Showing posts from January, 2016

SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt Review

I have never run with my phone (except super long runs when I needed my husband to meet me with more water), but I am thinking that I should probably change that. It's partly because I think I should have it for safety, but it is mostly because I keep seeing things I want to take pictures of!

One of the reasons I haven't run with my phone, is because I've never had a great way to carry it. It's too heavy on my arm (and I already have my i-pod) on my arm. Most waist packs I've tried tend to ride up and drive me crazy. So when I got a chance to try the SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt, I figured it was worth trying.  

I'm pretty impressed. The pockets look tiny, but they easily expand to hold my phone and 2 pockets on GU. That was all I needed because I'm not running super long right now. However, I think they could easily hold everything I need to hold all the fuel I would need for a marathon.

I love that it has 2 pockets. This means that when I stick my GU packet bac…

A Yogi's Dilemma

Two times at yoga this week I was stuck in a yoga quandary.

I got to class early, put down my mat, and settled in. The teacher started class and I started to feel grounded and relaxed. Then I was yanked out of my reverie by the creak of the door and the sound of someone banging around (and in one case talking loudly). Then, in both cases, the person who arrived late chose to ask me to move to make room for his/her mat. In both cases I had to move into a less comfortable, more cramped, spot in the room (once on a heat vent and once by the drafty window).

So annoying! I got to class on time! This is my relaxation time! Why should I have to interrupt my practice and be uncomfortable because you arrived late? If nothing else, I was enjoying my indignation.

But then I remembered where I was. Yoga. A place about acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go of things that don't serve me.  I knew a real yogi could let it go. I knew my practice would be better if I could let it go.

Bah that'…

The Mitten Mystery Solved

Welcome to season 3 of Serial where we solve the mystery of Kiersten's lost mitten. This is the third and final installment. Last winter I posted about how I thought I'd lost one of my favorite running mittens ever.

Then a couple months later I found it in my house. I had no idea where it had been, but I was so happy that it wasn't lost forever.

Last week, I finally figured out what happened. I wore the mittens for a run and they weren't quite dry when I went to wear them the next day. So I tossed them in the dryer for a few minutes with some towels. When I pulled the laundry out of the dryer and into a basket, I only had one mitten. I looked in the dryer and didn't see a mitten. WTH?  I knew I put 2 mittens in the dryer and only one came out!

Then a flash of pink caught my eye. The mitten was stuck to the inside top of dryer. The mittens have magnets in them (so when you get hot you can take off the finger covering) and thus they stuck to the dryer, but not in a sp…

Time Machine

2 weeks ago......... it was 55 and I was running in shorts and t-shirt. Yesterday the real feel was -10 when I ran and I was wearing ALL the clothes.

2 months ago................ I was enjoying daylight savings time and it being light out at 6 am when I run.

2 years ago..... Rory and I had just gotten engaged and decided to get married just 8 months later, so I was jumping into wedding planning.

12 years ago...... I was a sophomore in college and training to run my first half marathon with the Wheaton Running Club. Looking back now, I think it's funny how we did everything wrong- didn't follow any training plan, wore cotton shirts and socks (which led to terrible blisters), and didn't have anything to eat or drink during the race, and yet I ran my second fastest half time ever, 2:02. We also ate an entire can of frosting in the car on the way home. 

What were you doing 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years, and 12 years ago? 

New Year's Goals

I always struggle with the concept of New Year's Resolutions. On the one hand, they always seem a little forced and fake. On the other hand, there are areas of my life where I'd like to see change and I have to start somewhere. Even if I "failed" at my previous year's resolutions, it is still interesting to look back at the end of a year and see how and why my priorities shifted.

However I get hung up on term resolutions, so instead I am using the word goal. These are things I want to strive for this year.

1) Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily.
Rather than my goals focusing on what I can't have, I'm choosing to try and eat more healthy stuff (hoping that then I'll be less likely to eat the unhealthy stuff)

2) Do an upper body, lower body, and core focused strength workout each week (or 3 metabolic classes which tend to have a mixture of all 3) and get to yoga once a week.
I'm the cardio queen and so I want to be more well rounded…