Monday Mentionings: September 28

Apparently I didn’t take many pictures last week.  I did get a new iPhone 6s though, which arrived Friday afternoon!  Photo Sep 25, 6 34 30 PMWednesday night, Golden Harper, the founder of Altra Shoes, visited the KC Running Co. store and ran with us, then had a talk how his zero drop shoe company was born, and about staying injury free and running faster and more efficiently.  When he ran with us, he critiqued our techniques, individually, and offered tips for running more efficiently, which was really, really neat.

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Photo courtesy KC Running Co.

Thursday night, since there was no group run, Amy and I ran on the trails near my apartment, and I sported my brand new Running Buddy Ambassador shirt!

Photo Sep 24, 6 11 34 PMKristen was in Boston over the weekend to run the Cape Cod half marathon (she was the third overall female, first in her age group, and 4th finisher overall, CONGRATS sissen!)  She saw the Boston Marathon finish line, but didn’t cross it.. she will someday, though.

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Photo courtesy Kristen Griffin.

I saw this photo on Twitter last week and about spit out my water from laughing so hard.  Definitely incorporating unicorn pose next time I do cow/cat at yoga.

Photo Sep 23, 5 29 00 PMAlso saw this “Straight Outta Hays” post and laughed.  I’m not huge into the Straight Outta Compton stuff, but this one was pretty funny, especially because that’s Hays’ downtown in the background.Photo Sep 27, 4 16 48 PMYesterday, I ran 8 miles with Amy and the KCRC Groupies, which was my longest long in quite a while.  We celebrated with a delicious Big Biscuit breakfast.  Later, Jazzy and I watched some squirrels and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather.  KC Half Marathon is less than 3 weeks away!Photo Sep 27, 5 27 24 PMLooking forward to this week: I’m visiting Milwaukee and will see Kristen, Thayne, kitties, and will finally meet my TWISTER (twitter sister) Kritta!  Have a fantastic week!

Oz Fit Running Belt Review

I recently received an Oz Fit Belt, and was asked to test out the product and write a product review. I have tested this belt with three runs of differing locations and intensities, and feel I have a pretty good grasp on how the belt will continue to perform.

Currently, the Oz Fit Belt can only be purchased on Amazon.  The link to the product is here.  Currently, the Oz Fit Belt only comes in black, and is available in two sizes, M (waist 30″ to 33″) and L (waist 33″ to 36″).  The belt does stretch to fit, and can be worn on your waist or hips.  The belt retails for $35.00, but has been on sale for $11.75 recently.

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The Oz Fit belt has a couple features that are new and improved over the largest competitor, the Flip Belt.  The Oz Fit belt has two separate pockets, one has two slits on the front of the belt, and includes a key clip.  For comparison, the Flip Belt is one continuous pocket all the way around the belt, with several openings to slide items in.  The back side of the Oz Fit belt has a zippered pocket, which easily seals in phone or money.  The entire belt can then be flipped over, so the slits to the pockets are sitting against your body, making it virtually impossible for items to fall out.

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The Oz Fit belt did not move or slide around or up my body while I ran, though I do recommend selecting a size (Oz Fit belt or Flip Belt) that will fit snugly to your body to reduce the chances of moving around or sliding up.  I really liked that there was a zippered pocket.  I am very protective of my phone, and was always a little worried about it sliding out of the flip belt, even when the belt was flipped so the slits were against my body.  I did not have to worry about my phone sliding out in the Oz Fit, because I simply zippered it in.

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I did not really like the fabric of the Oz Fit belt.  It was a slippery material, and it was pretty easy for the belt to kind of collapse or double over onto itself while on my hips.  The Flip Belt has more of a cottony material, and it did double over a few times when I used to use it, but not as much as the Oz Fit.  When I wear a running belt, I don’t like for it to move around, double over on itself, or bunch up my clothing.  The Oz Fit did not bunch my clothing, but it did double over several times, and I had to run my fingers around it to smooth it back down.

The Oz Fit belt also only comes in a black color, while the Flip Belt comes in many colors  I wear my shirt over my belt anyway, so this doesn’t bother me, but I know some people prefer to wear the belt over their clothing or up on their waist, and may like other color options.

The Oz Fit belt comes logo’d on the front and back, and the logo is very reflective.  This was a nice touch, so if the belt is worn outside or on top of clothing, it’s reflective logo will help the runner be seen.  Lastly, I washed and dried the Oz Fit belt one time, and it’s held up fine.  I regularly washed and dried my Flip Belt when I used it often, and it, too, held up fine.

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Overall, the Oz Fit belt has some nice features, including a separate zippered pocket to keep your phone or money safe, and two highly reflective logos on the outside of the belt.  Compared to the Flip Belt, which has one continuous tube-like pocket, the material of the Flip Belt is more comfortable and less double-over-prone.

You can read my comparison of the Flip Belt and SPI belt here.  I think if I had to rank the belts, I would use the Oz Fit belt least, the Flip Belt in the middle, and the SPI belt most of all.  BUT, that being said, I prefer to not use a belt AT ALL, and use my Buddy Pouch, which is a magnetic pouch that does not bounce or slide, and no sizes or fumbling around with belts is needed, because it’s a pouch that fits on your pants waistband.  Be sure to read my Buddy Pouch review here, and see my Brand Ambassador post (with discount code) here.

Running Buddy Pouch Ambassador

I’m super happy to announce that I’m now a Running Buddy Pouch Ambassador!!

Running Buddy recently saw my review of the Buddy Pouch, and contacted me about it.  After corresponding with them for a short time, they were kind enough to send me a Running Buddy 6+ and offered me an ambassadorship!

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What does this mean for you?

1.  Information.  I will be receiving first hand knowledge of new products, and will pass along the information to you.  Likewise, my fellow Running Buddy Ambassadors and I are in touch on social media and will share stories, tips, and ideas related to running, fitness, and/or travel.  The communication between you, me and my fellow ambassadors and the Running Buddy staff can be one seamless link, which means more products made specifically for you!

2.  Discounts.  I currently have a code for 10% your purchase at TheRunningBuddy.com, and encourage you to share that code with friends and family who may be interested in buying a Buddy Pouch of their own.  The code is RB6, and you simply enter it at TheRunningBuddy.com when you’re completing your purchase.  Remember, shipping is always just $1.00 with the Running Buddy!

3.  Community.  The Running Buddy is a small, American-made and American-run company, and community is at it’s heart.  Without friends, family, and colleagues, the Running Buddy wouldn’t exist! I believe a small community of passionate people is exactly what makes the Running Buddy so special.  They are not in it to rise to the top and make all the money, they are in it to sell a quality product that fits the need of runners, travelers, bikers, fair-goers, shoppers, sight-seers, and many more.   They are in it for all the right reasons.

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I’ve updated my RAVES page to reflect my ambassadorship, and will shortly be updating it to reflect my new favorite items (at the top of the page) to showcase my Running Buddy.  If you haven’t already, please check out TheRunningBuddy.com, and if you are in the market for a Buddy Pouch, be sure to use code RB6 to get 10% off.

Connect with the Running Buddy Pouch:

Website: therunningbuddy.com

Twitter: @buddypouch

Facebook: /therunningbuddy

Instagram: @buddypouch