Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stride Box Goodies!

 This week's Tuesday's on the Run is about speed work.

 Since speed work is something we both have to work on ( and we haven't been), I thought I would mention a few items that can help give us that extra push of speed during our long runs. Sometimes that extra speed comes from the fuel we use.
 
The same week my treadmill was delivered, I received my Stride Box too!

 

Some people may have heard of this, but those of you that have not. It is a monthly subscriptions to all things running. How cool is that? Each month you receive several samples to try out during your runs. With these samples comes a list with the description of each product. 
This month the products included: 
-Champion Naturals     -Bonk Breaker
-Honey Stinger.              -2Toms    -GU    
-Hydration bottle w/ samples

Champion Naturals- "Support performance, sustain energy, and promote recovery with this great tasting intra-workout booster."

Honey Stinger- I have never had one of these but my sister is a fan and I have heard that these are very tasty. The new flavor I got was Gingersnap.

GU - These I use all the time during my long runs. I am so sick of the flavors that I have been using. I'm excited to try this new flavor out- salted watermelon.  Although I would never put salt on my watermelon,  because I think fruit is supposed to be sweet, but the salt I'm sure will be help during the run. This is even the official flavor of the Rock 'n' Roll marathon.

Bonk Breaker- I have never heard of this nutritional bar. But the flavor sure sounds yummy -Blueberry Oat. Consume during long runs or training sessions. This may be a nice substitute for a GU during a run.

2Toms- " A chafing solution in a convenient to use towelette application. Greatly reduces the friction that causes blisters, chafing, and irritation. " Do you remember that 2Toms was one of the prizes for our Scavenger Hunt?

 I am fortunate that I don't have any problems with chafing during my runs. But this sounds like a great product to even take with you, if needed, during your long runs since its only a towelette, rather than the body glide that most of us use before our runs.


 
Hydration bottle- Although my cupboards are full of water bottles, I love the saying on this one "Good Runs Make Better Days". The samples that were in the bottle included: 

Nuun-lemon lime and tri berry(which I have never tried those flavors)

ZYM electrolyte tablet. I have never heard of this one. I am sure this is similar to Nuun but this has 100 mg of caffeine. Although the flavor I got was grape. I hate grape flavored things. It reminds me when I was younger and took Dimeatap when I was sick. Is it just me?

Cocogo- Another form of electrolytes.  This is in a packet rather than a tablet. Ingredients include coconut water a real fruit. Of course one of the flavors is grape. The other one is raspberry-passion.

Have you tried Stride Box? What other subscription boxes have you tried? -L


                                         
 
 

61 comments:

  1. I've never disliked a GU flavor before and I've tried a lot of them, but I like my watermelon sweet, too. Still, I'd buy that flavor just to see what it's like. I liked the waffle Honey Stinger I tried a while back. I've had ZYM, too, and thought it was a lot like Nuun. It's fun to try new products!

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    1. I tried the watermelon flavor the other week on my run and it is so yummy. It reminded me of a blow pop.

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  2. Stacey NiedzwieckiJuly 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    I feel exactly the same way about anything grape flavored. Ewwww! And I do love being able to try new flavors of products I already love.

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    1. Yeah I probably won't be trying those out in that flavor.

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  3. I NEED that water bottle :) Some of my favorite products are in your Stride Box...Cocogo, Nuun, Honey Stinger!

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    1. I have never tried the cocogo. I thought this was a great box this month. I'm excited to see what comes in my box next month.

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  4. I've never gotten a Stride box, but it looks like you got some great stuff this month! Thanks for linking up with us!

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    1. Yes I did. They will be perfect for my training that's coming up.

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  5. The only subscription box I've tried so far has been StitchFix. But as my marathon training kicks off, I may need to look into the Stride Box.

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    1. My sister did stitch fix the other month. I thought it was a bit pricey. But this is very reasonably priced.

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  6. Looks like a good box this month. I love the cup too! I was getting Birchbox for a while

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    1. Yes I thought so too. I have heard of Birchbox. What did you think of that? I guess you can get pretty much get anything delivered right to your doorsteps these days.

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  7. I have heard of stride box and have considered trying it. it sounds like you got a lot of great stuff to try out. I have been searching locally for the salted watermelon Gu with no luck. Let me know if it is good.

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    1. It was delicious. I tasted like a blow pop. Will you be running any rnr races? Since its the official flavor this year maybe they will be handing them out in our goodie bags. I hope so!

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  8. Looks like a good month for Stride Box. I subscribed last year for about six months. Some months were great, and others it was like throwing my money away. But that's the risk you take - and part of the fun. And I LOVE the salted watermelon GU!

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    1. I had mixed feelings about doing it too. But since I'm about to training for some up coming races I thought this would be a little motivation. So far I've been happy with this month. We will see next month.

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  9. I've never tried any of these subscription boxes. I hate grape flavored things but salted watermelon sounds delicious. I love salted watermelon in real life as well as salted pineapple.

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    1. I always thought it was weird when I saw people put salt on watermelon or cantelope. Loved the watermelon GU. And will not be trying the grape flavored ones.

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  10. Salted watermelon sounds intriguing. I've never done subscription boxes but I'm always picky about the stuff I eat before running.

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  11. I am not a runner - but how cool is this??!!!

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    1. I know right! You can get anything delivered right to you these days. How convenient. And for me not being able to make decisions well its nice getting samples of different things. To be able to try them all out

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  12. Wow, I didn't know what a Stride Box was, but now I do. Cool!

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    1. Well for my first month I have been very happy with the subscription so far.

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  13. This is very interesting, although I don't like monthly subscriptions myself....this is neat!

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    1. I hear you. In order for me to subscribe to something I needed to make sure I would actually use it. And for being a runner I thought this would be a perfect thing.

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  14. Nuun tri-berry is one of my fave flavors, so good! I haven't tried the gingersnap waffle yet...but I am a huge fan of the other flavors!

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    1. I've tried the lemon lime Nuun last week and was tasty. I plan on trying the tri-berry this wk on a run.

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  15. I love Honey Stinger! And I love that water bottle! Such fun goodies!

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    1. I've been wanting to take this on my run. But it's not as easy to pack as a GU. Guess I will have to take my other fuel belt when I want to eat this.

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  16. Stridebox looks interesting - there were lots of items that I'd actually use. I have a Salted Watermelon Gu on hand but haven't had a long enough run yet to use it. Wonder if I'll like it as much as Salted Caramel? Love that water bottle, btw. :)

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    1. Yes this was a good month for the box. I have never had the salted caramel but the watermelon one is delicious.

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    2. You really should try the Salted Caramel Gu...it's soooooooooo good!!!

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  17. Looks like you got some great stuff in this box! I love these new things that combine favorites and pass them along. They're a lot of fun and easy way to find cool stuff!

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  18. I love 2Toms anti chafe stuff. It is what I use. I ahve tried getting in to Gu but it doesn't work for me. I use Margarita Shot Bloks. www.RunningwithSDMom.com

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    1. I have never used 2Toms yet. I have always used the body glide. I have tried those shots as well. They were tasty. But I like how GU is smaller and quicker to get down.

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  19. I have not heard of a lot of these products, so I have discovered some new things. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Your welcome. I haven't heard of some of these products either that were in the box.

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  20. I love these subscription boxes.
    I'm in Nature Box right now & love it... its food. What's not to love :)

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    1. I have heard of those. I should look into it. Are they expensive?

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  21. I've never tried a stride box, but I have tried Bestowed.
    One thing I can NEVER stomach are GU, I made the mistake in my 2nd marathon to try one. After I finished throwing it up, immediately after, I have never had the desire to try them again. Maybe they are better now, or have better flavors, but I suspect that will be one thing I just take others word for, LOL
    Nuun is something I do want to try someday, but haven't ever tasted it yet:)

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    1. I have never heard of bestowed. Is that another runner box? I have heard that about GUs from other people but I have been fortunate enough that they don't bother me. Some flavors are better than others but I would think if you can stomach one, changing flavor wouldn't help bc it's still the same consistency.

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  22. Looks like a fun subscription service – seems similar to RunnerBox, right? I subscribe to the Picky Club and Naturebox, but love subscriptions and would add some more if I had the money. I love Tri-Berry Nuun! I would definitely be interested in trying the chaffing towelette for during runs (would be easy to bring along in case there are any issues).

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    1. Never heard of Runnerbox or Picky Club. I should look those up. I chose stridebox bc it was reasonably priced. I wonder if those others are. Yes a towelette would be much easier than a bodyglide stick to take w you on runs.

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  23. Ha! I LOVED getting Dimetapp when I was a kid! It was so much better than the other flavored medicines. That totally made me laugh. :D

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    1. Haha glad you got a kick out of that:) I hated that so much. I much would've preferred the cherry flavors over grape. I'm sure they have much better flavors now for young kids than they had back in the day.

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  24. I love Stridebox! Looks like you received a lot of great samples!!

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    1. Yes I did. Now I have to start working my mileage up so I can use them all.

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  25. I've always been intrigued by those boxes! Looks like you got a great stash in it! I love raspberry-passionfruit Cocogo! I have like 5 boxes in my pantry and I'm an Ambassador for them. I'd love to hear if you like it! Thanks for linking up with us today!

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    1. How cool an ambassador. I bet you get a bunch of great goodies.

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  26. Those boxes always intrigue me, but I usually only like half the stuff. I am picky about what I use during runs and since GU works well, I stick with that. By the way, salted watermelon is yummy!

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    1. Yes I agree. I tried that flavor the other week.

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  27. I have been getting RunnerBox every other month for a few months now and it's a lot of fun. I love trying all the different snacks and drink mixes they send.

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    1. When I signed up for stridebox I have never heard of Runnerbox. But now I have. Maybe I should switch it up one month and try that.

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  28. Stridebox? This is the first time I have heard of this! I am looking for a new box to try! Thanks for the tip!

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  29. The Stridebox looks like it's full of fun goodies. I would definitely look forward to getting one each month, but probably wouldn't be able to justify the price.

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    1. I thought it was more reasonably priced than other subscriptions. I just wanted to try it out and see.

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  30. This box is awesome! I love the Honey Stinger Waffles before a run, but I've never tried the gingersnap flavor. Lemon and vanilla are my favorite flavors. I'm very picky about my Nuun flavors but I love both the Lemon Lime and Tri Berry. They're actually my two favorites after cherry limeade!

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    1. I have been using my strawberry lemonade for awhile. Glad to have some samples of other flavors. Guess I should try the honey stinger before my run bc it doesn't fit good into my water bottle pouch. I thought ut was something you were supposed to take during.

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