GoMacro THRIVE Bar Review, Giveaway & Discount Code

I recently received a box of GoMacro THRIVE bars and was pleasantly surprised.  I don’t eat many pre-made bars.  I watch my sugar content and do my very best to keep it under the recommended 24g of added sugar, per day, for women.  And well, most bars alone surpass the 24g of sugar.   So I’ve basically said goodbye to protein & snack bars.  Huge undertaking since I basically owned stock in one of the more well know protein bar giants.  On occasion I’ll now do a low sugar Kind Bar while traveling, but that was it.  THEN I met  THRIVE bars!

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The Thrive bars have 5-7g of sugar per bar.  They taste good, like a sweet treat.  Less than 200 calories.  Plant based protein source.  Essential Fatty Acids.  Prebiotic Fiber.  USDA Certified Organic.  Non-GMO Project Verified.  Kosher.  Gluten-Free.  100% Vegan.  Soy Free.

All that is well & good but what about the ingredients?  Here is my favorite Thrive bar, the Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt.  Cuz well, Chocolate & Sea Salt = perfection.

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Excellent ingredients for a pre-made bar.  I’ve now added the THRIVE bars into my travel routine.  I enjoy the variation and a change from what I’ve been doing for months.  Super happy to have found this bar!  If you would like to try the THRIVE bar, they have agreed to give one lucky reader a free Assorted Tray – 12 bars, 2 of each flavor, $26.28 value.  To enter the giveaway you must comment below & tell us what your “go to” bar is for snacking or added protein intake.  You can gain “extra” entries by following GoMarco on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!  That’s 4 possible entries.  Let me know in the comments if you liked Go Marco on any of their social media outlets.  I’ll give you credit.  If you win, I’ll ask for your social media “handle” to verify.

If you want to try the THRIVE bars now, you can use the discount code: THRIVE30 for a 30% discount at GoMacro.com.  The Thrive Bars can be found HERE.  Or you can find the bars in the Auburn & Ft Wayne IN areas at Kroger, EarthFare, Fresh Thyme & the 3 Rivers Co-Op.  In the Chicago area, you’ll find the Thrive Bars at Whole Foods & Trader Joes.  If you’re in the burbs & have a Kroger, they will be there too.  Go try them!!

Giveaway starts now.  A winner will be drawn on Monday, October 31st at 11am EST.  Good luck!!

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** Food Is Fuel ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

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Whooha Gear Giveaway Winner!

Thank you for participating in the Whooha Gear giveaway!!  Whooha is an amazing company with great products & inspiring messages.  THAT, I love.

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Today the Random Number Generator selected #19. 

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Number 19 was Joyelle P!!

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Joyelle, please email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com with your shirt size, mailing addy & let me know if still want the BE shirt.

For the rest of us, we can order here and use the 10% off code:  INSPIRE to add a few new inspirational tees to our wardrobe.

** Go Forth & Inspire ** Amanda – TooTallFritz 

Whooha Gear Giveaway & Discount Code ….

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Whooha Gear is my go to favorite for lifestyle tees & tanks.  I’ve long been a fan of their clothing line, optimistic attitudes and their “Believe, Achieve, Inspire” type quotes.  Each piece is branded “Play Hard, Take Chances & Keep Smilin’”.  Why, yes, I will!  Factor in the low prices & great selection and now you know why I’m hooked.  Smile

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Some of my Whooha Gear collection is below.  I pulled these from the archives so you won’t see all of them in the current lineup.  I’ve added a link to the ones that are still available.   I wear these pieces nonstop. If you travel with me, you may be tired of looking at them but no worries, I got a few new ones for our future trips!!!

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Regret Nothing Slub Tee

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As you can tell, I’ve been collecting for a while and I’ve just added two new ones this week.  The Chase Your Dreams Slub Tee and the Be Yourself Slub Tee. Michael loves the “don’t follow your dreams, chase them” tee.  He insisted on taking a pic.  So “Hello” from Mr. Michael!!  I’m a huge fan too.  Wore that one yesterday & today I’m wearing the Be Yourself.  BE strong, humble, true, happy, inspired, fearless, kind, bold, selfless, hopeful, courageous, love, consistent, graceful, disciplined, bright, brave and wise. Just BE yourself.  I couldn’t say it better myself.  We are all different.  That’s the great thing about everyone.  Don’t be afraid to BE you!

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Whooha Gear has graciously offered a giveaway of one tee to one lucky reader!  And since they are all about you BEing yourself, they want you to pick the shirt you like best.  So the winner will get to pick either the Chase Dreams or the BE shirt. 

To enter the giveaway, please comment below as to which shirt you would pick upon winning this amazing giveaway!  You can get a bonus entry by sharing this giveaway via any social media outlet of your choosing.  Just make sure to let me know in your comment (below) WHERE you shared it.  In fact, tag me if you can, cuz I’ll need to verify the share if you win via the bonus entry. 

If you are so excited about Whooha Gear that you can’t wait for the win, then feel free to use the discount code:  INSPIRE for 10% of your purchase!  Whooooohaaaaaa! 

Giveaway starts now & a winner will be drawn on Wednesday, June 15th, around noon EST.  Good luck!

** Be Inspired, Inspire & Chase YOUR Dreams ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes (IA) – FIVE (5) Free Entries & 30% Off Discount Code

As we are staring down the end of 2014, many of us are putting together our race calendar for 2015. I know I am!  I particularly like a few spring/summer races set up going into a nasty winter because it forces me to keep moving, when I’d rather be hibernating.  So, I’ve been looking at the calendar and one of the races I’ve been watching for the last 3 years has moved to early June.  The Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, Half & Marathon Relay is on June 14, 2015 in Marion, Iowa. 

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Who still needs the state of Iowa?  I do! I’ve registered for the 2015 Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes and will soon be coloring in Iowa!

Marion, IA is located just north of I-80 about 4 hours from Chicago and is centrally located for Wisconsin residents too!  This is the 3rd year for this race, the first two years focused on creating the perfect race, year three is focused on growth.  So let’s help Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes  GROW!  They have a great charity component and the number of runners directly effects the number of kids they can help each year.  More on the charity below:

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The Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes is a charitable marathon designed to raise support for Shoes for Kids, a program of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, as well as other rotary supported initiatives.

​More than 10,000 children in Cedar Rapids Metro Area schools qualify for free or reduced lunch. Many of these students have other unmet needs, as basic as shoes. Shoes for Kids provides health administrators in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area with “shoe cards,” valued at $20 each to Payless Shoe Source. Cards are distributed to students with inadequate footwear.

​Many times, with parental permission, the school nurses or counselors actually take the kids shopping for shoes. We often hear of this being the first time these students have bought their own new pair of shoes. The program began in 2003 and has provided more than $45,000 in shoes to needy children. Each year the need outweighs the financial resources.

​The Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes will allow us to grow this program across our community and region.

So as I’ve said, I’m all in to try to help get the word out about this race and also help the kids of the Cedar Rapids area.  Bonus, I get to run PLUS color in another state on my map.  Smile

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Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes has generously offered FIVE (5) free entries to be given away.  The free entries may be used for either the full ($60 value) or the half marathon ($30 value).  They want YOU and ALL YOUR FRIENDS to come see what Iowa and the City of Marion have to offer.  In order to be entered in the drawing you can do one, or all of the items listed below.  Just let me know in the comments what you did so that I can give you the appropriate number of entries!  Maximum possible entries per person =  6. 

  1. 1 entry – comment below and tell us how you pick your races.  Location?  Timing?  Charity component?  Or do you just go where your friends go?
  2. 1 entry – Like Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes on Facebook HERE.
  3. 1 entry – Follow Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes on Twitter HERE.
  4. 3 entries – Share this giveaway with your friends via your favorite social media channel.  Tag me so that I can see it!  Otherwise, I’ll ask for the link if you win via a social media share.  It’s super easy to just retweet my link, or share my facebook post.  Or you can go to the bottom of this post and share it that way. 

Good luck!  I’ll select the 5 winners on Tuesday, December 2nd at 9am. 

If you want to register now, go HERE and you can use the 30% off discount code:  MARION201515.  This code brings the marathon entry down to $42, can’t beat that deal!!  Or the code will bring the half marathon down to $21.  Now that’s a deal too! 

See you in Marion for the 2015 Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes!

Amanda – TooTallFritz

SOL REPUBLIC Punk Wireless Speaker Review & Giveaway …..

I’m not exactly sure where the year has gone but like it or not, the holidays are upon us.  I’ve slowly started to Christmas shop and Michael already found everything I had hidden for him specifically because I need to budget for it this year in a different way than ever before.  So start slow and space it out, right? 

Even though I’m on a budget, I still like to give killer gifts!  Therefore, I wanted to talk about the SOL REPUBLIC Punk Wireless Speaker NOW before I get lost in the holiday shuffle! 

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SOL REPUBLIC is known for delivering amazing sound in everything they produce.  I have multiple SOL REPUBLIC items and love each and every one of them.  Definitely my favorite retailer for sound.   However, the Punk Wireless Speaker is a bit different than their other products because this speaker was built to go wherever you go. 

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It’s small.  Like fits in the palm of my hand small.  My wallet is larger than this speaker!  It easily fits in my purse, gym bag and the pocket of my vest. 

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It has a mounting thread on the bottom of the speaker to mount to your bike.

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It was built to take a hit and keep on blasting those tunes. 

Beware of PUNK. Smaller, tougher and louder than you would expect. Play it everywhere and take it anywhere. PUNK is fearless. Not afraid of water, dirt, or getting kicked around and gutsy enough to play music loud. If you won’t break the rules, PUNK will.

So parents, if your kids (or you) want a wireless speaker that can roll down the stairs, get wet, dirty and keep on playing, this might be for you.  I specifically wanted this speaker for my sun room which has a hot tub.  I know you are all thinking, “hot tub, that’s so cool”, well it’s not cool, it’s hot!  It gets hot and steamy in there, like a sauna.  It’s not a great place for a fancy sound system!  The wireless range on the Punk Wireless Speaker is 60+ feet.  I set up a play list on my phone, start the speaker, leave my phone high and dry in the house and take this little guy out in the “sauna like” sun room with me.  Sound quality is excellent.  It plays LOUD.  And the battery life lasts for around 8 hours.  I’ve used the Punk every single day since it’s arrived, in and out of the sun room.  Smile    Love this thing!

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One last thing, that’s important if you are as UN tech savvy as me, is that the Bluetooth hooks up easily.  I don’t mess too much with technology.  In fact, when iPods were “wired” and I had to plug into the computer, it was a train wreck, my iPod was never updated and at this point I don’t even have a computer with an active iTunes account.  Bluetooth was invented for people like me.  It’s easy.  I can quickly/easily pair my iPhone with any SOL REPUBLIC wireless speaker.  I just go into my settings, click on Bluetooth and my phone searches for the speaker (which needs to be on).  The Punk speaker pops up and I select it.  After that initial pairing it hooks up automatically.  So easy!  IMG_5682

The Punk Wireless Speaker retails for $69.99 at Best Buy HERE and SOL REPUBLIC HERE but we have one to giveaway FREE to a lucky reader!!  In order to be eligible to win, please comment below and tell us what you plan to do with the Punk Wireless Speaker if you win!  Are you keeping it or giving it to a lucky someone as a gift?!?!?  Tell us!!  Giveaway starts NOW and ends next Friday, November 21st at 9am.  Good luck!

Watch SOL REPUBLIC on the social media channels below for the most up to date news on their amazing products. 

I seriously hope you rock out at every holiday gathering you attend.  Music makes the soul happy, take the PUNK and go get those parties started or if you aren’t into parties, you can just listen to it while you work, like I do.

** The Punk Goes Where You Go ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Hipster Hands Free Dog Leash Review & Giveaway

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As most of you know, I’m  a HUGE dog lover.  One of my favorite activities with my dogs is hiking and running.   However, I’m also a freak about having my hands free while “on the run” for a variety of safety reasons.  For the last 10+ years, I used the same hands free leash system.  It wore out and didn’t make the move to Indiana.  I’ve recently discovered that it’s no longer available unless I feel like shopping in the UK.  You may have seen it previously posted in my “how to” segment on Running With Your Dog.  Needless to say, I don’t do a lot of shopping in the UK so I need something new and readily available.  Enter the Outward Hound Hands Free Hipster Leash

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Much to Libby’s dismay, we took the Hipster out for a test run.  She really isn’t into running much anymore and prefers napping while tucked into a warm blanket.  Age will do that, right?  While Libby may not be using this much, we do have plans to add another 4 legged “runner” to our family soon, so it’s important that we are ready to run when the time arrives!!!

The Hipster arrived quickly and looked great.  Loved the a neon green color!  It had several zippered pockets for storage, including one pocket that contained a collapsible water bottle carrier (pictured above) and another (the one labeled #2 above) that was large enough for most cell phones.   There were also D rings on both sides of the adjustable waist belt.  While Libby runs in heel position, I love the dual positioning option for dogs who run/walk/hike on both sides of their human.  Clever!

The Hipster also comes with an adjustable leash, with clasps on both ends.  The leash can be adjusted from traffic lead length (2’) to approximately 6’.  The leash is NOT on a quick release so be vigilant, my friends!

Off for a run to test this Hipster out!!

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The verdict?  The Hipster will work great for a dog that’s been trained.  However, the same goes for all hands free systems.  You can’t use a hands free leash if you haven’t put the time in to train your dog to walk/run with you.  And “with you” means either beside or slightly in front of your body.  No pulling, otherwise, they could pull you off your feet!    I also loved all the zippered pockets so that I had plenty of space for my phone and a few doggie bags.  Plus there is plenty of room/pockets for Sour Patch Kids gels or fuel for your run/hike.

If I were doing a list of Pros/Cons for the Hipster, my only con would be that the D rings for the leash were on the side of my hip.  Libby generally runs one step in front of me, rather than directly beside me.  Therefore, when she was ahead of me, she tugged on the belt and twisted it a bit.  Next time I’ll tighten the belt a bit more to see if that helps or I’ll just twist the belt at the start so that our D ring is sitting on the front of my hip bone.  I don’t think this is actually a design flaw but rather, just the way that we have learned to run together.  Overall, I like the Hipster and am happy to add it out our arsenal of must have dog accessories! 

Thanks to Dog Fence DIY for allowing me to review this awesome product!  They not only sent one for me to review but are also giving one ($34.95 value) to a lucky, dog loving reader!  Who can’t wait to hit the road with their dog & a new Hipster Hands Free Leash?!?!?!?

In order to be entered in this giveaway, please comment below and tell me & Dog Fence DIY where you plan to go with your dog after winning the Hipster Hands Free Leash!  Are you a runner, walker,  hiker or all of the above?

Giveaway “runs” from now until Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9 am.  I’ll draw one winner via a random number generator.  Good luck!!

** Run Hands Free ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Winner – KOREBALL Giveaway

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I’m happy to see that everyone is as excited about the new KOREBALL as me!!  Such a great device/tool for workouts. Easy to fill with sand or water. Easy to transport and store. Perfect travel companion for those on the go!  Breaks down to fit into a travel bag or the trunk of the car. And it’s pretty safe around the kids, which is a win-win in my opinion!

Without further ado, we have one KOREBALL to give away to a lucky winner! The random number generator selected #29.

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#29 was Tammy’s Fit Quest . Tammy, please contact me at amanda@tootallfritz.com as soon as possible so that we can hook you up with your very own KOREBALL!!

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As for the rest of us, we can go HERE to buy a KOREBALL of our very own!

**Fit = Strong ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

KOREBALL Review and Giveaway!!

The fitness industry is hot, hot, HOT!  The great thing about it being so hot is that we have new and amazing products coming out each and every day.  One such product is the new KOREBALL.  The KOREBALL is a great product for at home and on the go workouts.  In fact, it was specifically designed to be portable and ready to go wherever YOU want to take your workout.    How about the beach?  Yes, let’s do it!!

KOREBALLWhat is a KOREBALL?  It’s a hybrid of a kettlebell and a medicine ball.  Not as bulky and dangerous as a kettlebell.  Not as round and slippery as a medicine ball.  The KOREBALL has handles on the side to help you grip easily and stay in control at all times.  Plus it’s much safer around small children than both kettlebells and dumbbells.

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I’ve been using the KOREBALL for several months now.  I have totally replaced my medicine ball with this newbie.  I mostly use it for side to sides, ab baskets and in place of dumbbells.  It’s so much easier to use this for dumbbell rows!!

I also really like the ease of filling and the portability.  I filled mine with water.  It’s at max capacity and weighs 11 lbs.  If you are looking for a little more weight, fill with sand verses water.  Watch how easy it is to set up!  20140717-102520-37520326.jpg20140717-102521-37521727.jpg20140717-102522-37522501.jpg20140717-102523-37523176.jpg20140717-102523-37523888.jpgThe website boasts the KOREBALL to be a collapsible, portable  “on the go” workout system.  I agree.  I mostly leave it filled so that I can constantly use it for workouts but this would be so easy to collapse and toss in a suitcase.  LOVE IT!!

KOREBALL has generously agreed to give one lucky reader a KOREBALL ($75 value).  To be entered in the giveaway, please comment below and tell us what type of equipment you use for strength work.  Body weight?  Kettlebells, dumbbells, or traditional iron?  Medicine ball?  Or maybe you just toss the kiddos around?

We will pick one winner via a random number generator on Tuesday, July 22nd. Please follow KOREBALL on Facebook for up to date news on special offers.    And if you can’t wait to win, buy KOREBALL HERE because it just might be on sale and there just might be free shipping as of right now (like this very moment).

Good luck!

** Get Strong, Be Strong, Run Strong ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Entry Giveaway – 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K at US Cellular Field

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Another great, family friendly event is quickly approaching!  On July 15th, the 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K will be held at US Cellular Field.   This is a must run event if you are a White Sox Fan!  2014 promises some new things as an incentive for local fans:

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1st, 2nd and 3rd place fundraisers will receive on field recognition at the White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game on Monday, August 18th

4th and 5th place finishers will receive an autographed baseball by Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn

Anyone that raises $250 or over will receive a Comcast Ticket Voucher for an upcoming Chicago White Sox Game

The 2014 event also boosts a new course with entertainment at each mile plus a post race party with a local band! 

Most importantly, this is more than a family friendly event at a cool venue.    This is a massive fundraising effort for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  While I was introduced to this fast moving disease at an early age, many don’t know much about ALS.  Description below:  

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease (MND), is a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and generally, complete paralysis. In most cases, while the body continues to deteriorate, the mind remains unaffected. The disease does not discriminate, striking any age, gender and race. In the US, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and approximately 35,000 people are living with ALS at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and once diagnosed, patients typically live only three to five years.

So come on out for the 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K!  Free parking.   Great venue.  Family friendly event.  Amazing after party with a band.  Join the fun and help STRIKE OUT ALS!  Register HERE, donate HERE or comment below to be entered into a drawing for a free entry!  Giveaway for a free entry begins now and one winner will be drawn via a random number generator on Monday, July 7th.   Must comment below to be entered in the drawing.  Good luck!!

** Strike Out ALS ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones Review & Giveaway

What the hottest or maybe the “coolest” thing on the market that Mom wants for Mother’s Day?  The SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones!   Why, the Relay Headphones?   They are cool and come in amazing colors, have great sound and they make the life of mom’s like me easier.  And as a mom, any little thing that makes life easier is a REALLY big win!

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So let’s forget the cool factor for a minute and talk about how they make my life easier.   As you know I’m not a “techie”.  I don’t know much about technology and you won’t catch me doing a review of a fancy running watch cuz well, I don’t have time to stress over which button to push!  I like things simple. And everything that I own that’s branded SOL REPULBLIC is always that, simple but with amazing quality.    If you’re a mom or a busy person, you know simplicity is key. 

So how many of you mom’s actually run with your phone in your hand because you can’t stress about missing calls or text messages while you are mid-workout?  Are you always afraid Little Jimmy will jump off the roof and break a leg while you are out running?  Is your Princess Ariel always stressed over reaching you while you are at the gym or on the trail because maybe she forgot her track bag or her lunch or her brain at home on the kitchen table?  Is hubby freaked out every time you walk out the door cuz he is home alone with the kids?  Is your boss frequently mad at you cuz you “took lunch” and hit the Lakefront Trail for a midday run and heaven forbid he needs his iPhone password RIGHT NOW?  Yeah?  Well, I might know how you feel so let me help.  I understand that you really don’t want to be bothered while you are running but realistically as wives, mom’s and bad ass business execs, it’s super hard to unplug and leave anything behind for too long.  So run long, but use these amazing SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones to stay connected. 

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These in-ear headphones are comfortable with soft, flexible ear pieces which come in 4 different sizes for the perfect in-ear fit.  They have a volume control on the cord so there is no digging for the phone to adjust volume every time the wind blows you want to blast your favorite song.  It also stops your music and pings you when a text message arrives.  And my very favorite thing?  That same volume button on the cord allows you to pick up a phone call.  Yes, you can pick up your phone call with one push of a button and zero fear of it going to voicemail before you are able to dig your phone out of your belt.  This is a really big deal to me.  Really big deal. 

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I tested these out during the Derby Festival Marathon in Louisville a couple weeks ago.  The kids were in a hotel room waiting for me to finish running.  I needed to be connected and available to help them and also be able to threaten keep Mr. Michael in line.   Plus there were times when I needed a few tunes to keep me moving.  These worked great, plus they are sweat/water resistant!!!  The kids called me 2 times and Aby probably texted me 10x.  I was able to respond immediately, each and every time.  I’m wearing them in this picture below. I wore them for about 20 miles of the race and they didn’t bother me at all.  Big win!!

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The SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones are in my purse and one of my new “must have” running and travel items.  Great item and I’m happy to have found them!

Now, would YOU like to have a pair of Relay Headphones ($79 value) for yourself?  If so, comment below and tell me what brand headphones you use as your “go to” for running and exercising!    For a second entry to the giveaway, follow and “like” SOL REPUBLIC on Facebook HERE and let me know in the comments below that you in fact “liked” them.  If you don’t comment below, you can’t win, so go comment NOW! 

Giveaway starts now and one winner will be drawn via a random number generator on Monday, May 5th at 9am.  Good luck, all!

If you need these now and can’t wait for the win, or if you need a cool gift for mom/dad for Mother’s/Father’s Day, then feel free to purchase a pair of these amazing headphones HERE

** Be Connected When You Run ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **