Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Giveaways Galore!

So, since I have gotten behind on posts, I also have a couple giveaways that are due.  I JUST realized yesterday that I never did a race recap on the Biggest Loser 10k I ran on June 29th so I plan to do that tomorrow.  I had held onto these giveaways until that point because that was the day I was intending to try both products and time just got away from me.  Anyway, for the Biggest Loser race I decided to try out my Spun Compression socks as well as Energybits!

ENERGYbits

Coming into this race I had been having terrible runs with a capital "T."  About 8 days before this I had switched over to a low carb diet and the one long run of 5 miles I had completed left me drained and out of whack very quickly.  I am assuming my body was still adjusting? I am not sure but they were bad.  I had high hopes that the Energybits would get me through this race.

It is recommended by the ENERGYbits people that you use 30 bits prior to activity so about 15 minutes before the race start I took 30 bits.  To begin with these smell very...green.  Since they are 100% algae that is completely expected.  While there is an option to chew these in reviews I had read before, I knew to just swallow them whole.  They are the size of maybe an Advil, so it was fun to swallow 30 of those, but it was doable.  During the race I did feel more energy that I had felt on my last run.  I made it farther than I expected based on my previous performance in the week so that was good as well.  The great thing about these is that they are all- natural and they are a FOOD and not a supplement.

From the ENERGYbits website:
Made from 100% organicallly grown spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits® algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab. Endorsed by the United Nations as the most nutritious food on earth, spirulina algae has been a favorite of Olympic gold medalists for decades and is a super food in every sense of the word, delivering instant and enduring energy to your brain and body.

I think that I will give these another go soon as my general level of energy has continued to come up over the time since the race.  I would like to try these again when I am having normal runs and not terrible ones like the week I did manage to try them.  Want to try them, too? Enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Those entering in the giveaway will win one sample pack of ENERGYbits!


Spun Compression

It was very humid and the temperature was rising quite a bit the morning of the race so I decided to wear short socks during the race and save these socks for the long ride home after the race.  Like I mentioned above, I had a terrible run and my calves were kind of achy.  I jumped in the shower when we got back to the hotel and put my Spun Compression socks on right away.  I am always worried because I seem to have large calves so I tend to wonder if they are going to be too tight.  These actually felt great on my legs.  I didn't have any issues with them being too tight and they put just the right amount of pressure on my calves.  I kept them on for the whole ride home and then a couple more hours after we made it home.  I was definitely glad to have them!

One great point about these compression socks?  They are much cheaper than many others you will find out there.  Regular price they run 34.99. Why?

From the Spun Apparel website:

Spun Performance Apparel was born out of necessity.  When our founders began searching for compression apparel to aid them in their performance and to speed up their recovery, they shared a common sentiment, "Why's this stuff so expensive?"  So, they set out to try to find the answer.  There were a few factors that led to most legitimate compression apparel being so expensive:

  • It's sold through retail locations, so there is an extra level of markup, sometimes as high as 200%;
  • Many compression apparel companies pay athletes to wear their gear;
  • It's worth it.

While we share their sentiment on the final point, we wholeheartedly disagree with the first two. 



Why drive to a specialty running or cycling store to try something on for a minute or two in a cramped dressing room when you can order online and try it on in the comfort of your own home.  If it doesn't fit, we'll pay for you to ship it back to us.


I plan on also getting these in green soon!


Enter the Rafflecopter below to try to win these awesome products!! There will be 2 winners for this giveaway.  Giveaway runs from August 21-31, 2013.  Winner will be announced in a blogpost on Sept 1! a Rafflecopter giveaway

27 comments:

  1. I have wanted a pair of compression socks

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  2. I am a big fan of compression wear. The socks are so important in recovery.

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  3. I love the colors of their socks! I also love finding out about new fitness apparel brands. I hadn't heard of this one before... http://trimom82.blogspot.com

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  4. Bits are the best! I'm always looking to try different types of socks to see what works best for me. :)

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  5. The socks look really awesome.

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  6. I've tried Energybits before, love them! I've also been introduced to Spun and would like to add them to my running sock collection! LOL

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  7. I Love compression socks! And have been wanting to try out EnergyBits I like you have been low on energy due to changing eating habits!

    **Hope you finally received your Injinji Socks!!**

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    1. I did, Bobbie! I have been meaning to email you and let you know but with everything going on I haven't had my head straight with everything that I needed to do! Lol.

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  8. They BOTH sound awesome..but if I HAD to choose, I would choose the compression socks. I am a knee socks runner!

    Maryalicia Verdecchia
    pegasusrdr@gmail.com

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  9. I love having compression socks around for those hard workouts or for recovering after them. Also, I happen to really like the look of those socks! :)

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  10. Compression socks are awesome. I'd love to try the Spun compression socks because cheaper alternatives are always appreciated.

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  11. I would love to try them out because I've never used them before. Everyone has talked about the benefits of wearing them for recovery and I would like to try a pair.

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  12. I have heard about the benefits of compression socks and I'd like a chance to try them for recovery!

    (I posted something else here but it didn't seem to go through.)

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  13. I love a good compression sock. I hope I can try these. Also, I've heard good things about EnergyBits, but I can't find them anywhere.

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    1. Hi Tabitha! We're just available at ENERGYbits.com - feel free to email me at jlevitt@energybits.com and I can share info on our sample program!

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  14. I'm currently training longer distances than I ever had and both of these items would assist me in my performance and recovery!

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  15. I want to try them because I have heard great tings about energy bits, and I've been wanting to try compression socks for a while.

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  16. I love compression socks! I've never heard of this product line so thanks for sharing!

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  17. I'm a big fan of compression socks and I've never tried this brand. And I'm trying to decide if I like Energybits enough to buy a full bag, so a sample would be nice.

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  18. I love compressions socks, they do wonders for me! I'm always looking for alternatives for fuel for my running.

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  19. I am a fan of compression socks 'coz they lessen muscle fatiguability during my long runs. It would be awesome to try this brand of compression socks.

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  20. I'm a big believer in compression socks although I've never tried this brand before.

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  21. I NEED some good compression socks! My budget is TIGHT and I really don't need to spend the money on them!

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  22. The compression socks look amazing!!

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  23. I love compression socks and always looking for new ones. And I've never tried energybits. Would like to, but no one sells them around where I live. :(

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    1. Hi! We're just available at ENERGYbits.com - we also have a sample program via email if you'd like to learn more. Email me at jlevitt@energybits.com for more info

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  24. i'd love to try compression socks to see if they help out my bum knee!

    rafflecopter: daniel

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