Hello & happy end-of-the-weekend to you guys reading out there. It’s a beautiful, warm, chinook-y day in Calgary and we are all happy because the forecast seems to be pretty decent this weekend and moving into the week:
Okay. So maybe not incredible, but we’ll take it! Snow Tuesday? Sure. After some warmer temps and sunshine, it’s all good. I thought I’d catch you guys up to speed on a few things I’ve been sent to review on the blog – some paid for by me that I wanted to share and some free of charge for my honest opinion. First up? LockLaces.
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I was contacted by LOCKLACES to review this product for them and was so happy to say yes, espcially after seeing this tidbit of information in the most recent Runner’s World magazine:
As someone who is constantly slipping her shoes off her feet post-run or training (because I often train in the same shoes I run in, for better or for worse), I was extra-interested to give these contraptions a shot. So, what are LOCK LACES? From their website:
LOCK LACES™ is the only patented performance lacing system engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes such as runners, triathletes, marathoners, and walkers. Also ideal for those who have difficulty tying their own shoes, LOCK LACES™ are popular with kids, seniors and individuals with special needs. LOCK LACES™ is a national sponsor of both the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Fit Feet Program and The Challenged Athletes National Triathlon.
Pretty cool! I had asked for hot pink and was also sent yellow and black. They provide black, brown, white, cool gray, hot pink, cotton candy pink, navy blue, purple, orange creamsicle, red, royal blue, yellow, and sour green apple and retail for an SRP of $7.99 per pair.
So for Saturday’s 18 miler, knowing that on long runs I often re-tie my shoes (probably 1-3 times on average), I laced up with LOCK LACES and gave it a shot.
The verdict? I loved them! I didn’t once even think about my shoe laces, the fit well and they weren’t too tight or restrictive. Plus, I came home and slipped my shoes off easily and this time didn’t worry about wrecking my shoes. 😉
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Next up? Vitamins! Raise your hand if you take vitamins on a daily basis (*looks around expectantly*)… I never have, until now! I know there are some vitamins that we generally need more of (like Vitamin D. Did you know that in Edmonton, just 3 hours north of Calgary, you do not receive Vitamin D from the sun at all from November to March? Crazy! Apparently all Canadians should be taking Vitamin D. Take me back to California! 😉 ).So when KOGE Vitamins connected with me to try out a few products, I couldn’t help but say yes. I chose from their simple website (breaks down the different Vitamin options in an easy to understand way) and decided to go with the Daily Essentials line.
Their vitamins are Health Canada and FDA-approved and after a few emails back and forth, I was very happy with their customer service (thanks, Andrew!). One of the neat things about this company is the way they operate and their cause. Check out the difference here as shown in graphics from their site:
They also partner with a non-profit organization called Vitamin Angel, who focuses on “advancing the availability, access, and use of essential micronutrients, particularly vitamin A, for newborns, infants and children in need by mobilizing and deploying private sector resources” (source). Check out the company for more info on their website!
I asked Andrew if he thought I’d notice much difference taking them and wavered between the Daily Essentials and the Energy Pack. Here are his thoughts:
“In terms of product selection, the Energy Pack definitely has the most immediate and tangible effects (since it’s a daily boost). Otherwise, the Daily Essentials and the Antioxidant Collection are both fairly similar. The effects of the Daily Essential aren’t going to be as strong as the Energy Pack, but I personally started feeling slightly more energetic and ‘healthier’ after taking it for a few weeks.”
At this point in time, that’s how I’m feeling too – just healthier. The pack includes two multi-vitamins and one omega-3 pill which help promote:
Andrew gave me a promo code for all my readers to use if you’d like to give this great company a shot. Check them out here and enter “BONNIE” as the code at checkout for 20% off!
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Lastly, I wanted to share with you guys a great headband company created by Katie, a registered dietician turned stay-at-home mom who rocks the BAMRbands: Bad A$$ Mother Runner! I’d seen these bands ALL over Facebook and Twitter and on blogs and finally decided to buy a few. Katie threw a surprise one in for free and I was THRILLED with how quickly they shipped to Canada and with the quality of the bands. On top of that, one dollar from every band purchased goes to Every Mother Counts.
I chose the yellow mini polka dots, the green apple chevron band and the surprise was this fun blue leopard striped band:
So far I’ve logged many miles in them, taught class in them and worn them out (so cute!) and they’ve stayed put! Pretty great. I highly recommend them – just coming from an athlete who purchased them with her own money and is very happy with the product! Thanks Katie. 😀
I’ll be back early this week with a recap of my Banff Marathon training thus far and a fun celebration with Mikey this past weekend. But until then…
Do your laces ever come undone? Would you try out LOCK LACES?
Are you a vitamin taker? Ever heard of Koge?
Have you seen BAMRbands taking the internet by storm? They really live up to the hype and are affordable too!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Live well & be well friends,
Full disclosure: LOCK LACES and Koge Vitamin products were sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion and I purchased the BAMRbands and really wanted to share this great no-slip product with you.