Massages for Runners… Review and Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend and Easter if you celebrated it! I was happy to get together with my family, aunt, uncle, and cousins for a big feast that was almost on the level of Thanksgiving!

Today, I’m excited to share with you all a review and giveaway brought to you by the awesome folks over at Massage Envy. I was provided a complimentary massage in exchange for the review, however all opinions are my own.

When they reached out to me about doing a review, it took me about a second to say yes. Umm, hello – I’m training for a marathon here, of course I want a massage!

Massage Envy ReviewMassages are well-known to be beneficial for runners. Professional runner Deena Kastor (who holds the Women’s Masters record in the marathon, as well as numerous other records) is actually married to a massage therapist, so she gets massages after all her hard workouts. Lucky her.

Because running is a repetitive, high-force action, it can cause the muscles to shorten and tighten and decrease circulation. This leads to reduced range of motion, which can cause a waterfall effect that leads to injuries as you alter your running stride to compensate for your imbalances. With marathon training, I’ve been putting way more stress on my legs than I have in a long time. I like running and all, but I’m not normally one to go out for 18-20 miles. I’ve definitely been feeling the effects of the increased mileage – my calves are not very happy with me right now. So, yes, I was pretty psyched about the idea of a Friday evening massage. 🙂

Massage Envy offers a wide range of massage options, from hot stone massages to Swedish massage to Deep Tissue massage. Their prices are also pretty reasonable (as far as massages go). Some of the fancier spas will pretty much charge you an arm and a leg (after they massage them out for you, of course.) At $49.99 for a 1 hour massage, Massage Envy is a pretty solid deal.

I went for my massage on Friday evening, the night before my 20-miler. Ideally, I should have had the massage 1-2 days after this workout for maximum benefits, but my schedule has been so hectic lately that I was happy to be able to get in at all. (*That’s something to think about when scheduling a massage for post-run recovery. I made the mistake of getting my first massage ever the same afternoon as my first marathon – I could barely walk and my back was extremely chafed from my sports bra, which made it a little tricky to navigate for the massage therapist!)

They saw me right on time, and before the massage began, the therapist talked to me about my training, what areas I felt needed targeting, and the pressure I wanted (I went with medium). I really appreciated that she took those few minutes to understand what my goals and problem areas were.

Massage Envy ReviewThe atmosphere was SO relaxing in the massage room – all dim light, and soothing music. The table was heated, and now I’m convinced I might need an electric blanket to semi-recreate the experience. The massage itself was perfect, and just the right amount of pressure. The hour passed all too quickly, and then the masseuse was instructing me to drink plenty of water to flush away all the lactic acid and to pay extra attention to my lower back in my stretching/foam-rolling routine.

Overall, I would 100% recommend Massage Envy. They have so many locations that it makes it really convenient to get there, and the quality of their massages is top notch.

Now for the fun part. 🙂

Who would like to try Massage Envy? I’m excited to be giving away a gift card for 1 free 1-hour massage ($49.99 value) to a lucky reader. To enter, comment below telling me why you could use a massage, whether it be job stress or added mileage in your running routine! Contest closes Wednesday, March 30th at midnight!

Spring Workout Tanks {A Giveaway!}

Hello there!

So I have excellent news to report. MARCH HAS BEGUN! It’s the official sign that believe it or not, spring is on its way! I am so looking forward to being able to go out and run without first bundling up in 50 million layers, like I had to for the Stu’s Relay yesterday (which went AWESOME by the way – full recap coming later this week!)

The warmer weather also means it’s time for some cute, new workout clothes!

Have you guys heard of Etsy? I’m going to assume most of you have, but in case not- Etsy is a website where individuals or small business owners can sell their handmade or designed products. It’s a little different than shopping the big mall stores because you’re supporting these amazing entrepreneurs (and you can find more unique products!) Etsy is awesome for a HUGE variety of products, including workout tanks.

The cutest workout tanks on Etsy  - 2 Generations Running

In this post, I wanted to show some of my picks for Etsy’s workout apparel. Plus, I have a giveaway and coupon code for you guys. 🙂

1. Keep Calm and Workout ($17.99) – Available from the shop, Strongnewsexy on Etsy. I love the ‘keep calm’ slogan and think it’s so cute on a workout tank. 🙂

2. Running Sucks (in the Disney font! $16.50) – Also from Strongnewsexy. How funny would it be to wear this at a Disney race??

3. Beyoutiful ($15.50) – Sold by the shop DripDesigns on Etsy. This tank is so cute (and kind of goes along with this post from the other day!)

The last 3 tanks all come from the shop Glow Girl Fitness on Etsy.

4. Should Would Could Did ($19.99) What better way to motivate yourself than with a tank with a slogan like this?

5. Strong is Beautiful ($19.99) – This top is also available in a gorgeous coral color!

6. Drop Deadlift Gorgeous ($19.99) – Perfect for all you cross-fitters or heavy lifters out there 🙂

Now, here’s the fun part – Bridgett the shop owner of Glow Girl Fitness was kind enough to agree to share a coupon code with ALL of you for 15% off any item in her shop. That code is: 2GENRUN15 (she also has some cute and cozy sweatshirts available in her shop!)

And to top it all off, one lucky reader will win a free workout tank of their choice from Glow Girl Fitness! To enter, just comment below telling me which tank is your favorite. Contest closes Wednesday at midnight. 🙂

A Monday Giveaway

Hello again and happy Monday!

It was a very happy weekend in my neck of the woods because we only got 2 inches of snow out of the most recent storm and the freezing rain missed us completely! And even better, there’s no sign of snow in the 5 day forecast! Woohoo! I can’t believe March is only a week away. It’s definitely going to take a little longer to feel like spring around these parts.

On Saturday morning, my mom and I set out for another run with the temps hovering somewhere around 10 degrees. My knee felt relatively good on the flats, but flared up on the downhill sections still. Grr. Luckily, most of our route was flat and we got in 5 chilly miles.

2 Generations Running. Running in the winter.After defrosting with several cups of coffee, my mom and I decided to give ourselves another dose of running by going to see the movie, McFarland USA. It was pretty good! Definitely a heartwarming story and it made me want to run (but in nice, warm California weather like in the movie, not this stupid New England winter.)

But now, onto more interesting things- I have a giveaway and review for you guys this week!

Meal Enders Review and Giveaway. 2 Generations RunningAs part of my Sweat Pink ambassadorship, I was sent a sample of MealEnders to test out for myself.

MealEnders are great tasting, low-calorie, stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges that help you avoid overeating and master portion control using a combination of behavioral psychology and sensory science… [they] consist of two components: a sweet, outer reward layer and a cooling/tingling center.”

These two sensations are supposed to provide the feeling of dessert followed by a tingling “cleansed palate” feeling.

When I heard about the product, I was immediately interested in trying it. I’ll admit, I have a terrible sweet tooth. I crave dessert almost every night, even if I’ve had a filling dinner. So I thought these might be just the trick!

Meal Enders Review and Giveaway.Pardon my extremely chipped nail polish.

In a fortunate coincidence, I received these right around Valentine’s Day when there was an unusual amount of chocolate lurking in my house. 😉 First up, I tried the chocolate mint flavor after dinner one night (resisting the urge to have a chocolate truffle instead). After popping the mint-sized lozenge into my mouth, I was immediately surprised by the rich chocolate taste and how delicious it was! After the chocolate outer coating was gone, I picked up on more of the minty flavors, followed by that tingly feeling they had described. And holy cow, there was WAY more tingling than I expected! It definitely left me with that cleansed palate feeling, almost as if I had brushed my teeth.

Since then, I’ve also tried the mocha and citrus flavors – both delicious! I’ve had them at different times, from after lunch to late in the evening, and in my experience, they actually work. Now, if I had something as tempting as cheesecake in my house, I’m not sure I’d be able to pick one of these MealEnders over a nice, big piece, but as the CEO and founder explains on their website, “It will only work… if you have a commitment to lose (or maintain) weight and follow through with eating less.” So if you pick the MealEnder over dessert 6 out of 7 nights, I’d say that’s doing pretty good. 🙂

On their website, you can choose to purchase MealEnders through 3 different packages – one 25-piece pack for $14.95, three 25-piece packs for $34.95, or nine 25-piece packs for $89.95. They’re a little pricey, but much cheaper than a lot of other diet resources, so they might be worth a shot if you’re like me and have a bit of a dessert addiction. 🙂

To enter to win your free sample of MealEnders:

1. Comment below telling me which flavor you’re most interested in, or what your dessert weakness is!

2. Like 2 Generations Running on Facebook (or comment telling me if you already like it!)

3. Follow @2GenerationsRunning on Instagram.

Just enter a comment for each entry. 🙂

Disclosure: I was provided a free sample of MealEnders in exchange for reviewing their product. However, all opinions are my own, honest assessment of the product. The links provided are NOT affiliate links. Thanks!