Somedays it’s still hard to accept that I’ve deferred my marathon entry while other days I’m so proud of myself and know it was the best decisions for me (right now). But regardless of my current training, one thing I’ve learned over the years of race training and especially as I got into longer distances, is how much stuff you have to carry on you.
This may not seem like that much but when you stop and think about how all of this must be carried ON you, you realize it’s a bit much. I’ve tried numerous gadgets made to make this easier but couldn’t quite find the one that I loved. My old pack that sat around my wait was bulky as soon as I put stuff in it, bounced around and sometimes felt like it was giving me a stomach ache. The one around my wrist wasn’t that big, made getting things out of it challenging to do while running and made my wrist too warm (yes, that’s a thing!). I found what I really liked was using the pockets in my shorts but even still, they can only hold so much.
When I was presented with the opportunity to try the Flip Belt as part of my Sweat Pink partnership, I jumped at the chance! At the time I was still marathon training and knew with longer runs on the horizon, I needed to carry more fuel on me.
…then the deferment happened and my runs got shorter. My need for something to hold fuel wasn’t necessary but I was still excited to try out this new (to me) device on my next run. My roommate and I set out on a short 2 ½ mile run only a couple days later and instead of using my normal arm band, I stuck my keys and phone in the Flip Belt and off we went.
I’m not kidding when I say this is super comfortable! My stuff wasn’t flopping around and I looped my keys into the built in clip and didn’t worry about them falling out every 2 seconds. The belt didn’t bounce around and it never felt like it was sticking into my stomach. Plus, it can be machine washed & dried which we know will be needed once and awhile.
Once again the following weekend, instead of grabbing my usual arm band, I grabbed my flip belt and went off for another little run. Love it!
While I do still love running, I’m definitely trying to repair that relationship and as such, CrossFit has continued to take over. Not that I’m complaining. We’ve had some awesome WODs this week that have left me crazy sore but in the best way possible, of course!
Front squat 5-5-5+ : 85# (9)
WOD for time: “Elizabeth”
Ring Dips (green band)
2.25 mile run
Push Press 3-3-3+ : 75 (3) & 80 (1)
WOD 5 rounds for time:
6 Clean & Jerks (55#)
2 rounds of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups w/ green band, 10 push-ups w/ red band, 15 air squats)
Deadlift 5-5-5+ : 105# (15)
WOD – 3 rounds for time:
20 Kettlebell Swings (25#)
Hang power snatch 3-3-3-1-1-1 50#
AMRAP in 12:00
3 rope progressions
20 box jumps (16”)
3 handstand kicks
score: 5 +1 box jumps
Front Squat 3-3-3+ 75# (10)
WOD – 5 rounds for time:
10 Deadlifts (95#)
50 Double Unders (75 singles)
How do you like to carry your stuff around while walking/running/hiking outside?
What was your fitness like this week?
I received this Flip Belt in exchange for this review through my partnership with Sweat Pink but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
Make sure you head over to Lindsay’s List today as I’ve made an appearance to talk about the 50 States tour!