Friday, February 8, 2013

StrideBox Review & Giveaway

I received this neat little box in the mail this week...


I love mail truck deliveries... especially when it's a surprise! I could not wait to open it up and check out the contents. I was not disappointed. Look at all these fun RUNNER GOODIES...


This was the latest delivery of StrideBox, a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of curated running products to your doorstep each month... for $15 (shipping included). Whether you're a beginner (experimenting with new products), a consistent runner (trying to find the perfect mix), or an endurance athlete (flying through fuel faster than your car), the StrideBox is a clever way to discover new products on the market.

Items in the StrideBox come from established brands, as well as emerging newcomers, and may range from energy bars, gels, apparel, gadgets and other fun extras. The contents are different each month. Inside the package, you receive a "cheat sheet" describing all the items and even offering some discount for future purchase.

As a busy mother runner, I really like this idea. I hate traffic and stores, and love mail. (It should be no surprise that I do a lot of online shopping.)  I like to try new products, but I'm also a little frugal and gun-shy on buying new stuff. The large displays in sporting stores can be a bit overwhelming. Plus, I usually have a 4 year old tugging on my leg, "Can we go yet?"  I don't have a lot of free time in stores to read labels, talk with store associates and pick out new products.  I typically grab "my usual" in haste... not because I love it, but because I know it will make do.

I'm excited to try out my new stash of run goodies... and StrideBox was generous enough to offer a FREE STRIDEBOX DELIVERY to one of my readers in March.  Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget displayed below.  GOOD LUCK! Winner will be announced on Feb. 16. 2013.

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232 comments:

  1. Ooh, that looks like a lot of fun! My triathlete friend says that a lot of her tri friends are all abuzz about that skratch labs mix...I need to try that and see if it lives up to the hype. :) I've also been wanting to try the new lemon Gu chomps, so let us know if that's any good.

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  2. I would love to see a good quality running sunscreen in the box.

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  3. I am dying to try the lemon chomps, another flavor of anything has never sounded so good!

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  4. This is such an awesome idea!!! I would love to see some sort of protein powder in the box, as well as a headband. Maybe some Cytomax drink mixes too. Actually, anything running related is ok with me, lol!

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  5. I really would like to see anything. I haven't tried a lot of the things that are in it, so it would all be a new experience for me.

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  6. I love Skratch, so that's promising, but I'd want to see their drink in the box.

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  7. Love to see some GU roctanes in there!

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  8. What a GREAT idea! Hope I win!

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  9. I would love to see reflective gear included in the stridebox deliveries.
    With summer just around the corner many runners opt to run during the evening cooler temps. We need to be safe out there!

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  10. Sharkies, Nuun, Sports beans, or anything new would be great!

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  11. What a great way to try new products, especially while training!

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  12. Since I'm a newbie runner, I'd love to try any of these items. Ironic as I'm getting into my long runs and need to try all these things. I'd like a headband of some sort that keeps all my whispies out of my face--or a travel/trial size body glide or antichaf stick.

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  13. I'm trying to find a good bar or energy gel for my marathon so anything like that would be great!!!!

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  14. What a great idea! Being able to sample different products to find out what works for you- how convienent!

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  15. I would really like just about all of it! I haven't tried many of these things and I would love to test them out :)

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  16. Nuun! I love their stuff, it's just hard to branch out to new flavors.

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  17. Gear, like socks or other fun accessories I might not try otherwise.

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  18. I agree that Nuun in the Stridebox would be awesome!!!

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  19. Picky Bars would be awesome!

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  20. I've only tried one GU Rocktane but I'd like to try other flavors.

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  21. I would love the lock laces!

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  22. I'm a novice runner (at least novice to the longer than 5k distances) and am just starting to really pay attention to the fuel my body needs to make the distances. I would love any recommendations and think StrideBox sounds amazing!

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  23. How in the world have I not heard of this box before!!??? I am signing up NOW!

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  24. I am always open to try any new stuff especially if it will help in my running journy.

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  25. I would like to see Sport Beans. :-)

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  26. Sports Beans, they need to b in this box. I love them and think more people need to try them!

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  27. I am a novice runner so I haven't really tried any of these items so I would love to try GU products because I hear people talking about them all the time.

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  28. I would like to see Nuun.

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  29. I would love to see any product that I am not currently using so I can learn something new. Love to try new things!

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  30. I don't see any electrolyte drinks... so maybe some nuun :)

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  31. I would love to see a Garmin in there ;) or maybe Ininji socks.

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  33. I would love a Stride Box. I'm currently training for my first half and am looking for energy gels, etc, that can help keep me going during my long training runs and also for the half. This would be perfect to try. Great blog and Facebook page!

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  34. I'd love a variety of gels/fuel as I'm getting into longer runs and not really sure what to use.

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  35. I LOVE boxes and have never heard of this one, going to check it out.

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  36. Would love to see shot blocks in the stride box

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  37. I am running my first half marathon in march and was wondering what I should take along with me on the run. The longest I've run so far is 9 miles. I would so love to try this box especially the gels, nuun, and or stinger packs. I was just reading about those the other day.

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  38. I like surprises. So anything goes!

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  39. What a great idea!!!!! Thanks for the contest!!!!!

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  40. I would love to try shot blocks or honey stinger... ;)

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  41. More hammer stuff or salt pills or something like that!

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  42. I'd like to see reflective gear - tape, vest, hat, etc.

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  43. I have been wanting to try this, could be a great way too.

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  44. Shot Blocs, Gu, Sharkies (havent tried them yet) Clif bars, Thansk for the chance to win!

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  45. I love GU! But would love to try those On The Go Towels!

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  46. nuun, compression socks, and clif shot blocks!!

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  47. cliff shot blocks! :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. I would love to find a good protein bar that I actually "like" the taste of.

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  49. I like that there is Hammer and Skratch in there. 2 of my fave companies. Compression socks or sleeves would be awesome.

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  50. LED shoelaces that actually lock securely.

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  51. That's pretty cool. Reminds me of the stuff that used to be in race goodie bags!

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  52. Hmmm this is something I think I'll check into getting Matty for Valentines, the gift that keeps on giving :)

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  53. Hope I win! I'm a total newbie, but would love socks, reflective gear, Bondi Bands and those lock laces! Thanks :)

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  54. I'd love to see the Clif Shot Bloks. I recently started using them and I love them! Thanks!

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  55. I'd like to see just about anything. I doubt know much about good products for runners so anything is helpful.

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  56. I love Clif products and am always looking for more protein-rich bars so anything along those lines. Awesome giveaway!!

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  57. I'm training for my first half marathon so I'd love to able to try out the different fuel products.

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  58. some kind of headband that doesn't slip off my head!

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  59. count me in for almost anything from GU....love that stuff!!!

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  60. I would love to see socks, Sharkies or compression gear

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  61. I would love to see any new protein powder, or anything that will help with half marathon training

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  62. Hammer products are awesome! The gels are natural and have never given me any stomach issues. I'd love to see any new fuel options that are organic.

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  63. I would love to see Nuun products in the box!

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  64. http://www.facebook.com/penny.ecksteinfrey
    shared on fb

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  65. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THE B0X PICKY BARS

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  66. This is an awesome idea!!!! I would love to see any new products to try!!!!

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  67. What a fun way to even see what's out there! I hate dragging the kids into the store and then stand there trying to decide if I want to try what.

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  68. I am not picky when it comes to surprises! I'll take whatever comes in it.

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  69. I would love to see any Gel products. Still haven't found one I like.

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  70. I would love to try nuun and sports beans.

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  71. energy chews/cookies or something reflective, I have yet to find something reflective that I like

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  72. Honey Stinger Waffles or wrapping tape...

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  73. Moleskin for my blisters!! Or magic blister repellent socks!

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  74. I'd like to see Nuun

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  75. Would love to see energy gels inside the box- Honey Stingers specifically!

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  76. Honey stingers always intrigue me, but I never have the courage to buy them..

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  77. Energy gels, would like to try different ones!

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  78. Honey Stinger anything!
    thank you for this chance!

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  79. I have a Bulu Box membership and love it! This seems like another great sample box to try!!!

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  80. A pair of socks or a headband would be great along with treats :)

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  81. I'd love to see some whole food approaches to refueling. I love the idea of sticking to whole foods but who wants to bring a picnic basket on a long run?
    I belong to a similar service called Birchbox (I'm guessing they're affiliated?) for beauty stuff and it's AWESOME so far.

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  82. I just love to try new things, so I love to see anything new in the boxes! :) And almost everything (besides GU) is new to me! lol :)

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  83. Gladly accepting everything that might come in the box. :)

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  84. I would like to see some click samples!

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  85. I'd like to see Picky Bars. I've been hearing about them all over the place but haven't tried them myself yet.

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  86. Seriously why have I never heard of this?! I love getting mail, and what better than getting RUNNING stuff! WOAH Im in lovve! Ok, so I'd like to see all the newest products that I don't know about already!

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  87. Salt Stick...maybe some protein powder samples.

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  88. Any kind of gear- a SPIbelt or iFitness belt, or a BondiBand are a few examples. Some Honey Stingers would also be great.

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  89. Would love to see some new fueling options - love to try out different things!

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  90. I would like to see compression sleeves or socks. ~ Walisa

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  91. I would like to try PowerBar energy gel chews in chocolate, if they have them!

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  92. SOCKS!! I am such a sock snob, they should sample socks to try before you buy to find the perfect one :)

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  93. I just started Marathon training, its nice to know you can order samples like this . I'm still trying to find the best fuel for me

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  94. I like seeing Honey Stingers in there. That's something I've wanted to try but haven't had time to look for.

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  95. I just started Marathon training, its nice to know you can order samples like this . I'm still trying to find the best fuel for me

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  96. I like the Hammer products!

    -Jessica H.

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  97. Anything!!! I love trying new products. Always looking for something to improve my training! :)

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  98. I'd like to see something like a SpiBelt or RooSport in the box!

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  99. never heard of this before but may try it out if I don't win one!

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  100. would love to see flashy laces for night running in here

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  101. Would peanut m and m be wrong to ask for? Probably....I'd love some compression socks!

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  102. Love this idea! Going to try it even if I don't win :)

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  103. I'm new to running, so I know absolutly nothing about it. Are there socks for winter running? I'm in Wisconsin.

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    1. Hey, me too! I use my compression stockings (knee high) and they work fine for me. I tend to run at an indoor track if it's below 25, though.

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  104. I would love to try the lock laces! But as other stuff I think headbands (none ever stay in my hair and then I wasted my money), maybe some different styles of socks, and I am always glad to get a free energy bar to try out (I hate buying a box of them and then having to choke through them). Gonna go check this out!

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  105. Anything Hammer, I love everything from that company!

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  106. I want to try so many of these products! The more I run, the more I want to run and I know that I need fuel. And I'm sure there are many gadgets I'd love but just don't know about! Bring on the StrideBox!

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  107. Energy bars (no peanuts) LOL Thanks!

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  108. I'd like to see Sport Beans by Jelly Belly!

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  109. I'd love to see Sport Beans!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  110. I shared on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dani.freeman.58/posts/469324266455474

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  111. Maybe sport beans...or some great no nuts energy bars.

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  112. i shared on FB too!
    http://www.facebook.com/crantina

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  113. I really like PowerCrunch Bars, it would be great to sure those with runners.

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  114. Mojo bars from Clif bars. Anything with no soy or caffeine. This is awesome...thank you!

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  115. I would love to try new energy products that I haven't tried yet.

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  116. I'd love to try Sports Beans

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  117. I'm in the market for some good safety gear for dawn/dusk/night runs - reflective/light-up gear, pepper spray, etc.

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  118. I would like to see Pocket Fuel in the boxes

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  119. What a cool idea! Thanks for introducing me to this.

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  120. I have been wanting those no-tie laces!

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  121. Low carb gels/chews for those of us who don't like to consume straight sugar when we run!

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  122. i love how it says towels for men on the package and then in the item description card it says (not just for men)
    I would love to see different protein powder samples--- I generally like to make my protein drinks (preferably chocolate vs fruit) with just water, nut butter, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Because its so 'bare bones' a lot of the protein powders don't taste great, but I didn't know and I'm left with a whole canister of something I'm not thrilled about.

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  123. Always up for new stuff! Thanks for hosting Jess!

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  124. These boxes have me intrigued! I would love to check one out and see what they are all about. I'm always looking for new sources of protein and whatnot. Thanks!

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  125. Definitely protein powder samples :)

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  126. I would love to try this. I would like to try protein powder samples as well.

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  127. A good, non-greasy sunscreen that is sweat-resistant.

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  128. Lock laces or the new Nuun flavors would be awesome.

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  129. I should do something like this with my marathon training for RC Marathon. I am always wanting to try new products but don't like wasting money if I don't like a product.

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  130. I'd love to see NUUN, electrolyte tabs, temporary tatoos!

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  131. I'd love to see more of the hammer electrolytes--I love them! Great giveaway!

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  132. I would love to see Nuun in the StrideBox!

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  133. Would love a good protein bar that is low in calories and without all the added "stuff"

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  134. Looks good! Kind of like Kona Kase. Have you tried that? I've heard of Kona but not this company. I wondered which is better.

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  135. I would love to see better first aid items for runners (pain relief, sweat-proof bandaids, tape, etc) and I love the idea of good reflective gear/tape.

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  137. I'd like to see other brands of the gels and chomps as well as Nuun. Maybe running socks too.

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  138. Jellybeans! I love your blog. I'm featuring you on my blog on Wednesday, Feb 13th as my blogger find. Come check it out!

    www.shecookscraftsruns.net

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  139. I'd love to see MORE HAMMER products in there. But I will try anything, I love the variety! :)

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  140. No idea what products I want to see.. New to this, so anything would be so awesome

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  141. Looks awesome!I keep meaning to try more Honey Stinger stuff.

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  142. Headbands or sunglasses - always need more of those!

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  143. Gu chomps (gel and I are not best friends,but the chomps...yum, yum), Nuun, anything! This is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. Thanks for the pre-view and chance to win!

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  144. arm sleeves or socks! still on the hunt for the perfect socks:)

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  145. Compression socks would be great to see!

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  146. I love the GU gels!! A couple of different flavors would be fun!!

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  147. I'm still looking for a headband that won't fly off or slide back, but that doesn't squish my head!

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  148. Compression socks would be cool, and different flavors of Shot Bloks too!!

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  149. compression socks, sleeves, and beni bands!

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  150. Arm sleeves would be awesome. I want to try those Lemon GU s! Yum!

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  151. I'd love to see some Gu Roctane powder that they never seem to have in stores.

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  152. Different flavors of Honey Stingers - or a headband that doesn't slip off my tiny noggin, or hurts!

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  153. Clif Shot Blocks would be great to see!

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  154. I'd love to see bonk breakers, nuun, and sport beans :)

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  155. Would love to see Nuun & RoadID coupon!

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  156. I would love to try NUUN and Sport Beans .

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  157. I would love to find a good running headband!

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  158. It would be great to see Picky Bars -- I can't get them locally.

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  159. Socks or headbands would be cool!!

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