Why we love it Wednesday and a Giveaway!

Apr 4, 2012

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The first feature that we would like to introduce you to is called, Why We Love it Wednesday.

I don’t know about you, but when I am out shopping for a specific item, the variety of choices can be overwhelming. I will look and look and look and then look at another store. I compare prices, colors, features, etc. because I don’t want to buy it and hate it. There are few things worse to me than wasting money. Seriously, I am way to cheap frugal to buy something and hate it and then just stick it in a cabinet and never use it.

So I am constantly looking for advice … and dispensing advice. If I have tried something and love it, you can bet you are going to hear about it. So this feature is dedicated to giving you our honest opinions about new things we have tried.

First up, running socks.


 
A few months ago, I didn’t really even realize that running socks existed.. I mean, I knew there were socks for running, but I didn’t really think they were any different than any other socks, just more expensive maybe. Boy was I wrong. Enter the local running store salesman.

I take off my shoes so he can do all the crazy measuring of my feet and then he goes over to a bin to grab a pair of socks. I immediately protest – “No, no “ I say. “I would rather try them on in these socks as these are what I wear to run in”. And then it happened. He laughed. Out loud. “Really, those are what you run in?” I was currently wearing a pair of regular socks, they were cute, they had polka dots on them, and I got them on sale at Kohls for less than a $1 a pair. They were also very thin and made of cotton. (Which I later learn, is rotten). “Do me a favor” he says “Just try the shoes on with these. There’s no pressure, you don’t have to buy them.” Alright, alright, I really don’t like to argue, so I gave in.

You know where this is going, right? I fell in love. I mean really really really fell in love. He had me try on the Drymax Running No Show Tab Socks. They are nothing but wonderful. They are a padded running sock that serve a whole host of purposes. First, never once have I taken them off and have had the socks feel like they are wet. This is apparently because they are NOT made of cotton. "Cotton is rotten", the salesmen informed me. Cotton absorbs all the moisture and keeps your feet wet. Which is well, gross. Drymax socks are equipped with a dual layer moisture removal system – which is fancy for my feet don’t feel wet when I run. Even when I run in the rain. My second favorite feature is how these socks fit. They hug my feet. They feel like they were made for my feet. The fit is perfect. And no blisters. Since I started running, I have been having trouble with blisters on the sides of my big toes. But no more. They have completely disappeared since wearing these socks. The hubby’s favorite feature is that my feet no longer stink after a run. Yes, you heard it here first, I have smelly feet. It has been a problem since I was a kid. Totally embarrassing, right? Well my friends, Drymax has taken care of this problem too. According to the Drymax website, “The MicroZap® antimicrobial in the Drymax® Fibers is a silver - zirconium phosphate ceramic ion-exchange resin. It fights odor-causing bacteria, helping keep socks odor free.” Fancy for, my feet don’t stink!! Everybody loves that.

I love these socks so much, that I think everyone should have a pair. I mean everyone. Not a runner? No problem, these are great just for working out.  The fabulous people at Drymax have kindly offered to give us a pair of their great socks to giveaway!!!! How wonderful is that?

You can receive two entries into this contest.  First, leave a comment on the blog about your current sock situation. Do you wear special running socks? Ever tried Drymax? We’d love to hear your stories. Second, become a follower.  Just hit the 'Become a Follower' button.  Once you are a follower, come back and leave us another comment saying you signed up.  Giveaway will close Friday at 5:00 PM CST.  #1 (my oldest child ;) will pick the winner from a hat draw Friday night and I'll announce the winner on the blog Saturday morning.  Good Luck!!!

And if you don’t win the giveaway, you can find these socks at local running stores and on-line. The Drymax Website has a store locater to make shopping easy.

*Please know that these opinions are mine and mine alone.  I have been using Drymax socks for months now.  I have not been compensated in any way to rave about how great this product is!  Drymax has been kind enough to provide the pair of socks to the winner.

30 comments:

  1. I could use some new socks, period. Most of mine have shrunk to the point of fitting my six-year-old or are just plain old. I have only just begun working out again (and have unfortunately done the last two "workouts" in flip flops. Uh oh! While I don't necessarily need running socks, I do like socks that hug my feet (which is probably why I like them so small).

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    1. You know I love flip flops as much as you, but I forbid you to workout in flip flops. You can really hurt your feet! Or ankles!

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  2. Of course I wear running socks! Had I known you were running in polka dot socks I would've shown you the light earlier! Yea for running socks!

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  3. Do you wear special running socks?: NO...never knew until you (Hallie) told me a couple weeks ago! Ever tried Drymax?: Nope that's why I asked you where I could get them at that time too; I thought cotton was "natural" and good for you! We’d love to hear your stories: Well, let's put it this way, I sweat so badly in ALL the wrong places, that last year on a mission trip to Mexico, my church team was so embarrassed FOR ME, that they doused me with a WHOLE BUCKET of water...so you couldn't tell where I was sweating or not. Hallie, you and I must be long lost sisters on the whole sweatin', smelly foot stuff...as well as the competitiveness, and the love/hate relationship we have with running. The reason I stuck with my husband, an electrical engineer, was his endearing explanation for my sweating..."you're just more efficient at cooling off, so you don't overheat." Awwww, gotta stick with a man like that and a body that sweats like this ;o) OH AND... I'm running my first half-pig marathon. I NEED THOSE SOCKS!!! Second, become a follower: I am a follower, the day you mentioned this blog, and I shared it with everyone I know on FB! :o)

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  4. I didn't really know about running socks till I went for my first running shoe fitting back in January. $12 for a pair of socks?? I nearly died! They do make a difference though! So, for now, I have to wash my little lonely pair after each run. Just make sure you never wash them with a load you're using fabric softener in. In fact, I believe they also recommend you air dry.
    :) I'm following you!

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    1. My exact same reaction! $10, uh, I think not! But these are so worth it!

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  5. I have recently started running again and my feet get really hot. I think that these socks sound great!

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  6. I've never tried DryMax running socks. I currently use Adidas (when I can fit in a run; i.e. rarely). If they're anything like Nike's Dry Fit shirts, I'm sold!!!

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    1. They are just likely Nike dry fit shirts, except for your feet!

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  7. I just wear regular socks, which is okay most of the time. But on hot days or when I'm doing longer distances they start to become uncomfortable. I'd love to try DryMax!

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    1. I bet if you start wearing these, you will wear them on all your runs! Thanks for checking out our blog!

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  8. im a new follower. as far as my socks go, i've been wearing the same socks i've had for years (cotton, of course). All my new socks come from my mom who loves to find bargain deals. I haven't personally bought socks for about 7 years! drymax sounds like theyre socks made in heaven. i'd love to give them a try. jmmccarr@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for checking out our blog!

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    2. And good luck in the contest. I am a bargain shopper too ... I haven't bought shower gel in 2 years because I stocked up on a big sale where I got it for .25 cents a bottle!

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    3. WOW!!! thats pretty awesome :)

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  9. I never wear cotton socks, and I'm dying to try a pair of compression socks!

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    1. Thanks for checking out our blog, good luck in the contest!

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  10. I don't like to run, but I've been doing it a lot more this past year since with two kids now I can't always make it out the door in time to take a class at the Y. Maybe a great pair of socks would make it a little more bearable.

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    1. Maybe they will make you so fast that you will make your class at the Y! ;).

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  11. Oh and by the way this is from Amber if you hadn't figured it out and I'm a follower now too.

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  12. i've never tried special socks but would like to
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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    1. These are great ones to try! Good luck!

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  13. I'm trying to get back into running, so these socks might motivate me! I just have regular socks.
    gail.shimokawa(at)unco.edu

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    1. Is is why I am afraid to ever skip a run ... If I skip once, I am afraid I won't ever start again! Thank for checking out our blog!

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  14. Thanks for all who entered! This giveaway is now closed! We will announce the winner tomorrow morning!

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  15. I just wear regular white socks.


    sparmeland(at)optonline(dot)net

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  16. I just wear regular Hanes socks when I workout.

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I just wear regular lame-o socks when I run on my treadmill, I'd love to try something different!

    squince2 AT gmail DOT com

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