Winners of the KEEN Onlineshoes.com and Champion Giveaways!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my two giveaways! Here are the lucky winners:

 

Champion DoubleDry Seamless Reversible Sports Bra Giveaway Winner!

Random.org chose #61…which is Ellen! Congratulations!

Ellen, please send your mailing address and your size preference to kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (dot) com by Friday, June 1.

 

KEEN Mommy & Me Giveaway courtesy Onlineshoes.com Winner!

Random.org chose #52…which is Erika! Congratulations!

Erika, please email me at kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (d0t) com by Friday, June 1, so we can work out the the details of your prize!

Onlineshoes.com KEEN Shoes Review & Giveaway!

Vacationing in California in our KEEN shoes!

You know you have a high-quality pair of shoes when you would rather wear them than go barefoot.

I recently got the opportunity to review a pair of KEEN Whisper sandals. I, of course, had heard of KEEN thanks to Onlinshoes.com, and knew they were a quality brand, but I’d never actually tried a pair of KEEN shoes on. Now that I have, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to own another pair of sandals in any other brand. I guess it’s KEEN sandals for me from here on out!

KEEN WHISPER SANDALS

Sporting my Keen Whisper sandals at the Moses Lake dog show. Pay no attention to crazy Bennie blasting off behind me.

First, let me tell you what Onlineshoes.com says about the KEEN Whisper sandal:

Comfort and function merge in the feminine KEEN Whisper sandal. The synthetic webbing upper features straps designed to fit anatomically with your foot; a quick-draw elastic cord lacing system lends a snug fit. The hydrophobic mesh lining provides water resistance, while the antimicrobial Aegis Microbe Shield™ treatment fights odor to maintain a fresh interior. A metatomical EVA footbed offers long-lasting comfort. The textured rubber outsole of the KEEN Whisper sandal provides traction on a variety of surfaces. Fit tip: This sandal runs true to size and narrower than the classic KEEN fit.

Also available in: Coffee Liqueur/Yellow, Black/Gargoyle, Bluestone/Neutral Gray, Brindle/Regal Orchid, Jade Green/Neutral Gray, Sweet Grape/Neutral Gray, Beet Red/Gargoyle, Apricot Raya, Nile/Neutral Grey, Allure Raya, Purple Heart Raya, Carribean Sea/Neutral Gry

• Aegis Microbe Shield™
• Elastic cord lacing system
• Hydrophobic mesh lining
• Machine washable
• Metatomical EVA footbed
• Metatomical strap design
• Patented Toe Protection™
• Rubber outsole
• Synthetic webbing upper
• Women’s-specific fit

There are so many reasons why I like, no love, these KEEN sandals:

  • The fabric that holds them on my foot is just stretchy enough so that my foot doesn’t slip out, while still being soft and comfortable against my skin.
  • There is just the right amount of support for my feet – not too much arch, but not flat – which is perfect since I have one flat foot and one high-arched foot.
  • The “metatomical EVA footbed” (inner sole) is supportive, but very comfortable – better than barefoot!
  • It’s a utility sandal that still looks feminine!
  • It hides my ugly, calloused runner feet, but I still have the summer barefoot feeling that I usually get from flip-flops.
  • The drawstring and stretchy material makes them easy to get on and off.
  • They are airy enough that I can put them on after a run and not be walking around in sweaty shoes. Plus, they have anti-microbial technology to protect against odors.
  • They look cute with my skinny jeans, with shorts or with running clothes.
  • They are very lightweight and don’t make my running bag heavy.
  • I like the hint of turquoise color with the basic gray on top.

KEEN BOYS ARCATA SHOE

Onlineshoes.com sent T Junior a pair of KEENs to try: the KEEN Arcatas. Now, it’s sort of hard to get out feelings about shoes from a 3-year-old boy, but judging by the grin, I think he likes them. I certainly like them. So does Mr. T (he’s jealous; I’ve never heard the man get so excited over a pair of shoes). They are a tad too big for T Junior right now – he’s in between a 10 and an 11, and these are 11’s. But they will be the perfect shoes for fall.

Here’s what Onlineshoes.com says:

Make sure they feel like the coolest kid on the playground in the KEEN Arcata sneaker in khaki and burnt orange. Trimmed with leather overlays, this kids’ casual oxford has a synthetic textile upper, variegated to look like linen; the five-eye lace closure with eco-friendly recycled aluminum eyelets ensures a snug fit. Covered in a plaid-printed canvas fabric, the footbed offers cushioned comfort. The KEEN Arcata sneaker is finished with a non-marking natural rubber sole, lending dependable traction to go with their retro-inspired style.

Also available in: Black/Neutral Grey

Also available for: Girls

• Cushioned footbed
• Five-eye lace closure
• Leather overlays
• Logo details
• Non-marking natural rubber sole
• Plaid-print natural canvas lining
• Recycled aluminum eyelets
• Variegated textile upper
• Vulcanized, eco-friendly construction

What I like about the KEEN Arcata shoe:

  • They are flexible so, unlike some kids’ shoes, these will move with his foot.
  • The colors are adorable and versatile.
  • He can put them on himself – no tying required!
  • And this last one is important: He doesn’t whine about them when I put them on.

 

KEENS MOMMY & ME GIVEAWAY COURTESY ONLINESHOES.COM!

Moms: Win a pair of KEEN Whispers for you, and a pair of KEEN Arcatas for your little dude (KEEN Arcata for Boys) or dudette (KEEN Arcata’s for Girls)*! Here’s how to win:

-Required: Follow Mom vs. Marathon by copying this link http://momvsmarathon.com and pasting it into the “Follow” box in Google Reader (or in another similar blog-reader product). Leave a comment letting me know you did. (Note! My blog address has CHANGED! If you have my old “blogspot” address in your Google Reader, you will need to change it to the link I provided above. Thanks!)

-Extra entry: Like Mom vs. Marathon on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Like Onlineshoes.com on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Follow me on Twitter, @momvsmarathon, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Follow Onlineshoes.com on Twitter, @onlineshoes_com, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or by skywriter airplane. Come back and leave me a comment for each share.

Important! Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Entries not left in separate comments will not be counted.

*Winner can choose different colors than what I chose. Giveaway for US residents only. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, May 21.

Champion Double Dry Sports Bra Review & Giveaway!

If you go into a Target store and walk into the women’s activewear clothing section, you will see a rainbow of bright workout clothes from Champion. I love it.

And I felt the same way when Champion sent me two colorful bras to try on my own! My first thought was, “I should tone up my tummy so I can run in just a bra this summer.” The colors are so fun and cute.

Champion Double Dry® Seamless Reversible Sports Bra in Papaya and Light Papaya.

Here’s what Champion says about it:

Change it up! This versatile sports bra reverses in seconds to give you a fresh new look. It’s like getting two sports bras in one — with double the ”bounce control.” (And, since both sides are seam-free and tag-free, you get double the comfort, too.)

• Ultra-soft two-ply fabric stretches for sleek compression.
• Double Dry™ fabric technology wicks sweat, keeps you cool and dry.
• Main side has knit-in textural accents, designed to flatter your figure.
• Reverse side provides knit-in strategic support.
• Wide knit-in comfort band stays put without digging or rolling.
• Supportive racerback straps allow flexible range of motion.
• NOTE: Fashion colors reverse to contrast side. Basics reverse to same color.

Of the two, my favorite is the Seamless Reversible model. It is so stretchy and comfortable – perfect for a woman who doesn’t have a whole lot going on up top (like moi). But I can’t speak to the amount of support for a gal with more to hold up there except that Champion says it has double the “bounce control.”

This bra is so comfortable. Since I run on my lunch hour, I usually will put on pieces of my running outfit, like a sports bra, in the morning and wear them under my work clothes – makes for faster changing and more time for running! This is one of my favorites because it is so comfy, I forget I’m wearing a sports bra. I even wore this one to the hospital the day I had to get my bone density scan (I couldn’t wear any metal).

The Seamless Reversible bra is also really easy to get on. Some bras are so stiff that you have to have moves like Jagger to get into them. And, of course, I love the bright color. But if I don’t want it showing through a lighter-colored top, I could always reverse it and wear the softer color on the outside. Genius!

Champion Double Dry® Absolute Workout Sports Bra in Parakeet Blur Stripe/ Parakeet

Here’s what Champion says:

Be supported in style! Wear this Absolute Workout sports bra to mix fun, fashion, and fitness.

• Silky high-tech fabric wicks moisture to keep you dry.
• Extra stretch provides sleek compression for Medium Motion Control.
• Double-layer design helps block embarrassing show-through.
• Mesh panel at back adds cooling ventilation.
• Details dial up the comfort: tag-free no-slip racerback; neat banded neck and armholes; non-chafe flat-locked seams.

I already own a similar-style bra from Champion. I love that one and wear it on long runs because I feel like it has a lot of support, but does not chafe. Unfortunately, this version has a tiny seam under my left armpit that does leave a little mark…and chafes a little. I simply put some anti-chafing lube underneath the seam and that does the trick. I wonder if it’s just the bra I received – maybe a faulty one – since Champion says this model has flat-locked seams. Maybe the seam just came loose somewhere along the way?

I still really like it, and wear it often. I really love the design and colors. Again, wish that darn tummy wasn’t so jiggly so I could just wear my bra with one of my running skirts when it’s really hot this summer. Because it will be really hot in Seattle. It WILL. (Really hot, BTW, is 80.)

The Absolute Workout bra has less stretch as the Seamless Reversible style, but it has really good, firm support and, while not as stretchy as the other style I tried, it is also fairly easy to get into.

I definitely think Champion’s got some nice stuff here, especially for the prices, which run anywhere from about $15 to approximately $30. Pretty inexpensive! All their bras are on sale right now at their site www.championusa.com, and of course, you can always stop by a Target for an in-person look at their C9 brand!

Now, who wants a free one?

Champion is giving away a Double Dry Seamless Reversible sports bra to one of you! There are multiple ways to win:

-Required: Follow Mom vs. Marathon by copying this link http://momvsmarathon.com and pasting it into the “Follow” box in Google Reader (or in another similar blog-reader product). Leave a comment letting me know you did. (Note! My blog address has CHANGED! If you have my old “blogspot” address in your Google Reader, you will need to change it to the link I provided above. Thanks!)

-Extra entry: Like Mom vs. Marathon on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Like Champion on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Follow me on Twitter, @momvsmarathon, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

-Extra entry: Follow Champion on Twitter, @ChampionUSA, then come back and leave a comment letting me know you did.

That’s it! Make sure you come back and leave me a comment because that’s how I’ll count your entry when it comes time to draw a winner! Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, 5/20.