Hyland’s Find Your Finish Line

Big thanks to @hylandshealth for the box of fun stuff! If you’re at the #bostonmarathon this weekend, look for them at the expo at booth #520. — Hyland’s is encouraging runners to find their personal finish line. #HylandsFYFL – Last year I was running Boston as part of #teamstonyfield and this year I’m working on building myself into a more balanced runner and respecting myself as I deal with aches before they become injuries, a busy work schedule and parenting duties. I’ve had to accept I can’t “do it all” at once and trying to be at peace with that. More marathons will come in the future when the timing is better. – Items in the box provided by Hyland’s, @feeturesrunning, @polarbottle, @headsweats, @clifbar #blogged #sp via Instagram

Beyonce’s Athleisure(?) Line

Beyonce has her own athleisure line and it’s SO BEY!

Okay, enough writing like that. It kind of hurts to go that far out of my personality zone.

Ivy Park bodysuitRest-assured, Queen Bey tried on every piece… so if you’re built just like her and have a life just like hers, this is the line up for you!

The Ivy Park line launched today… and if you want to visit the official website for the line, note that it’s noisy and it actually warns you when you first land on it that it contains flashing images. So it’s a seizure risk or something!

Honestly, I’m not really sure who the collection is for. Because I don’t think I know anybody who is going to pull on their one piece bodysuit to sit around and binge on Netflix or play at the park with their kid (leisure) nor do they wear a full-body jumpsuit to go on a run or to life at the gym (ath).  But it’s definitely for somebody… mostly somebodys who have a lot of cash to spend on weird pieces of apparel.

There are a couple of items that seem like they are alright, I will concede to that. But so much of it is just strange. And many of the items that seem like something “normal” people would wear (i.e. sweatshirts, t-shirts) have big giant words emblazoned upon them, so you can make sure that everybody knows damn well you worship at the altar of Beyonce.  (Seriously… she’s just a human being, folks!)

So enlighten me… what activities are these clothes for? Where do you wear them?

Ivy park Mid-impact print bra • $40
Ivy park Seamless crop crew tee • $38
Ivy park Full length colour block body • $265
Ivy park Print v shaped skort • $68
Ivy park Reflective cross-back crop • $115
Ivy park All-over mesh v-neck tank • $35
Ivy park Sheer mesh hoodie • $70
Ivy park Print sleevesless wrap back jacket • $190
Ivy park Seamless racer vest • $35
IVY PARK Printed Stretch Cotton-Blend Jersey Leotard • $50
IVY PARK Printed Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt • $45
IVY PARK Embroidered Mesh T-Shirt • $60
IVY PARK Mesh and Stretch-Jersey Bodysuit • $110
IVY PARK Ribbed Stretch-Jersey Bodysuit • $65
IVY PARK Cropped Stretch-Jersey and Mesh Top • $50
IVY PARK Stretch-Jersey Leotard • $50

(And if you are really a Beyonce lover, please don’t send me hate mail. I haven’t said anything negative against her, just slightly befuddled by the clothing. This post is all in good fun. I just know how furious people can get on teh interwebs. It’s really okay to just laugh every now and then! I’m sure even Bey would agree!)

Spartan Fit! [and a giveaway!]

The Spartan Race series is an obstacle course event with 3 main types of competitions: Sprint courses are 3ish miles with 20ish obstacles, Super courses are 8ish miles with 24ish obstacles and Beat courses are 12ish miles with 30ish obstacles. They get pretty intense… it takes a whole different level of fitness than running in a straight line. Thus the upcoming release of the book: Spartan Fit! by Joe De Sena. Joe is the CEO and co-founder of the Spartan Race series.
Spartan Fit book - coming soon - preorders available

The book contains a plan full of workouts and diet information to lead someone to competing in a Spartan race, or just as a new way to approach fitness. There are no weights required, no gym required and it helps you build your fitness from one level to the next in a true progression.

Also, the Spartan series has their Summer Agoge coming up. This was new to me… and well, it just sounds kind of insane. Held June 17-19, 2016, this event is only open to those who apply and make the cut. Those who are nutty enough to spend 60 hours going through obstacles designed to test their physical and mental strength. In other words… not for the majority! The event isn’t even open to spectators, it’s just for those participating to test themselves and not any kind of exhibition. You can check out the video for the Winter Agoge… it looks intense.


To help spread the word about the new book being available for preorder, the good folks at Spartan have offered to give away one entry to a Spartan Race to one of my readers. (any open heat, continental US)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you want to sign up for any Spartan Race at a 10% discount, you can do so with the code SPARTANBLOGGER.

Disclaimer: I didn’t get anything from this, other than the opportunity to give something away. No sponsored content or payments, just good will!

Epsoak Epsom Salts – San Francisco Salt Company

Do you soak in Epsom salts? I was recently sent some Epsoak, Epsom salts from the San Francisco Salt Company, so I gave it a shot.

Epsom salts are not salt, it’s magnesium sulfate. And based on some things you read online, it’s veritable witchcraft the amazing things it can help with! Here are the purported benefits one can get from Epsom salts:

  • Ease stress and improve sleep and concentration
  • Muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improve oxygen use
  • Flush toxins
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins

Epsoak comes in 3 varieties:

  • Sleep: Epsom salts with lavender essential oil to encourage deeper sleep
  • Muscle Soak: Epsom salts with eucalyptus and peppermint for soothing muscle pain
  • Epsoak: just plain old Epsom salts

epsoak epsom salts san francisco salt company review

I took a soak in the tub with Muscle Soak Epsom salts and I did find that it was relaxing. I could feel an added buoyancy to the water, which was nice. (Have you heard of float centers? They have float chambers and apparently people lay in them for a while to relax. They have A LOT of Epsom salts in the water in these tanks. You can also float in the Great Salt Lake due to the high mineral content… but floating there is stinky.) The scent was nice, not too strong and overpowering but enough that you could definitely tell it was there. I emerged from my soak feeling calmed down, but taking the time to relax in the tub can almost always do that. Provided you can block out the “ambient” sounds of spouse/kid/dog. The sore spot I’ve had in my hip/glute/IT band/leg in general felt better… but it wasn’t magically healed.

You can also use Epsom salts as a scrub, so I tried that. I mixed some into a bowl with some oil and used that in the shower. It’s a great exfoliant, but so far I’ve not ever experienced magical release from muscle knots by targeted application of an Epsom product.

So do Epsom salts work? This is one of those areas that I feel is kind of gray. Some people swear by them, some people dismiss them entirely. I think there can absolutely be placebo effect in play. If you’re hopeful and optimistic, outcomes are usually going to be better. (That’s why I tell myself “You’re not going to get sick.” whenever my daughter comes home with a cold. I’m sure that 50% of the time when I don’t catch whatever she had it’s all due to positive thoughts! LOL!)

That said, I have purchased a little milk carton-y thing of Epsom salts in the past at the drugstore and the contents were super compressed and almost had to be chiseled out. Maybe I got a dud. But that wasn’t the case with the San Francisco Salt Company’s product. Epsoak poured out of the bag easily. I liked them all well enough to use again, although I can’t say with any certainty that it was healing physical ailments. But it was definitely relaxing and that’s worth looking at in itself. I don’t find very many moments to just relax and be these days.

PS – They also have gourmet culinary salts for sale. If you’ve never sprinkled fancy salt on a salad or sandwich, you’re missing out. I’ve not tried these, but they sound good.

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