A few months ago, a friend told me that she decided she wanted to try running. I of course was very excited for her! You know I’m already scheming to get her to sign up for Gazelle Girl next year! … Continue reading
I received a copy of the book, How Bad Do You Want It, back in January. I was so excited to dive into this book, written by Matt Fitzgerald, because my 10k training was to start the end of January. It’s … Continue reading
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!
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! 😜 So my next week should look a little nicer.
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.
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 😂. Damaging my wedding ring from an accident is something that never crossed my mind, but it’s definitely possible!😬
Cue Lucky Rings!….
“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!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember me doing a post about ‘What to do with old race shirts’ as I had a t-shirt quilt made for my grandpa as a Christmas gift two years … Continue reading
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?! 😜
There are a few cool features for this set:
- 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.
- The shorts have compression shorts underneath the outer layer. AND they have grippers so they don’t ride up during your run! 🙌 This was my attempt at showing that…can’t really see it though haha 😬.
- 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.
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.🎉
I am a label reader. I don’t just like to know what I’m eating, I have to know because of all the food sensitivities I have.
Anyway, one thing I never thought about was dairy milk. I drink almond or coconut milk that has zero sugar. My husband and daughter drink 2% organic dairy milk. I about fell over when I saw a cup of dairy milk has 12 GRAMS of sugar in it. TWELVE!!! In. Milk. What???
I immediately started looking at alternative milk options that had just as much protein and calcium as dairy milk.
I was floored when I found Ripple at our local grocery store, Meijer. It’s also sold at Target.
How’s this for comparison:
- Protein: Dairy 8g, Ripple 8g
- Calcium: Dairy 30%, Ripple 45%
- Sugar: Dairy 12g, Ripple 0g
- Iron: Dairy 0%, Ripple 15%
- Vitamin D: Dairy 25%, Ripple 30%
- Vitamin A: Dairy 10%, Ripple 10%
- Vitamin C: Dairy 4%, Ripple 0%
Ripple is lactose free, nut free, gluten free, 100% vegan, and has 32mg Omega 3’s! Amazing, right?! The protein comes from pea protein…yep the legume!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my story about Ripple plant milk.
Ripple was kind enough to send me some coupons for free sample 48oz. bottles, a hat and a market bag.
I gave it a try and my daughter had a little too. She likes it better than dairy milk. I thought I’d try it too even though peas are a food to avoid on the candida diet. The nut milk I drink doesn’t have much protein in it. I sadly had a Candida flare up after drinking Ripple (kind of a duh moment). It’s probably something that would have to be limited for me, just as fruit is. I stick with mostly berries for their lower sugar content. I did make a great post-workout smoothie with Ripple as the base. I added 2 tablespoons hemp protein to a little fruit.
There is one ingredient that has me thinking I’m not going to purchase Ripple again…Dipotassium Phosphate. Research has me kind of up in the air about its safety or place even being in our food, despite what the FDA says about its safety.
Honestly, there isn’t a single 100% perfect milk out on the market. Every single one has a downside. So we are all sticking with what we originally were drinking before Ripple until I can find an option that I’m 100% happy with. We all have a low sugar diet, so it’s probably not the end of the world that the dairy milk stays in our house for the time being.
That being said, I’d be happy to send some coupons to anyone interested in trying Ripple! Just send me a message through the contact form.
As many of you know, my dad suffered from a heart attack in February this year and it completely changed the way I view exercise. It is so important to take care of our bodies. I began researching excessive exercise and … Continue reading
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me wearing OOFOS sandals after completing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon. I definitely appreciated being able to wear a sandal and have great support and unbelievable cushioning.
The sandals are extremely lightweight. I love that about them! With a thick cushioned sole I expected them to be a bit heavier. The OOfoam offers 37% more impact absorption than EVA, which is the traditional foam found in athletic shoes.
You might think at first glance they’re just another pair of flip flops, but the special foam makes these feel completely different from your everyday flip flop. Their slogan “Feel the Oo!” is spot on!
“This means that with each step, the impact that travels from your feet up through your body is reduced by more than a third! So instead of stressing tired feet and joints after a workout, OOfoam and the patented OOFOS footbed absorb impact. When you’re not exercising, OOfoam gives your whole body the opportunity to relax, rebuild and recover.” — OOFOS
My first thought after trying them on was how supportive they felt. After walking around in them in the heat and humidity, I noticed they started sticking to my feet so I had some red marks on the top of my feet from the straps. I truly believe this was 100% due to the Nashville humidity, and the fact that they weren’t broken in yet. When we got home I cleaned them and decided to try them just walking around the house since it was still freezing here in Michigan. I didn’t have any issues! They felt fantastic!
“The impact absorption properties are allowing fitness enthusiasts, athletes and all others to recover faster and feel better. We combined OOfoam with a biomechanically engineered footbed to allow the foot to move in its natural planes of motion including superior arch support. We’re proud to bring you OOFOS…footwear that can truly make your hard-working feet and body feel better” — OOFOS
I’ll update this post if I have any issues this summer with them, but right now I’m very happy with them. I’d definitely suggest OOFOS to any athlete, nurse, or anyone who is on their feet for extended periods of time. I look forward to wearing them more this summer! 😊
Visit the OOFOS website to shop for your pair, and learn more about these sandals and their other products.