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!