Buddy Pouch Giveaway!

Hi friends, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I have an exciting giveaway for you: not just one, but TWO Running Buddy Pouches! Two lucky winners will get a Buddy Pouch 6+, the most convenient way to carry your keys, phone, gels, and medicine while you run, walk, cycle, sightsee, etc!

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Nearly a year ago, I tried out the Running Buddy magnetic pouch for the first time, and haven’t looked back since!  My initial review of the Running Buddy Pouch is here, and shortly after I became an Ambassador, and can’t say enough good things about this product.

The Buddy Pouch 6+ is the largest buddy pouch offered, and has plenty of room for the largest of phones, in addition to keys, gels, passports, credit cards, epipens, inhalers, etc.  The pouch magnetically attaches to your waistband, so there is no bouncing, no falling off, and no adjusting!

I have 2 brand new Buddy Pouches to give to two lucky winners!  All you have to do is share this post on Facebook or Twitter and leave me a comment below telling me why you want a Buddy Pouch, and that you’ve shared the post.  

Only one entry per person, so you can pick which social media platform you’d like to share, and encourage your friends to share and comment too!  My kitty and his hedgehog toy are not included.  =P   This post is not sponsored by anyone, but I do love the Buddy Pouch!  Also, please be aware I can only ship to US or Canada.   The two winners will be chosen at random on January 15  at 6:00pm and announced soon after!!  Good luck and run happy!

UPDATE 01/15/16: The winners have been announced! Thank you so much for participating!

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!

Running Buddy Review

I am happy to be able to review another running accessory for you today! This one is not a belt; it’s not an arm band; it’s a magnetic pouch that holds your stuff for you while you run. Today, I will be reviewing the Running Buddy Magnetic Pouch.  It simply slips over/under than band of your pants or bottoms, and off you go!  Its simplicity is amazing.  I’ve only run with the Running Buddy once, my Mom bought one and I was able to steal it from her use it during our run together a few weeks ago.

The review that follows is from my one experience using the Running Buddy.  As I mentioned above, I do not own a Running Buddy pouch, I borrowed my moms.  I hope to be purchasing one in the near future, I just haven’t done it yet.  I was not paid by Running Buddy for this review, the opinions in this review are my own.  Thanks to my mom, who let me borrow her pouch to run in and review.

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Now before I was introduced to the Running Buddy, I was a die-hard SPIbelt wearer.  You can read my reviews of the SPIbelt and FlipBelt here.  Between the SPIbelt and the FlipBelt, I preferred the comfortability and usefulness of the SPIbelt.  After running with the Running Buddy for one short run, I can tell you that I cannot wait to buy one for myself!

The Running Buddy retails at therunningbuddy.com for $22.99 (original 2015 Running Buddy) and $23.99 (2015 Running Buddy 6+).  The Running Buddy 6+ is slightly larger, allowing the iPhone 6 plus and other larger phones to fit with ease. Running Buddy also has a mini version for keys/money/credit cards, but is not large enough for a phone, retailing for $13.99.

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There are two separate pockets in the pouch, allowing of your phone to stay separate from keys or gels or money, so your phone won’t get scratched.  The Running Buddy 6+ is also large enough for Epi-Pens, which is a fantastic use for those of you with severe allergies who should have your Epi-Pen with you but might not carry it while you run because you don’t have the room in a belt or arm band.

The Running Buddy pouches are said to be lightweight, non-chafing. and have a waterproof inner pocket.  As I only ran with this pouch for about 4 miles, I cannot attest yet to the non-chafing part, but the lightweight-ness of the pouch is astounding.  I put the pouch on the back of my pants, and once it was on, I did not notice it once during the run.  It did not bounce, it did not slide, it did not rub weirdly or drag my pants down.  The magnets were strong, and held the pouch in place perfectly.  The magnets used in the Running Buddy will not harm your phone, credit cards, or hotel key cards.

With my SPIbelt or FlipBelt, I typically am aware of where my phone and keys are, they either bounce just a bit, or I can feel their presence.  Also, the belts tend to shift, whether I am getting in or out of a vehicle, sitting down to stretch or tie my shoes, I always have to adjust the belts when I go from sitting to standing, and even occasionally when I am running, as they can slide up.

The Running Buddy pouch did not move an inch while I was running.  I affixed it to my tights I was wearing that day, and did not have to adjust a single thing.  It was also extremely easy to conceal.  With my shirt laid over the pouch, nobody would know I had my phone and keys with me.  (Please enjoy the photos of my butt below).  I feel this is a huge safety perk especially if you are using the pouch for traveling or sight-seeing, it would be very simple to conceal your valuables and money.

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The Running Buddy pouch and 6+ pouch both come in all black, black with yellow trim, or black with pink trim. The mini pouch comes in black, blue, or pink.  There are not as many color options for the Running Buddy pouches as there are with SPIbelt or FlipBelt.  This isn’t a big deal for me, as I generally gravitate toward black accessories.

For comparisons sake, below is a picture of my mom’s Running Buddy next to my SPIbelt.  The top picture is with the Running Buddy pouch magnetically closed, as it would be when it is on you.  The second photo is with it kind of bill folded open, so you can see how large the entire thing is.  I did not have my FlipBelt with me to show you that comparison on sizes, but again, you can find my review and photo / size comparisons here.

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My favorite part was that I did not have something circling my waist; I had complete freedom of movement, and no belts were sliding up or flopping around.  The Running Buddy pouch felt like it disappeared once it was on my pants, and it very easily held my phone, my key, and some gum.  I would have plenty of room to add a gel or two and my chapstick.  I cannot wait to purchase one, or maybe if I’m lucky, I will get one for my birthday in a couple months.  (IF anyone is reading and wants to buy me a birthday present I would want the all black Running Buddy 6+ pouch 😛 haha).

Have you ever heard of the Running Buddy Magnetic Pouch? Have you tried it?  Would you ever consider going from a belt or an arm band to a pouch like this?