Product Reviews and a GIVEAWAY!!

A few product reviews - make sure to read to the bottom for an awesome giveaway!

All Pro Science Protein Powder

Short review: Love it!

I was given a tub of APS's Strawberries and Creme protein powder to try a while ago. I had no expectations. I was already using Sunwarrior, which is highly rated and I had found to be better tasting than most other protein powders I had tried... could this really be any different?

I'll say, without hesitation, that I found myself LOVING it! It made the best tasting fruit/yogurt smoothies I've had. I couldn't taste the protein powder, and the flavors mixed perfectly with any smoothie combination I tried.

Other perks: It's made from 100% grass fed whey, and only has 6 ingredients.

Since running out, I used Sunwarrior for my last protein shake. It's noticeably chalky and not nearly as great tasting. Sad! I miss my All Pro Science protein powder! It's expensive ($70/tub), but this might be one thing I'm willing to splurge on... which is really saying something!

*Disclaimer: This product was given to me to test; I did not purchase the product.

Vega Sport Bars

Short review: Like/Love it!

I am a fan of energy bars, especially for runners on-the-go after workouts. It's important to get in carbohydrates and protein immediately after a run (3:1 to 5:1 ratio), and if you've packed a bar in your gym bag/locker for right afterwards, you're set.
I tried Vega's sport bars, choosing the chocolate peanut butter flavor so I could easily compare it to Powerbar's chocolate/peanut butter bar which I've used in the past.

Between the two of them, I'd definitely choose the Vega bars in terms of taste and ingredient quality. For taste, they have a less "sweet" taste (i.e. less like a candy bar), and the texture of the peanut butter middle is great. The ingredient list clearly shows that the Vega bar is far more natural (and pronounceable!).

The Vega bar has 15g of protein, which is about what a 150 lb runner would ideally have after a workout when targeting a 3:1 carb/protein ratio.

Plus, I also like that it's vegan, with no added flavors, colors or sweeteners. YAY for natural nutrition!

There is more fat in this bar than others (11g/ 17% RDV), probably because it contains more nuts (just guessing?). I don't advocate for fat calories right after a workout (protein and carbs should be prioritized), but it isn't a bad thing.

*Disclaimer: This product was given to me to test; I did not purchase the product.

"Baby Got Track" T-shirt

Short review: Love, LOVE it!!!

The creator of contacted me to see if I'd be interested in trying one of his newly-minted running-themed shirts.

After seeing this design, I couldn't turn down the offer! How appropriate?!?

The shirt is SOOOO soft, and the printing on it is dyed into the fabric, so it isn't one of those cheap-o plastic-y feeling logos. I am honestly in love with it!

He prints these shirts in his garage, and I love supporting operations like that :).

Except... the medium that I ordered is *just* barely fitting now. It's a very stretchy/soft material, but obviously, baby is growing very rapidly. I'm hoping Matt will read this and take pity on me and consider sending a large :). Promise - I will wear it all the time! Paging Matt... :) :) :) Maybe???

Need a runner gift idea? This would be perfect. Check out their other runner designs or any of Matt's other designs.

If you want, here's a great coupon code for 20% off: NICHOLEROCKS

(Why, yes, I do rock?)

*Disclaimer: This product was given to me to test; I did not purchase the product.


Lucky you, reader, Matt at has offered to GIVE AWAY a T-Shirt of your choice to a reader.

This is your lucky day!!

Comment below, with your contact information, and one lucky reader/commenter will be selected for an ohhhh-so soft T-shirt!
Hope you love yours as much as I love mine!

Comment below: which T-shirt design would you choose if you were drawn? 

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. Replies
    1. Oh - I know you will!! Let me know how I can contact you if you're chosen!!

  2. I always need a runner gift idea or a really nice soft shirt for myself! Contact info: Jamie Elskamp 303-522-0599 e-mail Thanks :)

  3. Want: the I love NOLA shirt its Sierra contact:

  4. Baby got track! I love it- not appropriate for me at the moment, but I'll either save it or give it to a running friend who is pregnant :) you can reach me at PS- I met you and your husband and vizsla at the Fast and Furry!

  5. There's a BEAST MODE shirt! I know what I'd love to end up with if my lucky comment is chosen :)

  6. These are so funny! I like a lot of them, but my favs are probably the "snail running team" or "but first coffee" shirts. What a great giveaway! Corssing my fingers!

  7. I love free shirts!!

  8. As a chemist, I love the Geek Shirts! But....I'd still have to go with "On a Beer Run" or "I Run From Zombies" as my favorites.

  9. What runner doesn't need more shirts, or know other runners they could give shirts to as a gift? There are a lot of great shirts on there. Some of the science ones are great, but the "put me down for cardio" one has to be my favorite. The story of my life...

  10. It's Violet here, I want to win the 'im a little cooler' t-shirt :) contact info: or contact my mom. Thanks auntie

  11. Fun giveaway!

    lauren 799

  12. I would love to win a shirt.. this one is awesome!

    1. oooh and these are too cute!

  13. I can't pass up a chance to win a funny shirt, especially after hearing how soft they are!
    Amy Olson (

  14. Will run for bacon

  15. Love the shirt!! I really like wearing tees with cute sayings on them

  16. I love the one that says "I run like a girl, try to keep up"
    You look great Nichole!

  17. I like the one that says "Talk Nerdy To Me" :D hehehe thank you!

    allishagold at volcano dot net