6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Test Lab Tuesday

Welcome to Tall Mom Test Lab Tuesday, the day I dedicate to all things I review..

Living, Eating and Running...

LIVING

Lift Your Sole Jewelry HERE:
Jill at Lift Your Sole is AWESOME!! She sent me a charm with the words "Aspire to Inspire" on a plastic black cord, I LOVE IT!! I tried to take a picture and failed. You too can have a customized charm or anything at Lift Your Sole. Today only from 8am to 11pm Jill has kindly offered the coupon code TMOTR15 for 15% off for 15 hours. Go check out her website and SHOP!!! Mother's Day is quickly approaching, help your loved ones out and direct them to the site today!!

Dean Karnazes 50 in 50 HERE:
Imagine running 50 Marathons in 50 Days in all 50 states!!! That is what Dean Karnazes did. He and his team recreated Marathons often mid-week in all 50 states. I read his book "50 in 50" which is entertaining, easy to read and has some great training tips. This weekend, on the few free minutes I had, muscle man and I sat to enjoy the documentary style film rendition of the journey. I love to watch running movies the night before a long run, so this totally hit the spot. INSPIRING!! How did he do it? I still have no clue, but WOW!!!

EATING
Clif Shot Roks HERE:
This is more eating for running :) I went to Fleet Feet yesterday to find some nutrition options for race day. I can't seem to take down the Gu and I am worried. I was talking to the sales staff and she asked about my "Protein intake" during races.. Hmmmmm?? Guess I never thought about it. She said after 2 hours of running that I should have a way to replenish my protein and offered a packet of peanut butter Shot Roks.

What Clif says:
CLIF SHOT ROKS™ are bite-size pieces enabling you to take in exactly the protein you need, when you need it, to maximize your recovery. Plus the protein centers are wrapped in a protective shell that won’t melt in the package or in your hands.

Tall Mom Thoughts:
I just bought these last night so I have not tested them on the run yet. But YUM YUM YUMMY!! Wow do these things taste amazing! I wanted to eat the entire package. I plan to test them on the run this weekend, will let you know how that goes..


RUNNING

Races2Remember Pace Bands HERE:
I don't know about you but I have a HARD TIME with math on the run. After about mile 6 easy multiplication becomes impossible. I have always wanted to try a pace band. So I googled pace bands and found Races2Remember. This company has many many fun products for runners including back bibs and signs.

What they say:
You don't run an even pace, why should your pace bands? Is your first mile really the same as your last? What about hills? Our unique bands will account for the hills and your pacing strategy. We'll customize a set of bands to fit any course and any plan. Start slow, build a cushion, hit the wall. Plan your pace mile by mile. Our Smart Pace Calculator lets you see different pacing strategies for your goal time! Each set of waterproof bands is made to fit the course you are running - whether it is Boston, or a small race in Kansas.

Tall Mom Thoughts:
For $7 you can order 3 customized pace bands. I ordered a 4:00 pace band for my training run and 2 BQ pace bands for Eugene. I wore the pace band over my arm sleeves and next to my Garmin and LOVED it!! I did not stare at it, I just rotated it and checked in on occasion. I was able to put the words "Aspire to Inspire" and "BQ" on my band to personalize. They will make the band based on the RACE, how cool is that?? I highly recommend this product for anyone going for a PR!!!

  • For those of you who asked the arm sleeves I wore in my long run HERE, they are made by Smart Wool HERE. I will have a post up soon with reviews of a few different types of Arm Sleeves so look for that in the weeks to come..

Now I need your help!!! Does anyone have a Vacuum or Refrigerator that you LOVE?? If so email me. We are going to be in the market soon and I would love recommendations :)

  • If you have something you would like Tall Mom to put through the Test Lab please email HERE

HAPPY TUESDAY!!

35 comments:

Tricia said...

looking forward to seeing how the shot roks work out

longlegshealthylife.com said...

I very highly suggest a Dyson vacuum! They are amazing, and well well worth the expense.

Katie A. said...

My Dyson was worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY! I bought the yellow one, can't remember the name, but it is AWESOME! I'm going to go and check out that pace band, thanks!!!
Happy Tuesday!!

marathonmaiden said...

thanks for the pace band rec! i've been toying with the idea of using one for boston butttt i'm still not sure what i'm going for so i keep putting it off

Jaime said...

I agree with Katie A about the Dyson. We bough the Animal about 6 years ago because we had 2 dogs that shed year round. Haven't had a single problem, where normally we would kill a vacuum in 1-2 years. Worth every single penny and then some!

Lisa said...

Another Tuesday full of great reviews! I haven't seen shot roks around here but will definitely look for them. I used to use shot blocks and they worked well for me. Do you think the packaging will be easy to use on race day? That's my concern most of all!

bethtrue said...

Look forward to reading what you have to say about Shot Roks. I am gearing up for a 1/2 marathon and so starting to do longer runs, and need to figure out my nutritional stuff...

Re vacuum cleaner - we have a Dyson (5-6 years old now) and i love love love it. Its a little pricey but worth every penny in my book; that thing is awesome. you suck up so much STUFF that you can't believe was on the floor/on your rug/furniture/etc. Good luck!

Thanks for all your advice; I enjoy your blog and all your inspiration!

ajh said...

Those shot rocks??? sound worth it. I may need to get some. Good luck with the appliance buys. No great suggestions here.

Laura said...

I was on vacay in California last week and picked up some of the roks..will be trying them out on my weekend run as well. They look a bit weird ...

IzzyBubbles said...

Ahh..Beka and I ordered those Race 2 Remember pace bands for OKC...so excited to try them out. And those Clif Bloks look really good. Peanut butter = yum! I'd probably just eat them as a snack!

Fridge - I have one of those french-door style fridges with the freezer underneath and am in LOVE with it. I honestly can't remember what brand it is because I picked the one where I got the best deal at the moment at Sears, but I'd highly recommend that style if you have the space for it. It's FANTASTIC when you have large platters or something you want to throw in the fridge that wouldn't fit in a normal side-by-side.

Velma said...

I love shot rocks - I never eat them when running but they are tasty on the bike.

I have a hoover vacumn from Sears. They fixed it for free when it broke (my fault). Very nice.

Marlene said...

Those "Roks" look interesting... haven't seen them here yet, but I'd be worried that they'll be too dry and chewy on the run?? Good luck!!

Vacuum - I *love* my Dyson. I have the cannister version but the Dyson Ball came out shortly after and I want it sooo badly! Dysons are worth the investment. They have a LIFETIME warranty! When we moved into our new house, we vacuumed the whole place with my Mom's. We got our Dyson the next day and vacuumed OVER what we had already done... it filled the entire cannister with dust & such that the previous vacuum missed.

Barefoot AngieB said...

I loved Ultramarathon Man!

Have you looked into Clif Bar as a company? They are amazing!
Check out this write up about a tour Donald did of Clif.
http://www.runningandrambling.com/2010/04/donald-and-clif-bar-factory.html

JF said...

Love our Dyson. Have had it for 3 years now and no loss of suction. No complaints! :) Buying a house next month and need fridge so I will be looking at the fridge comments too!

Interested to hear what you think of the Roks on the run!

Megan said...

Hmmm...Protein is hard on the belly. I can't wait to hear how the shot rocks do for you. I fall in to the 2 plus hours running category.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Happy Tuesday Mel! I can't wait to see a picture of your necklace charm! Sounds beautiful and perfect for you!!!

As for protein during runs, I can't wait to try these!!! I am a big protein person! My favorite gels (which are super duper hard to find) contain protein.

Chelsea said...

We have a Kenmore Elite from the Sears Outlet in Tacoma (Off of 6th & Orchard). French doors, bottom freezer, stainless. (Love love love the french doors). Great deals, and you can view inventory online to see what they have.

We got ours for almost 1/2 off ... and it had never even been turned on! It does have a small dent on the side, but on the side that faces the wall. So, uh, no issues there.

the dawn said...

perfect timing! I've been looking around to find pace band options, and I love these! Thanks!

Melissa said...

Have you ever tried a pacing tattoo? Those things look pretty cool too!

Rene' said...

we have the maytag french door fridge with freezer on the bottom. we love it! it fits everything and we can finally fit a frozen pizza in the freezer:)
am going to the pace band site now, i want one for my half:)

teacherwoman said...

Those shot rocks sound interesting! Thanks for sharing!

J said...

I didnt know that there was a video documentary of the 50 marathons in 50 states! I will have to check that out!

Stephanie said...

A Dyson vacuum is a MUST have. They are awesome!!!:)

Stephanie said...

As for a frig, we have the kenmore elite and it is wonderful! It is the french door style with the freezer on the bottom. I love it!

Shelden Family 4 said...

DYSON all the way baby! We've had ours now for 4 years and it's never clogged EVER, even with play necklaces, Barbie shoes, or pennies! I even took it to my MIL's house and went over an area she'd already vaccuumed and still got stuff up! HIGHLY recommend it, and like the others said, worth every penny!

akjenniekt said...

Thanks for the great reviews. Am definitely curious how the shot rocks will work out (they sound tasty though). I am also looking forward to your review of arm sleeves :)

Dion said...

Another Dyson fan here. We have the Dyson Ball and love it.

I'm really clueless on the pace bands. I need a tutorial.

run with Jill said...

I love the Shot Roks. I finally ran my marathon PR when I decided to wear the pace band. Kept me from going out way too fast!

LMC said...

Those charms are very cool. I look forward to what you think about the pace band, once you've worn it at the race. I am a Math major and I cannot add 1+1 after about mile 8! Heck, I can barely remember my name. I think a pace band would definitely help! Have a great week!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

OK I just might need to get a Dyson.

I have a Hoover Wind Tunnel and like it - but certainly can't rave about it like people have about the Dyson.

I have a Maytag french door frig with the freezer on the bottom. I opted for the filtered water on the inside and love it. There is a lot of room and the freezer is very handy. I have stainless steel appliances and while I love the way they look . . . when they are clean . . . it easily shows hand (and a couple of foot) prints. I end up cleaning the frig door just about every other day.

MCM Mama said...

Thanks for the reviews. i need to get those pace bands...

Cynthia O'H said...

I'll have to read the book. I watched Running the Sahara over Christmas, which sounds very similar, and loved it. Thanks for suggesting it.

Wifey said...

I have killed many of vacuum but I love my new Oreck XL Signature Plus and I have a great feeling it will survive. I didn't have Dyson $ so we tried the Oreck instead. So far its awesome!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

The Devil's Starchy Fingers said...

We bought a Samsung with French doors and freezer on the bottom in December and I love, love, love this fridge. The crispers keep the fruits and veggies in some sort of suspended animation and they don't seem to ever go bad. Also,it is just designed well inside. Samsung also has won a bunch of JD Power and Associates awards for blahbity-blah over the past few years. We got ours at Lowe's in Issaquah.

As for a vacuum: Roomba. Picks up an amazing amount of dirt, programmable to vacuum when you aren't at home, gets under furniture that you can't with a normal vacuum (without a lot of furniture moving), and fun. We ran it after we used our normal vacuum and found it got a lot more garbage out of the carpets and off the hardwoods. We have two cats so it picks up lots of hair and cat litter throughout the house.

Amy said...

Wow - that personalized, race-specific pace band is neat. I wasn't planning on getting one for my upcoming race, but that review makes me want to try one out!

We have a Dyson but the hose is currently wrapped in duct tape because it cracked within the first year - they do have a lifetime warranty, but I haven't gotten around to calling about it yet because it works great even with the tape!