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SPI Belt Review

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Ya’ll, I made it through another week of work, training, and living the newlywed life ๐Ÿ™‚

((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!

swiftwick socks

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

The 35 Best Signs From the NYC Marathon

#9 made me laugh out loud, too funny.

Ok, so.

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.

pink spi belt running belt

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!

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22 Comments

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    Kendra Kroll (@PortaPocketGal)
    November 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I always use PortaPocket… and not only for runs. All the time. At the gym, work, at social events, concerts, dances, etc. It’s super comfy and works anywhere on the body and either under or over your outfit. You can switch out pocket sizes based on your daily needs. I haven’t carried a purse in over 6.5 years…and don’t miss it. ah, freedom…!! xox

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    November 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I’ve heard great things about the SPI belt! Thanks for the great review and reminder to try it out…and Swiftwick socks. I could use some new socks for sure. Mine are starting to sport some pretty major holes!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    November 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Those signs are hilarious, I especially loved #17 and #26. I don’t run long distances so I don’t need to bring stuff with me usually. I do like those wrist things for a key and an ID, though!
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    Ashley
    November 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I actually broke all racing rules and bought a Spi belt at the expo the day before the Steamboat half. I had never run with anything like it before, and tested it out the day of the race, but have NEVER had a problem with it since! LOVE it!

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    Madison @ Running Shoes and Sunshine
    November 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I have a backpack for longer training runs which I love (but I have not dared to try it with a tank top). I can fit so much in it- water, fuel, keys, phone, any extra layers I want to ditch/add. It doesn’t bother me at all (especially after that first run to get it adjusted).
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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Madison- Oooh the backpack doesn’t ride up or bounce around or anything? Is it like a CamelBak or an actual backpack?

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    Lora @ Crazy Running Girl
    November 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I used to run in SPI belt all the time… LOVE it! I also use the FlipBelt, which is equally as awesome!!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Lora- Yes! I’ve been wanting to try the FlipBelt so bad!! I just need to break down and order one, but I’m hoping to try it in person first! What color FlipBelt do you have?

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Those signs were hilarious! Thanks for sharing; made for a good chuckle.

    I have a SPI belt and I love it! I used to hold my phone when I ran and it was perfect.

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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Sarah- Haha they cracked me up!! I actually saw a “touch here for power” sign at my half a few weeks ago and subconsciously I felt so invigorated after I touched it!! Hahaha. Running spectators are the best!

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    Kelsey @ Blonder Side of Life
    November 12, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Maybe I’m just weird but I don’t use the goos or blocks during a race….Then again I’m pretty slow so maybe I should? Things to think about…..Love that you got the pink belt though, running can be fashionable!! haha
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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Kelsey- I didn’t use anything either my first couple half’s..I just didn’t know anything about it and no one had ever really told me I needed to! I wouldn’t survive now if I didn’t! You should try something out, esp for long runs ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha hot pink is always a winner in my book, at least for running ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    November 13, 2013 at 5:00 am

    That belt looks like a good one! I got a fuel belt for my first half marathon one that included water bottles as the fuel I used worked best for me mixed with water ๐Ÿ™‚

    I must check out those socks too they sound great.

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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Jan- I’ve never tried a fuel belt with water bottles on it, I know several runners that use them, and I was tempted to carry my own water for my full! Do you use Nuun mixed with your water or something else?

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    Patty (reach-yourpeak.com)
    November 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I love SPI Belts! I wore it during my last marathon and it fit my phone, tissues, and a couple of GUs. Perfect for running. Also, I had no idea that SPI actually stood for something!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Patty- I’m hoping it will work perfect at my marathon as well, I just can’t figure out why it slid around so much this time! I had no idea SPI stood for anything either! Now we know!

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    Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    November 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! This is a good review. I’ve been wanting something like this, and even checked out the SPIBelt at a Rock N Roll Expo, but hesitated because I’ve heard good and bad about it. I’m still figuring out what I’m looking for but I like hearing differing opinions about the same product.

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      Sweet Miles
      November 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Courtney- Of course! I’m glad it was helpful to you!

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    November 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    No I used Dextro Running Fuel, think they are Australian? http://www.dextro-energy.com.au/

    I found as they were a liquid I could mix with water and get down easily unlike any gel or solid ones I tried plus they didn’t repeat on me with any acid reflux an issue I have had before when I’ve eaten too soon to running.
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    Madison @ Running Shoes and Sunshine
    November 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    It is a camelback type backpack. I love it. No bouncing or anything- the only thing is I heard not to wear it with a tank top to avoid chafing- never tried it.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Madison- oooh yea! I know several people who run with camelbacks!

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