Wednesday June 3rd is National Running Day!
And to celebrate, I'm reviewing a handful of products that keep me running! And at my age, I need all the help I can get!
Much like my "Things that make you go aaahhh..." post I did a little over a year ago, I wanted to highlight some of the products that help keep me together and moving forward! So, stick around for a review of KT Tape, Runners Choice Lotion, and Gaia Turmeric Supreme and your chance to win some of these products as well!
Ok.. so first up is KT Tape... If you aren't familiar with kinesiology tape, it is really cool stuff, and it really works! As you might know, I am a real Rock Tape fan, so I was a little biased going into this review, but I am willing to give every product a fair shake..
So.. I gave the KT Tape PRO a try, and it really works well. Just as a K tape should, it helps me to take some of the sting out of my chronic Achilles tendinosis, which makes me less grouchy when running and after :-). The qualities I like most about KT are the pre-cut 10 inch strips, and the smooth feel to the tape material as compared to Rock Tape.
The tape also comes in a handy plastic case so it doesn't come all unrolled in your drop bag. And of course, there are a ton of colors available too.
So for my achilles issues, the 10 inch pre-cut strip is perfect.. I use one vertically, and then I can easily split one, round out the corners, and apply horizontally in two strips. The only disadvantage I see in KT Tape, compared to Rock Tape is the adhesion. I wish KT stuck a little tougher than it does, BUT.. it will stay on through a very long run without any issues. If you tape once, and remove after your long run/race, KT is great.. Rock Tape can hang on through a shower or two if you are looking for something to stay on for several days. But that aside, KT is terrific... but don't take my word for it... enter at the end of the review and I'll give away 3 rolls to 3 lucky winners, thanks to the cool peeps at KT! Happy National Running Day!
I had the opportunity to try out their "Runners Choice" foot lotion. Now, normally, topical type treatments don't always work that well for me, but I find that this lotion is less of a pain treatment type of solution, and more of a "refresh/recharge" your feet kind application.
The ingredients are pure and simple... almond, eucalyptus, eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint oils... that's it. I like that about this product. I'll rub this on my feet before a run.. and sometimes afterwards as well. It's smells great, not overpowering, and it provides kind of a wake up call to my feet and toes. For anyone who is on their feet a lot, or simply wants to have a nice "massage" in a bottle, I'd recommend this.. nothing like having happy feet. And again, I'm happy to have the opportunity to give away 3 bottles of Runners Choices as well to celebrate National Running Day!
Last, but not least, I've been using a terrific Turmeric supplement from Gaia Herbs.. I had learned about the inflammation fighting properties of turmeric, so I was happy to give the Gaia Turmeric Supreme a try...
What's funny is that, while taking it, I felt I was gaining some benefit, especially with my nagging Achilles inflammation, but I really noticed the impact when I ran out!! I went through two bottles over a few months (I was taking two a day)... after being out for a few weeks, I suddenly realize that not only is my Achilles inflammation more acute, but all of my moving running parts seem to be more sore and tender... obviously the Turmeric was doing its thing to keep acute inflammation at bay... Not more I can say, other than it WORKS...
Ok... now to the giveaways! Enter to win one of three rolls of KT Tape, and one of three bottles of Runners Choice by entering via the Rafflecopter widgets below. This contest will run until 10PM MST, on Friday June 6th, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected and notified. Contest open to the residents of the U.S, and Canada. Thanks and good luck!!
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Ok... have an amazing National Runner's Day!!!