Monday, March 1, 2010

Thorlo Experia Sock Review and Giveaway!

First things first: My recap of the GLOW Fun Run is posted here. Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments - you make me feel like I've run a marathon!!! I forgot to post my time - total rookie mistake...what can I say?!? Anyway, I finished it in 38:45, which was pretty much dead on with what I have been running in practice. I was hoping to finish in under 40 minutes, so I'm happy with it. And like dieting, all I have to say is "onward and downward!"

Now, onto the Thorlo Experia socks...if you were with us last week (I feel like I'm doing a hushed voiceover for a soap opera, lol), you might have seen my write up of the Thorlo Experia socks that I bought, where I later discovered that I am not in the target age range to whom these socks are marketed. I joked about it, and somehow Tracy from Thorlo found my post and left me a comment explaining the socks and their marketing. She also issued me a challenge to try them out and post a review, which sounded like a fun thing to do!

I wore them for the first time on my GLOW Fun Run. I have to say that they worked perfectly for me in that I didn't notice them while I was running. Of course, I couldn't feel my toes, either...but that's because they had practically frozen while we were waiting to get started! About a mile into the run, they finally thawed out. But that's neither here nor there with regard to the Experias - had I wanted socks to keep my toes warm, I would have worn a pair of wool socks - but that would be kinda weird to run in. Anyway, they felt great - nice and cushy on the heel and ball of my foot, and the middle part that was tight over the arch was great - not too tight, but definitely supportive. Plus they looked cute - what can I say, I am that superficial!

Just to be sure, I wore them again on Sunday when I went for my recovery run (ooh, another running term). Once again, they worked perfectly - no bunching underfoot and yet they weren't so tight as to be uncomfortable. I like them. In fact, I give them SIX Toes Up!
Disclaimer: These are not Thorlo socks...you might recognize these rainbow feet from this post!

Now here's the fun part: Tracy has kindly offered to give a pair of Experia socks to one lucky reader! To enter, just leave me a comment letting me know what's the farthest you've ever run at one time...no distance is too short! Giveaway will close at 10pm CST on Thursday, March 4; I'll draw the winner using random.org and post it on Friday. Good luck, everybody!!!




FCC Disclaimer: Giveaway will be fulfilled by Thorlo, who will also be sending me a pair of socks as well. Review of said socks is all my opinion.

50 comments:

  1. The furthest I have ever run at once is 4 miles. I would love to try the socks!!!

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  2. At one time? I think my longest is around 5-6 miles. I'd love to run a half marathon in a few years!

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  3. The furthest I have run in a race in 3.2 miles for a 5k. At home on my treadmill the farthest I have gone is 4 miles so far but spring cometh soon I hope!
    Love the glow in the dark look of the socks.

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  4. Just started reading your blog and just started running with the local YMCA to get ready for the local 10K at the end of March. You are truly inspiring!!!
    Keep up the great running. Susan

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  5. Whoops! forgot to say I ran 4 miles this past Saturday!! Woohoo to me!

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  6. I could sure use some new running socks. Mine are on their last leg.

    The farthest I've run so far (straight) has been 1.56 miles. I hope to increase that soon!

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  7. Purple socks!! Yay!

    The farthest I have ever run in one sitting (???) was 8 miles. That was hard and took for*ever* LOL.

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  8. Just stumbled on your blog. Wow! You are amazing.

    The longest distance I've run is 5k. I'm planning to run another one in May.

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  9. I just did W1D1 of C25K, so however, long the running portion is, that's how far I've run!

    I did have a pair of Thorlo socks a long time ago and I loved them.

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  10. I did a ten miler with no stops in October of 2006 - in honor of my 46th birthday.

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  11. I think it was 2.2 miles for C25K W7D1.

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  12. A half mile. I don't run. So that was really good.....lol

    Walkers need socks too, ya know!

    May the best blogger win

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  13. I am in Dana's realm. Maybe 1/2 a mile at once...

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  14. This past Saturday I broke my record and actually ran a whole half mile before having to stop to walk. I only started jogging/running on Jan 5 of this year, so that's progress!

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  15. That's a great time for a first 5K Shelley. You should be very proud of that, I know I am.

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  16. I'm not a runner, but do short sprints here and there to keep up with my 3 year old. :)

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  17. I don't run (but maybe one day I'll do a 5K). But in the farthest I've walked at once, at least that sticks in my memory, is probably 5 miles.

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  18. I talked my brother Charlie into walking the Chicago marathon with me. He trained in Iowa and I trained here.

    Our longest walk before the actual event was 18 miles. The race was on a Sunday and he drove in on Friday. The day before I started coughing uncontrollably. I went to an immediate care center that Friday and was told I had bronchitis. I said "okay, just give me something so I can walk a marathon on Sunday."

    To which he replied "I don't even want you to go to work on Monday!" Sadly Charlie had to walk it alone - I watched it on t.v. and made sure I had White Castle for him when he came back.

    At least he can say he did a marathon!!

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  19. 26.7 miles which is what my Garmin said after my last marathon. Which is also a 1/2 mile longer than an actual marathon. Which makes me wonder if I turned wrong somewhere?

    May I also just say AGAIN that I love Thorlo socks and I think if you want to try any longer distances you should check out the more cushioned socks. Because I do think we lose foot "fat" as we age and I can't even imagine running a marathon in a thin sock.

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  20. Shelley......it's Linda, I created a blog just so I can comment on yours! Do NOT expect any real blogging. I am not saying it won't happen but, DO NOT expect it.

    Anyway 10 miles is my distance...

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  21. Probably the longest I have RUN non-stop is 1 mile. But I walked/ran home from the car repair shop one time--11 miles!

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  22. Just 4 for me, fixing to start training for a half though, that should be interesting.

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  23. Thock it to me (but don't give me any thocks).
    Congrats on the big run -- you big runner!

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  24. 5K. I cycle through a low of 1 mile to a high of 3.1 miles in between races. :)

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  25. Hi Shelley,

    No distance is too short huh?...that's funny..but encouraging..I've just started running in my exercise program and the most I've ran is two minutes on the treadmill..everyday I try to go further. Won't be long and I will be able to run like you. =) I am so looking forward to that day.
    Debi
    Second Journey

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  26. Well, almost all of you put me to shame, I have not run too much yet..jogged a 1/4 mile maybe? I am working out to dvd's, and would like to one day be able to run a bit...(bc you are such an inspiration..)

    But--when I do start to jog, I will need me some snappy socks, so I would like to enter. Plus I do walk..
    thanks Shelley, & Experia. That is very kind. Chrissy

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  27. Although it's been a while...4 miles. I'd like to try these socks, even though I too am not in the target age range. I find the regular Thorlos are too thick and make my shoes fit too tight. These sound perfect.

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  28. The furthest I have run at one time was 6.2 miles for a virtual 10K I did.

    Great giveaway I love thorlos

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  29. The farthest I've ever run was my half-marathon last May - 13.1mi.

    And one day....someday....I want to run a full marathon.

    Pick me, pick me, pick me!

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  30. I don't know that I've ever "run" a certain distance but I trained for a 5K with a 90 second run and 60 second walk. In the end, I ended up just walking the 5K and it was fun!

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  31. My longest-distance run was 8 miles! It was hard but felt great when it was over!

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  32. The furthest I have run competitively has been a 5K, although I've run up to 4 miles in trainings. Also did a sprint triathlon a couple of years ago!

    I bought the Experia socks this weekend based on your rec, and will be putting them through their paces tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

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  33. run??? ah maybe half a block :(

    I am a walker, now I can walk 4 miles, no problem!!!

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  34. The furthest I've ever run is 7 miles.

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  35. The farthers I can run is 1/2 mile. I completed a 5k in Nov. but not without walking part way.

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  36. Don't enter me, but I just had to say I LOVE Thorlo socks! The thick padded ones are amazing for my poor tired feet :)

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  37. I am more of a walker and went from a size 14 (tight) to a size 6!! Now I am slowly trying to get into running. Only at about 1/2 mile so far, but staying positive!! Congrats on your run!!

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  38. Just started running over the last few months. At this point I go more for time intervals than distance. I can do about 5 mins run, walk 2, run 5 etc etc.

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  39. I want some fancy running socks!

    I think my furthest is 11 miles.

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  40. Don't enter me in the contest (since I've already won in the past), but the longest I've ever run is 1 minute. Might not sound like much but at 290 lbs, I think it's a start!

    Thanks for the sock review. My socks always cause me problems, so I will definitely be trying these!

    Hollie
    www.skinnyhollie.com

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  41. I'm a walker -- I've done two half marathons, but the furthest I've run is probably 1-1/2 miles.

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  42. 26.2 miles and I did that twice!

    Although I didn't run non-stop, it was a run/walk. I've never heard of those socks, so that would be fun to try them. Socks are so important when you run!

    Great job again on your accomplishment!!

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  43. what a cruel question to ask lol! I am just starting out with running and I'm proudly up to 1/2 mile now before I need to walk and recover...don't worry though, I'll catch up to you soon lol

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  44. I can't remember the longest distance from college days, but in my recent return to running, my longest is just over 7 miles.

    Thanks :)

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  45. Hmmmm...I'm not much of a runner. Many years ago, I once ran two miles with my sister, but that was over two decades ago!!

    I hike, though, and I've hiked eight or so miles at a time in the past two years.

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  46. I am no runner (yet) but I did a half a block a few months ago... Blergh..

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  47. Well.....I am just now dabbling in running. So basically I fast walk then maybe jog for a minute or two, then fast walk then jog again. Someday tough.

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  48. What a great giveaway, Shelley!

    Farthest distance I've run? About 4.3 miles!

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  49. I am 52 (almost 53) and havent't run since high school. I started Thursday and I ran 1/4 mile my first time(yay me!) I think its ok !!!

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  50. I am walking with the intention of starting to run.

    Thanks!!

    Barb

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