SPIbelt the unobtrusive fannypack

SPIbelt-headerUnlike many female running pants, my husband often doesn’t have a pocket for his keys when he’s out for his long runs without me, so the SPIbelt has been passed over to him. Although the SPIbelt was sent to us for review, I am not being paid, sponsored or compensated, and the views are always my own I’m not trying to sell you anything, nor do I want you to take my opinions as the final word on any product I post about on the blog. And I know what you’re thinking, here comes the commercial for the product.

NOPE.

You’re wrong. Because, I don’t care if you buy this product. I’m sorry SPIbelt, but it’s true. I just want to voice my own opinion on my own blog, and show you about products I would buy with MY own money. Okay, I agree that was awkward. So now that that’s out in the open, we can get to the real review.

SPIbeltThe title may raise some questions, who wants to wear a fannypack nowadays? But bare with me. The reason I say it’s an unobtrusive fannypack is because it’s not like your 1980’s bulky fannypack. It’s a sleek storage belt that does not bounce, and can be concealed underneath your running tee which can expand to fit something as large as your iPhone 6 plus. Not that I’d know if that would fit, because my husband and I are still loyal BlackBerry users over here: #TeamBlackBerry! The belt is not always expanded so when you don’t carry your phone it looks a lot smaller.

Guys-running-outfitAs I type this out, my husband is out for a 30km run wearing it now, which is impressive considering he can be picky with the gear he uses and rightfully so, given the fact he’s a multi-sport athlete. My husband was even debating whether or not he should wear the SPIbelt on his 6th Ironman triathlon next month, and ultimately decided against it… that is, until I showed him it could be swapped out to be a race number belt with applying toggles to the belt itself.

Garmin-watchEven though I don’t prefer wearing the SPIbelt running, I have been wearing it out on hikes with Alfie, which fits his treats, some doggy bags, and my keys and we’re good to go for a nice hike. It’s also a decent size that it can carry my epipen comfortably.

When my husband and I went to an amusement park a few weeks ago, I used it to store our keys and his BlackBerry while we rode on rollercoasters all day long. I’m enjoying that the SPIbelt although still a fannypack in my mind, it has such a low profile appearance I don’t mind wearing it, especially if you wear it under a top rear facing.

Running-outfit

Pro’s of the SPIbelt:

  • Doesn’t ride up
  • Adjustable waist band
  • Doesn’t bounce around
  • Can be concealed underneath your top
  • Not only for running: carry to amusement parks or keep your passports safe while travelling
  • Can be converted into a race belt for race day
  • Carry dog treats, potty bags, and car keys while hiking

SPIbelt-with-BlackBerryIf you’re interested in a SPIbelt (which stands for Small Personal Item Belt) they come in a variety of colours and styles. The original one I have retails for $19.99.

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I have a secret to tell you

GetOutAndGoI’ve been keeping a not so secret secret from you. I usually like to tell you guys in order to keep myself accountable. But this time, I’ve let my husband in on it, and we’re in it together. How cheesy does that freakin’ sound?

It might not be majorly exciting to you, but we’ve been running 3-4 miles (5-6km) together up to 3 times a week, and I have been looking forward to the weekends when we can run together. Other days I head out solo — which I find good, you need that every once in a while. But boy the time does not go by fast when I’m running with no music, and no one to chat to. Times like these, I remember my running buddy in Canada, Tanya, or Coach Steve who coached me for a few months a few winters ago. I always like to think of what we’d talk about together, or what they’d say to me when I was having trouble keeping up.

Alfie-runningMy husband has been amping up his mileage and speed, as he is training for the Boston Marathon this April. Where as I have absolutely no interest in running more than an hour. Alfie has been going with us once a week (we don’t like to take him any more than that), here we are about to go for our Valentines Day run and he’s rearin’ to go.

Me and Staples are in on this campaign together called #GetOutAndGo, because as you may or may not know February is American Heart Month. We want to encourage you to get your heart rate up at least for 30 minutes each day! I’m a bit slack on the every day part though. I was given a Garmin and a few other running accessories that I’ve been playing with the past few weeks and although I’ve had a long history of love/hate with regards to running, I can finally know my pace when I run outside.

I do have to tell you that I’m not as fast as I thought I was, especially since I hadn’t been regularly running in 2014. For the first half of our run, I can comfortably maintain anywhere between 8:40-9:40/min mile. Ideally I would love to keep that pace up for the entire run, but then I get winded, and need walking breaks. Hence the average minute mile pace being close to 11:00/min miles.  I’m all self-competitive like that. I also like to play games with my brain, and sprint as fast as I can to stop lights, it’s exciting to see how speedy my legs can be.

308kmI love a clunky watch on my pinner wrists, so I didn’t mind sporting it, however I did watch it like a hawk on my runs. I can see how people become addicted to their pace, wearing one of these. My runs used to be “stop whenever you want“, and “slow it down to speed walking pace.” Now I’m all “I AM THIS SLOW? Let’s speed’erup man!” Again, self-competitive talk it’s all in my head. I complain a lot on my runs to try and get some empathy from the husband. Which, if you know him — clearly doesn’t work. HAHAHA.

Luckily for us, the weather is perfect this time of year in California to run in the early evenings here. January and now into February, I’ve been tracking the progress and writing down each of my runs in my agenda, to keep me motivated to keep at it. Views like this doesn’t hurt either.

Running-routeOh running. Nobody said it would be easy. But it’s well worth it. Most times I hate it, but that feeling after the run? Euphoric. As I blog about climbing, yoga, running, and The Guy’s Ironman triathlon training, I’m trying to promote a healthy lifestyle and to stay on course. I’m not sure I’ll be blogging about my running adventures all the time, since I’m no pro. But if you want to read some of my favourite Canadian running bloggers who keep me motivated to run on my own when The Guy is at work, check out Krysten, Christina and Jessica.

Hike-with-alfieSo you won’t be seeing me in any races anytime soon. But I’ll continue to join my husband on his shorter training runs or going on hikes with our little Pom! Stay active my friends, and #GetOutAndGo.

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