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?