Monday, December 20, 2010

I SPI with my little eye...another Great Giveaway!!

Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a SPIbelt from Holly's blog, Rust Belt Runner.

What is a SPIbelt? SPI stands for small-personal-item.
Sleek, expandable, secure and does not bounce. Can hold an iPod™, Blackberry™, cell, keys, up to five GU™ packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while running or doing other activities.

I have been wanting one for quite a while and a SPIbelt was included on my Christmas Wish List. I have a Nathan Speed 2 hydration belt with 2 10 oz bottles and a small (rigid) pocket,  I do like it but I find it is a little too bulky for those days where I just want a few things with me (like a phone, lip balm, gum etc) and most of my layers do not have pockets. So the SPIbelt would be perfect!

I was contacted by Debbie at SPIbelt about which style I wanted to try out (I picked the black belt with the hot pink zipper. Big surprise there huh??) and she got it to me so quickly. When it arrived, I could not wait to try it out! I have to say that I am also very happy that SPIbelts are made right here in the good ole USA! Austin TX to be exact.

The SPIbelt
I was really impressed once I got to check out the actual product as the pictures online do not do this belt justice. I was amazed at how little the pocket was when it was empty but how much stuff you could fit inside! It is very sleek and oh so cute too! 






The belt itself is so soft and comfortable. I wish that the makers of Polar and Garmin would take a cue from SPIbelt and use this super soft and comfy material for their heart rate monitor straps.


The 4 miler day
My first run out with my SPIBelt was an easy 4 miler. I did not need much for this run-just my lip balm. Since I do not really like my iPod armband, I wanted to try using the SPIbelt to hold my iPod.

Success. The belt was comfy, did not bounce around and I didn't even know I was wearing it. I also liked having the option to take a few things with me.



Loaded for the bike and some quality TV time!
 A couple days later I wore it for an hour plus ride inside on the bike. Again, I used it to hold my iPod -some lip balm and the TV remote. This time I wore the pocket on the small of my back. It was another successful go.











Heading out on Sunday-14 miles


On Sunday, I wore the belt out for a 14 mile run in the cold Maine weather. I packed a little bit more for this journey-the usual lip balm, my phone, some Beans, a pack of gum and my iPod. It wasn't even close to full and it was very comfortable. This run I did have on my cold weather fleece and I cannot imagine having to pack all this into my pockets. I was really happy to have the belt and liked the security of knowing I had my phone with me.


Yes, this fit in that pocket with lots of room to spare. I think Lola might fit in there too!
My overall impression? I like it-- A lot!! I think that this accessory is a must have for anyone who is active. I can see many, many uses for my SPIbelt not limited to running and biking.

This will be a great option for busy days out and about with Lola - the park, Chuck E. Cheese's, the amusement park, zoo, shopping etc-and my hands will be free to take care of her without toting around a pocketbook and I can have my necessities like a phone, debit card, lip balm, gum.

I was so impressed with my new SPIbelt that I wanted to host a giveaway here as well!
So Debbie has agreed to hook up one lucky Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood reader with their own SPIBelt!

How can you win your own SPIbelt??
Since it is the Holidays, I am giving you a ton of ways to enter!

Please leave a separate comment for EACH entry!

1) MANDATORY: Be or become a follower of my blog.
2) MANDATORY: Visit SPIbelt and tell me something you learned about SPIbelts. Also, tell me what you would pick if you are the lucky winner!

Additional Entries (optional):

3) Follow me on Twitter.

4) Follow SPIbelt on Twitter.
5) Follow SPIbelt on Facebook.
6) Did you already donate to my Operation Jack fundraiser before this contest??
If so, you get 2 extra entries!
7) Want to earn an extra entry? Then make any amount donation here. Plus you will be entered into another Fabulous giveaway- it is a win/win!!
8) Tell me about a run where you wish you had a SPIbelt!
9) Tell me what the strangest/weirdest/most unusual thing you have taken on a run/bike/etc.
10) Are you one of the original 100 followers of my blog? Give yourself an extra entry!
11) Do you follow Holly's blog, Rust Belt Runner? Earn an extra entry for following her!
12) Tell me what is the #1 health/fitness item on your Holiday Wish List this year!
13) Are you a member of the Endurance Athlete Project? Get an extra entry if you are currently a member OR become one!

I will accept entries into this contest until midnight on 12.31.2010 and will announce the winner on 01.01.2011! Start the New Year in style with your very own SPIbelt.

65 comments:

ann said...

I'm a follower!

Jim said...

Neat give away Jen - this is made in Austin ... home of our DM friend, Joe. If it works as well as he rans it is a winner. see you on the 26th.

Jim in Wells

ann said...

wow! learned a ton! I didn't know they had diabetic belts and kids belts. Very cool. I would deff want a water proof one

ann said...

I liked them on FB

ann said...

I am following rust belt runner

Anne said...

I'm a follower! And I didn't realize SpiBelt had so many options! I love that you can buy the accessories separate instead of buying a new belt!

ann said...

My #1 gift on my list is a bike trainer

Jim said...

I followed both them and you on Twitter. Hopefully on 12/26 Brendan can explain this whole Twitter thing better for ;-).

Teamarcia said...

Follower!

Teamarcia said...

I love that you can use it to hold your race number. I'm so sick of poking holes in my clothes!

Teamarcia said...

I follow Holly's blog

Teamarcia said...

I like Spi on FB

Teamarcia said...

I follow SPI on twitter

Teamarcia said...

#1 on my wish list is family consent to plan a huge destination race trip!

She said I need a goal said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and following me! I have followed you back and am looking forward to reading more about you. Congratulations on your weight loss, I have abotu 50lbs to lose this season and I'm sure there will be lots of motivation from reading your past and current entries.

Amanda said...

I'm a follower!

Amanda said...

I learned that the owner sewed the first several hundred herself. Quite impressive! I would pick the water resistant SPIbelt.

Amanda said...

I follow Heather's blog

Amanda said...

I am a fan of SPIbelt on Facebook.

Amanda said...

One run I wish I had a SPIbelt was when I was out running and suddenly there was a huge down poor. My cell phone and iPod were definitely not in water-proof holders. Luckily, they survived without much damage.

My Life and Running said...

I'm a follower!

My Life and Running said...

#1 wish list is compression tights! I've been good, Santa, I swear!

My Life and Running said...

Member of the EAP!

Aimee said...

I'm a follower!

Aimee said...

I didn't know they made kid's belts or diabetic belts...that's awesome!
But, if I won, I'd probably just get the basic one!

Aimee said...

There have been many runs where I wished I had a spibelt. On my shorter runs, I usually carry my handheld bottle, but there isn't much room for my phone/key. A spibelt would be perfect for those runs!

Andrea said...

I now follow your blog!

Andrea said...

I also follow you on Twitter (HotTamata)

Andrea said...

I learned they have a waterproof version. So sweet! Now I really want one, winner or not - but if I do win I'll take the Water-Proof SPIbelt with the original elastic style....yes please!

abbi said...

Follower!

abbi said...

I learned they have many different options (I thought there was only one or two).

abbi said...

I follow Rust Belt Runner

abbi said...

I also belong to the Endurance Athelete Project.

Mary B said...

Love SPIbelt, have the hot pink one. Would love to have one of the race belts. I tell everyone to get one, handy for so many things.

Colleen said...

I'm a follower!

Detroit Runner said...

I'm a follower and love SPIbelt

Jennifer said...

I'm a follower (here and on Twitter!) I learned that the belt doubles as a race belt, very cool! I'm a member of EAP. And I requested a bunch of tri stuff on my Christmas list including Finis waterproof MP3 player for my long swims. So that's 5 entries!

Lucy said...

I'm a follower

Lucy said...

I learned that they don't bounce. I would definitely get the polka dot one.

Lucy said...

I follow you on twitter

Lucy said...

I follow spibelt on twitter

Lucy said...

I follow spibelt on Facebook

Courtney said...

I'm a follower :)

Courtney said...

SPIbelt started off as a small home business with the owner making them by herself, by hand.

Courtney said...

I follow you on twitter

Courtney said...

I follow SPIbelt on twitter

Courtney said...

I follow SPIbelt on facebook

Molly said...

follower : )

Molly said...

I didn't realize you could fit a passport in there! I like the water resistant spibelt!

Molly said...

I donated to Operation Jack!

Molly said...

I'm on Endurance Athlete, off to find you there : )

Jen said...

I follow your blog

Jen said...

I follow spibelt on FB

Jen said...

I follow SPIbelt on Twitter

Jen said...

I am following you on twitter

Jen said...

I wish I had a SPIbelt for long run day, I have crap just jammed in every pocket OR sometimes I use an old busted LEATHER (ugh) fanny pack if need be - (money is too tight to treat myself to this yet...)

Jen said...

On my Christmas fitness wish list is cold weather gear to help me continue to my training through out the winter

Jen said...

I proudly donated to Operation Jack

Darlene said...

I am a new follower.

Darlene said...

I am a fan of Spi Belt on FB

Darlene said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog

Darlene said...

I really need a spi belt - it's cold where i live so I just fill all my pockets. But I have my 1st half marathon in Florida on Jan 16 and it would be so great to have it to carry my phone, ipod, car key, etc.

Darlene said...

I already follow Holly's blog.

Darlene said...

A Garmin was on my wishlist

Darlene said...

I learned from the website that the lst 100 spibelt were sown by hand - I'd order the same one you have - black & pink.