Category Archives: Giveaways

Why I’ll #RunTheBoom #TCinMotion Red, White & BOOM! #Giveaway

#runtheboom

This year, for the 4th of July, I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to run half marathon. Ever since I ran the Mississippi 10-Miler on my 50th birthday, my perspective has changed a little bit about holidays and special days, in general. It seems to me that on days like these, you should be doing something that you really love to do. I really love to spend time with family and friends if the opportunity is available, but I really love to run as well. And if the remainder of the day is meant to be spent with family and friends, eating and drinking, and sometimes partying hardily, it makes sense that a morning run is the best way to start the day.

Who doesn’t LOVE a #giveaway? #SLS3 Compression

SLS3 Butterfly socks in Pink.

Yeah. Running gear. I can NOT get enough. Feed me, Seymour!

Do you love running gear as much as I do? There is so much out there. The market is literally saturated. But there are few brands that I find myself going back to again and again. And not just because the quality and selection rocks, but because the people who run these companies are some of the nicest people on the planet! Runners, are in fact, the happiest people in the world.

Tuvizo 2 Go Waist Pack Review

My husband lives his life rather vicariously through me, especially when it comes to gadgets. You know, the expensive, electronic kind. These are the technological advances that he believes are worth owning, however, he doesn’t necessarily need them, per say. That said, he will go out and buy them for his wife even though I may not necessarily want them, per say.

With a few items, he hit a home run. My husband is a PC. I am hetero-OS. I’ve wanted a Mac for many years, as I believed in my former career as a graphic artist, that Mac handled Photoshop better. After much hemming and hawing, he finally succumbed to getting me some Apple products. My iMac, and my Mac Air being two of those things that I adore.

My iPhone 6+ however, well, it’s a love/hate thing. There is much I like about it, but in fact, there is just as much that I dislike about it. I could go into all the gory details, but this is a running blog, not a tech blog. Suffice it to say, it is very difficult to run with an iPhone 6+.

My giant iPhone

My giant iPhone

I still have my old iPhone 5s. In fact, my husband’s thought, when he purchased the iPhone 6+ for me at Christmas, was that I’d use the iPhone 5s for running, and save the iPhone 6+ as a “purse” phone. At the time, it seemed like a brilliant idea. The iPhone 6+ quickly grew on me, namely because it is easier to “see” and manipulate. Running with the iPhone 5s worked perfect as well, because it was smaller, but still allowed me to run my Runmeter (running app for iOS), and stay connected to him, which is crucial when I am out running the roads.

The biggest issue I had with having two phones was missed messages, phone calls, and the like. Each phone needs a different number. I could sync them, but it made life very confusing. If one phone rang, so did the other. If I got one text with an audio cue, it would ding on both phones. If I responded to the text on the running phone, no one knew it was me because of the new number on the phone. So, eventually I turned the sync mechanism off. My husband retorted with,

“What is the sense of having a running phone if you aren’t going to answer it while you are running?”

…um…I could answer that in so many ways with responses that wouldn’t be pleasing to my husband’s ear.

The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch

To make matters even more confusing, five months later for my birthday, I was gifted an Apple Watch. Um, yeah. Now what? The thinking changed to,

“Now you can run with your watch!”

But in order for the watch to act as a emergency contact, text device, or even to utilize an app, the host phone has to be somewhere nearby. I still have to run with the phone.

For a few weeks, I tested it. First I synced my iPhone 5s with the watch, then the iPhone 6+. I liked how it worked with the iPhone 5s, especially for runs, because as I said before, running with the iPhone 6+ is a bitch. But then, if we went out for a night on the town, my Apple Watch did me no good, unless I towed around the iPhone 5s. So now, I was carrying two phones with me at all times, except when I was running.

Are you seeing my dilemma? In the end, not wanting to hurt my husband’s feelings for gifting me the iPhone 6+ in the first place, I unpaired it with the iPhone 5s and re-paired it with the iPhone 6+. And then I spent months trying to determine how to run with it.

None of my current waist belts will hold the iPhone 6+, with the exception of my single bottle hydration belt pocket. But I don’t always carry hydration. Nor do I always want to run with a chunky belt. The best solution I had to date was to put the iPhone 6+ in the back pocket of my Fittie. This actually worked pretty well except for the fact that I had to stop to remove the Fittie in order to fetch my phone. In the first few months of having the Apple Watch, this happened quite often because the apps weren’t very reliable. Also, reading the Apple Watch while one is running is difficult to say the least. You pretty much have to stop to read it, or to do any manipulations on it. Racing with the Fittie can be complicated, depending on where you wear your bib. It gets in the way if you need to wear it on your chest. The Fittie also covers print on race shirts that you might wish others to see (i.e. the big pink “S” during the Monster Dash). In the end, I want quick access to my phone without the hassle.

Ask and you shall receive.

Tuvizo contacted me a few weeks ago asking me to test run their 2-Go Waist Bag. They assured me that it would fit my iPhone 6+. I was willing to give it a go. The first time I tried it, I actually didn’t even run. In fact, I volunteered at a run. I didn’t want to drag along my purse, but wanted to have my phone on me. Sticking that honker in your back pocket isn’t the smartest thing in the world to do. So, I unwrapped the Tuvizo 2-Go Waist Bag and give it a whirl.

Hidden interior pocket

Hidden interior pocket

What a life saver! It was perfect for the 5 hours I was on my feet, had to continuously use my hands, and had no access to my purse. I was also able to tuck my I.D. and a few credit cards inside the hidden interior pocket in case I wanted to shop the expo after my shift. In the front, mesh, pocket, I was able to store my car keys.

It worked so well, I immediately e-mailed Tuvizo to share my excitement. I couldn’t wait to get out there and actually run with it!

Tuvizo's slim profile

Tuvizo’s slim profile

I like the fact that the Tuvizo 2-Go Waist Bag is light as a feather and that it has such a slim profile. Other waist packs can be chunky and unyielding. This one clings to you like a piece of saran wrap on a staticky day.

Adjustable belt

Adjustable belt

It has an adjustable belt which snaps closed (NO Velcro), with reflective strips. Don’t worry about any excess strap material, because if you have a small waist like I do, there are loops to tuck in the excess so that they aren’t whipping around as you run.

The pocket itself is a durable nylon material which has an inner pouch and a key clip, and a large enough pocket to hold that honker of an iPhone. It also has an outer mesh elasticized pocket for keys, if necessary, or other small items. The main bag also features an ID tag for jotting down important information in case of an emergency. The support part of the belt is made of a breathable fabric so it won’t get too sweaty on the run. The only thing I thought it was missing was an ear Bud passageway. When I read on Amazon that it did in fact have one, I had to look thoroughly for it.

Ear Bud Port

Ear Bud Port

Lo and behold I found it! However, I think that with an iPhone 6+, the passageway would be better located on the end of the pouch rather than smack dab in the middle, since the phone has to sit on it’s side. Also, a second smaller mesh pouch up front for a lip balm or a few tissues would be a plus!

My first actual run with the Waist Bag was wonderful. I had complete access to my phone at all times. It wasn’t as easy to get the phone in and out of the bag as I had hoped because of the ear bud port sticking out the end, but it did what it was supposed to do. It allowed me to run my iPhone6 + without all the hassle. It also works great as a work belt, travel belt, or any other time you don’t want to drag your purse along with you. I especially find it useful while house cleaning. I can listen to my play lists or podcasts with my phone it tow. Very handy!

For the price, I don’t think you can find a better bargain. I highly recommend it!

What is so ironic about finding this great Tuvizo 2-Go Waist Bag is that my husband finally agreed that the iPhone 6+ is too big for my needs. I’ll be switching back to the iPhone 5S until the contract comes and allows me to buy the smaller, updated iPhone. We’ll store the iPhone 6+ so that we can sell it later…unless someone wants it now. As much as I have gotten used to things like the great camera, longer battery life, and the high readability of the phone, it’s not my cup of tea, and it isn’t working the way I would like it to.

My Tuvizo 2-Go Waist Bag is staying, though! It is the perfect addition to my running needs, especially when the Fittie might get in the way. For travel, work, and around the house, it is a must have.

You can purchase the Tuvizo 2-Go Waist Bag at Amazon for $16.99, but I’m offering a limited number of coupons to a few lucky readers who respond to the post pinned to the top of my Facebook page! Please head there and learn how you could be one of the lucky recipients!

Tell me what you use to hold your cell phone on your run. Does it work for you?

Note: The opinions in this review belong to me, the author. I may accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a sample at no cost to provide honest opinions on such. This post may contain affiliate/referral links per my own discretion.

 

Who Am I #Review and #Giveaway

Who Am I Snap Bracelets

I ask this question everyday. Who AM I? Rhetorical…perhaps.

I suppose if I had this nifty arm band and snap bracelet on me every minute of the day, I’d know.

Actually, most of the time, I’m pretty sure about my identity. The question is, would someone who found me lying on the road know? More than likely, they would not. So how do we give our family and friends peace of mind when we are out on a run at odd hours of the morning or evening? Carrying identification during a run isn’t something we always think of. Sure, we might carry a smartphone, but since we are forced to slap a 4-digit security code on it, would a passerby or emergency responder be able to tap into it to determine anything about us?

Chafe No More! #Goodsport Review and #Giveaway

Goodsport Anti-Chafe Creme

You have just completed an amazing run! It is the middle of summer. It is hot, and you sweated it out big time. You are all smiles for those race finish #selfies. You enjoy that cup of coffee and post race treat with your running buddies, then head home to take that long awaited cool shower.

“EeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeOuchie!”

…is what you yell once that water hits those areas of chafed skin. For some, it is under the armpits, for others, it is where the sports bra hits the upper portion of your torso. Some get it where the waistline of their shorts or hydration belt hits the hips, and others might chafe between the thighs. No matter where you get it, it isn’t pretty. And it smarts, sometimes for days.