In Which Jenn Wrangles A Bunch Of Discounts

Nothing so impressive as my wildly cheap running shoes, but I’ve collected some deals and steals for ya!

First up, a couple from former giveaway sponsors: if you have Target’s Cartwheel app (if you don’t, you SHOULD; it’s awesome), Soapbox Soaps shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash are 35% off. Yowza. Find the deal under the Beauty category, add it to your barcode, have the cashier scan it at check out, and there you are!

Bonus: while at Target yesterday I spotted a hot pink running belt in the $1-$5 section (usually near the entrance; the upstairs entrance at my location) for $5. No idea about the quality, but it’s hot pink and $5 so if you’re in the market it might be worth a shot. They’re also offering yurbuds sport headphones on sale to varying degrees depending on the model.

Alternatively, we have another former giveaway sponsor: SLS3 has a new Amazon Prime store and is celebrating with some special discounts! First, they’re offering their new HipZIPP running belt for $14.99 on Amazon with code 83MTRL2I. I haven’t used this precise model myself but it’s a good deal and it looks pretty nifty. There’s a catch, though – you have to leave a review on Amazon within 20 days. Still, that’s a reasonable trade for such a great price, don’t you think?

Also from SLS3: their FXC Compression Sleeves are only $19.90 with code 5CDNT8O2. Same deal: gotta leave a review, but that’s quite the markdown in exchange.

Or if you prefer themed sock, PRO Compression is offering their St. Paddy’s Day compression socks for 40% with code SROCK. Festive!

Last but not least for the locals, Groupon has entries to the 5KColorFest fun run in Alexandria, VA for $29, down from $70. Color runs aren’t really my thing, but lots of people LOVE them, so if you’ve never tried one this is a great chance to give it a go.

Anyone else have any awesome deals out there?

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Giveaway (& Review) Of All: SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt

Settle in, folks – it’s time for giveaway #2. BUT FIRST: a review of the product you could win!

I was contacted about a month ago by SLS3 with an offer to try out their Dual Pocket Running Belt, categorized as for women and billed as waterproof. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a running belt, but I was always leery of the potential fit issues (more on this in a bit). But here was an opportunity to try one out for free – why not take the shot? A couple weeks later I had it in hand and took it for a run.

The dual pocket running belt is of unassuming but practical design. There are two zippered compartments, both of which stretch to accommodate I can only assume just about anything you’d want to jam in there. The smaller pocket wasn’t long enough for my iPhone 6+, but the larger worked fine. I’m not saying you could cram an iPad mini in there, but I’m not not saying that. You could totally fit your phone, keys, credit cards, AND snacks all at once as long as you Tetrised it out properly.

Modeled here by my trusty 2008 iPhone, which lives a second life as my iPod.

Before we get to the running experience: about those body fit issues. See, I have what you might term a bit of junk in a trunk. A badonkadonk. An ass, as they say, that does not quit, even when you kind of wish it would. It gets going higher up on the torso than your average butt. As such, I look upon any sort of hip-wrapping item with extreme suspicion, and this belt was no exception. It was in the name of science that I placed the belt around my hips all the same and started running.

And it worked – sort of – at first. The creep was soooo slow and subtle as to be nearly imperceptible. I had to slide it back down my hips every five minutes or so, which isn’t that bad, all things considering – I mean, it’s not like there was any annoying bouncing or anything going on, and really I was being preemptive; it didn’t move THAT far. Ultimately, though, I decided that the best thing to do would be to hike it up to my waist proper, tighten it all the way, and see how that worked.

In a word: well! On my waist the belt stayed just fine, and I found a frequently forgot I was even wearing it, even with my iPhone ensconced within. As for waterproof… ness, it wasn’t raining in the gym but I DID sweat on it a bit when it was at my hips and the phone came out dry.

I call this a success and will not hesitate to slap this belt on when the warmer months hit and I start running outdoors again. It’ll be perfect for storing mid-run fuel and, most importantly, my keys.

In short: if on-the-hip is a priority for you and/or you have a butt of some renown, skip this belt. If you’re cool with having the belt sit at your waist, it’s a good deal and I can pretty much guarantee it’ll hold any reasonable thing you want it to hold in some quantity (minus a water bottle, although I think they offer hydration belts as well). It even comes with multiple zipper colors if you’re trying to match a costume.

You can get the SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt at their online store for about $30 OR, if you jump on it now, you can get it at their Amazon store for a mere $13. Not sure how long that deal will last, but you’ll be hard pressed to beat it.

Or if you’re very lucky, you can win it right here! SLS3 has graciously provided me with one Dual Pocket Running Belt to give away to my readers. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. You’ve got one week to enter. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Do you use a running belt? Does your ass ever quit? Mine doesn’t.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!