Giveaway – Orange Mud Handeld Hydration System


This is a pretty exciting post! First, it is my first giveaway from my new home on the web, and secondly…it’s a product that many people have been asking about and waiting for. Recently, Orange Mud the makers of the HydraQuiver hydration packs and transition wraps launched a new product. Runners have different tastes and preferences when it comes to how they choose to carry their hydration and nutrition. Some like bladder hydration packs, others like the vest option, and some really love handhelds. The mad scientists at Orange Mud listening and developed a really rockin’ handheld to offer endurance athletes all over the universe.


Let me share something with you. We are friends here we can be honest. I hate handhelds. I don’t like them. The Master Scientist at Orange Mud doesn’t care for them either. So, as we do at Orange Mud…products we don’t really care for we take them to another level and create something we would want to use. This puppy doesn’t disappoint! The handheld holds 21 ounces of fluid, which is plenty for a great training run or even racing. This also means they are easy to refill. The hand strap is wider than normal to allow for maximum comfort and torsional stability…that basically means you won’t feel lop-sided or off balanced with this hydration system.

It is equipped with the signature Orange Mud reflective webbing so you will feel safe running in the evening. My favorite feature has to be the pocket made for phones! Yes ladies and gentleman, the handheld WILL hold your phone! For social media blogging type unicorns like myself this is the best thing since the qwerty keyboard! There is also storage available for gels and other nutrition…and a clip for a house or car key! Listen, this handheld rocks!


It comes in four colors! Black, Grey, Orange, and Sharpie Purple! Yes I am calling it Sharpie Purple because it was my suggestion for Purple! The scientists approved and it was created! YAY ME!


The handheld retails for $29.95 and is now available on the Orange Mud website! Of course you can use my discount code ABLINZROCKS to save 15%! OR you can enter to win one now! Use the RaffleCopter below and one lucky US winner will score one of these bad boys! No purchase necessary, open to US residents only. The winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck everyone!

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If you remember a a couple months back, I made a personal goal to achieve a sub 4 hour marathon by my birthday in December. I began to focus on my strength training ensuring my body would be able to withstand the physical demand of running a sub 4 marathon. I have introduced yoga, PIYO, and Focus T25 into my training routine. Not only have I seen physical results (which are so cool to see), but I feel stronger when I run…and I’ve gotten faster. This is INCREDIBLE! So the question everyone wanted to know was, which race would it be? Where would I earn that sub 4? Well, I am pleased to announce that I am not only participating in the REVEL Run Series Canyon City Marathon in my own backyard in November (yes it is the day before Avengers I am aware), but I am also a REVELer! That means I am on a great squad of 14 runners from around the country who want to achieve greatness. This ambassador team was formed to get you pumped up about REVEL and help you earn those PRs! If you haven’t heard of REVEL, let me fill you in!

REVEL is known for their fast courses in beautiful scenic areas around the country. Currently there are three races on their docket...The Rockies in Denver, Big Cottonwood in Utah, and Canyon City here in Southern California. Not only are they fast…they are beautiful. Through my trail running, I have a new appreciation for nature and my surroundings. When I am surrounded by the splendor of nature I feel more at ease and comfortable. I tend to enjoy the run more. REVEL is known for amazing swag and an amazing community of runners. Fast and scenic is totally my scene. THIS is the race I will earn my sub 4 at and THIS is why I chose to team up with REVEL.

I am excited to kick off my partnership with them! I will have your chance to win some entries real soon! Also, I’ll be forming a team for Canyon City! So if you wanna run with me, it’s gonna be a party! I may even have a balloon!

Stay tuned in the coming days…I will have so much more to share!

June RunnerBox Review

I am happy to bring you my first RunnerBox review as one of the newest Blog Ambassadors!! I received my new box early last week and was really excited. I mean, what runner doesn’t enjoy receiving presents??? With RunnerBox you can select the frequency in which you want to receive these awesome presents! And every month the boxes change! YAHOO! Well, I want to share some of the goodies I got this month! There are a few things I am really anxious to try! That’s another one of the awesome benefits of subscribing to RunnerBox! You can always sample and try new products without the huge commitment of purchasing a product not knowing if you will like it or not.

Lock Laces – Many runners know about Lock Laces. I have heard of them but I’ve never owned a pair. Lock Laces basically remove the need for you to worry about tying your shoes when you are out there running. They also eliminate heel crushing and reduce pressure points! So I’ll be excited to give these a try.

Generation UCAN! – This is a product that was pitched to me when I was at the Boston Marathon expo. Funny enough, Meb uses this stuff…and he won Boston! Generation UCAN is a drink powder that is known to provide steady energy and put your body in the ideal performance state whit ion spikes and crashes…or GI stress. The reason I didn’t buy it in Boston was because of the price tag on the box…so I will be really interested to see how this works, and how it compliments my other fuel. I was really excited to pull this product out of the box.

Mud Energy Gel – Not a big gel fan. But for those that are, I think it is interesting that this particular gel uses coconut water and has 12 grams of protein…and of course uses chocolate (hence the name mud right?) Can’t say I will use it but good to know it’s out there. If you have used it I would love to hear your thoughts.

PureFit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Premium Protein Bar – I’ve been known to enjoy a PureFit bar once or twice and I gotta say these are really tasty! In fact, I like having snackage to take along with me on long trail runs, this seems to hit the mark. I have also had this flavor and it is NOMTASTIC! Tasty, full of protein and developed by athletes. Winner!

Pure Clean Beet Powder – I like beets, they are nature’s candy don’t cha know. Brownie points to whoever gets that reference. Anyway. I didn’t know that someone would take beets and turn them into a powder…well they did. Pure Clean is organic, full-strength beet juice…just in powder form. So essentially you literally just add water. Interesting. The nitrates are still included with the package! You can also use it in juice and smoothies. This may be part of my breakfast tomorrow. A great example of a product I had no idea existed that catches my curiosity. MMM Beets….

Fuel 100 Salty Vanilla Electro-Bites – These little guys are designed to help extend training and improve race performance. The packs are only 100 calories, and the bites have a salty taste that dissolve easily in your mouth. Some of their ingredients include coconut oil and agave syrup. Not quite sure what to think about these, but they do sound tasty. Sounds like a road test is in order.

EBOOST – Hydration mix time! The flavor I got was pink lemonade! YAY, how awesome is that for summer time? So, EBOOST powders have a bunch of interesting things in them. Green tea, green coffee (what?), various vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants of course. Good news is that is doesn’t have any artificial colors or sweeteners. No sugar. That’s a good thing. It may be worth a sip for sure…but more research on the green coffee is needed. 😉

Veggie-Go’s Chewy Fruit and Veggie Snack – Fruit Leathers! YAY! I’m a big kid so anything that reminds me of my old lunch box is a winner in my mind. These babies are organic fruit strips but they also have half a serving of veggies in them, now that’s pretty damn cool. Of course they are also packed with vitamins and minerals…these will find their way into my lunch box tomorrow.

Lenny & Larry’s Peanut Butter Crunch FIT Protein Brownie – More peanut butter! ALL THE PROTEIN! Instead of making a bar, these folks made a brownie. I appreciate that. Different textures and consistencies can be fun to experiment with. It’s gluten free, has no GMOs, low sugar, and has 13 grams of protein. Seems like something I would be interested in chomping on!

RunnerBox Towel – Thanks guys for tossing in this lovely little gem! It is getting hot here in so cal so a microfiber towel is always welcome! It’s really kind of neat! Me Likes Swag!

All in all, I am really satisfied with the box. The total value of everything in the box is $30.99. That’s more than what you would have paid for it. I’m calling this one a victory. I may not use all the products, but that doesn’t mean that they are bad. I am also interested in trying some of the new things like Generation UCAN, the Beet Powder, and I’m gonna tear into that veggie snack. Pretty sweet!

Want to get started with RunnerBox? I have a discount code for you! SSRUNRB will save you 10% on any RunnerBox subscription! Take a look! Try something new!

RunnerBox Ambassador Announcement

Well today was very exciting! I received an email I was hoping that I would receive. The wonderful team over at RunnerBox has announced their ambassador team for the rest of the year and I have been added to the roster! WOO HOO!!

My excitement looked something like this…

So, you are probably wondering what exactly IS RunnerBox? I am so glad you asked! Let me share!

RunnerBox is like Christmas every month for a runner. It is a monthly subscription service that gets delivers a box full of great products, discounts, and unicorn dust to your door (unicorn dust may vary) ;). If you are like me and enjoy trying different products in order to discover the right one JUST for you, the RunnerBox is an amazing solution. You get sample packs of items and can give them a try! You can enjoy various varieties, flavors, and styles of products before committing to buying one out right at full price. This is a great thing for not only newer runners but experienced runners who want to keep a pulse on what’s going on in the industry. The boxes change on a monthly basis so you are always receiving something new to try. If you are a cyclist, they have a box designed just for you as well…named aptly CycleBox! Triathlete?…the TriBox is here for you! Since I will be gearing up to cycle and even swim I can see all three of these boxes becoming staples in my arsenal for a while. Who doesn’t love choices and diversity, right?

Let’s talk about subscription options! You can order the boxes to arrive bi-monthly or in blocks of time of one year subscriptions, six months, or a two box starter pack which consists of a four month subscription of two boxes shipped every other month. You can also gift a box to a friend! There’s a ton of flexibility when it comes to RunnerBox! I am happy to be a member of their Blog Ambassador Team! I know as I train this summer to get faster and go further that the products I get to try will be a big help! I may even discover something new that could improve my performance…which is always great!

Let’s talk about the good stuff! Every month I will be doing a review of the box of treasures that arrives. If you are interested in giving RunnerBox a whirl, you can use my discount code SSRUNRB and save 10% on any option on the RunnerBox site!! Buttt….I’m gonna gift one through a giveaway just because I’m a nice kind of guy that enjoys playing Oprah.

Ok so here’s how this works. RaffleCopter Time! One lucky US Resident is gonna get one RunnerBox gifted from me. My gift to you. One singular box, not a subscription (I’m not really Oprah here folks…I wish I was). All you gotta do is do the dance that makes you dance below and you could win! Let’s do this! Any questions about RunnerBox? Let me know! You know I love helping 🙂

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Orange Mud Transition Towel Giveaway

Have you ever gone for a run on a trail, or spent some time at the beach and wished you had the opportunity to change on the go without having to worry about exposing your “zip code” to all of the world? How about this…after a run we all know how we can feel yucky having being covered in awesome. The sweat. The dirt. The grime. The last thing you want is to do is track that onto your seats or make connection with your leather on a hot day. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a lovely doo-dad that was available in the marketplace that catered to these needs? Wouldn’t it be awesome if it came in a variety of different colors, and utilized a wonderfully soft fabric? Lucky for you…such a magic doo-dad exists. Introducing the Orange Mud Transition Towel.

The whole idea of the transition towel is a functional towel that allows you to change out of your gear into another set of clothes with ease…without having to worry about if your towel will fall and expose your “biscuits and gravy”. The towel secures around your waist using a really comfortable and easy to use belt clip that is integrated right into the towel. So wrap it around your waist. clip into place and change with ease (yes I just made that up).

Now, you still may be sweaty and gross and the last thing you want to do is get your car all funky, right? Simple. use the integrated zipper and transition your towel into a hoodie and slide it over your car seat. You can now sit on your car seat with peace of mind, knowing that you won’t have to rush to the cash wash to get that vacuum out. Simply remove the towel from the seat when you get home and toss it in the washing machine.

The best part is, it comes in 14 great colors, one of which is sure to match your personality. I have three of these beauties and my favorite color is purple! The colors are vivid and bold!

This is certainly a product every runner should own, especially if you love the trails and the ultra lifestyle. If you head to the beach for surfing or other marine activities, this is an amazing item as well. Towel to hoodie in seconds!

Don’t forget to check out Orange Mud and their awesome line of HydraQuiver hydration systems! I run with mine all the time. Orange Mud prides themselves in producing products with the highest quality materials right here in the USA. No bouncing, no chafing, no problems! I own a single barrel and a double and feel so sad when I can’t or don’t run with it. It really is one of my favorite things.

If you use discount code ABLINZROCKS you can save 15% on anything on their website!

So…you want one? I am giving one anyway! One transition towel to one lucky US resident. You even get to pick the color! A $39.95 value yours free! So let’s go!

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Pro Compression Giveaway

It’s been some time since I have given something away here, so let’s get back into the swing of things shall we? As you have probably heard, I have recently joined the Pro Compression Ambassador team! This is truly exciting. If you haven’t heard much about Pro Compression, let me give you some quick highlights. Pro makes compression socks and sleeves. The benefits of owning and using compression products range anywhere from increased blood flow, stability, comfort, and they even aid in speedy recovery after those long runs. Yesterday I climbed Mt. Baldy here in Southern California and wore my socks up and down 10,000 feet of elevation. My calves were on fire from the hard work, but my Pro Compression socks kept me safe and the recovery time after such a hard day was really fast. Pro socks and sleeves come in a variety of colors and styles to match exactly what you are looking for. So, as my welcome to the team, Pro has graciously offered to giveaway one pair of marathon socks OR sleeves to one lucky US winner. All you have to do is utilize the RaffleCopter below. This contest will run until Friday May 23rd. In the meantime, I want to encourage you to go over to Pro Compression’s website and use discount code ‘SSR’ and take advantage of the 40% off offer I have going on NOW! This deal is only available until the end of the day on Friday May 23rd, so don’t delay! Let’s get the party started! Good luck and don’t forget to #KeepItTight!

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Product Review – Orange Mud Hydraquiver

Hydration is a critical part of any athlete’s training, racing, or conditioning. Hydration is the sweet elixir of life and without it…well we all know what happens. When you are out on your run, what do you bring with you to ensure you have enough liquid fuel to sustain your body for the duration of your workout? Some folks use handheld water bottles, others have fuel belts with small water bottle attachments, and others use hydration bladder systems. I heard that some runners even high leprechauns to set up aid stations along their route…lucky! I have used all of these items, and honestly I don’t have a favorite. I mean, if I have to choose one I think the hand held is probably the thing I will reach for first. All that changed when I was introduced to Orange Mud. 

Orange Mud is a local Southern California company that makes arguably one of the best hydration systems for runners. I would like to introduce you to the HydraQuiver by Orange Mud! The HydraQuiver is a sleek, comfortable hydration systems for runners. The HydraQuiver fits comfortably over your shoulders and gently rests on your back, like a backpack. It is padded for comfort and does not chafe what so ever. Trust me, I took mine with me on my last Trail Marathon and didn’t have any chafe issues at all. The HydraQuiver houses a 24 ounce bottle that fits securely in the pack. Worried about bouncing? Not an issue. This puppy stays put! I put it through the ringer doing the Griffith Park Trail Marathon which has over 3700 feet of elevation gain and loss on the trails…that sucker didn’t bounce or chafe at ALL! Your hydration is within reach…right over your shoulder. This enables you to continue moving forward while grabbing some liquid and continuing on your journey.

What I think is probably the winning factor of this device is how much storage is in this thing! I put it to the test a few weeks ago. I placed my car keys, my nutrition (Clif Blocs and EnergyBits), and 7 packs of Skratch Labs packets. Would you believe I had plenty of room left? Now of course doing this will cause your pack to get a little heavier, but a small adjustment of the shoulder straps and no problem. There is also a port so you can pull your headphone cord through and safely keep your iPod or phone inside your pack. BRILLIANT! Did I mention it comes in a ton of colors to match your personality or your outfit? Comfort, convenience, and versatility. I do my best not to run without this thing. It really is one of my staple items for my gear catalog. If you are looking for a hydration solution for your trail or road runs that stays put, provides plenty of hydration, and is versatile enough to handle whatever you throw at is, the Orange Mud HydraQuiver is what you’re looking for!

As an Orange Mud Ambassador, I can offer you a great discount on the store online! CLICK HERE to be taken to the store. Then when you get to check out, use code ABLINZROCKS to save yourself 15%! Let them know I sent you over! Don’t sit around and wait…you have to have one of these bad boys! If I were Oprah, this would totally be on my Favorite Things list! GO ORANGE MUD!