For long time runners, one may look at the title and say “Oh no – how does this end?” Being boxed in during a race sucks. You have 4 or 5 people surrounding you on all sides and you just want to break free and run ahead but you can’t. Patience is key when you are boxed in but eventually you will break free!
So this isn’t a post about being boxed in during a race but rather a post about being “Boxed” by the good people at The Runner Box.com! Its’s also a post about being patient, similar to being boxed in during a race.
The Runner Box is similar to let’s say, Birch Box, the cosmetic service that sends women sample of cosmetics each month. Runners Box is not sending you make up but rather items that runners could use. I have been staring at this site from a distance for some time now. Sort of like when you see someone from across the room at a bar or a party but you are too afraid to go up to them and talk to them. In my case, I was reluctant to drop the $20 per box that they charge per box in fear I was going to get mostly stuff that I did not use. Then came “Cyber Monday” sort of like the “wing man/woman” at the bar or party who breaks the ice on your behalf so you can talk to that person you were too afraid to talk to! Cyber Monday gave me the shot to pick up my first box at a 75% discount. At a $5 price point , I figured there has to be at least one thing I like from this box for the $5 I spent right?
On Saturday I received my box and I have to admit, I was pretty excited about it! It came in very small well packed box. Once I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was an inspirational quote on the inside of the box.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” – Rikki Rogers
I saw that quote and I said to myself, I like how these guys think – they think just like me! As I started to go thru the box I was in shock at how many items they fit into the box given its small size. There were 10 items in the box all together along with an index card that gave you some details on the contents of the box.
The card gave you a brief description of the item, the retail price of each item and the website addresses were you can obtain them should you want to buy more of the individual item. The box I received was considered the “Runnerbox Fall Edition”. Some of the items in the box had seasonal flavors to them such as Pumpkin and Maple Sunflower. Here is a complete listing of what came in the box.
- A one month trial to “Wearsafe“, which is a small device that can track you an send audio signals should something happen to you. The device is not in the box, but details on how to obtain it and a one month trial are included
- A resealable packet of Skout Roasted Oregon Pumpkin Seeds
- A pair of Klitch Deodorizers for sneaker, gym bags, etc.
- A 30 day trial jar of Multiforce Alkalizing Multi-Mineral Powder, which is a daily supplement meant to promote better health by reducing acids in the body.
- A small trial packet of Maple Sunflower Butter from Wildfriendsfood.com
- An original “Sweet Potato” snack bar from Ally’s Bar
- Two sachets of Nuun Performance drinks
- A “Sustainable Supergrain Bar” from Regrained Eat Beer – supposedly these are made out of grain from beer breweries. I am intrigued!
- A protein cookie from Oatmega.com. Supposedly this cookie is made with premium grass fed whey and 250mgs of omega-3s! Once again I am intrigued.
- A sample pack of SBT Sports Skin Slick lotion to prevent chafing.
Ok, I’m not going to lie. I robbed them by only paying $5! This box was definitely chock full of stuff that easily made the $5 worth it. Was it worth $20 which is the original price of the box and what they will charge me for each box going forward since I committed to a year? I think it is. Already I have eaten the pack of the pumkin seeds and I thought they were delicious! So much so that I will be looking for these seeds on Amazon. Also since they gave me a 30 day trial of the Multiforce Multi Mineral mix, my wife and I are going to split it and try it for 15 days each to see how we feel. Those sneaker deodorizers are in my “race day” sneakers with the hope that they bring them back to life, scent wise (lol)! The “Regrained Eat Beer” bar will definitely be consumed. I am so intrigued by that concept! The only items I don’t see myself using are the 30 day trial to the “Wearsafe” service and the chafing cream. But I will give it to someone I know has issues with chafing and who knows, maybe he likes it!
All in all, I was very satisfied with my box from “The Runner Box”. My only complaint is that they only ship out every other month. Which means I will have to wait a couple of months for another! Oh well, can’t win them all! There is a holiday one that I might jump at. It is a limited edition one so I may have to jump at it soon but one thing is holding me back. This limited edition one is $30! Any other Cyber Monday deals?
Hope you enjoyed the review and if “The Runner Box” people are reading, you are welcome for the free advertising. What is that I hear? I can use the Cyber Monday code for the holiday box also?