WOW!!! Can you believe that it is almost March?!?! February just flew by and I am actually happy about it, because one more snow storm may put me over the edge. March 8th is Daylight Savings and I am hoping that along with the daylight, it brings warmth.
Here are a few good things that February brought me:
- BottleBand: I will start by saying that I am not a fan of carrying anything while I run. I tolerate my camelbak. I hate my fuelbelt. I will hide bottles of water on my long runs or I will carry money and stop for a drink along the way or I will not drink if the run is less than 6 miles, anything not to carry something on my run, so when BottleBand contacted me I was skeptical that it would work for me. I was wrong.
I headed outside, yes I said outside, for a 6 mile run on Sunday and I got a block away from my house when I knew I was going to need water during this run. I had worked until midnight the night before and barely drank anything before I got up to run, plus this was going to be a glycogen depleting run (more on glycogen depletion runs in a future post). I turned around, ran back to the house, grabbed a water bottle and my BottleBand.
The band fit perfectly around the bottle and right in my hand. It was easy to use, especially while running, which was a pleasant surprise. Running with my BottleBand was better than I expected!!!
- East to use
- After my water bottles empties, I can toss the bottle and store the BottleBand in my pocket
- Price ($5.99)
- Custom designs (possibly a Running, Loving, Living design coming soon)
- My hand got cold from holding the bottle (in hotter weather this would not be a con)
- My hand did eventually get sweaty from the band (I switched hands frequently to prevent this problem)
Overall, I loved it! The BottleBand will definitely continue to be a part of my long runs! If you want your own you can check out their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
The February box was filled with a great assortment of healthy snacks. For $19/month you get an assortment of healthy goodies on your doorstep that arrives around the 15th. You always get a great assortment of items to taste that have been hand selected by Heather Bauer, author and nutritionist. My favorite item this month was the carrot cake oatmeal from Bakery On Main!! You can check out Bestowed on their website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
I received some samples of Core Power to try out last month and it was love at first taste. When I go to the gym or head out for an am run, it is rare that I eat anything beforehand. Core Power has been the perfect fuel after these workouts because the 26 grams of protein makes it a perfect recovery drink.
“Milk protein contributes to muscle development while the natural carbohydrates of honey provide the energy to rebuild muscle and glycogen stores. Consumption of carbs with protein after a workout optimizes muscle recovery and growth” (information from the Core Power website).
What makes these Core Power better than any other protein drink I have tried??
“Made from fresh milk and real honey, one great-tasting, lactose-free serving of Core Power provides athletes and fitness enthusiasts with 26 grams of high quality fresh milk proteins, consisting of 21 grams of casein proteins and 5 grams of whey proteins. The light versions still pack a heck of a punch, serving up 20 grams of the same high quality fresh milk proteins” (information from the Core Power website).
I am not a big fan of protein drinks, their taste and texture usually turns me off, but Core Power is different. The texture and taste are perfect! Vanilla is my favorite!
Those are my favorites this month!! March starts in a few days and I am hoping that it brings warmer weather, although the predictions are out there for another storm Sunday night. I am hoping they are wrong, but better this weekend than the 16th when I am running the NYC Half.
Hope everyone has a great, snowless weekend!
What are your favorite items this month?