, but also not the old school swishy running shorts. I got excited when I saw a new print recently and decided to order it in the Roga’s. I was so disappointed when they arrived to find out the waist band no longer had the draw string and they fit completely different. They feel tighter on my hips, and the leg holes aren’t near as fitted as the older design. So bummed!

So when I received a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods for my birthday, I knew I wanted to check out the options for running shorts. While browsing the apparel I found these Nike Dri-fit shorts. I wish they had more of a name attached to them because Nike makes a lot of swishy shorts that have the same Dri-fit tag. ๐Ÿง Anyway, these ones are fantastic! Super lightweight, wide waistband, drawstrings, and trim around the legs. Perfecto!

I’m still loving all my older Oiselle Roga and Mac Roga’s. If you can get your hands on the older style, buy them! I guess this style change happened January this year. If you feel the same about the design changes, you can send Oiselle feedback HERE.

But, the wide flat waistband Nike Dri-fit shorts, as well as Lululemon’s Speed Up shorts (I just have one white pair) are fantastic! The Lululemon shorts are probably the most flattering running shorts I’ve ever bought. The material is a little heavier than the other two brands mentioned.

I’m not one to be picky with running tops, so generally whatever is a good deal works for me! I have a few mesh/sheer tops (from Brooks, Nike, Old Navy) for those super hot days if I don’t feel like just wearing a sports bra, but otherwise I’m not too picky.

Next up, bras! Do I even need to say what I’m loving?! ๐Ÿ˜† You all know my love for Handful! I have the most of their convertible bra, but their Y-back is actually the BEST running bra I’ve ever worn. The straps have some really pretty details on them. It’s truly the most supportive and flattering sports bra I’ve come across. Runner’s World magazine even named it the best running bra for C/D cup too!


I prefer their Bound and Determined bra and their Now & Zen bra for biking, yoga, and lifting. Pictured below is the Now & Zen bra. If I use the convertible for running, I keep the straps pretty snug to be the most support.


I could run in most any sock too, and actually got some TrueFit from the brand new merchandise section at a local Goodwill and love them!

For after any tough or long run I really love my ProCompression low’s and pc runners! (I didn’t get a picture, but I often wear them for races so they’re in my flat runner pics on Instagram). And for post long run or any particularly hard run, I like ProCompression’s Marathon socks (below). I’ve tried a few other brands, but these are my favorite!

Let’s talk leggings and capris! I like different brands for different activities.

Running: I’m digging Belcorva capris for all of the pockets, slimming waistband, and fun prints. But, since I’m not currently running (and it’s hot out!) I won’t be wearing them for that for a while and have been using them for other activities.

And, Old Navy running tights for their price point and how comfortable they are. They sell a variety of patterns and solid colors too. I accidentally put two pair of capris in the picture, but this is most of my O.N. leggings / tights.

Yoga and Strength training: Handful’s Squeeze Play leggings and capris. These have a unique waistband that is really flattering (see middle picture in the photo collage below). The capris have a fun sheer side panel on the legs too (although not super visible in this photo).

What are some of your favorite activewear brands?

Go treat yo-self! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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

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.

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‰