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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:

ALTRA

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The Altra story is different from other shoe companies. That’s exactly why Altra shoes are different, too. Altra was founded in the back room of a specialty running store in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. The founders noticed that despite the mass amounts of running shoes on the market, running injuries were continuing to get worse. So they decided to do something about it. The result? FootShape™ shoes with Balanced Cushioning™ platforms that encourage a more comfortable fit and a more natural foundation.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

My husband, Steve, wore Altra shoes for many years before I tried on a pair. They looked strange, and I was too shallow to give them a chance. Once I finally did, I totally understood what he was saying. These were the most comfortable shoes I had ever worn, and since that day, I have not gone back. Actually, I did put on a pair of shoes from a traditional running shoe brand about a year later…  I took them off immediately, ick.

The wide toe box is my favorite part of Altra shoes.  My toes are not squished in there, and now the design team is absolutely crushing it, so you can’t even tell from the outside that they are different to “shoe shaped” shoes (as opposed to foot shaped). They have beautiful colors, styles, and innovation. You will rarely see me in any shoes that are not Altra. I have 6-8 pairs on rotation at any one time.

Beyond that though, Altra signed me (and Alysia Montano) onto their elite team when I was in my second trimester of pregnancy (and Alysia in her third). Outside Online wrote a pretty cool story about it; you can read that here. Altra is not afraid to do things differently, and they are proud of who they are. I love that. I am proud to be on a team with strong women from diverse backgrounds.

MY FAVORITES?

I love the Altra Torin 5.0 as a transition shoe for your first time trying Altra (that said, I still wear Torin multiple times a week myself).

I also love the Provisions as my other day-to-day shoe and the Escalante Racer for road racing.

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 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.

You can get $15 off $75 with code TINA15 here.

MOMENTOUS

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Momentous is a nutrition company with the mission to create no-compromise products and tools that support the endless improvement of personal performance. We leverage a one-of-a-kind network in professional sports to transfer knowledge and practices from elite sport into thoughtfully designed products, built for anyone who wants to get the most out of what they do. Our vision is to redefine performance supplementation by bridging the gap between brands we couldn’t trust, and product lines we couldn’t understand.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

Being a runner often means walking the line between a little too much and not enough to reach our potential. In that, our weaknesses are exposed, and it can be hard to stay healthy. I have been through plenty of injury prone stretches, and likely will be again in the future. Momentous Collagen Peptides are a great way to give your joints and ligaments the extra support they need to keep injuries at bay. Getting enough sleep is another huge way to recover better, but it’s not always easy to get enough when your mind is running.  I like that Momentous has figured out a way to help us fall asleep and stay asleep on those nights that we need it.

MY FAVORITES?

Momentous Collagen Peptides and Elite Sleep. Or if you are training for a big race you really want to crush, Momentous Performance Creatine will help a LOT. Get 20% off using code TINA 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 Inside Tracker 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

GOODR

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

We started goodr because we think running is fun and your gear should be too. We’re all about creating fun, fashionable, and functional sunglasses that everyone can afford.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THEM?

I have been a fan of goodr for YEARS and I literally have their sunglasses all over my house. I recently had an episode with the Co-Founder Stephen Lease where he talks about the true and real story behind his company and I appreciate him being honest with me about it. The design behind these sunglasses really takes into consideration look and comfort. They are 100% carbon neutral and a part of 1% for the planet and protect many great organizations who care for our planet deeply.

Go here to get 15% off of your order as well as free shipping on your first pair.

MY FAVORITES?

GOODR SUNGLASSES FAVORITES HERE

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