Montreal Runner Mom

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New Spring #RunningGear by #CTR!

Today is all about some fabulous new running gear which I was very thankful to receive by the local Montreal company Chaos Hats. They provided me with four CTR items which have been put to good use this week during my training runs!

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Chase Ponytail Skully

First of all as much it’s spring, it still feels cold on many early morning runs. Hats are definitely still a necessity to retain some body heat and keep the ears warm from the wind. The material wicks sweat perfectly and it’s a great combination of retaining warmth at the beginning of the run and not overheating as you get further along. The fit is perfect and I can’t deny the practicality of the ponytail holder. Hats are always an issue without one of these!

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Chase Headband

I wear a lot of headbands and most of them, despite the fact that they all claim to stay put on your head no matter what activity you do, most do not. I hate having to adjust headbands mid run, mid yoga or mid anything! Nothing more annoying than messing around with your hair accessory when you want to be focusing on your workout. So when I saw the same claim on this headband, I figured I knew what I was in for. Well, I am happy to report that I was totally wrong! This headband does actually stay put! Mostly I believe due to the tie in the back. All my other headbands tend to slip off (maybe it’s just my head?) but when I tie the CTR headband, I can make it as tight or as loose as I need and it stays. Not to mention the wide front band that wicks sweat (same great material as the hat).

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Chase belt

Now here’s an item that I can really get behind! See I have a purse problem. I’m usually the girl with the massive oversize purse carrying everything I’ve ever owned. I have the same issue when I run. I need my phone, water, kleenex, lip balm, keys, ID, money and now that I’m training a marathon I need some extra fuel. I’ve been struggling about where to put everything and how to carry it. This little belt was the perfect answer for all the little extras that were not fitting into my pockets and fuel belt. It’s small, light and can stretch to accommodate a number of items. I even used it as the only carrying item on short runs when I didn’t need water or fuel!

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Chase Slapband

Super fun item! It’s great how all the CTR items have some reflective details on them but these little slap bands really did the trick. Not to mention they are fun to use. Just slap and go! Reminded me of the slap bracelets I used to have as a kid. I felt extra safe on the roads during a recent evening run.

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After trying these products I was really impressed with them. All are durable, easily washable and have great practical and stylistic elements. Another plus for me is that they are easy to find at my local mall. Nothing worse than falling in love with a product only to find out it can only be found in a small boutique that may or may not ship to Canada!

All the CTR products are reasonably priced and can be found at most Montreal Sports Experts stores.

Thank you Chaos Hats! I will be using these and more CTR products for a long time!!

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#HempLove and Give-A-Way!

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As I journey through the months leading up to my first ever marathon, I have taken on a more serious approach to eating clean. So when I was offered the opportunity to sample and review #HempHearts for Manitoba Harvest Foods I was really excited! I had seen their products in local stores and even previously tried the HempPro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder  after receiving a sample of it through the #SweatPink community. I love the protein powder and have been using it ever since however #HempHearts were new to me.

So first question if you don’t know anything about this product, is what is hemp exactly? Well all the details you need to know can be found here and here! 

However very simply put, hemp hearts are raw shelled hemp seeds. They have a taste similar to pine nuts or sunflower seeds, they come in this fun little package and they pretty much go with EVERYTHING! From smoothies, shakes and yogurts to salads, soups and pasta, you can use hemp hearts to season pretty much any meal or snack. And as per the company’s info –Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax. Now how awesome is that? Not to mention my kids LOVED them!! They had so much fun sprinkling the hemp hearts on their food and it was an easy sell taste wise too! Can’t beat that 😉

To top it off, if you are in need of a little inspiration Manitoba Harvest Foods has a fabulous Recipe Page that lists simple to prepare and delicious meal and snack ideas. I encourage you to try some out, they are amazing!!

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I really enjoyed sampling the #HempHearts and will now be adding them to my grocery list along with the HempPro 70 Chocolate powderwhich has a smooth and delicious chocolaty taste!!

GIVE-A-WAY ALERT!!! Manitoba Harvest is giving away a bag of Hemp Hearts to one lucky reader!! All you have to do is comment on this blog post and like my FB page: Montreal Runner Mom. Then follow @ManitobaHarvest on IG or Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Use the hashtag #HempHearts for a better chance of getting noticed!!

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on my FB page on Wednesday February 25th 2015 then Manitoba Harvest will send out your prize 🙂

I am so proud to support this fabulous Canadian company and their delicious, healthy and easy to use products! Thank you Manitoba Harvest Foods and Sweat Pink!! 

Don’t forget to enter the GIVE-A -WAY today!!!

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