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Running For Real is not just a podcast. Running For Real is a way of life. Sure, we cover general running topics, but we also cover the issues that have a meaningful impact on runners’ lives. And by speaking our truth, admitting what we don’t know, and being willing to learn, we demonstrate our faith in one another. We know that we genuinely mean what we say.

That goes for the brands we partner with too.

We recommend only the brands that we totally trust and that align with our values, even though that means saying “no” to around 80% of the companies that reach out to us.   The brands that we work with share the ethics, morals, and heart of Running for Real.

 Running For Real doesn’t chase the money or the big names. What Running for Real does chase are the partners that are the best for our community.

The brands you see here are our biggest supporters, the ones who have been with us through thick and thin. They are generous, thoughtful, and brave. Here’s a little about why we appreciate them:

ALLBIRDS

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

After years of researching and tinkering, Tim Brown teamed up with Joey Zwillinger to craft a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear. The outcome? An entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials, and an ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way..

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

I love that Allbirds is all about doing things better. Whether it is collaborating with other brands to come up with a performance running shoe like they did with Adidas to create the FOOTPRINT.FUTURECRAFT shoe with only 2.94kg CO2 per pair, or not seeing relationships with other brands as a threat, but instead as an opportunity to work together to make things better, Allbirds is the brand I have been dreaming of for many years.

They don’t need flashy logos or carbon plates (that are terrible for the environment); their products are made from natural and recycled materials, and best of all, they know who they are. They are confident in what they do, and are changing the entire running industry before our eyes. I am proud to be a part of the #AllGoodCollective.

I love that Allbirds is all about doing things better. Whether it is collaborating with other brands to come up with a performance running shoe like they did with Adidas to create the FOOTPRINT.FUTURECRAFT shoe with only 2.94kg CO2 per pair, or not seeing our relationships with other brands as a threat, but instead an opportunity to work together to make things better, Allbirds is the brand I have been dreaming of for many years.

They don’t need the flashy logos or carbon plates (that are terrible for the environment), their products are made from nature and recyled materials, and best of all, they know who they are. They are confident in what they do, and changing the entire running industry before our eyes. I am proud to be a part of the #AllGoodCollective.

MY FAVORITES?

FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT is my favorite racing and workout shoe, but I live in the Tree Dashers, for life, for running, for travel, for everything!

ATHLETIC GREENS

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily is the all-in-one daily supplement with 75 vitamins, minerals and whole food-sourced ingredients that work together to help the body absorb and synthesize these nutrients in a highly bioavailable form. Developed for athletes and high performers, just one daily scoop of Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily delivers adaptogens, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics and a superfood complex that help support the body’s nutritional needs across critical areas of health including energy, immunity, digestion and recovery.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

With two young kids and a business to run, my nutrition is just not going to be where I would like it to be. Sure, I know what foods I should be eating, including the hard to find ones, but getting them in my diet with a hectic life, it just doesn’t happen. That leaves a gaping hole in the nutrition sense, but I am not a fan of taking 25 different supplements to get in what I need.

Enter Athletic Greens. The ABSOLUTE FIRST thing I do when I wake up in the morning is put a scoop into 12 oz. of water, shake it up, and drink it down. Knowing I get the antioxidant equivalent of 12(!) servings of fruits and vegetables before my brain even wakes up, well, that’s what I call a head start to the day.

You can get a ONE YEAR free supply of Vitamin D3/K2 and five free travel packs when you sign up here.

UCAN

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Fuel your training with my go-to nutrition for long-lasting energy without the spike & crash. UCAN’s patented ingredient, SuperStarch, has the remarkable ability to provide a steady release of energy without spiking blood sugar levels. This helps you focus through long days, last longer in training, and keep hunger in check – without compromising your health.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

Well, besides the fact that I ran my personal best in the marathon (2:36) with UCAN as my only fuel source, and then ran the 2019 Boston Marathon in tights despite it being 70 degrees so I could carry my UCAN in my pockets, I use it in my day-to-day life too.

A day doesn’t go by without my enjoying (and I mean that, enjoying!) one of their Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars or a few scoops of Cookies and Cream Protein Powder in oat milk. It keeps me fueled in my races and my life, without those crashes that make life a whole lot harder.

Beyond that though, UCAN has been a rock as I have transitioned through multiple stages of life. Supporting me in everything I do, giving all they can to the running community, it has been so cool to see them grow. And now, as I begin my trail running chapter of life, I can’t wait for them to join me there too.

MY FAVORITES?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars and Cookies and Cream Protein Powder. There is also a vegan chocolate protein that I love.

Get 20% off your order with code TINAUCAN.

TRACKSMITH

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Tracksmith is an independent running brand. We honor the Amateur Spirit upon which the sport was founded and champion the Running Class – the non-professional yet competitive runners dedicated to the pursuit of personal excellence. We offer well-considered and authentic products for training, racing and recovery. In everything we do, we aim to celebrate, support and add to running’s distinct culture.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

There are very few brands in the industry (especially in apparel) who I believe truly care about the running world and all the people in it the way that Tracksmith does. They don’t just raise awareness and talk about making the world better, they do it.  From their programs supporting amateur runners (who are often ignored) to their fellowship supporting creatives to constantly striving to be more inclusive to more people, Tracksmith walks the walk.

And that doesn’t even begin to mention their clothes. The quality is just so high, and you can only really understand it once you experience it.  I don’t know a single person who has gotten a Tracksmith item and not totally loved it. They are comfortable, durable, and made with so much thought.

MY FAVORITES?

Brighton Base longsleeve and Session shorts.

Tracksmith will donate 5% to Runners for Public Lands and you’ll get free shipping with code TINA15 here.

INSIDE TRACKER

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Founded by leading scientists in aging, genetics, and biometric data from MIT, Tufts, and Harvard, InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. Using its patented algorithm to analyze your body’s data and offer you a clearer picture than you’ve ever had before of what’s going on inside you. Then, InsideTracker provides you with a concrete, science-backed, trackable action plan for reaching your performance goals and being your healthy best.

We can be doing the best we can, yet something still feels off. Or we know we could be doing a better job with our nutrition, but don’t really know where to start. I love that InsideTracker is like a snapshot of what is going on on the inside, so then we can get to work and make those small, actionable, daily changes to bring our health towards where it needs to be.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

Inside Tracker has been a sponsor and also a dear friend that has helped me SO much in my past when my body was just not right. I count on Inside Tracker to help me decipher the science behind it all.

Inside Tracker tells you where the gaps are in your nutrition and shows the levels in each of the important bio markers. While overcoming amenorrhea, it helped me to know that my body was getting back on track.

MY FAVORITES?

It’s easy and you can get the bloodwork done at any Quest facility. Use code TINA for 25% off their store. https://info.insidetracker.com/tina

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