Monday, April 28, 2014

Marvelous Monday and Thorlos Socks Review

Happy Monday! I thought I would start by linking up to Katie's Marvelous in my Monday Linkup to start off the week on a positive note.

Marvelous is the fact that it is my last week of classes!! Wooohooo! I have one week of MBA classes, one week of exams, and then I am finished! I picked up my cap and gown last week, which was a great feeling (other than handing over the $90 to pay for it)!

Marvelous is the fun I had in New York with my family. It was an exhausting few days, but very worthwhile. I got to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time, go to Grand Central, shop, and run in Central Park!

You HAVE to eat New York Bagels while in NYC. I had Salmon Salad on mine :)
Love spending time with family; Me, Gina, Brenda, Jackie

Me and my Auntie Jackie, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
Marvelous is the wonderful food I enjoyed in New York; bagels; cheesecake; blueberry pancakes; and Pizza at John's Pizzeria. This was my favorite NY pizza so far, and was a really cool place to go. They have two floors and a high ceiling with beautiful architecture, almost like an old fashioned Ballroom. I would  definitely recommend it!
We had a Margherita with roasted red peppers, and a traditional with mushrooms!
Both delicious!

On the way to the Bolt Bus on Thursday morning, Schmackary's cookie shop caught my eye (are you surprised?). Upon closer inspection, I knew this was going to be a spot. I went for the funfetti cookie, and enjoyed it later that evening at Penn Relays. It did not disappoint! If you see Schmackary's place, GO!

This was honestly one of the best cookies I have ever had!
Day 3 in Franklin Field (notice the Philly skyline in the background)
Athletes and coaches are banished to the upper stands


Marvelous is my athletes running well at Penn Relays! We had some really good performances this weekend; two school records. I was especially proud of the Men's 4xMile team who held their own against some of the best collegiate athletes in the country on their way to breaking the school record. I am really going to miss all my athletes next year, but these are some of the guys I have grown closest to.

Zach Sullivan (4:13), Vince Perozze (4:08), Alfredo Santana (4:08), and Nick Ross (4:02) for their 16:33.50 school record!
Marvelous is a relaxing Sunday after a crazy week! I had such a fun week, but I needed Sunday to just relax, go to hot yoga, and do some bread-making-almond butter-churning therapy.

Marvelous is the little things in life; the smell of warm bread, the sun shining through your window, a good pair of socks.

Part of being a runner, is accepting that it is a sport of highs and lows. I have talked about this many times, and there are a few things in being a runner that you just cannot control; weather, sickness, freak injuries. (Check out Jan's post if you are returning from an injury)

However, there are a few things that can be controlled, and changes can be made to avoid; stomach upsets, frozen fingers, blisters. These are the things that would be embarrassing to explain as the reasoning for a bad race, but in reality, could easily affect your performance.

This is where Thorlos come in. I love my Saucony Kinvara's. They are my favorite running shoe, and great for every day training as well as racing, but some of the pairs have rubbed my heels red raw on occasions. Thorlos are a sock brand with a difference, and I have not had a blister since wearing them. Striving to be "Caretaker's of the worlds feet", they make socks for every activity to make sure your feet are comfortable in whatever shoes they are in.

Thorlos were kind enough to mail me a selection of their running socks to try, and they come in many different colors to bring some fun to the boring world of socks. Thorlos is so confident in their socks that they offer a free pair worth $14.99 by clicking HERE.

These socks were like pillows for my feet. So soft, with lots of padding to cushion my calloused feet after many miles of rubbing up against my shoes. Their engineered padded technology helps to wick moisture away, and prevent the friction that leads to those nasty blisters.

Any downsides?

I loved these socks, and have used them multiple times without any problems. The only issue is if your shoes are a little on the tight side. I have a pair of Saucony Fast Twitch I use for racing/workouts, and the socks were just a little too thick for the shoe, leading to squished toes.

Also, on sweltering hot summer days, these may be a little too thick for every day use, but I have not come across that problem yet.

Check them out, and make sure blisters are not the only thing stopping you from performing on your race day!

I received complimentary products from Thorlos to try, but my opinions are my own.

What makes your Monday Marvelous? What do you do to prevent blisters? (I also put Vaseline on the spots that tend to rub)


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54 comments:

  1. All that food looks so good, especially that pizza. I could go for pizza for breakfast!! I haven't tried Thorlos will go check them out now

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    1. Thanks Christy! New York definitely knows their food! Is that cold pizza for breakfast? I am not sure I am a fan, I love it fresh though :)

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  2. I like the cushioned Thorlos Experia socks! You're right about wearing the socks in shoes that are a little on the tight side - not a good idea. I've done that before so I know to wear them in shoes with plenty of toe space. Congrats on your graduation!

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    1. Thanks Tina, thats exactly the way to do it. They are great socks!

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  3. So much deliciousness going on in this post! I definitely want to go to NYC one day.

    Those socks sound good, I'm going to check out after this if they offer the deal to Australians ;)

    I love what you said about needing to accept highs and lows with running. So so true! Thank you for the shout out too.

    Happy Monday lovely :D

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    1. When you do, you had better come pay me a visit...if you come all this way.

      I am hoping they do, if not you will have to get them delivered here and come visit to get them ;)

      Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Mmmmm, pizzaaaaa. :) I love Thorlo's. I usually opt for something cheaper, but they definitely make a great product!

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    1. Thanks Tiff, they are definitely worth it. When you have a good pair, even though they can be expensive, they last a long time. So worth it :)

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  5. Tina your weekend looks wonderful! I love NYC I need to get there again soon. And that pizza Yummm. Being part of a team is a strange collection of emotions you are excited for victories but you all share in defeats and setbacks. It's a unique set of emotions especially for runners.

    Also those socks look awesome. I love socks. There is nothing better than the feeling of a brand new pair of socks on your feet!

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    1. Thanks lovely, it was a good weekend! New York knows their food, thats for sure. You are so right about the team thing, it is crazy how the pushing through, or not can determine an entire teams mood for the rest of the day.

      Yes about the socks, thorlos does more than just socks, lots of preventative foot care for different activities, they truly care :)

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  6. I'm so glad you had a great weekend--I could tell my your Instagram that you were loving it :) Also glad you had a relaxing Sundays--those are soooooo necessary sometimes!

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    1. Thanks Erin, your comment was so nice on my IG :) Yes, this sunday I definitely needed it!

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  7. Congrats you are sooooo close! and echoing everyone else--what a fabulous weekend. Oh, I miss NYC--I lived there for 2 years and loved it. oh and that cookie--Fuel your future, much? haha
    I'm a big fan of Feeture, Balega, and Thorlos, but I buy them on sale and at expos. for blister prevention I put glide/anti chafe on my feet before big runs and races, but proper shoe fit is key.

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    1. Thanks Suzy! It was a great time, I did not know you lived there, that is so cool! Did you run in Central park every day? I am really not sure where else you could run!

      hahaha I know, but everyone deserves sweet treats right? :) Glad to hear you have tried all the sock companies, but like Thorlos. I have not seen them at Expos, but will be looking out now :)

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  8. OK I have a lot to say - #1, nothing is better than a NYC bagel. Nothing. #2, I have yet to try Schmackary's but it is now on my cookie list so thank you. #3 - my experience with Thorlos: My father (a former runner/marathoner) always wore Thorlos so I started with them as well at a young age. I agree with you that they can be a bit thick but are super comfy. I no long run in them, I actually sleep in them when my feet get cold and wear them around the house lol.

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    1. I am glad i was able to offer you some good suggestions through this post! NYC knows their good eats! That is awesome about your father, I wish I had heard of Thorlos sooner! That is so cool about wearing them around the house, I could definitely see that!

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  9. Love your positive outlook! I AM OBSESSED WITH nyc bagels, and from your pizza and cookie selections, I feel we would be great friends :)

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    1. Thanks so much :) Yes, they are amazing, I had a blueberry one the next day (I had to take one with me), it was so bright purple stained from the blueberries, was delicious! I agree 100% :)

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  10. I love my Kinvaras but have had the same problem with the rubbing - off to check out Thorlo's now!

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    1. Yes, that is my only issue with them, but I still love them :) Hope Thorlos work for you too!

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  11. I love Thorlos! When I first started running (over 25 years ago!), they were my sock of choice. Then I got on a "thin sock" kick. I recently purchased socks for my husband, and they were buy 2, get one free, so I took the third for myself. Now I am converted back to Thorlos. I love them especially for long runs.They are so padded and comfortable!

    Love the pictures with your family (and the picture of that pizza too!)

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I had no idea they had been around that long, but that is awesome! I go through phases depending on the weather, but the thick ones are working for me right now. That is great you still use them!

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment :)

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  12. I don't run, so have never worn any socks like this before, but they sound really good - probably useful to have when going on long walks!

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    1. Yes, they definitely have hiking socks, and other outdoor socks you could try. Check them out :) Thanks for your comment, hope you have a wonderful day!

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  13. That food looks so yummy - glad you enjoyed! Thanks for sharing about Thorlos ... I've been dealing with some wicked blisters this season, and Feetures have been helping a little bit, but I'm looking for new options to try!

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    1. Thanks Megan :) I really did! Hopefully they help you out, worth a try right? :)

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  14. Oh that pizza does look delicious! Shame I am on the other side of the world...
    I have a few pair of Thorlo Experias and love them - they are like pillows for the feet! Although the can be slightly warm in summer, they are also cosy in winter and are great for filling the gaps in shoes that are slightly loose.
    Just laughed at Meredith's comment about wearing them around the house, now it is cooler here I have just started doing that - they're better than slippers!

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    1. Thanks Sherry, boooooo! Make a vacation sometime soon? Have you ever been to NY? That is a great idea about shoes that are a little too big. Haha yes, I think I will try it, especially now it has two votes :)

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  15. Thorlo's are amazing! First of all I always have socks on, nice comfy socks. And Thorlos are my #1 favorite. I only have one pair though and when they are dirty, I am so sad!

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    1. Awww that sounds so sad.....I can imagine you walking around with a cloud above your head once you throw them in the wash hehe :)

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  16. oh i would love those socks. we are sock addicts, especially compression! and love the pics from NYC

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    1. Yes, I am big into compression socks too....as I am sure you knew already as I am the male version of Kiwi :P Thanks Lindsay :)

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  17. Your athletes are CRAZY! So fast..... wow. Love the pics from NYC! I went there when I was too young to really appreciate it. I want to go back! It's nice to see you in real people clothes instead of running clothes lol :)

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    1. They are very fast, they work hard though. You definitely should go back. If I am coming to MI, you should come over here to balance out the world....it is only fair!

      Love your comment about real people clothes hahahaha! I am not as stylish as you though :)

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    1. Yes, it does! I love NYC foooooood!

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  19. I LOVE Thorlos... I have that same pink pair. :) You're right, though...they're a little too toasty for longer summer runs.

    Looks like you had a great time in NY, and congrats to your athletes! And congrats on the last week of classes! Woot woot!

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    1. We should plan to wear them someday, can be thorlos twins :) Thanks so much for your support Cassie! I cant wait to be done!

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  20. Don't you just love NYC? Looks like you enjoyed every minute! CONGRATS to your team! WOW - those are some fast guys. Very, very cool. And, thanks for the sock offer. I signed-up and my pair are on their way!!

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    1. Yes, I do! I wish I made more of it though while I am living here, I plan to go back at least one more time, but then I am not sure I will ever be living this close to it again.

      Thanks for your support Allie :) They are very speedy, and they earn it too!

      Will look forward to hearing how you get on with your Thorlos :)

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  21. i have a pair of thorlos and think they're pretty good. a bit thick, like you said -- but great for winter runs! that cookie looks amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Mary, they are great for shoes a little too big, just have to plan with them a little. Thanks for your input :)

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  22. I love Thorlos socks. They were buy 3 get one free at my local running store and so happy that I "splurged" on a good pair of socks!

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    1. Oh thats awesome! It is so worth spending the extra money as socks like these last a long time!

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  23. LOOOOOVE MY THORLOS TOO.
    running and hiking.

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    1. Yes, I am sure they would be great hiking socks! Thanks Carla :)

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  24. Thanks for the info on Thorlos! I've been dealing with really bad blisters lately (to the point of blood blisters), so I'm hoping these help! I ordered a free trial pair! Woo hoo! :)

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    1. Thanks Nikki, hope you like them. Blood blisters can be awful. I once got a stress reaction because my blood blisters were so painful they made me run awkwardly. Hopefully these help!

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  25. I hope I can get to NYC someday! I would love to see the city! I hear the food is amazing! That is stuff I can't eat but I do love! I am training for my first half and even with eating clean I didn't loose what I wanted to before my race which is this Saturday. I can't wait to read more!

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    1. I am sure you will :) It will be a tough choice as to where to go though, I always feel a little overwhelmed in case I make the wrong choice! How exciting about your first half! That means it is today! GOOD LUCK!

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  26. Trips like this are so exhausting but definitely worth it! Wonderful memories in the making :)

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    1. You are so right Jill, it was worth it....lots of very cherished memories :)

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  27. I LOVE THOSE SOCKS. I actually bought them over the winner to keep my feet dry and also from not freezing.

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    1. They are definitely going to be the perfect winter socks! I have been using mine a lot as good running socks right now though :)

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