2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

2017 Runners Holiday Gift Guide

Press samples and purchased by me The holidays are looming large. Not sure what to get the runner in your life? I hope this 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners provides some inspiration. McDavid Compression Arm Sleeves  Arm sleeves are an incredibly useful part of any runners kit. I use them between seasons when it’s too warm for a short sleeve top but too chilly to run in a singlet. If you get too warm, you can roll them down to wristband length. I also love them  for racing, when you want to wear the bare minimum but need to […]

November 2017 StrideBox review plus discount code

It’s time for the November StrideBox review– this month’s box abounds with good stuff that’s just right for autumn. And the nice folks at Stridebox are giving my readers two discount codes. Use them when you check out. VanillaAndZag10 for 10% off gift orders VanillaAndZag5 for $5 off of the first payment for other subscriptions. In case you didn’t know, StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, as it does this month. It’s a great way to try out new […]

January Stride Box Review

January 2017 StrideBox Review

The nice folks at StrideBox sent me another subscription box to review. As usual, it’s chock full of goodies that runners can use, and the value exceeds the cost, as you’ll see in the list at the bottom of this post. Here’s what it contained.

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice review and recipes

Cheribundi review, cherry juice recipes

Press sample

It’s not exactly new news that tart cherry juice is a must-consume superfood … er… superdrink… for runners. Since my day job involves medical writing and rigorous scientific validation, one of my pet peeves is when companies make junk-science claims. This said, I love the fact that more than 50 scientific studies support tart cherry juice’s numerous health benefits for athletes and the general population, including:

  • Decreased muscle soreness – Antioxidants release inflammation-causing enzymes
  • Faster muscle recovery – Antioxidants reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress 
  • Better pain management – Anthocyanins (the phytochemicals that give the juice its deep ruby color) fight pain and inflammation linked to arthritis and gout
  • Increased sleep time and quality – Melatonin helps regulate your sleep cycle, and melatonin and anthocyanins help you achieve more restful sleep
  • Reduced risk of stroke – Anthocyanins help regulate fat and glucose (sugar) in people with metabolic syndrome.

I’ve been intrigued by tart cherry juice for awhile, because of all of the above – plus the simple fact that I love the taste of cherry. So imagine how excited I was when the nice folks at Cheribundi sent me some sample love: an entire box of tart cherry juice….

Shoe review: Nike Air Zoom Elite 8

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 Review

This summer, I needed a new pair of running shoes. I have bad bunions from genetics, compounded by years of ballet dancing on pointe shoes, so I need shoes with a roomy box. For this reason, my teammate suggested the Air Zoom Elite 8. I had trepidations about another Nike shoe after swearing off the brand for a spell. But I tried them on and they felt like a slipper, light and roomy, so I bought a pair in Pepto-Bismol pink, the only color available…

Review: Patriot’s Day

Patriots Day Review

April 15, 2013 is a day that lives in infamy for Bostonians, Americans and runners world-wide. On that day, double bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line killed 3 people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured 264 others, irrevocably changing their lives.

Last week, some lucky members oh Philadelphia’s running community were invited to attend a screening of “Patriot’s Day” at the Ritz East, a movie that details the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt… 

Stride Box review: great holiday gift for runners

november 2016 stridebox

The nice folks at Stride Box sent me 3 sample boxes to review. Before I get into the nitty gritty of what each box contained, I’ll cut to the chase. A Stride Box subscription would make a GREAT gift for any runner. I wish someone would get me one!

A monthly subscription costs $15. Each box contains a variety of runners’ goodies, clothing and/or samples, plus a card with recipes on one side and workouts on the other – a fun way to mix up your routine and get to know other running resources. In addition, you receive a cute sticker with a motivational message. Many of the retailers offer a discount code if you want to purchase more of their product…

2016 runners holiday gift guide

2016 holiday gift guide for runners

Gifts that the runners in your life really want and can put to good use. Options from $ to $$$$

“Bringing Home the Seitan:” cookbook review

Seitan meatballs Bringing Home the Seitan

The urban myth incorrectly linking protein deficiency to vegetarianism and veganism is just plain tiresome. Fact is, most Americans get far more bad-quality protein than they need. We Westerners suffer from diseases of overconsumption like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, not from diseases of underconsumption like kwashiorkor – caused by protein deficiency usually owing to famine.

Endurance athletes, however, do need more protein than the average bear to help our muscles stay strong and lean and to help our bodies recover more quickly. Seitan happens to be one of the most protein-rich foods out there.

So when the nice folks at Ulysses Press offered me a review copy of Bringing Home the Seitan by Kris Holechek Peters, I was thrilled to give it a go.