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“There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon.
There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.”

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There’s a New Sock In Town! #Tiux Review and #Giveaway

Tiux Compression Sock

Ah, compression socks! A runner can clearly never have enough. But which to choose? I think I’ve tried them all, from socks to sleeves. Early on in my running career, it was all about the sleeves. But late last year, I came to the realiziation that running in just the sleeves left me with swelling around my feet and ankles. The extra compression in the full sock eliviates that swelling and makes for a more comfortable long run.

Each brand that I have tried has it’s pros and cons. Pro Compression has the most awesome colors and designs, but they are long so I have to adjust them to below the knee. Once I do that, they ride right up to the crease at the back of my knee. Sometimes that can be rather uncomfortable.

CEP brand allows a more comfortable fit. The height is perfect, but their designs are limited. Also, if you have ever tried to get them on, you have to be careful not to pull a muscle in your foot or break a fingernail. Seriously, they are what they claim to be…compression socks!

Zensah are a great fit, but don’t have as much compression as the CEP or Pro Compression socks.

And I really like 2XU brand. Recently they have been my go-to compression socks. But they do come up a little short in the calf.

And with all these compression socks, I find myself adding a pair of homemade toe covers in the winter. What are homemade toe covers? I simply cut the toe end off of an old pair of socks to slip over my compression socks. This keeps my poor toes from going completely numb in the frigid Minnesota winters.

 

This is why I might be in love with Tiux. Tiux is the new sock in town and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to test drive these compression socks.

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Here is their story:

We’re a small startup with something to prove. We’re dreamers looking to challenge the status quo. We’re never satisfied and believe we can do much better. This drives us to deliver premium products with great customer value.

We’re not like other sports apparel brands. Instead of using brick and mortar shops, we sell directly to you online. We break away from the traditional retail model by eliminating wholesalers and distributors. This lets us control the entire process, from apparel design to shipping our products to your door. Our streamlined approach allows us to sell products at fair prices.

Tiux is strictly an online company and we strive to make it easy for our customers to shop with us. That’s why we offer free shipping on all US and Canadian orders with no minimum order or restrictions.

When I first opened my Tiux Compression Socks, I was immediately taken by the thickness of them. Of course, with it being the dead of winter here in the midwest, this appealed to me directly. I pulled them out of the cellophane and pulled them on my legs.

My Tiux Compression Socks

My Tiux Compression Socks

Yep. They are a wee bit thicker than the others. They are relatively easy to put on (no pulled muscles), and they are amazingly comfortable and cushioned. And they appear to be insulated enough for my poor toes.

When the Tiux arrived, Minnesota appeared to be going through a bit of a reprieve as far as the temperatures were concerned so I was able to run without my extra toe covers. The first day I tried them, the temperatures were in the mid 20s. Normally, under 20° and I’m opting for the extra insulation. I felt comfortable and toasty through the entire run. It was a 10-miler.

They’re nice! They are warm. The black and green is different. I like them!

My only question would be how they would perform in the warmer summer months. Now for me, this is not really a problem because I opt not to run in compression at that time mainly to avoid the obvious tan lines. I will, however, follow up with these and try them for a few runs in the warmer weather, just to see if the weight of the socks affect the running performance.

Tiux Compression Sock

Tiux Compression Sock

Here are some of the main features of the Tiux brand:

1.Wide top band for comfort.
2.Calf support and stabilization.
3.Achilles tendon protection to prevent blistering and irritation.
4.“Y” heel for contoured perfect fit.
5.Padded foot bed provides cushion and shock absorption.
6.Seamless toe for maximum comfort.
7.Breathable mesh to keep your feet cool and dry.

Graduated compression (20-25mmHg) to increase blood circulation.
Constructed with premium technical fabrics for superior moisture management and breathability.
200 thread count for ultimate durability, comfort and fit.

Do you have questions about Tiux? Feel free to contact them in the social media outlets. They are on Twitter at @TeamTiux and at their website. The socks are just $35 and include free shipping! AND…they have amazing new neon colors!

Tiux Color Selection

Tiux Color Selection

So, if you are looking for a compression sock with a bit more umph, try Tiux! I think you’ll be impressed.

Would you like to win a pair of Tiux Compression socks? It’s easy to enter. Simply fill out the form below!

Tiux Performance Compression Socks – Neon Is My Color

Which compression brand do you run in? Do you prefer socks or sleeves?

Note: The opinions in this review belong to me, the author. I don’t accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a sample at no cost to provide honest opinions on such. This post may contain affiliate/referral links per my own discretion.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe…

Sick

POW…right in the kisser.

Sick. Soooooooo sick. Clearly, it is some kind of cold or flu virus that immediately hit my chest, then worked up into my head. Very bizzare.

I ran 10 miles on Thursday without blinking an eye. In fact, the weather was mild, and I was feeling very light on my feet for the first time in weeks. By all intents and purposes, it was a stellar run. I chose a rather hilly route to start and then doubled back over a flatter one at the end. It was a little breezy which made for a bit of a chill at the start. But for Minnesota, I couldn’t complain.

Thursday's Run

Thursday’s Run

By Thursday night, something was amiss. It felt like I had just run a 5k sprint in -10° weather. My chest was heavy and my throat scratchy. And my voice was sounding just as bad. My daughter had just recently come down with something similar, although she was already on the upswing. Her twin, however, denied she was getting sick. But I come to find out that her symptoms began about 48 hours prior to mine. BINGO! We have a winner!

My husband was out of town at the time, so he escaped the onslaught. Me? Not so lucky.

Friday, I did my P90X workout. In fact, I attempted Legs and Back which I have not done for months. When it was over, I was too exhausted to do any kind of cardio workout, so I opted to run my errands first. One of which was to drop off 10 dozen cookies at my church for a Ronald McDonald house dinner they were preparing. I made the cookies on Wednesday, in between intervals on the Zero Runner. Yes, I’m that efficient. I was more than happy to get rid of the cookie dough in my freezer. And, I’ll have you know, I didn’t eat ONE cookie…not ONE! That is willpower, folks.

Cookie Multi-Tasking

Cookie Multi-Tasking

Anyway, after I dropped off the cookies, I headed to Target and Walgreens, and then to get my girls. When I got back to the house, I tried a little Zero Runner workout, but by mile 1 my lungs were burning. It was scary! And it was uncomfortable. So I ditched the workout by mile 4.

Saturday morning, I knew I was out. There would be no run or workout that day, and I had so much to do. I just tried to stay on my feet and keep moving.

My husband called to let me know he was an hour out from home and heard my raspy voice. He told me to go to Urgent Care because he didn’t like how suddenly it all came on. So I did…and they suspected my heart. Really? But, I didn’t argue, because it kept me from having to wait 90 minutes. They saw me right away.

Needless to say, my EKG was flawless. My heart rate was 59, my pulse ox was 100%, and my blood pressure was 116/57. The doctor said that I was in “disgustingly great health” despite the face that I was in there with a chest cold. And that is what it was diagnosed as. My lungs were clear, and there was no sign of pneumonia or bronchitis. He recommended I go home and rest. Like “sit on the sofa and watch TV” rest. Which I never do. And NO running.

((((((sigh))))))

Not like I feel like running anyway. I can only believe that this is my forced rest. I needed it. So, my body forced me to take it.

I don’t have to like it, though. I just have to accept it. But, I’ve used it as an excuse to sleep…a lot…and get out of some other chores around the house. Tonight, I feel like I may have finally turned the corner on this one. Hopefully, all will be better in a few days.

Yep, it’s the Christmas Crud. I guess I can be grateful I didn’t get in on Christmas.

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But all is NOT lost. I’ve managed to get a few things done for my runner friends! First, my Huma Chia Seed Gel #giveaway is live now on my Facebook page. Be sure to go check that out! Also, check out my post about GNC and it’s new PUREDGE product line. I’ve included a One Minute Muffin recipe for you! There is the Mega-K Krill Oil review and #giveaway, too. And, tomorrow, we’ll have a review and #giveaway featuring Tiux Compression socks! Plus, a twitter chat with ENERGYbits about Cold Weather Running Tips. I’ll be hosting! Just log on to Twitter (or tweetchat.com works GREAT) and use the hashtag #Poweredbybits to join in the fun. It is at 8pm ET. Yup. No rest for the weary.

Finally, I must add that all of this took place while Minnesota took on a mini winter reprise with temperatures in the 50s this weekend! Just my dumb luck, eh?

Well, I guess that is how the cookies crumble.

And, this too, shall pass.

How about you? Are you staying healthy this holiday season, or did you get hit with the crud, too? How do you cope with being sick?

 

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Staying the course with GNC PUREDGE™- OMM Recipe Included!

GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein

Let’s face it. The holidays are tough for those of us who are determined to live a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. I mean, everyday is tough. But it is the time of year where you could multiply the average daily temptation by about 117…point 982.

It all starts at the office with the holiday gatherings and parties, not to mention the break room full of sweets and treats. Or the candy dish on the receptionist’s desk. Then it surrounds you at the coffee shops, grocery stores, drug stores…even some doctor’s offices have a candy dish or two right in plain sight! Finally, you are inundated by the delicious gifts in your mailbox.

It is the time of year to show some serious willpower. But imagine being able to have your cake and eat it, too! (Pun intended. In fact, look for the One Minute Mug Muffin recipe below using GNC PUREDGE™ Complete Protein – Natural Chocolate.)

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Mega-K Review and #Giveaway

Mega-K

Every once in a while, a product comes along that peaks my interest. I’m a fish oil girl. I have done enough research and have read enough articles to know that today’s population of American’s need a Fish Oil supplement. The reason is two fold. First, our foods are so over processed. We have been led to believe that vegetable oils and the like are “heart healthy”. The fact of the matter is they are not. They are loaded with omega-6’s. Most omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in the diet from foods containing these vegetable oils, such as linoleic acid. Excessive amounts of linoleic acid can contribute to inflammation and result in heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis and depression.

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