Favor Your Feet with OrthoLite Performance Insoles

When it comes to physical fitness, equipment and apparel is important – no matter what you choose to do to stay active. For runners, it is important to have proper footwear above anything else. From time to time, I get asked what someone needs in order to start running and my answer is always, “determination to get out the door and a good pair of shoes.” Once you decide you love running (and you will), I always recommend a person get professionally fitted for a pair of shoes. Before you spend money on a heart-rate monitor watch, new clothes or compression socks, get fitted for shoes. Once you have the proper shoes,  you may want to invest in some insoles to provide extra comfort, cushion and breathability. OrthoLite Performance Insoles can provide you with all of these things, as a perfect complement to your shoes, at a very reasonable price.

Ortholite Insoles offer the ultimate in comfort, cushioning and breathability and solve common in-shoe problems by creating a cooler, drier, more comfortable environment for your foot.

The features that make Ortholite Insoles unique are:

  1. Long-Lasting Cushioning and Durability – The unique spring-back technology ensures the insoles will retain more than 95% of its thickness over time.
  2. Antimicrobial – Patented formulation fights fungus, bacteria and odor.
  3. Breathability and Wicking – Air curculates in and around the insole, leaving the foot cooler and drier and the unique structure of the insole moves moisture away from the foot.
Why I love Ortholite Performance Insoles
  • They serve a multitude of purposes. I wear them in my running/walking shoes, my winter boots and my everyday tennis shoes. They make all of my shoes so much more comfortable! They are designed to fit all athletic and outdoor shoes and boots.
  • At $19.99 a pair, they are much cheaper than custom insoles and you can get a pair for your fitness shoes and a pair for your casual shoes.
Things to Note
  • They run true to size. I ordered a size 9.5 (I wear a size 9 shoe) and they were slightly large for my running shoes.
  • OrthoLite foam technology can already be found in more than 100 million pairs of athletic, casual, dress, work and outdoor shoes – including Nike, ASICS, New Balance, Merrell, PUMA, Timberland and more. (Get a pair now!)
  • OrthoLite is the official insole of the American Trail Running Association.
  • OrthoLite is the founding partner of the Level Field Fund, a non-profit funding talented athletes whose ability to pursue excellence in sports would otherwise be limited by their financial situations.
Connect with OrthoLite

Tell me about you. Have you tried OrthoLite? Do you wear insoles? What is your favorite add-on foot/shoe accessory?

Until the next mile marker,

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Please note, I was provided with a pair of OrthoLite Performance Fusion Insoles for review. I was not compensated for this review in any way nor was I asked to write a positive one. Thank you to OrthoLite for the opportunity to review these insoles! 


My Under Armour Spine Review, Plus a Little Something For YOU!

At the end of last year, I was contacted by Under Armour (eeek!) to review their Women’s Spine RPM Running Shoe.

(I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover color) I was in love from the start when I excitedly opened the box delivered promptly to my doorstop and saw these beauties-

I have always wanted a pair of brightly colored shoes so I was excited from the start to try the Spine, which also includes these awesome Under Armour features:

  • Built to log some serious miles
  • Lightweight, seamless upper delivers support at mid and forefoot for unrivaled comfort
  • Unique UA Spine chassis delivers the ultimate in lightweight structure mile after mile
  • Ultra-lightweight Micro G® foam midsole turns cushioned landings into explosive takeoffs
  • Full length molded sockliner and collar conform to your foot for customized fit
  • Provides cushioned comfort and is lightweight at only 7.375 oz.

I was hesitant about these shoes at first because they indeed felt like next to nothing on my feet-

I ran a few 3-4 mile runs in these shoes and really liked the way they felt on my foot. They were lightweight and ultra comfortable. I found my foot was fully supported and I have to admit, I felt fast in the Spine (it must be the color because I am all but fast). The only trouble I had with them was keeping the laces tied because they are kind of silky, and I eventually double-knotted them to keep them tied so if that bothers you, you may want to change the laces or tie them a different way.

I will also say this shoe seems to run a little large. I usually wear a size 9.5 in running shoes and actually ordered the same size, but ended up exchanging them for a smaller size (9). I was impressed with Under Armour’s customer service, they were helpful when I called to check on the status of my return and I did not have to wait on hold at all. They emailed me once the return was processed and when it shipped again.

I normally would not think of Under Armour for running shoes, but after wearing the Women’s Spine, they are a top contender in my book. I would purchase and wear their shoes again. Since I have heard you should have training shoes and racing shoes, I think I will keep the Spine for racing since I like the color (and don’t want to get it too dirty in the winter slush) and the speed (although it may be perceived) that comes with them! Overall, I really like this shoe.

After processing my return, Under Armour was kind enough to send me a gift card for the difference in price from the time they were ordered. I am passing that on to you! The card totals $21.35 and is redeemable online at http://underarmour.com and at any of the Under Armour Factory House or Under Armour Owned Specialty Store locations. All of the store locations can be found HERE.

Be sure to enter by March 17, 2013 when the giveaway ends and the winner will be announced here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until the next mile marker,

Thank you to Under Armour for providing me with a pair of the Women’s Spine RPM Running Shoe for review in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not compensated for this review or giveaway. I was given a gift card by Under Armour after making an exchange in shoe sizes and have chosen to give the gift card away to one of my readers. Winner will be announced via Rafflecopter at the time this giveaway closes. Thank you for entering!

An annoucement, an anniversary (a birthday) and a WINNER!

Remember the movie MY RUN narrated by academy award winner Billy Bob Thornton? It premiered in March and was screened in 500 theaters across the nation. I loved this film. Every second of it. I found it motivational, inspirational, and amazing. Terry Hitchcock reminds us of the obstacles we face every day – the marathons of life – and that we can overcome them with determination, self-confidence, belief in the extraordinary, and the will to succeed. Plus, Terry ran 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days. Simply amazing! I can only dream of running that far and for that long. Check out my full review if you haven’t already.
Did you miss this film in theaters? Get ready because Virgil Films and Entertainment announced it is coming to DVD on September 20, 2011!

A portion of DVD sales will go to programs that provide direct service to those affected by cancer through the Livestrong Foundation. ‘Be Somebody’s Hero’ today and pre-order your copy. Don’t forget to look for my name in the credits – I will be!
You can find more information and follow updates from MY RUN on Twitter and Facebook.  
Today is not only my birthday, but the anniversary of my first marathon ever! I have run four more since then and a marathon. I ran it with my friend Chrissy and the help of the MIT training program. I could not have done it without either one.  It was only two years ago:
Chrissy & Me finishing the Spirit of Columbus Half.
To this day, it has been the greatest experience and accomplishment of my adult life. I have not been the same person since I trained for and ran that race. 
It goes without saying, that I miss my mother more than anything today. She always made birthdays special for us. Thank each and every one of you – and Dad, Michael and Mollie – for making my day as special as it could be. You guys remind me everyday that I am not alone, even when it feels like it.
Dad, Michael, Me, Mollie & Mom on my birthday last year. (I never thought it would be our last as a family)
What better thing to do on my birthday than announce the CEP Compression Running Shorts giveaway winner?
Thank you to everyone who entered – I wish I could give you all shorts! I was thrilled with the number of entries and more importantly, the votes I received for Team Refuel. Thank you so much for supporting me! And, don’t forget, you can VOTE once a day for me until September 15th.
And the winner is, per the random number generator is…
Comment #88 (numbered from the first comment posted from 1 to 113) belongs to Laurieb27 from I Can Walk As Fast As You Can Run (which she really can, I’ve witnessed it!). 
Congratulations, Laurie! Please contact me to claim your prize and thank you for your votes!
Until the next mile marker, 

CEP Compression: [So Excited] My Review & GIVEAWAY!

I think I am in love with CEP Compression Socks…..

CEP Compression – The Intelligent Sportswear
I know, I know, call me behind on the times. I have been running for a few years now, but have not tried any compression wear until now. I’ve thought about –even dreamed about it – but just haven’t been able to afford it, honestly. So, when CEP Compression contacted me and asked if I would be interesting in reviewing their products – I literally squealed with excitement!
CEP sent me a pair of Running Compression Socks and I got to choose the color so, of course, I chose pink! After all, all the cool kids are doing it. I couldn’t wait for them to arrive and I opened the box immediately. My first thought? H-O-T. I was hoping to try them out on Saturday for my long run, but wasn’t sure how I felt about wearing “knee socks” in 80+ degree heat. My second thought? S-M-A-L-L. They were sized according to the circumference of my calf, which is how I ordered them, but I was skeptical.
Nevertheless, I was still excited to give them a try and when Saturday morning rolled around, I jumped out of bed to get for a group run with MIT. Note to self: DO NOT try to put Compression anything on for the first time when you are running late. It doesn’t work very well. Second note to self: Read the directions before getting frustrated and running out the door barefoot! Whew. It was a chore, but once I got the socks on properly, I was ready to go.
Why yes, this picture does make my thighs look huge and they are one of the smaller parts of me. And yes, those are a shiny new pair of New Balance Minimus shoes.    
Rockin’ the CEP Pink!

I ran just about nine miles in my compression socks on Saturday. And it was awesome. Did I mention these socks make me feel like a professional I know what I am doing I am doing?

I LOVED them, and I really don’t want to go back to wearing normal socks on my long any runs.
What I love:
  • They are breathable and manage moisture well – my feet and legs were actually among the cooler parts of my body on Saturday.
  • The socks are made from 85% polyamid and 15% spandex and are extremely lightweight. I did not feel like I was wearing knee socks.
  • The feeling of being, well, compressed – it’s almost like I can feel my muscles absorbing oxygen-rich blood and using the nutrients to their full potential. My legs actually felt great on Saturday – it is my endurance that is suffering a little bit.  
  • My legs felt less sore on Sunday (this was the longest distance I have run in several weeks), and I felt completely recovered from my workout in no time. Can I just wear these socks all of the time?
  • I think they may have actually helped me knee remain stable without prohibiting the movement of the muscles (which is the only way my knee will get stronger). While I had some knee pain for the first few miles on Saturday, I experienced NO KNEE PAIN on Sunday. Not even while going up/down the stairs!
  • They look awesome!   

What I don’t love as much:

  • The price. They are $59.95 online and while that price impacts my budget, it is worth it for how well I felt. According to CEP, they last about 6 months if taken care of properly (gentle cycle on the washer, cold water, sport wash and line dry). I would totally reinvest in a pair!
So, what makes CEP Compression different from other compression products? According to CEP, their compression products are medically tuned for maximum performance. By measuring the calf circumference to ensure proper fit, CEP also ensures proper compression, allowing for effective blood flow. The compression on the calf is lower to effectively target the arteries and allow proper blood flow back to the heart and the compression at the ankle penetrates deep veins to push blood back to the heart. Plus, CEP Compression Socks are anatomically correct to perfectly fit your left and right foot – made a big difference for me! 
Other compression socks just aren’t designed this way, allowing blood to pool at the ankles and not make it back to the heart as effectively. For more information about the technology behind CEP Compression, I found the website very interesting.
And there are still more benefits to wearing compression gear:
  • Improved blood circulation and overall leg health.
  • Reduce vibration (thus, shin splints) to increase oxygen and promote healing. 
  • Increases oxygento optimize muscles and remove lactic acid.
  • Increases blood flow to increase warmth in the muscles. 

CEP Compression kindly sent me a pair of Women’s Running Compression Shorts to giveaway to one lucky follower!
They are black and a SIZE III.

Please see additional sizing information HERE.

Want these beauties to be YOUR’S?

Please leave me a separate comment for each entry to increase your chances of winning.

Become a follower of my blog or let me know that you already are. (+1)
Visit CEP Compression and let me know what product(s) you would like to try in a comment. (+1)
Extra Entries:
LIKE CEP Compression on Facebook HERE (+1)
Follow me on Twitter @wordstorunby (+1)
Follow CEP Compression on Twitter @CEPCOMPRESSION (+1)
Tweet about this giveaway and include @wordstorunby and @CEPCOMPRESSION in your tweet (+2)
Post about this giveaway to your blog. (+2)
Extra Extra Entries:
VOTE for me to earn a spot on Chocolate Milk’s Team Refuel HERE (Search for me by name- Sara Wyen) and leave me a comment each time that you do. (+1 entry per day that you vote
You have through Monday 08/29/2011 to enter (and vote!) and I will announce the winner on my blog shortly after then.
Until the next mile maker,
Please note: CEP provided me with these products to try and giveaway in exchange for my review.  I was not compensated in any other manner and the content of this review is purely my own opinion.

Strong Body by Rebecca Runs: Show me your goal board for a chance to win!

Please welcome, Rebecca of Strong Body by Rebecca who has a great giveaway for you!
Everyone who lifts weights regularly knows how important a good pair of lifting gloves can be to protect your pretty little hands from calluses and blisters. 
I encourage my clients to use weight lifting gloves to protect their hands and make them feel strong and pretty. I fancy the gloves up for my clients with genuine Swarovski crystals! The gloves are Harbringer brand and are very good quality. 
Glam Gloves by Rebecca!
So, not only are gloves a necessity when sculpting your Strong Body – GOAL BOARDS ARE TOO!!! They are so important for visualizing where you came from and where you want to go. They can also motivate you to accomplish your dreams and reach for the stars. They serve as a constant reminder to keep striving to be the best runner, athlete, mother, daughter, husband, wife, sister, friend, role model – person – we can be.
One of my recently achieved goals was to run a race with Sara!
Ideas for your goal board include:
  • Pictures from the past, present and idealistic ones for the future.
  • Pictures, quotes, ideas of/from people who inspire and motivate you.
  • Quotes to keep you going!
  • Key phrases or words (mine are Entrepreneur, business woman).
  • Goals! Goal Weights, Goal distances, Time goals and any other life goals…..you don’t have to stick to fitness and health!
  • Anything that keeps you motivated and reminds you of who you want to be.

Some of the amazing fitness ladies on my goal board:

Do you  have a goal or vision board? If not, have you thought about creating one? 
Show me your Goal Board for your chance to win a free pair of your very own Glam Gloves!
Here’s how to enter for YOUR chance to win:
1. Go to my FACEBOOK page – and upload a picture of your goal board.
 Or EMAIL ME at strongbodybyrebecca@gmail.com by August 25th.
2. Tell me what your biggest goal is for the remainder of the 2011 year!!

On August 26th – I will put all of your vision boards in an online photo gallery on my business FACEBOOK page. Whoever has the most people LIKE their vision board – WINS!!! I might even throw in a few extra things if you win, but they are top secret right now! 😉

So, what are you waiting for? Get started today and show me your Goal Board for your chance to win!

Thanks, RB! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s goal boards! They are always inspirational to me, even if they are not mine.