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May 19, 2011

Review....GU & Ryder sunglasses

4 miles on the schedule today.  Good run except for the rain.  I didn't think it was raining too hard...until I past a light post.  People sometimes ask me why I run in the rain especially when I have a treadmill.  I'm not usually one to start out in the rain but I did today because I'm trying to built up mentally for a rainy marathon.  I'm hoping I won't have one but if I do, I won't be so depressed since I have run in the rain during training.


Look what I got!!!  Scott over at Outside PR sent me some GU Chomps and GU Brew tablets to review.  He also sent me a pair of Ryder's Sunglasses to test and review!  Sweet!  Wasn't that nice of him?

As soon as I got the package, I popped one of the GU Brew tablets in water.  It only takes about 3-4 minutes for it to dissolve.  I've tried the Peach Tea so far.  Thumbs up on the flavor - tasted great!  My daughter also tried some of it as well and she really liked it too.  I'll be giving these a try after my marathon and after my training(what's left of it) Another great thing about these is that they are only 10 calories each!  That's nice because you are getting some Electrolytes back into your system without all the calories you can sometimes get from drinks.

Now I have not tried the GU Chomps yet but I will try these for my run this weekend and will post about it at that time.  Again, these are only 90 calories for four pieces so very reasonable.  I have really been wanting to try these out.  I have been using gummy bears during my training runs but these really provide a much better nutrition to help keep you going.  I look forward to giving you more information on these this weekend.  If you have tried either of these before, please leave a comment about your thoughts.

GU Brew!

GU Chomps

The Ryder's sunglasses are cool.  I think so anyway.  My daughter said I look like a dork with them but I told her they are for running and biking.  Really, though, these are great for any outdoor sports.  Check out Ryder's website at

Cool Dork!
The above link will take you exactly to the website page of the actually glasses I received which are the Tweaker SL version of their sunglasses.  Grey tint WITH mirror(I love the mirror look), Polycarbonate which are great for outdoor sports like running and cycling.  I think these will really take the beating outside well.  Of course, they are 100% UV protected which really is a must for any sunglasses.  They also have anti-slip nosepads and temple tips so that they stay in place.  Really the only thing that I don't like about them is the color.  I'm not sure I'd pick bright yellow and white but it just so happens that I have a running shirt that matches these exactly so I guess that worked out.  Haha!!!!

Now I have to be honest that I'm not usually one to run with sunglasses but I know that I should so I don't strain my eyes/face and to help protect my eyes from the sun.  These glasses were just the ticket!  They are great for running - they stay on your face and they do not bounce.  For me that is the biggest complaint of wearing glasses when running.

Also great for cycling and really for any other sport you might do outside.  Personally, I only Run and Bike but I could see using these anytime I am outside.  The glasses also come in a nice bag so you won't scratch them either.  And you can't beat the price!!!  So, if you need a pair of sunglasses, check out Ryder's glasses and you won't be disappointed.  They have a huge selection to pick from.

Sweet looking!

Nice and bright, huh?

Question of the day:  Do you run with sunglasses?

Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!!


  1. i don't run with sunglasses, but I've been debating if I should. I'm interested to see how you like those!

  2. I have never had the GU Brew but I LOVE GU chomps...I alternate those with GU during my marathon....totally awesome...

    I LOVE running with fact it is a must if there is any type of sunlight...I need to pick up a sporty pair...

  3. I don't like running in the rain much, but I definitely agree that it's essential. Cause what would you do? Not run a race just cause it's raining?!

    I don't wear sunglasses when I run but that's because I always wear a hat. I've heard great things about Ryders though and imagine that if I did wear sunglasses while running, I'd probably get a pair.

  4. I love love love my Ryders sunglasses!! I use the Hex style in hot pink!

  5. I have a pair of running sunglasses, but I don't really use them. I sweat so much and wipe the sweat from my face that sunglasses drive me kind of bonkers.

  6. i like the gu chomps that i've tried so far. They are tasty. I find chewing while running a bit difficult, but they sure do help keep you going!

  7. Scott hooked you up! LOVE GU chomps :) As for the sunglasses, I don't run with them they just make me feel hotter if that makes any sense ( I know it doesn't...)

  8. My question is: "why do people run on the treadmill"? I prefer the workouts but I live in a city with a good weather and the rain is never stormy.
    I run with the sunglasses because I have to protect myself by the sun, I am a skin cancer survivor.

  9. I wear glasses to see, so sunglasses are out for me. I sweat like crazy and always having to wipe my face. Dont know who people wear sunglasses and they dont fog over or have to keep taking them off to wipe the sweat. My running partner wears them. I sure wish I could.

  10. I would love to try to try out Ryders. I've heard nothing but good things about them. I always run with sunglasses on (unless it is pitch black out). It is important since many of the roads I run on the speed limit is 45 and those cars kick up a lot of dust/dirt. Enjoy the chomps. I like them but I choke on them half the time.

  11. Those shades are TIGHT YO! I usually keep sunglasses on my hat "just in case", but rarely put them on - kinda dumb I guess when you think about it!

  12. I have to run with sunglasses. I actually get a bit of a headache from squinting.

    I wore my Ray-Ban's for the Crim last year and got a chafe mark on my nose. Not cool.

  13. haha - I feel like those sunglasses are very kanye west! I've never tried the Gu Brew so thanks for the review!