Hello everyone! I hope you’ve been having a better week than I have so far (I think I just bombed a midterm ): darn sociology!).
Luckily for me, there has been one highlight of my week that has kept me going: StrideBox. And the beginning of the week, my very first StrideBox came in the mail! Let me just start by saying no, they are not paying me for this (I wish) – I paid $27 CAD of my own money for this. It’s $15/month and the May special they posted on Facebook was $5 first box if you get two boxes so it came up to $25 (which translated to $27). The first box for $5 was what reeled me in! Darn sales!
So what is StrideBox? You know how recently there has been a boom of subscription services for makeup like BirchBox where every month, they send you a bunch of little sample sized product to try out? Well there’s finally one for runners! Every month, they’ll send you a box of goodies that they’ve picked up for us to try and info for if you want more. Okay enough from me, lets get to the goodies!
Every box comes with a card called”The Stride Guide” that describes the product and lets you know where to get it from and how much it costs.
And here’s what’s in the box!
NOW – Trail Bar in Raspberry, Peanut, and Almond. It’s described as “Gluten free, dairy free, all natural fruit and nut energy bar loaded with chia seeds,and held together with manuka honey.” I’m not sure what manuka honey is but this sounds super delicious. I personally love bars like these because it’s easy for me to grab as food on the go.
CytoMax Sports Performance Mix. It’s description is “Designed to deliver energy quickly and efficiently to help hydrate, fuel working muscles, and spare muscle glycogen to delay fatigue.” Doesn’t sound too bad. Ever since I ran out of my blue Gatorade mix, I’ve been hunting for a new one to test out.
Achiva Native Energy – Chia Seed Chews. It’s described as “a combination of chia, cocoa butter, agave, sugar, and natural flavoring makes these chia chews perfect for natural energy during any run.” This I am unfortunately not too excited about because I’m not much of a coconut lover. Plus why do you need both agave and sugar? Wouldn’t the agave been sweetening enough??
Huma Gel – Chia Seel Gel – Blueberry. “A 100% all natural gel with chia seeds and flavor from real fruit. Simple ingredients mean energy with no stomach issues.” I’m excited to give this gel a try. I like gels (sometimes I eat them outside of runs when I’m in a rush!) and I like knowing that it’s 100% all natural as sometimes my stomach gets picky during runs.
Quest Cravings – Protein Peanut Butter Cups. “Simple ingredients, real nutrition with a essential amino acids take the popular sweet treat to a healthy level. 10g protein per cup.” I love peanut butter and I love chocolate, however I’m not too thrilled about this because I rarely use chocolate as fuel on a run and I can’t see myself eating chocolate right away after a run in the small window of opportunity that the protein will be useful to me. This is more of a mid-studying snack for me.
“Zipfizz – Heathy Energy Drink – Fruit Punch. Refresh, refuel, and rehydrate with this sugar-free blend of energy producing vitamins and minerals.” 1. “healthy” on the Stride Guide is spelled wrong but fortunately, it’s not incorrect on the logo! 2. This is supposedly a limited edition flavor so yay! I’ll give this a try and see how it taste.
And the last item in my StrideBox was this running belt from I think StrideBox themselves! It has two expandable, zippered pockets (as I have demonstrated!) that can store keys, money, gels, etc. I usually don’t run with a belt (as I’m a bit lazy, I shove a key in a pocket or my shoe and call it a day) but I’m a bit excited to try this out since sometimes I just want a drink after my run and I don’t have any money on me to buy anything!
So there you have it folks, my first StrideBox! What do you think? Does this look like it’s worth the money? Have you tried any of these products? What do you think is the best item in the box?
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