Thermoball Jacket Review

The first product the The North Face selected for me to review is the Women’s Momentum Thermoball Hybrid Jacket. They chose this jacket based on a survey I filled out about my lifestyle.

Never one place always one jacket

Initial thoughts when opening up the package: this color looks familiar.

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Does it remind you of anything? It’s not a color that I would pick out on my own but it is nice to have a unique color when most of my jackets are black.

This jacket is very lightweight and feels thin, but it has kept me warm every time I have worn it. The sleeves are stretchy so it is good for walking around or being active on a cool day. It definitely does not feel bulky. Over the past few weeks I wore it out shopping as well as in between innings at kickball games.

sitting in jacket at dinner

On Saturday I tested the jacket out on my first run! It was about 35 degrees outside and I went out for a quick 3 mile spin. The jacket’s tight fit makes it perfect for running or other activities. The zip-up pockets are perfect for gloves or snacks/tissues you might carry on a run. I was almost too warm wearing this jacket for 3 miles at 35 degrees. I can already tell the Thermoball jacket with a short sleeve shirt will be my go-to choice for a run when the temperature is below freezing.

I love this jacket and definitely recommend it to others. There are many Thermoball options on the site, but I recommend the momentum style if you are looking for one you can wear while running. My only critique of the jacket I received is the color – I am not a fan of this Parlour Purple color. Baby Bop anyone?

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Thanks for reading! Try out a thermoball jacket for yourself and never stop exploring.

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from The North Face for testing purposes.

App Review: Road ID

Does your significant other worry when you are on a training run? Do your friends check in with you about workouts? Are you a little uneasy about training alone?

The Road ID app provides a simple and easy way to give friends and family peace of mind. My mom usually worries when I go for a run alone, but thanks to Road ID I am able to send her a link to track me during the whole run! All athletes (runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers, etc.) should use the Road ID app when they go out for a workout. Log on to the app, choose how long you expect your workout to last, and personalize your message. I use something pretty simple: “Going for a run”

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Road ID uses eCrumbs (electronic breadcrumbs) to track you on your run. Pick loved ones and they are sent a text with a link to a map for tracking. You can also set up a stationary alert that notifies your contacts if you stop moving for five minutes.

My dad, mom, and step-dad receive a text with a link to track me on my workout. Below shows you the summary screen that you click as you get started. During the run (or bike ride, hike, walk, etc.) you can quickly add 5 minutes if you think it will take longer than you originally predicted.

Road ID screen shot to start eCrumb screen

At the end of the workout, you “stop eCrumb” and you’re done! Unfortunately the app does not notify your contacts that you have finished training, but they can go into the link and see that you are done. My dad uses this when he goes out on long rides and it really is helpful, especially if you are wondering when someone will be returning home. The app has been in Beta testing lately so it is not perfect but it’s definitely a good solution and compliment to the Road ID I wear when I am running. You never know what could happen and  it is always good to be safe.

Do you take any safety precautions when you train? Try out the Road ID app and let me know what you think!

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Lean In – Chapter 11

Chapter 11: Working Together Towards Equality

To wrap up my series on Lean In, I am going to share my favorite quote from the final chapter:

All of us – men and women alike – have to understand and acknowledge how stereotypes and biases cloud our beliefs and perpetuate the status quo. Instead of ignoring our differences, we need to accept and transcend them”  – Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In, p. 159.

A different perspective on life and the workplace is my biggest takeaway from the book. I appreciated the stories and anecdotes from each chapter that improved my critical lens of the world and forced me to rethink how I support women and men in work and home life. Sandberg summarizes that women should join with men as well as other women to work together and help women rise to leadership positions. She states “Women don’t often receive female support but can really help each other by working together.” I am making a commitment to support my colleagues, women and men, in their personal and professional endeavors.

"We need to be grateful for what we have but dissatisfied with the status quo"

Together let’s make the workplace better for everyone. I hope you will add Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg to your bookshelf and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for following the series.

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This post is part of a series on Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Victoria’s Secret Sport VoxBox

Last month I received an amazing VoxBox from Influenster and Victoria’s Secret. The VoxBox included leggings and a sports bra for me to test as well as 25% off coupons to share with friends. I was really excited to try this VS Sport Line because I’m always looking for more running gear!

Victoria's Secret Vox Box

The Knockout Leggings are comfortable – they fit true to size and are a unique color (not your typical black).

The Incredible sports bra is nice because it can be purchased by bra size instead of small, medium, and large. In my experience it fits true to size, but unfortunately the shoulder straps are not adjustable. I have tiny shoulders and almost always need adjustable straps. I will probably not wear this on a run because it falls down my shoulders.

I first tested out the leggings while running a yard sale. They also fit true to size (I’m a medium) and didn’t fall down while I was walking around.

VS Sport Leggings at yard sale

They worked great and were comfortable for the light walking during the yard sale. I definitely plan to try them on a run when it gets colder outside. Now the down side…after a few hours I realized that the seam was coming undone.Leggings seam rip

I am disappointed that the seam on a brand new pair of leggings would get messed up. Especially when I was not even wearing these on moderate or high activity like a run. I cut the string off and hope to not have any more issues, but am definitely hesitant about the quality now that I ran into these issues my first time wearing the pants.

Do you own any Victoria’s Secret Sport gear? What did you think? I will definitely consider purchasing some next time I need workout gear. Thanks Influenster for sending me the VS Sport VoxBox to test!

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.