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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. 

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currexSole Inserts Review

Recently I got the opportunity to test out a brand of shoe inserts for running from currexSole! Check out what my feet and lower body thought of these inserts below 🙂

What makes currexSole inserts unique?

currexSole offers a wide variety of soles, something for every shoe type imaginable. Plus you take a little survey or app test to customize the type of insert you need (running, hiking, cycling and more!). You just put in information about your body and presto you get a result! currexSole is the most awarded insole brand in Europe, they focus more on technology to help support your specific body and to help prevent injury.

Which ones did I test?

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After taking a survey, I was matched with the currexSole RUNPRO Med profile (total of 3 profile options, low, med, high) for my running shoes. Their running specific RUNPRO features a dynamic and individual specific fit that is right in line with current footwear science and technology (zero mm drop so it won’t interfere with shoe construction and the insoles move with your feet vs restricting them).

They came within a week of taking the test and I only needed to trim a little bit off the outer edge to match the profile of my Asics shoes.

The website advertises the RUNPRO as:

Light, dynamic and pleasantly supportive, RUNPRO does its job: 100% power transfer to the ground. Less fatigue in the feet and calf muscles. You can reach new personal bests, whether in minimalist – or classic running shoes with a cushioned midsole and a 10mm drop. Get ready for the next level of running enjoyment! –currexSole

 What my feet and lower body had to say:

The insoles are cushy sort of spongy feeling, not super stiff like other inserts I’ve previously used, like Superfeet.  For the past month, I have walked and run miles with these insoles (I transfer the inserts between my walking shoes and running shoes) and so far have not had IT band flare ups or calf tightness (things I have to manage the most!).

Mileage: I usually walk about 2 miles each work day at lunch and running low mileage about 2-4mi 2x/week (since I’m doing more swimming and cycling for my summer tri series). I don’t know how my feet would feel after a half marathon, but I’m sure that if I train with these further, I’ll know how my body fares with them over long distances! But I can attest to their great everyday use for walking and running!

If you are interested in getting your own pair(s) for your shoes, I suggest

  1. Checking out additional currexSole product stories here.
  2. Taking the survey or download the app to find the right insole and profile type here.
  3. Buying the pair through their orthotic page here.

Thank you currexSole for letting me test a pair of your insoles!

Disclaimer: currexSole provided me a pair of RUNPRO Med Profile insoles for testing and review purposes. However all opinions expressed are my own. 

SOLE Inserts

This morning when I visited my sports chiropractor, (for my bursistis) he suggested I try some inserts since it hasn’t healed even without running or doing any high impact activities.  He said that something else may be aggravating it (on top of tight muscles).  The only other things I can do at home are some massage techniques he showed me (insertion points of the tendons: 1 on the lower inner knee and 2. near pubic bone above the quad), and the usual stretching/foam rolling (especially my tight inner hamstrings), icing and wearing my PRO Compression socks.  I’m at my wits end, so I figured why not? I plan on using these orthodics for the next month and I’ll give a personal review on the product at that point.

What are they?  Sole Unisex Dean Karnazes Signature Edition Insole,Red/Yellow,Men’s 8.5-9 M/Women’s 10.5-11 M

Even though I wear a women’s size 9, I have wide feet, so this was the only sized insert that would fit my shoes properly after some trimming (about 1/4″ using current soles as a guide). The soles are meant to be ‘molded’ to your feet, so you put them in the oven at 200 Degrees F for a couple minutes (after any necessary trimming of course) and then you put them into your shoes to start the foot mold process. You do this by stepping into the shoes, tying them like you normally would and then standing with feet shoulder width apart, weight evenly distributed for about 2 minutes.  After that, you are all set! So I did everything as soon as I got home:

 Inserts warming in oven                                                                 Inserts post molding!
 

    SOLE Unizex Insole, Red/Yellow
  Amazon or REI (cheapest)

*****

In the past I used Green Superfeet, but my chiropractor said that the SOLE brand inserts are better and longer lasting.  Guess I will just have to wait and see!

Anyone else use shoe inserts? What is your brand of choice?

Flow Yoga and Running Skorts

Even though I have been ‘cleared’ to start a run/walk program, my hamstring has been aching on/off for the last week and a half.  I had a pretty intense PT session Wed Aug 22nd:  in addition to the normal deep tissue massage, graston scraping, and strengthening exercises, I also did lots of two and one footed jumping (front/back and side/side). I was sore for days, so I waited until Sunday to do yoga.

Pictured above: XL Bean Yoga bag (soo roomy!), yoga strap and Fit Paws (even though they are for dog core work, I like to step on the dome with my toes to get a good calf stretch!)

Speaking of yoga, I went to a 1.5hr Power Yoga class last Sunday, which was good to do (since it involves strength and balance, so my PT encourages me to go), but I had an off day. The numerous ups/downs made me pretty light headed (usually no problem) and I’m sure the sun-warmed room didn’t help.  I really considered giving up or sitting down about half way through since I was also getting weird hot flashes on top of that ‘about ready to faint any second’ feeling.  Maybe I wasn’t hydrated enough? However, I also naturally have pretty low blood pressure (sometimes as low as 90/60, most days its 110/80), so maybe it was just ‘one of those days’.  Around that point of ‘do or faint’, luckily we transitioned to core work on the ground (an immense relief).  And even better: To wrap up the class we did lots of stretching and had a long shavasana (laying down rest period).  I felt better after class, but was still annoyed at my body.  Thankfully when I went to my regular Flow Yoga class last night, I didn’t have a problem with dizziness.  So I have no idea what my deal was….

Anyway, back to the walk/running program…  My hamstring has not bothered me today (even though I went to yoga last night which can leave me sore the following day) and as long as it feels this way tomorrow I will do Stage 1 of the walk/run program!  To top it off, my mom sent a Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG) running skort she bought for me and it came early!  It was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, but I’m glad it came today so I can try it out tomorrow! It will certainly be a nice motivating factor to ‘hit the ground running’ (literally) after my injury recovery hiatus.

What helps to motivate you after an exercise hiatus?

Physical Therapy: Days 7 and 8

This week I had physical therapy on Mon and Wed. Pretty much went the same as last week with increasing exercise difficulty, but I was actually sore Tuesday and Thursday (unlike last week) in my upper quad, mid hamstring, and glutes. My lower hamstring didn’t hurt when I performed any of the exercises, it just felt sore about 5 hours afterward and a little tender where my PT did some massage therapy/graston scraping. At least the ultrasound therapy is supposed to help promote soft tissue regrowth to counteract the breakdown of the scar tissue process.

Since I am supposed to stretch 1-2 times a day at home, I had been using my yoga strap for the hamstrings (recommended). But after a few weeks of that, I grew tired of having crumpled hands after using the strap for 3 x 30 sec stretches for both legs…

Ever since I used one of the stretching straps (shown above) in the first PT office I visited, it was love at first use. I decided to order a Stretch-out strap from Amazon with the rest of my gift card money because it knew it was MUCH easier to use than the yoga strap for doing my hamstring stretches.  Plus this order came with a little booklet on other stretches to do with the strap.  Since I am not super flexible, the strap is very helpful.  However, according to reviews on Amazon, people who are really flexible don’t get much out of the product.   I also read the handful of low product reviews: those people thought it was a resistant band or something. To clarify, the strap is not ‘stretchy’, it is a woven cotton blend.  You stretch your muscles with the aid of the strap.  I wanted to make sure that nobody interprets “Stretch out Strap” the wrong way.

Since the soreness I feel isn’t a bad type of pain, I am hoping that its an indication of healing soft tissue (properly this time) and increasing strength.  Other than physical therapy, what have I been doing to recover? Lots of icing after PT in the clinic and at home, taking a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement twice a day, a fish oil supplement once a day, anti-inflammatories as needed, and wearing PRO compression socks! Since I have an inflamed bursa sac in my upper calf just below the back of my knee, the socks help keep the swelling down (the knee brace I got is awkward to sit in while the socks are super comfortable). Yesterday I wrote a post about the hot pink socks I ordered from PRO compression, so be sure to check out that post to get the coupon code for getting 50% off and free shipping! The deal expires August 12th, 2012!  If any of you currently have or just bought these socks, let me know how you like them with a comment below!

What are your stretching/recovery essentials?