A few weeks ago, a rep from the company SLS3 contacted me about reviewing their Dual Pocket Run Belt. I was skeptical at first, as I’ve tried several different run belts that have been terrible and I’m pretty attached to my Flipbelt, but I decided to give this one a try. After a couple of test runs, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.
Disclaimer: I was sent the SLS3 Run Belt for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my actual thoughts.
When I took the belt out of the package, my first thought was that it would bounce, as it looks similar to another belt (the brand of which shall not be named) I’d tried that bounced so much that I actually turned around, ran back home, and threw it in the yard. I’m not sure what the SLS3 folks did differently, but this belt didn’t budge. My iPhone lay smoothly inside the pocket and didn’t bother me at all.
The best thing about this belt is the pockets. They’re huge without being obnoxious. My iPhone 5 in its Otterbox fit easily in one pocket, and there was still room to spare, plus another whole pocket on the other side. Since I’m not training right now, even my “long runs” are pretty short, but I’ll appreciate all the space once I decide what I’m doing with my (running) life and start running long enough that I need to carry fuel.
The pockets are also water resistant, which I definitely appreciate. I’m a heavy sweater, so when I wear my Flipbelt or stick my phone in a pocket, I put it in a Ziplock first. And then it’s a pain to take it out if I want to pretend I’m a decent blogger and take a picture. The SLS3’s waterproofing eliminates the need for a baggie… and also my excuses for not taking pictures. Darn. The water resistance will also be appreciated when I get back to trail running this summer (because I WILL) and need to carry non-sweat-soaked TP.
Your eyes are not deceiving you: I am, in fact, posting twice in one week… because snow day.
How is January already over? I can’t believe it’s February!
Ok, cliché time over. Since we are, in fact, over one month in to 2016, I thought this would be a good time to check in on my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve made progress one some, and others… not so much.
Resolution 1: Straighten out my gut health. Not a lot of progress has happened here. Every time I start looking at my insurance’s approved list of doctors, I get overwhelmed and frustrated, because who knows if they’ll be any good, or if they’ll just tell me the same thing all the others have (it’s IBS; live with it). This morning, though, I made an “initial consultation” appointment with a naturopath in Fort Collins. He’s not covered by my insurance, but the initial consult is free, and I’m starting to think that if anything can help me, it’s going to be naturopathy instead of traditional Western medicine. We’ll see what this guy says. He’s an Ironman and works with a lot of athletes, so I’m hopeful. I’ll keep you posted.
Resolution 2: Write for at least five minutes a day. It might not look like it, due to my lack of posting, but I have kept this one. Most days, my writing is just in my journal, but it’s writing nonetheless.
Resolution 3: Keep a gratitude journal. I have forgotten this one a few times already, mostly on days when my other five minutes of writing is somewhere besides my journal. Even with those skipped days, I do think it’s helping me to keep a more positive, less turdy mindset. (I know “turdy” is not a word. I can make words if I want). I do my gratitude journal right before bed, which I think helps me sleep, too, as it makes me focus on something positive instead of the stressors/worriers that sometimes occupy my mind at night.
Resolution 4: Do yoga at least twice a week. Succeeding with this one! I’m trying to make Sundays and Wednesdays yoga days. The Wednesday session is sometimes only 15 minutes or so, but it’s still yoga. And this is shocking: I’m actually starting to enjoy yoga. I’m still terribly inflexible, but I’m getting better (I almost did crow pose the other day), and I love the mindfulness aspect. I’d like to go to an actual class, since I just do Grokker videos in my basement, but that will have to wait until either I’m somewhere where yoga studios are a thing or I make my gym’s yoga class fit in my schedule.
Resolution 5: Have adventures. Well, there haven’t been any big adventures yet, but it’s only February. Work has been busy, and the weather has been crummy on the weekends we’ve talked about adventuring, but the adventures will happen.
(pics from snowshoeing on Grand Mesa with my parents over Christmas)
Training (or lack thereof) update: I told myself I wouldn’t sign up for any races until my gut issues were resolved, and since I haven’t taken any action on that front, it’s looking like spring races are not going to happen for me this year. My longest run since my October trail race has been 11 miles; most weekdays are 5-7 and my weekend “long run” 9-11. I’m strength training 2-3 times a week (all at home, because I’m the opposite of most people and avoid the gym in January) and, as mentioned above, doing yoga at least twice weekly. I’m starting to get the training itch, but I’ll keep it under control for a while yet.