I have not had a chance to do a wear test on the Nike+ Sportband, so here is your opportunity to do that. It’s never been used, has the instructions and everything you need is included. If you are the winner I would just ask that you email me after you receive it and let me know what you think of it! It doesn’t have to be a super long or detailed review, just let me know what you thought and I’ll put it up on my blog.
Free Give Away Details:
Here is how this is going to work. I am going to determine who gets the Nike+ Sportband by random drawing. Each person can get up to 3 chances to win the drawing. You can earn a chance to win by following my blog, following me on twitter, or following me on instagram! Each platform you follow me on, you will get another chance to win. I will keep a spreadsheet of everyone and then randomly draw the winner on July 30, 2015. Once the winner is chosen I will contact them directly for their mailing information. (Only personal accounts qualify for entry)
If you have already followed me on one of those platforms after June 10, 2015, you are entered in the contest.
Is this a way for me to boost my followers…yes! But you also get a chance to win some run gear!
After setting a PR in early December it was clear winter was on it’s way. I bought a new winter running shirt from Lululemon, made from their Rulu fabric, it felt really soft and when I used it for the first time I knew it would keep me warm even in the coldest of weather.
The year before there were about 8 of us that ran together all through the winter, it really helped to keep each other motivated and in shape for when spring arrived. We became known as the ‘Core 8.’ This year the Core 8 wasn’t around, some had moved away, life changes didn’t allow them to run as much, and this winter seemed to be even colder than last so people seemed a bit more reluctant to run, even though the year before we had ran in 7 degree weather! That being said, this winter I had a lot of solo runs, which I don’t mind but on some of the days it would have been nice to company.
The run group I run with on Tuesdays, Tin Roof Runners, continued to run through the winter, but the numbers dwindled. (Sidenote: Do you know there are only 3 words in the English language that begin with the letters ‘dw’, do you know the other two?) I managed to keep the run streak alive, but it wasn’t easy. I like to run when the sun is still up and with daylight being shorter during the winter, that meant I had to run at night sometimes, this year there seemed to be a few more storms than the year before. On day #130 of the running streak we had a winter storm that left snow and ice, I was sliding all over the place trying to run. I knew I had to do something so I wouldn’t fall, I went to City Sports in Harbor East and one of the people I run with sometimes recommended Yaktrax. Yaktrax are basically crampons for runners, they worked great, didn’t change my stride, and I could barely tell I was wearing them on my shoes.
The rest of the winter continued and so did the run streak, pretty uneventful. As the weather warmed up I started to incorporate some hill training in preparation for race season. This year I had picked four races I wanted to do; Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15k, Frederick Half Marathon, Baltimore 10-miler, and the Baltimore Marathon. Though the Hot Chocolate 15k was a relatively flat course I was already looking past that to Frederick and some hills, hence the hill training.
In the beginning of March, I started to feel some pain in my right knee. During the run streak I have had pain on and off in different areas of my legs from running so much, so I figured the knee pain would go away in a few days. It didn’t it only got worse, it became very hard to start a run without limping or wincing with pain; it was time to make a doctor’s appointment. I asked Sarah, who her Sports Medicine doctor was, she has had to deal with injuries before and I remember her telling me she had a really good doctor. She recommend a doctor from Johns Hopkins, I made an appointment, but would have to wait a few days to see the doctor. I really contemplated ending the streak because I didn’t want to jeopardize my race season. I decided to cut back on the miles, run easy, and wait to see what the doctor said before making any decisions.
March 24th, after a physical exam and getting some x-rays I waited for the doctor to come back into the room and give me a diagnoses. When she did, she told me I had Patellar Tendonitis, runner’s knee. She said I would need to go to physical therapy twice a week for a few weeks and I should be alright. She recommended the physical therapist that was right down the hall. I asked about running the 15k on April 4th and she recommended talking to the Physical Therapist to get their opinion, but she did say I could keep running but stop if the pain became to much. The earliest appointment I could get at the Physical Therapist was April 3rd.
April 3rd came and after an evaluation from the Physical Therapist, he told me I couldn’t race the next day, I pretty much figured that was coming so it wasn’t a huge disappointment. He was worried it could do more damage and set me back, putting the run streak in jeopardy. When I asked him about running everyday, he said I could still run, but no hills and I was limited to a mile a day for now. I asked about the Frederick Half and if he thought I would be ready? He said he thought so but he didn’t want to rush my recovery, so we needed to wait and see once the race was closer. Over the next 6 weeks, I went to physical therapy twice a week and did exercises at home, hoping my knee would get better. Several times I thought about ending the streak, in hopes to expedite my recovery, but I did not. Each week the therapist said I could run a little further if it felt comfortable and the pain started subsiding around week 3. By the end of week 6, the physical therapist gave me a clean bill of health and the okay to run the Frederick Half Marathon, which was in about a week.
My knee felt strong and ready to go, but I wasn’t sure if I was race ready. My longest run since the beginning of March had been 7 miles and I only did that once. I couldn’t do a long run now to see where I was at, it was to close to the race. I would have to rely on my base of running and pace myself a little more than I may have if I hadn’t been injured. I was really happy to be able to race and that I didn’t have to end the run streak! My next challenge was in front of me…the Frederick Half Marathon…
How was your experience running last winter? Have you had a running injury, what did you do?
Here in Baltimore, like most places it is getting warm, instant update, it is getting hot! In the summer Baltimore is known for summer days with high humidity and today was on of those days making it a great opportunity to wear test a new piece of gear I bought, the Sweat Gutr (pronouned Sweat Gutter).
I’ve actually known about this product for a few years. My dad would always complain about sweating when he would cut the grass or go bike riding. One Father’s Day a few years ago I saw it in a bike shop and bought him one, he loved it (I did Dads have to like anything you get them for Father’s Day). I had never bought one for myself until a few weeks ago. I ordered it on Amazon, using my prime account, thinking I would get it the next day and I could try it out before an upcoming race. Not so, I haven’t had much luck with the things I’ve order on Amazon Prime, it arrived about a week later. I didn’t have time to give it a good test before the race and testing out new gear during a race is not a good idea, so I didn’t use it.
When it arrived I took it out of the heavy envelope it arrived in. It smelled a little funny, I think it was because it is all rubber. I looked over the instructions quickly on how to adjust it to your head and how to wear it. The manufacturer recommends about a finger space above the eyebrows. It is very easy to adjust with velcro tabs and elastic bands to keep it tight against your forehead which is key. On the front there is actually a gutter that catches the sweat a then lets it flow back towards your ears and is suppose to keep the sweat out of your eyes.
So many times when I am running or biking I am removing my sunglasses to wipe my forehead, usually with my shirt, or rub my eyes because sweat is getting in them. The last thing you need when you are running is more discomfort. Today Picky Runner and KBT invited me to go for a bike ride and I thought it would a great time to try out the Sweat Gutr. I’ll admit it doesn’t look all that stylish, but I was hoping it would work. It took a little bit of adjusting on my head to get it under my helmet and not interfere with the temple part of my sunglasses. (The temple is the piece that rest on your ear, I actually had to look up what it was called). After it was adjusted we were off and riding, we rode some pretty hilly sections of the city, at a decent pace for about 28 miles, the sweat was pouring off of us, but not into my face! Surprising the Sweat Gutr really did work and it was comfortable to wear. I only adjusted once during the ride when it was bothering my ear, but that could have also been the sunglasses. It was great that I didn’t need to keep removing my sunglasses while riding to wipe away the sweat. At a stop light near the finish Picky Runner said she could actually see a salt line where the sweat was being channeled away.
I didn’t stop the wear test there, after all I am on day #231 of my run streak and I hadn’t ran yet today. Would it hold up the same during the run, with more bouncing and movement? It was really starting to heat up it was almost 12:30 and near 90 degrees by the time I hit the pavement to run, we had stopped for breakfast as well. The Sweat Gutr held up during my run just as good. In the pictures below you can actually see the sweat being channeled away from my face. I did have one sweat droplet make it past the Sweat Gutr but that could have been that is was full. I recommend angling it slightly to the rear of your head to help the sweat move out of the gutter. When I tilted my head back I could feel the sweat moving away and down the side of my head.
With something that is going to get covered in sweat you want to make sure you keep it clean and since it is all rubber that is easy to do as well. After I was done I simply ran it under the water with some soap and laid it on the counter to dry.
Overall this a great product if you are looking for a way to keep your eyes and face free of sweat, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Amazon has it listed for between $10-$123, I have no idea who would pay $123 for this, I bought mine for $16 and the Sweat Gutr website has it listed for $19.99. It is definitely worth $20 and will be the last headband you need to buy.
Sweat Gutr Rating: 5 Veggies out of 5 Veggies
Do you have a problem with sweat when you are running? How do you deal with it? Let me know your thoughts!