Friday, June 27, 2014

June RunnerBox

Every two months I get an exciting package in the mail - my latest RunnerBox!  What is RunnerBox? In their own words:

RunnerBox is a subscription based box full of products and discounts which have been hand-picked to enhance your active lifestyle. Runnerbox has everything from gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, energy boosters, healthy snacks, personal care, and other running accessories! Many products will be brand new to the market while others will be tried and true favorites. With so many new products claiming to be the next best thing – leave the trials and testing to us – we’ll search out the finest and send them right to your doorstep!

In my own words, it is a fun present to myself (and yes, I share some of it with Rick). Here is a recap of the June RunnerBox.

June RunnerBox - all items!

The June box was a nice mix of products with which I'm familiar and new items I'd like to try. Here's the detailed breakdown:

Lock Laces (orange)
Lock Laces: I love Lock Laces. They are on all of my running shoes (see above). They are elastic and stretch with your foot as it swells. And mine swells significantly! I also love not having to tie my shoes ever. You can just slip your foot in and out of your shoe. Unfortunately, my randomly selected Lock Laces color was orange, a color I would never use. Fortunately, Rick likes orange and he also likes Lock Laces.

Generation UCAN (tropical orange)
Generation UCAN Tropical Orange: Meb has really helped raise the profile of UCAN. This product is designed to provide energy to your body without spikes or GI trouble. It also has electrolytes and is gluten-free. Rick likes UCAN, although he notes this isn't his favorite flavor. He likes Cranberry Raspberry, and really wants to try Pomegranate Blueberry.

Mud Energy Gel (chocolate truffle)
Mud Energy Gel: This is a new brand of gel for me. It is made with coconut water, contains electrolytes, and has 12 grams of protein. I'm a big fan of gels for my long runs and a big fan of chocolate. My long runs gels don't generally have protein in them, so I'm might save this for recovery after a long run (when I usually have chocolate milk).

PureFit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Protein Bar
PureFit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar: This was a new brand for me as well. It has 18 grams of protein and is gluten-free, non-dairy and vegan. Also has no artificial sweeteners. I have to admit I ate this as an afternoon snack instead of using it to fuel a run. It was delicious.

Pure Clean Beet Juice Powder
Pure Clean Beet Juice Powder: Beet juice seems to be a trendy ingredient these days. I'm not sure if it really boosts strength, endurance, power, etc. but I'm game to try it. I like beets. I'll probably put it in a smoothie. Maybe with UCAN.

Fuel 100 Salty Vanilla Electro-Bites
Fuel 100 Salty Vanilla Electro-Bites: These are designed to improve training and race performance. Each pack has 100 calories and contains electrolytes in a bite-sized easily-dissolving snack. They contain coconut oil and agave syrup. I'm curious to try these.

EBOOST (pink lemonade)

EBOOST: This is an energy powder with green tea, green coffee, vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants. Just add water and drink. I've had other flavors of EBOOST before that I didn't care for and made me feel a little jittery (maybe too much caffeine for me), so I'll probably pass this on to someone else.

Lenny & Larry's Peanut Butter Crunch
FIT Protein Brownie
Lenny & Larry's Peanut Butter Crunch FIT Protein Brownie: This is a new brand for me and I can't wait to try it. It is gluten-free, low sugar (but no artificial sugar), has 13 grams of protein, and it is a brownie!

Veggie-Go Chewy Fruit and Veggie Snacks
Veggie-Go's Chewy Fruit and Veggies Snacks: This looks like a fruit leather and has carrots, apples, and ginger. I'm going to let Freddy have it, although he isn't a fan of too much ginger. (Update: this has quite a strong ginger taste. Freddy wasn't a fan. I thought it was quite flavorful).

Honey Stinger Waffle (Lemon)
Honey Stinger Waffles: I like Honey Stinger Waffles as something to munch on right before a mid-distance race while you are hanging out in the corral. They are easy to digest. I prefer chocolate, haven't tried the lemon. I predict I will continue to prefer chocolate, but you never know! 

RunnerBox Towel
RunnerBox Towel: a handy microfiber towel to wipe away sweat during a workout. In the winter we got RunnerBox buffs which I absolutely loved. I like functional, simple items like this.

Kiss me Organics Matcha Green Tea Coupon Card good for 60% off an Amazon order and Plow on Gum Coupon Card good for one free sample of their vitality gum.

I got lots of fun items that I'm looking forward to trying, and a couple to share with Rick & Freddy. In addition to offering bimonthly subscriptions to RunnerBox, they also offer TriBox and CycleBox subscriptions. They also have a one-time gift box available, a one-time gluten free gift box, and a couple of limited edition items - the Spring Race Survival Kit and the Fitbook box. Don't tell my friend Gina, but I'm going to get her a TriBox gift box for her birthday - she's turning the big 5-0 tomorrow! Can't wait to run a birthday race with her.


  1. I think I would actually like to try all of these. I may have to check out Runners Box. I've tried Bulu Box before.

    1. I tried Bulu Box and it didn't quite hit the spot for me. Interesting products, but often not things I actually wanted to try.