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That Girl Is A Running Fool: Safety First, Y’all!


After reading the article last month in Runner’s World about the girl that got hit and killed by a car during a run (Collision Course p 84, Jan issue), I really started to think about how safe I am when I run. Some of the changes I made to run safer are:



 


For those of you that don’t know about Road ID, it’s an ID that, depending on the style you choose, you can wear on your wrist, ankle, shoe, around your neck or anywhere you can think of. The idea is, “if you ever find yourself in a situation where you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will speak for you.”
-Mike and Edward Wimmer, co owners of Road ID (some pretty funny guys, I might add)

There are two types of Road IDs, the original and interactive. The original gives you 6-7 lines to engrave with contact information, allergies, a message, anything you want. The interactive version gives you only 2-3 lines to engrave with personal information BUT it gives you a serial and pin number to call or log on for your complete Emergency Response Profile. Your profile can include as little or as much information as you want.


I chose to go with the interactive Road ID for several reasons:



  1. It gives emergency personnel more information about me like my blood type, previous surgeries and allergies.
  2. My husband is military so we move a lot, this way I can easily change my address without having to purchase a replacement ID.
  3. My profile is easy to update and keep current as my medical history may change. They also walk you through, step by step, and give you examples of information you might want to include.

I love that you can really personalize your Road ID, there are plenty of different styles and colors to choose from. I liked the sleek design of the Elite but if you like a more rugged look you can go with the

Sport

. If you want an ID and somewhere to keep extra cash you can always go with the

Shoe ID Pouch



On Saturday I wore my ID to both races. I normally go to races alone so I felt a lot better knowing my husband would be notified right away if something were to happen to me. The band was comfortable to wear and can be adjusted to fit any wrist size so I didn’t even feel it the whole time.





It’s every runner’s worst nightmare and hopefully you’ll never have to use it but the sad truth is that plenty of people do use it every year, just read the

testimonials

on their website. Road ID is saving people’s lives and I know that never again will I run without mine. Heck, it’s so cute I’d wear it even when I’m not running.



The owners of Road ID are passionate about keeping athletes safe. This is a really great company, if you’ve ever ordered a Road ID then you’ll know what I’m talking about. They want people to be smart and safe and so after placing my order they immediately sent me a coupon code for my friends to get $1 off their order.



Because Road ID is such an amazing company, they are giving you the opportunity to win your very own ID right here. How to enter (please, please, please leave a separate comment for each entry):



  1. Become a fan of Road ID on Facebook, they are such an awesome company, let’s show them how much we love them by being a fan. Leave me a comment to let me know.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway, here’s an example to use:
  3.  Follow my blog or let me you already do, don’t forget to leave a comment.
  4. Link to this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment to let me know you did.

You have until midnight on 2/21 to enter, I will choose using random.org and post the winner on Monday, good luck to you all and remember, run safe!

Category: Reviews

I have a new favorite sock.

I’ve been meaning to try out

Injinji socks

for awhile now, like months, but I never made it into an REI to pick some up. Well, when I was in Colorado a couple weeks ago I finally picked up a pair.


When you first put them on they feel weird, I mean, I’m not used to having to put each toe in it’s own individual little sock. At first they felt just like the rainbow toe socks I used to wear as a teenager (you know you all did too, maybe not you Jamoosh, you probably wore socks made out of beer). You really notice the difference when you slip your tootsies inside your shoes, it feels like it’s literally impossible to get a blister. Each toe is protected from the other so there is no rubbing of any kind. I also love the way the toe of my shoe never felt so roomy because I can actually spread my toes.


This is what Injinji says Engineered with AIS: technology and constructed with a wicking fiber made of CoolMax® and a resistant outer shell of durable nylon, the Performance tetratsok protects, prevents and out performs any ordinary tube closed sport sock.”




The first day I wore them just with my tennis shoes when we went “hiking” at Garden of the Gods. I never ever run first in a new pair of socks. You could definitely tell these were no ordinary socks, my feet felt dry and comfortable all day.


Next I decided to take them on a run, they felt good inside my shoes. They’re the perfect thickness for me, I don’t like really thick socks because they get too hot. Injinji socks kept my feet cool and dry and protected. I definitely give them two thumbs up. Now I just need 4 more pairs because these are my new favorite socks…and maybe a pair of the compression ones too?


I purchased these socks myself and was in no way compensated for this post. The opinions are entirely my own and I highly recommend you try these socks. Find out where you can pick up your own pair of Injinji socks here.

Category: Reviews

That Girl Is A Running Fool: Review Time

A few weeks ago I was given a pair of inVigorators compression socks to review, this is the first thing I’ve been given to review and I was pretty stoked about that to begin with. I got my socks in the mail a few days before Christmas and I was really bummed that I had already run when they arrived on my doorstep, I would have to wait till the next day to try them out.

I was so excited that I planned a 5 mile run the next day to give them a real “college try.” It had been several months since I’d run 5 miles, in fact the last time I ran 5 or more was back in October when I was getting ready for my 10K, so I knew I was going to be pushing myself.

The weather was a little warmer than usual so I put on my compression shorts (I have to match) with my new compression socks and was ready to head out the door.

I had such a great run that I couldn’t do a review after only one “test drive,” I was a little skeptical. Could these socks really be that good? The 5 miles seemed effortless, my legs felt great and I probably could have kept going but I had to drive to Colorado that afternoon. I thought maybe I was just having a great run day and so I wanted to do another long run with the socks to see if they really were the secret to my success.

Yesterday I did another long run, 5.5 miles this time, AND my legs were sore from lifting weights the day before. I wanted to push it and see how much of a difference these socks made. I ran 3 miles the day before without the socks and my legs felt sluggish. But yesterday my legs felt great after my run and so I’m a believer!

inVigorators= awesome!

Some great things about these socks:

  • Easy weave takes pressure off the muscle to prevent fatigue
  • Light compression supports the arch and secures the fit
  • Flat, no-rub toe seam
  • Non-rolling top
  • Y-stiched heel construction provides the best heel fit
  • Double knit reinforced cotton sole for cushioned comfort

From the moment you put these on your legs feel different, honestly, they feel invigorated. I put them on and I felt like I had to get up and go, to wear these socks and sit is a total waste. These socks are really easy to put on which is something I was worried about with a compression sock and they stay up, when they say they don’t roll they mean it. I will never do a long run again without wearing these socks and I’ll probably order more so I can wear them on shorter runs too without having to do daily laundry. Another great thing about these socks is they are very affordable compared to other compression socks I’ve seen. My only gripe: I wish they came in pink!, maybe you could get a free pair like I did.

FTC Disclosure: I was given a pair of InVigorators socks to try and this review is entirely my own.

Category: Reviews