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Weekly Happenings and Products

To be honest, this was a strange week.  When I take off from running, the weeks seem to go by slow.  I do miss running a lot, and I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on.  I received an x-ray, and it came out clean for a stress fracture.  To be fair, all of my x-rays have come out clean for a stress fracture in the first week.  Both my doctor and chiropractor are confident it’s not a fracture.  They’ve tossed around the idea of Morton’s Neuroma, but my pain isn’t pinpointed to that area of the foot either.  For a blog that mostly talks about running, that’s pretty vague.  I wish I had an answer!

So what else is going on this week?

Not running much, I’ve had time to clean my house.  My inlaws and parents are both coming for the Broad Street 10 miler next weekend.  I like to start a week early because I like to clean one room a day.  For me, it’s a lot more manageable that way.

Does anyone feel like when they have a lot of extra time they just spend a lot of money?  This week, I spent more on random things than the entire month of April combined.  Good thing this isn’t a financial or money saving blog.

What are cool products I’ve been enjoying?

Earlier in the month, Stride Box sent a box to try out.  I’ve heard of plenty of subscription boxes out there but never committed to any.  Food wise, I like to pick out my own food rather be surprised.  That goes for makeup, clothing and most running products as well.

Since Stride Box is more of a running “goodies” type of box versus shoes, I was excited to try it out.  Right off the bat, I was impressed with how quick their shipping was.  In this day, fast shipping is important.  Expensive shipping or shipping that takes 7+ days starts off on the wrong foot.

The box was neatly packaged: 

Stridebox Review

Interesting Highlights: 

Stridebox Review

Armband for your phone: I run with my phone for safety as well as music.  I found the phone arm band to be a good fit for my iPhone 6.  The phone didn’t fall, and the band stayed on my arm without feeling uncomfortable.

As most people know, I snack on bars at work, so a bar in the box was perfect for me to try.  I liked the Zing Oatmeal chocolate chip; it was chewy, and there was a good amount of chocolate chips in them.  I’m not vegan, but the Zing Oatmeal chocolate chip bar is a vegan bar.  I’ll probably buy a box every once in a while.  

The other snack I took to work was the Natural Sins Pineapple chips.  The name “Natural Sins” is misleading because while there is minimum nutritional value, it only has 98 calories per bag.  The pineapple chips tasted good and I enjoyed them, but I would probably snack on something else.  If you like dried fruit, they are tasty.

It also came with the new Nuun “endurance hydration enhancer”.  To be honest, I’m not a Nuun fan at all…it tastes like seltzer water.  The new endurance hydration enhancer has 48 calories per 2 tablets.  I was confused because Nuun’s primary appeal is their calorieless drink but I tried it anyways.  I like it better than regular Nuun, but personally, I wouldn’t buy it.  It’s always fun to try something new.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience with the Stride Box.  Receiving a box of random runners goodies was fun.  I have a few friends running marathons soon, and I think this would be a perfect gift.  I still don’t think I would try it for food, makeup, and personal clothing, but runner goodies are fun!

Anything else going on? 

This weekend I’m working. The week as a whole has gone by slowly and I have nothing exciting going on this weekend…

Edit to add: I’m not being paid to review any of these products. 

Posts from the Week:
Training Log: Rest and Recovery
Totally Awesome 80s 5k: 19:10
Touring NJ by plane
A List of All of the Shoes I’ve Run In

Questions for you:
How was your week?
Have you tried a subscription box?


18 thoughts on “Weekly Happenings and Products”

  1. I see you got a Carb Boom gel. I haven’t tried the banana flavor yet, but I love the brand. Apple Cinnamon is my favorite, though I’ll eat any of them (except the orange – reminds me of that stuff dentists would use to clean my teeth).

    1. I haven’t been able to try the carb boom gel because I’m not doing the long runs to need the gels, but I know they are pretty popular at work!

      1. I mean, you could eat it as a snack…
        Their popularity is good to hear! I remember being down to one gel (when I ran long) and was mildly perturbed to learn the company was in the midst of revamping its brand. I’m glad they’re back.

  2. I’ve been tempted to try the Stride Box because I love runner goodies! It’s fun to be sent things that you wouldn’t necessarily buy on your own, I’ve found some great products that way. I actually didn’t like Nuun when I first tried it, but I do like it now. I like mine a bit stronger than most people, and I actually like it in warm water instead of cool. I know, I’m a little different! Have a great weekend Hollie! Hope you’re back to running soon!!

  3. Stride box seems interesting and fun. I used to run with an arm band years ago but now I use a SpiBelt for my phone – I turn it around so the pocket is in the back. Stinks to hear about your injury, and that the docs weren’t able to pinpoint a cause just yet. I hope you find out what’s going on soon, and that it will be a quick recovery time. Have fun with your family! 🙂

  4. I’m in the same boat as you over here. Dealing with what I’m hoping is just tendonitis or something not extreme in my Achilles and taking running off as much as possible. hoping I can still do broad street, but I’m thinking it’s going to be a no because the last thing I want is to turn this into a chronic thing.

    I’ve done graze box and a love with food box subscriptions in the past and they were good in the short term, but I realized I really didn’t need them and $10+ a month adds up after awhile when I’m usually too picky about food to eat everything in them anyway.

  5. This week went by pretty fast for me but it’s also probably because I am finally running again. The weeks where I can’t, it definitely feels like the days drag by. These days, when I’m not working at least one weekend day, I don’t know what to do with myself!

  6. I’ve never subscribed to a box, although I’ve received a few that I’ve won in giveaways and free trials. It would be neat to receive new running products each month, though, and I do love getting mail. I hope your injury issues are resolved soon and you get some answers!

  7. I have a commitment issue and that’s why I never subscribed to any boxes. Either that or because they charge $10 to ship to Canada. I mean, it’s kind of ridiculous if the box is $20 worth. I guess you know what I mean lol! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    1. That was my issue as well but I would highly recommend Stride Box. You can do shorter increments instead of subscribing for a year.

  8. I like the idea of cleaning one room per day! I usually do everything at once and then I’m exhausted, haha.

    I know exactly what you mean about spending money when you have extra time. I had today off and I was like “I should go to Walmart…” haha.

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