Puracyn Review and Giveaway!

I was excited when I was contacted by Puracyn to try their wound and skin care products. As you know, I tend to fall here and there on trail runs and I’m now a regular for cuts and scrapes. I have to admit that I never heard of Puracyn until they reached out to me and I had to look them up to see what kind of would care it was and what made them special. Continue reading

Guest Review – Winter Gear: Balaclavas and Neck Gaiters (plus DIY instructions!)

This is a review written by a dear friend and runner. Thanks Bern for writing this guest blog!

A balaclava is a winter hat with face protection. It can be worn three ways: over your head and lower face, over your head and under your chin, or just around your neck.

My balaclava is from Brooks Running. It’s made of a polyester/spandex fabric that is ultra-light but very warm, and it does a great job of wicking the moisture away from my skin.  The manufacturer’s specs rate it for 40-60 degrees (Fahrenheit), but I find it’s too warm to wear under those conditions. However, it’s perfect for cold, blustery days and it’s quickly become my go-to winter accessory. Continue reading

2013 Winter Gear Review – Patagonia Women’s Capilene 4 1/4 Zip Hoody

Last Friday, I went to Charm City Run and had a mini-shopping spree for cold weather running gear. I kinda went hog wild. But, hey…I really needed new Winter gear! So, with the request of several readers, I’ll be reviewing some of the new gear that has come out for the 2013 Winter season over the next several weeks. I’ll also have a guest blogger review some of their favorite gear of the Season. Continue reading

PlowOn Energy Gum – Review and Giveaway

I am a caffeine addict. Plain and simple. I need my caffeine and I LOVE my caffeine. I also consume energy drinks, both the full sized cans and the 5-hour energy shots, and in the past, taken energy pills such as Hydroxycut and the like. Yes, I know I’ve got some all-natural, organic only readers, but please understand that caffeine is my vice and I hope you forgive me for my weakness. Now, with all the bad hype about the pills, I’ve stopped taking those and frankly, the energy drinks are too expensive and have way too many chemicals that I decided to give them up too. Which leaves me with coffee as my only source for caffeine, or caffeinated GU’s during runs. Then, I discovered PlowOn Energy Gum! Continue reading

Yankz! Sure Laces Review

When Yankz! sent over Sure Laces to try, I couldn’t wait to try them out. But, I decided to ask a fellow runner who has been using elastic laces a lot longer than I have. I figured her extensive experience with elastic laces would provide a more valuable review than mine. I’d like to thank Bernadette for taking these out for a try and for writing this review!

I’m a long time user of elastic laces, so I was excited to be asked to do a guest review of Yankz! Sure Laces. I’ve heard a lot about these laces and really wanted to try them. Continue reading

Slacklace Review and Giveaway!

FINALLY! I’ve been waiting to do this review for a month. Soon after I received the Slacklace shoelaces, I ended up with a calf injury before I could even use them. Although I’ve used these in the past, I wanted to give them a fresh review, so I waited. I was first introduced to Slacklaces at a race last year and I fell in love with all of the bright colors (they have 13 to offer) that I just had to accent my shoes with them while I was training for the Baltimore Marathon.

Slacklace are elastic shoelaces by Yankz! that eliminate banding and pressure points. What I like about Slacklace are the bright colors and the ease of slipping your shoe off and on without having to untie your shoe. Because the top of my feet arch up, I already have to lace my shoes a little differently to alleviate pressure on the top of my feet, however because these laces lay flat, I find that I get additional relief by using them.

Here are some tips to ensure a great fit:

  • When you lace your shoe with Slacklaces, do it with your foot in the shoe and don’t tighten them too much. I found it easier to tighten them after I laced them to the top than an it was to loosen them.
  • Again, don’t tighten them too much. You don’t need to. I made the mistake of a last minute adjustment right before the 20-miler to tighten my right shoe “just in case” and I was wrong to do so. Ended up with a little blister where my tongue rubbed the top of my foot. My left shoe was perfect. I should’ve left the right one alone.
  • Make sure you get the right size. Slacklaces come in different lengths, so make sure you get the right length for your shoe, otherwise, you’ll end up tying them too tight. Don’t forget to account for different shoe types. For example, minimalist shoe vs. high tops.
  • Have fun with the colors! Why not have one color on one shoe and a different color on the other?

Slacklaces come in kid sizes and adult sizes and run about $6, plus shipping and can be found at http://www.slacklace.com

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And we have a Giveaway! Yankz! were kind enough to offer 3 pairs of Slacklace to So What I Run readers! All 3 pairs are a size Small which will fit average Children’s size 4 to adult size 9 shoes. Click on the link below to enter. Although I have purple, yellow, and lavender, I cannot guarantee the color selection that you receive.

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Sweaty Bands Review & Giveaway – The Answer for Egg-Shaped Heads

I know I’m not the only runner out there with an egg-shaped head that can’t wear a sports bands to save her life. I’m always stuck with a hat or visor, but never one of those cute sports band to keep the my hair back sweat out of my eyes.

Then…there was the Sweaty Band! <insert church choir voices…aaahhh>

I tested out the Sweaty Band during the Charles Street 12 Miler this past weekend, and guess what? They actually stayed on! I’ve seen my friends wear them and I’ve eye-balled them at the store, but didn’t give them a chance until now and I’m so glad I did. Continue reading

One stop shop for recommended products and playlists

I quickly put together a page on my blog for items that either I or runners I know recommend. I’ve also included a category for playlist songs which I will add to frequently (I’ve got tons, just don’t have time to add them all at once). The link is below, but you can find the page to the right at anytime.

Hope this is helpful!

https://sowhatirun.com/recommended-products-and-playlist-songs/

Power of the skirt!

When I first started running, my gear consisted of old gym shoes, black sweat pants, and a t-shirt. With the exception of the shoes, it worked. However, having my own business in the fashion and entertainment industry, I’m pretty conscious about image and I have to say that looking frumpy wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the sweat and blotchy red face, and of course the occasional snot that freezes to your cheek in the winter. And when I go to the gym, I would rather wear sweats pants (never shorts) and a big ol’ baggy shirt, but for running…I’d rather put a little style into my gear. Hey, if I’m going look like a sock monkey while I’m running, I might as well wear something cute. Lord knows you can’t pick your shoe color if you wear a size 9.5W – you get what you get. Continue reading