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Living with a SEAL [Book Review]

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I was sent the book Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler to read/review on my site. The actual full title is “Living With a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet” and well… that aptly sums it up!

So here’s the premise… Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur and he likes to make large, bold moves in most areas of his life. Some of these are starting new companies, becoming a rapper, and competing in endurance events. So when competing in a 24-hour relay race, he noticed a dude who was just doing the race by himself… not as a team like everyone else. No friends, no partying, no fanfare… just a huge dude running the whole time himself. So after that, Mr. Itzler decides to invite this guy to come live with him for a month and train him. Just like that…

The guy he invited to his home is SEAL. He’s a Navy SEAL and super tough. He’s so tough, he doesn’t even need a name. Well… that’s kind of not true, I’m sure he has a name. He just doesn’t have one beyond SEAL in this book, by direct order from him to Jesse.

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Each chapter is one day of the experience, detailing the workouts SEAL put Jesse through and how that fit into Jesse’s everyday life. There are a few things I got out of this book.

  1. Laughs… it’s written to maximize on the absurdity of everything they are doing.
  2. Sympathy soreness… not literally, but the volume of these workouts made me want to cry a little. 6 mile run in the morning, hundreds of burpees and pushups, 6 more miles to run at night. And it all takes place in December so they’re running in ridiculously cold weather.
  3. Unrelatable… I cannot relate to Jesse’s life at all. The fact that you could just see someone and invite them to come live with you for a month, nope. Having at least 3 different homes and visiting all of them more than once during the course of 31 days, nope. Private jets, nope. Famous people living in your building, nope. But that also made it kind of interesting, a glimpse into how nobody I know lives!
  4. Paranoia… SEAL is watching for danger in every step of their days. I cannot imagine how exhausting it must be to automatically assume everybody is bad in some way. Or to always be thinking of the worst-case scenario.

The book was super easy to read, a fast read, and I enjoyed it. I don’t ever want to live this experience, but more power to Mr. Itzler for coming up with this concept, living through it and capitalizing on it! Pick it up if you want something fun to read. (Fair warning… SEAL uses the f-bomb a lot.)

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Zephyr Fire 100 - Nathan Sports

Light up Your Run [Zephyr Fire Giveaway]

I was sent a Zephyr Fire 100 from Nathan Sports to try out because last month was National Running Safety Month. But December… that’s where the real danger comes in! The days are shorter and we have less daylight for running!

Okay, the increased danger factor isn’t a real statistic, but it’s definitely dark out there!

The hand torch is made with an angled beam so it can illuminate your path effectively and the hand strap makes carrying it effortless in either hand. There is a white light in the front and a rear LED red light. It even comes with an onboard emergency siren.

It’s definitely bright. You have to hold in the button to turn the light on, so it isn’t a super quick on/off. That one detail seems like it could have been implemented a little better, but overall it’s a handy light.

The device is approved by the Ragnar Relay series, so you could use it to meet your illumination requirements for those races (along with your reflective vest!).

The device charges via USB and can charge from completely drained to full in about 6 hours. The light will glow for 5 hours on high beam, 7 hours in low and all the way up to 15 hours in a strobe mode. (Although, I hope I’m never running for 15 hours in the dark with just a strobe light to keep me company!)

I made a little video so you can see the light and hear the siren. My dog hates the siren. :-)

I’ve got one Zephyr Fire 100 to giveaway as well. So enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and I’ll select a winner in a week.

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Disclaimer: I was sent a torch for free to review. Opinions here are always my own. Nathan Sports provided me with an additional torch that I will mail to the winner. (Unless the winner is local to Las Vegas, in which case I may hand-deliver it!)

Racing Laces Review [and Giveaway!]

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Bungee shoe laces… if you’re at all a gear geek you’ve probably seen them around. You may even think “Another brand for the same ol’ product.” Honestly, I did.

But something about the passion and excitement that Kirby, one of the founders, conveyed through his messages to me made me think there’s more to this brand. And looking into their site and the product… there is.

Features that distinguish Racing Laces from others:

  • They’re reflective, this isn’t an “add-on” feature but is standard across the board.
  • They’re made from Malaysian rubber, not the more standard synthetic runner. This makes them stronger against the elements and time.
  • Dual spring-loaded locking mechanism keeps each side of the lace where it is supposed to be.
  • Stainless steel spring so it won’t rust.

Another thing that really distinguishes Racing Laces from others is the detail of information they point out on their site. The most interesting to me:

They point out how elasticized laces can actually help improve running performance and the runner can gain speed by using them. How? The laces allow the foot to move through natural range of motion and expansion, so your muscles can develop. And as muscles grow stronger, you improve your power and balance!

Oh… and they look nice and come in 10 colors!

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How did they perform for me? I actually went for a run with my regular laces on one shoe and the Racing Laces on the other. Just from that little test I was able to tell how the stretch actually improved the comfort of my shoe. And after running in them several times (yes, I moved to having the Racing Laces on both shoes) and then going out for a run in shoes without the Racing Laces I was really aware of how much more restrictive my shoes felt. It kind of surprised me!

Racing Laces sell for $11.99 a pair on their website and they offer free shipping on all orders.

If you want to order some, you can get 15% off everything in your cart at RacingLaces.com using code: jillslaces15

The ultimate way to try something new is to get it for free, right? I’ve got 2 pairs to give away here. So enter into via the Rafflecopter widget for your chance. Giveaway is open for 1 week. Er… 1 week and a couple of days. I’m not picking a winner on Thanksgiving, sorry ya’ll! I am taking my holiday and you should too!

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Disclosure: I received a pair of Racing Laces free to review on my site, but opinions are always my own. And full disclosure, I’m going to order some more.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

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I was sent a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 19 shoes to test. After spending a week running in them, I can say that they’re not the shoes for me. But there are some mighty nice things about them.

The basics:

  • Classification: Neutral
  • Weight: 8 1/4 oz.
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 12oz
  • Retail: $120

Observations:

The shoe laces seemed longer than other shoes… I didn’t lay them out next to another pair of shoes, just a random and unverified observation. The shoes are definitely attractive, earning lots of “ooohs” and “aaaahs” when I posted them on Instagram. The upper felt soft, flexible, and comfortable. But once I started to run I felt like the shoes were pretty firm. I’ve heard reports from some that the shoes started out firm and softened up over time but I want my shoes to feel “right” from the beginning. My footfalls were a lot louder in these shoes, I think due to the more inflexible sole.

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The shoes are available from most online retails.
Buy Mizuno Wave Rider 19 on Amazon (<affiliate)

However, if you are completely new to these, you may want to hit up a specialty run store where they should let you run around the store/block a bit in the shoes to get a feel for the shoe. If you are already in previous versions of the Wave Rider, it’s similar but with some minor adjustments.

I will find a good home for these to live, I have plenty of running friends who will probably enjoy the feel. That’s the beauty of running shoes… there are options for everyone!

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.