Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Valentine & EverStride Review/Giveaway

Oh Valentine's Day, you cause so many problems in this married woman's life.  Valentine's Day came and went in our home and not surprisingly, my husband blew it off.  My husband is an amazing man.  Great father, very loving, and incredibly helpful.  When it comes to being romantic, ehhh, he is lacking in that department.  Every year I get my hopes up that my hint dropping will work, but alas, it doesn't.  So yeah, Valentine's wasn't a romantic holiday for me, but I did enjoy myself.

My day started off incredibly busy.  I had 15 miles on my schedule and I wanted to get that done while Gabbie was at preschool.  Three hours to fit in a 15 mile run, no problem, as long as am I prepared to run as soon as I drop her off.  So the morning was spent getting the girls ready for Valentine's Day.  I bought them new shirts to wear and gave them mini-Valentine Barbies.  The Valentines were packed in their bags and I had my cookies to bring to the Preschool party.  One hour goes by way too fast in the morning.
I packed the kids in the car as well as my water belt and did my fun morning drop-off.  After the kids were at school, I headed out on my 15 mile run from the preschool, so that if I happened to have a bad day, I would still be back in time to pick up Gabbie at noon.  The first 13 miles of that run were wonderful.  I had all these thoughts in my head of how my new red running shoes were my Valentine today because they carried me on such a fun run.  The miles kept ticking off and I was cruising along.  
And then, my legs decided no more.  As you can see from the elevation profile, the first five miles were all downhill.  Unfortunately, the next eight, were uphill.  It wasn't a steep climb, but it was never ending.
I was able to push through the hills, at a decent pace, but once I finally peaked them I wanted to lay on the ground and go to sleep.  The last two miles were downhill, but looking at my drop in pace you would have thought they were the steepest hills of the run.  BUT, I would call the fact that I pushed myself to exhaustion a success.  Two medium-long runs done by Tuesday, so happy with that!

Now onto a review.  A few months ago, Steph was raving about EverStride.  They make skin care products for athletes including an anti-chafe stick.  I am a creature of habit and love my BodyGlide.  I was really hesitant to try the product because I had never heard of it and was afraid of the chafing that I would get if the product wasn't good.

Fortunately, EverStride offered to send me their anti-chafe stick to try out and review.  Being the person who is hesitant to change, I was afraid to try something new before Disney.  I can't run more than 3 miles without chafing, so I need a product that is incredibly strong.  After the Disney Marathon, I finally committed to using only EverStride to see how effective it would be.

After using EverStride exclusively for over a month now, I can now say I love the product.  The first thing I noticed when trying out the anti-chafe stick is that it is much thicker than BodyGlide.  At first this annoyed me.  I would put the EverStride on my toes and see the balm, and it would be chunky in some spots.  Because of the thickness, I notice that the stick gets worn in spots when I apply it to my feet.  You can see grooves in the stick from where I rub it on my toes.  The fact that it was going on so thick made me think that the product wouldn't last as long, but I was wrong.

The stick claims that EverStride "Helps prevent chafing and blisters and helps restore dry, cracked, chafed skin."  After a week of using it on my toes, I noticed that not only was I getting less blisters on my toes, but my skin was getting softer in those areas.  I never even imagined that it would help my feet beyond the prevention of blisters.  Also, the spot under my sports bra is a huge source of pain in terms of chafing. BodyGlide rarely can stop my chafing from the sports bra.  Not only has EverStride stopped the chafing and bleeding, but my skin is healing there.  My skin has been chapped from chafing for months and it is finally returning to my normal smooth skin.  This is a huge relief!

Finally, one of my favorite part of EverStride is how long the stick has lasted.  My current EverStride anti-chafe stick is going on more than a month of continuous use.  And the stick still has quite a few uses left on it.  This is a huge selling factor to me as I hate running out of any product especially one that I use daily.  I am so excited that I found a product that is both effective and doesn't disappear quickly.

EverStride also has multiple other products including foot cream and facial cream.  EverStride was great to offer to giveaway all 3 products to one of my readers.

To enter the giveaway please do the following:
  • Leave a comment on this post. 
  • For an extra entry, tweet about my giveaway and leave a comment saying you tweeted.

This sweepstakes is open for US Residents Only and you must be 18 to enter. The sweepstakes runs February 15, 2012 until Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. I will be using to pick the winner and will announce the winner Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The prize is being provided by EverStride and has a prize value of $46.49. One winner will be selected. I will announce the winner in a blogpost on February 20th and the winner will have one week to contact me before a new winner will be chosen. I will ship the item to the winner as soon as it is possible. Incase of a technical glitch and entries are lost, all entrants must resubmit comments for entries. You may enter by leaving a comment on this post and receive one bonus entry by Tweeting about the contest.

Good Luck!!

**I was not compensated for this review.  EverStride provided me with their product to try and review. My review is based on my own opinion.


krissy murphy said...

I am very curious about this product after you and Stephanie posted about it!!!!

Heather@Just A Colorado Gal said...

I need something similar and have never tried this-- love to give it a shot!

See Mom Run Far said...

Yeah, Josh isn't much on the romance either. I stopped having expectations so I would stop being disappointed, and just make it a fun day with the kids.
GREAT JOB on the run!!!
I would love to enter your giveaway. :)

See Mom Run Far said...

I tweeted!!

Laura said...

We're not especially romantic either... I was surprised by flowers this year, but really a homemade card is usually all I want. I'm definitely curious about EverStride and would love to try it!

Jen said...

I"ve been getting weird blisters on my toes - I am hoping Everstride would help me out there!

Stephanie said...

You are an amazing runner!!! Those cookies were amazing. We will whip Eric into shape. Did you guys go out? Want me to babysit so you can get that dinner

debkhershberger said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

Landi said...

Using it to heal dry feet, etc. is a great idea! I need to try this.

Liana said...

I love the pink things! Are those leg warmers or socks?

As for chaffing, my main experience is my constant battle of boobs vs. sports bars, sometimes the sports win and I walk around like a battered woman.

MrsSwan said...

New nipple lube? The hubby might like that LOL

robinbn said...

I really recommend trying it. I am shocked by the improvement in my skin.

robinbn said...

Yes no expectations is the way to go. Unfortunately I always forget not to care. :)

robinbn said...

My toes love getting blisters. So far they are living EverStride.

robinbn said...

They ate Zensah compression sleeves. :)

robinbn said...

I am really surprised with how well my feet are healing.

robinbn said...

Yes he would love it. :)

Amruntrilive said...

My Valentine was spent with my 6 y old as my husband had a class! Ha! I did get a nice card and some chocolates which is all I really needed.

Nice run on a hilly course. Lucky we the weather we have been having lately.