Tags: running

17 Jul 2011, Comments (5)

Reebok RealFlex Sneakers

Author: Healthnuttxo

As I mentioned before, I’m one of those people that loves to exercise. My primary forms of exercise include kickboxing, biking and strength training, along with occasional walks. I happen to love Asics when it comes to sneakers, and I was using Asics running sneakers knowing that I probably should be getting cross training sneakers. Which makes sense, doesn’t it? If I’m barely running, why get running sneakers?

Well, the story behind that is that ever since high school when I did track, I loved Asics, so I kind of just stuck with a brand name I loved. However, I went to the stores today and saw these sneakers that caught my eye. When the cashier told me I could use them as cross training sneakers, I knew I had to try them. I looked on the website about these sneakers, and saw they were meant for running as well.

I thought it was cute that the website said the shoes had “76 Running Buddies”, or squares on the bottom on the shoes.

I tried them on at the store, and I really liked them. They were super light weight on top, but felt very supportive and squishy on the bottom. I believe I even said It “felt like walking on mini marshmallows”. Don’t laugh at me =)

I got them for $90.00, which I thought was a bit steep, but a good investment. I rationalized that I wouldn’t need a new pair for another 6-8 months, so it was kind of like paying 12-15$ a month. I mean, if you could rent shoes and all…

But ANYWAY. The real test came when it was time to work out. I laced em up and used them at my cardio kickboxing classes. At first, they felt kind of weird. I was afraid I was going to roll my ankle because the top part of the shoe is very soft and cloth-like rather than a tough and thick top of a sneaker, like one made leather or what not. I felt slightly unsturdy with the ankle area, but only when we did lateral movements, like lunges where we lean to the left foot and then quickly to the right.

As class went on, I realized the support elsewhere was actually pretty good. I felt absolutely no pain or pressure in my knees, which I really liked. I also liked that the shoes felt so light, so kicking the bag felt easier than usual. I had to adjust the shoe once (untie and retie the knot) because after the lunges I felt my foot was slipping slightly in the shoe. I’m sure I will get used to them as time goes on.

Another thing I liked (which I have heard several times from people are the main reason they buy a shoe)? They looked really nice! I liked the color scheme, and they were attractive to the eye. I’ll be using these only indoors, so whoever goes to my gym or lives in my house will probably only see these pretty shoes until I buy a new pair. Which, again, I hope will be 6-8 months from now.

Overall? A pretty good shoe. I haven’t tried them running as of yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you bought these or tried them out! 4 stars

8 May 2010, Comments (4)

Sharkies Organic Kids Sports Chews

Author: Healthnuttxo

Are you a runner? Or a sports enthusiast who needs quick energy? Or maybe, you just want something sweet, organic and chewy?

Well, Sharkies Organic Kids Sports Chews are the answer! These chews are USDA certified organic, gluten free, nut free, GMO free, fructose free, have no trans fat, and provide 100% of your daily needs of vitamin C. The company sent me some of their products to try, and I decided to review the Kids variety. (Sharkies also come in the “adult” variety- which are still organic fruit chews)

The Kids sports chews come in 4 flavors- the 45 gram packs of Tropical Splash, and Berry Blasters, and then the “lunchbox variety” Berry Bites & Fruit Splash.

The chews were very delicious, and the texture was right on. Not too “gummy” and not weirdly “chewy”- they were the perfect mix of the two. Think of gummy bears, but a little bit stiffer and not so sticky. I loved that they were in cute shark shapes, and came in vibrant colors like orange, yellow, and purple. They were definitely sweet (seeing as the first ingredient is cane juice/tapioca syrup or brown rice syrup), but weren’t sickly sweet or artifical tasting like some gummy products can be.

I know when I run, I cannot eat too much before hand (I’ve been blessed with a senstive stomach– thank youuuu genetics! ). I found that eating a package of these provided me with a ton of energy, and NO troubles on the tummy. I also ate a few for a quick burst of energy during my 10K run.

Overall, I give these 4 1/2 stars. Tasty and great for supplying immediate energy for races and more. I think I’ll probably eat them instead of candy gummy bears too, as a healthier, organic alternative 😉

Tropical Splash- 1 bag (45g) is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Colors Added (Turmeric, Annatto), Sodium Citrate

Berry Blasters– 1 bag (45g) is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Pectin, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Colors Added (Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), Natural Flavors, Organic Sunflower Oil, Carnauba Wax

Berry Bites & Fruit Splash- 1 bag (23 grams) is 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Tapioca Syrup Solids, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Color Added (Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Organic Sunflower Oil, Carmauba Wax

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