As I dig myself deeper and deeper into various facets of the fitness industry, my quest to find the best and most interesting products in fitness and wellness has led me to some great discoveries, especially in the subscription box category. I've already found a definite favorite for mental/spiritual wellness and have some great front runners I'm checking out for lifting and strength building, but my encounters with endurance and running boxes have been less than stellar. Now, though, I think I have finally found a favorite running box!
Disclaimer: I received one Fun Run Box at no cost in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
Fun Run Box is more than just a smattering of "healthy samples" - it's a long-term challenge series that helps runners of any level find new and interesting ways to push themselves towards their goals. Whether those goals are new PRs or just greater dedication, the Fun Run Box offers gear and incentives to keep you motivated and working hard. AND, if you stick with the series, you earn a finisher's shirt and medal at the end!
My box is the second in the current challenge series, and as a February box created by a fellow Clevelander, it appropriately addresses the weather! In fact, the challenge is all about getting out during the winter and sticking with your running despite the cold weather. Each of the eight challenges on the included card has options for three difficulty levels, allowing any runner from newbie to racing pro to benefit from the Fun Run Box. All the gear included in the box is perfectly on-point with the theme, too, which always makes for a great subscription box experience. There's a card included showing the value of the items included (and a description, in case you haven't used an item before) so you can be sure you're getting your money's worth out of each box.
This winter running set contained some really cool stuff! I received UV resistant arm warmers that say "One More Mile" on them, which will help keep my arms better insulated while running and double as post-run recovery compression sleeves later. I don't have any arm warmers yet, so this was an exciting addition to my collection. A pair of gloves with "Find Your Happy Place" partner nicely with the arm warmers, especially since so many people do run to find their happy place! When ordering the box, there were no sizing options for customization, so the gloves I received are a little big for my small hands, but they're still wearable and helpful in single-digit temperature.
One of my favorite items in the box is the head buff, a versatile and essential piece of winter running gear that can function as a headscarf, face cover, neck warmer, headband, or whatever position you can stretch it into while you're out and about! I especially liked that this buff has the Fun Run Box logo on it, as so many boxes include items from other vendors but kinda leave out their own touch.
A pair of toe warmers and a full-size sample of Probar Bolt energy chews rounded out the box. While the idea of toe warmers in a winter running box is awesome, they're one-time-use items, so I'll have to be picky about when I actually use them. It's hard to know when your coldest run will be, and I'm the kind of person who worries about "wasting" this kind of item on anything less than the perfect day for it! The energy chews have caffeine so I likely won't be trying them, but it's great to see a full size package included instead of a tiny little sample pouch. These would be great on a long run!
Finally, the box also comes with a little award for finishing the previous challenge! So not only do you receive something at the end of a full challenge series, but your accomplishments along the way earn you additional recognition and little prizes. It's a total training program, complete with support system, all packed into a nice little box and delivered right to your doorstep every month! How perfect is that?!
Well, you guys know how much I loooooove giveaways, so here's another one for ya! Fun Run Box is giving away one March challenge box! Enter below using the Rafflecopter to win; contest ends 3/1 at midnight. If you're interested in signing up for the Fun Run Box challenge series, don't wait! If you're picked as the winner, you'll be refunded for your first box - so get on it NOW!
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