Product Review: BioSkin Tights

Gear, product review

Recently I reached out to BioSkin to collaborate in a partnership to review their compression tights. I had always been interested and with Ash constantly raving about her  “fast pants” I couldn’t help but want in on the gains. I was super happy when they agreed to collaborate and am even more happy to report I LOVE THEM!

BioSkin Sole Sister Compression Charcoal Hex Tight Information

  • Bio Skin tight material designed to provide high-level radial compression so it conforms nicely to the curves of the body. You can see the radial compression detail in if you look closly to the pattern/stitching of the tights and that the lines are very correspondant to the various muscles.
  • Bio Skin is also breathable, so perspiration evaporates right through it, and is hypo-allergenic so you don’t have to worry about skin reactions.
  • The Tights themselves have an oversized back zipper pocket (large enough for an IPhone6, Off-center ankle zippers to avoid achilles irritation, and reflective detail for night visibility.
  • The waist band of the tights I would say are mid/high rise (My favorite) and offer a draw string to tighten or loosen depending on the day ;).

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Experiences with the Tights:

  • Airplane Flight Attire:
    • So I first tried out the BioSkin Tights on my Flight out to Phoenix for the Half Marathon. At first I put them on and thought well they aren’t very “compressive” I guess I was thinking they would be like compression socks for your legs lol. But then I wore them on the plane and got off and automatically noticed the first big difference – my legs didn’t feel like heavy/lead and then when I took them off later in the evening I realized the compression was most definitely there. I think this was my favorite surprise because the tights were compressive without being overly obvious making them the perfect travel attire for comfort and prehab. I will definitely say these are going to be my go to travel pants from now on because we all know plane fights and fresh legs do not go hand in hand.
  • Long Run in the Cold and Snow:
    • I wore the compression pants during my long run last week with Ash. I was very impressed about the added subtle support the tights gave my legs. With recovering from the Flu I took all the help I could get and I could definitely tell a difference in my legs wearing the tights versus my normal running pants. My legs just didn’t feel as “fatigued” as I thought they would. Additionally during the run in the snow the material was “water wicking” and my legs never got wet or soaked from the snow. The material I would say was a medium thickness for tights just slightly more warm than a Nike Pro Tight but less warm than a fleece lined so the perfect pant for the 20-40 degree weather :).

Benefits /Pros of BioSkin Compression Tights

  • Radial Compression. The compression gives your legs support in the right areas and is designed to follow the curvature of your muscles. Additionally I feel the compression is the “just enough” that you dont necessarily notice it until you take the pants off but you get the benefits. This is important because the compression is not restrictive which some compressive material can be.
  • Versatility. I feel the pants can serve multiple purposed from race attire to recovery attire. I am not going to lie these are most definitely my new go to “race/fast pant” but more importantly I am not flying without them again!
  • Weather Wicking. While this isn’t exactly unique to Bioskin I have a variety of tights and not all of them hold up to the elements. I was glad the Bioskin tight held strong through the wind and snow to protect my legs from getting overly cold in the elements.
  • Attention to Detail. I feel ike Bioskin really focused on making a unique product in which all the details are designed to optimize performance. I love the leg zipper placement to avoid irritation and also the addition to allow breathability in the borderline weather temperatures as well as the reflective details and large zipper pocket to hold the race day necessities.

With Love,

❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however I did reach out to Bioskin personally to review their product. The thoughts and review are completely my own opinion and were not influenced by Bioskin in anyway.

 

What’s in my Recovery Tool Box?

Gear, Running, Training Tips

The more we get into running and endurance sports and the more competitive we get with ourselves to set big goals and achieve our own greatness. The drive also comes with the realization that it takes ALOT more than just running shoes to get there. I think the main spot that alot of recreational runners lack in is the “recovery” aspect that is essential to success when pushing high volume and intensity. The Pros have it all at their finger tips – trainers, chiros, massage, nutrition, etc while the recreational runners are trying to balance FT Jobs and Running not to include the rest of life obligations (which pros have those too so I dont want to discount that i.e. The Bruces). However, for recreational athletes running isn’t our number 1 job but a hobby and sometimes we are lucky to just get in the miles so we all it good enough, but overtime if you want a goal the miles without the rehab eventually lead to overuse injuries. I have had my fair share of them before bucking down and making “recovery” a priority. It isn’t easy when your tired from life but trust me in the end game of endurance personal success it is so worth it! So here are some of my stable tools in my recovery tool box.

1.) Sequential Compression Boots.

  • Basically these boots serve to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery. They work by using dynamic compression (pulsing) starting at the feet and working up your legs to your quads in a manner similar to a massage. There are various brands for different price points. Most famous are Normatec ($1600+), Rapid ReBoot ($1000+), to the Amazon brand at ($400). I recently got the Rapid Reboot from Valentines Day and LOVE THEM and are a total game changer for this training cycle.

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2) Roll Recovery R8 Roller.

  • The R8 has been hitting the instagram world by storm for quite some time. I was lucky enough to get one of these beauties to review through Roll Recovery as well as the Mat and it has not left my side since. The best part of about the R8 to me is the easy portability. It fits perfectly in my work bag and I carry it daily to help rolll out my muscles after hard training during my long ED shifts. It also provides the perfect massage technique and intensity for those places that really need it i.e. hamstrings, quads, ITB, and calves! I serously could not love mine more. I am also considering ordering the R3 soon as my feet good use some TLC.

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3) The Foam Roller and the Stick.

  • I have a basic Foam Roller and Stick and you can get so many varietes – firm/moderate/soft/ridges/noridges/etc. I just think it is important to have one or both. I use the foam roller for all over body rolling and then the stick for those hard to hit places with the foam roller i.e. Calves, Glutes. I also used to carry the stick for traveling as it is easier to transport. I am so dedicated to my foam roller I even brought it to Mexico and had a cheap Amazon version shipped to Florida for when I go home lol.

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4) Dynamic and Static Stretching

  • I am not saying I am 100% the best at this but I will say it makes a difference. A good read for a dynamic and static stretching routine is in Meb’s book “Meb for Mortals” and I would highly recommend that book regardless. I try to do some light stretching daily after workouts I am not saying it always happens but I do feel much better the next day when I do.

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5) Compression Socks. 

  • Obviously I am an ambassador for Procompression (Code PRO17 for 40% Off) so those are my favorite but any brand of compression socks will work. I wear mine both during and after workouts but some people prefer one or the other. I would say they are an awesome recovery tool as they help eliminate that “achy leg” feeling after a long day of work or workouts. I wear them during my ED shifts to help with leg swelling/fatigue and also on plane flights to help with leg swelling. I am most definitely that person who is always walking around in compression gear even if its summer and I am shorts, compression sleves, and sandles haha I have no shame in my game when it comes to optimizing my fitness potential.

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#6) Sports Massage Therapy

  • This is something I generally will only indulge during the high intensity of race season mainly because of the time committement and cost. However I really should be better at priorizing myself especially as an athlete. I think a good rule of thumb is to get a sports massage 1-2x/month if you can afford it to get all the muscles mobilized and prevent tissue build up resulting in injury. However as recreational athletes we don’t always have the time or budget but when I am really feeling run down a sports massage is my first step is getting back on my feet in Grade A shape!

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#7) Active Release Therapy (ART

  • Last but not Least ART!!! This has serious saved my booty way more times than I can count when it comes to those “niggles” that are treading the line of injury. Basically ART uses manual mobilization to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. I use this alot with “overuse injuries” i.e. ITB syndrome, Hip Pain, Achilles, etc. If you want to try it out you can use this site to find an ART provider and also more information – you will not regret it!

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So there you have it my Top 7 tools in my recovery tool box! Feel free to share you best recovery tips and ticks and let me know if you invest in some of mine!

With Love and Training,

❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

Newton Ambassador 2017!!!

Gear, Running

So I have some exciting news… I am officially an Ambassador for Newton in 2017!

If you have been following me for sometime you all know that I have been running in Hoka Clifton for the majority of the past 2 years and I LOVED them and still do but when Newton reached out to me to become an ambassador I figured why not give it a shot.

The Newton brand has a very unique shoe technology. Newton incorporates lugs into their design to provide a more responsive shoe with action/reaction technology and trampoline type feel. The design has a low heel-toe drop compared to many shoes on the market to create a more level platform and natural stride. All of these components create an enhanced forward propulsion motion when running compared to other brands.

Knowing that Newton’s are a very unique shoe and knowing I had not ran/trained in the brand before Newton was nice enough to send me a sample pair to try out. They started me with the Fate II their neutral trainer with the highest heel-toe ratio back in Late October/Early November. I ran a couple of short runs in them and then a long run of 13 miles and at first I thought no way this shoe can be for me. It felt so minimalist and my calf’s hurt so bad after wearing the shoe for the long run that I felt I had ran a downhill marathon. However, I felt FASTER in the shoe so I kept trying them out slowly but surely alternating them with the Clifton’s and over time I started to fall more in love. My legs started to adapt more to the shoe and my paces weren’t lying in that I was faster in the shoe naturally than the Clifton.  I gave them their first real try at the Turkey Trot 10 Miler and I was not disappointed and they felt awesome but my calf’s were still on FIRE after using the shoe. The Newton representative was very helpful in giving me tips to help with the calf pain and working with me to make the shoe the best fit possibly for me and giving me the time to really feel out the technology. I really wanted to make the commitment but feared the minimalist nature of the shoe full time could cause me problems and I feared an injury aka stress fracture. I asked if I could try out one of their more stability trainers and once again they were so happy to just send me another shoe to try out  and they sent me the Motion V which I loved and were a great compliment to the Fate. I started to transition solely throughout December into just running in one of the Newton Pairs and raced the Tuscon Half in the Fate’s for my PR! At this point I still wasn’t sold to do a full 365 day commitment to the shoe because I wanted to ensure I was a great match for their company and did not want to disappoint – I was 80/20 at this point. I was in constant contact with the representative and she kept assuring me that I could have all the time I needed to make the decision and she understood it takes a while to fall in love with a shoe. After the first of the year passed I knew I would need to make my final 100% decision. I figured the WDW half would be a good place to make it one final race but well we all know that didn’t happen. However at the end of the weekend I had really thought on it and I just knew after all the generosity  and patience Newton had showed be over the past 2.5 months I really felt like Newton felt like home and a company I could really resonate with and represent! So its official I AM A 2017 NEWTON AMBASSADOR and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an amazing company and group of people!!! 2017 is going to be one amazing year!

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xoxo

Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

 

Product Review: Hoka One One Clifton 3

Gear, product review

Hoka One One reached out to me to try out their new Clifton 3 Model. As many of you know  I have been wearing the clifton for about 2 years and it has served me well through 3 Marathons, HIM, IM and multiple other races with many PRs, BQs, and accomplishments. I started with the Original Clifton then have progressed through the models now getting to the Hoka Clifton 3s.

The Shoe: The Clifton 3 is a Neutral Balanced Cushion Maximalist Shoe with a 5mm offset (drop) and is lightweight at 7.4 ounces. I think the weight is important because when most people look at the shoe on the wall they think wow thats alot of cushion and it is probably a lug to run in but they are a very light shoe for how much cushion you get.

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What is the best function for the shoe: Obviously I have trained and raced in the Clifton for many years however for that being said I think the Clifton is a great shoe mainly for long endurance runs and easy recovery runs. The cushion really allows your feet to recover. For racing I would suggest a more responsive shoe like the Hoka One One Clayton or Tracer. Another good function for this shoe is for someone who is recovering for a recent stress fracture or severe plantar fascitis the extra cushion allows for a little extra protection for the elements and less injury risk. The original reason I bought the Clifton 2 years ago was because I had had a stress fracture in the past and wanted a shoe that would help prevent making the same mistake.

How the Clifton 3 Compares to Previous Models: To be honest for me the Orginal Cliftons were not totally made for my foot. I have a very narrow foot and they are were slightly wide fitting and thus I had to tie they very tight for a proper fit. However, for most people they LOVED that aspect of the original clifton. The Clifton 2 featured a more narrow toe box and shoe overall and I loved it because I have narrow feet however many people felt it was a little too snug. I think with the Clifton 3 they finally found a happy medium with the shoe and one that can fit the majority of the runner’s out there. I really love the new model and I think if you were on either side of the Clifton 1 and 2 spectrum they may have just nailed it on the head for you!

My Overall Opinion: Obviously I LOVE this shoe it has a special place it my heart. It has allowed me to increase my mileage and speed without injury and for that I am forever thankful especially in the years closely following my stress fracture and injuries. I am slowly working my way to a more responsive shoe but the Clifton still has my heart for those long runs for hours on the pavement and a simple easy recovery run! To check out more on the shoe here is the link to their site.

With Love and Product Reviews,

❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however the opinions in this post are 100% authentic, real and my own. 

 

 

Senita Athletic Review – What I am Wearing Wednesday

Gear, product review

Hey Guys!!! I have some fun athletic wear to share with you! Obviously this is sponsored however I reached out to Senita to try their product because I was overly impressed with the design and REALLY WANTED to try them out! As part of the review I got to choose a Top and Bottom. I fell in LOVE almost immediately upon opening the packing – It was so cute, well made, high quality! I couldn’t wait to put it on!

The Top:

  • I choose the Bahamas Duel Tank similar to the the Lululemon Free to Wild Tank. The tank is $32 compared to $60 from Lululemon with the same Amazing Quality. The best part about the tank is the attention to detail and the pocket on the sports bra portion to slip your cell phone, credit card, key in for easy carry. I ran with my phone in the pocket with no bounce or discomfort. For a person like me who absolutely hates carry their phone in their water bottle or in a waist band it was the perfect solution.


The Bottom:

  • I choose the Twighlight pants. They are a mid to high rise waist band. Very flattering and made of high quality athletic material. Just like the top the attention to detail was on point. The pants had reflective detail – perfect for the cold morning winter/fall runs. Additionally they had a pocket on the side to slip your phone in. No more worries about a floppy moving waist band during those long runs while trying to listen to music. The pants are also really affordable for the quality at $42 dollars – you seriously cannot beat that deal.

    I cannot say enough about this product. There is no other product like this on the market with the perfect pocket placement to carry your phone without any accessory arm or waist wrap. Additionally it is afforadable and very high quality. The company is local to Arizona which you know has my heart after all! You can use the code “kindal” for 10% off until 11/15/16 and it’s free shipping over $50! You definitely will NOT regret the decision to invest in this cute active wear for your running and workout needs!

    With Love and Athletic Wear,

    ❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

     

     

     

    Five Friday Favorites

    Friday Five, Gear, product review, Running

    Its been a while since I did one of these so I figured why not rekindle the flame – hehe!

    #1. SquareBars. Squarebars was kind enough to send me a sample package of their protein bars. So far I have only tried Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Cherry and both were GREAT! I like the macro distrubution of the bars at 230 calories 11gF/21C (3F)/12P especially for fuel on my long bike rides as well as the fact that are made with organic ingrediants. The macros are great for bike fuel as low fiber (no bathroom probs please) and higher carbs with moderate protein and fat to slow digestion and hold that fuel longer in your system. Additionally, I like the size and compactness of the bar b/c because it is easier to fit in my Bento Box on my Bike!

    • Use Discount Code “RunningWithStrength” to get 20% off your next order! So that makes the box $23.99 with free shipping! 🙂

    #2. Bellatona Tank Top. Jillian is the owner of a small company called “Bellatona” and asked if I would mind trying out her tanks and I love helping small companies so I said SURE! I loved the tank immediately. The Tank was the perfect fit and loved the quality of the fabric. The fabric is the sweat whicking fabric essential in Humid Ohio and very high quality and I was impressed! 


    #3. KFT Sports BrasI was blessed enough to be sent one of these amazing sports bras! I LOVE the Design – its is so different than other sports bras putting the strappy details on the side of the bra vs the typical front/back PERFECT for those muscle tanks! Also the bra comes with high quality removable pads (similar to a pricey VS bathing suit top – not the flimsy paper kind) so if you want something extra you can insert them. I feel like for the price of $40 they are very high quality and there are so many fun designs and colors – if you are a Lululemon strappy bra lover – YOU MUST CHECK OUT THIS SITE! 


    #4. Normatec Recovery BootsThe NormaTec PULSE Recovery boots are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab to allow athletes to recover faster from hard training sessions and races. These boots are mainly used by the elites as they are pricey $1500+, however the local sports medicine/ART/Chiro in the Dayton Area has them at his office so I was able to try it out for $20. I used the boots after my 100 mile ride on Friday and definitely noticed decreased muscle soreness and quicker recovery over the next few days. 

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    #5. JellyBean Sport Beans. I used these when I first got into Running and Marathon training in 2009 and havent used them since. But then my friend Jennifer started posting on them I decided to give them a try and fell back in Love! So far I have tried the Green Apple, Pear, and Mixed Packs and have loved all three and they are perfect for a taste bud change on the bike when I have been eating bars for like 4+ hours haha!

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    So there you have it – The Friday Five Back and Alive!

    With Love and Happy Fridays,

    ❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

    Roll Recovery Product Review

    fitness, Gear, product review, Running, Uncategorized

    Happy Sunday! For some its always “Sunday RunDay” but for me its always been “Sunday RestDay” and I found my latest recovery tool to make Sunday’s even more effective for my training! Introducing the Roll Recovery – R8 Roller and Stretch Mat….


    Many of you have seen the R8 Roller running around instagram and when I got the chance to work with Adi Nelson professional runner and co-founder of Roll Recovery with her husband Jeremy Nelson I could not pass the up the opportunity. First off she is  a complete doll and second off I have had my eye on the product for many many months but just hadn’t bought the bullet to make the purchase.

    Adi was nice enough to send me both the R8 Roller and the New Stretch Mat which is awesome because I am constantly needing to roll in various locations and don’t really love sitting on a possibly very dirty floor or ground! So lets get to the review…

    First up is the R8 Roller – Basically the Grand Daddy of Rollers!

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    • Concept: The R8 Roller was created for a compact and convient way for athletes to “foam roll”. The goals were to create a deep tissue massage product for myofasical release in order to reduce inflammation, break up adhesions, and stimulate blood circulation. Additionally they made the product compact so it was portable for athletes traveling for races and endurance activities.
    • Targeted Muscles: The product self adjusts to different leg sizes to target quads, hamstrings, ITB, glutes, calves, shins, hip flexors, hamstrings, adductors, etc.
    • Techniques:
      • “Roll Down Flush”: Start proximally with largers muscle groups (Quads/Hamstrings /glutes) and gradually use the R8 rolling until you feel the muscle loosening and increased blood flow continue the process down to to your calves and shins only massaging soft tissue and avoiding kness, shins, and direct bone rolling.
      • “Point Release”: for those pesky knots and adhesions slowly work the R8 over the spot and pause directly and gradually increase massage speed and force as you feel the spots loosen up.
    • Things I LOVED:
      • Compact Design. I loved that is comes in a compact bag and is small and light enough to fit into a carry on suitcase and eliminate the hassel of trying to fit a foam roller into your carry-on (yes I did that – see my instagram from Mexico)
      • The Product Does the Work. Lets just say as much as I love my foam roller I sometimes get really lazy after a long day of workouts and work and the last thing I want to do is work on a foam roller. The R8 does all the work for you. You can sit in bed and basically just roll it up and down your legs and takes minimal effort but you get maximal results. Less work, same result = HUGE benefit.
      • Targeted Muscle Group Work. Sometimes with the foam roller I feel like I need to work and adjust multiple times to get the “exact” spot worked with the R8 you can target those adhesions and really focus on those problem areas just like a deep tissue or active release therapy treatment.
    • Overall: Overall I would 100% recommend the R8 product for your next roller. The cost is $119 dollars and even though it seems high the product is top notch quality and is well worth every penny. Athletes I feel this would really benefit is the “busy” athletes with kids, works, life, etc. trying to fit in the “extra stuff” that just seem to not get done the roller is an easy thing to use sporadically and quickly throughout the day without any mess or fuss. Atheltes who also travel alot either in the car/plane would benefit as it is compact and light and can fit in a car or suitcase so after a long race while driving home or waiting on your flight you can use the foller in the airport or passenger seat and lessen those post race PR DOMs we are know and love! 😉

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    Second up is the Roll Recovery Stretch Mat

    • Concept: The StretchMat was specifically designed with the athlete in mind. The larger shape, soft-touch surface and 4mm of padding provides the surface area and sweat proof design every athlete needs to get down to business with stretching and pre/post workout rituals
    • Details: 130 cm x 130 cm Polyester soft touch surface with 4mm high dense foam core and nonslip bottom for indoor and outdoor use.  Additionally it has an easy fold up design into a compact square that can fit easily in your “check bag” or “suitcase” for a place to roll on the go whether in an airport or a local park.
    • Things I Loved:
      • Compact Design. Once again this is HUGE seller for me. I love compact designs that I can carry around with me to multiple places. I can 100% see me carrying the mat and roller in my post race bag to roll out those post race problem areas before leaving a race for breakfast and/or home and airport
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      • Quality: The mat is very high quality and durable. I love the thickness of the mat so even when I was using it on my hardwood floors and back porch it did not feel like I was “sitting on the ground” and did not slip around as I moved and rolled.
      • Design: I love the athletic design of the mat and the shape. I feel like it gives you enough room to really relax and stretch without being confined to a typical mat shape of a elongated rectangle.
    • Overall: If you are a runner on the go this mat is the one for you. I can definitely see me using the mat to sit and stretch at the local running store after my long runs and also on the grass lawns after a hard half or full marathon. This mat can also be used for everyday activities from a picnic at the park to yoga and the cost is $49.

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    For more information on Roll Recovery and the R8 Roller and StretchMat head over to RollRecovery.com to check out their products. They also have an amazing foot roller “The R3” for those runners and athletes who suffer from plantar fascitis! Trust me you will not be disappointed!

    Hope you all have a wonderful and restful Sunday and Happy Training!

    With Love and Recovery Products and Essentials,

    ❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

    Five Friday Favorites

    Friday Five, Gear

    #1. Garmin Forerunner 735XT. I was between the Forerunner 735XT and the Garmin Fenix 3 for quite sometime now. I really wanted the Rose Gold Fenix but it doesn’t have optic heart and that is a deal breaker for me as I know I WILL NOT wear the strap. So it was between the new Forerunner 735XT and the Black Fenix HR. I have really really tiny wrists so when I tried on the Fenix it just looked too bulky and huge so I bit the bullet and went with the Forerunner 735XT. Everyone’s concern is the battery life and it is only 2 hours shorter than the Fenix HR and the shorter battery life is the optic heart rate if you turn that portion off it lasts longer. Additionally, most of the time I am not going to be exercises for 14 hours straight except for in the Ironman but here is to hoping for a sub 14 hour ironman! 🙂

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    #2. Bontrager Aura 5 Wheels. I got these last Wednesday evening in the midst of all of my bike mishaps – imagine have 2 flats after you spend $1300 on wheels – I was very unhappy. But my lovely bike guy made it right and fixed me up and now I have a fancy pinked rimmed tire and I love the wheels and am so happy with the more smoother ride on the bike. I feel like I am really becoming a triathlete!

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    #3. Optic Nerve Grifter Sport Sunglasses. I found these while I was checking out at the running shop with my watch. Most sport sunglasses are well so sporty and they just are not very flattering on me. However, these ones fit the bill as both an everyday and sport sunglasses and actually looked really cute. They feature polarized lenses with anti-reflective technology, high impact resistance (Important b/c I drop my sunglasses all the time), and Hydrophobic coating protects lens from water, oil, dust, and sweat for cleaning ease and durability. Perfect for summer running and everyday cycling – gotta protect those blue eyes! 😉

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    #4. Nathan Lock Laces. I got these a while ago before my first olympic triathlon and at first I was not entirely thrilled but lately I find myself gravitating to my Saucony solely because they have the lock laces and the ease of getting them on and off quickly  especially when I am transitioning for my brick workouts. 

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    #5. Be IronFit Book. I read this book a while ago when I first signed up for my ironman but lately have been referencing it more and more as the months are ticking by and I realize I need to really dial in my training as I am 1 month away today from my Half Ironman 70.3 in Muncie. This book is awesome because it provides 3 levels of plans:  competitive, intermediate, and just finish. Since, I currently do not have a coach and am unsure if I want one it is helping me really set up a solid training schedule for the next few weeks to ensure I am ready to go. TMinus 17 weeks until Ironman Louisville – EEEKKK!!

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    With Love, Fridays, and Favorite Things,

    ❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

    What I am Wearing: OOFOS

    Gear, product review

    So recently I collaborated with a shoe company called “OOFOS“. As many of you have seen in some of previous favorites and recaps I was already a HUGE fan of this shoe company and their product. When I got the chance to work with them I was elated to say the least –  I love sharing some of my favorite products with your guys! OOFOS sent me 2 pairs of shoes to try out and review and let’s just say they did not disappoint… 🙂 ❤ 🙂

    A Little About OOFOS:

    What are OOFOS:OOFOS was created when they realized there was a need for a more supportive recovery sandal for the endurance athlete. With most sandals on the market lacking cushion and arch support OOFOS sought to create a sandal that would do the opposite. OOFOS created OOfoam a revolutionary technology 37% more absorbable than the average athletic shoe and combined with arch support to create a sandal that could absorb the shock of a hard workout on the feet and joints in order to recovery for the next day and workout.

    Who can wear OOFOS: While OOFOS was created towards the endurance athlete ANYONE can wear OOFOS and get the benefits. OOFOs sandals are perfect for people living in warmer climates year round where sandals are daily attire to prevent foot tendonitis and foot fatigue. Additionally for medical professional they created a clog that is perfect for those long 8-12 hour shifts on your feet.

    Reviews of Products:

    OOFOS OOlala Sandal:

    • About: The OOlala sandal was created as a more all day sandal with glossy uppers strap, bold color combinations, and a more slimmer streamlined silhouette than the OOFOs originals. I choose the the Black and Cloud White combination but there is a variety of combinations for everyone.
    • Review: I LOVE these sandals. Originally from Florida and now living in Arizona sandals are part of my daily attire. Additionally the first thing I want to do after a long workout is take off my socks and get some air to my feet for the rest of the day. The problems was coming that as I ran my errands in my flat sandals all day my feet began to hurt and become tired and sore. Insert OOFOS – these sandals solved the problem almost instantly. The cloud like cushion and arch support allowed my feet to recover while running errands after a long workout without any pain or additional fatigue. Now there is no going back to the days of flat foot sandals and feeling like I’m walking on concrete all day when I can feel like I’m walking on clouds. Additionally, I love that they are water friendly – great for pool wear and after a triathlon where your feets are wet 😉 !!!

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    OOFOS OOCloogs Luxe:

    • About: OOFOS create the OOCloog as a daily closed toe shoe that could get you through your long workday. With many jobs requiring closed toes shoes in the workplace sometimes it is hard to find a fashionable comfortable clog to fit the bill and OOFOs sought to find a shoe for the niche.
    • Review: As a medical professional “clogs” are almost a must have in the nursing/physician industry. They serve the purpose of closed toes, slip on, and comfort all in one. I honestly have never invested in clogs as they can be on the pricey side – Danskin/Grey’s Anatomy run you anywhere from $100-120/pair. However when OOFOs offered to send me a pair I was elated – FINALLY CLOGS! I got the Black Luxe pair – mainly because of all the “dirt” at work. I wore them at work over the weekend from my 12 and 8 hour shifts and fell in LOVE. I love the ease of being able to slip them on and off as well as the cushion and arch support to keep my feet happy throughout the day especially after my 4 AM workouts! OOFOs clogs are also $65 dollars which is half the price of normal medical clogs sold at scrub shops around the country and I know everyone LOVES a deal especially when it’s an AMAZING product!

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    Hope you guys enjoyed this little product review of OOFOS. I absolutely love this product and love spreading the word of thing I love and use everyday! If you are an endurance athlete and love wearing sandals during the summer or after a long event – you will NOT regret this purchase – it is a MUST HAVE for your shoe attire! Check out more info about OOFOs HERE!

    With Love and Favorite Products,

    ❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)

     

     

     

     

     

    Five Friday Favorites

    Friday Five, Gear

    #1: DonaJo Fitness Leggings: Recently I was contacted by the company for a sponsored post about their brand/apparel. When I reciecved the email about the opportunity I basically jumped with joy as I had admired their leggings on other instagramers and checked them out at Expos! These leggings are mid-high waisted, SO DANG SOFT (like PJs), breathable, and amazing for running, lifting, running errands etc. Their patterns are all fun, bright, and eye-catching! If you want a pair you can use the Code: “RUNNINGWITHSTRENGTH” for 20% off your purchase. 

     

    #2:Zoot 4″ Tri Shorts: So my first triathlon is Sunday, so I needed to invest in some new triathlon shorts (mine are all from about 5-6 years ago). I ordered these because I like training in the shorter version for tan lines since the sun is way hot in Arizona. I LOVED them the second I put them on. They are mid-high rise with a flattering waistband with a drawstring for a secure fit. The elastic was not too tight around the thighs to create an unflattering bulge and when I tried them out in the pool they didn’t fall down or move and felt super comfortable on the bike and they are adorable! I AM IN TRIATHLON APPAREL HEAVEN! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    #3: AquaSphere Goggles: So far so good with these. I still had goggle lines but no severe headache during the end and after my swim. I have only worn them once so we will see. This is my third pair of goggles since starting this tri thing – hoping third time’s the charm!

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    #4: Lululemon Baller Hat: I bought this hat last week and while I am not one to spend $40 on a hat – It fit perfectly on my head and every ironman guide always mentions wearing a hat for the run and it matched my tri outfit so I said why not! I got the Cranberry/Maroon one!

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    #5: Training Peaks App: I am LOVING this app lately. It definitely highlights the Type A part of me 100%. I love how I can have everything in one place – training, nutrition, metrics. For training they have all different activities you can input as well as stats (HR, Pace, etc) from your workout. Also is has a place for metrics where you can add in your hours/quality of sleep as well as your weight. My favorite feature is that is links with MyFitnessPal. I LOVE THIS because I can get the whole picture – nutrition, training, weight, and sleep all in one place to adequately assess the whole picture. The basic app is free – so I would suggest checking it out!

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    With Love and Friday Favorites,

    ❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)