Running 2016

Still no running. Longingly syncing old runs and trying to not think about the fact that I paid for a race next week which I will not run. Excited to be able to run Nerd Herd Running‘s “It’s Our Time” Trilogy this year. I will be doing some additional fundraising for Stupid Cancer in the weeks lead up to each race.

Walking without an ankle brace today. Might try an easy .25 mile walk tomorrow.

Product Reviews: SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt

This reviewer was given a SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt Review for an honest review.

Winter running is difficult and I have been mostly running inside since Travis over at SLS3 sent me a Dual Pocket Run Belt to try out.  That is one of the reasons I waited so long to actually post a review. I can’t run indoors with too much gear. So I wanted to get a few good runs under my belt (see what I did there) before I decided about the product. Luckily, I was able to get a half dozen or so in before the ankle took me out.

When I was first running and needed something to carry my phone a purchased a belt. The four things that were most important to me were size, capacity, ease and comfort. These are the things that I decided to evaluate this Belt on.

Size: When I was first running I had trouble finding a belt large enough for my size. I have slimmed down some but not enough that sizing is not very important to me.  This Belt fits most hips (24-38″). I will say that I did not wear it on my hips but at my waist and it was a good fit. I have never been comfortable with belts that ride on your hips so the sizing was good. I was also pleased to see the sizing easily found on their website. On many sites the sizing information is not easily accessible.

Capacity: I know many of us are using phones to listen to music, track our routes, listen to Zombies, Run! and the idea of running naked is a deal breaker. Personally, I have passed on electronic free runs because the idea of listening to my breathing for 5-10K is not fun. Add to this the fact that phones are getting larger and larger and the most often asked question I have seen is will this “thing” (belt, water carrier, etc.) hold my phone. The dual pocket design on this is actually great. I used one side for my phone (a Moto X Gen 2) and one day even left it in its larger wallet case to see if that would be a problem, it was not. I used the other pocket for a variety of things over those runs. One day it was my point and shoot camera. The next it was my keys and my inhaler. In all of the trials I found that the pockets were large enough for my needs.

Ease of Use: This is the one spot that I felt the Duel Pocket fell short, partly because of my personal phone issues and partially because of design. Apps on my phone tend to crash. Additionally, I run intervals so I often need to be able to look at my phone and/or restart apps. Because the phone is completely covered I could not do this without unzipping and removing the phone. Which brings me to my second issue, the zippers on this product are a bit stiff. I cannot judge if that is something which will work itself out over time, but when I did have to remove the phone or my inhaler, I would have to stop running to do it. That said I can’t wait to take it out again now that I have a new to me smartwatch and see how it works paired with that technology.

Comfort: One of the reasons I switched from my first belt to a hand-held water bottle with phone pocket (other than ease of access to my phone) was that the belt was uncomfortable and that after the first few minutes it would shift around. If I began my run with the pocket in the front it would end up in the back. I did not notice this at all when use this product.  As a matter of fact most runs I forgot I was even wearing a Belt. But when I need to access the pockets they were right were I left them.

Overall the rating is as seen above 9.2. The main issue which brought the score down for me was the lack of window accessibility. If you have a smartwatch or do not need to check your phone while running you could raise this review to a 9.5.

One lucky person will get to try it out themselves since Travis and SLS3 are sponsoring a giveaway! He also wanted me to let you know “This is our limited time introductory price for the dual pocket run belt. The belt retails at $29.90 but our Amazon store has it listed for $16.90 (43% Off).” Amazon store – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017DRIKFY?tag=broobook-20 And you can also receive 40% off on our entire website www.slstri.com using the code BLOG40.

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When Tenacity is a Bad Thing

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The reboot was working. I was back to running 5-7 days a week. I found a training plan that was working and I was on my way to running a half by months ahead of when my scheduled one occurs in November. I was running in flurries and rain and all kinds of craptastic weather. This week, the week that it is in 70s everyday, I hurt my ankle. I don’t remember doing it specifically, but the medial area was sore. I wrapped it and then ignored it as best I could. I was at a SCA event, on my feet, all day Saturday. I went shopping all day Sunday and both Sunday and Monday I run/walked to get miles for a March Madness challenge I was in.

After coming home yesterday and then sitting all day because of the pain, I decided I am not invincible. I decided that my tenacity and drive to make it past week 2 in my challenge may in fact create a situation where my long-term goals (Lose the weight I have gained +25 more before I run a half in November; Run that half; Run under an 11 minute mile) are seriously compromised.

So I am sidelined and sad. But I will go and grab a book and sit in the sunshine with my foot up and finished that book I have not finished yet. And remember All Will Be Well.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Characters

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Each week The Broke and The Bookish will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week is a two option week: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. I often try to do a bit of both on these weeks.

5 character everyone loves

  1. Edward Cullen (Twilight) – Not a romantic hero, kind of a creepy stalker. Even if you take away the awful weakening of the vampire mythos by Meyers.
  2. Bella Swan (Twilight) – A wet dustrag has more personality.
  3. Gale (The Hunger Games) – He just never seemed to develop into a fully formed character.
  4. Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey) – I couldn’t even get through the first book because I disliked him so much.
  5. Scarlett O’Hara (Gone With the Wind) – Some people think she is a survivor but that doesn’t mean she was not a selfish selfish woman.

4 characters everyone dislikes:

  1. Miss Havisham (Great Expectations) – Maybe I just love the crazy old lady vibe so much is cancels out all of the rest of heartlessness.
  2. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) – I love me a good jerk.
  3. Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray) – I am not sure if this is too heavily influenced by Penny Dreadful.
  4. Beth March (Little Women) – I will be honest, I have not reread this as an adult but I do remember that Beth was hands down my favorite character.

1 character who I hate but I loved the book(s) anyway:

  1. Quentin Coldwater (The MagiciansThe Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)) – He gets everything he has EVER wanted and possibly I have ever wanted (Magic and the magical land you grew up with are both REAL) and he still is miserable.

February Re-boot

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Thanks for coming along on this ride. Sorry I was absent again! But it was for a good cause, really. I spent all the weeks since Thanksgiving co-captaining some weight loss challenges on a FB group I am a member of. The last one was super fun, based on old school D&D, complete with character classes and stories. While both of these were amazing and super fun, they were exhausting. In the second one I posted virtually everyday. I had 6 weeks worth of challenges for 6 or seven classes posted every Friday. What wound up happening was that I did not actually participate at all. I have only run about 12 days in February and my eating ballooned at the end of the challenge. I had gone from having taken off about 70 pound to gaining about 25 of it back.

I realized during this that I can only keep one house in order at a time (and if you have been to my actual physical house you know that is not the one I mean). I cannot be a cheerleader and motivator to others and keep myself on track at the same time. Beginning about 2 weeks ago, I decided that my house must come first. I want to run a half marathon in the Fall but have not made a firm commitment to running. I failed in my running challenges. So this week I will be re-vamping.

I have already failed in my simple reading challenges as well. I must carve out the time to read. The e-reader goes back in my purse and I will use it instead of the damn phone. I have been totally sucked into some groups on Facebook full of amazing people. But honestly, I need to step back and breathe, and run and read.


photo credit: Time to go running via photopin (license)

So far all of my resolutions are meh!

Have I mentioned here just how much I hate the winter. It is not the snow and the cold, OK it is the snow and the cold but that is not all of it. It is the minimalist lighting we get from December through about March. Why they decide that we should attempt to change ourselves in January is beyond me.

So far I am on track for reading but not so much for reviewing. I am way behind with running goals, but I just can’t motivate to run in under 20° and even worse on the dreadmill.

So to motivate me, for the next week I will post every day ending on Friday with a review and giveaway.