Yesterday’s Run & A Stur Giveaway!


If you are trying to build on your endurance and extend your runs, I am going to guess that one of your biggest struggles sometimes is getting through the first few miles.

Making it through those first three miles, loosening up, working out the kinks and finding your groove is key to going longer.

I often feel my best somewhere around mile five or six but sometimes getting to that point is half of the battle.

Yesterday was one of those days. My feet felt weird as if my socks were too thick even though they are the same socks I wear every single time.

My legs weren’t dead or heavy but my feet really felt interesting.

Was it really the socks? Was it the shoes? The laces? Was it the humidity? Was it in my head?

At mile four or so, I ran into my house to switch my sneakers from my beloved Energy Boosts to a pair of Brooks Glycerins that I have stashed in my closet.

I needed to do something to remedy the situation and this was what I came up with.


Please note that I didn’t even untie my sneakers. I never just slip them off but hello, I was kind of in the middle of the run and this was a rare rushing occurrence.

Switching your sneakers mid-run is an odd feeling, sort of like taking off your ice skates and then putting on shoes to walk around.

I ran a mile in the Brooks and decided I wasn’t happy so I went back home again to switch back to the Energy Boosts.

I felt much better at this point, don’t ask me why but it worked itself out… and it usually does, after you get through the first group of miles.

I didn’t quit the run because I don’t do that unless I have a real reason. Some runs take time to adjust, some runs are bleh compared to others but if you feel fine overall aside from your socks feeling weird, you figure out how to keep going.

So remember last week when I was raving about using Stur to flavor my water which I discovered at the Healthy Brand Showcase?


I’m so excited to give away One Stur Multipack!!!

(Multipack will include five flavors…..5 flavors = 100 drinks)

So what exactly is Stur?

Stur is the leading ALL-NATURAL liquid water enhancer made from only the best natural fruit and stevia extracts without containing any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical sweeteners commonly found in other water enhancers and bottled beverages, such as Sucralose, Aspartame, and Acesulfame Potassium.

And, which makes someone like me super happy, Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical flavors or colors such as Yellow Lake 5, Blue 1, Red 40, etc.

What you will get is a yummy taste and a boost of Vitamin C.

Did I mention it is wheat and gluten-free?


So where exactly does Stur get its flavor? I know I wondered.

At the Healthy Brand Showcase, I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner and inventor of Stur.

He told me all about how he came up with this product in order to provide his pregnant wife with a healthy flavoring for water so that she would drink enough to be hydrated.

Stur is naturally sweetened with NATURAL stevia leaf extract.

The stevia is gently steeped in warm water (hence the great taste), never with methanol! The sweet leaves of the stevia plant have been safely used as a sweetener in South America for centuries, and are recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the general population, including pregnant women and children. As always, please consult with your physician about taking any products in conjunction with your medications or allergies.

You can read more about Stur  and their flavors here.


I have never liked soda or carbonated beverages but sometimes plain water can get a little bit boring.

While I have enjoyed my Fruit Infusion pitcher, the price of fruit lately has prevented me from using it all of the time and squeezes of lemon can get old too.

I shy away from Crystal Light-type things because of what’s in it so having a product like Stur, free from the artificial stuff, has been a fun little treat and terrific way to keep me drinking.

I currently alternate between the Fruit Punch and Coconut Pineapple flavors but there are lots more varieties for the taste buds.


If you check out their website, you may see flavors for appetite control. I have not tried those nor do I believe much in things like that so I cannot vouch for them. But maybe they taste good?!

In my opinion, stayed hydrated controls your appetite. Sometimes we think we are hungry when in fact, we are thirsty. You would be very surprised to learn that getting enough water throughout the day is enough to curb the appetite in order to understand your hunger cues better which naturally leads you to eating less.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you would like to try. Winner will be announced Wednesday morning!

Giveaway only open to US residents – sorry out-of-area friends, I do apologize.


I received free product at the Healthy Brand Showcase but was not compensated in any way for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you ever switched your sneakers in the middle of your run?

At what point in your runs do you normally feel all warmed up and in a groove?

Do you add anything to your water to make it taste yummy?

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  • Sam @ The Running Graduate September 12, 2014, 6:01 am

    The pomegranate cranberry flavor sounds delicious! I also don’t believe in appetite control, but the flavors of that variety actually sound pretty good too.
    I normally add Nuun or a True Lemon packet to my water to kick it up a notch.
    I start feeling good about 3 miles into a run. Mile 2 is always the hardest for me!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 12, 2014, 2:29 pm

      I might agree about mile two sometimes…The first mile I know I am warming up, the second mile is that get through mile until you are suddenly at three and then after that, I find a good groove. I think. I guess it really depends on the day!

  • Brittany September 12, 2014, 6:43 am

    I’d love to try the raspberry or the coconut lime! YUM!! 🙂 I agree that plain water can get pretty old sometimes.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe September 12, 2014, 6:50 am

    Since my loops take me away from my apartment (and, let’s be honest, it would be quite a process for me to go up, change, and come back out!) I haven’t ever changed shoes mid-run. I’m one of those who stops if I stop, if you know what I mean!
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  • Christine Wohlleben September 12, 2014, 7:20 am

    Ohhh the coconut lime flavor sounds amazing! I’m so boring, only adding lemon to my water.

  • Jessica September 12, 2014, 8:03 am

    I would love to try the strawberry watermelon! YUM!

  • Carmy September 12, 2014, 8:17 am

    Lol! Your run seemed like quite an adventure!
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 12, 2014, 8:32 am

    Oh wow! I’d love to try coconut pineapple. I love a little flavor in my water. It makes me drink more!

  • emily g September 12, 2014, 8:58 am

    coconut-anything flavored is always good for me!! 🙂

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 12, 2014, 10:56 am

    No love for us Canadians 😛 But that’s okay because I’m perfectly content with just drinking plain old water… I actually hardly ever even add lemon to it anymore. And I totally agree that the first little bit of any workout is the hardest. Gotta get the muscles loosened up and the blood flowing before it starts to feel good.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 12, 2014, 2:28 pm

      I felt bad about the Canada exclusion but it wasn’t my doing :)…

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven September 12, 2014, 11:16 am

    I like how you said changing your shoes was like changing from skates back into shoes. I remember that feeling so well! I was a figure skater so walking it shoes always felt weirder than walking in skates!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 12, 2014, 2:27 pm

      It was the first thing I thought of when I started running in the Brooks! That same weird feeling of adjustment when you would leave the skating rink after being on skates for a few hours lol.

  • Shannon September 12, 2014, 1:36 pm

    The coconut pineapple sounds good. Im usually a plain water drinker, but maybe because I have never really tried fruity water.
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  • heather September 12, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I really want to try the coconut pineapple that sounds amazing.

  • Tina Muir September 12, 2014, 4:12 pm

    Yep, I have been there. Changing shoes mid run is not fun, but sometimes necessary, especially if you can feel a blister coming on. I actually once did not change shoes when I needed to….ended up running on the side of my feet for my long run, and then ended up with a stress reaction in my shin….not ideal!

    I would love to win, can I try the pineapple please? 🙂
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  • natasha September 12, 2014, 6:46 pm

    The red raspberry appetite control…I can always use the help instead of relying on caffeine!

    Love that it uses stevia because I use “other” drops that are much more artificial ):

  • Jordan September 12, 2014, 10:50 pm

    The strawberry watermelon sounds fantastic! So does coconut water and pineapple. Actually, they all sound pretty good haha

  • Amy c September 13, 2014, 12:17 am

    Pineapple sounds yummy!

  • Heather September 13, 2014, 1:45 am

    love that this is made with stevia! i’d like to try the fruit punch

  • maddie September 13, 2014, 10:45 am

    Pomegranate raspberry sounds amazing!

  • Lindsay September 14, 2014, 5:39 pm

    I would love to try the fruit punch flavor!

  • Caroline September 14, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Pomegranate raspberry sounds so good!! I’d love to try it.

  • Chelsey September 15, 2014, 12:41 am

    I would love to try the mixed berry!

  • Angie Jerde September 15, 2014, 9:58 pm

    I love anything coconut so I’d have to choose coconut pineapple! They all sound so delicious!!!