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Stridebox: March

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s finally time for another Stridebox review! Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box that contains samples of all things running related- nutrition, gear, and fun extras. I’m a little behind on these posts (clearly), but my husband and I have now tried everything that was in my March box, and we are ready to review the items we received.

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When I received this box, I recorded a video of myself opening it and talking about some of the items like I did a few months ago. However, I couldn’t get it to upload to Youtube like last time. I’ll keep trying and insert it later if I can, but for more, I am video-less 😦 Anyway, here are the items we received this month and our review of them all!

Bonk Breaker – Energy Chews (Orange Tangerine): I was excited to see these in my box because we recently were able to try Bonk Breaker Energy Bars and loved them. I wasn’t super excited about the flavor though. I’ve mentioned this a lot before, but I don’t like oranges or orange-flavored things. I gave them to Kevin and he liked them a lot. He said they are pretty comparable to Honey Stinger Chews, which are our absolute favorite, and they weren’t overly chewy or difficult to eat. He said he would buy them again- and I’d be interested to buy them in a different flavor to try! Retail: $36.00/16 pouches ($2.25 each).

Untapped – Pure Vermont Maple Syrup: When I first saw this in my Stridebox I was a little confused. I had never heard of using maple syrup as running fuel, but it does make sense! I tasted it and then Kevin had the rest of the packet before a run after work for a boost of energy, since we hadn’t had dinner or anything yet and he needed something. It tasted just like the pure maple syrup we buy for pancakes and waffles and was delicious. Kevin said it did give him a nice boost at a time of the day when he’s usually tired and sluggish – once he was able to get over running with the taste of maple syrup in his mouth! Retail: $9.95/5 packets ($1.99 each).

Health Warrior – Chia Bar (Mango):. I was interested to try this energy bar made with chia seeds, dried fruit, cashew butter, rolled oats, almonds, and more. I have tried a few products lately that are made with chia seeds and have really enjoyed them. Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3s, fiber and protein – great for runners and especially for me as a vegetarian! I loved the small size of this bar, it was the perfect amount to eat right before early morning Body Pump. It digested super easily and kept me full until breakfast a few hours later. I would definitely purchase these on my own and would love to try some other flavors too, like apple cinnamon, chocolate peanut butter, coconut and berry! Retail: $23.50/15 bars ($1.57 each).

SOS – Hydration Drink Mix (Citrus): Kevin got to this one before I could! SOS Hydration Drink Mix comes in a little packet and is supposed to improve focus, stamina,and physical performance as well as keep you hydrated. He didn’t read the instructions that suggested drinking it before or during a run though, and instead had it after a super hot and sweaty run. He said the citrus flavor was good and it dissolved well in water, but it was a little salty tasting, I’m assuming from the electrolytes that are in it. It wasn’t his favorite drink mix he has tried. Retail: $7.99/10 packets ($0.79 each).

Honey Stinger – Energy Bar (Peanut Butter & Honey): I was super excited to see this bar in my box! I love Honey Stinger products, and actually used to eat this peanut butter and honey bar before most of my long runs a few years ago. Eventually I got sick of them (like my Clif Bar phase) and hadn’t had them since then. I read on my Stride Guide card that they recently reformulated the bar for better texture and taste, and I have to say I love them all over again! It tasted delicious and kept me full and fueled. I also like that this product (and all Honey Stinger products) are made with a good amount of real honey in addition to other natural ingredients. I think that’s what makes them so easy to digest and gentle on my sensitive stomach. Retail: $4.50/tube

Arena Sciences – Ice Cooling Towel: Okay so I haven’t actually used these yet, because it just started getting warm enough here to need them. I think they will be amazing this summer when I get back into running after having this baby! Retail: $4.99/5 towels

Stridebox – Stretch Strap: This is a cool little piece of equipment to add to my running gear stash! This strap can be used before or after a run to stretch more effectively, improve flexibility, and can lead to a better range of motion. I am guilty of not stretching enough, but having a strap like this is encouragement to do it. It came with a little card that had suggested stretches, but I wasn’t able to do them all because I am 9 months pregnant and some were just impossible! I’ll try them again after baby 🙂  Retail: $10.00.

Running Sticker. I always love this cute monthly addition to my box!

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Overall I thought this was a good month for Stridebox. It had a nice variety of products and most of them were great! I received my April box a month ago but haven’t even dug into it yet! I told you I’m behind. I need to get busy! Hopefully I’ll be back soon with my next review 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

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Stridebox: February

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s time for another Stridebox review! Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box that contains samples of all things running related- nutrition, gear, and fun extras. I have now tried everything that was in my February box (with a little help from my hubby) and I am ready to review the items I received.

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Kevin and I gave this month’s box 2 thumbs up! Here’s everything I received this month and my review of it all!

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Nuun Energy (Wild Berry): This wasn’t on my Stride Guide Card so I think it was an extra item, which is fine because I’m a big fan of Nuun! Last month I received the cherry limeade flavor which I liked a lot, and this month I got wild berry- which I’ve had before and also love. These little tablets contain electrolytes, B vitamins and no added sugars. They have added a little bit of caffeine too, which I definitely appreciate. I like to drink Nuun after a sweaty long run, and sometimes in the summer I drink it while running as well. Retail: $8.00/10 tabs ($0.80 each).

Picky Bar Energy Bar (Cookie Doughpness): I was so excited to see a Picky Bar in my Stridebox because I have been wanting to try one for a long time! I was also excited about the cookie dough flavor. It definitely did not disappoint. It tasted delicious and kept me full for a few hours. I really like the short ingredient list that consists of things that I can pronounce, and the fact that these bars are gluten, dairy, and soy free. I’m a big fan of elite runner Lauren Fleshman who is one of the creators of these bars AND the company is located in Bend, Oregon where some of my family lives- one of my favorite places ever! I will definitely be repurchasing these in the future, and I hope I can try more types too.  Retail: $27.50/10 pouches ($2.75 each).

Skratch Labs – Apples & Cinnamon: I wasn’t 100% sure about this powdered recovery drink mix because I received another flavor in a previous Stridebox and didn’t love it. This one was actually made to be mixed with hot water though, and I love apples & cinnamon so I was intrigued. I drank this after a longer 7 mile run when I was feeling a little chilled, and it did taste pretty good! My only complaint was that it started to separate from the water after only a few minutes. I had to keep restirring it and it was different to fully dissolve the powder. However, it was a definite improvement over the last flavor I tried (Matcha Green Tea & Lemon). Retail: $1.95/pouch.

Chike – High Protein Iced Coffee: I passed this one onto my husband because it contained dairy and he is a big iced coffee fan. Here is what he had to say about it: “This iced coffee was very flavorful and tasted like an iced latte. I couldn’t tell at all that it has protein in it, unlike some other protein drinks that taste chalky. I would definitely buy this again.”  Retail: $32.95/12 pouches ($2.75 each).

Vitalyte – Chia Surge Gel (Orange Pineapple): I wasn’t sure how I would like this gel because I’m not a big orange fan. I was hoping the pineapple would help with that, and thankfully it did! I took this gel halfway through a longer run and I liked it. I’m usually weird with certain textures, but the chia seeds didn’t bother me very much. I’m not sure it would be the first energy gel I would choose to buy on my own, but I’m glad I tried it! Retail: $7.00/4 packets ($1.75 each).

Joshua Tree – Organic Lip Balm:  Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t go anywhere without my chapstick. I’m a loyal Burts Bees user, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try others! I liked this one and I’m glad to have another chapstick to add to my emergency stash 🙂 Retail: $4.50.

Stridebox – Tech-Friendly Running Gloves: I was so happy to receive these gloves in my box! We had a really cold winter, and I’ve been loving my heavy duty warm Mizuno gloves. However, now that it’s beginning to warm up a little I needed something lighter. It was an added bonus that they are ‘tech-friendly’ which means I can wear them and still use my iPhone. Retail: $8.99.

Running Sticker. Always love this cute monthly addition to my box!

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I really enjoyed my February Stridebox! Last month I complained that most of the products in my box were whey-based or had dairy in them.  Not a huge deal to most people, but as someone who is sensitive to dairy it definitely was a little bit of a downer. This month I was very happy to see that there was only one that contained dairy, so I could try everything else myself. It was a good month for me!

I just received my March box and took a video of the unboxing, like I did a couple months ago. I have already started trying what I received too! I’ll be back in a few weeks with another review 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Stridebox: January

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s time for another Stridebox review! In case you haven’t heard, Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box for all things running related. As of today I have tried everything that was in my January box (with a little help from my hubby) and I am ready to review the items I received.

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To celebrate the new year, Stridebox unveiled a new look. They had a new box design, a different “Stride Guide” and the box was loaded with stuff- not just food, but gear and other fun stuff too!

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Here’s everything I received this month and my review of it all!

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Detour – Smart Bar (Blueberry): I can’t believe these filling little bars have only 130 calories and 10 grams of protein! It tasted pretty good too! They are gluten-free and made of organic whole grains, oatmeal, whey protein and natural sweeteners. I also noticed real pieces of blueberries and apple when I ate it. I’ve just started seeing them in grocery stores around me, so I might pick up another one some day. Although I do try to choose bars that do not contain dairy or whey protein because my body doesn’t digest it well.  Retail: $14.85/9 bars ($1.65 each).

G Endurance – Gatorlytes:  This teeny tiny packet contains an electrolyte blend especially for salty sweaters and athletes who tend to get cramps. My husband and I both fall into this category, so we thought this would be a great product to try. However, we missed the memo that you are supposed to mix this with regular Gatorade or another type of sports drink. We just mixed it with water and my hubby took one sip and spit it out. He said it just tasted like salty water and didn’t understand how people could drink it. Duh, note to self: read the directions more carefully next time! We’ll have to give this another shot and do it the proper way. Retail: $14.99/20 pouches ($0.75 each).

Designer Whey – Protein2Go (Lemonade):  Another whey-based product. I passed it onto Kevin who doesn’t have any dairy sensitivity. He mixed it with water after a long run and said it was just okay. He said it tasted like watered down lemonade and he didn’t think it was worth the pretty steep price, over $3.00 for one pouch. We wouldn’t purchase this one again unfortunately. Retail: $15.90/5 pouches ($3.18 each).

GU Energy – Brew Recovery Drink (Chocolate Smoothie): I passed this one onto my husband because again, it was a dairy-based drink mix and I knew my stomach would hate me if I had it. He was super excited because he loves anything and everything chocolate. He mixed the packet into a smoothie with banana and ice and said it was delicious. However, like the lemonade protein mix the price per packet is a little steep, and Kevin said he’d be more inclined to buy a large container of protein powder instead because it costs less.  Retail: $36.00/12 packets ($3.00 each).

Nuun Energy (Cherry Limeade): I’m a big fan of Nuun so I was excited to see this in my box! Especially because it was cherry limeade, a flavor I haven’t tried before. These little tablets contain electrolytes, B vitamins and no added sugars. They have recently added a little bit of caffeine too, which I definitely appreciate. I like to drink Nuun after a sweaty long run, and sometimes in the summer I drink it while running as well. It always does the trick for me 🙂 Retail: $8.00/10 tabs ($0.80 each).

2Toms – Blister Shield: Okay, so I lied earlier. I said I had tried everything in this box and then I realized I hadn’t tried this yet. That is mostly because I tend to get blisters more in the summer when it’s really hot and I sweat a ton, so I want to save it for then. This is a pretty interesting product- it’s a powder that you pour into your shoe, sock or glove that prevents friction and blisters. It then washes out with soap and water. I’ll be interested to try this and see how it works in the summer! Retail: $1.50/pouch.

Stridebox – Mini Training Log: This cute little training log contains 13 weeks, plus a section for training notes, and a race tracker. I have used Daily Mile to track my running for years, but I’m a paper and pencil girl at heart so I love this (which is why I love my Erin Condren Life Planner!).  Retail: $5.99.

Stridebox Safety – StrideLights: Since many of my runs lately have been in the early morning darkness, I am all about the safety products these days! These little lights are motion-activated and lace into each shoe. The battery is good for over 150,000 strides and is actually really bright. This is definitely a great addition to my gear to ensure my safety in the dark! Retails: $9.99.

Fun Extras – Running sticker, Stridebox temporary tattoo, and Rundana coupon. Who doesn’t love stuff like this?! 🙂

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My only criticism of this month’s box was that it contained a lot of products that were whey-based or had dairy in them. In the past my boxes have maybe had 1 or 2 items that did, but this month the majority of the nutrition-related items were dairy-based. Not a huge deal to most people I’m sure, but as someone who is sensitive to dairy it definitely put a little bit of a damper on this box.  Oh well, can’t win them all! I do like the new look of the box and the way they notate on the Stride Guide whether the product is best used before, during and/or after your workout. My February box has shipped but I haven’t received it yet. I can’t wait to see what’s inside!

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Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Stridebox: December

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s time for another Stridebox review! Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box for all things running related. My husband and I got through December’s box (with some help from little Kev!) and are ready to review the items we received. This month I decided to take a video of myself unboxing my Stridebox for the first time. You can see the video below. Don’t laugh too hard at my awkward commentary! 🙂

Now onto the reviews!

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Vega Sport- Recovery Accelerator (Apple Berry): The powdered drink mixes I have received in my boxes lately have been hits and misses, so I wasn’t sure about this one. I am familiar with the brand because my sister uses their protein powder so I was hoping it would be good. Vega makes plant-based, vegan products that are free of artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. I drank this after a run and body pump class, knowing that I had a long run the next day and would need some extra help with recovery, and it ended up tasting very good! I liked the apple berry flavor, and it dissolved well in the water. I would use this again. Retail: $29.99/12 packets ($2.49 each)

Funn Bar- Protein Chews (Tropical Berry): I am sad to say that both Kevin and I didn’t like these. We were excited when we saw that they looked like little wrapped Starburst candies, but when we tried them they were chalky and really difficult to eat. I’m going to have to pass on these protein chews. Retail: $30.00/12 packs ($2.50 each)

GoCHIA!- Chia Booster Drink Mix (Cherry Berry):  My sister has been big into chia seeds for a while but I haven’t really gotten into them yet. Chia seeds are so good for you for so many reasons. I was curious to try this drink mix, because I have difficulty with weird textures sometimes and I knew this drink would contain the small seeds that get a little gelatinous in water. I drank it the afternoon after my long run and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it! The cherry flavor was great and I didn’t even notice the texture. I would definitely buy this again.  Retail: $19.99/10 pouches ($1.99 each)

Clif Energy Bar (Spiced Pumpkin Pie): Well I don’t have anything to say about this bar because my toddler devoured the whole thing before I had a chance to try it! The fact that it was gone within 5 minutes says a lot about how he liked it 🙂 I have been on the lookout for another one to try but I haven’t seen them in the stores, probably because it’s a seasonal flavor. Oh well, maybe next year! I love all things pumpkin so I’m sure I would have loved this too! Retail: $20.00/12 bars ($1.67 each)

Hammer Gel- Nocciola (Chocolate Hazelnut): I was turned off from gels for a while after having to eat so many of them while training for marathons, but some of the ones I have received in my Stridebox over the last few months have me loving them again. This one definitely did not disappoint. I felt like I was eating Nutella while running! It was awesome! The box also contained a coupon to buy more Hammer Gels, which I’ll be using for sure 🙂 Retail: $16.80/12 pouches ($1.40 each)

On the Go Sports Towels (Revive & Unscented):  These little things are great! Let’s be honest, as a busy, working mom of a toddler who is also pregnant, sometimes I don’t have time to shower immediately after a workout. These little towels are refreshing and make me feel clean until I’m able to take a real shower. They would be great to carry around in my purse/diaper bag. Retail: $0.99/towel

Safety Reflective Shoe Laces: These shoelaces are really cool! They have reflective material on them so it’s easier to be seen while running in the dark. I haven’t used them yet because the shoes I have are pink, black and blue, so purple laces don’t really match. I definitely plan to use them in the future though! Retail: $5.99 pair

Running Sticker: “My Other Car is a Pair of Running Shoes” … oh how I wish I lived in a place that is more walkable than where I currently live! Whenever we end up moving next, that is on the top of the list! Any suggestions? 🙂

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Another month, another great box! My January box shipped a few days ago so I should be receiving it soon. I’ll be back once I try all the items for another review!

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Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Stridebox: November

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s finally time for another Stridebox review! Yes, I know that it’s almost January- I am so behind on so many things right now! But in case you missed last month’s post, Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box for all things running related. For some reason it’s taken me a long time to get through November’s box, but I finally did and I’m ready to talk about all of the items I have received.

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So I dug into this box and started using the items before I remembered to take a picture of everything. The below picture doesn’t include Gu Chomps and a PowerBar PowerGel I received, because we had already used them, so I inserted pictures of those from their websites to show you what they look like. This box definitely had some winners and some not-so-good ones in my opinion. Here are the details!

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RUNA Tea Sampler: I loved this tea! It is made from Guayusa, which is an Amazonian “super-leaf” that provides clean energy and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, which is all I can really have in a day now that I’m pregnant. I received four flavors to try: Mint Guayusa, Ginger-Citrus Guayusa, Traditional Guayusa, and Cinnamon Lemongrass Guayusa. I have tried a couple flavors so far, and especially loved the Ginger-Citrus. I didn’t have it before a run, but drank it as a mid-day work break for a little energy boost. Kevin had the mint flavor and agreed. He said, “The run tea was very tasty. I had the mint flavor and it was on point. I didn’t use it for a run, but to keep me focused at work and it did it’s job.” We both would definitely purchase this again. I also saw on the info card that they make other products like bottled teas and energy drinks, so I’d be interested in trying those too. Retail: $5.79/16 bags ($0.36 each)

Run Gum- Performance Gum (Fruit & Mint): I have TMJ and I’m not supposed to chew gum, so I passed these onto Kevin. The idea is to eat one piece before a run and one piece afterwards for optimal performance and recovery. The energy boost comes from a mixture of caffeine, taurine and B vitamins. Here is what he said: “I didn’t really feel any difference when I chewed this gum. The mint was better tasting than the fruit. The gum’s lifespan was very short as it hardened up after only about 2 minutes of chewing.” Retail: $18.00/12 packets ($1.50 each)

ProMax LS- Low Sugar Protein Bar (Honey Peanut): OMG you guys. I honestly don’t know what to say about this bar except I took one bite and had to spit it out immediately. Blech. Not a fan. It was really dry and had a terrible taste. Nothing like honeys or peanuts. I’m sorry to say this was a big fat fail for me 😦 Retail: $1.89/bar

SWORD Performance Hydration Drink (Berry):  I had high hopes for this powdered drink mix that is all natural with no artificial flavors or colors, especially when I mixed it up after Kevin and I went for a run and it smelled really good. Unfortunately, the taste did not match the smell at all. It tasted almost sour and left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. I thought maybe my taste buds have just been super sensitive lately due to pregnancy, but I had Kevin try it and he agreed. Another one bites the dust! Retail: $25.00/10 pouches ($2.50 each)

GU Chomps Energy Chews (Black Cherry):  This was the first item that I used from the box. I brought them with me to Richmond when I ran the last 8 miles with my friend Amanda during her marathon. I loved the black cherry flavor! However, if I’m going to eat chews I really prefer Honey Stinger Chews because of how easy they are to chew. I have found that some chews like the Gu Chomps and Clif Shot Bloks are chewier and tougher to get down. I still enjoyed these though and they provided me with the energy I needed during the race. Retail: $31.75/16 packets ($1.98 each)

PowerBar PowerGel (Orange Dream):  Like I have said before, I’m not a fan of oranges or anything orange-flavored, so I passed this energy gel onto Kevin. Here are his thoughts: “The PowerGel was tasty, but not something I would look forward to having during a run. A little over sweet in my opinion.” Retail: $32.40/24 pouches ($1.35 each)

StrideBox Light-Up Armband: I was excited to receive this in my box because I have been doing most of my runs in the dark lately before the sun comes up. I am lacking in good reflective gear, which I know is not good! This is just a simple armband made of reflective material. It stayed on well on top of the jacket I was wearing and didn’t move, and it gave me piece of mind that I was well seen at 5:30 a.m. I do wonder how well it would stay on my arm if I were wearing a short-sleeved shirt or tank top, but I’ll have to wait to test that out until after winter! Retail: $9.99 each

Running Sticker:  I really love this little bonus item in my box each week 🙂 This month’s sticker said, “Long-short, fast-slow, early-late, just GO!” Love that!

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I received my December box a couple weeks ago and have already tried a few of the items. I actually made a video of myself unboxing everything for the first time, so look forward to that and my awkward commentary (LOL)! I promise I won’t make you wait so long for that review. I am so behind on blog posts since I’ve been so busy, so I’m hoping to catch up with everything over my wonderful two week Christmas Break!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Stridebox: October

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s finally time for another Stridebox review! In case you missed last month’s post, Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box for all things running related. For some reason it’s taken me a long time to get through October’s box, but I finally did and I’m ready to talk about all of the items I have received.

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Skratch – Matcha Green Tea & Lemons: I hate to start this review off on a negative note, but sadly I couldn’t finish this drink 😦 Maybe another flavor would have been better? My pregnant taste buds are super sensitive right now and it just tasted off to me. I had high hopes for this because it’s an all natural sports drink that uses real fruit juice for flavor. I would love to try the raspberry or pineapple flavors someday! Retail: $1.95/packet

HoneyMaxx Sports Hydration (Orange): As I’ve said before, I am not a fan of anything orange or orange-flavored, so I passed this onto my husband. He drank this after a run one day and here’s what he had to say about it: “I was excited to try this drink because it sounded really good, but it was more bland tasting than I expected it to be. It tasted like very diluted orange water and I couldn’t taste any honey.” Retail: $22.95/10 packets ($2.30 each)

Bonk Breaker – High Protein Bar (Cookies & Cream): Now onto the positive- Oh my goodness, this was SO GOOD! I had heard of these bars but hadn’t seen them sold in any stores near me before, so I was really excited to see one in my box- especially in the flavor Cookies & Cream! This did not disappoint. It tasted delicious- not chalky at all like some protein bars- and best of all, had a ton of protein (13g) which kept me full and satisfied for hours. I was sad when this was gone! Retail: $33.00/12 bars ($2.75 each)

Barnana – Organic Coconut: For some reason I really put off trying these. I love bananas and I love coconut so I’m not sure why, and once I ate them I wished I had tried them sooner! These little bites of dehydrated banana and coconut were delicious. I had them before an early morning Body Pump class, and they gave me just the right amount of energy to get me through it. I love that they are high in potassium too. They also have chocolate and peanut butter flavors that look super yummy! Retail: $2.49/pouch

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel (Chocolate): Yum, yum, yum! I have been a Honey Stinger fan for a while now. I love their chews, bars and waffles because they are so easy to digest and get into my system quickly. I hadn’t tried their energy gels yet, so I was excited to get one in my box. I took one along with me on a long run and had it about halfway through. It was delicious- the chocolate flavor had a hint of honey too which I loved. I also like that it was naturally caffeinated with Green Tea Extract for a little extra boost. I will be picking up more of these! Retail: $33.36/24 servings ($1.39 each)

PROBAR – BOLT Energy Chew (Berry Blast):  I loved these little chews! They were so delicious that I made sure to stretch my pouch out as long as I could. I ate two chews before each of my short morning runs one week since I wake up hungry these days. It was all I needed to quiet my growling tummy until I could eat a real breakfast and gave me energy to run in the 5:00 AM hour. Plus, the berry flavor was really yummy. I will definitely be buying more of these. Retail: $29.88/12 pouches ($2.49 each)

BottleBand: This invention is GENIUS!!! It is a simple piece of rubber (?) that turns any bottle into a handheld for running or any activity. The website says, “The BottleBand stretches to fit any sized bottle – from a Nalgene to a 16 oz generic bottle. Its one-size-fits all construction can also be tightened by pulling the circular bands apart to fit any hand size. The BottleBand is also extremely mobile. After you’ve finished your water, you can throw your disposable bottle away, put the band on your wrist, and run unencumbered.” So simple yet so smart! I have a handheld that I love but this is awesome for the convenience factor, and for those days that I don’t feel like carrying a bottle for my entire run. Retail: $5.99 each

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Running Sticker:  Who doesn’t love a little motivational sticker? They’re a super cute addition to my planner and perfect for some extra inspiration as I plan out my workouts for the week 🙂

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I received my November box a couple weeks ago and have already tried a few of the items. I am really loving getting such a variety of gear and nutrition each month. It’s been really fun so far! I’ll be back with another review soon!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Stridebox: September

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PM I’ve been eyeing Stridebox– a monthly subscription box for all things running related – for a few months now and finally signed up this past August. For only $15, I thought it was at least worth a try! I received my first box in early September, and have slowly been testing out each product that I got throughout the month. Now that I’ve sampled them all I can give a full review of the products and what I think about Stridebox in general!

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A3 Bar – Peanut Butter & Jelly: I took this bar with me to eat before Body Pump class one morning. The class I take during the week is from 5-6 AM and I get pretty hungry if I don’t eat anything before. This bar is like a fig newton but denser and gluten-free. It was really tasty, and even though it was small it has a decent amount of calories and protein so it filled me up until I could eat my real breakfast [a green smoothie] a couple of hours later. I would purchase more of these for sure! Retail: $26.40/12 bars ($2.20 each)

Clif Shot Bloks – Cran Razz: I’m normally a Honey Stinger Energy Chews girl, but I do occasionally eat shot bloks. I especially like the Margarita flavored ones that have extra sodium. They are great for those summertime, super sweaty long runs. I ended up really loving this new flavor of shot bloks though (At least I think it’s new, I haven’t seen it before). They were delicious! I’ve been waking up hungry lately so I ate two of them before my morning runs throughout the week, and I could tell a huge difference in my energy level and even my pace while running. I would definitely use them during a long run too. Retail: $35.75/18 packs ($1.98 each)

Gu Energy Gel – Root Beer: Although I like and use Gu energy gels (salted caramel and peanut butter are my current favorites!), I am not a fan of the flavor of root beer so I passed this onto my husband who is. Here is his review: “The Gu had a slight root beer flavor. It didn’t really live up to my expectations. I wouldn’t buy it again.” Retail: $11.60/8 packets ($1.45 each)

Beet Elite Neo Shot – Regular Flavor:  I have to admit, I saved this one for last. I don’t know why, but something about the thought of ingesting powdered beet juice made me nervous. Apparently it helps the body make more Nitric Oxide to increase endurance and improve the intensity of your workout. It also helps with recovery afterward. It’s called a “shot” because you are supposed to mix it with only 4 ounces of water. I tried it before a run where I didn’t get much sleep the night before, hoping it would give me a boost. It was a little hard for me to get down, but I was hoping the benefits outweighed that. Unfortunately I was still dragging hard on my run so it was difficult for me to see if this type of product would be worth using. They also have a black cherry flavor, which I would probably try.​ On the Stridebox website there is a ton of information and research about it. It’s all really interesting, but I’m not sure I would pay $3.50 for one little packet on my own though. Retail: $34.99/10 packets ($3.50 each)

MRM Reload Recovery (Watermelon & Lemonade): I really liked this recovery drink. It contains amino acids which help with muscle fatigue and recovery. I drank the lemonade one after a hard workout and it took a while for the powder to fully dissolve, but once it did it tasted great. However, after letting it sit for a while I didn’t like it as much. It had a strange aftertaste and the consistency changed a bit. I would recommend drinking it all at once if you can. I tried that with the watermelon one and it worked out much better. Retail: $29.99/24 servings ($1.25 each)

SK Energy Shot – Strawberry Lemonade: I let my husband have this too because I drink quite a bit of coffee and didn’t want to overload myself with caffeine. He’s more into the energy drinks and shots like these anyway. This one is a bit different than the ones he usually drinks because it contains natural caffeine from green coffee beans. Here’s his review: “The energy shot surprised me for never having heard of the brand. It was flavorful and didn’t leave a dry taste after drinking it like most other energy shots do. I felt the energy rush almost immediately and it was enough caffeine to push me through my morning. Also, I never felt any type of ‘crash’ that most other shots have.” Retail: $35.88/12 bottles ($2.99 each)

Multifunctional Seamless “Run”dana: This is one of Stridebox’s own products. It is a multi-use bandana that is tube-shaped and can be worn in a variety of ways. It’s also anti-UV, which is a nice perk. Kevin tried it out and wore it around the house one day, and I’ve worn it while running as a headband and around my wrist as a sweatband, but it comes with a card that shows all the other ways you can wear it. I think it would be nice to wear in the winter around your neck or to cover more of your head to keep it warmer. Retail: $9.99 eachDSCN3452

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Running Sticker:  Super cute reminder that it’s always a good time to go run! If you would like to sign up for your own Stridebox, you can click here. It’s only $15 a month, and after receiving two boxes I can say that what you receive is worth more than that. It also gives you a nice variety of different products that you might not otherwise get to try without having to buy a large package of them. The other nice thing about Stridebox is they are working on opening their own Stride Store. So if you end up liking something a lot, you will have the option to purchase more of them at a discounted price on their website. Currently you can access the different company’s websites through a partner link, which can get your some discounts too.

The full product list that comes in the box

The full product list that comes in the box

I just received my October box and am going to be trying those products over the next couple of weeks. I’m very excited about a few of them! I’ll be back with another review at the end of the month! Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.