Travel Foods – Premier Protein Costco Promotion & Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. All opinions as always are for better or worse my own. 

Hola los chicos!

How’s it going? I’ve been off the grid a bit beyond Instagram (are we friends on it yet? Why  not!).

Winter isn’t coming to me yet, so I went to find winter instead. While traveling, glaciers don’t generally come stacked with a buffet. Luckily, I’ve been well stacked with a good satisfying snack.

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Active adults should consume almost 30 grams of protein a meal so Premier Protein 30 gram bars make a perfect complement when you are out and about with not really a place or time for a healthy real food lunch. They are have protein shakes (vanilla one is the best) and traditional protein  powder,  but I find the bars the easiest to travel with.

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The Premier Protein 30 gram bars are inexpensive for the protein they have and can be purchased in most places, including amazon. The Premier Protein’s 30g bar variety pack will be available in Costco stores nationwide throughout the month of September.

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Additionally, if you love extra savings, Costco will be offering $5.00 off the retail price of the 30g variety pack from September 3rd through September 27th. Each variety pack will include a combination of Premier Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Mint 30g bars. Each gluten free bar is packed with 30g of protein, is a good source of fiber (3g) and a good source of calcium.

And if the savings from Costco just aren’t enough. Enter my giveaway below! Ways to enter are shown below. (Sorry, but open to U.S. only).

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ASICS GEL-Pursue Review and Giveaway

Did I tell you that I was originally an ASICS girl? Yup, ASICS GT 2000 were my shoe of choice and for a year into my running addiction I went through several pairs because once I commit, I commit. Back then I also only ran on treadmills for 30 minutes and that’s it. Then, I randomly discovered other shoes and realized a monogamous relationship with just one shoe is completely impossible with all the different New England seasons and terrain that I run in. I’m addicted to trying new running shoes like most girls are addicted to a near pair of heels.

So when I had an opportunity to try out the new Gel-Pursue, I was immediately excited.

Out of the box I was immediately surprised and slightly delighted that they have kept their colors simple. I know, I know, I love bright colors as much as the next runner gal, but I prefer to pick them with my clothes vs. my shoes and sometimes my running skirt of choice can clash with my shoes. So there’s a pro and a con to the simple color scheme. Although, it does come with a nice purple and neon accent that matches my running socks!

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ASICS GEL-Pursue has been awarded “Best Debut Shoe” in the September 2014 Shoe Guide issue of Runner’s World due to its equal parts cushioning and stability in a package that rides slightly lower to the ground. However, I wanted to find out for myself how comfy this shoe is.

First thing I noticed with the GEL Pursue vs. the GT-2000 series was that they removed the medial post for stability turning this into a a neutral shoe. Part of the reason why I stopped running in the GT-2000 series was the realization that I was a neutral running and that the stability post was creating an unnatural gait for me. So I was happy to see it gone. I also read that compared to the Gel-Cumulus and Gel-Nimbus, it has a slightly firmer mid-sole and more responsive ride but I’ve never ran in either of those shoes so I’ll take their word for it.

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So far I’ve been running in these shoes for about 2 weeks ranging in distance from a 3 miler to a 10 miler. However, I haven’t had a chance yet to try them on a “long run” such as a 20 miler because of my triathlon schedule. The extra support was a nice bonus when my calves were tired from a spin class and made the easy runs extra easy on my body. The one down side of having a more supportive shoe was that I found them to be a little bit heavier and warmer than some of my more minimalist shoes. However, I’m happy to report there wasn’t much of a pace difference in my runs.

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To Summarize:

The ASICS GEL-Pursue is an overall great shoe for Neutral runners that retails for $110.  I think the extra comfort is great for newer runners and distance runners who like the extra support.

The CONs

There’s only a few cons that I found with these shoes

  • They are not ideal shoes for speedwork as the extra padding made me feel a little clunky
  • At 8.7 oz, I found them a little heavy
  • Lack of color options. From what I saw online these are your only colors for women

The PROs

However, I found that the pros out-weight the cons

  • Impact Guidance System (I.G.S®) ASICS® design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • FluidRide™ provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability. So although it’s a little heavier, it works in my favor on the longer runs when I need a little more bounce in my extra miles.
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning Systems – Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
  • Guidance Trusstic System® -This Trusstic System® integrates Guidance Line® construction for enhanced gait efficiency while providing midfoot structural integrity.
  • Guidance Line® Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency.
  • Heel Clutching System™ Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and creates improved heel fitting environment.
  • Discrete Eyelets – Independently placed eyelets disburse lace tension, creating a customized fitting environment and enhanced upper comfort.

And here’s the good news, anything I love, I usually try to make sure I can get a pair to one of my readers and the folks at ASICs were happy to give one Run To Munch reader a pair. Giveaway will be open until Friday September 19th at midnight and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I received a pair of ASICS GEL-Pursue shoes for the purpose of this review. I was also given a pair to give to one of my readers. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. 

5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas + Giveaway

To be honest, mother’s day always kind of sneaks up on me. I get lost in the busyness of tax season followed by the Boston Marathon and other post 4/15 Spring races. I know I’m selfish, but before I know it, I’m rushing around for a gift for my wonderful mother! Then comes my gift giving anxiety. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I always want the receiver to love my gift, or at least find it useful. Since I can’t always read minds, I try to think about what I would want. Luckily, since I am my mother’s child, I can rely on the fact that many things that make me happy, will make her happy.

Five Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Skin Care Face and Body Brush System by ToiletTree Products $39.99

Between the never-ending winter, the dryness of the heat, and the sweat that’s constantly on my face when I’m running, my skin could use some love. I was incredibly lucky with my skin as a teenager, but the latter years have not been as kind to me. While I was looking into an exfoliation system, the folks at ToiletTree offered to let me try theirs out in exchange for my opinion.

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The system comes with pulsing device, the waterproof strap, two AA batteries, a body brush, a foot scrubbing brush, a soft brush and a medium brush. You get to pick from an assortment of colors to match whatever you feel. My bathroom and sonic care is blue, so blue I picked.

What I’m loving

  • Comfortable ergonomic handle
  • How the brushes exfoliates, cleanses and softens my skin
  • Interchangeable and waterproof brush system that can be used on my face, feet and things in between
  • Stimulates skin renewal and removes dead skin cells
  • Improves overall skin clarity and appearance
  • Cleans deep to remove make-up, sunblock and other pore clogging ick
  • Way friendlier on my wallet than other similar systems

What I’m not digging

  • The double A batteries. Although mine haven’t died yet, replacing them will probably get annoying
  • There is only 1 speed available
  • There is no holder. I actually have no idea how to store in so I just hold it in the plastic it came from. It does come with a strap, but I don’t think I want to hang it in my shower. I wish it had something to hold it and charge like the sonic care toothbrush system. My toothbrush charging section would love a new neighbor.

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For my face I’ve been using the soft brush since the medium is too rough for me. I tend to get a little pink but it fades away after a few minutes. I know facial close-ups are not pretty so I’ll end it at this one.

Overall I’m loving the ToiletTree Skin scrub system. I’ve been scrubbing away at my feet all weekend, but I’ll spare you those photos since after a marathon, a 50K and a 5K in the span of 7 days… my feet are not ready for a model shoot.

To learn more about the skin care brush system and other products visit their website or other social media sites:

Twitter: @ToiletTreeProd

And because I’m loving my brush system so much, I get to give one away to one of my readers at the end of the post!

Furminator! Various price, ours was $20 Every pet owner should have this. We recently got it for our cats and they have a dog version as well. The cats are happy and I am happy because my carpets stay fur free for 3 days instead of 3 hours now.

Beauty date Various price– Everyone loves getting their nails done.

Cuisinart 3 in 1 Cooker $107.49– I know everyone and their mother owns a slow-cooker, but mine doesn’t. I’m kinda even drooling over the awesome steaming function.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven $279.95 – I know for a girl who doesn’t cook, I’m listing quite a few kitchen items, but these are my staples. It’s a little pricey, but ever since I got one, I barely use any other pot.

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What would you like to get for Mothers day? (Even if you’re not a mother) I already have everything I listed above, but beauty date would be accepted. My nails really need some loving, and maybe a trip to Iceland 😉

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Disclaimer – The Amazon links are affiliate links. I also received the skin care face and body brush system for free, in exchange for my thoughts. As always all opinions for better or worse are my own. 

#TurnItGreen – Repreve Hat Giveaway


Its another cold, snowy dreary winter day in Boston. We ended up not going to the Cape for the Fat Ass due to high chance of bad weather in a 4 hour round trip drive. If, I lived closer, I would have went, because it’s still one of the most beautiful and unique runs I’ve ever done, but for now I’ll have to wait until next year. Instead, I’m going to slip and slide around my neighborhood after posting my awesome new giveaway! And I won’t lie, I did enjoy sleeping in until 10AM vs. 4AM had we went!

You may remember my two posts regarding my favorite ways to #turnitgreen and Repreve and the awesome hat they mailed me. Well I got two hats and I was going to give one to Tony, but since he refuses to run outside when it’s below 50 degrees, I decided one of my awesome readers will give it more use. Although I personally think I look quite awesome commuting on the train in it as well.

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And after entering my giveaway be sure to check out their contest for some cold hard cash!

REPREVE #TurnItGreen X Games contest:

Grand Prize: $5,000 cash

To celebrate the X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag.

How to Enter

Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve[dot]com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).”

Designer Whey Sustained Energy™ Giveaway!

A few months ago, I got to work with Designer Whey to try out a few of their products. Well thanks to my relationship with Fitfluential, I get to try more of Designer Whey goodness. This time it’s their newest protein blend called Sustained Energy™.

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Key features of the Sustained Energy™ line include:

  • Formulated with Endurance Blend™ : Designed to give you balanced, stimulant-free, sustained energy through a premium protein blend of fast-absorbing whey protein and slower absorbing soy & casein proteins.
  • 16g of Protein: 32% Daily Value per serving.
  • 5g of Fiber: To help control hunger.
  • Packed with 19 Vitamins and Minerals: Including B-vitamins to help convert protein, carbohydrates, and fats into energy; vitamins A, C, & E for fast workout recovery; and, calcium and vitamin D to maintain strong bones.
  • 100 calories per serving: Naturally flavored and just 1g of sugar.

Now to be honest, I don’t use protein powder everyday, but I do use it after hard workouts. What’s a hard workout for me? Either a speed workout, a long run, or something I don’t normally do like hiking up mountains. I want my muscles to rebuild and recover as fast as possible so I could resume my normal running activity.

The new Designer Whey Sustained Energy™ is made with soy protein and is loaded with other vitamins and minerals.

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And because the folks at Designer Whey are so awesome, they want not one but SIX Run To Munch readers to try their product. Details will be at the end of the post but first I wanted to share 5 of my favorite protein smoothie combos. I used 6 oz of a liquid and 1 scoop of protein powder and the rest of the ingredients I usually play around with depending on my mood.

DESIGNER WHEY VANILLA BEAN + SPINACH + FROZEN MANGOES + UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK

DESIGNER WHEY VANILLA BEAN + STRAWBERRIES + WATER + KALE

DESIGNER WHEY VANILLA BEAN + ORANGE JUICE + GREEN APPLE

DESIGNER WHEY CHOCOLATE + BANANA + WATER

DESIGNER WHEY CHOCOLATE + COFFEE + ICE CUBES + ALMOND MILK

 

Now the giveaway will run from Tuesday through Friday at midnight at which point I’ll select 6 random winters. To enter you must answer which Designer Whey Sustained Energy blend you would like to try. I would also love to hear what your favorite smoothie combo is but that is not required.

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Disclaimer – I was provided free product and no other compensation in exchange for a post. All opinions for better or worse are entirely my own!

My Running Favorites – Nuun Giveaway!

Missed me?  Well I’m back!  I’ve been away running some races, and visiting many grand national parks in the west.  I have a gratuitous amounts of photos to share but first I’ll treat you with a giveaway from one of my all time favorite products!

I’ve been fortunate enough that for the most part I don’t have too many issues with long runs with the exception of one thing.  Hydration!  I’m not really a fan of drinking plain water unless it’s bubbly (not a great combo for running).  Flavored sports drinks like Gatorade make me sick.  I’ve only felt really awful during one race and it was a race I decided to drink Gatorade.  So needless to say when I tested out some Nuun during last year’s 2012 Boston marathon, I was a bit skeptical.

A year later, Nuun has yet to fail me and I probably wouldn’t survive summer running in Boston without it.  Even national park hikers agreed as I was able to quickly find some in the Grand Canyon Market!

Nuun Giveaway

You add a tablet to water, wait two minutes and instead electrolyte hydration ready for you!  The taste is mild, but there’s lot of flavors to pick from.

And now lucky for you, I have either one 4 – pack of any flavor or 1 of each new flavor to giveaway!

Oh, you want to know how to win? Of course you do. It’s easy. You have until Saturday night, May 4th at midnight (EST) to enter, and I will announce a winner Sunday or Monday. U.S. residents only (sorry). Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry.  

1 entry – Leave me a comment telling me your favorite nuun flavor. Mine is strawberry lemonade.

2 entries Like my Facebook Page – RunToMunch

1 entry Like Nuun Facebook Page – Nuun Hydration

1 entry Tweet about this giveaway: I want to win nuun from @RunToMunch http://wp.me/p2DNEa-NR

1 entry for following me on Twitter. Follow @RunToMunch 

1 entry for following Nuun on Twitter. Follow @NuunHydration. 

Good Luck!

Commitment Day Race Registration Giveaway

I know I’ve been talking more about traveling than running lately, but I promise running is still on my mind and I have been keeping up with my miles as I know the months coming up to my 50 miler will be here in a flash.  In the mean time I have a giveaway with not one but TWO free race registrations to make up for all the travel photos I’ve been making you put up with (and no I’m not done, I have a ton more.)

On January 1 2013, thousands upon thousands of people across the nation will run simultaneous 5Ks as a symbol of their commitment to a healthy way of life. Will you be one of them?

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I know that if you read my blog you’re most likely already a runner and you eat 5Ks before your healthy oatmeal flex-seed breakfast; however, we all have friends, and family that we wish to motivate.  Commitment Day is a “day for action, not apathy,” so inspire those around you by example and get your loved ones involved.

The Commitment Day 5k is a 3.1 mile run/walk/stroll taken place on January 1st, 2013 in over 30 cities for all ages! Kids under 18 are free and is a great way to welcome in the new year with your family.  Registration is $39 and entry includes a Commitment Day T-shirt and a 2013 hardcover journal to keep track and progress of your best year yet ;). You can save $10 by liking the Commitment Day Facebook page or get a free registration by entering my giveaway below.

Below is a list of participating cities

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Omaha, NE
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Raleigh Durham, NC
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO
Tulsa, OK
Washington, DC

How to enter the giveaway

  • Leave a comment telling me how you’re committed towards health in 2013
Bonus entries
  • Follow me on Twitter and Tweet something like “I just entered @RunTomunch #giveaway to win a Commitment Day 5K Race Registration! http://bit.ly/QX0IvF  #mycommitment” 
  • Subscribe and Follow my blog via email

This giveaway will close Thursday, December 20, 2012.  Winners will be announced Friday, December 21, 2012.  I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.