Road Tested Reviews – Phone, Fuel and Fire!

I’m coming at you this week with some amazing new fuel, the perfect place to put your phone on a run (finally!) and lighting a fire under your ass with one of the most motivating women I have ever met. Spoiler: she was run over by a truck, spent five weeks in a coma, had 29 surgeries and has done more races than you. Now turn that frown upside-down and let’s get started.

PHONE | KOALA CLIP

If you have not yet heard about Koala Clip let me happily introduce you to your new running partner. I have never run with my phone, unless it was in a FlipBelt which was rare, until I discovered Koala Clip. I have had the plus size iPhone for years now and there was just no way for me to bring that thing with me on a run. I was deprived of picture taking, music and…oh yeah, this little thing called safety!

The genius behind Koala Clip is a woman named Kristina, mom of two, who was just fed up with the options available for carrying her phone on the run. Β “I am not a professional seamstress, just a passionate runner looking for a better option to carry my phone while on the go.” Well you did it and I thank you!

Obviously this is a photo of me.

Koala clip ($22-$26) has a simple design and comes in several sizes, there is a zipper top so you simply drop your phone in and the magnetic clip ensures no movement on the run. Like none. Nothing. Nada.

If you’re worried about sweat shutting down your phone mid-run, I can tell you I sweat like a farm animal even on the coldest New England day and my phone was just fine thanks to the microfiber fabric Koala Clip is made from.

Order one and see for yourself!…or read the testimonial from Nat at NatRunsFar. The pictures alone are worth it because Nat lives on the California coast.

FUEL | PICKY OATS OATMEAL

I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of Picky Bars. I have had my share of them in the past but it’s safe to say I have not eaten one in the last year and probably won’t have one in 2018…or ever again. However, when I saw they were making oatmeal I ordered the variety pack immediately. Of course I then got a free sample in my StrideBox because that is the way my life goes.

Burned out on steel cut oats because I ate them every single day for the entirety of last winter, I was ready to jump back in with Picky. I know and trust their ingredients and the science behind it since the founders — Lauren Fleshman and her husband Jesse — are pro athletes (in running and triathlon respectively) and know how to fuel properly for the training workload of an endurance regimen.

I was not disappointed! Not only is the oatmeal easy to make (just add hot water and wait 3 minutes) it’s the perfect combo of sweet and savory. I didn’t even have to add blueberries…but I did.

The three flavors currently available are Can’t Beet Chocolate, Game Set Matcha and How ‘Bout Them Apples ($8.95 for all 3). I liked the tase of the apple one best but the other two were definitely very good and I would order all three again. #treatyoself.

FIRE | GRATITUDE IN MOTION BY COLLEEN ALEXANDER

Last week I received a text from a good friend saying something like “my running sucks, I hate my body and just ugh!” You know, the usual for women on a weekly basis. Luckily for her I had just read the insanely amazing story of Colleen Kelly Alexander.

I told her to stop what she was doing and read it immediately. She did. She stopped complaining and instead was grateful for her sucky runs and slightly overweight body.

Why?

Alexander has nothing but gratitude for this body.

Riding her bike home from work one beautiful day in Connecticut, Colleen was run over and ripped apart by a truck, the driver of which failed to stop at a stop sign.

After being in a coma for five weeks, enduring 29 excruciating surgeries, countless bandage changes, trauma, PTSD and horrors most of us could not fathom, she returned to triathlon and running. She has since finished 50 races and completed 40 triathlons.

I cannot convey the impact her story has had on me. I was lucky enough to interview her for Women’s Running and I’m currently reading her book Gratitude In Motion. I hope to meet up with her at a local race or book signing so I can give her a hug.

Colleen was also recently interviewed by Megan Kelly:

I hope this post has left you feeling empowered and ready to tackle your weekend! Fuel up, take your phone as if you’re a mama koala and be grateful for every run!

Have you tried any of these? Heard of Colleen Alexander?

When was the last time you were grateful for your body?

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  1. Reading Colleen’s story made me stop and reconsider everything that I thought was sucky about the day. When I first saw the headline, I had no idea how she ended up in the coma and what she endured. I can’t wait to read your interview!
    angela @ happy fit mama recently posted…High Five FridayMy Profile

    1. I know, right? Complete perspective changer! The article where I interview her is on the WR site now…

  2. I’m reviewing her book next Friday! What a story! I can’t wait to hear what you think.
    Wendy recently posted…Keep Calm and Stay Optimistic When Your Race Plans Go AwryMy Profile

    • danielle on February 9, 2018 at 12:52 PM
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    WOW!!!! what an incredibly inspiring woman!!! i can’t believe it, it really gave me goosebumps and all the feels. i was hit by a car on my 15th birthday and let me tell you, it was nothing compared to what she went through but i’ll never forget it. i was lucky and AM lucky to be alive. holy shit.
    we all need to be thankful to breathe each and every day we are able to breathe and shut the F up about nonsense and stop worrying about trivial shit. i’m learning to stop giving an F about nonsense and it’s wonderful.
    let’s celebrate being alive right now, today!!! do it!

  3. Wow! That’s incredible! People are just absolutely amazing. She’s amazing. Thank you so much for sharing about her!
    Jennifer @ Fit Nana recently posted…5 Fun Things When You’re SickMy Profile

  4. I first read Colleen’s story last week when Angela shared the link. This video made me tear up – she is such an incredible woman and her gratitude is humbling and inspiring. I can’t wait to read your interview with her!
    I really want to try the beet and chocolate flavor of the Picky Oats – that combination sounds delicious!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Friday ThriveMy Profile

    1. She is truly an incredible human being and I felt so lucky to have been able to talk with her. She was an amazing person before the accident and now? Just amazing.
      And the beet and chocolate combo is SO GOOD!

  5. What an inspiration this woman. I loved this story, it motivated me too much. Thank you very much for sharing this story. Gratitude!

  6. Wow. I hadn’t heard about Colleen’s story until today and I am so moved by it. She is amazing! Really makes us grateful for every single day. Thank you for sharing friend and thanks for the shout out!! xoxox

    PS: You don’t like Picky Bars? This makes me sad…. πŸ™‚
    Natalie recently posted…Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K Race RecapMy Profile

    1. It really was a life-changing story for me. Every time I’m feeling any self pity now, I think of Colleen. Just amazing.
      And I know about Picky Bars but they are just not for me, even though I love seeing your smiling face on the package πŸ™‚ But I truly LOVE the oats so that has to count for something, right? xoxo

  7. I have not heard of Colleen – pretty amazing! I’m off to check out the Koala clip and the oatmeal. Even though I’m not running, I never know where to put my phone when I’m walking the dog in the summer when I have no pockets. And you can never go wrong with oatmeal!
    Dana recently posted…Small moments of happinessMy Profile

    1. I had the same phone issue with Star and this will definitely save you! You’re welcome πŸ™‚

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