SPIbelt review

Special thanks to SPIbelt! They gifted our entire CR x The Speed Project team! 

Special thanks to SPIbelt! They gifted our entire CR x The Speed Project team! 

Jessica: "Spibelt is the perfect with size and functionality. It stays in place while I run and stretches to fit all my necessities. It does exactly what I need it to do and I enjoy style that meets functionality in running accessories." 

Jane:"Spibelt is amazing! I usually don't like running with anything on but every time I've used Spibelt, it has done its job! Thank you Spibelt!"

Christine:"I bought my first Spibelt when I first started running 6 years ago. I haven't found the need to use any other brand. I use it for a majority of my training runs and races. I put my phone, keys, and money in there. Sometimes I clip on the H20 Companion for a long run or race. I don't even notice I'm wearing it because it never bounces or rides up. I'm definitely a happy and loyal customer." 

Abel: "I hate running with anything. The spibelt makes it seem like I running with nothing but I have my essentials close and easily accessible." 

Alliver: "I like how sleek the spibelt is!" 

Jill: "Most running belts are bulky. Spibelt is the perfect size and can hold all my race essentials.

"Jenni: "It's the best! It's the first belt I've used that doesn't ride up and stays right in place and it carries everything I would need on a run! Phone, keys, gu.... it's also easily accessible if I need to get some out quick!" 

For more information on SPIbelt go to https://spibelt.com/ 

THE SPEED PROJECT 3.0

We were asked by The Speed Project to nominate 2-3 runners to highlight from our team. Without a doubt we couldn't be any happier for these three to share their story with you all. 

Meet Christine @ladybug1028 she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's her story. . In December 2013, I broke my left ankle and spraining my right. I had surgery to have 3 screws put in my left ankle. Instead of starting a new job in January, I had to relearn to walk. Sometimes I crawled around the house because putting pressure on my right ankle was still painful. There were days I'd lay on the couch not knowing what to do. I was forced to slow down and think about what was important to me. I promised myself that when I ran again, I'd strive for my best every single time and appreciate every step. Breaking my ankle became my blessing in disguise. As soon as I was cleared to run, I started going to the gym and slowly ran on the treadmill 3-4 times a week. It was months before I felt comfortable running outside. At this same time, I joined the Concrete Runners and started signing up for races again. Even though it was difficult, I began to accept the challenges. Running became my outlet and meditation. I trained for a "comeback" half marathon in 2015 and improved my time by almost an hour. Later that year I ran my first full marathon. I didn't do as well as I expected so again it added fuel to the fire. I've had great races and runs but the disappointing ones motivate me to continue the most. I may not be the fastest but I know I've worked hard to get where I am. Running challenges me and brings me joy to see what my body is capable of. In hindsight, before I broke my ankle I took the ability to move freely for granted. Now I see every run as a gift and appreciate I am able to do what I love. When I run, I'm honoring the commitment I made to myself. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Christine @ladybug1028 she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's her story. .
In December 2013, I broke my left ankle and spraining my right. I had surgery to have 3 screws put in my left ankle. Instead of starting a new job in January, I had to relearn to walk. Sometimes I crawled around the house because putting pressure on my right ankle was still painful. There were days I'd lay on the couch not knowing what to do. I was forced to slow down and think about what was important to me. I promised myself that when I ran again, I'd strive for my best every single time and appreciate every step. Breaking my ankle became my blessing in disguise. As soon as I was cleared to run, I started going to the gym and slowly ran on the treadmill 3-4 times a week. It was months before I felt comfortable running outside. At this same time, I joined the Concrete Runners and started signing up for races again. Even though it was difficult, I began to accept the challenges. Running became my outlet and meditation. I trained for a "comeback" half marathon in 2015 and improved my time by almost an hour. Later that year I ran my first full marathon. I didn't do as well as I expected so again it added fuel to the fire. I've had great races and runs but the disappointing ones motivate me to continue the most. I may not be the fastest but I know I've worked hard to get where I am. Running challenges me and brings me joy to see what my body is capable of. In hindsight, before I broke my ankle I took the ability to move freely for granted. Now I see every run as a gift and appreciate I am able to do what I love. When I run, I'm honoring the commitment I made to myself. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Abel @sfogclothing he will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow his journey as he hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's his story. Running is a huge challenge within itself and we are tested and rewarded by every run….so why do you run? For personal health and fitness. Or alone time. For the challenge. Or comraderie. For the outdoors and fresh air. Or exploration I run for all these reasons, but the main reason I run is because I can. I grew up very active but I never considered myself a runner. In the recent years, running kind of fell in my lap because it was the only way I could stay active amongst family, work, and life. All I needed was a pair of running shoes (and maybe a change of clothes) and I was good-to-go. Even though it was out of convenience that I started running, I now reap the rewards of keeping active, having me-time, being able to see the world from a humbling perspective, and doing epic sh!t with the awe-inspiring running community. But what makes running meaningful is that I am able to run for more than just myself. Having a daughter who suffers from a muscle disorder makes you appreciate the little things in life. She has been a fighter and illuminates a positive spirit even through all she goes through. She is a true example of hope…and my hero. And I now run to bring sMILEs to my MDA (My Daughter Ava), raise awareness for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), and motivate and inspire others along the way. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Abel @sfogclothing he will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow his journey as he hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners

Here's his story.

Running is a huge challenge within itself and we are tested and rewarded by every run….so why do you run?

For personal health and fitness. Or alone time.
For the challenge. Or comraderie.
For the outdoors and fresh air. Or exploration

I run for all these reasons, but the main reason I run is because I can. I grew up very active but I never considered myself a runner. In the recent years, running kind of fell in my lap because it was the only way I could stay active amongst family, work, and life. All I needed was a pair of running shoes (and maybe a change of clothes) and I was good-to-go. Even though it was out of convenience that I started running, I now reap the rewards of keeping active, having me-time, being able to see the world from a humbling perspective, and doing epic sh!t with the awe-inspiring running community.

But what makes running meaningful is that I am able to run for more than just myself. Having a daughter who suffers from a muscle disorder makes you appreciate the little things in life. She has been a fighter and illuminates a positive spirit even through all she goes through. She is a true example of hope…and my hero. And I now run to bring sMILEs to my MDA (My Daughter Ava), raise awareness for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), and motivate and inspire others along the way. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Jessica @itsjessde she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's her story.  I was never a runner when I was younger. I would always joke that I couldn't understand why people ran with no where to really "go" Running came to me as a bucklet list goal. I signed up for my first half marathon in 2012 with the goal of just being able to finish. After that first run, my life was changed. Running and overall fitness has become a huge part of my life. It has been there for me in times where I have needed an outlet...or some personal exploration time... or just "a break" from everyday stresses. I have met some amazing people through running and am motivated by the fact that my running journey has encouraged others to try their first 5K or set a goal for their first half marathon. The biggest impact it has made on me is that it has helped me prove to myself that I can truly accomplish anything I put my mind to.  Here I am 5 years later. Never would I have imaged I would have run 40+ half marathons or 5 full marathons. Never would I have imagined I would be traveling to run a race. Never would I have imagined I would attempt to run crazy challenges like a relay race from LA to Vegas with a bunch of complete strangers and come out as family.  The Speed Project 2.0 was such a surreal experience. As much as you are a member of a team with one common goal, you feel a personal obligation to get your part done for the team. Your patience is tested. Your pride is tested. You are pushed to your physical and mental limits and CANNOT GIVE UP. It is the ULTIMATE race.  I am so thankful that I have an opportunity to have another go at it again with my Concrete Runners family and be part of the Concrete Elite. I am constantly inspired by the members of the Concrete Runners and am so excited and proud to represent the CRew in The Speed Project 3.0. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Jessica @itsjessde she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners
Here's her story. 
I was never a runner when I was younger. I would always joke that I couldn't understand why people ran with no where to really "go"

Running came to me as a bucklet list goal. I signed up for my first half marathon in 2012 with the goal of just being able to finish. After that first run, my life was changed.

Running and overall fitness has become a huge part of my life. It has been there for me in times where I have needed an outlet...or some personal exploration time... or just "a break" from everyday stresses. I have met some amazing people through running and am motivated by the fact that my running journey has encouraged others to try their first 5K or set a goal for their first half marathon. The biggest impact it has made on me is that it has helped me prove to myself that I can truly accomplish anything I put my mind to. 
Here I am 5 years later. Never would I have imaged I would have run 40+ half marathons or 5 full marathons. Never would I have imagined I would be traveling to run a race. Never would I have imagined I would attempt to run crazy challenges like a relay race from LA to Vegas with a bunch of complete strangers and come out as family. 
The Speed Project 2.0 was such a surreal experience. As much as you are a member of a team with one common goal, you feel a personal obligation to get your part done for the team. Your patience is tested. Your pride is tested. You are pushed to your physical and mental limits and CANNOT GIVE UP. It is the ULTIMATE race. 
I am so thankful that I have an opportunity to have another go at it again with my Concrete Runners family and be part of the Concrete Elite. I am constantly inspired by the members of the Concrete Runners and am so excited and proud to represent the CRew in The Speed Project 3.0. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

CR x TSP 3.0 TEAM

CR x TSP 3.0 TEAM

 

 

Ava, true warrior at heart.

Meet Ava a 7-yr old fighting muscle disease who sometimes struggles doing daily activities and has a hard time jogging a block. Last month she completed the 2017 Legoland mile run.

Her father Abel would like to share their story.

As Ava and I talked about the race - whether casually or during her training - she voiced a few goals of the race to me which we didn't share til after the race:
(1) Have fun during the race
(2) Finish the race...and without injuries
(3) No stopping
(4) No walking
(5) ___________ (I'll tell you this one later)

Leading up to raceday, Ava was super excited as well as extremely nervous. She and us knew it would be tough and we were trusting that her training and her mindset were right for raceday. As we arrived at LEGOLAND California, Ava and her brothers joined the many kid racers and their companion runners which included family and friends also running the race. This was helpful in getting Ava pumped up during the long wait before the race and also served as a distraction to her nerves.

As the race began, the excitement grew. And we were off...but then we had a minor hiccup immediately about 15 meters into the race when Ava fell. The reason I say minor is because though it seemed like a hard fall, she immediately got up and brushed it off. Whew! So we continued on our way. The race started with an incline from the parking lot area up to the the park. I could see many kids (as well as their companion runners) already starting to lose their mojo and slow down and some even complaining about the hill. I was hoping that Ava would not get distracted by any of this, and thankfully she kept focused as we continued into the park.

Entering Legoland, Ava and all the kids's excitement grew again as they got to see all the attractions. However, though exciting, again it also was very distracting and I saw many more kids stopping to look at or play with everything. Fortunately again, Ava kept focused and continued on her way.

Everything was smooth sailing until about halfway into the race when Ava kept asking me if we were almost done or were we almost to the end. I knew we still had some ways to go. I could see her running form changing. As I talked with her and coached her through, there was a little part of me that was starting to think that she may have to walk or stop for a break which was ok but I knew those were two of her goals for the race.

I continued to encourage her while monitoring her activity. It was really tough though since I was witnessing my daughter in one of her most weakest moments (physically) in her life. And as her dad, I wanted to just stop and pick her up.

But true to her warrior spirit, she kept fighting. It was a testament of her will. With about a quarter mile of the race left, she got her second wind and got stronger with every step. As we were leaving the park, Ava knew she was almost done and she actually started sprinting as much as she could. She finished strong to cheers and cowbells.

We are so proud of you Ava. You did so well as did all the racers.

Ava wants to share a little bit of her thoughts.
She says that the best part of the race was...'the end'. hehehehe.
She was so happy that mommy ran too.
And she is most proud of earning her first MDA Team Momentum finisher pin.

Oh I almost forgot to tell you her #5 goal. It was to finish the race in 20 minutes. We are stoked to say that Ava met that goal and finished in 15:08.

Runner's Gift Guide: Kay D @kayonthego

Here are more gift ideas for the runners in your life.....or maybe even for yourself!  

Are you looking for a gift for a runner this holiday season?  Let our runners help you out!  With a variety of runners in spanned across 4 seasons, we have the plenty of knowledge on what's best when hitting the concrete.  

We asked our CRew to share the best gifts to give to runners this holiday season.  The gifts they would GIVE are products that have tried before and think that other runners should check them out.  The gifts they would RECEIVE are their wish list items to complete their ultimate running kit.  Hopefully Santa is out there reading this!

Next up is Season 3 runner, Kay @kayonthego:

TO GIVE: KNUCKLE LIGHTS

I run Ragnars and at night, and think Knuckle Lights are brilliant.  They're not expensive either and get around the problem of having a headlamp bouncing around all the time.

TO RECEIVE: NIKE HYPERSHIELD FLASH WOMEN'S RUNNING JACKET

Currently lusting after the latest Nike HyperShield Flash Women's running jacket.  Whilst there are loads of other brands out there, Nike really understands the intersection of fashion and technology. I have a flash jacket that's too small now (thanks CR3 for helping me get in shape and drop a dress size!) but that's in great condition and meets my needs: thumb-hole sleeves, visibility, durability, great fit..... only a cool $400......

Stay tuned for more gift ideas!