Ya’ll, I made it through another week of work, training, and living the newlywed life 🙂
((You’re right, it’s now Sunday night and I’m just now getting around to publishing this, so pretend like it’s still Friday, woohoo!))
Last night I was pleasantly surprised by my favorite sock company, Swiftwick, with a plethora of free socks!!! To say I was pumped would be an understatement! So, I figured the best way to celebrate would be to head to the gym for an intense 6 mile run!
It. Was. Sweat-tastic. I knew I needed to do more than just 3 or 4 so I wouldn’t die on Saturday’s 16, so I decided to make my 6 my speed workout and make myself work! Thank you Swiftwick for a new pair of socks that I’m convinced made me run faster 🙂
Today’s short and sweet post is a review for a product I WISH I had discovered a long, long time ago!!
But first, let’s have a laugh.
#9 made me laugh out loud, too funny.
The SPI Belt
Before my half marathon a few weeks ago I desperately needed something to carry my race fuel in, and was hoping not to have to resort to stuffing Shot Bloks down the ‘ole brassiere, for obvious reasons. I made a last minute trip to one of our local running stores and the first thing the salesman recommended to me was the SPI Belt. He swore by it, they had it in hot pink, it was under $20, I was sold! Wham, bam, done.
On race day, it worked FANTASTIC! I seriously loved it, and decided it would forever be my go-to carry-all for long runs. It didn’t ride up, wasn’t annoying, it was so convenient and I didn’t have to worry about where to stash my race necessities. I think I had 6 Shot Blocks, and 5 PowerBar Energy Blasts stuffed in the belt and still had plenty of room if I had needed to put my car key or credit card!
I saw a few other people wearing them at my race as well, and some people had them facing forward like I did, and some people had them turned around so the pouch was on their back. I’m not coordinated enough to run and grab things behind my back at the same time, so I opted for the fanny-pack esque route.
Now, it was perfect during my half marathon, BUT, this weekend I tried to wear it for my 16 miler, and after about 2 miles I took it off and threw it back in my car because it wouldn’t stay put. I *think* it probably was sliding around because I was wearing running tights and a loose fitting top, and maybe it didn’t have anything to really stay put on? Either way, I’m willing to give it another shot, but it just goes to show that you MUST test out new-to-you products BEFORE a big race! I just happened to luck out!
In case you are interested, the SPI Belts, or Small Personal Item Belts, come in TONS of different colors and styles, and the version I have retails for $19.99.
If the fanny-pack look isn’t your thing, Sprigs recently sent me two Banjees Wrist Wallets to review, and they too are a PERFECT option for carrying race fuel and small personal items like your phone, keys, or id on long runs! I should be posting about them in the coming week!
Have you tried a SPI Belt? What do you use to carry your things on race day?
I did my 16-miler this weekend, and can’t wait to tell you all about it tomorrow!