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SportRx Sunglasses Review

Do you have an eye prescription? Have you ever tried prescription sunglasses? For the first time, as of the past month, yes! Not only are prescription sunglasses from SportRx AMAZING, they are down the best sunglasses I have ever worn! Read more to find out why these Oakley RPM Edge sunglasses are my go-to for Triathlon training!

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Who is SportRx?

SportRx is a Southern California based company created by opticians who ride their bikes, run their races, push their jogging strollers and bomb down slopes. We love glasses and enjoying life and want to help you see better while doing the things you love.

They are also the industry leader in performance prescription sunglasses that can be customized for individual prescription needs and conditions. For many prescription wearers it is difficult or even impossible to get the sunglasses they want to work with their prescription range. SportRx has the highest capability of anyone on the market and carries all major brands (Ray Ban, 7Eye, Bolle, Dragon, Spy, Oakley).

Their mission?

Our mission is to create the perfect eyewear for your specific needs. (And its true, at least for me!).

The Process: Matching you with your perfect pair of sunglasses

I was set up to have a call with their Sports Optician (also an athlete) to help me get matched with the right pair for running and cycling. During the call, he suggested some different Oakley frames and lens tints that would be suited for my training needs. What’s awesome about SportRx is that they can send you  few pairs to try on (free!) and you just send back the ones that don’t work out (free!) before you buy!   Since I was/am still new to my new job area (and sometimes packages aren’t be delivered to my house), I opted to go a different route and just try on the suggested sunglasses models at a local Oakley store.

The guy at the Oakley store was really helpful in helping me find the different suggested Oakley models. I ended up really liking the look and the fit of the Oakley RPM Edge and loved that they wraped slightly around my face (to reduce incident light that may get into your peripheral vision).  The slight square “edge” that upturns toward the outside and the “Chocolate Sin” color was the combination most flattering for my oval and freckly face! 

After I picked out my preferred sunglasses, I had my eye dr fax my Rx to SportRx (required) and then emailed their Sports Optician the Oakley model/color I chose. It came in less than 2 weeks!

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My Oakley RPM Edge specs:

  • Color: Chocolate sin
  • Tint: Rose + polarized (aids in visibility in shade and cuts down on glare)

Testing them out

Triathlon Training: For over a month now, I’ve been training heavily on the weekends for my Tri for Fun Series (first race was at end of May).  Its been wonderful NOT having to put in my contacts before my bike, run or bike +  run sessions, one less thing for me to do! Just put on my Oakley RPM Edge sunglasses and go (mostly)! The sunglasses do not slip or bounce when I bike or run, nor have they fogged up on me.  I do like the rose tint since I have noticed a slight increase in shadow visibility (some of my bike ride is along a tree laden street). Not having to worry about sunglasses issues allows me to focus more on proper body alignment and getting in my miles. They’ve been amazing! Plus I’m pretty sure I go faster with awesome looking sunglasses 🙂

Walking:  In the evenings during the weekdays, I enjoy taking a walk especially since the daylight hours are longer.  I usually get tired of wearing my contacts by the time I get home, but its so nice having a prescription pair of sunglasses around to remedy that!

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Verdict: YES!

I HIGHLY encourage you to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses for everyday and active/athletic use! SportRx has been a wonderful company to work with and I am SO THANKFUL for this opportunity to review their sunglasses.  They are on my face every evening when I walk and every weekend during my bike, run or bike and run training sessions. My Oakley RPM Edge sunglasses are durable, come in a protective zip hardcase, and have a nice sleeve to sleep in when I turn them in for the night.  I definitely plan to wear them for my upcoming Disney Challenge (running) and my duathlon this fall!

SportRx is super friendly, so I also highly encourage you to call (888-831-5817) or email them them today to ask about how YOU can get matched with your perfect pair!  They have numerous models (Ray Ban, 7Eye, Bolle, Dragon, Spy, Oakley), styles, tints and ability to apply a prescription to alot of the sunglasses they offer on their website. If you want to keep up on SportRx ‘happening’ they have a blog and email subscription service!

Check SportRx out today!

 

Disclaimer: SportRx provided me a pair of custom Oakley Rx sunglasses for testing and review purposes. However all opinions expressed are my own. 

Fuel Your Better: Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator Review

Hey everyone! I had the awesome opportunity to review a product called the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator through the #FuelYourBetter Campaign with Vega Sport and Fit Approach! Check out how and when I used this in my training below!

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What is Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator?

The first all-natural, plant-based recovery drink mix specifically developed to address all six key elements of post-workout recovery: muscle glycogen replenishment, muscle tissue repair and protein synthesis, hormonal support, soft-tissue repair, immune system support, inflammation reduction and rehydration. –  Vega Sport Website

Why Vega Recovery?

Vega Sport does have a huge variety of products to suit your needs before, during and after your workouts, in both drink and food/gel forms. I chose this product, Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator, to review because my body has been taking a beating lately between training for my first tri (and tri series) and additional cross training (yoga, body pump).  I figured I could use all the help I could get!

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  • Brought a packet of Vega Sport Recovery to the gym with me after longer workout sessions: body pump or a swim/spin class combo (tri training). Shook it up in water bottle filled with 1.5 c water.
  • During the weekends after a long bike (5-10mi)+ run (3-4mi) combo for tri training). Made it in a glass of water with ice (tastes sooo good chilled!)

Taste and Mix-ability Results: Gritty but Tasty!

The flavor I was sent was Tropical (orange) and it tastes like a mix of citrus and other ‘tropical’ fruit (can’t tell if it is mango, papaya or what). On the right shows a picture of what it looks like in a glass when it is all mixed together.  It is a thick orange color and it does taste slightly gritty. I’m more of a berry girl, but the Tropical flavor works for me, not too sweet, nor does it leave a weird aftertaste.  However after consuming it, you can see little brown specks on the bottom of the glass (I assume are the plant extract grinds?). But overall, I do recommend this flavor, especially to people who enjoy ‘tropical’ mixes.

Initial Post-Workout Results: Less Hungry.

After my workouts, I followed the suggested time frame usage: consume within 20min of finishing a workout.  During the weekday gym visits, I normally eat a small breakfast before working out and wait until after I get to work to chow down on 2 packets of oatmeal.  But by then I was always starving since after a workout I have to shower/change and then drive or bike back to work.  I’ve estimated it takes about 30min between finishing a workout and actually eating breakfast (too long for me for a morning workout). However, having a Vega packet handy, I am able to drink in some calories (90 per serving), which satiates me just perfectly until I get to work to make some oatmeal. And I don’t have to make breakfast the utmost priority as soon as I stroll into work either, I have more flexibility and feel less rushed.

Following Day Workout Results: Less sore!

I have to say that I do feel less sore the following day, especially after body pump or bike/run sessions (which of the three workouts listed prior, those two make me most sore). When I first started using the product I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m all for less sore! Since I’ve used about 10 of the 12 packets (comes in packet or diy container mix forms), I don’t know how it affects my overall performance (since I haven’t used it after a race), but I would be interested in actually buying more of this to see longer term results.

Verdict: Yes for Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator! And again, Vega Sport has a variety of products to support every stage of a workout, so be sure to check them out!

Prices:
Box of 12 individual packets (tested in this review) = $26.99
Container of ~20 servings = $39.99

What is your post workout recovery routine?

Disneyland Half Marathon 2013: Training Recap

Instead of posting weekly training recaps, I figured it would save me time by doing one recap to cover the past few months.  Here’s how I trained for the Disneyland Half!

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I’m pretty sure I left my Believe I Am training journal at the gym (to record strength training workouts) sometime in April/May because I have not been able to find it since. So sad!!!! Lately I’ve been using MapMyRun to record workouts, which shows me in nice pretty colors what activities I’ve completed and tracks all mileage (walking, running, swimming). You might notice that I don’t have a particularly regular schedule, since I gave myself additional time to recover (if needed).  Stretching and foam rolling everyday goes without saying 🙂

May/June: Took a couple weeks off in May since my right foot was a bit off from the Big Sur 9 miler. Toward the end of the month I started rebuilding my running base with low  mileage and regular crosstraining: gym strength training, yoga (sometimes MapMyRun calls it “Class”), biking (with my beach cruiser!), swimming (MapMyRun sometimes calls it “Indoor”) and dog walking. I cropped the last week of May (below) since mileage is calculated as part of the first week of June.

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July: Increasing cross training and maintaining/slightly increasing running mileage.

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August: Increasing running mileage and maintaining cross training. To me, this was my ‘make it or break it’ month since if ANYTHING bad happened injury-wise I’d have to forego the race.  So I took it one day at a time!

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Pacing

Seconds AppFor training, I decided to adopt a run/walk routine: Walk 1 min, Run 5 min, Repeat!  Since I don’t run with a watch because my Polar still needs new batteries and I either have to send it in by mail ($75) or find a special place that will replace them with Polar Warranty, (not any near me!), I run with my phone. However, I don’t like having to check it all the time to know how long its been.

Solution? I downloaded a free interval timer called “Seconds: Free version” that tells me when to “Walk” and when to “Run”!  Since I’m too cheap to pay $5 for the app, I just create a new timer each time I go out (takes 1 min).  Once I start the timer I have it say “3, 2, 1, “‘WALK'” when I need to walk and do the same when I need to run.  I LOVE IT!!! Walking during runs helps my body recover and allows me to go farther with MUCH less aches/pain than if I were to run straight through.  Plus I dont have to stop to stretch since  my hip flexors are the usual achy spots and by taking longer walking strides, it does that for me!

What’s Next?

Well, finishing my Masters for one, but I do have a few things in mind.  On Oct 6th I’ll be doing my first sprint duathlon! Its part of the Mermaid Series events (all women) and this one doesn’t have a course time limit.  Its 1.5 mi run, 12 mi bike and 2.5 mi run to the finish. I don’t have a road bike or mountain bike, so I’ll be booking it on my 7-speed 8yr old beach cruiser! Part of it is along the coastline…  plus I can achieve about 15mph on straight aways with that thing!

As for the other things, maayyybee something in November and the others early next year! My mom and I will be walking the Tinkerbell Neverland 5k, I’ll be running the Tinkerbell 10k the next day and the following weekend she and I will be walking a local 10k! Phew! So that’s whats coming up!

Rock Tape is for Everyone!

Rock Tape is usually advertised as a tape for recovering athletes, but it can be used by anyone dealing with some sort of acute or chronic injury!

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In this post, I’m going to describe alternative ways/circumstances for using Rock Tape! I’ve done a Rock Tape review in the past, so if you want to learn more about the tape itself, click here to visit that post.  While it may seem obvious to use Rock Tape if you just got injured doing some sort of activity, it may be less obvious to use for chronic issues that may develop. I’ve certainly had my fair share of ‘long term’ issues like pes anserine bursistis and patellofemoral syndrome and Rock Tape has been there for me all the way.  Check out the Rock Tape website to find videos for how to use the tape or contact one of their Rock Docs for additional consultation.

Additional Uses:

  • Races: Cut a few strips to carry in your pocket or fuel belt to use in a race if you feel a shin splint, knee, IT, hip flexor issue etc… so you can apply it during the race and help you finish! I certainly will be cutting a few emergency strips to carry in my iFitness fuel belt for my upcoming races! Since they are thin and lightweight, it can’t hurt to have Rock Tape on hand!
  • Athletic events: similar to the above statement, if you participate in athletic events like Crossfit games etc… it would also be a good idea to have a roll or a few strips on hand if you feel like you have strained something and it needs some immediate attention 🙂 Each roll comes with a paper showing various ways to use Rock Tape, but you can check out the Rock Tape website all about taping for Crossfit!
  • Work/School: Have a roll of Rock Tape in your desk or at your workplace to help with any issues that might develop from sitting or working on a computer for too long, like lower back or wrist (carpal Tunnel) issues. Of course its always a good idea to get up, walk around, and stretch to help minimize these as well 🙂

How do you use Rock Tape in your life?

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Disclaimer: as with any product, it is recommended to consult your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.  Rock Tape donated 1 roll to the MLML Open House opportunity drawing, but all opinions are my own.

Nuun Hydration

Learn more about Nuun Hydration and its variety of uses!

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What is Nuun Hydration?

Nuun Hydration is a line of electrolyte enhanced drink tablets designed to keep you optimally hydrated wherever your active lifestyle and athletic endeavors take you. You sweat, Nuun replenishes. Packed with electrolytes, light flavor, no sugars or carbs, and portable, Nuun Hydration is the perfect sports drink. The electrolytes found in Nuun will help alleviate cramps, help muscles function, communicate and burn energy efficiently. –Nuun website

Who can use it?

Nuun is typically advertised as a tablets for athletes, but there are SO many uses for everyone everyday! They are a great alternative to sugary electrolyte drinks for kids and are diabetic friendly since Nuun tablets have zero sugar. Some of the everyday type uses that apply to my life as a graduate: refueling after loonngg puppet show dress rehearsals, replenishing after long class days/studying/thesis sessions, and rejuvenating after a minor cold.  I do also use them during my long runs, since I am an athlete after all 🙂 On the website is is recommended to use 1 tablet per 16 oz of water and that they can be mixed in advanced, chilled, iced, or hot! Read more to find out other ways to use Nuun!

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Additional Uses:

  • Check out the Girls Gone Sporty article about making low calorie cocktails! I don’t drink, but I could easily substitute the alcohol with juice or carbonated water for some good clean fun 🙂
  • The reason people get hangovers is due to dehydration and diminished electrolyte levels, so to help curb that Nuun hydration is a great choice! I know my fellow graduate students and students at my undergrad campus could definitely keep a pack of hydration tablets on hand…
  • Use to recuperate after a sickness, like if you’ve had a stomach flu or gastrointestinal issues.  Both result in depletion of electrolytes, so it is a good idea to rehydrate with a mix of Nuun!

How do you use Nuun in your life?

Disclaimer: as with any product, it is recommended to consult your nutritionist or health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.  Nuun hydration donated 4 tubes to the MLML Open House opportunity drawing, but all opinions are my own.