Tag Archives: Running

New fun running accessory

2 Aug

Since I’ve been running with my iPhone (which doubles as an iPod), I thought it might be time to find a better way to take it along with me while running.  I had been holding it in my hand and since I live in Florida and it’s hot outside, my hands would quickly become sweaty and I could feel the phone slipping.  This always made me nervous. I kept having visions of dropping the phone and the screen shattering into a million pieces.  I finally took some initiative, went online and found an awesome solution.

I purchased an arm band.  Sounds simple, but this one is great!  This arm band comes with a clip, a case, a screen protector, and a wipe cloth for your screen–all for $21.70 plus shipping!  The Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Ban ford iPhone 3G/3Gs works well because I have the arms of Olive Oyl (think Popeye) and usually have a pretty tough time using arm bands comfortably (especially while running).  This arm band stays on tight during my runs and doesn’t slip.  The clip is used to insert the phone into the arm band and is removable, but I tend to just leave it on so I can easily slip it into the armband without too much fuss (and you could also use it to clip on to a waist band) .

Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Band for iPhone 3G/3Gs

Get Running!

12 Jul

I have NEVER been a runner. I think it’s because I always felt it was a little …. boring. I guess I always thought of myself as one of those people that thrive in group fitness settings (e.g. Pilates classes). Well, recently my husband brought up the idea of running a half marathon together (he’s not a runner either so this was a VERY ambitious goal). Luckily, I was able to talk him down to a mere 5k.

In order to get in shape for this 5k, I figured I should probably start running. I ran 2 miles on a treadmill and felt like I was going to vomit. After talking it over with some coworkers, I found my approach was all wrong. Apparently just taking off running is not the best way to get in shape for these distance runs. One coworker suggested an IPhone App to help me get going. It’s called “Running Trainer 5k” ($2.99 for IPhone version) and it’s AWESOME. The idea is get your music going, then start the App. The App tells you when to run and when to walk. It’s basically interval training where you run a short amount of time and then walk a short amount of time in order to help build up cardiovascular strength (I hear it’s affectionately referred to as HIIT). With the coaching from the App, I’m feeling like a truly empowered runner!