Going for the Gold (#BabbleBoxxGold)

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**This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

If you are like me, then you can’t get enough of the Olympics right now! I love that I’m almost guaranteed there is at least one fun sport to watch on TV at any given moment in the evening or on the weekend!

I was pretty pumped when I received a complimentary BabbleBox – full of products to bring out the Olympian in all of us. It featured a mix of brands including performance enhancing products designed to “ignite your inner athlete and encourage you to make self-care a top priority”.

Here is a breakdown of the awesome products in this box:

1. I loved the patriotic Casio Baby-G watchWith blocked red, white and blue, the timepiece combines fashion with function and pretty much goes with anything! Plus, it’s water and shock-resistant – which makes it great for the summertime. Other features include an LED light, world time, stopwatch, countdown timer and multiple alarms.

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    PRO Compression GIVEAWAY!

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    As I discussed yesterday, I am LOVING PRO Compression socks lately (and as evidenced by my IG feed).  They have been my go-to recovery method post-long and speed days and have helped me build up my mileage and intensity during my marathon and Ironman training.

    On top of the functionality of the socks, they are fun to wear – there are some awesome colors and patterns available.

    Bright solids:

    Fun Argyles:

    And AWESOME holiday themed socks.  These are the socks they currently have available for St. Patrick’s Day:

    Make sure you subscribe (bottom of the page) to their email list to ensure you get updates with specials and new socks.

    AND, if you missed it yesterday, check out this amazing giveaway PRO Compression is holding on their website – including Marathon Socks (2 pair), Marathon Calf Sleeves (2 pair), an iPod Nano (1 item), and an iPad Mini (1 item) – so six total prizes up for grabs!!  For more information on how to enter their giveaway (and official rules and regulations, click here)

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      PRO Compression Socks Review

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      Monday’s Workout:
      6 easy miles at 7:33 pace.  A bit faster than I was anticipating, especially coming off Sunday’s 10k steady state run, but my legs felt fresh and loose so I just went with it. The run actually turned into a perfect progression run – with miles 3-5 at/just under 7:15 pace.  They felt totally comfortable and in control.  Makes me very excited for my upcoming half next Sunday. It was also the longest run (up to that point) in my Saucony Virratas!

      Tuesday’s Workout:
      Speed day.  5 x 1 mile repeats + warmup/cooldown.  I decided to try something different this week.  After some recent conversations on twitter about the benefit of eliminating the rest in between each mile repeat and only utilizing an active recovery, I wanted to give it a try.  I still like doing a 1/4 mile active recovery (usually I do the active recovery + 30-60 sec of rest to stretch/drink water) so my active recovery was about 2:15.  My goal is to get that down closer to the golden 2-minute recovery that I’ve been hearing / reading about.  To ensure I was able to get through all 5, I made a conscious effort to start a bit slower than I have been running my repeats.  Less recovery = slower repeat times.

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