Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Gear - Running LED Light Running Belt

I have a fun new goodie that I am very thankful get to try out.

Its a Running LED Light Running Belt from my friends at Level Up Runs. I am so excited about this running belt because it fits my iPhone 6. The pocket is bigger then it looks in person, but when I start stuffing stuff into it - I can fit in a lot of stuff in something that looks so small. 

The LED light strip is nice and bright and very easy to turn on and off. I picked the red but there are 4 colors to choose from. I'm excited to wear this during the Auger Falls Full Moon Trail run this month and next, along with an evening race this weekend. Also, since I have been playing PokemanGo, this is perfect when doing some of the night time walks around the city. I already have the glow of the cell phone, but for extra saftey, the belt lit up really makes me seen! 

Level Up Virtual Runs only offers high quality products, if you have ever participated in one of our virtual runs then you would know about our high quality and very attention to detailed medals. The Level Up Virtual Runs LED light Running Belt was designed by runners, for runners. We wanted something low-profile that could carry some of our essentials while running but also something that would allow me to run those early morning runs when the sun is barely out or at night when it is completely dark out. The LED light has 3 options to it. Ultra-fast flashing, Semi fast flashing, and constantly on. The LED light is inside the colored fabric which is what gives the light it's color. The Level Up Virtual Runs LED Running Belt is fully adjustable to fit snug on your hips to prevent any riding up or falling down. The expandable and water resistant belt pouch can carry your big smart phone, your keys, your ID, and your house keys. Because of the LED light this belt is hand wash and hang dry only. **PULL THE PLASTIC TAB FROM BETWEEN THE BATTERY AND THE CONTACTS TO ACTIVATE THE BATTERY FOR THE LED LIGHTS INSIDE THE POUCH. 
  • 1 EXPANDABLE POCKET: carry your big bulky phones such as the Iphone 6 plus, Samsung Galaxy, HTC10, and more. Plus other essentials like keys, I.D card, bank cards, and energy bars. Perfect for running, hiking, or the gym.
  • COMFORTABLE & BOUNCE FREE: fits snug enough to always stay in place. No matter how hard your workout gets, this exercise belt is guaranteed not to bounce or ride up your waist.
  • 100% ADJUSTABLE WAIST PACK: features an elastic belt that's fitted with an adjustable buckle. The waist pack has a single expandable storage pouch. This belt is a one-size-fits-most for any waist size 30" through 40". Ideal for running, jogging, hiking, and gym workouts.
  • LOW PROFILE, LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN: the running belt design, with 3" wide elastic belt and expandable pocket, this low-profile LED belt is designed for increased comfort during exercises.
  • WATER RESISTANT EXERCISE BELT: made with polyester with special stretch mesh gusseted pocket. In addition, the running belt has a waterproof zipper for extra all-weather protection and safety for your valuables and essentials.
 If you are interested in getting your own, and I hope you do, you can do so on Amazon.com. You can also use code RCE5FGY8 for 50% off! This is SUCH a deal!
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What sort of light up gear do you use? 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

When Was The Last Time I Read A Book?

This post is sponsored by Spartan Race and no other compensation has been given. 

Seriously here. Since I work from home, reading just became something that wasn't as important to me. I enjoyed reading during my lunches and work breaks, I think I was plowing through a book a week for a while there. Add that to moving to Po'Dunk Idaho where the library really sucks. Every book I have searched for isn't available. :-(

One of the factors that influenced my decision to upgrade my ghetto iPhone4 after 5ish years is that I can't read ebooks on it because of the apps wouldn't work. My phone was too old and Apple is a jerk. Ignore the fact that my MIL has a 3 year old iPad that has only been used a handful of times that I could have put the ereader app on. But that's another story...

Well, this week, I'm making up for lost reading time. I've read 2 books and starting a 3rd today!

I was able to get a copy of a book I already had - silly but its in storage so not doing me any good there! Its the Spartan Fit ebook by Joe DeSena. I read the copy a few years ago, but since Boise just had its Spartan race, it felt like a perfect time to have another look at the book.

31 Days. Transform your Mind. Transform Your Body. Commit to Grit. No Gym Required.
  • A 31-day workout and diet plan to prepare for the Spartan Sprint — or to just get you in ultimate shape
  • Full-body workouts requiring no gym and no weights
  • How to build fitness levels from one race to the next
  • Inspiring, motivating stories of Spartans
A complete Spartan training guide, Spartan Fit! arms readers with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again, both on and off the race course.


“Joe DeSena is the real deal. His stories are believable, because his achievements and accomplishments are genuine. In Spartan Up! Joe delivers his message with the insight and candor that only an individual who has lived through such experiences can. A must read for anyone looking to take his performance to the next level, be it in athletics or in life.”Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author of Ultra Marathon Man
“If there’s anyone out there who has taken extreme to a new level, its Joe De Sena – in adventure racing, in business, and ultimately in the business of adventure. Spartan Up! is a must-read.”Robyn Benincasa, World champion adventure racer and New York Times bestselling author of How Winning Works
“Have you ever wanted to be more, been stuck in a funk or simply wanted make life poignant? Look no further because Spartan Up! is your catalyst. Loaded with real life inspiration and lessons, Joe De Sena uses his supercharged success in life, business and sports to deliver the nuggets. This is an easy and juicy read; succinct, powerful and relevant.”Ian Adamson, 7x World Champion, 3x World Record Holder, 3x X-Games Medalist. Survival of the Fittest finalist, Badwater Masters champion, published author, Global Director of Research & Education at Newton Running, MS Sports Medicine

About Joe De Sena

JOE DE SENA is the founder and owner of the Spartan Race, as well as a living legend in endurance and adventure racing circles — he completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, raced the 140.6 miles of Lake Placid Ironman, and finished a 100-mile trail run in Vermont, all within one week.
In 2014, De Sena authored Spartan Up!, the #2 New York Times Bestseller, that changed lives and revealed the secrets to developing the resourcefulness and mental determination needed to become a true Spartan.

What I like about this book is that it is a doable 31-day program. All of the exercises in there are made to get your body into shape to complete a Spartan Race. Even though I have yet to do one, I really do think this book will help you get race ready. The moves and exercises are made to help you get strength and motivation to get off the couch and get ready to perform the rope climb, the Atlas carry, Army crawls and plenty of burpees. There is a daily plan where you have something to do for 31 days. And the best part is that none of it requires a gym. You might have to go to the park for some hangs, but parks are more accessible to me then a gym right now. And its free.

Screenshot of one of the pages

I think this book is great and now that I have it on my phone, I might get brave and start the 31 day program tomorrow. I need to lose a few of the pounds I have put on this year and I have yet to rejoin a gym so this seems just perfect for me. I'm kinda excited to try this.

The ebook isn't available until August, so you can pre-order it now. But if you don't want to wait and have to have a paper copy, you can buy it on Amazon and such.

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Spartan Race - have you done one yet? Have you read any of Joe DeSena's books? I've read 2 and I think they are really informative.