Power Ice Review

As a runner, the importance of electrolytes and fueling is an ongoing topic. As a runner in Las Vegas, the concern with high heat adds to that topic. How does one stay cool and replenish electrolytes in a desert summer? How does a runner keep the heat from affecting their performance? There are many options out there, and we all know, what works for one doesn’t work for another. I can drink water and electrolyte drinks all day… but, when running, I’m not a fan of the water balloon feeling one gets from trying to stay hydrated, not over doing it, and regulating my body temperature.

Then… Power Ice came along! Power Ice is a frozen electrolyte popsicle! It’s a popsicle for athletes!! The first time I saw the packaging I had flashbacks to the days of devouring colored popsicles as a child. Yes, as an adult they will lower body temp, but not provide the electrolyte replacement that Power Ice does.

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So, I tried two flavors: Lime Cooler and Orange Blast. Both were delicious! Not overly sweet, and the citrus flavors were refreshingly tangy!! I tried them in two different ways: pre-run and post-run.

The information packet and website state that the ice bars can be used before, during and after an endurance event. With no way to keep them cold on a run, I opted to try the other two methods. Taking them pre-run helped to initially lower body temp and Power Ice states that runners who ingested the product before workouts ran 19% further before exhaustion set in. I did notice feeling stronger longer on my run and that the heat began to affect me later in the run than it normally would. I definitely noticed a difference in my running performance, pace and form.

Next up, I tried the ice bars post-run. I noticed a much faster recovery and return to normal body temps in no time at all. After running in the heat, the ice bars were extremely refreshing and a great treat that was providing my body with the electrolytes it just used up! I wanted to eat the whole box after some runs, but controlled myself so I could make them last.

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Here is some information on these wonderful things:

  1. 30 calories each
  2. 8 g of carbs each
  3. NO caffeine, fruit juice or High Fructose Corn Syrup
  4. Gluten free and Kosher (my GF friend tried one and had no reactions to it)

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So, if you are looking for a better way to beat the heat and replace electrolytes when training or participating in an event, definitely check out Power Ice! You will love them!!

I received a package of Power Ice Ice Bars in two flavors from Power Ice at no cost in exchange for sharing my opinion with my readers. I was not compensated in any other way for my opinion and all thoughts are my own.

Vi-Shape Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Pie

I am a huge fan of sweets, I can’t deny it. Most of the time, I will have a small treat, but am trying to make a valid effort to find healthier sweet treats. The challenge most times… how to make something taste like it’s a “cheat” but be good for you. Enter Visalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.

I was recently provided a sample of Visalus Vi-Shape Sweet Cream flavored nutrititional shake mix, several flavor packs and an opportunity to create a recipe outside of the traditional smoothie. I was excited to create tasty treats that provide me with a great source of protein and nutrients as well as satisfy my sweet tooth. When I first received the product I tasted it… and LOVED the flavor, a hint of sweet without being overly sweet and a great flavor to mix with others without it overpowering a recipe. The flavor packets are great for adding flavors to the powder and recipes.

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It also happened that a heat wave was hitting Las Vegas, so I immediately ruled out anything involving serious baking. So, I decided to create a yogurt pie with several healthy twists. The first thing I did was create a crust full of nutrients instead of graham crackers, sugar and butter. Then, made a sweet but not overly sweet filling and topped it with strawberries.

To create my “graham cracker like” crust I used almonds, dried apricots, dates, Vi-Shape and a little butter. It was a nutty and sweet combination packed with added nutrients and no refined sugar.

RECIPE:

Crust:

3 oz. almonds

1/4 + 1/8 cups dried apricots

1/4 + 1/8 cups pitted dates

1 1/2 scoops Vi-Shape Powder

3 T melted butter

  1. Combine the almonds, dried apricots and pitted dates into a food processor and chop.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, add in the Vi-Shape and stir. Lastly, add the butter and stir.
  3. Place the mixture into a pie pan and press into sides and bottom of pan. *Optional: bake crust for 20 minutes (this is not necessary, I did it both ways and the baked crust stayed a little crispier)

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Filling:

3 cups non-fat Greek yogurt

3 scoops Vi-Shape Powder

1 packet Chocolate Cardia Care Health Flavor Packet (can add 2 if you want it extra sweet)

  1. Stir all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Scoop into pie crust and even out.
  3. Slice strawberries and place on top as a layer of strawberries.

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Then, let the pie chill for at least an hour… then, ENJOY!

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For details on the product, ingredients and how to order, CLICK HERE.

I received a package of Vi-Shape Sweet Cream Nutritional Shake Mix and flavor packets at no cost and compensation in exchange for sharing my opinion with my readers and creating a recipe using their product. All thoughts are my own.

San Francisco Half Marathon Race Recap

Last year I ran The Wipro SF Marathon 2nd Half Marathon course. The main reason I chose that course, it didn’t run across the Golden Gate Bridge like the 1st Half Marathon course did. I loved the course and the challenge of running those hills. Then, I learned about their Half It All Challenge.

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2012 SF Finish at 2nd Half

Participants who completed the two courses in back to back years were eligible for an additional medal for completing that challenge. To most, especially those that love to collect the bling, this could be an easy decision. Not so much for me. For as long as I can remember I have had a fear of bridges. I hate driving over them, won’t walk on them… for the most part, this fear doesn’t interfere with my life.

However, the intrigue of this medal got me thinking. Plus, this was my year to run 13 half marathons, why not conquer a fear along the way. It appears, the pieces from there, just fell in to place.

I was also recently placed on a campaign through FitFluential with Under Armour, the #WhatsBeautiful campaign. This campaign was helping to redefine the female athlete. To set challenges for yourself and conquer them… redefining yourself.

This past weekend I traveled to San Francisco and had a great time with my brother and his girlfriend. We went to an oyster bay to celebrate her birthday and picnic all day… a really great time. Sunday morning he and I got up early for the race. I had signed up long ago for the 1st Half Marathon course and although terrified, I was determined to run across that bridge and conquer a fear.

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View at the Oyster Bay!

I initially set a time goal and discussed it with my brother, since he was running with me. Sunday morning, I changed it a bit and decided to just run as much as I could since I normally do a run/walk interval, including the hills of SF.

Overall, I kept a steady pace throughout the race. I walked briefly after climbing the hill to the bridge, partly to prep myself mentally for the bridge… then, we tackled the bridge. My brother made sure I was okay mentally, and tried to keep me focused on a conversation about football so I wouldn’t panic. Once we crossed the bridge, I walked the short turn around loop, and ran back across the bridge. As we were coming off the bridge, I even glanced back and over the bridge. I held a good pace on the hills, and made up time on the downhill portions. I held strong, but at mile 12, was tired. I felt it, but kept pushing, this was where I took some walk breaks, but never for long, determined to run as much as I could. All in all, I walked less than half a mile. My average pace was around 11:44. With running 12.6 of the 13.1 miles, running almost all the hills, and dealing with my anxiety on that bridge, I am happy with this time. Did I hit my dream goal, no, but perhaps SF was not the course for that PR.

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Post 2013 SF 1st Half, with all my bling!

What I did do was: conquer a fear, run almost an entire half marathon, ran with my brother by my side. To me, the best race of my year. The emotions I felt crossing that finish line are indescribable. As we crossed the finish line, my brother gave me a hug and told me he was proud of me. When I started to doubt my efforts or criticize my run, he quickly pointed out all that I did do, reassured me I ran strong and steady.

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2012 Finisher medal, 2013 Finisher medal and Half It All Challenge medal!

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2012 and 2013 finisher medals and other side of Half It All Challenge medal

I wrapped up my weekend with a great brunch with him that afternoon before I headed back to Vegas. What a wonderful weekend!!

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Post race michelada!!

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View of the city!

 

Introducing KindRunner.com

When you hear the words “A Kind Runner” what comes to mind? When I think of runners, Kind Runners, I think of my comrades… those of us out there changing ourselves daily, encouraging one another, supporting one another, offering insight and assistance. Helping each other and those around us. Helping even non-runners by encouraging them to make healthier decisions, or try running. Helping people find the right shoes or right fueling.

Those of you who are runners know how unique the group of runners is. We wave hi to strangers on the road, cheer everyone on, and on days we aren’t racing, a lot of us get up before the sun to stand on sidewalks and cheer on those that are racing. We congratulate each other and celebrate a time improvement of seconds. We share training information constantly. What worked for us and what didn’t. We talk sneakers, tread wear, clothing, socks, etc. Then, we huddle together early in the morning waiting for the start of a race. We share glories, anxieties and many, many miles.

I have always been a supporter of runners, the running community, and the environment. I love to volunteer. What I take out on a run comes back with me. When asked to define a Kind Runner, we may have different definitions, however, a new online store truly defines KindRunner. I’d like to introduce you all to the new face of running: kindrunner.com. KindRunner.com is the definition of helping others by offering professional reviews and information, helping the community as a whole as well as those in need.  This company is changing the face of running and I for one am excited to be an Ambassador of this innovative and exciting company!!

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KindRunner.com is a store that wants to bring the joy and love of running to everyone in the community. They don’t just want to give a basic few word review of the shoes; they want to give you the ins and outs, pros and cons, expert video reviews and customer experiences. You have a concern regarding foot problems and running? They have information for you. They are giving the information and review of the product a face with videos and expert reviews. They even have experts available to work with you to find the right shoe fit! Us runners, we know the importance of good sneakers. We also know that my favorite sneaker and your favorite sneaker are completely different and that’s okay.

What else makes kindrunner.com different? Their commitment to the community and to reducing the carbon footprint left by runners is a pretty awesome concept. How are they going to do this? Kindrunner.com wants to help you clean out your closet!! Honestly, how many of us don’t have piles of old shoes hanging out in the closet? I think I have at least 5 pairs of sneakers I can no longer run in. They created a program for you to ship your old sneakers to them (free of charge) and they will donate them to those in need through Soles 4 Souls and The More Foundation Group. We may not be able to run another race in them, but for someone with no shoes, they will go further than we could ever imagine. Added bonus, on top of repurposing your old sneakers, you will also receive credit on their website for future purchases.

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Here are some

KEY Factors that no one else offers and make KindRunner.com unique!

  • Confident Runner Pricing – An option presented upon checkout which rewards those who know exactly what they are looking for. This option waives the Free Return Shipping but offers the shoe at a below retail price. Shipping of product to customer is still free, as is the return shipping of donated shoes for the Kindness Cash Rewards Program.

  • Free 3 Way Shipping – Free shipping of your order to you, free shipping of any returns for any reason, free shipping of your donated shoes back to us for re-purposing with Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.

  • Kindness Cash Rewards Program – This is what turns your old shoes into credit towards new ones or any product on our website. KCR are available to the customer after any footwear purchase (the idea behind this is to replace your old shoes with new ones, and keep the old ones out of the garbage, landfills, or one’s closet… thus why it is available after footwear purchase). Upon receipt of their footwear order, customers have the option to place their old shoes into the KindRunner shipping box and place the pre-paid return label on the box for shipment back to us.  Upon receipt of the label, we will scan the bar code and place the KCR onto the customer’s account for future use.  Each return label (whether it contain one pair or 4 pairs of shoes) is worth $10 KCR per new shoes purchased (5 pairs purchased on that order, you can earn up to $50 KCR) or credits towards future purchase. The KCR can be used to purchase ANYTHING that KindRunner sells and will never expire.

  • Expert Product Reviews – Some of you may have seen some of these on our youtube page, www.youtube.com/kindrunner. Each and every product we carry will come with an expert product review video on the same page that the product is listed on.  These videos are done by individuals who have worked in the running industry for a number of years either as shoe reps, store owners, or expert shoe fitters at one of the oldest running stores in the nation. We bring the knowledge of your neighborhood specialty run shop to the comforts of your own home!

  • Easy 365 returns – A customer has 365 days to return any product, so long as it is in its original packaging and in its original condition.  If you are injured and unable to use the shoe, if your doctor wants you in a different model because of orthotics, no worries… no questions asked!

Pretty amazing, huh? Really… to be able to help the environment, help those in need, earn credits for future purchases and get new shoes? Truly amazing. Have you watched the youtube videos? The reviews are amazing and it really feels like my local running store set up in my living room to help me out. So convenient for those with packed schedules!!

Want even more? Be one of their first 500 customers and you will receive FREE SOCKS FOR LIFE! You read that right… be one of the first 500 customers and each time you return old shoes and purchase new, a pair of your favorite socks (from their inventory) will be included with your shipment, FOR FREE, for as long as you are a customer.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and check out KindRunner.com today and help start the revolution by becoming a KindRunner. You can also follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates and information!