Zippy Bites Review and Giveaway

It’s no secret that I’m an afternoon runner. Setting alarms for 5 or 6 AM to wake up and run just isn’t for me, unless it’s the weekend and and I’m doing a long run with friends. I don’t have to run in the mornings before work, and since Clay doesn’t leave for work until 8:30 AM, I don’t wake him up getting up for pre-dawn runs. We get to spend time together before work and I like that.

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I work as a technical writer, and sometimes it’s hard to run after a draining day of documentation (and meetings). Like most people, my energy drops around 3 PM and I hate to reach for a cup of coffee that late. Plus, I start craving sweets- and when I worked in the corporate office, this was the time of day when I’d hit the vending machine, Starbucks, or the breakroom table in hopes someone left a delicious homemade dessert there.

After lunch, I watch what I eat since I run or work out in the afternoons, and I don’t want to eat something that will cause stomach issues on a run.

Recently, Zippy Bites contacted me to sample their product. Zippy Bites are organic, energy infused chocolate truffles. They’re made with organic chocolate and an all-natural energy blend of guarana, amino acids, caffeine, and B-vitamins. Each chocolate contains 176 mg of caffeine and are 50 calories each.

The caffeine content is less than the Starbucks I used to reach for, and the calorie content is less than other chocolate truffles or miniature candy bars.

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Zippy Bites sent me two flavors to try- raspberry and mint. I enjoyed both flavors, but the raspberry flavor was my favorite. The mint taste is a little powerful. The bites satisfied my afternoon sweet cravings and also gave me some extra energy for a Wednesday evening track workout.

Zippy Bites are available in a handful of stores, mostly in the Northeast, but you can also order online. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Best of all, Zippy Bites has offered to send FIVE (5) readers a package of 4 bites in the flavor of your choice (mint or raspberry). This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada and ends March 2.

If you’d like to win, simply leave a comment telling me which flavor of Zippy Bites you’d like to try and when you’d eat them. Good luck!

I received a complimentary sample of Zippy Bites in exchange for this review, but was not provided with monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. Zippy Bites is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Weekly Rundown: February 13-19

With no runs or workouts, I can’t call this a weekly rundown anymore, but I’m not clever enough to think of a new name.

At this point, my last run was February 9, and my dreams of running the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon are now just that… dreams. After two years of injury free running, I’ve had one half marathon PR, two injuries, and only five solid weeks of training in the last three months. Running has been a roller coaster, and like most roller coasters, the drops are steep.

Forget Run Less Run Faster, Higdon, Hansons, or Pfitz… my new training plan is “Cross train til ya go insane”.

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Monday 30 min. Arc Trainer + 30 min stationary bike + ITBS Rehab Routine
Tuesday 60 min. Arc Trainer
Wednesday 60 min. yoga + ITBS Rehab Routine + ankle/heel PT
Thursday 60 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. BodyPump + ankle/heel PT
Friday 60 min. stationary bike + 30 min. foam rolling class + ankle/heel PT
Saturday 60 min. BodyPump + 60 min. yoga
Sunday 90 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. BodyFlow + ankle/heel PT

I won’t bore you with cross training discussion. It’s cross training. It’s incredibly lonely, and it’s what injured runners do so they don’t lose too much fitness.

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On Tuesday, I went to a podiatrist for my ankle. If you ever have any injuries involving your feet or ankles, I highly recommend a podiatrist over an orthopedist. No one wants to go to any doctor, but when you’re injured, it’s inevitable. My feet were x-rayed from several different angles, and the podiatrist examined them as well as my shoes. I told him the models of shoes I wore, that I was fitted in neutral shoes in 2014 and again in 2016.

After the X-rays and measuring my arches, I learned that my left arch is higher than my right arch- which explains why my knee injury and my ankle injury were both on the left side. My arches are high even for high arches, and the left foot underpronates even more than the right foot. The podiatrist fitted me for custom orthotics in the office and I left with them in my Brooks. My shoes feel much heavier now and I’m sure I’ll notice when I try to run again.

I also left with pain medication, a topical cream, and Flector pads to place on my ankle for pain relief. The podiatrist was super nice and used to run, so he was understanding and wants to get me back out there as soon as possible. He liked hearing about my half marathons.

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I left with answers and medicine, but most of all, I left incredibly grateful for my health. I was the youngest person in the waiting room and the only person without a walking boot, cane, or walker. I was healthy enough to walk from my car to the doctor’s office, walk around the pharmacy while my prescription was being filled, walk up and down the stairs of my home, and exercise. Many patients in the podiatrist office could not do these things.

I don’t ever want to take running for granted, but most of all, I don’t want to take my health and quality of life for granted.

As for now, I’ll keep cross training, soaking my ankle, taking medicine, wearing insoles, and following doctor’s orders until the pain subsides. I don’t have any goal races this year, just enjoying the process of running and training- and keeping the dream alive.

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.

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