Thursday, 21 April 2016

Safety on the Run with Armpocket

Let me start this post with a confession. I am not always a safe runner. I hate carrying a phone, I rarely have ID, I don't have one of those info bands or tags for my shoes. I don't have a good reason other that I get really irritated by having things in my pockets. They rattle, keys jingle, phones feel heavy.

A couple of weeks ago on a run my friend T laughed and laughed when I said I brought my bank card as ID. I was sort of serious. When Armpocket offered me the opportunity to test out one of their arm bands for running, I was excited but apprehensive. I have tried belts and backpacks in the past and have not been a fan.

I went with the purple aero-i10 model because it was best for my phone (the super reliable but slightly outdated IPhone 5s :) ).

Here is what I loved about it:
  • There is a separate pouch inside for my bank card, ID and a key.
  • It was tight enough to stay up on my arms (note: I need to work on arm strength)
  • There was no chafing.
  • The colour was great!
  • There are two small holes in the bottom for ear phones for your phone. 
Here are some other benefits:

Comfort: ergonomic design paired with cushioned memory foam, soft moisture-wicking rayon bamboo and durable sport velcro conforms to your arm and stays in place.
Protection: Weather and sweat proof.
Quality: Built to be durable and last. Made from sustainable Eco-friendly PET fabric, natural rayon bamboo, with pristine stitching and double zipper closure.
Convenience: Keep your protective case on your phone. Easy touch screen navigation and audio port function. Interior storage for ID, keys, and more.

I feel the Armpocket will be particularly good for long distance trail runs when I really should have a way to contact someone in case of emergency.  There are a lot of other colour options if purple isn't your thing.

Thank you Armpocket for the chance to try your brand and product!

Do you carry a phone? How do you practice safe running?

Friday, 8 April 2016

Race Schedule for 2016

I am a little late posting this, but there is nothing quite like sharing your race schedule to make sure you have an accountability mechanism in place.

Last year I ended up racing a few too many runs a bit too close together. This year I have more of a plan with a mix of distances.

2016 Races

May 1: Winnipeg police half (training run)

April/May: United Cycle Trail Series (5 runs, 4.5-7.5k)

July 3: Great White North Duathlon (10/40/5)

July 23: 5 Peaks Camrose (12.5k) injured

August 10: Seawheeze (½ marathon) injured

Sept/Oct: Franks Trail Race Series

October 9: Grizzly Ultra (26k)

That's it in a nutshell! I would love to hear what your race plans look like for the year. The duathlon is a fist for me and I am trying to do more trail running.