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Stridebox Review: October 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Stridebox review! I’ve loved the past few I’ve received and have been subscribed for almost a year. Each one is always  so unique and full of awesome new treats and running finds I’d never discover otherwise!

Before we dig into this month’s box, here’s tonight’s workout…

cross training on bike

I rode 10 miles on the bike while shamelessly enjoying a couple episodes of Buying & Selling w/ the Property Brothers on HGTV. I’ve been really taking advantage of the bike for cross training and from everything I’ve read, runners can benefit hugely from cycling! Hopping on the bike regularly (once or twice a week) can help improve your speed and strengthen leg muscles that running doesn’t necessarily strengthen. It also improves your cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Not to mention, your joints are given a break from the pounding they take from a run. You can read more about the benefits of cycling for runners here, here, here, and here.

Stridebox Review: October 2014

Here’s a sneaky peek at what’s inside this month’s box!

stridebox review

Love the hot pink wrapping this go around. I’m assuming for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

stridebox

This box is full of several items I had never heard of before, and a couple I’ve actually used. New to me this time are: Pro Bar, Honey Maxx, Bonk Breaker, Barnana, and the Bottle Band. I’m actually really excited about the bottle band and think it’s so cool! It’s literally just a rubber band that attaches to most plastic water bottles so you can easily grip them in your hand, turning it into a handheld water bottle. (See picture below of my description didn’t make sense!) My hands are always slipping off of water bottles when they start sweating, both my hands and the water bottle I mean, so this band will make it loads easier to run with water if you don’t already own a handheld bottle.

stridebox review oc 2014

stridebox contents

I’ve tried Skratch and Honey Stinger brands, and both of which I approve! Skratch is like an electrolyte drink mix and comes in tons of different flavors. And Honey Stinger makes lots of energy gels and wafer snack bars.

Adam and I have both enjoyed trying new things monthly, and both really look forward to seeing what’s inside. It’s only $15 a month, and since it was one of my Christmas gifts last year, it’s definitely been worth it. Stridebox really has a great value for what you pay, and I still have several things from previous boxes I haven’t even had time to try yet! If you’re training for something, or looking for ways to stay motivated, receiving little goodies like these are a great way to make yourself get out there and put them to use. I’m not sure if I’ll have him renew it again for another year or not, simply to cut costs, but I know once I’m unsubscribed I’ll really miss it!

Have you heard of Stridebox? What do you subscribe to? Do you think subscription boxes are a good value?

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    October 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

    What a cool idea. I love monthly subscription boxes and think they are great gifts for people too. I used Honey Stinger products when I trained for my half ironman and loved them!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I just think they’re so fun! I’m always excited when one arrives! I need to use Honey Stinger products more, I always forget about them!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    October 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I like the idea of Stridebox, but I’m just unsure of whether I found use it’s full value. I’m a bit picky when it comes to trying new running supplements…
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I think it’s a great value, but my problem is that getting it every month, I run out of time to use everything, and I have a big pile of things I still need to try!

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    Joanna @Makingmine
    October 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I’d never heard of Stridebox before you mentioned it! I love all these subscription services, but I’ve never actually signed up for one. Maybe this would be a good starter 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I just like that it’s a fun little surprise 🙂 But, I’ve got a pretty big stock pile of items I haven’t gotten around to using yet!

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    Lauren
    October 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Seriously doesn’t everyone need a bottle band! I don’t have one and haven’t even seen one before but I always run with a bottle of water (even super short runs that I don’t even drink it). I can’t wait to find this product somewhere and give it a try! Let me know how you like yours.

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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Yes!! It seems pretty genius!! I’m sure I’ll post about it once I get to use it a few times!! 🙂

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