On Saturday morning (before the amazing Cork n Pork filled afternoon), I suited up and headed out to meet my grad school friend Stephanie for a run. I was excited because I wanted to try out the new SPIbelt I was sent to review!
A SPIbelt is basically a small, stretchy belt with a pocket for carrying stuff like phones, keys, and cameras while running (or doing any other sort of exercise). Since I usually bring my point and shoot camera with me on runs, I was excited to try out a new way to carry it. I got a water resistant belt (they have both water resistant and regular options) — perfect for sweaty NC summer running!
Matt told me it looked like a mini fanny pack; I told him he was just jealous. Duh.
Steph and I ran 6 miles — the longest I’ve run in awhile! With the exception of one 7 mile trail run, ever since my second half marathon in March I’ve been sticking mostly to 4 and 5 milers.
- Mile 1: 8:54
- Mile 2: 8:35
- Mile 3: 8:20 (long downhill!)
- Mile 4: 9:19
- Mile 5: 9:50 (endless long hill of death)
- Mile 6: 8:53
The route we did is one of our standard runs through town — it includes a nice long downhill around mile 3, but then a torturous super long uphill for pretty much all of mile 5. It was ROUGH but we pushed through! 6 miles in 53:53, for an average pace of 8:58. Not too shabby given the hills!
Then, after our run… Steph had the greatest idea that has ever existed: Rita’s Water Ice!
There’s a Rita’s right by where we parked so it was perfect and the most refreshing, amazing, post-longer ish run treat ever. Gotta replenish those glucose levels, right?! (Don’t worry, I came home and had some real food after — a scrambled egg & veggie pita, yum!) We enjoyed our water ice outside while stretching — I got a kid’s size root beer flavor (my fave! except for maybe mint chocolate chip)
Rita’s makes me think of college because there was one near campus and we used to go all the time I need a reunion with my college girlfriends asap! Miss you ladies.
Anyway! So what were my thoughts on the SPIbelt?
I LOVED it! I was worried because I’ve hated water belts when I tried them in the past (too bouncy!) but the SPIbelt literally didn’t budge once. I had it turned around so the pocket was in the back (and underneath my shirt) and I totally forgot it was there. Sweet!
The lovely people at SPIbelt have offered to do a giveaway so one lucky fANNEtastic reader can get a SPIbelt of their very own, too!
Here’s how to enter to win a SPIbelt — each option is an additional entry!
- Leave a comment telling me the weirdest/most random thing you’ve ever carried with you on a run. Or, just what you normally carry with you
- Tweet about this contest on Twitter (include a link to this post and @fannetasticfood),and then leave another comment telling me you tweeted.
- If you have a blog, mention and link back to this contest in one of your posts, and then leave another comment letting me know you blogged about it.
- Mention and link back to this contest on Facebook, then leave another comment telling me you Facebooked it.
Be sure to post a separate comment for each entry option you do!
U.S. and Canada residents only, please. You have until Wednesday morning (May 18th) at 8 a.m. EST to enter, when I will draw and announce the winner! Good luck!